Cherry blossoms: The Quad at Night

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Quad at the University of Washington is a beautiful space.


Scene on the Sound: State yields to Federal

Photo by Jan Hansen

The state yielded to the federal as the WSF Puyallup gave berth to USNS Henry J. Kaiser Wednesday morning about 9:55am.

USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) is a United States Navy fleet replenishment oiler and the lead ship of her class. Her mission is to resupply U.S. Navy and allied ships at sea with fuel oil, jet fuel, lubricating oil, potable water, and dry and refrigerated goods, including food and mail.

--Jan Hansen


Provide feedback on the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy at meeting Thursday, April 7, 2022

A virtual meeting on Thursday April 7, 2022 from 5:30-7pm, will focus on communities along north Lake Washington including Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville to receive YOUR input on issues related to King County's Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL.)

The meetings are to gain input on issues relating to the levy from community members. The focus of the discussion:
  • Provide a brief update on the state of Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy
  • Learn from community members and providers on what went well during the levy
  • Discuss what needs improvement going forward.
For access needs, please contact us at:

Register here

They will be hosting additional meetings throughout the next few months. Those dates can be found here


Scene on the Sound: Submarine

Photo by E. Wyatt

A couple weeks ago on March 17, I was crossing the Sound on the Bainbridge Island ferry, and I snapped this photo of a submarine moving through the water. I wasn't able to figure out what class or the name of the sub, but it was quite a sight! :)

--E Wyatt


Ramadan begins at sundown Saturday, April 2, 2022

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel on unsplash
Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim friends and neighbors observing Ramadan April 2 - May 2, 2022.

To learn basic information about Ramadan, here’s a three minute video “What is Ramadan?” and an article Everything to Know About Ramadan and How It’s Celebrated.

From the article:

Khan-Mukhtar says that Ramadan is also celebrated as a time for a clean start.

“What I would love for people to know is that Ramadan is a time of hope and renewal and trying to have a fresh start,” she explains. 
“It’s really a time of rejuvenation, where it’s like, ‘I'm going to go through this month and I'm really going to turn to God, and ask for forgiveness and ask for blessings,’ and then you come out of it with a lot of hope for starting all over again on a good foot.”


Second COVID-19 booster dose recommended for certain individuals

OLYMPIA – People age 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals can now get a second booster dose of an mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after receiving their initial booster dose. 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated its booster dose recommendations following guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

DOH’s updated booster dose recommendations are as follows:
  • Everyone 12 and older should receive a booster dose five months after completing their two-dose vaccine series of Pfizer or Moderna, or two months after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
  • Everyone 50 and older can receive a second booster dose four months after receiving their first booster dose.
  • Individuals 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can receive a second booster dose four months after receiving their first booster dose.
  • Those 18 and older who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the J/J vaccine four months ago can receive a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

“Giving certain individuals the opportunity to receive a second booster dose will help us protect those at highest risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. It’s a great way for people over 50 to get added protection, especially those with underlying medical conditions and those 65 and older,” said Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, Chief Science Officer. 
“Boosters are safe and effective at preventing infection and severe illness. If you have not yet received your initial booster dose and you are eligible, get boosted as soon as possible.”

As of March 26, more than 2.7 million Washingtonians age 12 and older have received a booster dose, which is 58% of the eligible population. Of those age 50 and older, roughly 70% of the eligible population has received their first booster dose. This data can be found on DOH’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard under the “Vaccinations” tab.

To make a vaccine or booster appointment, visit Vaccine Locator,, or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available. Those with further questions are encouraged to visit DOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions webpage or talk to their trusted health care provider.


BECU offers Top Tips for Financial Literacy Month

Stacey Black, BECU Lead Financial Educator
With Financial Literacy Month in April, now is a great time for people to learn about ways to enhance their financial health. 

As Washington’s largest credit union, BECU is committed to improving the financial well-being of its members and communities in various ways, from offering free financial education articles and webinars, to self-paced courses and member-exclusive resources like our Financial Health Check program.

No matter where you are at in your financial journey, tips are readily available to help you act on saving, reducing debt, budgeting; you name it. 

Below are a few tips from BECU’s Lead Financial Educator Stacey Black on building or maintaining a good credit score, another crucial piece to the financial health puzzle.

How to Build or Maintain a Good Credit Score:
  • Use your credit card responsibly. If possible, try to avoid racking up additional credit card debt or opening new cards to pay for necessities. Turning to credit cards may seem like the simplest solution, especially during challenging times, but in the long-term you could end up paying thousands of dollars in interest – and your credit score will also take a hit.
  • Explore your credit options. If you’ve exhausted all other options and do need to open a new credit card, look for low interest rates, low fees and favorable terms. Also, make sure to consider the new monthly payment and its impact on your current and future budget.
  • Consider a secured credit card. A secured credit card provides the opportunity to start building credit responsibly and offers all the benefits of a credit card but usually with lower spending limits. The difference is that a secured card requires you to make a security deposit, which is used as collateral in case of default on the loan, and can help people feel more invested to make payments.
  • Make payments on time. When your payment is more than 30 days late, it can have a significant impact on your credit score – in fact, late payments can remain on your credit report for seven years. Signing up for automatic payments eliminates the need to “remember” to pay the bill every month and you can easily change the amount as needed.
  • Choose the right financial institution. When choosing a financial institution, it’s important to consider every service you may need out of an institution (now and in the future) to help discover the right one for you. For example, factor in potential fees, interest rates, convenience and online banking capabilities.


The Seattle Times: Shoreline man charged with premeditated first-degree murder

The Seattle Times has published a follow-up to the story about the Shoreline resident who brutally murdered his girlfriend.

King County prosecutors say a 41-year-old Shoreline man lured a woman to his apartment Saturday night with the intention of killing her and fatally attacked her with a hatchet, bongo drums and bolt cutters.

Tyrone Wells was charged Wednesday with premeditated first-degree murder, accused of killing Randee Rios, 32, who suffered multiple blunt- and sharp-force injuries to her head early Sunday, charging papers say.

In addition to a deadly-weapon enhancement, the charges allege the aggravating factor that Wells’ conduct manifested deliberate cruelty to Rios, which if proven, could justify a sentence above the standard sentencing range.

The crime happened in his apartment on Linden Ave N.


Agenda for Shoreline council meeting April 4, 2022

The April 4, 2022 Shoreline City Council meeting includes four study items:

8(a) Discussion of Ordinance No. 960 - Amending Shoreline Municipal Code Chapter 12.30 Public Tree Management

The PRCS/Tree Board evaluated the Tree Preservation Code Team’s (TPCT) proposed amendment, which proposed a 90-day notification period for right-of-way (ROW) tree removal, and recommended that the notification period for the removal of non-hazardous trees in the ROW be set at 45 days; less than the TPCT proposal but greater than the current 14-day requirement in the Shoreline Engineering Development Manual. 

While staff recommended that the PRCS/Tree Board not make a recommendation to the City Council to change the tree removal notification period, staff is proposing some clean-up to the language in SMC Chapter 12.30 to reflect current delegation authority and to provide clarity for these regulations.

8(b) Discussion of Ordinance No. 961 Unlimited Tax General Obligation (UTGO) Bond 2022 – Park Improvement and Park Land Acquisition and Ordinance No. 962 Amending Ordinance No. 829 Limited Tax General Obligation Bond Anticipation Notes

On February 8, 2022, Shoreline voters approved Proposition 1 (Parks) with nearly 70% of voters supporting the proposition. Proposed Ordinance No. 961 authorizes the issuance of unlimited tax general obligation bonds (Bonds) in the principal amount of up to $38.5 million to finance and refinance: parks improvements to five neighborhood parks; investments in park amenities for three additional parks; and the acquisition and improvement of new park land and public art.

8(c) Discussion of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update: Draft Transit, Shared-use Mobility, and Pedestrian Plan

The purpose of this agenda item is to provide the City Council with the fifth in a series of briefings about the TMP. Staff will provide Council with a presentation on the TMP draft Transit, Shared-use Mobility, and Pedestrian Plans.

Please note that staff will return to Council to present the TMP draft Bicycle Plan in mid- April 2022.

8(d) Update on the Wastewater Rate Study Project and Policy Discussion

The City assumed the Ronald Wastewater District on April 30, 2021. After assumption, the City retained FCS Group (FCSG) to conduct a wastewater rate structure. Staff will present Council with an update and status on the wastewater rate study, and provide information from policy issue papers developed by FCSG. Staff are seeking Council input and direction to inform the wastewater rate study in advance of preparation of the 2023-2024 biennial budget later this year.

Considering the policy implications and the practical limitations on the City’s access to water usage data, staff recommends that the City continue charging its single-family customers a fixed monthly charge, with no volumetric component.

Full agenda, staff documents, link for meeting, how to comment here

--Pam Cross


Jobs: North City Water District - Utility Person I

North City Water District (NCWD) is accepting applications for a Utility Person I. 

The successful candidate will play a key role as a member of the Field Crew. 

Please see our website for more information and applications. 

Starting pay is $30.29 per hour or $63,011 annually. 

Deliver a completed application and, cover letter and resume to North City Water District, Attn: Max Woody, 1519 NE 177th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155 or by fax to 206.361.0629. Open until filled; first review of resumes is scheduled on Friday April 15, 2022. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintain policies for a drug-free and smoke free work environment.


Third Place Books has a full slate of authors in April - both in person and virtual

Third Place Books
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Third Place Books author events are up and running. Their April events are a mix of in person and virtual.

Both virtual and in-person events require registration in advance. Unless ticketed, events are free and open to the public.

Register at 

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center at the intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park.

(★) – denotes ticketed event

Tuesday, April 5 at 6pm (Virtual)

Pete Finestone, Curt Weiss, and S. W. Lauden
Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming

From 60s garage rock and proto-punk to 90s pop punk and beyond, Forbidden Beat is an uptempo ode to six decades of punk rock drumming, featuring pieces by Tré Cool (Green Day), Pete Finestone (Bad Religion), and more. Three lauded drummers discuss the collection.

Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Maggie Doyne
Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, Healing, and Hope

Since co-founding the Kopila Valley Children’s Home for orphaned children in rural Nepal—and soon after the BlinkNow Foundation—Maggie Doyne’s philanthropy work has been championed by Nicholas Kristof, the Dalai Lama, and Cheryl Strayed. In her first book, Doyne shares her inspiring story.

Thursday, April 7 at 7pm (Virtual)

David Shields with Claire Dederer
The Very Last Interview

David Shields decided to gather and transcribe every interview he’s ever given, going back nearly forty years. The result is a lacerating self-demolition in which the author is strangely, thrillingly absent. Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble, joins in conversation.

Thursday, April 7 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Charlie Jane Anders with Margaret Owen
Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak

Outsmart your enemies. Outrun the galaxy. Locus Award–winning author Charlie Jane Anders presents the sequel to her queer, YA “space opera” Victories Greater Than Death. Andrew Sean Greer writes that Anders could be this generation’s Ursula K. Le Guin. Margaret Owen, author of Little Thieves, joins in conversation.

Monday, April 11 at 6pm (Virtual)

Eugene Linden with Dan Vergano
Fire and Flood: A People's History of Climate Change, from 1979 to the Present

We've failed to address climate change. What happens now? Fire and Flood represents Eugene Linden’s definitive case as to how we’ve arrived at our current dire pass, and how the same forces that have confused the public’s mind and slowed policy response are poised to pivot with astonishing speed. Dan Vergano, science reporter for Buzzfeed News, joins in conversation.

Monday, April 11 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Reyna Grande
A Ballad of Love and Glory: A Novel

A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this sweeping historical saga following a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier who must fight, at first for their survival and then for their love, amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War.

Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Kyle Lukoff with Jake Arlow
Different Kinds of Fruit

Kyle Lukoff—whose novel Too Bright to See was a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Stonewall Award—reads from his funny and hugely heartfelt YA novel about a sixth-grader whose life is turned upside down when she learns her dad is trans. Jake Arlow, author of Almost Flying, joins in conversation.

Wednesday, April 13 at 6pm (Virtual)

Clyde W. Ford
Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth

In this provocative, timely, and painstakingly researched book, the award-winning author of Think Black tells the story of how Black labor helped to create and sustain the wealth of the white one percent throughout American history.

Thursday, April 14 at 4pm (Virtual)

Muggsy Bogues with Jake Uitti
Muggsy: My Life from a Kid in the Projects to the Godfather of Small Ball

In this new autobiography co-authored by Jake Uitti, Bogues delves deep into his life and career as a professional basketball player, reflecting on legendary battles with Michael Jordan and other generational stars of 80s and 90s hoops. He shares far-ranging anecdotes from playoff runs in Charlotte, filming Space Jam, and watching a young Steph Curry grow up.

Thursday, April 14 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Alejandro Varela
The Town of Babylon: A Novel

Alejandro Varela’s epic and hilarious debut follows Andrés, a gay Latinx professor, returning to his hometown for a twenty-year high school reunion. Bryan Washington calls it "an unqualified achievement of the highest degree." ASL interpreting provided.

Monday, April 18 at 5pm (Virtual)

Caren Beilin and Cristina Rivera Garza
moderated by Danielle Dutton
Revenge of the Scapegoat and New and Selected Stories
in partnership with Harvard Book Store, Community Bookstore, and Brazos Bookstore

Four bookstores come together to celebrate new books from Dorothy, a publishing project: Caren Beilin’s Revenge of the Scapegoat, a novel of serious pain and brutal absurdity, and Cristina Rivera Garza’s New and Selected Stories, a collection drawn from over three decades of her extraordinary career. Moderated by Danielle Dutton, co-founder and editor at Dorothy.

Wednesday, April 20 at 4pm (Virtual)

Michael Favala Goldman
presents Tove Ditlevsen’s The Trouble with Happiness
in partnership with the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith and Literati Bookstore

Danish writer Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing, became a nationwide sensation last year with the publication of The Copenhagen Trilogy, translated by Tiina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman. Now, Goldman makes a rare virtual appearance to discuss his new translation of Ditlevsen’s short stories.

Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Shaun David Hutchinson with Martha Brockenbrough
Howl: A Novel

The beloved local YA author of We Are the Ants, recently named one of the "100 Best YA Books of All Time" by Time, shares his gritty and raw novel of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up—and monsters. Martha Brockenbrough, author of Into the Bloodred Woods, joins in conversation.

Thursday, April 21 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Heather Durham with Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Wolf Tree: An Ecopsychological Memoir in Essays

Local essayist and nature writer Heather Durham presents her new collection, exploring one woman's relationships with landscapes and animals through self-awareness and the difficulties and rewards of connecting with others. Award-winning ecophilosopher Lyanda Lynn Haupt joins in conversation.

Friday, April 22 at 6pm (Virtual)

Jeffrey Siger
One Last Chance

The 12th book in Jeffrey Siger’s Andreas Kaldis series, One Last Chance is set on the Aegean Island of Ikaria with its storied past of pirates and conquerors. Booklist calls it “international police procedural writing at its best.''

Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Tarryn Fisher
An Honest Lie

From New York Times bestselling Seattle author Tarryn Fisher (The Wives) comes another gripping, complex psychological thriller with an epic twist, about a girls' weekend to Vegas gone horribly wrong.

Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)

Gretchen McNeil with Lish McBride
Dig Two Graves

As Book Riot says, “McNeil has become something of a Stephen King for the YA set, writing suspenseful and eminently readable thrillers.” The author of the popular #MurderTrending series presents her latest YA novel. Lish McBride, author of Curses, joins in conversation.

★ Thursday, April 28 at 7pm (Virtual)

Virtual Craft Lecture with Matt Bell
Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts
Co-sponsored by Hugo House

In this interactive lecture, novelist Matt Bell details a practical and straightforward approach to writing fiction, drawing from the strategies in his craft book Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts. Come curious and bring your questions! Tickets come with a copy of the featured book. See for details.


Almost like being there: Cherry Blossoms at the UW

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Look forward to frequent photos of the cherry blossoms.


AG Ferguson announces new initiative to combat robocalls

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today an initiative to combat robocalls in Washington state. The Attorney General’s Office created a new complaint form for Washingtonians tailored for reporting robocalls.

Additionally, as part of an effort to educate and inform Washingtonians, the Attorney General’s Office launched a website with descriptions of robocalls and telemarketing scams, including strategies for combating them.

Today’s launch is a continuation of the Attorney General’s work to stop illegal robocalls. In the past two years, Ferguson filed three lawsuits aimed at holding illegal robocallers accountable.

  1. In October 2021, Ferguson filed a lawsuit against a Corvallis, Ore.-based company, Global Grid Telecom, and its owner for illegally robocalling Washingtonians more than 54,000 times with deceptive recorded messages. Ironically, the calls attempted to sell a purported robocall-blocking service. The case is ongoing.
  2. In March 2021, two companies that made more than 1.7 million robocalls into Washington paid $495,000 to legitimate charities as a result of a lawsuit by Ferguson, 39 other attorneys general and the FTC.
  3. In August 2020, as a result of the Attorney General’s lawsuit, a King County Superior Court judge ordered Vancouver, Wash.-based air duct cleaning companies and their owner to pay civil penalties of $10 million. US Air Ducts and Sky Builders and DLM Services Inc. made over 13 million robocalls within Washington state from 2017 to 2019, including calling more than 500 individual Washingtonians over 100 times. Robocalls are a type of phone call that comes from automated systems where computers play a recorded message when someone answers the phone or when it goes to voicemail.

“Robocalls are more than just annoying — they can also be illegal,” Ferguson said. “Many of our cases are based on tips we receive from Washingtonians. If robocalls are harassing you, please file a complaint with my office.”

Prior to the creation of the specific complaint form for robocalls, Washingtonians could report any suspicious calls through the Attorney General’s Office general consumer complaint form. The creation of a specific complaint form for robocalls will give attorneys, investigators and staff more precise information for quicker reaction to complaints.

The robocall complaint form includes specific questions for reporting the details of a suspicious call to help our office better track and discover patterns for robocalls in the state — and prevent other Washingtonians from getting more illegal calls. 

Even if illegal robocallers fake their caller identification, the Attorney General’s Office has resources to track these calls when Washingtonians report their telephone number, telephone provider and the exact time and date of the call.

Signs of a scam
  • Caller asks for personal information. A legitimate caller should never ask for your password, social security number or bank account number. Scammers ask for your personal information to steal your money or identity.
  • An offer that seems too good to be true. If the message on the call advertises something for free or at low cost, it is likely a scam.
  • Request payment other than credit card. Scammers usually ask for payment with a gift card, online money transfer or other payment method that is hard to track. Resist any pressure to send immediate payment, or hang up.
  • Threats, scare tactics. Some robocallers threaten individuals with cutting off their utilities, filing legal complaints against them or other actions to get them to send in money or call them back. The government or a legitimate business will generally send a letter if there is a legal issue or a problem with an account.
What to do if you suspect a robocall scam
  • Do not trust your Caller ID. Scammers can fake, or “spoof,” the name and number that appears on your caller ID, making it look like the call is from an unknown number, legitimate business, government agency or local number.
  • Do not answer the call. If you do not recognize a phone number, you can let the call go to voicemail.
  • Hang up. If you answer a call and it seems like it is a robocall, hang up immediately.
  • Do not pay for or accept any offers. Scammers will try to pressure you to make a decision without doing any research or talking to friends or family who may help identify a scam. Don't make any decisions under pressure.
  • Resist the urge to call back or confront the caller. Individuals who call robocallers or scammers back can end up on a list of people who answer the calls then get more calls.
  • Block. You can call your telephone service provider to see what options are available to block phone numbers associated with robocalls and telemarketing scams.
  • Report. Report any robocalls or other suspicious calls you receive to the Attorney General’s Office.Some robocalls may give you an option to opt out of receiving future calls, but if the caller is a scammer, they are unlikely to honor your request. However, you can add your number to the national “Do Not Call” registry ( to reduce the number of annoying telemarketing calls.

A few types of robocalls are allowed without permission. These include political calls about candidates, charities asking for donations or any message that is purely informational, like calls about a flight status or school closure.

Some robocalls or telemarketers may come from legitimate charitable organizations, but it is wise to contact the Washington Secretary of State's Charitable Division at 1-800-332-4483, or visit their website, to make sure any charity is registered with the state before you give money or credit card information.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Diet


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


City of Shoreline rebate program for rain gardens and native landscaping

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
Does your yard need a makeover? 

The City of Shoreline has a rebate program to help Shoreline property owners plant native landscaping beds and rain gardens! 

These gardens are distinctly Pacific Northwest and are far less maintenance than grass lawns. 

We love them because of all the environmental benefits they provide! 

Visit to learn more and see if your yard qualifies!


Shorecrest girls varsity tennis vs Everett 3-29-22

Girls varsity tennis
Everett 6, Shorecrest 1
At Clark Park Tuesday, 3-29-22
Coach Rob Mann

  1. Flora Cummings (S) def. Halle Burt 0-6, 7-6(7-5), 11-9; 
  2. Lilly Thompson (E) def. Cami Sikora 6-3, 4-6, 8-10;  
  3. Maddy McGuire (E) def. Megan McMullen  1-6, 2-6; 
  4. Halle Mudaliar (E) def. Lily Haessler 6-7(6-8), 3-6. 

  1. Camille Maggio-Rachael Dowdell (E) def. Delaney Davis-Laila Rabaa 1-6, 3-6; 
  2. Jaelyn Mill-Celina Escamilla (E) def. Dacotah Poole-Ellie Coleman,  0-6,2-6;
  3. Kadalyna Franck-Tolentino-Samatha Rocha (E) def. Yamin Dembrow-Zoe Greenzweig 2-6, 4-6

Updated 4-1-22


Lake Forest Park officers apprehend car prowler

Photo courtesy LFP Police
Tuesday morning, March 29, 2022 at approximately 4:00am, Lake Forest Park Police Officer J. Benson was on proactive patrol on Shore Drive NE, when he noticed a subject walking away from a vehicle parked in a driveway. 

Officer Benson checked the vehicle and saw that its doors were ajar, the lights were on, and it was evident that somebody had just rummaged through the vehicle. 

Officer Benson and Officer B. Carlsrud located the suspect at the Chevron gas station on Bothell Way and detained him. 

The suspect, who had also an outstanding warrant, admitted to prowling two vehicles in the area. Several stolen items were recovered and the suspect was charged with vehicle prowl and transported to a detention facility.


Hopelink now enrolling for free English for Work program

Amharic language from the central highlands of Ethiopia

Spring/Summer quarter orientation for Hopelink’s free English for Work program starts on May 3. New students can contact us to register. See the flyer (attached) and the information below for details. You can also visit our webpage.

About English for Work

This one-quarter program supports immigrants and refugees with improving their English language skills and preparing for employment. Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing as they learn about topics such as skills and strengths, job search, resumes, and interviewing. Near the end of the quarter, students participate in mock interviews conducted by local employers — a highlight of the program!

Tigrinya language of Eritrea and northern Ethiopia

Class Information
  • Students participate in online class on Zoom two times per week. Students who need a computer can borrow a Hopelink Chromebook.
  • Morning and evening class options are available.
  • Classes are best for students who have intermediate or advanced-level English skills. We assess students to determine their level and help decide if our program is a good fit.

Students must:
  • plan to get a job in the U.S. or enroll in job training/college to prepare to get a job (within the next 6 months)
  • be 18 years or older
  • live in the U.S. permanently (we cannot serve people who have a temporary visa such as a B, F, J, or M visa)
  • live in Hopelink’s service area (for example, in Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, or surrounding cities)

Please contact us at or 425-250-3007 if you have any questions. We are happy to help!

Posters are available in other languages here


Screwball comedy musical at Shoreline CC Theater

Please join Woodland Park Players theater company at our 2022 production (that has been on hold for a couple of years :)

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is a hilarious screwball comedy musical that first appeared on Broadway in 2012 with Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. It features beautiful music by the great Gershwin brothers, including “S’Wonderful”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”, and the title song “Nice Work, If You Can Get It”.

The Woodland Park Players is a neighborhood theater group that comes together and is committed to keeping the arts alive by producing one musical a year and donating all proceeds to arts programs at our neighborhood public schools.

Don’t wait to get your tickets! Because we have been around for five years, put on really good shows, and give our profits away at the end of each production (we have given away over $26,000 since our inception), we sell out every show. There are only a few tickets left on closing night! 


Scene on the Sound: Cargo ship chugging by Point Wells

Photo by John Slomnicki

CMA CGM TIGRIS (IMO: 9705067) is a Container Ship that was built in 2014 (8 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Malta. 

Its carrying capacity is 9200 TEU and her current draught is reported to be 13.8 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 299.95 meters and her width is 48.2 meters.

Photo by John Slomnicki

The CMA CGM Tigris passing a ferry on the Kingston Edmonds run.


HomeTechHacker: Why And How to Back Up Your Computer

By Marlon Buchanan

Have you recently backed up your important home videos, photos, financial, and other important documents? 

If the answer is no then you are at risk of losing your files to hard drive failures, ransomware, theft or even accidentally deleting a file. The best way to protect yourself from these problems is to implement a proper backup strategy for your important files.

Before we get into the details of a proper backup strategy, let's discuss three different types of backups.

Synology Networked attached storage device
Local backups

Copying your files to a second place somewhere in your home is considered a local backup. This can be as simple as copying your files to a separate directory or hard drive on your computer. 

A better idea would be to buy an external hard drive that you store backups on. 

Even better (and more expensive) would be a networked attached storage (NAS) device like the ones made by Synology and QNAP.

Back up to the cloud

Cloud storage is a very competitive business with a lot of options, both free and paid. OneDrive and iCloud offer 5 GB of free storage. while Dropbox offers 2 GB of free space. Google Drive offers a whopping 15 GB of free storage, but that includes your Google Photos and Gmail storage. 

You can install apps on your computers and mobile devices to automatically backup important files to these cloud accounts. These services can become expensive if you have a lot of data to back up.

Backup to the cloud
Remote backup

The primary goal of cloud backup solutions like OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google drive is to keep your files synced across multiple machines and devices, thereby providing access anywhere. 

Remote backup systems are best if you’re concerned about backing up large amounts of data at a reasonable price. Popular cloud backup services include Backblaze, Spideroak, and IDrive. 

All of these solutions come with software you can install on your PC(s) and schedule automated backups so you don’t even have to think about it. Some of these solutions have apps that will back up your mobile devices too!

3-2-1: A good backup strategy

Good backup strategies involve keeping multiple copies of your data in multiple places. The more copies of your data, the less risk of data loss. A popular backup technique is the 3-2-1 backup strategy which stands for:
  • 3 copies of your data
  • 2 local copies on 2 different devices (original and backup)
  • 1 offsite backup
To accomplish this, you would combine the local backups with cloud and/or remote backups. 

For example, you could have a process that backs your computer up to an external hard drive or NAS frequently and then performs a daily remote backup. 

Some cloud backup services have direct integration (usually browser-based web apps) with popular NAS providers to make this process even easier.

It’s important to automate whatever backup strategy you choose. Reliable backups are critical and having to remember to backup a file is unreliable. 

There are software and apps available for Windows and Macs to automate remote and local backups as well as sync to the cloud.

Don’t wait until you’ve lost data and it's too late. Start backing up your files today.

Marlon Buchanan is an author, IT Director, and founder of, a website with free resources to help you make the most of your home technology.


License for Love campaign underway in King county

Photo courtesy PAWS
From April 1 through June 30, you can license your cat or dog or renew an expired license with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) and your late fees will be waived!

Benefits of licensing your pet:
  • Reunites lost pets quickly
  • Helps fund the care and adoption of shelter animals
  • Supports the protection of people and pets in your community
“Each year more than 100,000 pets are protected by licensing, connecting those pets with their loving families through identification. Protect your pet and help thousands of other animals cared for each year in the Kent animal shelter,” said Gene Mueller, DVM, MPH, manager at Regional Animal Services of King County.

RASKC licenses pets in 24 cities and unincorporated King County. Under the RASKC program, several hundred pets are returned to their owners and thousands of pets are adopted into loving homes each year.

Learn more and license online at or call 206-296-2712. Interpreter service is available.


Jersey Mike's will donate all proceeds from Wednesday March 30 to Special Olympics

Tuesday, March 29, 2022



49 Washington Jersey Mike’s Locations Will Donate 100% of Sales

to Help Local Athletes Attend the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games


On Wednesday, March 30, 2022 “Day of Giving,” 100 percent of your purchase at any JerseyMike’s in the state will support the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and help more than 70 Team Washington athletes attend the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, June 5-12, in Orlando, Fla.

On March 30, the passionate teams at 49 Jersey Mike’s Washington locations will give every single dollar in sales, not just the profit, to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and the state Programs attending the USA Games. 

For the first time ever, the company is donating all proceeds to a single cause when Jersey Mike’s restaurants from every state will support Special Olympics athletes throughout the country. (Watch commercial)


All month, generous customers have been making donations at more than 2,000 JerseyMike’s locations throughout the nation during the 12th Annual “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. On March 30, Day of Giving, it’s our turn to give and we’re giving it all away!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2022– All day!

WHERE: For a list of participating restaurants in your area, please visit our location listing by state

Special Olympics USA Games and Jersey Mike’s believe the passion for being great has no boundaries.
Nationwide Jersey Mike’s hopes to raise enough money to help every qualifying athlete across the country attend the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

  • Jersey Mike's locations nationwide give 100% of ALL sales on Day of Giving as part of the company’s annual Month of Giving campaign in March.
  • Every four years, more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states unite to compete in one of the most beloved and inspiring sporting events in the US – the Special Olympics USA Games.
  • Athletes compete in 19 sports including athletics, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, basketball, flag football and many more.
  • During this year’s Month of Giving in March, Jersey Mike’s hopes to surpass last year’s record-breaking $15 million fundraising total. Proceeds support the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and help local athletes attend the USA Games.
  • Since 2011, Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving has raised more than $47 million for local charities.

Jersey Mike’s is committed to “Giving…Make a Difference in Someone’s Life.” For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( Join in the conversation at #JerseyMikesGives.


Chickadee is a wannabe hummingbird

Hover like a hummer
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

This little Chickadee is a real character. Daily it takes sips of the sweet hummingbird juice and tries to fly in place like all of the hummers. So far it has had no luck.

Trying to get a response from the red bird
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The Chickadee also tries to get some sort of response from the red bird atop the feeder. So far, no luck! 

--Wayne Pridemore


Shorewood Hip Hop Team places 2nd at WIAA 3A Dance/Drill State competition

Monday, March 28, 2022

Shorewood Hip Hop Team places 2nd at State
Photo courtesy Kaitlin Aswege

Congratulations to the Shorewood HS Hip Hop Team, finishing in 2nd place at the WIAA 3A Dance/Drill State competition Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Advisor: Kaitlin Aswege

Team members:

Kynalynn Borja
Ronel Cooper
Serena Deranleau
Andrew Drummond
Ally Johnson
Anya-Rose Kelly
Suah Kim
Tenzin Lodoe
Arianna Medina
Ava Mirante
Medea Rich-Martinez
Siyam Tekle
Meka Vincini


The Seattle Times: Shoreline man turns himself in after killing roommate

Linden Highlands Apartments
According to reporting in today's The Seattle Times, a resident of the Linden Highlands Apartments called 911 to report that he had killed his female roommate.

"The man called 911 at 7:21 a.m. Sunday and met police officers in the parking lot of the Linden Highlands apartments, located in the 17500 block of Linden Avenue North, says the probable-cause statement outlining the sheriff’s case against the man. 
"Officers noticed he had blood on him and then located the woman’s body in the man’s apartment.

"The woman appeared to have suffered a severe head injury and detectives found an ax and large bolt cutter in the apartment, both covered in blood, the statement says."

Names have not yet been released. The man is being held on held on investigation of homicide and bail is set at $5 million.


Look what’s new at the Shoreline/LFP Senior Activity Center this April

Look what’s new at the Shoreline/LFP Senior Activity Center this April!

GET FIT~STAY FIT with instructor CeCe Ryan

This new class is a gentle exercise program, performed either seated or standing. 

Improve your physical conditioning, range-of-motion, strength and endurance and decrease your risk of injuries.

Especially benefits chronic illnesses, degenerative conditions and improves overall wellness. (Wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated.)

Days: Tuesday and Thursday Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Class starts on April 5, 2022


For Veterans of all ages and First Responders

Join our certified yoga instructor, Caleb Lay for chair and standing poses (no floor sitting) to improve breathing, flexibility, balance and mood. Postures can be adapted to your abilities or limitations. Wear comfortable clothing. All Ages welcome. No charge for the class

Class size is limited – Register today

Day: Thursday Time: 9:30am-10:30am Class starts on April 7, 2022

NEW YOGA CLASS - CLIMATE SUPPORT YOGA with instructor instructor Crystal Connelly

Offering a new type of yoga that highlights a philosophy to share with community, instructor Crystal Connelly will lead this class in shared intention, meditation, mindfulness practice and gentle movement exploring climate change topics through the lens of yoga.

All ages welcome. No charge for the class. Class size is limited – Register today

Day: Thursday Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm Class starts on April 7, 2022

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located in the southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus. 18560 1st Ave NE #1, Shoreline WA 98155

Call  206-365-1536 or stop in during business hours to register.


Week-long science camps for elementary to high school students at Shoreline Community College

Lab camps at Shoreline Community College this summer
Summer Camps

Shoreline offers several summer camps for kids and teens! 

Topic areas include computer programming / coding, video game design, forensic science, biotechnology, environmental awareness, art, wellness/athletics and more!

Information on all camps here

Project Biotech summer camp 

Open to high school students and fills up fast! Registration opens Friday April 1st 

Shoreline Community College's Biotechnology Lab opens its doors to high school students for week-long explorations of biotechnology and DNA sequencing!

Black Rocket STEAM Camps

Black Rocket’s distinct programs in Creative Sciences and Digital Arts focus on the intersection of creativity and technology. Each course emphasizes self-empowerment, cognitive reasoning, and divergent thinking through hands-on learning. Whether in the classroom or the cloud, we believe every human being is unique in their ability and talents. Black Rocket's mission is to help ignite, unleash, and enhance these distinct talents.

KIMSeattle Forensic Science Summer Camps

KIMSeattle (Kids in Medicine and Science) is a nonprofit organization that provides K-12 informal science education through authentic laboratory experiences. Camp participants will immerse themselves in a fictitious, yet realistic, simulated crime and spend the week solving the case. Collected evidence from the recreated scene is analyzed using eight different fields of forensic science. More details can be found at or you can email

Here's an article from 2017 about a 5th grade class at KIMSeattle: Where 5th graders can dissect pig hearts

Advanced Coding with Java and C# and Game Design Camps

Margaret Royzen is a professional software developer with more than 30 years of experience, holds an MS in Computer Science and is certified as a C# Programmer and a C# Web Developer. All of the camp and coding/game design teaching material has been developed or customized to cover specific language syntax and best design and programming techniques.

Information on all the camps:

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