Jobs: City of Shoreline Administrative Assistant II

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

City of Shoreline
Administrative Assistant II
$27.50 - $34.85 Hourly
CLOSING DATE: 9/18/2022 11:59 PM


Shoreline is an inclusive City that endeavors to build a work culture which embraces diversity, encourages participation, and promotes equity.

The City's mission is to fulfill the community’s vision through highly valued public service. Our employees work to achieve organizational goals while embracing the City’s values. City Mission, Values, and Goals The City offers generous benefits to all regular employees.

Shoreline is going through an exciting period of growth and development largely spurred by the extension of light rail through the City. The Planning and Community Development department gets to play a vital role in support of the City's vision for the future.

The City of Shoreline is looking to fill a new Administration Assistant II position in the Planning and Community Development Department (PCD). The PCD Team is 26 members strong and a part of the 194+ employees City organization. PCD is responsible for processing permits for development; coordinating planning for the City’s future; ensuring protection of natural resources through regulation; supporting regional efforts to increase affordable housing; and promoting sustainability through the application of progressive codes and incentives.

We are looking for a teammate that is inclusive and eager to assist customers, residents, and coworkers with a variety of tasks. The successful candidate will be organized, enjoy learning new things and comfortable pivoting to new assignments.


To perform a wide variety of responsible and complex administrative duties in support of an assigned department; to provide information and assistance to the public regarding departmental policies and procedures; and to perform a variety of tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Job description and application


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Fast??


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Registration open for Garden Party 2022 to benefit the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden


Garden Party 2022

Join us for the

12th Annual KBGF Garden Party!

September 25, 2022

Mark your calendars for an afternoon of fun and fundraising with the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation.

Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year and be a part of our fabulous Garden community.

Our online silent auction will include rare plants, garden art, and unique experiences.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 2:30 - 6:00pm


As If Theatre Company presents hilarious and timely comedy The Foreigner October 6-23 in Kenmore

As If Theatre Company (AITC) presents Larry Shue’s classic comedy The Foreigner October 6-23, 2022. This will be AITC’s sixth production since opening in 2019.

In this hilarious farce, Englishman Charlie Baker wants to escape his boring life and marital strife by disappearing to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. Painfully shy, he begrudgingly adopts the persona of a foreigner who doesn't understand English. 

Convinced he’s unable to understand them, the guests begin to speak freely around him. Charlie not only becomes privy to dangerous secrets, he also discovers an adventurous extrovert within himself. Under the direction of Ken Michels, AITC’s production embraces the undeniable humor in the script while acknowledging the prescient themes of the play.

“We love a solid comedy,” says AITC’s Artistic Director Cindy Giese French. “and this is one of the most solid comedies around. But this play can go so much deeper than just the laughs because it shines a light on what being considered an outsider really looks like in this country. We know it’ll be entertaining, but we also hope our audiences leave with a lot to talk about.”

The cast of The Foreigner includes Jason Gingold, Jalyn Green, Sonya Rose Usher, Cindy Giese French, Mike Tucker, John Clark, and Terry Boyd. Creative designers are Ken Michels (set design), Gwyn Skone (lighting design), and William French (sound design).

October 6-23, 2022
Opening Night – Thursday, October 6.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Sundays at 5:00pm
At the Kenmore Community Club
7304 NE 175th St, Kenmore, WA 98028

For Tickets and Information, visit

Tickets: $25 general / $20 senior/ student/ military

About As If Theatre Company: Passionate and dedicated, As If Theatre Company’s ultimate goal is to bring engaging, challenging, and entertaining theater to the community just north of Seattle. Performing at the historic Kenmore Community Club, the company was started by local theater artists, Cindy Giese French, Amy Gentry, and Molly Hall, who wanted to create an artistic home in the Northend. As If is grateful for the fiscal sponsorship of Arts of Kenmore.


Online programs from King County Library System week of September 5, 2022

Online Adult Programs via the King County Library System
Week of September 5, 2022
King County Library System, (425) 462-9600 or (800) 462-9600 (in Washington State)
E-mail form (English):
E-mail form (Spanish):
Please visit to see all events and filter by age level, type of program, and date.
Closed captioning is available for online events. Captioning is auto-generated. Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities is available by request for all events. Contact the library at least seven days before the event if you need accommodation. Send your request to
Ongoing programs:

Green River College ESOL/ESL Class Registration for Fall Quarter
Through December 7, 2022
Description: Register for upcoming English for Speakers of Other Languages/English as a Second Language class.Classes will be held online on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 19 - December 8. Online assessments (placement tests) are by appointment (photo ID required). To register or if you have questions, please call 253-351-6680. In partnership with the King County Library System.
Daily Arts Activities by SilverKite!
Mondays, 1:30pm; Wednesdays, 10:30am
Description: For all ages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite Community Arts is offering online intergenerational workshops, talks, social hours and performances FREE for KCLS patrons. We hope that by offering these opportunities, we are providing stimulating creative engagement opportunities and social connection during this challenging time. Register at You will see "GUEST AREA." Enter KCLS2020 for the password and choose your classes. You will receive an email confirmation with a list of supplies and access instructions before the class.
Your Next Job
Monday--Friday, 10am-5pm
Description: For adults. Get free one-on-one help with your job and unemployment questions online or by phone. We can help you find your next job or learn new skills. For speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. If you have a question or need help, 206-386-4636. In partnership with The Seattle Public Library, Sno-Isle Libraries, Seattle Jobs Initiative, Puget Sound Welcome Back Center, Building Our Bridge and Korean Community Service Center.

Digital Navigator Appointments
Tuesdays, 1:15pm; Thursdays, 10:15am
Description: Meet with one of our staff members online or by phone. Do you need a computer or new or better Internet access at home? Digital Navigators can help you find low-cost options. Digital Navigators can also help you find resources to learn basic computer and internet skills. Make an appointment online:, call our helpline, Ask KCLS, at 800-462-9600.

Questions about Medicare?
Every other Wednesday, 12-4pm. Please follow the link above for specific dates.
Description: For adults. The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a free, unbiased and confidential counseling service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioners (OIC). SHIBA's trained and impartial volunteers are available to assist consumers with their Medicare related questions. Register online for a one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone.
Plaza Comunitaria-Tutorías para adultos / Tutoring for Adults
Wednesdays, 5-8pm
Saturdays, 10am-1pm
Description: Consigue tu certificado oficial de primaria y secundaria de la SEP (Secretaria de Educación Pública de México). Programa gratuito individual en español para personas adultas de cualquier nacionalidad.
* Recibe ayuda virtual de un tutor voluntario
* Estudia desde tu casa y a tu ritmo.
* Programa individual. Empieza en cualquier momento.
* Horarios flexibles.
¿Listo para dar el primer paso? Habla o escríbenos para evaluar tu nivel y registrarte 425-369-3443, Horarios en Bellevue Library disponibles solo con cita previa y para tomar tests de nivel o exámenes finales.

Free virtual tutoring for Spanish-speaking adults seeking to obtain their elementary and/or middle school official diploma from the SEP (Mexican Secretary of Public Education). Individualized program for adults of all nationalities. Study from home. Flexible hours, depending on tutors' availability. Testing and final exams are in-person at the Bellevue Library by appointment only. Call or email to register, 425-369-3443 or
Genealogy Help with Eastside Genealogical Society
Wednesdays, 1-3pm
Description: Are you just beginning your family history research? Or have you hit a wall in your research? Wherever your ancestors are from, volunteers from Eastside Genealogical Society are waiting to assist with genealogical research.  You can arrange a virtual help appointment by registering here.  You will be contacted via email with a weblink to enter your individual teleconference help session at least 1 hour before your session. Please register at least 24 hours before the help session.
Talk Time
Wednesdays, 7-8pm; Thursdays, 10-11am
Description: Practice speaking English with other English language learners online! Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world, while connecting from home!  Register with your email and we will send you the link to join the Zoom meeting.
Unique programs this week:

Kenmore Afternoon Book Group
Tuesday, September 6, 2-3:30pm
Description: “Facing the Mountain” by Daniel James Brown. You will be emailed a link no later than two hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.
Kahoot! Trivia: High School Musical: The Series
Tuesday, September 6, 6-7pm
Description: Play trivia featuring the various characters, songs and more in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series!
Please register. You will be emailed a link no later than one hour before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder and email Devon at
Play on Zoom as an individual or as a team with members of your household.
To participate, you will need a computer that allows a split-screen option or two devices-one to run the Zoom app and one to run the Kahoot app.
Upcoming Trivia
* Tuesday, September 13, 6pm: Stranger Things
* Tuesday, September 20, 6pm: Hispanic Heritage Month
* Tuesday, September 27, 6pm: Hocus Pocus
First Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, September 6, 7-8pm
Description: New members are always welcome.
The reading list:
Please register. You will be sent a Zoom link.
Free Apps to Enhance Nature Time
Wednesday, September 7, 2-3pm
Description: Get more out of your beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoor time with free phone apps that can help you identify bird calls, plants, rocks, trails and your location with Bridget of GentleTechHelp.comThis program will not be recorded. Notes will be emailed to registrants after the session. Please register by 12pm on the day of the program. You will be emailed a link no later than one hour before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.
Knit Lit Book Group
Wednesday, September 7, 6-7:30pm
Description: “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Chat about the monthly book and share your knitting, crocheting or crafting projects! Attend this event at the library OR online. Please register for just one. You will be emailed a link no later than two hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.
Meet the Author: The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon
Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-7:30pm
Description: Syren Nagakyrie discusses the newly published book, “The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon: Outdoor Adventures Accessible by Car, Wheelchair, and Foot.” 
This is the first book of its kind to consider diverse access needs in the outdoors. The book removes one of the barriers to access — a lack of information written by and for the disability community.
For more information or to purchase the book,
Please register. You will be sent the Zoom link.
Issaquah Library Book Group
Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-8pm
Description: “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. New members always welcome.
Please register. You will be emailed a link no later than two hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.

Let’s Talk About Credit!
Wednesday, September 7, 7-8pm
Description: Unravel the mystery of getting and keeping good credit with a Hopelink Financial Coach. Ask your credit questions in a small group setting. Discuss credit basics, changes to medical debt reporting and more. This is a follow up to the popular three-part program series, “Take Control of Your Credit.” Part of the KCLS Invest In Yourself series. In partnership with Hopelink and the King County Library System. Please register for each workshop separately at
You will be emailed a link no later than one hour before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.


Kent man, leader of violent international drug ring, pleads guilty to Federal charges

Seattle – One of the leaders of a violent international drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine in the Puget Sound region pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle. 

Jose Elias Barbosa, 37, of Kent, Washington, faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison and up to life in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on December 13, 2022.

In his plea agreement, Barbosa admits he was one of the leaders of a transnational drug trafficking organization. Law enforcement has linked the organization to the CJNG cartel in Mexico. 

In November 2019, the DTO received a shipment of liquid methamphetamine concealed in candles. Barbosa helped DTO members to extract the methamphetamine and cook it into crystal form at a Port Orchard, Washington location. 

Barbosa was responsible for the distribution of at least 55 pounds of methamphetamine, 600 grams of heroin, and fentanyl throughout Western Washington and elsewhere.

Barbosa also pursued those who owed drug debts to the organization and possessed firearms during the drug conspiracy. 

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Tacoma Resident Office in partnership with Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Thurston County Narcotics Team (TNT), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


Gloria's Birds: Ya gotta admit, photog, right side up or upside down,

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

I'm the best lookin' bird in the yard!
(Steller's Jays are nothing if not self-assured!)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Lake Forest Park Garden Club to hear from Trevor Cameron at their September 13, 2022 meeting

Nurseryman Trevor Cameron 
The Lake Forest Park Garden Club will be meeting in person at the LFP Town Center upper level, stage area on Tuesday September 13, 2022. 9:30am general meeting and then from 10 to 10:30 coffee and treats. 

At 10:30am our speaker will be Trevor Cameron CPH. General Manager at Sunnyside Nursery. As a very experienced nurseryman he will be speaking on "Sedums and Succulents"
Sedums and Succulents along the edges of beds and rockeries like it hot and dry. This presentation covers best planting methods for best results even during the current season and in our growing conditions. 

Many have bright flowers. So many new succulents and sedums are available this year. Have fun playing with unusual containers. They do get addictive.

Town Center is at Bothell Way NE and Ballinger Way NE.

New members are accepted throughout the year. You can attend two meeting for free and then you will have to join the club for $25.00 a year dues. Novice and experienced gardeners are welcome. Come and learn or share your knowledge with our club. We meet from May to September and have a potluck in December. A picnic and a soiree in the summer.

If any questions call 206-362-5475 and ask for Jan.


Shoreline Schools start next week

School buses at the Transportation department
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, September 7, 2022 (this is a full school day, not early release). 

The first day of school for kindergarten and preschool students is Monday, September 12. You can find these and other important dates on Shoreline Schools website calendar.

School start and end times, including those for early release and half days, are available on the district bell times webpage.

Drivers should be particularly aware of students walking to schools and bus stops. We still have bus stops with little room for children to stand between the road and our many drainage ditches.

Slow down when you see children and never pass a school bus with its flag out!


Shoreline Covenant Church block party September 10, 2022

Shoreline Covenant Church is hosting a block party for the Echo Lake neighborhood and environs on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11am-3pm.

We hope you can join us for our “Hello Fall” Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11am-3pm (okay, okay, we know it’s still technically summer…! )

We’ll have music, treats, a bounce house, crafts for kids, lawn games, a Kids’ Marketplace, and more! 

Also, featuring Kool Kidz ice cream truck on site from 12-2pm, and a Strum ukulele band with live music and hula from 11am-12:30pm.

Event is open to all and is FREE (with exception of ice cream truck and Kids’ Marketplace goods)!

Shoreline Covenant Church 1330 N 185th, corner of 185th and Ashworth.


Local students graduate from Pacific University (Ore.)

FOREST GROVE, OREGON (August 29, 2022) - 

Local students graduated from Pacific University (Ore.).


Shoreline, Washington

  • Laura Elizabeth Delaney, Master of Arts in Teaching in STEM and English Language Learning, College of Education, May-22
  • Zane Ghen-Keung French, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, May-22

Pacific University serves nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, optometry and health professions. 

Committed to inspiring students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world, Pacific offers a transformational liberal arts foundation paired with meaningful professional preparation. Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Northwest, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene, and Woodburn, Ore.


Shoreline Hopelink offers GED classes - virtual orientations Sept 1 and 2, 2022

Do you know anyone who is looking to earn their GED or high school diploma to build a career? 

Shoreline Hopelink has GED/High School+ programs.

Virtual orientations will be held on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2. Contact them at or 425-457-9685 to sign up.

About the Program

Hopelink offers two pathways to earn a high school credential: GED and High School+ (HS+). 

  • GED students attend classes to develop reading, writing, math, and computer skills in preparation to pass the four GED exams. 
  • HS+ students complete assignments and projects to earn high-school credit at partner colleges. The program is free!

You can also visit their webpage for information.

Program highlights
  • All classes, tutoring, and materials are free
  • Online and in-person learning opportunities
  • Small classes to prepare for math, science, social studies and language arts GED exams
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Scholarships to pay for GED exams
  • College and career planning
  • Students must:need a high school diploma or GED
  • live in Hopelink’s service area in north and east King County
  • not have a B, F, J, M, or other temporary visa
  • be at least 16 years old and not enrolled, or required to be enrolled, in secondary school


Backyard Birds: When an osprey takes up residence

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Photo by John Wolfe

An osprey has chosen the very top of our fir tree as the best place to enjoy its snacks.

Photo by John Wolfe

The crows always hope for some remnants.

Photo by John Wolfe
Ospreys like to perch at the top of very tall trees.

Story by Lee Wolfe


Seattle Police responding to shooting at 145th / Aurora

Seattle Police at 145th shooting scene
Photo courtesy Shoreline resident

Seattle Police reported at 12:30am Tuesday, August 30, 2002 that they were responding to a shooting at North 144th Street and Aurora Ave North. Two victims reported at this time.

Southbound Aurora was closed for the investigation, but has been cleared and is now open.

Seattle Police Chief Diaz
One of the victims in this incident, a 44 year old man, was declared deceased at the scene. Seattle Police Chief Diaz provided information on this shooting — and an unrelated earlier incident where a suspect shot at officers — at the scene.

He said that officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 13200 block of Linden Ave North, which resulted in the suspect shooting at the officers. They took him into custody. 

While they were still on that call, they heard gunshots and got the call for a shooting at 143rd and Aurora.

When they arrived, one person was dead and the other, a 46 year old man, had minor injuries which were treated at the scene.

The case is under investigation by homicide and crime scene personnel. They are interviewing witnesses. If anyone has information to contribute, they are asked to call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.


Little Lemon Drops outdoor movie September 10, 2022 to raise funds for Seattle Children's

The Little Lemon Drops junior guild will hold their 10th Annual Outdoor Movie and Raffle on September 10, 2022 at the Innis Arden Clubhouse 1430 NW 188th, Shoreline WA 98177.

A suggested $5 donation will support uncompensated care at Children's Hospital in Seattle.

Movie snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6pm. Raffle and presentation at 7:15pm and movie at 8pm. Raffle tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets at the door or contact


Third Place Books September schedule of author events

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Third Place Books 
Town Center Lake Forest Park
Intersection of Bothell / Ballinger Way NE
September 2022 EVENTS
Please note: all times below are Pacific Time.
Both virtual and in-person events require registration in advance. Unless ticketed, events are free and open to the public. See for details.
() – denotes ticketed event
() – denotes event for children or middle grade readers
Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Craig Johnson
Hell and Back: A Longmire Mystery 
The bestselling mystery author returns to Third Place for the eighteenth installment in his bestselling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original drama. Tickets required. See for details.
Wednesday, September 7 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Tilar J. Mazzeo
Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker's Wife, and Mussolini's Daughter Outwitted the Nazis 
A Professeure Associée at University of Montreal discusses how three women delivered critical evidence of Axis war crimes to Allied forces during World War II.

Thursday, September 8 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Kristina McMorris
The Ways We Hide: A Novel
From the author of Sold on a Monday, a story about the wars we fight—between nations and inside ourselves—and the courage we find in unexpected places.
Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm PDT (Virtual)
Rachel Aviv in conversation with Stephanie Danler
Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us 
In partnership with Skylight Books, Green Apple Books, and Powell's Books
The highly anticipated debut from the acclaimed, award-winning New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv compels us to examine how the stories we tell about mental illness shape our sense of who we are.
September 16th–17th
Town Hall Seattle Writers Festival - Volume 1: Humble Beginnings (Town Hall Seattle)
Celebrating Seattle’s devotion to the written word, this exhilarating 2-day series features authors Joyce Carol Oates, A.M. Homes, David Quammen, Lan Samantha Chang, Oscar Hokeah, Leila Mottley, Sloane Crosley, and Ted Chiang at Town Hall’s historic building in First Hill. Join us for a day and a night of talks, book signings, community organizations, and more. Food will be available for purchase. Purchase tickets at 

Monday, September 19 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Jamal Gabobe
The Path of Difference
Local poet Jamal Gabobe, who earned his Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, presents his third book of poetry.
Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Randall Munroe in conversation with Dr. Emily Levesque
What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions 
The creator of the popular webcomic xkcd gives his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask (ex. "What would happen if the Solar System was filled with soup out to Jupiter?"). Tickets required. See for details.
Wednesday, September 21 at 6pm PDT (Virtual)
Angie Cruz in conversation with Ayana Mathis
How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel 
From the beloved author of Dominicana, an electrifying and indelible new novel about a woman who has lost everything but the chance to finally tell her story.
Friday, September 23 at 5:30pm PDT (Virtual)
Elisa Gabbert in conversation with Aria Aber
Normal Distance
A collection of funny and thought-provoking poems inspired by surprising facts that will appeal to poetry lovers and poetry haters alike, from the author of The Unreality of Memory.
Monday, September 26 at 6pm PDT (Virtual)
Dashiel Carrera in conversation with Evan Lavender-Smith
Deer: A Novel
A rhythmic, surrealist psychological thriller about a physicist who hits—what appears—to be a deer. “The Deer builds up a world, takes it apart, then builds it up with different shapes in different skins.” (Brian Evenson)
Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Joan Rudd
Building Solid: A Life in Stories
In frank and emotionally rewarding stories, a woman recalls her life from a feminist, Jewish, and largely humorous perspective. Her stories and her prose are delightful and sometimes hilarious.


Shoreline Council to discuss final Draft Transportation Element

At the September 12, 2022 City Council meeting, staff will present Council with a final Draft Transportation Element (TE). 

This final draft includes analysis of potential future funding for transportation projects over the next 20 years and a financially constrained project list. This is an important step in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update.

The TE is the regulatory portion of the TMP that will be adopted into the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). A Public Hearing for Comp Plan amendments will be held on October 6, 2022.

Visit the City Council webpage to read staff reports, comment, or attend a Council meeting remotely.

The Notice of Public Hearing will soon be posted on the Comp Plan webpage. See Planning Commission Meetings webpage to see agendas (October 6 coming soon) and learn how to comment or attend a meeting remotely.

For information on the TE/TMP update, visit the project webpage.


Ballinger Neighborhood Friendship Festival September 10, 2022

Ballinger Neighborhood Friendship Festival
September 10, 2022
Brugger’s Bog Park
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join us for our first Ballinger Friendship Festival on Saturday, September 10 from 1:00 to 5:00pm. The food, music and fun are free, including arts, crafts, games, a selfie photo booth, and more!

Featured performers include JHP Legacy, Filipiniana / FACES Dance Company, and Janet Rayor, Stiltwalker.

Among the participating individuals and organizations are Ballinger Neighborhood Association, City of Shoreline PRCS, Filipiniana Arts and Culture, ICHS, Moms Demand Action, Recology, Shoreline Historical Museum, and the Green Shoreline Partnership Brugger’s Bog Stewards.

Ballinger Neighborhood is privileged to count among its diverse friends and neighbors, a richness of world cultures. Through the multicultural sharing of music, food, and friendly conversation we grow in understanding and respect for one another. 

Come and share, learn something new, and make a new friend or two!

Brought to you by BALNA with funding from the City of Shoreline Neighborhood Mini-Grant program.

Event volunteers are still needed! To help, call Londa at 206-437-9118 or sign up at

For more information on the festival, visit

Rain or shine, see you there!


Fire response in North City: Shoreline Area News photojournalist witnesses response first-hand

Large response for a multi-unit complex

Story and photos by Mike Remarcke

For the last 15 years of my career in communications, I worked with several large fire departments in the south end of Puget Sound, providing printing, photographic and design services to training, education and public relations departments for these fire fighting organizations. 

Recently I have volunteered with the Shoreline Area News as a photojournalist, and have photographed several events with the Shoreline Fire Department both with the dedication of the new 63rd fire station on N 180th in North City and with their involvement with Covid vaccinations in various locations throughout Shoreline.

Recently I had the opportunity to be both a photojournalist and a “customer” of the Shoreline Fire Department in an action at a property my wife and I own. 

I received a call from a neighbor telling me the storage unit in our multi-family complex was spewing smoke and that they had called 911. I stopped my pickleball game, jumped in the car and headed home to find several fire trucks and aid cars at the property. 

I was very impressed as I watched the firefighters go through their routine, one step at a time, then finally enter the storage unit. In the meantime, other firefighters were looking throughout the complex to make sure there were no fire issues in other condos or garages.

The cause of the smoke and flames

Once in the storage unit, the firefighters quickly found the obvious cause of the fire. It was a halogen lamp fixture which had been left on and was too close to a kayak, resulting in smoldering smoke and limited flames.

The firefighters did their best not to hose down the entire unit, so other than smoke damage, most everything was intact. They were thoughtful in explaining the situation and were most pleased that so little damage was done and no one was harmed.

I was very impressed watching our Shoreline firefighters in action and have the utmost regard for the organization. We are fortunate to have a highly skilled organization protecting our property and health.


Coasties: The John McCormick in Alaska

Monday, August 29, 2022

The John McCormick photo by Jan Hansen

Photo and Story by Jan Hansen

I looked for the Healey, and found the McCormick in Ketchikan.
USCGC John McCormick (WPC-1121) is the United States Coast Guard's 21st Sentinel-class cutter, and the first to be stationed in Alaska, where homeported at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan.

The vessel's manufacturer, Bollinger Shipyards, of Lockport, Louisiana, delivered the ship to the Coast Guard on December 13, 2016, for her acceptance trials, and then John McCormick was commissioned on April 12, 2017 in Ketchikan, Alaska.

And speaking of the Healy - check this out!


Adventures of an Icebreaker: The Healy is in the Arctic with the polar bears

Healy crew members gather to see the polar bear

Icebreaker Healy crew members were treated to the sighting of Ursus maritimus, a polar bear, on Saturday, August 20, 2022. 

The polar bear was located a couple thousand yards off the port side of the ship and stayed there long enough for the crew to observe or take a long-distance photo.

U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Seevers, Petty Officer First Class Michael Underwood, and Deborah Heldt Cordone, Auxiliary Public Affairs Specialist 1. Courtesy photo provided by Lee Freitag, Principal Engineer onboard for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Jobs: First Lutheran Preschool Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher (2 positions)

First Lutheran Preschool
Lead Teacher
Assistant Teacher

Have experience working in an early childhood education setting? Love putting your creative, compassionate, collaborative gifts to use? First Lutheran Preschool, a play-based, faith filled early learning school, is in search of teachers for the upcoming school year.

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