Last Saturday to visit the goats at N 192nd

Friday, September 30, 2022

Goat at Midvale Gardens on 192nd - Saturday is the last day for the season

Howdy Shoreline neighbors. 

We'd like to invite you to visit the Earthcraft Services goatherd this Saturday as they finish their season at Midvale Gardens. This Seattle City Light parcel is located along the Interurban Trail at N 192nd St Shoreline.

These magnificent animals have consumed the invasive jungle of blackberries and ivy that once covered this site. We're bringing them back so they can bulk up on fresh greens before the winter.

Kid friendly, dog tolerant.

To show your $upport for this environmentally benign non-profit activity please visit GoFundMe and enter: https://gofund.me/b81695d3

Or visit Google and enter: Goat-fund-me Diggin Shoreline

For more information please contact: Midvalegardens@gmail.com

--Derek Creisler



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Cottage Housing is returning to Shoreline with new regulations

Example of cottage housing on a cul-de-sac

By Pam Cross

Cottage housing is a type of "missing middle" housing that generally allows for small 1 or 2 story houses arranged around a common interior courtyard.

“Missing middle” housing represents the price gap between apartments or townhouses and single family detached homes. Cottage houses are small and may allow for naturally moderate-income housing that is well suited to seniors and small families. They blend easily in single family neighborhoods, appearing similar to single family houses from the street.

The City of Shoreline had cottage housing regulations and permitted some cottage housing developments from 2000-2004. Some developments were more successful than others at achieving the community’s vision for cottage housing. The old regulations were repealed in 2006. To date there are 56 cottage homes across seven developments in Shoreline.

As part of public outreach, there was a virtual meeting of the Cottage Housing Focus Group on September 2, 2022. It was attended by representatives from the Echo Lake, Ridgecrest, Richmond Beach and Hillwood neighborhoods. There were lively discussions about parking, tree retention and landscaping, as well as suggestions for amenities such as the ability to charge electric cars.

Example of cottage housing around a central courtyard

Now there is an opportunity for everyone to share their thoughts about cottage housing.

Shoreline residents are invited to a virtual open house on Zoom about cottage housing on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:30pm.

The open house is a time for you to learn about cottage housing and a time for the city to listen to your thoughts about cottage housing. There will be a presentation about cottage housing (what is it, why is the city doing this), a project update, general questions and answers, and then small group discussions where you can share your opinions about cottage housing in Shoreline with a member of city staff.

Registration is required.

Zoom Registration: Registration in advance is required and you can register at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd-iqrj4qGNFwg4ff3ZFzV_5NaZ0cSmXc

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are unable to make it, the presentation will be recorded and posted on the project webpage at: www.shorelinewa.gov/cottagehousing



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Road closure at 8th Ave NE, south of NE 185th St

As part of the Lynnwood Link Extension Project, contractors will be performing utility work at the intersection of NE 185th St. and 8th Ave NE. 

8th Ave NE will be closed south of NE 185th St. during this work.
  • There will be flaggers during the day duration of work.
  • Residents should expect noise from heavy equipment and vehicles.
  • Work may involve vibration activities to adjacent neighbors.
Two-way traffic at NE 185th St. and 8th Ave NE will be maintained via one lane road with flaggers to direct traffic.
  • Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Work hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where:8th Ave NE, south of NE 185th St.
  • Local and driveway access will be maintained for residents.
  • Detour will be in place. (see map for closure area)
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We Heart Seattle and Camp United We Stand clean up 1500 pounds of garbage

Volunteers cleaning up trash in Shoreline 

When residents from the tent city United We Stand discovered a huge trash site in the trees by the I-5 exit ramp at N 175th, they decided to do something about it.

They partnered with We Heart Seattle - an action-based, boots-on-the-ground movement that organizes trash cleanups in public spaces and offers resources to those in need.

BEFORE - this is what the site looked like when they started
With We Heart Seattle's truck, U Haul, volunteers and equipment, campers from Camp United We Stand, along with volunteers from Seattle and Shoreline, cleared over 1500 lbs of garbage on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

AFTER - this is what it looked like after they cleared 1500 pounds of trash

Beverly Hawkins, Board Member of Camp United We Stand, we elated. 

"Volunteers from Seattle and Shoreline, from Camp United We Stand, and We Heart Seattle came together for a great job of beautifying a piece of Shoreline."

Camp United We Stand is hosted in turn by several Shoreline churches. They are presently located at Shoreline Free Methodist Church at 510 NE 175th St.



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Famed mountaineer who died in an avalanche in Nepal was a Shorewood graduate

Jim Morrison and Hilaree Nelson in Nepal
The Seattle Times has reported on the death of Hilaree Nelson who was caught in an avalanche while skiing down a peak in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The body of an American mountaineer whose daring achievements brought her acclaim among some of the world’s most elite climbers was found Wednesday on a peak in Nepal, two days after she went missing, a government official said.

Hilaree Nelson, 49, and her romantic and climbing partner, Jim Morrison, were attempting to ski down Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest peak, on Monday.

Jim Morrison posted on Instagram
 On September 26th at 10:42 am we reached the true summit of Manaslu in tough conditions. We quickly transitioned from climbing to skiing in cold and wind with a plan to ski around the corner and regroup with our Sherpa team. I skied first and after a few turns Hilaree followed and started a small avalanche. She was swept off her feet and carried down a narrow snow slope down the south side (opposite from climbing route) of the mountain over 5000’

He searched for two days before finding her body.

According to the Shorewood Boosters Club, Hilaree was a 1991 graduate of Shorewood High School in Shoreline. They posted "We are saddened by the loss of Hilaree Nelson. An amazing human, adventurer seeker and pioneer of  her sport.  A 1991 Shorewood graduate. Our prayers surround her boys, family, Jim and the community who loved her."
 
The Times quotes from her biography
Her many successes include earning a National Geographic Explorers grant in 2014 to lead an expedition to a “little known” peak in the northern region of Myanmar, Hkakabo Razi, that was captured in an award-winning documentary, “Down to Nothing.”

Nelson was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2018, according to the biography. She was also named captain of The North Face Athlete Team the same year, a title only U.S. climber Conrad Anker has held.


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Jobs: WSDOT IT Application Development Expert

WSDOT
IT Application Development Expert
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$102,173 - $137,403 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking a talented IT Application Development Expert to lead the planning and development of new processes, standards, and policy to address transportation operations business needs. 

This role tracks, assesses and implements national transportation operations and software developments, methods and approaches. This position leads the team, driving implementation of new and improved technology statewide. It represents the group nationally on standards development and is the “go to” person for communicating nationally. 

The position combines expertise in traffic engineering and software engineering skills with a mastery of knowledge of traffic management hardware and software to lead the statewide integration of high-profile transportation management systems to efficiently operate state highways in a cost-effective manner.

Job description and application


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Seattle Latino Film Festival at Shoreline College Theatre October 12, 13, 14


Seattle Latino Film Festival was founded in 2009 by Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Pacheco, a Cuban international award-winning poet, film industry professional, and cultural entrepreneur. 

Jorge had a vision to create a film festival in Seattle for Latino artists and filmmakers. The Seattle Latino Film Festival is the only one of its kind in the entire Northwest of the United States. 

Although the organization operates under budget, the staff are passionate about the films that the festival presents, and are grateful to the film industry for supporting this organization.

The Festival runs during the month of October to coincide with the National Hispanic Heritage Month. SLFF includes international filmmakers, producers, and actors with the specific purpose of engaging the Seattle community with cross-cultural perspectives, and to create a forum to explore those perspectives, many of which are integral to the experience of "Latinidad."

The Shoreline Community College Theatre is one of the venues, showing films October 12, 13, 14, 2022.
  • October 12, 7pm - The Sound of Violet
  • October 13, 7pm - Another Orange / Heavier than Water
  • October 14, 7pm - When Spirits Dance / OaxacaCalifornia: The Return
Every youth over 13 attending OaxacaCalifornia will receive a free, high-quality soccer ball courtesy of RAVE Foundation and Seattle Sounders FC.

Tickets, trailers, and more information here

Another local venue is the Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre. On Saturday, October 8, 2022 they will show the film Ernesto on Earth. Free tickets are available at this page. 



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Ferry system transitioning to hybrid electric

Ferry on a windy day. Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is embarking on an ambitious initiative to begin the transition to an emission-free fleet through a hybrid electric ferry system. 

Currently, WSF operates the largest ferry system in the United States. It is also the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions of any state agency in Washington, burning 19 million gallons of diesel fuel to support 24 million passengers every year.

This shift to hybrid electric ferries is in response to governor and legislative direction as well as in alignment with the agency’s own long-range planning initiatives.

To transition to a hybrid electric fleet, WSF is working on the three key elements of the electrification system – building new vessels, converting vessels, and electrifying the terminals.

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Shoreline Planning Commission public hearing October 6, 2022 on amendments to the Comp plan

Shoreline Planning Commission

SHORELINE PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA Thursday, October 6, 2022 Council Chamber Shoreline City Hall 7:00pm

City of Shoreline | 17500 Midvale Avenue North | Shoreline, WA 98133 Phone 206-801-2700 | Email: plancom@shorelinewa.gov | www.shorelinewa.gov

Zoom link to meeting:

253-215-8782 | Webinar ID: 864 3151 0737 Passcode: 841041

This meeting is conducted in a hybrid manner with both in-person and virtual options to attend.

Estimated Time
  1. CALL TO ORDER 7:00

  2. ROLL CALL 7:01

  3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA 7:02

  4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM: 7:03

    1. August 18, 2022 Draft Minutes

    2. September 1, 2022 Draft Minutes

The Planning Commission provides several options for public comment: in person in the Council Chamber; remote via computer or phone; or through written comment. Members of the public may address the Planning Commission during Public Hearings for three minutes or less, depending on the number of people wishing to speak. The total public comment period will be no more than 30 minutes. If more than 10 people are signed up to speak, each speaker will be allocated 2 minutes. Please be advised that each speaker’s comments are being recorded.

The Planning Commission is providing opportunities for public comment by submitting written comment or by joining the meeting webinar (via computer or phone) to provide oral public comment:

Sign-Up for Remote Public Comment Pre-registration is required by 6:30 p.m. the night of the meeting. 

Submit Written Public Comment Written comments will be presented to Council and posted to the website if

received by 4:00 p.m. the night of the meeting; otherwise, they will be sent and posted the next day.

  1. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT 7:04

  2. PUBLIC HEARING

    (a) 2022 Comprehensive Plan Amendments 7:05

  3. PUBLIC TESTIMONY

  4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS 8:10

  5. NEW BUSINESS 8:11

  6. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES and COMMISSIONERS/ANNOUNCEMENTS 8:12

  7. AGENDA FOR NEXT MEETING: October 20, 2022 8:13

  8. ADJOURNMENT 8:15

The Planning Commission meeting is wheelchair accessible. Any person requiring a disability accommodation should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 801-2230 in advance for more information. For TTY telephone service call 546-0457. 




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Jobs: WSDOT Assistant Local Programs Engineer (TTE)

WSDOT
Assistant Local Programs Engineer (TTE)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$89,271 - $120,078 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region (NWR) is eager to hire a technical and experienced engineering professional to manage federal and state grant programs by directing, guiding, and representing cities, counties, transit organizations, port districts, tribal nations, and other agencies throughout the region. 

As the Assistant Local Programs Engineer, this position manages activities to coordinate, review, process, and fund transportation and transit improvements and operations in approximately 50 municipalities, MPO’s and RTPO’s, tribal nations, port districts, and other agencies. 

The successful candidate appointed to this position will use independent decision making and problem solving skills in providing directions, guidance and support to the various agencies during preliminary engineering, design, right of way and construction of transportation improvements to ensure the agencies meet all technical, design, legal, and procedural requirements.

Job description and application



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Shorecrest boys varsity tennis vs Mountlake Terrace 9-29-22

Shorecrest boys varsity tennis team in green
Photo by Annthea Vining

Shorecrest boys varsity tennis
At Kellogg M.S 9-29-22
Shorecrest 6 Mountlake Terrace 1

Singles
  1. Indigo Vining (S) def. Jeremy Perrault 7-6(5), 6-3;
  2. Sohum Vohra (S) def. Nathaniel Ballard 6-0, 6-0;
  3. Hans Bahm (M) def. Peyton Caskey 6-4, 4-6, 12-10;
  4. Spencer Berry (S) def. Hai Ho 6-0, 5-0 Default. 
Doubles
  1. Thomas Linville-Parker Mina (S) def. Owen Smith-Josh Bozick 6-0, 7-5; 
  2. Aaron Chen-Shyam Srinivasan (S) def. Braeden Davidson-Justin Ho 6-3, 6-3; 
  3. Jaime Moore-Ashton Johnson (S) def. Austin Toulouse-Davis Gonzaga 6-2, 6-1.
--Coach Rob Mann



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US 2 reopens Thursday with reduced speed limit and cautions from WSDOT

US 2 is open for now. Photo courtesy WSDOT

US 2 in the Skykomish area has reopened with a reduced speed limit. 

SKYKOMISH– The Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with the Bolt Creek Fire Incident Command has re-opened US 2 between the Money Creek Tunnel and the ranger station located between mileposts 46 to 50, effective at 7pm, Thursday, September 29, 2022. 

This is the second time crews have been able to re-open the roadway after fire activity forced closures on Sept. 10 and Sept. 26.

The Bolt Creek Fire remains an active and evolving situation and additional closures are possible should the fire pattern shift . At this time, travelers in this area should expect a reduced speed limit of 30 miles per hour as crews continue their work.

WSDOT will perform a daily post-fire corridor inspection along this stretch of US 2 through the winter as they continue to monitor this area for damage during the rainy and wet season when the soil may become saturated and additional trees may need to be removed. 



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October author events virtual and at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Third Place Books 
Lake Forest Park
October 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 thirdplacebooks.com for details.

17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101, Lake Forest Park WA 98155. (206) 366-3333 
() – denotes ticketed event
() – denotes event for children or middle grade readers
 
 
Saturday, October 1 at 11am (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Kids Storytime with Steve Scher and Sarah Waller
The Moon Bear 
Storytime with this local author/illustrator duo will include additional arts and crafts activities inspired by the book.
 
Monday, October 3 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Andrew Sean Greer
Less Is Lost
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less sends his titular character on another "wild road trip through a wilder America" (Marlon James). Less Is Lost is a profound and joyous novel about the enigma of life in America, the riddle of love, and the stories we tell along the way. Tickets required. See thirdplacebooks.com for details.
  
Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Molly Hashimoto
Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide 
World-renowned nature artist and teacher Molly Hashimoto presents her sequel to the popular Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide and Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette.
 
Wednesday, October 5 at 6pm (Virtual)
Victor Manibo and Elijah Kinch Spector
The Sleepless and Kalyna the Soothsayer
In The Sleepless, a mysterious pandemic causes a quarter of the world to permanently lose the ability to sleep—without any apparent health implications. Kalyna the Soothsayer tells the story of a woman born without the Gift of future sight that has been her family’s legacy for generations.
 
Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Patricia Grayhall with Donna Cameron
Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine
A chronicle of coming of age during second-wave feminism and striving to have both love and a career as a gay medical doctor, Making the Rounds is a memoir of what it means to seek belonging. Donna Cameron, author of A Year of Living Kindly, joins in conversation.

Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Maya Prasad with Martha Brockenbrough, Jake Arlow, and Joy McCullough 
Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things
A star-studded debut launch event! Perfect for fans of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, this sparkling YA rom-com celebrates sisterhood, family, and the love all around us.
 
Wednesday, October 19 at 6pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Chelsea Clinton with Tae Keller
Welcome to the Big Kids Club: What Every Older Sibling Needs to Know! (illustrated by Tania de Regil)
From the bestselling author of the She Persisted series comes a humorous picture book that gives children an idea of what to expect when they get a new sibling. Newbery Award–winning children’s book writer Tae Keller, author of She Persisted: Patsy Mink, joins in converation. Tickets required. See thirdplacebooks.com for details.
 
Thursday, October 20 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Adam M. Sowards
Making America's Public Lands and An Open Pit Visible from the Moon
What makes wilderness wild? What does America have to do with it? Local environmental historian Sowards presents two investigative works of nonfiction: one on our public lands, another on a historic struggle to define the contours of the 1964 Wilderness Act in the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area.
 
Monday, October 24 at 6pm PT (Virtual)
Andrea Chapela and translator Kelsi Vanada
The Visible Unseen: Essays
From one of Granta's Best Young Spanish Novelists of 2021, who is a chemist but also poet and novelist, this compact collection of essays draws on the properties of glass, mirrors, and light to navigate the overlapping borders of science, literature, and self. The book’s translator Kelsi Vanada joins in conversation.
 
Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Leslie Budewitz
Blind Faith: A Novel 
Agatha Award-winning author Leslie Budewitz (aka Alicia Beckman) reads from her latest thriller, about long-buried secrets returning with a vengeance in a cold case gone red-hot.
 
Thursday, October 27 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Erin Jeanne McDowell
Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything in Between 
From the bestselling author of The Book on Pie and The Fearless Baker, a savory baking book for delicious baked goods at any time of day.
 
Thursday, October 27 from 5–9pm (Stoup Brewing in Kenmore)
Stoup Brewing // Third Place Books Book Fair
An adult book fair, this time in Kenmore! Join us as we unveil our first-ever bookstore-themed beer at Stoup Brewing’s Kenmore location.
 
Friday, October 28 at 6pm PT (Virtual)
Colin Meloy with Daniel Handler
The Stars Did Wander Darkling
Bestselling children’s book author and Decemberists’ singer-songwriter Colin Meloy talks about his new book, a suspenseful and atmospheric horror set in 1980s Oregon, perfect for fans of Stranger Things. Daniel Handler, best known for A Series of Unfortunate Events, joins in conversation.
 


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Lee's Flowers: September blooms

Thursday, September 29, 2022

 
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

It's officially Fall - it finally rained a little - the days are shorter - but look at all the bright and beautiful blooms that Lee Lageschulte found on her walk.




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AG Ferguson seeks to stop Seattle business scamming immigrants


SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against a Seattle business and its owner for preying on new immigrants by making deceptive promises to help them with legal assistance for immigration needs then later abandoning them in courtrooms after charging thousands of dollars.

Ana Caroline Pinto do Nascimento, who owns ACN and Associates, LLC, targets Portuguese-speaking immigrants from Brazil. 

Nascimento is not a licensed attorney in Washington state nor does she have an educational background in the law. According to consumer complaints, Nascimento tells families she will represent them in immigration courts, but she has never appeared in any courts because she is not an attorney. When families ask for their money back, Nascimento refuses or delays.

More information here

Washington’s consumer protection laws protect everyone who lives in our state. The Attorney General’s Office is here to help all consumers. We will not ask about your immigration status.
  • Notify the Attorney General’s Office if you were in contact with someone who:
  • Advertised as a “notario p├║blico,” “notario,” immigration assistant, consultant or specialist.
  • Charged you a fee for referring you to an immigration attorney.
  • Charged you a fee for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services forms, or to file the forms.
  • Asked you to sign a form that contained false information.
  • Proposed they can “find” you a sponsor or spouse to get you a green card.
Do not agree to pay anyone for legal advice or assistance in an immigration matter until you confirm that he or she is a licensed attorney or federally accredited representative authorized to provide such services.



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Shoreline Baby Corner needs donations of school aged kids clothing

Shoreline Baby Corner gives easy access for volunteers, agency partners and providers from Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Kirkland, Edmonds, Bothell, and more.

More than 200 children are helped from the Shoreline Hub each month in partnership with school districts, early learning centers, housing, early intervention services, maternal and infant health, emergency services, and food banks.

Right now the Shoreline Hub needs school-aged kids clothing, either new or gently used.

The Hub, located in the North City Business District, will be open from 11am to 1pm this Saturday, October 1, 2022 collecting donations! 

Here’s the link to their location page with more donation hours and directions on how to find our Hub: Shoreline - Baby Corner 

Shoreline Baby Corner is a 5,000 sqft. facility located at 17230 12th Ave NE Shoreline WA 98155

If you do not have these items, this week is National Diaper Need Awareness Week.

On an ordinary day, one in three US families cannot afford diapers for their young children.

Learn more about diaper need how you can help www.babycorner.org

See our previous article about Shoreline Baby Corner 


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POSTPONED: Senior Activity Center fundraising breakfast October 13 at Shoreline Community College

Register HERE or scan the QR code.
 
UPDATE: The event has been postponed. Stay tuned for a future announcement.

We invite you to a very special event, our Annual Fundraising Community Breakfast. It will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 7 - 8:30am at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133 in the PUB Building 9000.

This year we wanted you to not only support The Senior Activity Center but to walk away with new knowledge and skills for your growing businesses.

We have invited Roger Starkweather and Steven Picanza with Marketing That Matters, an acclaimed marketing agency, to share the latest branding and marketing trends that will help move your business into 2023.

Whether you oversee marketing or are a business owner, you’ll find your time well spent. If you are not able to attend please extend this invitation to a team member.

Please know, this is a fundraising event and an “ask” will happen during the program. If you are not able to attend, you can support the Center with a donation HERE.

We have all made it through the last two and half years, possibly the most challenging times of our lives. 

We are rebuilding and I’m asking for your help.

--Theresa LaCroix, Executive Director



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LFP police to train on use of remote restraint BolaWrap®

BolaWrap®
Lake Forest Park Police Officers have a new tool that can be utilized to take individuals safely into custody without having to use force.

This tool, called BolaWrap®, is a remote restraint device that discharges a Kevlar cord to restrain the legs or arms of uncooperative suspects or nonresponsive persons in crisis while maintaining a distance from the person.

This pre-escalation apprehension tool reduces the risk of injury to subjects, officers, and bystanders. 

During the next few weeks all Lake Forest Park Officers will attend the BolaWrap® training, and they will be authorized to carry and use this new effective tool.




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Jobs: WSDOT Transportation Management Center Engineer (TE2, In-Training)

WSDOT
Transportation Management Center Engineer (TE2, In-Training)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$60,190 - $89,271 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region Traffic Management Center (TMC) has a unique engineering opportunity to provide daily traffic management activities as the TMC Engineer. 

In this position you will guide operations and make decisions on a daily basis that impact driver safety and traffic flow. Duties and responsibilities include operating the Region's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), guiding and assisting staff on the use of these systems, and coordinating system activation around major events that impact WSDOT roadways. 

The candidate selected for this position will also work to support traffic analysis and data requests for the region Traffic Office and assists in producing engineering studies and reports for others as needed. The successful candidate will possess the ability to be available to work a variety of shifts to include day, swing, night, weekends, and holidays, sometimes with little notice to assist in the 24/7 operations of the TMC.

Job description and application



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Jobs: WSDOT Scoping Assistant (TE1)

WSDOT
Scoping Assistant (TE1)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$60,190 - $80,879 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to hire an engineering professional who has a passion for creative solutions, innovation, and can provide success in collaborative efforts to serve as our next Scoping Assistant supporting our Northwest Region (NWR) Program Development Office. 

This position will help manage, coordinate, and monitor the development of project scopes, schedules, and cost estimates for NWR Improvement and Preservation projects in the Highway Construction Program (HCP). 

From fieldwork for site investigation and data collection, to crafting a scope and estimate for a buildable highway construction project – this position is an excellent career start for an innovative engineer. If you enjoy solving problems, working in a collaborative team environment, and making a positive impact on transportation in Northwestern Washington – this position may be the right fit for you!

Job description and application



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LFP Council Corner - Review of speed limits continues

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

From LFP Deputy Mayor Tom French

For the past six months, the City Council has been considering reductions to speed limits on our local roads and state highways.

This work the Council is conducting is very timely and necessary. 

The reduced traffic during the pandemic has emboldened some drivers to ignore basic courtesy and safety and this has led to a significant increase in unlawful behavior on our roads and state highways. 

Traffic volume is down, yet infractions are up as well as crashes on a per-trip basis.

The Council is considering a multi-phased approach to setting lower speed limits which begins with the adoption of a speed limit setting methodology as required by state statute.

The methodology the Council has chosen is contained in the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) City Limits document from the summer of 2020. This document recommends a holistic approach to setting speed limits and prioritizes pedestrian and multi-modal safety.

As recommended in the City Limits document, the City will consider three or more phases to increasing safety on our roads. 
  1. Setting default speed limits on many streets at once (such as 25 mph on major streets and 20 mph on all minor neighborhood streets),
  2. Designating slow zones in sensitive areas, and
  3. Setting corridor speed limits on high priority major streets, using a safe speed study, which uses conflict density and activity level to set context-appropriate speed limits

Seattle’s approach to lowering speed limits (including lowering speed limits to 20 mph on all neighborhood or local streets) has been very successful. Even without additional enforcement, there has been a dramatic reduction in severe accidents in many locations throughout the city.

It is the Council’s intent to create a speed-setting program that slows drivers down and reflects the character of our community.

We will also be considering traffic calming measures that can be implemented throughout our city. A variety of measures is being discussed, including, but not limited to:

Signalized crosswalks; intersections painted with murals; chicanes and pinch points; traffic circles; speed pillows; curb-separated shoulders and walking paths.

With very limited resources to implement these programs, the Council will be working very closely with the Mayor and Administration to ensure early successes and continued progress on improving pedestrian, bicycle, and multi-modal safety.

It is the intent of the City Council to begin acting on these steps beginning in the month of October. 

We invite you to send us your feedback and thoughts about speed limits and traffic calming as we move forward with making our community safer for all users of our roadways, paths, and sidewalks.



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Kelly Park selected as Shoreline’s new Police Chief

Capt. Kelly Park, new Chief of Police
for the City of Shoreline
City Manager Debbie Tarry has selected Kelly Park of the King County Sheriff’s Office to be the City’s new Police Chief. 

Park replaces Shawn Ledford who has been promoted to Chief of the Patrol Operations Division of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Park has over 20 years of experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently the Operations/Administration Captain for the Shoreline Police Department. 

Prior to her role in Shoreline, Park was the Internal Investigations Unit Commander for KCSO. She was responsible for leading the department that reviews accidents, use of force and pursuits, and all alleged misconduct by department personnel. 

Prior to that she served as the Operations Captain for the Southwest Precinct in Burien and then Sound Transit Police. 

The Operations Captain is responsible for the business finances, record keeping, and forward-facing customer service within the departments. They are also responsible for training and equipment needs of the departments. 

In addition to these roles, Park has also served KCSO as a Recruiter; Internal Investigations Detective Sergeant; and Patrol and RADAR Sergeant in Shoreline; the Advanced Training Unit Sergeant for the department, and for Court Protection at King County Courthouse. 

While at KCSO, Park has also served in different capacities, including Detective, Patrol Officer, and School Resource Officer, for the cities of Shoreline and Woodinville.

“Captain Park will be a great Police Chief for the City of Shoreline. I heard consistently from those that participated in the screening process, including community members, that they appreciated Kelly’s thoughtful approach to answering questions, her knowledge and breadth of experience, her confidence, her commitment to equity, and her understanding of the need to support our police staff” said Debbie Tarry, City Manager.

“I am honored and humbled in my acceptance of the Shoreline Police Chief position. I pledge my continued service in our community, treating everyone with the dignity, equity and respect we all deserve, and growing together,” said Park. “I am very proud to be a member of our police department and this team.”

The City’s Leadership Team along with two representatives from the Shoreline Police Department, a community panel made up of Shoreline residents and business owners, and the City Manager interviewed two candidates forwarded by the King County Sheriff’s Office. 

In addition, the City hosted a virtual public forum to allow the candidates to introduce themselves to the community and to answer questions.

Rather than administering its own police force, the City of Shoreline contracts with King County Sheriff’s Office for police services. Officers work for King County but are dedicated to Shoreline so they get to know the community. The police chief reports to the King County Sheriff and the Shoreline City Manager.

Park has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Bothell. Her first day as Chief will be October 1, 2022.



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Young otters at Ronald Bog

 
Photo by Martin DeGrazia

Photo by Martin DeGrazia

A couple of young otters were out at Ronald Bog Tuesday morning. Mom may have been nearby but she wasn't showing herself.

--Martin DeGrazia


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HomeTechHacker: Jazz up your holiday displays with programmable LEDs

LED Strip
By Marlon Buchanan

After reading the title of this article some people are thinking that it is way too early to think about holiday lights. 

Others, on the other hand, are thinking it's never too early to get started! 

No matter where you sit on this spectrum, this article will give you some tips for jazzing up your holiday lights using LEDs.

Look for connected LEDs

You can find LED lights everywhere. Compared to older incandescent lights, they are more energy efficient, run cooler, and are capable of displaying many different colors. 

However, if you buy a plain set of lights, chances are it simply comes on and goes off when you plug it in and doesn’t change colors.

LED String
You can also find lights that have control boxes that will let you cycle through a few colors and/or patterns.

But, it would be better to get a set of lights you can control remotely, such as ones that are Bluetooth enabled or Wi-fi enabled. 

These lights are likely to have more patterns and features than other lights. And, you often don’t need a timer, as you can usually program them through an app. 

You may even be able to control them with your preferred voice assistant.

“Siri, turn on my holiday lights!”

Not to mention, many connected LEDs can integrate with each other to create coordinated light displays. You can potentially coordinate multiple light displays if the lights have multiple colors and patterns.

Addressable LED string
Look for individually addressable LED lights

The holy grail of LED lights are individually addressable LED strips and strings. 

Most LED lights can only be one or two different colors at a time. 

In contrast, individually addressable LED lights allow control of each individual light by itself, so your strip can be just about any combination of colors. 

This allows you to create impressive animated light displays.

Another advantage of individually addressable lights is that you get a ton of color choices. Most lights are 24-bit, meaning that each LED can be 16.7 million different colors. You can also control how bright they are too.

If you want to have the ultimate control you can pair individually addressable lights with a separate controller, or even build your own controller!

LEDs on the fence

I got the addressable LED light bug a couple of years. In addition to augmenting my holiday displays, I use LED lights year-round for themed lighting, kitchen and bedroom accents, and more. You can see videos of these lights in action in this article where I describe the lighting at my home.

Where to find the right LED lights

If you're looking for LEDs that fit some of the criteria, you’re in luck! Here are my recommendations for LED lights and controllers. Here you can find connected and addressable lights that will fit your needs. I also have recommendations for DIY LED and ready-to-go LED kits in the HomeTechHacker Shop.

Best wishes with your holiday display!

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



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Last market of the season Saturday for the Shoreline Farmers Market

September is almost gone and we're nearing the end of our market season. 

Join us this Saturday, October 1, 2022 for the last market of our summer season and a *bonus* PoP Kids Program day! 

Stock up on your favorites, try something new, enjoy the music (and sunshine), and take it all in before pumpkin spice latte season takes hold. 

See you Saturday, Shoreline!



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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Tough Situation

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE
 


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North City Water District: a 90 year history

2021 marked the 90th anniversary of the North City Water District. 

The district serves the east side of Shoreline and the west side of Lake Forest Park. Its headquarters, maintenance facility, and water tower are located in the North City Business District in Shoreline.

The remainder of Shoreline is served by the Seattle Public Utility District. Lake Forest Park has three other water districts: LFP Water, Northshore PUD, Seattle Public Utility District.

District Manager Diane Pottinger has run the district since 2011. For twelve years before that, she was the consulting engineer for both Ronald Wastewater and the North City Water District.

To mark the 90th year of the water district, she wrote its history by the decades.

It begins:
Imagine being one of those handful of individuals who got together and decided it was time to give our area their very own water utility. They had to have the foresight to look ahead, and the determination to plan a system that would meet the needs of both existing and future residents—an approach we’ve continued to uphold every year since then.

To view all 10 chapters, click here: 90th anniversary | North City Water District

We can't thank Victoria Stiles and Kenneth Doutt of the Shoreline Historical Museum enough for their kindness and invaluable assistance throughout this effort!


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