Bringing Beauty Back to School Event August 16, 2023 with free haircuts, manicures, and facials

Monday, July 31, 2023

Evergreen Beauty College in Shoreline is “Bringing Beauty Back to School” for K-12 students on Wednesday August 16, 2023 from 11am - 3pm.

This event is open to any and all kids in the community grades K-12. 

During the event Evergreen will be offering FREE haircuts, manicures, and facials. There will also be a “Back to School” photo booth setup for all attendees to use to capture their new school year looks.  

All are welcome to attend. No appointment is needed, services are done on a first come first service basis.
August 16, 2023,  11am-3pm
Beauty College North Seattle (Shoreline) Campus
in Gateway Plaza


King County invests $30 million to strengthen behavioral health workforce and increase access to services

Integrated Care means Whole Person Care
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced an investment of $30 million in partnership with the five managed care organizations of the innovative King County Integrated Care Network, resulting in a 15 percent Medicaid rate increase to help stabilize the behavioral health system in the region. 

Investing in the behavioral health workforce is a key component of the Crisis Care Centers initiative and is central to King County’s efforts in addressing a crumbling behavioral health system and increasing access to services and treatment.

The 15 percent Medicaid rate increase is applicable to all Medicaid behavioral health providers and services within the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN), and will go into effect this month, applying retroactive to January 1, 2023. 

The 2023 rate increase applies to all Medicaid and state funded programs, and programs where Medicaid is a part of the overall funding source. The state’s budget also invests in a 15 percent Medicaid rate increase in 2024.

“At King County, we envision a behavioral health system that is connected, accessible, and culturally responsive, and can meet the growing need for care, none of which is possible without a strong workforce,” said Executive Constantine. 
“Behavioral healthcare has been devalued for too long and we must stabilize and strengthen the system to meet the demand. So, we will seize this rare opportunity to address historic underfunding of the community behavioral health system. There is no question that investing these funds in the behavioral health workforce is the most impactful way to build up the overall system.”


Military personnel ride Sound Transit free during Fleet Week August 1-6, 2023

Fleet Week parade 2022 photos by Jan Hansen

During Seattle Fleet Week, members and former members of the Armed Forces, including active duty, veterans and retirees, can ride free on Link light rail, Sounder commuter trains and Sound Transit Express buses.

Service members not in uniform are asked to show their military identification to the transit operator upon boarding a bus or train, or to fare inspectors if requested. 

Valid forms of military I.D. include a Uniformed Identification Card, a Veteran Health Identification Card or a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Form (also referred to as a DD-214).

Ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy are docked at piers along the Seattle waterfront for the public to tour and enjoy. 

More information on Fleet Week and the Parade of Ships is available here.

All customers riding Sound Transit to Seafair activities should plan ahead and allow plenty of time for traffic delays and road closures. Sign up for Rider Alerts or visit Sound Transit's service alerts page for the latest information.


Wildfires: West Hallet Fire threatens homes near Spokane - Level 3 evacuations in effect

Spokane County – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the West Hallett Fire located in Spokane County, near the city of Spokane. 

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 31, 2023 at 4:30pm at the request of Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, City of Spokane Fire Department.

The West Hallett Fire started on July 31, 2023, at approximately 1:40pm. This fire is estimated at 120 acres and growing. It is burning in timber, brush, and grass and is threatening homes, crops, railroads, and infrastructure. Level 3 evacuations (Go NOW!) are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.

Evacuation Level information


Wildfires: Pine Hollow Fire near Yakima threatening homes

Yakima County – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Pine Hollow Fire located in Yakima County, near the city of Yakima. 

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 31, 2023, at 4:00pm at the request of Fire Chief Nathan Craig, Yakima County Fire District 12.

The Pine Hollow Fire started on July 31, 2023 at approximately 2:57pm. This fire is estimated at 150 acres and growing. It is burning in grass, brush, and sage and is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure. Level 1 and 2 evacuations (Get Ready, Get Set) are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.


The North City Jazz Walk returns in August

After a two year pandemic break, the North City Jazz Walk returns in two weeks, on Tuesday August 15, 2023, starting at 6:30pm on 15th NE in the North City Business District.


Ticket sales are live... and limited to the first 500 seats due to limited indoor seating this year. 

This year's jazz line-up:


Sen. Cantwell: Key fentanyl legislation passes the U.S. Senate

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell on the floor of the Senate

FEND Off Fentanyl Act declares international fentanyl trafficking a national emergency, aims to reduce fentanyl supply by targeting criminal organizations

“This legislation provides the President with new tools to stop the illicit fentanyl flooding our borders,” says Senator Maria Cantwell

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late Thursday night, July 27, 2023 after the FEND Off Fentanyl Act passed the U.S. Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) spoke on the floor of the Senate about the fentanyl crisis.

The FEND Off Fentanyl Act would enhance current law so U.S. government agencies can more effectively disrupt illicit opioid supply chains and penalize those facilitating the trafficking of fentanyl. 

It also declares international trafficking of fentanyl, and the precursors used to make it, a national emergency. The bill was included in the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2024 NDAA, which passed with an 86-11 vote. Sen. Cantwell voted in favor of the NDAA and cosponsored the FEND Off Fentanyl Act.

“The fentanyl crisis is having a direct and dire impact on families in the state of Washington and all throughout the United States. In the past 12 months, more than 65,000 Americans have died by overdosing on synthetic opioids like fentanyl,” said Sen. Cantwell. 
“A crisis of this magnitude demands a robust federal response. And that's why this legislation provides the President with new tools to stop the illicit fentanyl flooding our borders and those that are trying to transport it into our country.”
“The bill specifically calls out eight known cartels in Mexico, which means that [the Department of the] Treasury can investigate suspicious activities involved here and declare sanctions. It recognizes that these traffickers once identified can have sanctions imposed and can have forfeiture of their property,” said Sen. Cantwell. 

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, my state, Washington, experienced the single highest increase among US states in reported drug overdoses last year, an increase of more than 21%.
"Hundreds of traumatized families that will never be the same. Thousands of first responders struggling to cope with this daily tragedy that they respond to. The statistics are stunning. But they're also just very tragic.”

Sen. Cantwell has been conducting a listening tour across Washington state to hear from people on the front lines of the fentanyl crisis. In May, Sen. Cantwell hosted a fentanyl crisis roundtable discussion in Pierce County followed by a second roundtable discussion in Snohomish County in June; earlier this month, she convened a roundtable in the Tri-Cities and a roundtable in downtown Seattle.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Washington state, outnumbering deaths from vehicle collisions and firearms. 

Data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the State of Washington experienced the single highest increase among U.S. states in reported drug overdose deaths between February 2022 and February 2023, an increase of 21.42%.

Now that the Senate has passed the NDAA, lawmakers must reconcile the differences between the House and Senate version of the bill before ultimately heading to the President’s desk.


Look what a few good volunteers can do

Bins are full of cattails pulled from Echo Lake
Photo by Patrick Deagen

Look what a few good volunteers can do!!!

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association project to remove invasive cattails from the beach at Echo Lake Park had a setback when everything shut down for the pandemic.

But work parties have resumed and the one on July 27, 2023 was extremely productive.

Five volunteers = 12 compost bins of invasive cattails pulled from Echo Lake!

It was slightly hazardous, though. The lake has become very popular for fishing so you need to be careful where you step. Fish hooks and fishing line were everywhere.

Thank you to volunteers Marla and Matt Tullio, Pat Deagan and Claudia Meadows, Manuele Meyer.

New volunteers can still get in on the fun. Cattail pulling parties are scheduled for
  • Saturday 10am-noon
    • Aug 5th
  • Thursday 4-6pm
    • Aug 17th
    • Aug 31st
There are two kinds of cattails, so you don't have to pull every cattail in the lake. Meet by the beach in Echo Lake Park at N 200th and Ashworth Ave N and be prepared to get in the water.


Crowd gathers for dedication ceremony of Octavia Butler Avenue in Lake Forest Park

The crowd gathering for the ceremony to name an LFP street for Octavia E. Butler
Photo by Kenneth Berkun
By Diane Hettrick

In a ceremony marked by brief speeches by LFP city councilmembers, a Seattle writer, and former neighbors, the City of Lake Forest Park named the street where she lived, 37th Ave NE in Lake Forest Park, in honor of author Octavia E. Butler.

The street was blocked for the event
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Author Butler wrote speculative fiction which won the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Since her early death in 2006 at her home in Lake Forest Park, her work has continued to grow in popularity as so many of her ideas have come to pass - and people are worried about the rest.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
A BBC article "Why Octavia E. Butler's novels are so relevant today" points out that what she eerily envisaged as an alternate future foresaw many aspects of life today.

L-R LFP Council Vice-Chair Phillippa Kassover, Deputy Mayor Tom French, Councilmembers Tracy Furutani and Semra Riddle beneath the new street sign. Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The ceremony, on Saturday, July 29, 2023, was opened by Council Vice-Chair Phillippa Kassover. Remarks by Deputy Mayor Tom French and councilmember Tracy Furutani followed.
Seattle writer Caren Sumption Gussoff
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Next to speak was Caren Sumption Gussoff, an award-winning speculative fiction writer who lives in Seattle. At Clarion West in 2008, she was awarded The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship by the Carl Brandon Society.

Professor of writing Dr. Sheila Liming
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Dr. Sheila Liming is an associate professor of professional writing at Champlain College in Burlington VT. As a high school student, she was a neighbor of Octavia's (see previous article)

Terry Morgan was a neighbor who used to give Butler rides.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Terry Morgan 
is a local artist, musician and event producer, and a former neighbor of Octavia Butler.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Councilmembers then unveiled the street sign and attendees lingered to talk in the warm evening.

Butler's most popular books are the Parable set.
Butler's Parable books have been made into an opera, which was performed at Lincoln Center this year. In the NPR article, Octavia Butler wrote a 'Parable' that became a prophecy—now it's also an opera, the author quotes Butler.
As Octavia Butler told WHYY's Fresh Air in 1993, her Parable novels were about the use and abuse of power in a broken society. 
"They have no power to improve their lives, but they have the power to make others even more miserable," Butler said. "And the only way to prove to yourself that you have power is to use it."


Letter to the Editor: Our students have earned prestigious service awards

Sunday, July 30, 2023

To the Editor:

It often feels like this is a difficult time for our country, with political and social divisions fueled by anger and distrust. But I want to offer a positive and uplifting perspective on how our Shoreline youth are working to make our community – and the world – a better place.

You might not realize it, but over the past 20 years, 1,874 of our Shoreline School District students have earned the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, backed by the Gift Of Giving Foundation, supports volunteerism in our local schools by honoring students who give their time and energy to causes of their choosing, both in our area and beyond. That’s a grand total of close to 200,000 hours. And yes, you read that right: 200,000 hours of service.

Scores of local organizations – too many to list – have benefited from these students’ volunteerism. And the students have benefited by developing new skills, connecting what they learn in school to the real world and acquiring lifelong lessons about responsibility and the importance of supporting community. In addition, many have formed relationships with mentors that outlast their school years.

So hats off to our volunteering students! They deserve our thanks and respect for bringing their positive energy to Shoreline, helping to make it an even more community-oriented home for us all.

Ann Corbett
Lake Forest Park, WA


New interactive exhibits open at the Shoreline Historical Museum

Museum director Kenneth Doutt and Alex Grennan outside the Shoreline Historical Museum
Photo by Steven H. Robinson 

Alex Grennan from the Information School at the University of Washington spoke to visitors on Saturday, July 29, 2023 about the interactive exhibits he created at the Shoreline Historical Museum. 

The museum is located at 18501 Linden Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133

It is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Admission is free, thanks to the City of Shoreline and 4Culture, but donations are welcome.

All Museum buildings are wheelchair accessible. A parking lot is available behind the Exhibit building,


Here yesterday - gone today

Photo by Mike Remarcke

This site held a large, one story building which was the home of Leena's Café. Now Leena's is just memories - until the new building is constructed and a new Leena's is at street level. At least that was the stated plan by owner Nick Athan.

The view is from the back of the lot, looking at 15th NE. To the right is a strip mall with a nail salon, a State Farm office, and a gift and flower shop.

--Diane Hettrick



Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts (WASWD) honors Rep. Cindy Ryu

State Rep. Cindy Ryu, left, receiving an award from Judi Gladstone, executive director of the Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts. Photo courtesy WASWD.

An award ceremony was held on June 29, 2023 at North City Water District in Shoreline to present Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline with an Outstanding Legislator Award from the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts (WASWD).

At a separate ceremony, they also honored Senator Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah).
Both Senator Mullet and Representative Ryu were responsible for significant efforts to ensure the success of special purpose water and sewer districts in the state of Washington, which in turn provides positive outcomes for utility customers.

From her initial involvement as a Shoreline City Council Member and Mayor, to her election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2010, Representative Ryu has focused on community development and consumer protection—core tenets shared by special purpose utility districts.

Her efforts this past session included sponsoring and shepherding legislation to provide equal treatment for all local governments undertaking public works procurement processes. 

Despite not serving on the House Local Government Committee, she negotiated with her colleagues on that committee to secure strong bipartisan support for the bill. 

Thanks to Representative Ryu’s support, the bill was signed by the Governor on May 4, 2023, allowing special purpose districts the same conditions for performing work in-house, which will ultimately save on ratepayer bills.


Linden neighbors mourn loss of affordable living and big evergreens

Demolition in progress for construction of a large apartment building
Photo by Corinne McKisson

By Diane Hettrick

Demolition has begun at 179th and Linden for a large apartment complex. The site held the low-income Garden Park Apartments.

Trees that were felled this week
Photo by Derek Blackwell

On the 17th of July, demolition of the site began, and this week the trees began to come down. Neighbors and Save Shoreline Trees held a vigil as the trees were felled.

The trees were felled this week
Photo by Corinne McKisson

When Shoreline revised its zoning codes, priority was given to concentrating development along Aurora and existing business corridors. Linden is one block west of Aurora.

Architect's drawing of the ModeraShoreline that will be constructed on the site

Neighbors are concerned about the loss of mature trees, the potential for heavy traffic on a narrow street, and the loss of affordable housing. See previous article about the ModeraShoreline.

A memorial page for the trees has been up since the plans for the site were made public.


Wildfires: Eagle Bluff fire at 2500 acres and growing - evacuations in effect

Okanogan County – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Eagle Bluff Fire located in Okanogan County, near the city of Oroville.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 29, 2023, at 8:30pm at the request of Fire Chief Bruce Rawley, Oroville Fire Department.

The Eagle Bluff Fire started on July 29, 2023, at approximately 2:03pm. This fire is estimated at 2500 acres and growing. It is burning in sage and scattered timber and is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure. 

Levels 2 (Get Set) and 3 (Go! Now!) evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.

Evacuation Level information


Lake Forest Park receives new Radio System from the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN)

State of the art radios for 
Lake Forest Park
The Lake Forest Park Police Department has received Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) radios for all staff members in the police, public works, and emergency management departments. 

This significant development means that every officer now possesses a state-of-the-art radio, and patrol cars have been equipped with new radios as well. The digital system will be fully operational beginning on August 1.

The Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) is an emergency radio system approved by King County voters and utilized for dispatch and communication among various King County agencies, including fire, law enforcement, and more. 

Initiated in 2014, the process of replacing our outdated radio system has taken nearly a decade, and we are elated to have finally received our radios.

This cutting-edge radio system operates on a simulcast 800 MHz trunked radio system, employing advanced P25 Phase II digital technology. It utilizes an extensive network of 61 radio sites to transmit signals to over 18,000 portable (hand-held), mobile (vehicle), and control station (desktop) radios, as well as dispatch center consoles within the service area. The PSERN Operator is responsible for the maintenance and operation of this network.

In the past, Lake Forest Park was utilizing portable radios that were over 20 years old and plagued with numerous issues and recurring problems over the years. 

Consequently, we are overjoyed to bid farewell to those outdated radios and welcome the new ones. This long-awaited upgrade has been a welcome sight, and we are excited about the positive changes it will bring.


Battle of the Bands – August 3, 4, and 5 at Pfingst Animal Acres Park

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Three nights of Battle of the Bands

Don’t miss out on Battle of the Bands, sponsored by ShoreLake Arts and the City of Lake Forest Park! 

Three evenings of fun at Pfingst Animal Acres Park! Tickets are on sale through ShoreLake Arts. Battle of the Bands supports emerging and developing musicians in Washington state and encourages appreciation for the art of music in our community.

All shows begin at 6:30pm at Pfingst Animal Acres Park, 17435 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 and gates open at 5:30pm. A beer garden and food trucks will be on hand!

  • Semi-final Pool #1 | Thursday, August 3
  • Semi-final Pool #2 | Friday, August 4
  • Finals | Saturday, August 5
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, head to the Battle of the Bands information page.


Gloria's Birds: Crownies mono fini

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

These are two quite companionable American Crows who perched close to one another in our yard.

--Gloria Z. Nagler


UW-Madison announces 2023 Spring graduates

MADISON, Wis. (July 27, 2023) - A total of 8,625 students received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 12-13.

There were two live ceremonies, on one for undergraduates at Camp Randall and one for all graduate degree candidates at the Kohl Center. 

Graduating were 6,225 undergraduate students, 1,487 master's degree students and 913 doctoral candidates.


Seattle, WA

Emma Lowell, College of Letters and Science, Master of Social Work, Social Work

For more information about UW-Madison, visit


Local resident named to Dean's List at Dickinson College

CARLISLE, Pa. (July 28, 2023) - Lily Hogan, a rising junior philosophy major at Dickinson College, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2023 semester. 

A graduate of Shorewood High School, she is the daughter of Don and Shelly Hogan of Shoreline, Wash.

Dickinson College, located in historic Carlisle, Pa., was chartered in 1783. The private, liberal-arts college is nationally recognized for its cross-disciplinary, active approach to learning, international education, civic engagement and its commitment to teaching its students about sustainability across the curriculum, the community and the globe.


Black Rocket Computer Camps for Kids

Black Rocket Computer Camps for Kids 
August 7-11 and August 21-24 at Shoreline Community College

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 creative thinking through hands-on learning. Black Rocket's mission is to help ignite, unleash, and enhance these distinct talents.

In-Person camps are offered on the Shoreline Community College campus 16101 Greenwood Ave N in building #1300 computer labs. Parents can choose from morning, afternoon or combine for an all day camp. 

Camps are grouped for students age 8 - 11 years old and 11 - 14 years old. Lunch coverage will be provided if student chooses to take two sessions during the week. 

Topics include: Roblox, Minecraft, 3d Game Design, and Advanced 3d Video Game design with Unity. Some classes are almost full! For more information, and to register: Youth Programs (


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: U.S. Women’s Soccer



Deadlines approaching for Shoreline High School Class of 1963 Reunion

                                    Shoreline High School Class of 1963
60th High School Reunion

Wednesday, September 6th - 5 pm to 10 pm
$85 per person for hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bar
and entertainment by Grammy nominee, Shoreline’s own

accompanied by Billy Mac

Nile Golf and Country Club
6601 - 244th St. SW
Mountlake Terrace WA

Please RSVP ASAP to Karen Schumacher Wolf or 425-923-0148
Make your check payable to: Shoreline Class of 1963

Include a note with:

Your and your guest's names 
Your high school/maiden name 
Your email, mailing address and phone 
Mail your note and check to:

Marty McGowan
Shoreline Class of ’63
PO Box 3323
Kirkland WA 98033

NO reservations after August 15
Golf Scramble - 10 am tee time on Sept. 6

Text, call or email Dan Washburn to sign up.
360-739-4856 or
A block of rooms has been reserved until August 8 at 
Best Western Harbor Inn in Edmonds
Tell them you're with the Shoreline Class of 1963.


Participants get Community Preparedness training at NEMCo workshop

Instructors Dan Singley and Robin McKenzie
demonstrate the proper application
of a tourniquet to workshop attendees.
By Patrick Ducey
NEMCo CERT Volunteer

On Saturday, July 22, 2023, the Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo) held a Community Preparedness Workshop at Shoreline Fire Station 51 in Kenmore. 

This three-hour class is part of a program to help citizens in our area become more resilient and better prepared to handle emergencies on their own when first responder resources may be overwhelmed for a week or two after an initial incident.

Attendees at the workshop learned about the ACT (Antidote, CPR, Tourniquet) program, which teaches life-saving skills they can do before an ambulance arrives. 

NEMCo Instructor Dan Singley provides training on the
new ‘ACT to Save a Life’ approach to CPR and First Aid
There was also a presentation on the hazards we face in our community and in our home, as well as the simple yet effective steps citizens can take to prepare for a disaster. 

Each participant received a Resource Guide and various checklists to provide more detailed guidance to assist them in preparing and handling emergencies in their community. 

After the classroom portion, participants went out to the fire training ground and did a hands-on exercise highlighting the proper way for putting out a small fire with a fire extinguisher.

NEMCo Instructor Patrick Ducey teaches workshop attendees how to effectively use
a fire extinguisher on small fires
NEMCo offers numerous other training courses, including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which is a much longer class that goes more in depth into emergency management and preparedness activities. 

NEMCo also has a RACES team for those interested in the deployment of amateur (ham) radio to support responders during emergencies.

If you missed this opportunity, NEMCo is planning to offer another free Community Preparedness Workshop later in the year. 

NEMCo is staffed by a full-time Emergency Manager and a corps of volunteers who donate their time to help our community become more prepared to handle themselves in emergencies. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to prepare for a disaster, visit the NEMCo website

Photos courtesy NEMCo


CORE urges attendance at rally prior to Sound Transit meeting on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 in Lake Forest Park

Sound Transit proposes adding a bus lane with retaining walls
on Bothell Way (SR522) in Lake Forest Park

The LFP citizens' group CORE is urging LFP residents to attend the rally prior to the Sound Transit community meeting on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Lake Forest Park Elementary School, 18500 37th Ave NE.

The rally will start at 5:30pm. The meeting is at 6pm and both Sound Transit and CORE urge all LFP residents to attend.

CORE spokespeople say that "Attending this meeting is the way for citizens of Lake Forest Park to make their experience with Sound Transit, such as they are, known to the Staff and hopefully to the Sound Transit Board of Directors."

They continue: "This is a decisive moment for our community. Attending the meeting should be a priority, if not mandatory, for those who feel left out, marginalized, and seriously concerned about Sound Transit's plans or, for that matter, feel supportive of Sound Transit's plans for SR522/145th Bus Rapid Transit project."

CORE (Citizens Organized to Rethink Expansion of HWY 522 in Lake Forest Park) is an LFP-based citizen action organization. We are pro-mass transit and pro-Light Rail in Western Washington. We are a registered 501(c)(4) organization. Our goal is to educate the residents of Lake Forest Park that there is "a better way" for Sound Transit than building a devastating dedicated eastbound bus lane through the heart of our City, a design Sound Transit is using on 145th Ave that does not include any dedicated bus lanes.

Email CORE for more information:


It's the season for berry picking

Friday, July 28, 2023

Photo by Jan Hansen
Jan Hansen was amused by this flyover - a crow with a single berry held firmly in his beak.


First episode of King County Recovery Conversations (KCRC) podcast features Shoreline legislator Lauren Davis

The King County Recovery Conversations podcast is LIVE everywhere you listen to podcasts!

The first episode features Rep. Lauren Davis, WRA’s Founding Executive Director, and KCRC Director Heather Venegas. 

Join us as they discuss Lauren’s story, the history of WRA and KCRC, and kick off the podcast.

Listen to real stories of people who are in recovery and be inspired to share your own! 

Our conversations will focus on personal experiences, resources, and supports available for those who are seeking to overcome substance use and mental health challenges. 

Our goal is to inspire hope, reduce stigma, and promote recovery in the King County area and beyond.

We hope you’ll join us and listen in. You’ll find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, Google and Youtube. Episodes drop every 2 weeks on Mondays.
If you or someone you know is struggling, there are resources available.

Washington Recovery Helpline 1-(866)-789-1511

Washington Recovery Helpline is a program of Crisis Connections. They offer an anonymous, confidential 24-hour help line for Washington State residents. This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge.

Call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. It is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.

988 Lifeline services are available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 250 languages. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and TTY users, use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.


New book by Shoreline native teaches basics of circuits, circuit components, and electronics

Using fun, hands-on projects, learn what a circuit is and how it works! 

This book uses a common tool in electronics, the breadboard, to build your way to an understanding of circuits, circuit components, and the basics of computers.

You'll master current, voltage, and resistance. 

With that you can control outputs like lights and motors as well as inputs like switches and sensors. 

You'll also discover the difference between analog and digital electrical signals while studying both electricity and computers. 

Dabble in electrical engineering, whether you are interested in building things with electronics or learning to program simple, physical systems. 

A breadboard
Build your own electronic projects to learn how electronics work. And also how computers store information and process requests. 

You'll work with simple, low-cost tools like conductive tape before developing up to working with breadboards and discovering the components to build more complex systems.

With Beginning Breadboarding, makers of all ages and backgrounds can learn to build real-life physical computing systems and projects. Have fun building something with tangible results while learning all the theory you need to make new projects of your own!

Jennifer Fox, author, engineer, maker, educator
What You'll Learn
  • Rapidly prototype circuits with breadboards
  • Use common components to make simple electronic devices
  • Share electrical energy and control the flow of electricity through components
Who This Book Is For
  • Makers, seeking a fun, hands-on introduction to technology, electronics, and computers. 
  • Those who have little to no knowledge of the subject, but want to learn electronics or know more about computers.
Purchase link: Beginning Breadboarding: Physical Computing and the Basic Building Blocks of Computers | SpringerLink

Jen Fox is an engineer, a maker, and an educator. After dabbling in dark matter (B.S., Physics, Occidental College), Fox settled into engineering and inventing (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UCLA) to solve problems related to climate change and social justice. Combining her varied interests and passion for learning, Fox founded FoxBot Industries in mid-2015 to provide an arts-based approach to STEM education.


Ballots and farmers markets

The Shoreline Farmers Market is Saturday, July 29, 2023 from 10am to 2pm. There is a ballot drop box at the front corner of the Aurora 192nd park n ride where the market is held. Saturday is kids day at the market so you can start by having your kid help you vote.

The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market is Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 10am to 2pm in the lower level parking lot at Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE. The LFP ballot drop box is immediately adjacent to the market at the side of City Hall.


Jobs: WSDOT IT Application Development – Journey

IT Application Development – Journey
Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$83,260 – $111,976 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking a professional Application Developer – Journey level in Shoreline, WA to join the Traffic Management Systems (TMS) Software Team. 

The TMS Software Team designs, programs, enhances, and maintains one of the most advanced transportation operations software suites in the nation that includes tolling, surveillance, tunnels, express lanes, public information, web services and freeway control and operations. 

The top candidate will create and maintain web and Windows applications and Windows services, used by the Traffic Management Center personnel, other departments in WSDOT, and external agencies. The journey-level Application Developer will also create and maintain SQL scripts and perform database modelling in support of those applications.

Job description and application


Fireworks ruled out as cause of fatal Mountlake Terrace townhouse fire

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According to reporting in, fireworks have been ruled out as the cause of the townhouse fire on July 3, 2023 which killed a mother and daughter and left three apartments damaged.

The fire took place while the fireworks show at Lake Ballinger, sponsored by the cities of Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, was happening in the vicinity, but there was no evidence of fireworks at the apartment fire.

The investigation continues.

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