Fireworks are legal in unincorporated Snohomish County
By Diane Hettrick, reprinted courtesy of of Shoreline Area News
Fireworks are legal in unincorporated Snohomish County, but that's the only place for miles around.
Every city and town around us has banned fireworks. Don't even think about it. Shoreline, Kenmore, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Seattle, Everett. Lake Forest Park even put up signs at the city limits.
There are some good reasons - here are a few:
Setting the house on fire
What was the name of that legal firework that spins in crazy spirals and lands up to 25 feet away from where it started? I watched one land in the middle of a hedge. If they land on roofs they can smolder for hours until they set your roof on fire.
Conditions are drier than they have been for years. Easy to set the lawn on fire.
Veterans with PTSD
There's a lot of talk about honoring veterans for their service. One of the most practical ways would be not to kick in their PTSD with explosives.
Most dogs are terrified of the sounds made by fireworks. At best, they will cower under the bed. At worst, they have to be medicated and I'm told that some are still traumatized. Many try to run away from the sound and get lost or hit by a car.
It's better these days, but I remember years when I couldn't get out of my neighborhood without running over piles of debris from fireworks. Even if people tried to clean up, they couldn't see everything in the dark. There were always pointy pieces of metal in the debris, which I'm sure didn't do my tires any good.
There are always the stories every year about guys lighting fireworks in cars and throwing them out of the windows - until they fumble one and blow off a few fingers. And the people who go to check why the firework didn't go off and find out it was just delayed a little. Oops.
Don't even think about Sky Lanterns. So lovely to see them floating away and not so lovely when fire falls from the sky.
Rules in Unincorporated Snohomish County
Even where it's legal, there are a lot of limitations. Not on school or church property. Not on any private property. Not in parks, or city streets. Doesn't leave much.
Citizens have been petitioning the County Council to make the ban county-wide - or at least in unincorporated Sno County. So far, the County seems to be ignoring them.
Michael Sutherland - missing Shoreline student
Michael Sutherland, has been missing for two days now. He was last seen around midnight on Friday at his parents' house in Shoreline, near Shorewood High School. He is home for the summer from college in Montana and being out of communication with his friends and family is very out of character for him. If anyone has seen him or has any information about his whereabouts, please contact either the Shoreline Police Department or his sister Erin at (206) 450-7836.
United We Stand Encampment
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
Bethel Lutheran Church in Shoreline will be the new hosts for United We Stand. Details as to when the move will occur are being worked out, but the best guess is around the 20th of July. Meanwhile, your continued support is appreciated. Visit www.greaterseattlecares.org/united-we-stand for a list of the camp's most pressing donation needs.
Questions: Marcia McLaughlin, liaison for the church to the encampment, at (206)542-7477.
Summer programming at the Center for Human Services
If you would like to receive quarterly updates directly from CHS, please email Tanya@chs-nw.org
- 2015 Summer Play & Learn
- 2015 Summer Play & Learn - SPANISH
- 2015 Summer Quarter Newsletter
- 2015 Summer Quarter Newsletter - SPANISH
- Camp Ballinger Flyer 2015
Hunting for art in RB continues through the summer
RB Beach Glass - A Hidden Art Odyssey
The third year of treasure hunting in Richmond Beach continues this summer with RB Beach Glass: A Hidden Art Odyssey. Sponsored by the RBCA, this community project challenges your memory of Richmond Beach outdoor features and gives you a chance to explore as you hunt for hidden art. Photo clues are posted on the project website, www.rbbeachglass.com, and shared on RBCA's Facebook page. Follow these pages to get notice when new art is hidden. (The website also provides more project information such as background, general clues and guidelines about hiding spots, artist bios and more.) The art is free to whoever finds it. All that's asked is that the finder report back online. Local artists and crafters are invited to join managing project artist Susan Will in creating pieces to be hidden. For more information or to volunteer, contact Susan at email@example.com. Happy hunting!
United We Stand Encampment
Richmond Beach Congressional Church
The City has approved an extension of the permit for United We Stand to be at Richmond Beach Congregational Church through mid-July. However, the church has placed a contingency on the extension. The encampment must have an agreement with a new host. The extension would be for giving the new host time to prepare and get a city permit. Meanwhile, your continued support is appreciated. Visit www.greaterseattlecares.org/united-we-stand for a list of the camp's most pressing donation needs.
Questions: Marcia McLaughlin, liaison for the church to the encampment, at (206) 542-7477.
Richmond Beach 125th Anniversary Memorabilia
Available at community events
18-month calendar with photos of Richmond Beach landscapes and landmarks ($20), T-shirts ($10), sweatshirts ($25) and lapel pins ($2) will be available for purchase August 4 at Night Out Against Crime BBQ, August 8 at 4-Corners BrewFest, August 16 at the Sandcastle Contest, and at the Food Truck Shoreline Events, August 19, 22 and September 2.
Metro Long Range Plan Open Houses and Survey
From Metro and Sound Transit
Metro is beginning a second phase of outreach on the Long-Range Plan and has teamed up with Sound Transit to host a series of joint Open Houses. The open houses will give King County residents a convenient one-stop opportunity to help shape two important planning efforts- Metro's Long-Range Plan and Sound Transit 3. Their website is updated with a lot of new information including a new online survey to collect input from the public.
For more information:
- Open House information
- Take the online survey and sign up for project updates
- Read the PDF flyer
- Learn about how Metro is planning for the future on our website
What input are we looking for?
Metro is asking the public to review projections about how communities in King County will grow over the next 25 years and tell us what types of transit service they think are best to get them where they want to go.
Metro has developed three maps showing bus networks that emphasize three types of service- express, local and frequent. The maps illustrate how each type of service would get people where they want to go and the tradeoffs between them.
The input we receive will help transit planners understand what types of service communities value, and will shape the proposed network of bus routes and facilities that Metro will present in the fall of 2015 for additional public input. The final plan will be taken to the public for another round of input in early 2016 and then transmitted to the King County Council in mid-2016.
2015 National Night Out Planning Information
From the City of Shoreline
National Night Out Purpose:
Neighborhood event used to connect/organize neighbors, residents, and police around safety issues & crime prevention. The City has formally collaborated and promoted this event with police for 10+ years; Shoreline usually hosts 60 - 70 parties yearly, across the city. This year the date for NNO observance falls on Tuesday, August 4, although some groups will hold their parties both before and after this date.
Where to find NNO information, registration and permit application forms:
Follow links below or clink on NNO logo to complete online registration or download hard copies of forms:
- City of Shoreline Police web page
- City of Shoreline Neighborhoods Page
- City of Shoreline Planning and Community Development Permit page
What to expect:
Police, Fire, & City Staff (multiple departments including emergency management) visit all registered Shoreline Parties. Staff bring small give aways for kids & hosts, briefly address party guests calling attention to crime prevention brochures provided to each host, reviews "Key safety messages" (2-3), collects resident comments/questions/concerns on comment cards, and returns resident comment cards to appropriate city department staff for follow-up. A drawing is held each year to determine where fire engines will make visits on NNO night. This year, to be in the drawing, you must register your party by July 21. The drawing will be held on July 28.
For technical assistance in planning your event and/or ideas for block party resources call Rosie O'Brien-Ochs at (206) 801-2256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help build a village
Making a plan for aging in your home
The village concept is a personal, central resource that connects you with other village neighbors/members, volunteers, village staff, agencies and professionals who can link you with services that can help you stay in your home as you age. Services might include yard work, rides, pet care, grocery shopping and nearby social and educational events. You gain access to all of this for an annual membership fee. Volunteer and many staff services are free and discounts are available to members for professional and agency services. If interested in joining the planning group for Shoreline-LFP, call Joanne Donohue at (206) 727-6206 or email at email@example.com.
More info: www.vtvnetwork.org
Now on sale:
Commemorative Richmond Beach 18-month calendar
Celebrate 125 years with Richmond Beach and support the Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) with your purchase of this commemorative 18-month calendar. Enjoy scenic Richmond Beach on every page of this July 2015 through December 2016 calendar. Inside you will also learn more about Richmond Beach history and the RBCA - the neighborhood organization that has kept Richmond Beach a vibrant, well-informed community for over 100 years. The calendar debuts for sale at the Strawberry Festival and will be available at the May 12 (and following) RBCA General Meetings. It will also be available at many other RBCA events through the rest of the year.
Congratulations and thank you to the following photographers whose work is featured in the calendar:
Joel and Hitomi Dames
Nancy Bishop Harvey
Big thanks also to:
- The 33 photographers who submitted photos to the calendar contest.
- The three professional photographers - Bob Pfieffer, Marc Weinberg and Don Wilson - who judged the competition.
- The Shoreline Historical Museum, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation and City of Shoreline for content.
- The calendar production team: Susan Will, Don Wilson, Robert Burnette, Kathy Shaffer and Sheri Ashleman.
- The calendar sponsors who helped offset the cost of printing.
United We Stand moves into Richmond Beach
by Marc Weinberg
An extended family of 26 "friends and family" have relocated to Shoreline. You may have driven past their new residence and not even noticed because they are living on 15th Avenue NW just north of Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th Street, (206) 542-7477. Going by the church on 195th at 15th Avenue NW you cannot see the wooded setting where they have erected their tents.
Our newest tent dwellers are a congenial group of adults (and two children) who, with the help of this church and many other Shoreline congregations, have set up their little village in a tree shaded lot. They have some electrical power, mostly for lighting and charging devices for communications and seeking employment. For showers they must ride the bus to Shoreline Center. Their one large tent serves as kitchen and storage for community essentials, mostly food. Unlike other tent city type dwellings, their permit allows for an open flame so they can cook on a gas camp stove and a barbeque. Provisions are made throughout the camp for fire extinguishers in accordance with their permit and inspection. A separate tent provides storage for donations of clothing, bedding and other personal items. Tents are raised off the ground on wooden pallets as a foundation and topped with plywood. Just as you would expect, most have their collection of personal items, like you and I do, so tents are often decorated with pleasant memories.
This camp is called United We Stand. I encourage you to find out more about their needs by going to the website of Greater Seattle Cares where there is a page devoted to this camp. There you will find a list of needs and most importantly a calendar where individuals, churches and other groups have signed up to provide a meal. St. Luke Parish provided an Easter Sunday meal. At least one hot meal a day is essential when living out of doors, and you'll notice many vacancies in that online schedule. Feeding 26 people is not as difficult as feeding perhaps 100 at larger camps, and your help is needed. As the needs list changes faster than can be posted on the web, the best thing to do is stop by the camp and see first-hand; meet our neighbors and inquire about what their urgencies might be. I think you'll be surprised by this tidy little enclave and how life goes on, albeit different than yours and mine, for our newest neighbors in need. Other churches and organizations who have signed up to help beyond Richmond Beach Congregational Church are St. Dunstan's (with a meal every Tuesday evening), St. Luke Parish, Tennis Friends of Harbor Square, Glitter Girls Campfire Group and others. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, and if you're like me, I am rewarded by knowing what I've done does make a difference.
Pay it forward pizza
Help bring a Streetzeria pizza dinner to the United We Stand residents at Richmond Beach Congregational Church, and welcome them to our community. If you would like to provide a hot meal, but can't do it on your own, this is an easy way to offer support as a group. The concept is inspired by "the pizza guy" at Rosa's in Philadelphia who started the pay it forward pizza. Colorful Post-it notes cover the walls of the restaurant. Each note represents a slice of pizza purchased by a paying customer. The homeless can come into Rosa's and exchange one of the notes for a free slice of pizza.
Here is how it will work at Streetzeria. Donations can be made in $5 increments. The chalkboard at the entrance will be used to post notes from donors to residents at the encampment. Once enough money has been raised to feed all residents, a pizza dinner will be delivered. The kind notes from the community will adorn the pizza boxes with your gifts of food and caring.
Pay it Forward Pizza will continue for all three months United We Stand is located in Richmond Beach.
Solicitors in Shoreline
From the City:
Door to door soliciting is legal in the City of Shoreline, and summer often brings more people knocking on your door. You have no obligation to respond to solicitors!
The City regulates the activities of sales people and solicitors (Shoreline Municipal Code 5.07). It requires for-profit solicitors and the "Master Solicitors" who employ them to obtain a solicitor's license from the Shoreline City Clerk and carry the license (which has their photo and a City logo on it) at all times when soliciting or canvassing. Solicitors must produce the license when requested by persons being solicited, police or City officials.
Solicitors who work for a non-profit must be registered with the City and carry a copy of the non-profit business license (non-profit solicitors are not required to have an individual solicitor's license).
Below are a few crime prevention tips to safeguard yourself and your home from unscrupulous door-to-door solicitors:
- Always ask solicitors for identification to verify what company they are working for. If they refuse, ask them to leave.
- Ask to see their license from the City of Shoreline. If they do not have one, ask them to leave.
- If they work for a non-profit, ask to see a copy of their City of Shoreline business license. If they do not have one, ask them to leave.
- If you encounter a solicitor who becomes aggressive or won't take "no" for an answer, ask them to leave, shut the door and call 911.
For a list of registered solicitors in the City of Shoreline as of February 13th:
- Solicitor List (PDF)
For more information on solicitor regulations call the City Clerk's Office (206) 801-2230.
Richmond Beach Advocates continues to need your financial support
The time line is fast approaching for RBA to hire an independent expert to review the upcoming results of the City of Shoreline's Transportation Corridor Study recommendations.
With this in mind, your financial support to RBA is still very much needed to help us get the best advice possible. Please donate now. Donations can be mailed to Richmond Beach Advocates, P.O. Box 60186, Richmond Beach, WA 98160-0186 or made online at www.RichmondBeachAdvocates.org. Online, you can pay by credit card, debit card or Pay Pal. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
New Beginnings – Ending Domestic Violence
New Beginnings provides shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour hotline and more. The City of Shoreline provides funding to New Beginnings and Shoreline residents can access services from New Beginnings.
- New Beginnings fact sheet PDF - outlining their services
- How to Help Others Experiencing Relationship Abuse PDF
- Relationship Red Flags PDF - questions to ask yourself if you are concerned about an abusive relationship
Live Music in Shoreline
- North City Bistro - music at least 3 times a week http://www.northcitybistro.com/Music.html
- Darrell's Tavern - Live Bands on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays http://www.darrellstavern.com
- Grinders – live music monthly http://www.grindersshoreline.com
Shoreline Knitters, a Crafty Community Group helping those in need
Shoreline Knitters make washable winter items such as hats, scarves, & mitttens to share with neighbors in need.
Items donated to Hopelink, Tent City, Center for Human Services, etc. Drop box located in Shoreline City Hall lobby. Group meets Thursdays, 1-3:30 at Cafe Aroma by Crest Theater and welcomes all levels of knitters to work on personal or community projects. Contact Susan Armstrong and/or Sis Polin.
Sports Activities for Children and Youth
- Hillwood Soccer
- Richmond Jr. Football
- Thunderbird Basketball girls
- Thunderbird Basketball boys
- Seattle Select Baseball
- Richmond Little League – West Shoreline
- Sno-King Youth Club (multiple sports)
- Sno-King Hockey
- The First Tee of Greater Seattle - Jackson Park
Navigating the Elder Care Maze
"I need to find assisted living for my mom."
"My father-in-law doesn't drive and can't use Metro. He needs information on transportation options."
"I'm providing regular care for my adult son, who has a disability. I need help!"
"Who do I call?!"
Do those questions sound familiar? Finding help for an older adult—yourself or a loved one—can be a daunting task. Fortunately, two local programs provide guidance in navigating the maze of community and government programs:
- Senior Information & Assistance (1-888-4ELDERS) is the go-to number for anyone age 60+ and their family members who needs help identifying resources that meet their needs.
- The King County Caregiver Support Network provides guidance to unpaid primary caregivers of adults of any age who are unable to care for themselves—typically family members or close friends or neighbors.
Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—currently funds both programs. In the coming year, services may be enhanced to help a broader range of older adults and individuals with disabilities plan to live independently in the community.
As part of that process, ADS would like community input. Please take a few moments to complete an online survey that will help with these important decisions. The survey is open through September 30. Here's the link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/87CHD23
Soak It Up Rebate Program for Rain Gardens and Conservation Landscaping
Money is Still Available!
Do you have a grassy area or other hard surface that needs a makeover? How about turning it into a beautiful, native plant garden that helps manage rain water on your property!
The Surface Water Utility Soak It Up Program offers financial assistance to property owners that want to install a rain garden or convert hard surfaces such as turf, patios, and driveways into conservation landscaping.
These practices increase the amount of water that soaks into the ground; filter out pollutants before they reach the storm drain and eventually streams, wetlands, lakes, and Puget Sound; and provide habitat for beneficial insects and birds.
Visit ShorelineWA.gov/soakitup for program details. For questions call Tina Kendall, Environmental Programs Assistant at (206) 801-2450.
Light Rail through Shoreline
See the train move through Shoreline
Here is a link to a video Sound Transit produced of a simulation for the path of the lightrail train to Lynnwood. It gives a bit of perspective on how things will really look with the addition of the lightrail track.
Shoreline is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. In anticipation of its growth, Sound Transit received voter approval to plan and extend light rail service from Seattle to Lynnwood with 2 stops in Shoreline. Light rail represents a significant change to transit service in the city and an opportunity for residents to connect to regional destinations.
For more information, visit:
- City of Shoreline: Light Rail Station Area Planning
- Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension: Location & stations
To represent a citizen view and voice, Citizen's Committees have formed for both potential Light Rail station sites in Shoreline. To learn more about their work, see information below.
- NE 185th Street Station
This station subarea is located at a boundary between the Echo Lake, Meridian Park, and North City neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods formed the 185th Station Citizen's Committee (185SCC), which meets on the first Monday of each month, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Room 301 of City Hall. Email 185SCC at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NE 145th Street Station
This station subarea is located at the southern boundary of the city, between the Ridgecrest and Parkwood neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods formed the 145th Station Citizen's Committee (145SCC), which meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 7:00-8:30 in Room 301 of City Hall. Email 145SCC at: 145SCC@gmail.com
For questions regarding Station Area Planning
- Miranda Redinger, City of Shoreline Senior Planner
(206) 801-2513, email@example.com
- Steve Szafran, City of Shoreline Senior Planner
(206) 801-2512, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 28, 2014
From the RBCA Email Blast of February 16 - sign up for our emails!
2014 Master Builder Rampathon Applications Available
Residents of Snohomish or King County can apply for a free ramp to be built by Master Builders Care Foundation.
Apply for a relative, a neighbor or yourself. Applications can be downloaded at www.masterbuildersinfo.com/index.cfm?/Community/Master-Builders-Care-Foundation/Rampathon
Nextdoor Richmond Beach
Join Nextdoor Richmond Beach, a private blog for your neighborhood.
Nextdoor helps you...
- Get to know your neighbors
- Share local recommendations
- Lend, borrow and give away
- Keep the neighborhood safe
- Stay informed
To join, visit: https://nextdoor.com/join/AGYJCZ
Crime Alerts from Shoreline Police Department
More from Officer Obstler, October 13, 2013:
There’s been an increase in the amount of car prowls in the Innis Arden/Richmond Beach area as well as in Shoreline in general in the last couple months. Much of the crime is via unlocked garages and unlocked cars.
Remember to lock your garages and car doors, call police for suspicious people/vehicles and remember to report any crime. Reminder that we now also have online reporting via the www.ReportToSheriff.org, if anyone wishes that option.
From Sergeant Larson:
Unforced entry Garage burglaries/car prowls in the Richmond Beach/Innis Arden area
Over the course of the past two weeks we have experienced a rash of unforced entry burglaries to garages. The suspect(s) are working during the early morning hours (midnight and 4:00 am) and gaining entry to the victim's garages via unlocked side doors. Once inside the garage the suspect(s) steal items from the car. In addition the suspect(s) are also rummaging through cars in the garage.
We did make one arrest when we were able to track some stolen property to a motel parking lot in Seattle. Detectives Coblantz and Inn went to the motel in Seattle and set up surveillance. They identified a possible suspect and car. Ultimately, the detectives arrested one male for an outstanding arrest warrant. The detectives continue to investigate this case and recovered stolen property from victims ranging from Shoreline to Tukwila.
At this point we suspect a group of individuals engaged in this activity and the suspects have figured this is a target rich environment, if you will. We strongly encourage everyone to LOCK their homes/garages/cars.
Our graveyard patrol will be conducting increased patrol as time allows.
Watch a car prowl suspect at work!
We have been experiencing a rash of car prowls this past year. On October 2, 2013, the victim in this case had his car parked unlocked in his driveway on the eastside of the city. Watch as the suspect enters the unlocked car then goes on down the street trying doors of other cars. In this case the cars that were locked were not disturbed.
If you recognize this suspect please contact the Shoreline Police at (206) 801-2710
Crime Prevention and Safety:
Prevent Residential Burglary:
Prevent Mail Theft:
Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Alert Shoreline.
This system provides you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as police alerts for your neighborhood or unexpected road closures. It will also allow the City to alert you to community news you are interested in receiving, such as Council agendas, Parks facility closures, City Hall news or crime prevention tips and alerts. You will receive time-sensitive messages whenever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.
Sign up at: www.ShorelineWA.gov/alert
Volunteer Opportunities (NEEDS) at Center for Human Services
From the Center for Human Services:
CHS - "Building a stronger community...one family at a time"
Happy New School year to many! Please, if you hear of anyone who would like to be a volunteer, may it be for community service hours as a student or professional colleagues who would like to give back to the community (including yourself) we would love to have your help in our many different volunteer opportunities we have available. Here is our flyer, below. Please feel free to post it, make copies and send it along.
An easy way to help Human Service Agencies in King County
You may not be aware that each household in King County that registers a motor vehicle is eligible to order eight free Metro bus tickets or donate the value of those tickets to human service agencies.
Check "donate the value of my tickets" on the order form that comes with your new car tabs and mail it in. For people who have misplaced their forms, or are not aware of the program, full details are provided online. The site also includes a downloadable order form.
The Transit Incentives Program offers you tickets for eight free rides on King County Metro Transit. King County residents receive an order form when they renew their vehicle tabs. The program begins with June, 2012 tab renewals and will continue through May, 2014 tab renewals.
Each household in King County that registers at least one vehicle per year during the two-year life of the program is eligible for this offer.
For more information on the Transit Incentives Program:
Health and Human Services Information
From Washington Information Network 2-1-1 and City of Shoreline
Washington Information Network 2-1-1:
2-1-1 is the phone number to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance such as housing, legal, emergency financial assistance and transportation.
All information is also available on their website: http://win211.org
(This information is also posted at the Health and Human Services link under "Community Tips" on our website.)
Richmond Beach Community News Receives National Recognition
For the third year in a row, Richmond Beach Community Association received a Gold Level Award for newspaper excellence in the Neighborhoods, USA, Neighborhood Newsletter Competition.
The Richmond Beach Community News monthly newspaper is produced entirely by volunteers and funded by advertising revenue and membership dues. By becoming a member of RBCA, you are helping support this award-winning newspaper which is mailed to every Richmond Beach resident, free of charge, from September through June. To become a member, visit our Membership webpage.
Richmond Beach Community News, a publication of Richmond Beach Community Association, has been awarded Gold Level recognition in the 2011 & 2012 & 2013 Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Neighborhood Newsletter Competition at the organization's annual conference.
The Newsletter Competition acknowledged excellence in neighborhood newsletters, which are a vital communication tool for neighborhood news and activities. The competition featured two categories: electronic format and printed format, with gold, silver and bronze level awards in each category. Entries were evaluated by a jury panel, which used a list of criteria that included content, layout, and overall appearance.
2011 was the first year that this competition was held by the NUSA.
The Richmond Beach Community Association publishes the newspaper to publicize its events and provide news and information of community interest to Richmond Beach residents. The newspaper is a monthly publication that is delivered free of charge to more than 2500 households in the neighborhood; an additional 500 papers are placed in local businesses. The paper is entirely volunteer-run, with a small staff of Editor, Marge Mueller; Information Officer, Sheri Ashleman; Advertising Manager, Tony Flock; Billing Manager, Ted Mueller; Treasurer, Christie Wishaar; and Circulation Managers, John Durgin and John Thielke. More than a dozen contributors provide news articles, features, calendar items, humor and photos. It is financially supported by advertising.
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Each year the NUSA Board of Directors recognizes the commitment and work of neighborhoods presenting awards in several categories, such as the Neighborhood of the Year, Best Neighborhood Program, Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods, Social Revitalization, and Physical Revitalization. The "Neighborhood of the Year" award has been presented since 1984 as a collective "thank you" for the hard work by neighborhoods, and is the only national award given on an ongoing basis to neighborhood organizations for their self-help initiatives. For more information about the NUSA "Neighborhood Newsletter" award, please visit their website at www.NUSA.org.
Hopelink recruiting volunteers for ESL programs in Shoreline
Volunteers are needed to help with evening adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and daytime English for Work ESL programs in Shoreline. Interview, pre-service training and a background check are required.
Volunteer positions are available for lead and assistant teachers, and registration, test and welcoming volunteers for both programs. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
For more information or to sign up, contact Marci Williams at email@example.com or call 425.250.3007.
Energy Assistance Programs Available to Shoreline Residents
People who are having financial problems paying for their energy cost may qualify for assistance through the federal energy assistance program that is administered by Hopelink. The federal program is seasonal and runs from November to approximately May of each year. Access is only by phone appointment. See below for number to call. Approved funds are paid to the energy vendor, not to the applicant.
In addition to Hopelink and PSE, Seattle City Light runs a discount program for people who are low income and an assistance program for those behind on their bills, www.seattle.gov/light/accounts/assistance
Hopelink has two programs that may help with your energy bills this year: the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) and PSE HELP. LIHEAP is a federally funded grant program that can help pay for the following types of primary heat sources: oil, gas, electricity, kerosene, propane or wood. The season for LIHEAP begins in November, or as funds become available. The PSE HELP grant program is available to Puget Sound Energy electric and/or gas customers only. The program assists with home energy costs. The season for PSE HELP begins in October, based on available funding.
To schedule an appointment for energy assistance, please call the Energy Assistance Appointment and Information Line at 1-800-348-7144. The best time to call to schedule an appointment is at 9 AM on Monday through Thursday. Live operators are available from 9-11am, Monday through Thursday. You do not need to have an overdue bill or be out of fuel or wood to schedule an appointment.
More than eight hundred homeowners trust Minor Home Repair each year to improve the accessibility, safety, and livability of their homes. We make maintenance of a home affordable for Seattle, Bellevue, and Shoreline homeowners of any age who are on limited budgets or have moderate incomes.
When you hire Minor Home Repair, our licensed, personable staff provides parts at cost and labor at below-market prices—saving you money for life's other essentials. You can even take advantage of our flexible payment plans—free of interest. Minor Home Repair excels at a variety of projects including plumbing, minor electoral, carpentry and disability access (follow link below for a list of types of work covered).
For more information, including how to use the Minor Home Repair Program and the Major Home Repair Program, visit ShorelineWA.gov/community/human-services/home-repair.
A Running Club for North Seattle, Edmonds and Shoreline Area Runners
Updated September 2014, from their website:
"Richmond Beach Running Club is growing running club, focused on building a community of runners in the Shoreline, Edmonds and Woodway. We have grown from a small group of 5-10 to 30+ weekly with many different paces, from 12 minute miles to under 7 minute mile paces.
Our goal is have a foundation of Saturday group runs, with out/back 1-hour routes where everyone meets back at the same time for coffee and conversation regardless of pace. We also have weekly Wednesday night track workouts with our coach, Lane Seeley at Kings High School Track."
More info: www.RichmondBeachRunningClub.com
Voluntary, user-entered safety profiles can provide critical information to 9-1-1 centers and emergency responders when help is needed
In an emergency, seconds count. Making sure 9-1-1 call-takers and emergency responders have all the information they need can mean the difference between life and death. To assist in this critical task, King County is launching "Smart911," a supplemental data service that allows residents to create a personal safety profile in a secure database. That information can then be used to assist 9-1-1 call-takers and responders in the field. "With this new tool, 9-1-1 call-takers can locate callers and send help to the right place more efficiently," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "It's especially effective for users of cell phones, whose locations cannot be pinpointed as they can with landlines."
Check out this new service for our community members. Very useful for cell phone users and especially for those with a disability or medical condition that you may want medic to be aware of. You can choose your language of choice also for those who English isn't their primary language. Read the full article for info. You can add your work address also, information about your address that may be useful for fire or police responders to know, your child's disability – like an autistic child who may hide from arriving Fire or Police responders.
Read the full Press Release from King County
From the City:
You can help make sure rain water reaches the storm drain system by removing leaves and debris, which reduces the chance of flooding in yards and homes in your neighborhood. ShorelineWA.gov/adopt-a-drain
A recent blog entry identifies Richmond Beach as a maritime tourist destination.
4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.
Gardening is a very popular activity in Shoreline and one that the City supports.
Over the years, more and more residents have expressed their strong desire to plant flowers, vegetable gardens or other small plants in the City right-of-way that borders their property. Until now, residents had to pay a fee and obtain a permit to do so. Often such plantings can be accomplished without impacting the safety of our residents or the environment. However, the City needs to ensure that anything in the City's right-of-way does not impact a driver's vision, water drainage or pedestrian access.
In response to residents' requests to make planting in the right-of-way easier the City has streamlined the procedures, eliminating the fee and permit requirements. Now residents can follow the criteria outlined in a handout titled Planting in the Right-of-Way and fill out and submit a simple Notice of Planting form. The handout and form can be found on the City's website on the Planning Department's Development Handouts page or by the Permitting Desk at City Hall.
Residents may plant vegetables or small plants in the right-of-way as long as they meet setback and height guidelines and do not impede pedestrian traffic or impact drainage. Please note that this does not include planter boxes, trees of any kind, or other structures or hardscapes. To plant trees or construct in the right-of-way, residents must still obtain a permit. To learn more about planting in the right-of-way, visit Development Handouts, scroll down and open "Planting in the Right-of-Way" for Guidelines and Notification form.
For more information, contact Construction Inspection Services Supervisor Paul Laine at (206) 801-2470, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fastest growing segment of the labor market is the 50+ worker.
This program offers courses to those who are fifty years of age and older who want to or are being required to return to work or change careers. See Plus Fifty for more information.
Here's your opportunity to photograph images of Shoreline and share them with the community.
Have you ever seen an image and wished you had a camera to capture it? Whether it's a person, wildlife, landscapes, or unique places, there are scenes that we wished we could've captured and shared with others.
We're looking for images that exemplify "Our Shoreline." Your "Our Shoreline" photos may fall into one or more categories including: People; Animals and Wildlife; Nature and Landscapes; and Places (examples include parks, trails, storefronts, etc.). Submitted photos may be featured in an issue of Currents (the City's monthly newsletter,) the Parks and Recreation Guide, the City's government access TV channel, or the City's website.
To share an image, go to www.ShorelineWA.gov/photos and use the upload tool. Thank you!
For questions or comments, please contact Tavia Tan, Communications Program, at email@example.com or (206) 801-2226
Need to buy groceries? Run an errand? Go to the doctor? The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Shuttle is a free door to door van service. Seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities or special needs can ride the van. There are no forms to fill out or special requirements.
The van is lift equipped for people who have difficulty using stairs or use a mobility aid, such as a wheelchair or scooter. The Shuttle operates Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Called the "Hyde Shuttles", in honor of Lillian May Hyde, whose bequest provides partial funding for the program, the service also helps connect residents with their loved ones in several communities in King County. A Shoreline rider describes the benefit to her of the program: "the Hyde Shuttle has been a real blessing to me – I'm able to visit my husband in the nursing home a few times week. This has really added to my life."
To book your ride or to find out how to become a volunteer driver, call (206) 727-6262.
Become a Facebook fan by visiting Shoreline Fire page and hitting the "like" button...and for Twitter, search for ShorelineFire.
We will be using these forms of communication in the months to come and we plan on using them extensively in the event of a disaster in our area. Find out about what we're doing around town, important safety information and be the first to see our news releases!
For more information: Melanie Granfors, (206) 533-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Meet the Neighbors" from Parade.com
When Jodi Lee, a librarian, bought a home in 2004 near downtown Columbus, Ohio, neighbors told her about "Wednesdays on the Porch." From the first week after Memorial Day through early fall, residents take turns hosting a weekly porch party for their neighbors. It is a way to get to know one another, exchange information, and keep in touch. Jodi was encouraged to host one. She followed the advice and, a few weeks later, on her own front porch, met her neighbor Bill Sieloff. Four years later, he became her husband. "The wedding was almost like a Wednesday on the Porch," Jodi recalls, "so many neighbors were there."
Doug Motz, one of the founders, estimates that since these Wednesdays began eight years ago, about 75 different families have held more than 130 porch parties in the neighborhood. "It's a time for sharing—opinions on new restaurants, how to find good painters and home-repair people—but it's primarily social," Motz says. "And the nice thing is, the hosts don't have to worry about cleaning up inside." For the rest of the article, see Porch Parties.
Messages you don't want to miss!
You know to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. But did you know that the 9-1-1 system can be used to call you in an emergency? It can. It's called Reverse 9-1-1.
The City of Shoreline encourages everyone to register their phone numbers with Reverse 9-1-1. It allows for residents and businesses to receive an alert in the event of hazardous materials spill, evacuations, severe weather conditions, flood, crime, boil water advisories and other critical notifications—messages you, your family and your business don't want to miss.
To register, go to www.NORCOM.org/reverse911.cfm to fill out a form online or call the Emergency 911 Dispatch Center-NORCOM during regular business hours at (425) 577-5700.
This program recruits and matches people 55 and older as volunteers in Shoreline public schools.
Syre Elementary is currently looking for volunteers to help out in its kindergarten classes. They could use help every day of the week.
Highland Terrace Elementary is working on launching a lunchtime homework help center and needs tutors and mentors who can provide support and encouragement to students who need it. They are looking for people who can give an hour at least once a week.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with the local school community, while helping kids who really need the support.
Sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center
More info: Karen Kessinger, Volunteer Coordinator, 365-1169 or email@example.com
Shoreline Area News Launches, Seeks Volunteer Writers and Photographers
We have added a permanent link on our website to the Shoreline Area News under Community Tips.
From their website:
"The Shoreline Area News officially launched its website, Thursday, November 5, 2009, in response to the demise of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Enterprise edition. The News is located at www.ShorelineAreaNews.com and covers the cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Created by artist and designer Sonya Reasor, community activist Diane Hettrick, and Enterprise politics writer Evan Smith, the News hopes to be a central location for information for and about the two cities. Volunteer writers and photographers are welcome and residents are encouraged to send information about events and activities to: Editor@ShorelineAreaNews.com"
And more details from Diane Hettrick:
"We are posting new information every day. The newest article goes to the front page, and to the appropriate tab. Remember to Refresh or Reload your web page each time you look or you won't see the newest articles. We are very excited about the News and see more possibilities for it every day. We want to thoroughly cover Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, but include things in surrounding areas that residents would want to participate in. Our art and technical editor is fabulous - take a look at the fair trade flyer - she did that.
We are looking for people to cover more sports. We have a couple of volunteers but there are a lot of sports in the area.
We will take articles from you - human interest stuff, things about Shoreline or LFP, an enthusiastic review of your favorite shop or restaurant. Here are things we would like to see: meeting notices for PTA's, meeting notices for neighborhood associations, personal reports from sporting events (with a picture of your kid - we don't care if s/he is the star or not!), church events open to the public, school activities (with a photo of whatever group with your kid front and center), wedding notices, engagements, baby announcements, anniversaries, military milestones and obituaries. Of course all of these with pictures - and yes, it's absolutely fair for obits to have a picture of the person when they were young and good-looking.
Send information for the News to Editor@ShorelineAreaNews.com.
Please send photos, if you can. They don't have to be professional-grade - cell-phone photos look good. If you can turn it into a jpg it's good.
And it would be very good to have information after the event, with photos. Look at
the Day of Caring from Meridian Park neighborhood - perfect example. Just make sure that people are ok with having their photo on the web, and get names of people in the photo as well as the person who took the photo."
More info: Visit www.ShorelineAreaNews.com
RBCA is not responsible for the content of external sites.
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