RBCA Email Blast: FEBRUARY
What's Happening In and Around Richmond Beach
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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.
Saltwater Park pedestrian bridge and beach access are closed
The Saltwater Park pedestrian bridge that crosses the railroad is closed to complete much needed structural repairs and upgrades.
Crossing private property without permission and crossing the railroad tracks to access the beach are illegal. It is also illegal to remove barrier fencing around the construction site to gain access across the bridge. Shoreline Police have stepped up patrols of the park. The number one priority for the City, the contractor and BNSF during construction is safety.
Attend the RBCA community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to learn more about the project.
For more information: www.ShorelineWA.gov/bridgerepair or call (206) 801-2700
Shoreline Walks seeking walk leaders
The Shoreline Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteer walk leaders for the 2015 Shoreline Walks Program.
Shoreline Walks is a free community walking program to help adults stay active, meet new people (or connect with old friends) and feel safer and more confident exploring our city by foot. Walks explore trails, neighborhoods, parks and streets and often incorporate interesting conversational topics and stops at local coffee shops and destinations.
New walks will begin again in April 2015 and run through the summer. If you know of great walking routes around our city and would like to lead a group walk, please contact Marianne Johnson, Recreation Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-801-2638. Training provided.
Photo contest for Richmond Beach calendar ends February 1
RBCA is conducting a photo contest to select a variety of photos that best represent Richmond Beach to use in an 18-month calendar covering July 2015 through December 2016.
We've already had a great response with many beautiful photos submitted. But there is still room for more before we make our final selections. Specifically, it would be great to have more photos of Richmond Beach landmarks and locations as opposed to panoramic views of sunsets over the sound. The calendars will debut for sale in May at the 2015 Strawberry Festival.
Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association
For contest rules and submission info, visit Richmond Beach Community News: January 2015, page 3
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
Website and Graphic Design Volunteers Needed
The Richmond Beach Community Association is recruiting for two important volunteer positions: a webmaster and a graphic designer.
The husband-wife team who has been providing these services for RBCA – even following a move cross-country! – is retiring this year so the positions need to be filled immediately.
With this change in volunteers comes a move to a new content management system and redesign for the website. The RBCA wants to hear from interested volunteers with experience in WordPress. There is also an opportunity for someone with less experience and/or time to serve as an assistant who updates the calendar and takes care of other ongoing tasks.
Graphic design volunteer
The RBCA needs an experienced graphic designer to prepare flyers/posters several times a year for events and themed graphics for the annual Turkey Day Fun Run.
To volunteer, please send an email with your resume and a few samples, if appropriate, to Susan Will at Editor@RichmondBeachWA.org or contact her if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these volunteer positions further.
12th Avenue NW Capital Improvement Project
Part of the City's Capital Improvement Plan is the Curb Ramp, Gutter and Sidewalk Maintenance Program. This annual program addresses repairs and accessibility issues with the City's current sidewalk system.
Given the location of Syre elementary, 12th Avenue NW's designation as a student walking route and existing barriers for pedestrians with disabilities to access the existing sidewalk, 12th Avenue NW has been selected for maintenance and upgrades. Construction will start the first quarter of 2015 and is expected to last approximately two months. Expect some traffic impacts and limited pedestrian access during the day.
More info: Visit http://shorelinewa.gov/government/departments/public-works-/capital-improvement-plan/curb-ramp-gutter-sidewalk-maintenance-program or contact Capital Projects Manager John Vicente at (206) 801-2474 or email@example.com.
United Way's Free Tax Campaign Recruiting Volunteers
Volunteer in Shoreline to help bring tax refunds back to the people who need it the most.
Hopelink site in Shoreline is looking to fill 3 shifts: Wednesday 5-9 pm and Thursday 1-5 pm and 5-9 pm.
Youth Survey to Improve Programs and Services
King County government wants to hear from youth 12-24 years old!
A Youth Action Planning Task Force is putting together recommendations to improve youth programs and services and your input is important.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the King County Youth Survey at http://bit.ly/1tZCKTC
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.
Seattle City Light upgrading in Richmond Beach
Seattle City Light plans to increase reliability in five sections of its service territory by injecting aging underground electrical cable with silicone.
The flyer linked below provides information on the section of Richmond Beach that is affected by this work:
RBCA 2014 Survey
Richmond Beach Community Survey results are in!
Read about the 2014 RBCA Survey (PDF) on page 5 of the November 2014 issue of the Richmond Beach Community News.
- RBCA 2014 Survey with introduction PDF, 49 pages
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
Post Office Has Moved
The U.S. Contract Postal Unit previously located at Spin Alley has moved to its new location at Beach House Greetings, 626 NW Richmond Beach Road.
Post Office hours:
- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Beach House Greetings hours:
- 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays
Noon to 4:00 p.m., Sundays
More info: www.BeachHouseGreetings.com
Post office moves to Beach House Greetings
From the October 2014 Richmond Beach Community News
By Tom Petersen, RBCA Board Member
"The Richmond Beach Post Office, established in 1891, moved "up the hill" over Labor Day weekend and is now housed and maintained by Beach House Greetings in the QFC shopping complex at the corner of 8th Avenue NW and Richmond Beach Road.
The new location has the same 100-year-old post office boxes and continues the services that were available at Spin Alley, selling stamps and mailing domestic packages. Postal services are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with access to boxes until 6:00 p.m., Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.). Weekends the post office portion is closed, but people can check their boxes during the gift shop's open hours, Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m.
Beach House Greetings owner Jenni Wilson, of Richmond Beach, is excited to add the post office to her successful business, which last year was able to remodel and expand. Wilson envisions the post office as a gathering place, and the store will have a community bulletin board for noncommercial postings and neighborhood announcements. In addition to stocking the standard USPS mailers, Beach House Greetings will start carrying other varieties of packing and packaging materials too.
The Richmond Beach Post Office has moved many times over the last century and has changed with the times as the postal service has pursued different business models.
When the USPS was making cutbacks in the early 2000s, the neighborhood successfully petitioned to keep a presence in Richmond Beach.
For the last few decades, Richmond Beach, like many suburbs or city neighborhoods in the US, has had an "approved service provider," a counter in another business that handles standard transactions, but not specialized services like overnight mail or international shipping.
The new location is a few blocks farther away for Richmond Beach residents, but is a boon to the whole northwest corner of Shoreline, which now gets a more central postal facility in a city where the alternatives are at the far edges. This should make it busier, insulating it from possible USPS contractions in the future."
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.
Seeking Youth Library Board Applicant
The City of Shoreline invites interested youth citizens to apply for an opening on our citizen advisory Library Board.
The City Council will appoint a youth citizen volunteer to serve thru June 2015 with the possibility of reappointment for another year term.
Qualified candidates must live or go to school in Shoreline. Applications will be accepted until filled.
Visit ShorelineWA.gov/libraryboard for application and details.
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 fuller description of what you should know about solicitors, see:
For a list of currently registered solicitors in the City of Shoreline (the web list is kept updated as new solicitors register), see:
- Solicitor List (PDF)
For more information on solicitor regulations call the City Clerk's Office (206) 801-2230.
Job Opportunities - City of Shoreline
To view available positions, please visit:
The City of Shoreline is currently hiring!
Updated January 14, 2015:
- Extra Help - Camp Shoreline - Site Director
- Extra Help - Lifeguard I or II
- Extra Help - Outdoor Hikes & Trip Instructor (year round)
- Extra Help - Teen Program Leader
- EXTRA HELP Camp Shoreline – Activity Instructor
- Senior Human Resources Analyst
- Surface Water Quality Specialist
- Surface Water Utility and Environmental Services Manager
What's happening on I-5 between Northgate and Mountlake Terrace?
Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing more than 300 failing concrete panels in both directions of I-5.
They will also grind existing concrete to remove surface cracks and smooth bumps. Crews will be working southbound between SR 104 and NE 117th Street in Northgate. The northbound work will take place between NE 145th and the King-Snohomish County line. Crews will begin work on panel replacement in July. The panel replacement work will be complete in late fall. In November, the crews will begin the noisier work of concrete grinding. Construction should last approximately one year.
More info: www.wsdot.wa.gov
Snohomish County Council tables discussion of moratorium on new home construction in areas with known landslide hazards
County Council to take more time on building moratorium
EVERETT — Snohomish County will take at least two more weeks before deciding whether to make emergency changes in how it handles land-use decisions after the deadly March 22 mudslide in Oso.
The County Council on Monday tabled discussion of options including a moratorium on new home construction in areas with known landslide hazards.
The move came after Deputy County Executive Mark Ericks asked for time to review temporary measures that council staff have been developing, which would increase building setbacks and engineering studies in potential landslide hazard areas.
"Let's be deliberative and careful," County Council member Brian Sullivan said.
Council Chairman Dave Somers started the discussion April 23, when he asked the council to consider a temporary home-building ban within a half mile of slide areas.
The council took no action last week. Somers on Monday said that after seeing a map of the proposed half-mile moratorium, the measure would have been overly broad. Most of the unincorporated areas of the county would have been off limits to new building while notoriously flood-prone river valleys would have been unaffected.
Somers urged the council to consider an amended proposal for temporary development controls designed to make building near landslide hazard areas more safe.
The county's existing regulations, developed long before the March 22 slide, generally require buildings be set back at least 50 feet or half the height of an identified landslide hazard slope, whichever is greater.
Somers' amended proposal would require buildings to be set back at a distance equal to double the slope's height. Moreover, no permits would be issued without a geotechnical engineer examining potential risk out to a distance the equivalent of four times the slope's height.
The plan also would enact landslide risk notification requirements for affected properties.
Somers also serves on the state Forest Practice Board, which has scheduled a special meeting May 12 to examine what is known — and what is not — about the Oso mudslide. There may be an opportunity for the county to work with the state in getting answers, he said.
The portion of the hillside that collapsed above Steelhead Drive was roughly 600 feet high. It sent debris at least 3,700 feet from where the toe of the hill had previously been at the edge of the North Fork Stillaguamish River. Slide damage in the valley stretched a mile from the hillside, and some of that area also was buried under flood water because the river was blocked by earth.
Councilman Ken Klein, whose district includes Oso, said that whatever happens next he wants to make sure people affected by the decisions get the opportunity to weigh in.
Joan Smith, of Edmonds, urged the council to look closely at the stability of hillsides between Mukilteo and Shoreline. All one needs to do is monitor the regular cancellations of Sounder commuter trains to understand just how prone to slides the area can be, she said.
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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