Current Happenings

Monday, March 31, 2014

RBCA Board Positions Open

Although elections will not be held until May 13, candidates must be members at least one month before the election (by April 13).

Now is the time to put your name in the hat. Serving your community is a rewarding experience!

There are five open positions on the RBCA board this spring, three of which are being vacated due to term limits or board members choosing not to run again.

RBCN article with more info: April issue, page 5

RBCA invites potential candidates to find out more about being on the board by contacting Robert Brouillard at

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Strawberry Festival on May 10

This fun community event is made possible only through the help of volunteers like you!

Help is needed the day of the event for set up, clean up, food vendor staff, bathroom maintenance and shuttle van drivers. A crew is also needed May 9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to help cut up strawberries for shortcake.

Interested persons contact Sheri Ashleman at or (206) 542-9147.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Children's Parade at Strawberry Festival

New this year is a children's parade for ages 8 and under on May 10 from 11:30 to noon.

The theme is "Seahawks" and the Seahawks' mascot "Blitz" will join the parade and be available for photos. Participants are encouraged to dress in Seahawk attire and decorate their wagon, tricycle or scooter in Seahawk colors or gear. So kids, start working on your costumes and decorations—we want YOU to be part of this exciting spectacle!

More info: Visit

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Call to Garden Artists!

Would you like to win a $100 gift certificate from Sky Nursery?

The "best of show" garden in the annual self-guided Garden Tour to be held on Saturday, June 14, will win the grand prize. All gardens in and around Richmond Beach are welcome to enter the contest.

If you are interested in showing your garden, send a note to Dave Wight at or visit by April 30.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Shoreline Walks


Shoreline Walks is a community walking program to help Shoreline adults stay active, meet new people (or connect with old friends) and feel safer and more confident exploring our city by foot. Walks explore neighborhoods, parks and trails offering great insight into some of the best walking routes in our City. Specifically designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free to the public. More info:

Want to be a Volunteer Walk Leader?

The Shoreline Parks and Recreation Department is always seeking volunteer walk leaders to lead community walks around our community. 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, (206) 801-2638. For more information on being a volunteer walk leader, please view our Volunteer Information and Proposal Form.


Join us on one of these great walks starting in April 2014. More walks will be added as the season goes on, so check the website for the latest list of Shoreline Walks.

Saturday, April 26, 9:00am
Hamlin Park Trails Walk
Get acquainted with some of the trails running through the forested haven of Shoreline's beautiful 80-acre Hamlin Park.
Walk is approximately 1.8 miles / 40-45min.
Walk Rating: Moderate (bumpy trails)
Meet at: Hamlin Park, 160th St. parking lot. (by play area)

Saturday, May 3, 10:00am
Richmond Beach Parks Walk
Visit the 4 parks in Richmond Beach while enjoying views of the mountains and the sound.
Walk is approximately 3 miles / 1.5 hrs.
Walk Rating: Moderate (some hills)
Meet at: Entrance to RB Saltwater Park 2021 NW 190th St.

Saturday, May 10, 8:30am
Paramount Park "Million Step Challenge"
Let's meet up to walk around Paramount School Park and participate in the "Million Step Challenge" as a group.
Walk is approximately 1-3 miles / 1 hr.
Walk Rating: Easy - Moderate
Meet at: Paramount School Park, 150th & 8th Ave NE, meet at play area.

Summertime Date and Time TBD
Twin Ponds Park Walk
A nice evening stroll around Twin Ponds Park with an extra loop around Parkwood School. Our walk leader will help us spot water fowl on the ponds.
Walk is approximately 2 miles / 75 min.
Walk Rating: Easy
Meet at: Twin Ponds Park, 14915 1st Avenue NE (Parking lot on 1st by Comm. Gardens)

Thursday, July 10, 10:00am
North Shoreline Land and Water Walk
Enjoy an easy late morning walk around North Shoreline and continue with a low impact workout of water walking at the Shoreline Pool. (pool walk is optional, bring swimsuit and money for pool admission fee.)
Walk is approximately 2 miles / 40-45min.
Walk Rating: Easy (some hills)
Meet at: Shoreline Pool parking lot, 19030 1st Ave. NE.

Friday, August 1, 11:30am
North Shoreline Loop Walk
This short loop walk around North Shoreline starts at the Pool and heads north up to Ballinger Way. We'll then loop around and take the Interuban Trail back to the pool.
Walk is approximately 2 miles / 40-45min.
Walk Rating: Moderate (some hills)
Meet at: Shoreline Pool parking lot, 19030 1st Ave. NE.

Thursday, August 21, 7:30pm
North City Neighborhood Walk
Stretch your legs after dinner with a walk around lovely green areas in the North City Neighborhood. Walk is approximately 2 miles / 40-50min.
Walk Rating: Easy
Meet at: North City Elementary School parking lot, 816 NE 190th St.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Annual RBCA Membership Drive Underway

From the March issue of the Richmond Beach Community News, written by RBCA Board Member Robert Brouillard.

"What do the Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) and public radio have in common? They're both awesome, and they both depend on support from their members.

I am a big fan of public radio (KPLU, KEXP, KUOW and KING). In fact, it's pretty much all my family and I listen to, at home and in the car. These stations exist only because their members, myself included, contribute money each year to keep them going and growing.

Your RBCA is just like public radio. In order to survive and thrive, we need the good people of Richmond Beach to become members. Otherwise,there would be no RBCA. And no award winning newspaper like the one you're reading right now or other communication tools to keep the community apprised of events, issues affecting Richmond Beach and candidates for election. And no community meetings, no Strawberry Festival, no Garden Tour, no Sandcastle Contest, no Halloween Carnival, no Turkey Day Fun Run, and no Holiday Tree to light and sing carols around.

Approximately 6,000 people live in Richmond Beach. But only 403 of them are members of the RBCA. This month, the RBCA is conducting its Annual Membership Drive. Our goal is modest—600 members by the end of March. If you live or work in Richmond Beach and are not a RBCA member, please join today. You can do so by using the enclosed envelope or by going to A mere $20 annual membership helps support our vibrant, active community."

Visit the Membership webpage to learn more and join today!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Strawberry Festival Sponsors Wanted

Sponsors are being sought to financially support the Strawberry Festival.

Costs continue to escalate and help from our business partners or community-oriented residents is appreciated. In addition to having the satisfaction of supporting their community, sponsors will be recognized in the Richmond Beach Community News, have their name appear on the Strawberry Festival webpage with a link to the donor's own website or Facebook page, receive verbal recognition during the event and have their name on a sponsor poster at the festival. Gold Level Sponsors also have the option of a free space at the event for a 10x10 informational booth.

New! Make your sponsorship online on our new Donate webpage, with multiple payment options!

There are multiple levels of support—find the one that fits your budget and goals:
       Gold Level Sponsor - $500+
       Silver Level Sponsor - $250-$499
       Bronze Level Sponsor - $100-$249
If you are able to help, please contact Sheri Ashleman at or 542-9147.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Richmond Beach Celebration!

Spring is just around the corner—time for residents to come out of hibernation and enjoy all the great things Richmond Beach has to offer. We are blessed to have a cohesive neighborhood with awesome views; amenities such as parks, a library and a post office within walking distance; excellent schools; good restaurants; retail stores; low crime rate; involved residents and more.

Plans are underway for the annual Richmond Beach Celebration. This year's festivities promise to provide activities and entertainment for all ages and interests. Join your friends and neighbors for a fun-filled weekend.


Shuttle Service - Saturday, May 10
Due to limited parking at the event sites, off-site parking and shuttle service to all four events will be available on Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Richmond Beach Congregational Church located at 1512 NW 195th. Visitors are encouraged to use the shuttle to reduce impact on the neighborhood.


15th Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, May 10, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Children's Parade (Seahawks theme) at 11:30 a.m.
Richmond Beach Community Park, 2201 NW 197th Street

Visit our Strawberry Festival webpage for more information!

Enjoy the music of local bands, food from local restaurants, games and activities for kids and a walking tour of historic Richmond Beach—all while sampling tasty strawberry shortcake! Co-sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association and the City of Shoreline; music supported by a Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council Community Project Award.


48th Annual Arts & Crafts Show
Friday, May 9, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Avenue NW

The show features handcrafted items including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, photography and original art!

Come meet local artists on Friday night while enjoying music by a quartet from Shorewood High School. Sponsored by Friends of the Richmond Beach Library. Artists of handcrafted pieces are encouraged to either contact Julie Vaughn at (206) 321-1934 for more information or pick up an artist's packet at the Richmond Beach Library.


5th Annual Car Show
Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Rehab, 19235 15th Avenue NW

Check out one of the best displays of classic cars around!

Friends, neighbors and car enthusiasts are invited to visit the rehab between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to view one of the best displays of cars of yesteryear around. Enjoy live music by The Gentlemen Callers (classic rock) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Richmond Beach Rehab. For more information, contact Sandi Sweeters at (206) 546-2666 or visit For Car Show information, contact Ken Morken at (206) 782-7171.


27th Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale
Friday, May 9-Sunday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Avenue NW

Explore a wide selection of hard-to-find plant species at the on-site MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery!

Enjoy free family activities, food trucks and ice cream, gardening seminars, and tours of the Garden. Garden sculpture, art, and pottery will be available for purchase. For more information, visit


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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

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Monday, December 9, 2013

An update on Metro's proposed service cuts

From King County Department of Transportation

As you may be aware, King County Metro Transit is planning to cut up to 17 percent of its service beginning in fall 2014 due to a funding shortage. If no new funding is approved, we'll have to make cuts throughout the county, with every community bearing a share of the impacts.

We've cut costs, raised fares, and created other efficiencies to preserve most service over the past five years. But temporary funding authority from the state expires in June, and unless action is taken on stable funding, Metro will have to move forward with drastic service reductions next year.

  1. 74 routes would be deleted
  2. 107 routes would be changed
  3. 33 unchanged routes would likely become more crowded
  4. these details at:

How will riders be impacted?

Riders and communities across King County would feel the impacts: fewer travel options, longer waits between buses, more transfers, more-crowded and less-reliable buses, and increased traffic congestion. To find out detailed information about proposed changes to routes, you can visit our website. We invite you to help us understand the affects these cuts will have on you.

What Metro is doing to engage the community

We are hosting public meetings and outreach events around the County to help riders learn more about why service must be cut and how they may be affected, and to help us understand the impacts on their lives. Our calendar indicates where you can find us.

How you can help

Participate in our outreach effort – attend a public meeting or outreach event or provide feedback through our online survey.

For more information
Visit our website for additional information about the proposed service reductions, an online survey, and a schedule of other events where you can talk with us directly. On social media channels, riders can use #KCMetroCuts to join the conversation.

All of us at Metro wish we weren't in the position we are in – planning to cut service up to 17% and greatly impact our riders and our region – especially at a time we need to be growing transit service by 15% around the county. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

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Friday, December 6, 2013


From Public Health - Seattle & King County, Vulnerable Populations Action Team:

The National Weather Service is reporting that we could be in for the coldest 3 days in a row since 1998. This is a good time to remind clients and community members how to stay safe in cold weather.

This winter will bring new challenges for transportation to unincorporated King County. In a countywide snow and ice event this winter, fewer roads will be plowed than in past seasons. County leaders are working to find temporary measures to get us through this winter, but residents should still be preparing in case communities become snowbound or disconnected from the road network. To learn more about how this cut in service might impact you or someone you love, go to:

Know the outside conditions.

The weather may affect your ability to leave your home or others' ability to safely get to your home. Know where to get current local information on weather, road conditions, public facility closures, public and para-transit changes, changes in snow routes.

  1. The National Weather Service:
  2. Metro alerts online:
  3. Sign up for Metro email and/or text alerts:

Prepare to stay in your home for long periods of time (7-10 days).

If you are advised to stay indoors, do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary or in the event of an emergency. Stock up on emergency supplies, know and activate your emergency plan, and prepare your home for winter weather.

Stock up on supplies:

  1. Stay healthy: Nutritious, higher calorie meals, water, non-perishable food, can opener, formula for infants, medication supply, personal hygiene items, and first aid kit. Don’t forget food and items for pets and service animals.
  2. Keep warm: Blankets, coats, hats, snow boots, gloves, wool socks, and scarves (remember extra blankets for service animals or pets!)
  3. Stay informed: Radio, extra batteries, extra chargers and/or low-tech backups of any devices that you rely on that require electricity
  4. Stay safe: A snow shovel, table salt or cat litter to clear walkways and ramps of snow and ice (rock salt can harm service animals and pets). Also have a good source of light such as battery flashlights and light sticks. Avoid candles!
  5. Be ready: print or write your updated list of emergency support contacts and medical information including medications and doctors’ contact information.

Have an emergency plan:

  1. Be ready to help each other! Check in with emergency support contacts (neighbors, caregivers, family, friends, and personal assistance providers) before bad weather happens. If severe weather is expected, should someone stay the night?
  2. If power outages occur, find places where you can go to get warm. Friends and family may have power and warm homes you can visit
  3. If you have clients who are living as homeless, updated severe weather shelter locations will be posted at:
  4. If you rely on electricity powered devices to stay healthy and independent- sign up for the priority power list with your power company.
  5. If you rely on oxygen- talk to your vendor about emergency replacements.
  6. If you rely on dialysis or other types of specialized medical treatments- talk to your health provider about what to do in the event of severe winter weather.

If it is necessary to go outside, be prepared.

If conditions are too cold or unsafe, do not go out. Instead, seek shelter with friends, family members, or at a community shelter. However, if you do need to go outside, here are some safety tips!

Dress warmly:

  1. Wear several loose, warm layers to keep in body heat. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and natural wool, if possible.
  2. Wear a hat. More than half of body heat is lost through the top of the head.
  3. Wear mittens that are snug at the wrist. Mittens offer better protection than gloves which allow your fingers to cool much faster.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to help protect lungs from cold air.
  5. Keep yourself and your clothes dry. Change wet socks and all other wet clothing as quickly as possible to prevent loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses its insulation value and transmits heat rapidly.
  6. Wear good shoes/boots to avoid falls.

Stay healthy:

  1. Pack a light weight travel bag unique to your individual needs and that you are able to carry: Include items such as a water, nonperishable high caloric snacks, medications, and emergency contacts.
  2. Traveling through snow can be very strenuous and cold can put extra stress on the heart and respiratory systems. Avoid overexertion by limiting or omitting activities like shoveling or traveling through snow.
  3. Watch yourself and others for signs of hypothermia or frostbite and take appropriate action. If you suspect that someone is suffering from hypothermia, wrap them in a blanket and call 911 immediately.
  4. Wipe down assistive devices when returning home to avoid rust.
  5. Freezing rain and snow can stick to adaptive equipment (canes, walker, wheelchairs, scooters). Wear gloves to provide better grip on devices.

Additional information can be found at:

  1. Take Winter by Storm:
  2. Snow Routes, prioritized for plowing:
  3. Learn why snow removal services will be reduced this season and how to prepare for winter's arrival.

Translated information in multiple languages from ECHO - Many refugee and immigrant communities may be less familiar with staying safe in cold weather (i.e. snow safety, fall prevention and preparedness information). Please refer to the information on the ECHO website, which includes audio, video and written translations in multiple languages that can be referenced and shared with staff and clients.


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Arrests made in Richmond Beach and Innis Arden burglary and vehicle prowl cases

In the last several weeks, Shoreline residents reported a dramatically increased number of residential burglaries and car prowls in the Richmond Beach and Innis Arden neighborhoods. The main targets for thefts were unlocked vehicles and homes. Over the weekend, Shoreline Police detectives arrested four suspects in these crimes.

Undercover detective work led to a suspect who was trying to sell stolen property linked to the Richmond Beach/Innis Arden crimes. Upon the suspect's arrest, he admitted to committing over 50 larcenies and burglaries in the area. A search warrant executed on his residence and storage facility led to the arrest of three more suspects and the recovery of a large amount of stolen property. Two of the other suspects arrested had outstanding but unrelated felony warrants for their arrest.

All of the suspects have been booked into the King County jail and are awaiting felony charges.

Detectives have linked seven crimes to the suspect and will continue to process a large amount of evidence over the next couple of weeks. Detectives are calling victims to coordinate releasing property as it is identified. If you're a Shoreline resident, a victim of a recent burglary or car prowl and detective have not contacted you by Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013; you can call Detective Coblantz at (206) 801-2746. Additional efforts will be made to try and identify property that detectives are not able to return to victims during this processing period.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Nextdoor Richmond Beach

Join Nextdoor Richmond Beach, a private blog for your neighborhood.

Nextdoor helps you...

  1. Get to know your neighbors
  2. Share local recommendations
  3. Lend, borrow and give away
  4. Keep the neighborhood safe
  5. Stay informed

To join, visit:

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Neighborhood Input to METRO Bus Service Cuts

From King County Metro to RBCA:

Last week, Metro announced a proposal to reduce bus service around the county when temporary funding and cash reserves run out next year.

Our proposal includes the possibility of deleting 74 routes and reducing or revising another 104. While 33 routes would not be touched directly, their riders would likely feel the effects of service reductions elsewhere through increased crowding and slower trips—so this proposal touches the entire county. We've embarked on the most ambitious outreach effort our agency has ever undertaken to share this proposal with those who will be affected and provide them avenues to talk with us directly about the impacts of the proposed reductions. With limited staff and resources, we need your help to make this outreach meaningful for riders throughout the county.

Outreach process

Over the next few months, there will be many opportunities for you and your communities to learn about the proposed changes to our transit system. You can find details about the proposed changes, ways to talk with us about them, and how we got to this point on our website ( The site includes a survey and a calendar of public meetings and community outreach events where you and your constituents can speak directly with Metro staffers about the proposed cuts.

During past outreach efforts, we've been able to send transit planners upon request to brief community groups and councils. Unfortunately, given the unprecedented size of this outreach, we don’t have the capacity to do that this time around, but we still want to help you get the information you need about the proposed changes. There are two ways we can do this:

  1. Send us an email or call us with your group's questions. We'll prepare a response and walk you through the resources you might use to talk about the proposal with your group.
  2. Attend our neighborhood council workshop (see details below).

How you and your council can help

We would appreciate your help to let your constituents know about these opportunities to learn more and share their opinions. Any ideas from the public that help us minimize impacts and serve more riders, without shifting impacts to from one community to another and while still making the necessary cuts, may allow us to modify this proposal before it goes to the King County Council for consideration.

If you have any questions about our need to reduce service, our reduction priorities, or any related issues, please contact DeAnna Martin, Community Relations Planner, or 206-477-3835.

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Friday, October 11 (and 18), 2013

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, 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.

Car Prowl Suspect at Work (YouTube)

If you recognize this suspect please contact the Shoreline Police at (206) 801-2710

Shoreline Police Department on Facebook

Police Department:

Crime Prevention and Safety:

Prevent Residential Burglary:

Prevent Mail Theft:

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Alert Shoreline

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:

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Volunteer Opportunities (NEEDS) at Center for Human Services

From the Center for Human Services:

CHS - "Building a stronger 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.

Center for Human Services Flyer PDF

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Salmon SEEson

As summer winds down, it is time to start thinking about autumn and all that the coming season brings, including the annual return of salmon to our local streams and rivers.

Once again this year, the Salmon SEEson program brings volunteer naturalists to great spots to see salmon. You are invited to visit one of these viewing spots, talk with and learn from naturalists, and cheer the salmon along their annual journey back to spawn in their birthplace. Many of the sites, including the Ballard Locks, Piper's Creek, and Issaquah Creek, are within a half hour drive.

Please visit this link for information about specific dates and locations, as well as pdf files of printable flyers and posters that you can download and distribute to let your community know about upcoming Salmon SEEson opportunities. Also available is a short and informative video on the story of salmon recovery told by various partners working to bring salmon back from near extinction.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shoreline City Manager Resigns

Press Release from the City:

Shoreline City Manager Julie Underwood resigns; spouse takes position with Google in Mountain View, California

On Monday, August 5, the City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Julie Underwood.

Shoreline operates as a code city under the laws of the State of Washington with a council-manager form of government. As the governing body, the seven elected part-time City Councilmembers set policy and appoint a City Manager to implement policy.

Underwood was unanimously appointed by the City Council in February 2011 following a competitive search after City Manager Bob Olander announced his retirement. Underwood has been with the City for 11 years and prior to her appointment served as the Assistant City Manager.

Underwood's resignation is due to her spouse accepting a position at Google in Mountain View, California. Todd Fiala, Underwood's spouse, was recruited for a unique opportunity that they have decided to pursue.

"As I look back on my 11 years at the City of Shoreline, I feel honored and blessed to have been part of something very special. I am fortunate to have been actively involved in shaping an organizational culture that values teamwork and community engagement, takes seriously its mission to serve, and is focused on making a positive difference," stated Underwood.

"While this news comes as a surprise to the Council, we are excited for Julie and her family and wish them well in their new adventure. Speaking on behalf of the Council, we thank Julie for her leadership and service to our community," stated Mayor Keith McGlashan.

Underwood's last official day is October 3, 2013, going beyond the notice required in her employment contract.

Over the coming weeks the Council will be reviewing how they would like to proceed with the recruitment of a new city manager, including the appointment of an interim city manager.


Related Information from Past Events

Meeting Materials for Shoreline City Manager Recruitment Process Discussion of August 28, 2013: Packets/2013/Packet082813.pdf PDF
(Note the agenda indicates that the City Council apparently has engaged the services of Novak Consulting Group.)

A City Manager Survey closed September 18:

From the City:

Shoreline Residents:

The City Council is beginning the process of hiring a new City Manager as a result of the recent resignation of current City Manager Julie Underwood. It is our goal to complete the recruitment and selection process later this year with a new City Manager positioned to start in early 2014.

One of the most important decisions we can make as a Council is the hiring of a new City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for implementing the City Council's goals and policies and running the day-to-day business of the City. It is a very complex job and it is important that we select an individual who has the knowledge, skills, experience, and qualities that will meet the challenges of today while planning and preparing for the future.

We invite and encourage your input as we move forward in the recruiting and selection process for this very important role. Please take a moment for a quick survey found here. The information gathered will help the Council as we evaluate potential candidates. Please note that your responses will be completely anonymous.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide your input.

Shoreline City Council

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Solicitors in Shoreline

From the City:

The City of Shoreline has a municipal ordinance regulating the activities of sales people and solicitors (Shoreline Municipal Code 5.07). It requires for-profit solicitors and "Master Solicitors" who employ them to file a written application for a license with the Shoreline City Clerk and carry the license at all times when soliciting or canvassing. Solicitors must produce the license when requested by persons being solicited, police or City officials.

For more information, and a list of licensed solicitors in Shoreline, please see Someone's Knocking: What You Should Know About Door-to-Door Solicitors on the city's website.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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:

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Monday, July 8, 2013

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:

From the City:
Get the 2-page "Who To Call For Assistance" (PDF)
Get the 2-page "Who To Call For Assistance" (DOCX)
A list of resources available to Shoreline residents when they need assistance.

(This information is also posted at the Health and Human Services link under "Community Tips" on our website.)

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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.

Read electronic copies of the award-winning Richmond Beach Community News.

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

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

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.

View/Download the full list of opportunities and descriptions PDF

For more information or to sign up, contact Marci Williams at or call 425.250.3007.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

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,

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.

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Minor Home Repair—Accessibility, safety, and livability

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

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Running Club

Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
Innis Arden Clubhouse Parking Lot

A new running club has been formed to take advantage of this healthy exercise. This free club, for runners of all abilities, has runs from 4 to 10+ miles through Innis Arden, Richmond Beach, Woodway and Edmonds. Water is provided on the runs and refreshments afterwards.

Sponsored by North Seattle Runners
More info:

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divider launches here in King County!

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

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Looking for Adopt-A-Drain Volunteers

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.

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More Praise for Richmond Beach

A recent blog entry identifies Richmond Beach as a maritime tourist destination.

To read more, go to

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.

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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is at High Levels in King County and Washington State. Get Protected!

Update: (2012)
King County pharmacies now offering low-cost whooping cough vaccine for uninsured

Whooping cough continues at high levels in King County and vaccine is the best protection against the disease. Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies are now offering low-cost adult whooping cough booster shots (known as Tdap vaccine). Click the link below for more information about whooping cough (pertussis) and where to get the vaccine.

From the City: (2012)

Whooping cough is a very contagious cough illness. It is spread through droplets from the mouth and nose when a person with pertussis coughs, sneezes, or talks. Young infants are at highest risk for severe illness, hospitalization and death from whooping cough. For more information on immunizations, see Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

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Planting in the Right-of-Way Has Gotten Easier

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,

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Are You 50+? Classes Available at Shoreline Community College

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.

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Our Shoreline

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 and use the upload tool. Thank you!

For questions or comments, please contact Tavia Tan, Communications Program, at or (206) 801-2226

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Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Shuttle

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.

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Shoreline Fire Department is now on Facebook and Twitter

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!

Shoreline Fire Department's web site

Shoreline Fire Department at Facebook

Shoreline Fire Department at Twitter

For more information: Melanie Granfors, (206) 533-6500 or

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Porch Parties

"Meet the Neighbors" from

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.

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Register for Reverse 9-1-1

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 to fill out a form online or call the Emergency 911 Dispatch Center-NORCOM during regular business hours at (425) 577-5700.

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The Power of One Senior Volunteer Program

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

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November 2009

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 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:"

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

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

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  1. RBCA Board Positions Open
  2. Volunteers Needed for Strawberry Festival on May 10
  3. Children's Parade at Strawberry Festival
  4. Call to Garden Artists!
  5. Shoreline Walks
  6. Annual RBCA Membership Drive Underway
  7. Strawberry Festival Sponsors Wanted
  8. Richmond Beach Celebration!
  9. 2014 Master Builder Rampathon Applications Available
  10. An update on Metro's proposed service cuts
  12. Arrests made in Richmond Beach and Innis Arden burglary and vehicle prowl cases
  13. Nextdoor Richmond Beach
  14. Neighborhood Input to METRO Bus Service Cuts
  15. Crime Alerts from Shoreline Police Department
  16. Alert Shoreline
  17. Volunteer Opportunities (NEEDS) at Center for Human Services
  18. Salmon SEEson
  19. Shoreline City Manager Resigns
  20. Solicitors in Shoreline
  21. An easy way to help Human Service Agencies in King County
  22. Health and Human Services Information
  23. Richmond Beach Community News Receives National Recognition
  24. Hopelink recruiting volunteers for ESL programs in Shoreline
  25. Energy Assistance Programs Available to Shoreline Residents
  26. Minor Home Repair—Accessibility, safety, and livability
  27. Running Club
  28. launches here in King County!
  29. Looking for Adopt-A-Drain Volunteers
  30. More Praise for Richmond Beach
  31. Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is at High Levels in King County and Washington State. Get Protected!
  32. Planting in the Right-of-Way Has Gotten Easier
  33. Are You 50+? Classes Available at Shoreline Community College
  34. Our Shoreline
  35. Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Shuttle
  36. Shoreline Fire Department is now on Facebook and Twitter
  37. Porch Parties
  38. Register for Reverse 9-1-1
  39. The Power of One Senior Volunteer Program
  40. "Shoreline Area News" Launches, Seeks Volunteer Writers and Photographers

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