March 10, 2014

"Salmon Planting" March 16th Normandy Park Cove

Sunday, March 16th, from 2PM to 4PM
Normandy Park Cove “Salmon Planting”
The Community is invited to the Normandy Park “Cove” Salmon Rearing Pond for a “Salmon Planting”
Our local Trout Unlimited Chapter members will be bringing several coolers full of tiny Coho Salmon from their hatchery to the Cove Pond.  Children and adults are encouraged to attend to release the salmon fry.
Children will be provided a plastic cup containing salmon fry for planting in the pond.
For safety around water, all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Bring your camera!
We recommend parking at the Cove Beach Parking Lot.
The fish coolers will be located at the edge of the pond.
Open to the Public.
 Contact Andy Batcho for more information 206-246-1457

March 9, 2014

Work Party at Salmon Creek Ravine on Saturday, March 15th

Hello Neighbors,
Calling all to work this Saturday at Salmon Creek Ravine   
10 am to Noon 
12540 Shorewood DR (The entrance next to the Sewer Treatment plant)

We will be removing invasive plants and planting some small conifer trees! 
Please dress in layers and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along a container of water!  Participants under age 18 need an adult to sign a waiver form and participants under age 13 must be accompanied with an adult.  No restrooms are available at either of these work sites.

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Jean Spohn
Volunteer Steward of Salmon Creek Ravine and Shorewood Park
City of Burien Adopt-a-Park program
Shorewood on the Sound Community Club
Environmental Science Center

February 20, 2014

Finalists for Burien City Manager Position Chosen

On January 23, the City Council reviewed the candidate pool from the 46 applications received and identified the semi-finalists. These candidates were asked to respond to 20 written questions and five videotaped questions.
The City Council met in executive session on February 10 to discuss the semi-finalists for the Burien City Manager position and subsequently identified six finalists.
Finalists will be given a City staff-led tour of the City and will take part in a reception for the general public on Friday, Feb. 28, 5:30 - 7:30 pm , in the Burien Community Center lobby, 14700 6th Ave. SW.  This will provide an opportunity for the public to meet the finalists.
On March 1, interviews will be conducted by the City Council in executive session. The City leadership team and a panel made up of City advisory board representatives also will interview the finalists.
The Council hopes to make its final decision on Burien's next city manager at its March 3 meeting. The selection will be made public after a contract is negotiated.

February 11, 2014

February Board Meeting - Change in Venue - Important Discussion on Salmon Creek

Our regular SOTS February Board Meeting has had a change of venue. We will now be meeting at the Normandy Park Community Club Clubhouse at the Cove - 1500 SW Shorebrook Dr (at S 12th Ave). The meeting is on February 20 and starts at 7:00 sharp with a presentation by Andy Batcho.

Andy will be giving a presentation on what we need to develop a plan for monitoring Salmon Creek, how to document barriers, types of stream data that we need to collect, how to work safely, etc. We would like to start taking data and stream measurements in March and establish a time line for taking periodic measurements. Our measurements and data collection will determine what kinds of restoration  might be needed for Salmon Creek.

Please invite anyone who is interested in monitoring Salmon Creek and/or who would like to be involved in performing restoration work in the ravine area.


February 6, 2014

Recap of 1/30 CC&R Meeting

We called the neighborhood meeting to order and began by stating that the purpose of the meeting was to get input from each individual division.  Joe Cail then gave a reading of the current draft, giving short explanations of each section.  He then laid out guidelines as to how we would like  individual groups to document their questions, concerns, and additions.  Gary Harris added that group discussion was open to all topics regarding the CC&Rs, including doing only a minimal update which would remove obsolete and offensive language, or abandonment, (or keeping them as they are if those were the wishes of the group).  

Four divisions have CC&Rs eligible for renewal in the next 2 years, so we had prepared to divide attendees into four discussion groups; one each for the divisions of Shorewood #1 & #3, Shoreview, Shormont #1, and Shoremont #2.  Higgins Addition representatives also attended, but their CC&Rs are not eligible to be updated until 2022 so representatives from that group joined the Shorewood #1 & #3 division discussion.  Only one resident of Shoremont #1 showed up so they worked with the Shoreview division group. Others attending but not living within the four main divisions were invited to sit where they like and were free to join in.

Committee members floated between groups to answer questions and to make sure notes were taken and the discussion was not monopolized by any one group member.

After group meetings, open discussion followed. We went group by group to share all the questions and comments of everyone in attendance.
Shoreview/Shoremont #1:  Suggested we move the 6 month grandfathering clause currently within the building restrictions section up one paragraph and add it into the general provisions paragraph.  This would make grandfathering apply to all portions of the CC&Rs.  They would like to reduce the proposed new height limit of 30' now in the draft back down to the perceived 25' now being used.  Shoreview only.  Shoremont #1 liked the 30' limit and would rather keep it as is.  They also found 3 typos in the text to correct.
Shoremont #2:  Likes everything as it is and says no changes are necessary.  But supported the changes of Shoreview (except for height limit).  They requested we update the current draft and bring it to the community for final vote.
Shorewood #1 & #3:  Lively discussion, but no consensus on any changes was reached.  Main comments were as follows:  One member saying CC&Rs are absolutely unenforceable so no reason to go further, but others in the group disagreed and discussion continued.  Three issues about changing tree height as the slope increases so that people living on or at the bottom of steep slopes would not be required to maintain their trees.  One request to add "unreasonably disturb" to the control pet paragraph, but no description of  "unreasonable" was offered.     

We had a committee meeting on 2/5 to work on incorporating each of these concerns into the current CC&R draft.  As soon as consensus is reached we will publish the draft on FB and on the SOTS website, and then take that draft to the club attorney for final review.

We hope to have everything completed and ready for another neighborhood meeting early in May, where discussion of each update option will be the focus and we may even be able to begin recording neighborhood votes. 

Everyone is invited to call or email any of us on the Committee if you have questions or concerns.  We don't each have all of the answers to every question, but we will do our best.


Loose chihuahua seen on February 5

"I just saw a male tri-color chihuaha running in the middle of Shorewood Dr SW. I called to him but he bolted toward the entrance of Seahurst Park/Cove Point Road. Hope he finds his way home soon!"

February 3, 2014


Both Luci and Roxy have been found, and are safe at home again!  Thank you, SOTS, for looking out for the pets of our neighborhood!

Roxy the Boxer Missing in Shorewood

Female Brown & White Boxer broke through Invisible Fence on Super Bowl Sunday. Lost in area of Shorewood Community (North Burien almost White Center) on 119th & Marine View Drive. She has two collars on: one green Invisible Fence the other reddish pattern with leaves. She has microchip in ear, licensed in City of Burien and has tags with our phone (but Arizona address). She is 11 years old & needs her meds for a leaky bladder condition. Needs to come home. Please call Mike at 480-654-3653 or Debbie 480-206-8716 if you find her.

Lost Dog. Frightened by post-Super Bowl Fireworks.

2/2/2014--Our dog Luci was frightened by fireworks and escaped from the yard, post Super Bowl.  We live near the Shorewood Park and school.  
Luci is a  female, black Giant Schnauzer, 80 pounds, with graying muzzle, brown eyes, long tail, and floppy ears.  She is wearing a pink leather collar with silver studs, and a rabies tag from Burien Veterinary Hospital.  She walks with a limp from her right front shoulder.  She is microchipped.
She knows "Goat Hill", so she may have headed to that area. Please call Teri or Jon. Cell numbers 206-391-5721206-999-9586.

Please help us find Luci!

Teri and Jon Newton
11900 28th Ave SW

January 14, 2014

Story Update

A year ago today my husband was running our dogs, when a vicious pitbull came out from behind the Shorewood Market and brutally attacked our Goldendoodle, Brody. Brody endured a month of extensive and painful treatments, but in the end did not survive. The dog was eventually found, and held in the care of Animal Control. 

The update to the story is that after several months, Animal Control concluded that the dog was extremely dangerous, and it was humanely euthanized. This was a sad event all the way around. We miss Brody very much, and could never replace him, but do have joy with our Newfoundland puppy "Mojo".  He is enjoying life with our 4 year old Newfoundland "Omar".

Thank you again to our wonderful and caring neighborhood, and to the many responsible pet owners who live here.

Matt and Lynne Crockett
(SOTS Blog)

Suspicious U-Haul Truck

"This morning at about 5:45 am, a U-Haul truck was sitting at the stop sign on 122nd and Shorewood. I went back about 5 minutes later and it was still there. I pulled behind it and it eventually moved. I am not sure if this is an issue, but it seemed out of place. I did not see the license plate numbers, they were covered in dirt."

January 2, 2014

Abandoned Vehicle

1/1/14 at approximately 8:00 pm returned home to find an abondoned dodge caravan blocking neighbor's driveway at 2910 SW 119th St.  WALIC ADJ0918.  Driver's door left open, passenger window open, ignition punched out.  All manner of junk inside including gasoline containers.  Reported to Burien Police/Kingco Sheriff who are not interested, but the local Racoon population might be.

December 7, 2013

Dog Found

Very friendly Dalmatian mix. Medium size dog. Looking for her home!! I found her on 26th and 116th.
Please respond to

November 12, 2013

Volunteers Leave Trail Looking Beautiful

Eight wonderful volunteers spent two hours on Saturday pulling Himalayan Blackberry plants as well as wheeling, toting and spreading a huge pile of wood chips along the Salmon Creek Ravine Trail. Now it really looks beautiful.

November 4, 2013

Last Salmon Creek Work Party of 2013

Hello Friends,
Please join us for the last work party of 2013, to be along the trail by Salmon Creek.
Despite our best efforts in the Spring, the Himalayan Blackberry has popped back up, threatening to smother our recently planted native plants. Also in evidence is Bindweed (aka Morning Glory).
The good news is that the English Ivy we worked so hard to remove along the fence appears to have given up.
Please meet us at 10:00 AM on November 9th at the entrance next to the Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

12550 Shorewood Drive Southwest
Burien, WA 98146-2428

As always, no need to sign up. Just join the party at 10 AM. I will provide tools and robust leather gloves.
Please call or email me if you have questions.
Jean Spohn
Volunteer Steward of Shorewood Park and Salmon Creek Ravine
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