It's Here! The New ALSC Store Front is Open!

Hey everyone,
We're bursting with excitement to finally announce the launch of our brand new ALSC Store Front!

This has been a long-awaited project, and we're thrilled to finally offer a one-stop shop for all your ALSC needs. Whether you're a dedicated member looking to renew or simply a Shore Club enthusiast who wants to show off your support, the store has merchandise to offer!

Here's what you can find at the new ALSC Store Front:

  • Membership Renewals: Renewing your ALSC membership is now easier than ever! Simply head over to the store and take care of it in a few clicks. Your continued support is vital to our mission of providing unique family friendly social events in effort to build a stronger community.

  • ALSC Merchandise: We've got some select of ALSC branded merchandise options, perfect for showing your Shore Club pride. Initially offering t-shirts and flags and adding additional items in the future.
Head over to the ALSC Store Front today! Using the QR Code above or by clicking on the following link: https://bit.ly/ALSCStore2024

PS Spread the word! Share this exciting news with your friends and neighbors.

The ALSC Newsletter Arrives with a Splash!

Calling all Shore Club enthusiasts! Buckle up because we've got a newsletter chock-full of exciting news that's sure to make waves!

Inside this issue: 

A Message from the President: Embracing Change and Looking Forward

In this issue, we're honored to feature a special message from our esteemed president, John Bennett. Get ready for some insightful words about embracing positive change within our traditions, ensuring we stay on the cutting edge while cherishing our legacy.

Spotlight on Our Superstars: Recognizing Remarkable Volunteers

Our incredible volunteers are the heart and soul of the Angle Lake Shore Club, and we're dedicating a section to celebrating their tireless efforts! We'll be shining a light on some of their most impactful contributions and expressing our deepest gratitude for their unwavering dedication.

A Look Back, a Leap Forward: Recap of Past Events and the Road Ahead

Get ready for a whirlwind tour of all the amazing events that made this past season unforgettable! We'll be reminiscing about the highlights, the laughter, and the memories we created together. But fret not, this is just the beginning! We'll also be offering a sneak peek at what exciting events await us on the horizon.

Don't Miss Out! 

This newsletter is just a small sampling of the exciting treasure trove of information, inspiration, and a whole lot of fun! Don't wait – head over to our blogsite and subscribe today! We promise you won't regret it.

Double the Dazzle! Fireworks & Drone Show Light Up Angle Lake

Dear Neighbors and Shore Club Members, 

Mark your calendars!  The Angle Lake Shore Club is thrilled to announce our annual fireworks spectacular on July 4th 2024!  This year, we’re coordinating with the City and throwing an extra exciting event filled with pixelated drones and fireworks.  

The evening’s festivities will kick off with a dazzling drone show, choreographed to music and presented by City of SeaTac Parks & Recreation Department, followed by the fireworks grand finale, hosted by ALSC.  

At 9:45pm, set your eyes toward the west end of the lake for the drone show and look east toward the ALSC fireworks display at approximately 10:10pm.  

This will be an unforgettable event and the first of its kind for our city! Start planning your 4th of July parties at Angle Lake and enjoy this very special evening with family and friends.   

Everyone is welcome! 

This event wouldn't be possible without the tireless efforts of the Angle Lake Shore Club Board, financial support from our ALSC members, and coordination with our City officials. 

Join us as we celebrate Independence Day 2024 - See you there! 

John Bennett
President
Angle Lake Shore Club

Dim the Lights and Help the Bats: Why Your Outdoor Lighting Matters

Evenings are a beautiful time to relax on the patio or enjoy a cup of coffee on your porch. But the bright lights we use for security and ambiance can have unintended consequences for our nocturnal neighbors – bats.

Bats are fascinating creatures that play a vital role in our ecosystem. They're incredible insectivores, consuming vast quantities of mosquitoes, moths, and other flying insects that can be bothersome or even harmful to humans.

Unfortunately, the bright lights we use around our homes can disrupt bat activity in several ways:

  • Disrupted Night Vision:  Unlike the image of a blind bat, most bat species have good eyesight, but it's adapted for low-light conditions. Bright lights can be disorienting and make it difficult for them to navigate and hunt effectively.
  • Delayed Emergent Time: Bats are most active at night, emerging from their roosts to feed after dusk.  Bright lights near roosting areas can delay their emergence, reducing their foraging time.
  • Habitat Abandonment: In extreme cases, persistent bright lights can make an entire area unusable for bats. They may abandon roosts altogether, seeking darker areas for raising their young and resting.

Simple Solutions for a Bat-Friendly Environment 
There are some easy steps you can take to minimize the impact of your outdoor lighting on bats:

  • Use Motion-Sensor Lights:  These lights only turn on when they detect movement, providing security while minimizing unnecessary light pollution.
  • Shield Your Lights:  Choose fixtures that cast light downwards, preventing it from spilling out into the surrounding environment.
  • Use Warmer Light Bulbs:  Cooler, blue-toned lights are more disruptive to wildlife. Opt for bulbs with a warmer color temperature, like yellow or orange.
  • Reduce Light Intensity:  Consider using lower wattage bulbs or dimming existing lights where possible.

By making small changes to your outdoor lighting, you can create a more bat-friendly habitat. Remember, a healthy bat population helps control insect pests and contributes to a balanced ecosystem in your backyard.

Together, we can help bats continue their valuable work while still enjoying the beauty of our outdoor spaces at night!

SeaTac Prepares for Additional TOD Projects Around Angle Lake Station

Over a decade ago, the City of SeaTac set the wheels in motion for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Angle Lake Station area, aiming to leverage the existing light rail station and major commercial road [1]. This prime location is ideal for high-density housing projects.

One specific area poised for transformation is the former "The Firs" mobile home park, situated directly south of the Angle Lake Station on International Boulevard, next to the International House of Pancakes (IHOP).

Plans surfaced last fall proposing a mixed-use development on this vacant land at 20446 International Blvd. This proposal hinges on a zoning change from the city, which recently issued a determination of non-significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Local hospitality investors own the roughly 6.5-acre, L-shaped property. UIL Architects, on their behalf, formulated a plan to section the property into new development parcels on the northeast and west sides.

The northeast portion, facing South 204th Street, could potentially house a seven-story apartment building with 85 units and a parking structure with 157 stalls.

Meanwhile, the western section on International Boulevard could see the construction of a seven-story, 160-room hotel with a surface parking lot offering 234 spaces.

Nestled within the former Firs property, behind the IHOP and Sleep Inn, lies a separate vacant lot at 20406 International Blvd. This nearly 2-acre property is under separate ownership by DevCo and Heartland Construction. While a seven-story, 155-unit apartment building was once envisioned for this space, Peak Commercial Partners recently listed it for sale at $5 million.

With the zoning change seemingly on the horizon, the possibility exists that the owners of The Firs may put their northeast parcel on the market. This could pave the way for a single developer to undertake both apartment projects concurrently. 

Source: 2013 Commissioned Study for recommended TOD planning.

Good Things Come To Those Who Bait!

Howdy, neighbors! Sharpen your hooks and dust off your tackle boxes because Saturday, May 4th is the day for our community BBQ and fishing extravaganza you won't want to miss!

Here's the scoop:

  • Date: Saturday, May 4th
  • Time: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Get that sunrise start!)
  • Location: Angle Lake Manor Beach Lot on 3417 S. 194th St. 
  • Flyer: MORE DETAIL HERE

Reel in the Fun:

  • Fishing Rivalry: Test your skills to see who catches the longest fish! Prizes will be awarded in several age-related categories. (Must present a valid fishing license when measuring)
  • Delicious BBQ: All you can eat BBQ lunch is included with your ticket purchase. Come hungry!
  • Raffle Extravaganza: Every ticket holder is automatically entered into a drawing for fantastic raffle prizes!

Tickets:

Join the Fun!

This is a fantastic opportunity to spend a morning outdoors with your neighbors, enjoy some delicious food, and maybe even win a prize, too. It's the perfect event for the whole family!

Spread the Word!

Let your fellow fishing fanatics and BBQ enthusiasts know! Share this post and help us make this event a splashing success!

Gear Up for Some Serious G-Forces and Good Times

UPDATE: City officials have announced that they have been unable to locate any property owners who could produce a deed of title proving their frontage lot lines extend below the high water mark. Therefore, it is confirmed that the lakebed and waters up to the high water mark are recognized as public waters held in trust by the State of Washington. Consequently, the earlier decision to deny the park permit for race operations to the Seattle Outboard Association has been rescinded, and a weekend conditional use permit will be granted, as was previously allowed.
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Attention all thrill seekers and aviation enthusiasts! Mark your calendars! The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels together with the amazing Airforce Thunderbirds with be tearing up the skies over Angle Lake during the heart pounding Frank Hansen Memorial Regatta Hydroplane races hosted by Seattle Outboard Association. Mark your calendars for September 7th and 8th for this high-octane spectacle that combines the roar of the hydroplanes with the awe-inspiring precision of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds!

That's right, get ready for a weekend of double the excitement as the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds perform their awe-inspiring low ceiling aerial maneuvers alongside the high-speed spectacle of the j-series hydroplane races. And the fun doesn't stop there! Seafair is returning as a prime sponsor of the weekend event and will be bringing back all your favorite elements.

Mingle with the wacky and wonderful Seafair Clowns who’ll be spreading smiles throughout the event, grab a bite from a variety of delicious food trucks, and enjoy a soundtrack of all-day live music on stage to keep the energy pumping. And on Saturday Night, the Shore Club will be producing a most amazing fireworks display launched from three separate locations on the lake, fired in unison for a pyrotechnic show not seen since Independence Day 2022.

Whether you're a die-hard hydroplane fan or simply looking for an unforgettable family outing, it's a weekend for the whole family and one that you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars now for your chance to witness the magic of this Seafair Community Event! 

(Post Script: This article is an April Fools Joke)

Additional Comment from the Author: While the above post was created in the spirit of tricking the reader with fake news on April Fools Day, except for the Blue Angles and Thunderbirds flying overhead, imagine what a marquee event this could have eventually evolved into for the City of SeaTac and the region had it not been for a few selfish, short-sighted malcontents who opposed the idea. 

Replace the air show with Touch a Truck to bring more families to the park, increase the variety of food trucks, add all day music, and offer bouncy houses and games to keep families at the park throughout the day and what could have been created is a world class event offered to the residents of SeaTac and our neighbors throughout the South Sound area. But alas, it is now all for not. The Will of the select few has won out.

The comments above are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Angle Lake Shore Club Board or it's members. Click the following link to revisit our past April Fools Posts: 

https://anglelakesc.blogspot.com/p/a-decade-of-playing-fool.html

An Angle Lake Resident Requests Your Support

The following letter was written by an Angle Lake resident and Shore Club member and requested that it be posted on our ALSC blog site. Any comments or questions relating to this article may be sent to anglelakesc@gmail.com and shall be forwarded to Josh. 
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My name is Josh Sweet and I have the privilege of being an Angle Lake resident, my family and I call the city of SeaTac home.

Many in our community may already be aware, the 4th of July fireworks celebration on Angle Lake is in jeopardy.  This week the SeaTac Blog published an online article noting that a complaint was filed with the city, specifically regarding the annual hydroplane races.  Unfortunately, the city’s legal interpretation of the referenced court ruling is being applied broadly due to fear of potential litigation and the fireworks show became collateral damage.

SeaTac Parks and Recreation is moving forward with $40,000 in funding to provide an aerial drone show in lieu of the long-standing tradition of supporting the fireworks display, which is also funded jointly by donations from the Angle Lake community.

The annual fireworks display, and 4th of July celebration is a mainstay of summer in SeaTac, drawing over 8,000 attendees in 2023, this event was a key factor in my family choosing to live on Angle Lake. In speaking with my neighbors who have been residents on and around Angle Lake since the 1950’s, they don’t recall a time in which 4th of July didn’t include a fireworks celebration apart from 2020/2021 due to Covid restrictions, it would be such a shame to see the celebration be diminished and fizzle out.

This event brings family, friends, and our broader community together and my ask to everyone is to sign and share our online petition; let’s come together and let the City of SeaTac know that we want the tradition of 4th of July fireworks on Angle Lake preserved and we are counting on the city’s sustaining contribution.

With thanks,

Josh Sweet
Angle Lake neighbor

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The content in this guest post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Shore Club Board or it's many members. 

City of SeaTac Cancels Fireworks Show Following Resident Complaint

This year's Fourth of July celebration in SeaTac will see a change in the traditional fireworks display. Following a recent resident complaint, the city has opted to forgo the usual fireworks show.

However, all is not lost for those hoping for a dazzling display! According to South King Media, the City is exploring the possibility of a lighted aerial drone show staged off the beach of Angle Lake Park.

While a city-sponsored fireworks display is off the table, the Angle Lake Shore Club is exploring options to host their own independent show this year. A decision on their plans won't be finalized for at least a month or longer.

We understand this news may come as a disappointment to some. The Fourth of July fireworks are a beloved tradition for many in our community.

Stay tuned for further updates! We'll keep you informed about the possibility of an independent fireworks display produced by the Shore Club or any alternative plans announced by the City.

Read the report produced by Scott Schaefer and published in the “SeaTac Blog” 
HERE

Get Out on the Water!

Is lake life that much different aboard a boat? 

You Can That Bet it Is!

Up for grabs is a fantastic 12-foot pontoon boat that comfortably seats up to 6 people. Perfect for a day cruising around the lake with friends and family.

This versatile boat features both a gas-powered outboard motor for when you need to get up and go, and an electric trolling motor for quieter, stealthy fishing trips.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to make the most of your lake life!

Asking price: $3,000
Call Richie Damian: 510-677-9883

Act fast, this won't last! 

15 Years (and Now Looking for Fresh Faces!)

Can you believe it? It's true! The Angle Lake Shore Club Blog is celebrating its 15th anniversary at the end of this year! I’m incredibly proud of this milestone, and it wouldn't have been possible without the dedication of our amazing volunteer Board of Directors and the members of this incredible community who have contributed toward making this platform what it is today.

A Huge Thank You!

Over the years, I have worn many hats – writer, editor, social media wrangler, graphic designer – you name it! This ‘job’ has presented me with a diverse range of perspectives trying to keep our content fresh, and helping to connect with a wider audience. I am grateful to have been honored with your trust.

A Time for Change

As with all things in life, sometimes change is necessary. I am now interested in moving on to new adventures and I’m seeking for some fresh faces with a sharp mind, endless energy, and community centered interest to join our team!

Are You the Missing Piece?

If you're passionate about our club and the community you reside in, have a knack for writing, enjoy flexing your creative muscles, and want to be part of a dynamic online community, then we want to hear from you!

What We're Looking For:

  • Writers: We need talented storytellers who can craft engaging articles, interviews, or reviews relevant to our audience.
  • Editors: A keen eye for detail and a love for language are a must for our editing team.
  • Social Media Mavens: Can you craft captivating posts and keep our audience engaged? We need your social media magic!
  • Design Enthusiasts: Do you have a knack for creating eye-catching visuals? We'd love to have you on board!

This is your chance to:

  • Make a real difference in the online community
  • Develop your skills and gain valuable experience
  • Be part of a collaborative and supportive team

Ready to Join the Fun?

Send an email to anglelakesc@gmail.com expressing your interest in learning more about the specific volunteer opportunities we have available. We can't wait to hear from you!

Here's to 15 years, and a hope for many more to come!

With gratitude,
Clyde “Fuzz” Hill 

Polar Plunge Extraordinare 2024

Have you avoided the Polar Plunge every New Year thinking it is cold? 

Au contraire! Wait until you view the masterfully crafted event video produced by Manor Club resident Valerie Vavrik. Your opinion may be transformed by the warmth of the day. You may even be moved to join us next year for at least the brunch on the beach and fabulous prizes, if not an invigorating plunge.

Seriously, get a cup of tea and sit down for 16 minutes to watch the moving movie, linked below. It captures not only the day, but the togetherness and joy that is evident in every moment. The music is fantastic and the smiles on faces of everyone shows that being there was the very best place you could be to start a new year. 

I wish we could give Val a Golden Globe-like award for her talent and long hours put into this video. Maybe we can make up a Frozen Globe! In lieu of a trophy this year, we can certainly show our appreciation of her effort by posting enthusiastic comments on the Angle Lake Manor Facebook Page (an exclusive, closed group with private membership) where you can also view the full video. If you live in the Manor, please LIKE the Angle Lake Facebook Page (an inclusive, open page for all) so that we can keep you up on current events. 

For those not in the Manor Club you can view all the day’s photos and this video on the ALM website. anglelakemanor.com/gallery.htm 

Or another option is this link to the YouTube version: shorturl.at/gnENU

Unlock a Year of Fun with Your Angle Lake Shore Club Membership!

Dive into a year of fun and friendship! 

Renew your Angle Lake Shore Club membership today and unlock exclusive access to our exciting calendar of events, from the annual Fishing Derby, BBQ and Raffle to a full day of independence day list of activities to our fan favorite Tasty Tapas Float About, and more! Enjoy all the perks of our community at just $20 for families and $10 for individuals

Secure your spot for the year's festivities by sending a completed MEMBERSHIP FORM along with check to PO Box 69477, Seatac, 98168, or renew effortlessly via PayPal by selecting the "Add to Cart" button located on our blogsite home page. 

We can't wait to greet you at one or more of our events!

Get Your Island Groove On! Experience the Vibrant Spirit of Trinidad & Tobago at The Roadhouse

Prepare to be transported to the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean! The Roadhouse invites you to an unforgettable event celebrating the rich culture and infectious energy of Trinidad & Tobago. Experience a sensory explosion of music, food, and conversation.

Date: Thursday, January 11
Time: 6 – 8 PM, Pacific Standard Time
Where: Angle Lake Light Rail Station

Immerse Yourself in the Rhythm:

  • Pulse to the Live Steel Pan: The PLU Alumni Band will captivate your senses with their vibrant performance, painting the air with the hypnotic sounds of the iconic steel pan. Feel the rhythmic pulse of the islands echo through your soul.
  • Dive into the Story: Join an exclusive interview with Anthony Cole and Musy Da Don, two leading figures in the tapestry of Trinidadian music. Gain fascinating insights into the island's musical heritage and discover the stories behind the beats.
  • Taste the Paradise: Savor the authentic flavors of Trinidad & Tobago as you indulge in a specially curated menu. Each bite will transport you to bustling street markets and sunny beaches, bursting with the essence of the Caribbean.
  • Dance Your Heart Out: The night continues with live soca and calypso music, guaranteed to ignite your spirit. Unwind, move your feet, and embrace the infectious energy that defines the Caribbean rhythm.

Meet the Cultural Ambassador:

This extraordinary event is spearheaded by Renaldo Valentine, a Trinidadian Navy veteran and embodiment of the island's vibrant spirit. Renaldo's life is a testament to the unifying power of music and culture, as he tirelessly shares his passion with the world. Come together and celebrate the richness of Trinidad & Tobago through Renaldo's infectious enthusiasm.

Don't miss this chance to experience the pulsating heart of the Caribbean! Join us at The Roadhouse and lose yourself in the captivating celebration of music, food, and culture.

You must preregister at the following site to attend this event: https://shorturl.at/ajtW5 

Cheering for the Home Team!

Is your college alma mater lost in the gridiron wilderness? Are your Saturday afternoons a desolate wasteland of reruns and existential dread? Do you find yourself staring glumly at the ceiling, humming your fight song in a minor key?

Well fear not, brave alumni and/or fan! For even in the darkest athletic hour, there's one beacon of hope, one shining symbol of pride that transcends mere touchdowns and field goals!

That's right, friends! While those fancy-pants schools duke it out for a plastic trophy, you and I stand united, amongst the vibrant tapestry of Shore Club spirit! We may not be on the field, but we're on every neighboring street corner, on every park bench, proudly showing off our ALSC colors!

Show your colors, Shore Club nation! Purchase ALSC T-shirts and Flags, wear them with pride, fly your flags like pirate banners! As a result, you may even become inspired to bake Angle Lake-shaped cookies, write sonnets to our glorious waters, heck, you might even tattoo the logo on your forehead if you really want to go wild! (Disclaimer: Tattooing not recommended, unless you're really, really committed.)

Remember, this College Bowl Weekend, it's not about who's playing on the field, it's about who's cheering the loudest from the sidelines! So, purchase your gear, crank up the party music, and let's paint the town Shore Club blue and white! Because in the grand game of community spirit, we're all winners!

Purchase your ALSC T-Shirt and/or Flag while supplies last!