Santa Is On His Way!

In addition to the annual journey that Ole’ Saint Nick endures every 24th of December, Santa Claus is also scheduling a special visit to the Angle Lake Community this Friday, December 12th!

As the reindeer continue to rest up for the big trip on Christmas Eve and the elves up north continue to prepare the sleigh, Santa is planing to make a special lap around Angle Lake via pontoon boat. He will be joined with a group of other festive boats decked out in holiday lights, broadcasting Christmas music and spreading cheer with all who gather at select locations along the lake shore.  
When: Friday, December 12th 
Where: Pre-Selected Docks on Angle Lake
Begin: 6:00 PM  
End: 8:00..ish… 
or when we get too cold, too wet, too tired, or our glasses run dry...

Since the need for Santa to be up north is great this time of year, the number of locations he’ll visit is limited. The route will depart from the Beck Residence (19244 39th Avenue South) at 5:45 PM and will travel counter-clockwise around the lake and will make a stop at each of the following locations:

Schedule of Stops:
6:00 PM     Marlys Patton 3771 So 194th Street (Jill 824-7058)
6:30 PM     Angle Lake Mobile Home Park (John 920-1917)
7:15 PM     Bonnie Warner 19653 Military Road So (Bonnie 824-1599)
7:45 PM     Dave Gutierrez 19003 46th Ave So (Maritza 595-1698)
8:00 PM     Steve Bell 18446 37th Ave So (Rhonda 909-9641)
NOTE: All times are approximate and regardless of rain, only strong winds will require canceling this event. Please contact Julie (355-6460) if you'd like to ride on one of the boats.
We encourage all who are interested visiting with Santa to gather at the above locations. Also as an added safety precaution, we are requesting that everyone remain on the beach prior to Santa’s arrival. Santa’s Elf Helpers will arrive just ahead of Santa to great guests and then permit a limited number of visitors out to the end of the dock at one time. Parents and Guardians, we’d appreciate your help in complying with this request. Santa will then sail in and have a quick visit with the kids, learn of their Christmas dreams and wishes and capture a digital photo to share via email with the parents. A full lap around the lake will take a couple hours so watch for us, waive, flash your Christmas or porch lights as a sign of welcome for our special guest and his hapless but well intentioned elf helpers. 

A super huge thank you to Julie Hill who helped bundle the gifts bags for the kids and special recognition to Jim Todd; Lonnie Goulet; and Bruce Goulet for all the effort it took to pull this event together to spread heartwarming cheer to all within our community. And Special Thanks to Steve Beck for his scheduling efforts in getting Santa Claus to visit during this peak time of year! 

The entire Angle Lake Shore Club Board wish for you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!  

I'm Five Years Old!

Do you recall what it was like to be turning five years old?  You were still very young, full of energy, gaining independence, and building confidence to take on the world!
Well let’s see how that might compare to a blog site turning five years old. That’s right; the Angle Lake Shore Club Blog reaches a new milestone in celebrating a fifth year anniversary of existence this weekend.

Five years ago on December 7th, 2009, the Angle Lake Shore Club Blog was launched with the sole purpose of being the club's primary communication vehicle for sharing timely information among residents who live on or near the shores of Angle Lake in SeaTac, WA. The objective was to create a platform where Shore Club Members could become frequent visitors to the site, actively participate by submitting relevant human interest stories of life around the lake, contribute news and photos to the Blog Team via an established dedicated email address; and by freely posting comments regarding any of the published articles. 

Although the blog hasn’t nearly achieved the level of participation the board was hopeful for, I do have confidence that the blog has become a good source to refer to when members want to catch up on what’s happening in their neighborhood. While the information posted is intentionally limited to the immediate neighborhood, being an internet publication does not limit its exposure.
Recorded Vistor Locations
Our web statistics indicate that the blog has been viewed at one time or another from every content on earth with the exception of Antarctica! Total page views since inception are numbering over 68,500 to date – with the 2011 Angle Lake Fishing Derby post generating the most views at 14,164 (go figure). The blog can also boast having a total of 67 subscribers who receive posts automatically delivered to their inbox when stories are published.

Along the way new pages have been added and have remained – Crime Reports; Annual Events; Photo Albums; and MultiMedia Slide Shows – while other published pages had served their usefulness and eventually were removed from view – Fireworks Preparations; Lost-n-Found; Classifieds; and Forum. The intent is to always keep only what is recognized as beneficial to the community. 

New tools have also been introduced to accompany our blog – Facebook, Twitter, and have been implemented as popular alternative forums for which people appear to be more comfortable participating in and it seems that they have more so come to rely on the blog to be a source for receiving information than a platform to contribute to.   

Over the past five years the communication posted through the blog has aspired to be non-political, non-religious, and unbiased but I’m sure at times may have been controversial – but who would know?  Rarely does anyone every leave a comment!  Maybe this time you will?  

Please consider leaving a comment sharing your opinion about this blogs usefulness; suggest where improvements may be made; express how it may have benefited you; or offer any other encouragement to consider carrying on for another five years!

But for now, Happy Fifth Birthday to Us!

A Few Spots Still Available!

The ALSC Members Only Christmas Party is this Saturday and if you haven’t made your reservations yet – don’t fret!  We still have a few spots left open and we’ll be accepting payment at the door. To access a copy of the ticket order form CLICK HERE.

Saturday, December 6th - 4:00 PM: Members Christmas Party 
The McGarah Residence will be the site for this year’s Members Only Christmas Party. All active members are welcome to join for an evening of socializing, munching, imbibing, singing and participating much laughter! The event will feature mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres, fully catered dinner, hosted bar, and hired entertainment – we’re also bringing back the ever entertaining ‘photo booth’ as well! The annual members meeting will be held to nominate board members, hold elections, introduce new members, recognize generous volunteers and share information about the 4th of July Fireworks Show for 2015. 

Food Drive
We’re also requesting that guests bring a non-perishable food item or two to be donated to Northwest Harvest Food Drive.  We hope to collect enough food to help feed many of the less fortunate who are hungry and in need of good nutrition.  Cash / Check donations will also be accepted.  Please consider making a generous gift.

Going Big in '15 - '16

With additional announcements being released this week regarding another major construction project in the Angle Lake area, it is looking like 2015-16 are going to be very active years for significant growth in the neighborhood!

Projects announced earlier included two hotel complexes next to Angle Lake and a major project adjacent to the $383.2 million Sound Transit Light Rail Station.  These projects include the 140 room Marriott Extended Stay “Beacon” style hotel being constructed adjacent to Angle Lake Park; Seattle-based Ariel Development to build a $25 Million Hyatt Place Hotel on the bare lot referred to as the ‘Hughes Property’;  and Wright Runstad’s plan to build a multi-structure campus consisting of over one million square feet of mixed use on the current SeaTac Park and Fly lot west of the proposed station which may eventually become the chosen site for the new FAA Regional Offices.

And now, city of SeaTac officials have announced Monday that AVS Communities will be building “The Reserve at SeaTac”, a 289-unit senior-living apartment complex near the Angle Lake light-rail station. Construction of the apartment project will be sited on a former car sales lot at 19707 International Blvd. S., is scheduled to begin early next year and be done in the summer of 2016.

The Reserve at Seatac Senior Housing

This is the sort of transit-oriented development (TOD) that city and regional officials have been planning since light-rail service to South King County arrived five years ago in the depths of the recession. Despite upzoning property to allow taller, denser development, not much TOD building has occurred in SeaTac until now. 

Newport Beach, Calif.-based AVS's project will go up three blocks from the light-rail station. AVS President Christopher Santoro said in a press release that "being in the middle of an exciting new transit district and providing a catalyst for other development helps with our goal of community building."

AVS builds "amenity rich, affordable housing options" for seniors, according to the company, which has been developing projects in on the West Coast and Missouri for more than 20 years. In Washington, the company has properties in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Everett, Spokane, Silverdale and Tacoma.

"With the plans by Wright Runstad and new hotel projects in the area, this location is proving to become what we always knew would be an attractive investment decision for all types of real estate development," said SeaTac City Manager Todd Cutts.

The Angle Lake Station will be the southern terminus of the Puget Sound region light rail until 2023. The system currently is being expanded east to the Overlake area of Redmond and north to Lynnwood. The Angle Lake Station is scheduled to open in 2016 and will have a plaza, a 1,050-stall parking garage and some commercial space.

Sound Transit has released a 3-D animation that shows how trains will operate on the 1.6-mile elevated guideway between the airport and the Angle Lake Station.

Social Party of the Year

Not to be confused with any particular Socialist Party!  What I’m referring to is the always popular annual Angle Lake Shore Club Members Only Christmas Party being held on Saturday, December 6th at the lovely McGarah Residence! A copy of the invitation may be viewed by clicking HERE.

We’re rapidly approaching capacity seating for our upcoming Members Only Christmas Party and ask that you consider reserving your tickets by Saturday, November 29th to guarantee spots for you and your guest(s). After which time, tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis until sold out.  

The evening is set to kick off with a mix and mingle, allowing guests to get caught up while snacking on delicious hors d’ oeuvres and imbibing in a limitless supply of beverages served up by our extremely congenial and highly entertaining bartenders, Bruce and Sandy Goulet. Club President, Lonnie Goulet will chair a short meeting at around 5:00 PM to provide a year in review status; give an update regarding progress for the 2015 fireworks display; introduce new members; elect officers; recognize outstanding volunteers and present the awards for Mr. and Ms. Christmas!  

At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees will break for dinner and feast upon a delicious Italian Cuisine catered by Bakeman’s Restaurant who have received awards as a Seattle Best Restaurant, as Best Lunch Counter by Seattle Weekly, featured on KCTS Channel 9 'Check, Please!' and KING TVs ‘Evening Magazine’ where owner Jason Wong is recognized as Seattle’s own version of the Seinfeld Soup Guy!

This year’s menu will feature regular and gluten free choices:

  • Marinated Asparagus 
  • Roasted Italian Vegetables 
  • Prawns and Cocktail Sauce
Dinner Menu
  • Italian Bread, Rolls with Butter
  • Caesar Salad 
  • Caprese Salad
  • Rigatoni w/ White Sauce 
  • Penne Pasta Alfredo w/ Chicken and Gorgonzola
  • Meatballs and Italian Sausage w/ Onions, Peppers and Tomatoes
  • Breast of Chicken Piccata with Lemon Butter and Capers 

Local entertainer Mary Courtney will tickle the ivories throughout the evening and will lead the crowd in Traditional Christmas Music Sing-A-Long and we’ll also be offering the ‘Picture Booth’ to capture some unique and hilarious holiday photos. 

Tickets are just $30.00 per person and include everything listed above to help create a wonderful and memorable evening spent with friends and neighbors. Order Form is available via this LINK.