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January 25, 2015

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Everett Readerboards Show Seahawk Support

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Air pressure was a popular theme.

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Green and blue bubbles in the car wash!

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The Patriots likely will never hear the end of this.

A quick Sunday drive around Everett found readerboards all over the city supporting the Seahawks as they make their way back to the Big Game in Arizona next week. These three caught our eye. If you have a sign in Everett you think people should see, feel free to pass it along to us at news@myeverettNews.com.

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January 24, 2015

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Bertrand To Be Back With Everett’s Cascade High School Track Program in Lesser Role

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Steve Bertrand photo from Cascade High website

A few weeks ago long time Cascade High cross country track coach Steve Bertrand was told his contract as coach would not be renewed. That move sparked a huge outcry from students and parents who signed petitions, went to the school board meeting and insisted Bertrand be reinstated. He’s been involved in the track program since 1980 and graduated from Cascade High in 1974. He was a major force in getting an upgraded running track put in at Cascade and did get in minor trouble with the district last fall for asking students on the cross-country team to participate in political campaign activities for a fellow Cascade teacher. Yesterday the Everett School District announced Bertrand will return to the program in a different role. Here’s a press release from Mary Waggoner at Everett Schools…

Cascade High School reorganizes track and cross country coach positions

Coach Steve Bertrand says, “I look forward to years of continued service.”

In a joint announcement today, Cascade High School Principal Cathy Woods and District Athletic Director Robert Polk introduced Bill Hull as the head coach for Cascade’s cross country program. In both head coach and assistant coach roles, Hull has coached cross country for 26 years. He also teaches fitness at Cascade High. He assumes full leadership of the cross country program when the season begins in August.

Woods and Polk confirmed that the reorganization of coaches opens up resources for other changes. “We will be recruiting female assistant coaches for cross country to strengthen the girls’ participation on the team,” said Polk. “This is good for students.”

In the reorganized cross country coaching structure, Steve Bertrand will be an assistant coach. He will also serve as an assistant coach for Cascade’s track program this spring, a position he accepted after resigning from the position of head track coach.

Coach Bertrand said today of the reorganization, “I would like to thank Superintendent Gary Cohn, Cascade Principal Cathy Woods, and Everett Coaches’ Association President Rachel Zupke for their time and attention. I am pleased that I will be able to continue to work with kids. I am very appreciative and humbled by the support from this community, and I look forward to years of continued service.”

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January 23, 2015

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Wait List Forming For Apartments At Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place

On Wednesday, the City of Everett signed off on the revised development agreements that will allow the Port of Everett to move forward on the Waterfront Place Development. Today the Port revealed they already have a waiting list for potential apartment renters and also gave us some idea of what the rents may be. They likely will be market rate which currently appears to range from $1100.00 a month for a 600 square foot apartment to $1625.00 a month for a 2 bedroom – 2 bath apartment at 1000 square feet.

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Here’s an early idea of rents provided by the Port’s consultant. Click to enlarge.

For a more complete update here’s a press release issued today by Lisa Lefeber at the Port of Everett.

Everett, Wash. – On January 21, the Everett City Council gave the green light to the Port of Everett’s new, $360 million mixed-use Waterfront Place Central development.

The City’s decision concludes the public process for approving the project, which will create a new community where people can live, work, shop, relax and find entertainment. The project includes 15 new public gathering spaces, up to 660 housing units, two waterfront hotels, at least 10 fine and casual dining restaurants, and 662,000 sq. ft. of commercial, retail and marine sales and services.

The project brings $33 million in public infrastructure funded by the Port’s capital improvement plan, plus immediate opportunities for private developers anticipated at $330 million. At full build out, the project will support more than 2,000 jobs and $8.6 million in new tax revenue for the city.

“With the approval from the City, we will be launching our Waterfront Place Central project Friday as part of our exhibit at the Seattle Boat Show, and we anticipate issuing the first solicitation for a private developer in March,” said Terrie Battuello, the Port’s Chief of Business Development. “We are working toward securing developers in 2015, and plan to be under construction with the first phase in 2016.”

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The first phase may look something like this.

Fisherman’s Harbor (pictured left), the first phase of the Waterfront Place Central development, is located on 5.56 acres adjacent to West Marine View Drive. This district will be a year-round hub of activity that includes 204 apartment units  120 room hotel, five commercial buildings and numerous retail and waterfront restaurant spaces. The key public features of this area include: a continuous public trail, floating activity barges, a dock walk for visitors to get down to touch the water, a large park that will pay tribute to our international seaport, and a small boat course.

“The Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place will be a premier attraction, and will transform the way residents and visitors engage with one of our city’s greatest assets – our waterfront,” Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. “The Council’s approval of the project is an important step forward in revitalizing our harbor, creating family-wage jobs, and building a vibrant new neighborhood on the Puget Sound.”

The approval came on the heels of the O’Connor Consulting Group’s Housing Demand Study that found a strong market demand for the project’s proposed housing units in the Greater Everett area. O’Connor determined that the strong employment base, growing aerospace presence and younger population would drive demand at market rents for this project.

“Our study of projected demand found current and prolonged vacancy rates well below equilibrium, signaling a direct demand for new housing in the Waterfront Place Central development,” said Brian O’Connor, principal with O’Connor Consulting Group. “It is not often that an opportunity to develop waterfront property with the amenity of a marina presents itself. This development has a significant upside.”

Some highlights from the housing study include:

  • Everett has historic vacancy levels at 2.6%; vacancy under 5% is considered under supplied 
  • The need for housing in Everett will exceed the amount supplied by Waterfront Place Central
  • Amenities and improvements planned for the Port of Everett’s 65-acre site produce a highly desirable neighborhood with spectacular views and water and recreation access.
  • O’Connor says the new neighborhood and rare waterfront location boasts quick access to the downtown and to arterials ranging from Seattle to the Eastside
  • The housing development opportunity supports rents with a weighted average of $1.70 per foot indicating it is a commercially viable market opportunity for private developers
  • The majority of Everett residents (51% as of 2010) are renters
  • The median household income in Everett was at $46,540 in 2013 and it is expected to increase to $53,585 by 2018. This suggests an income growth of 2.86% per year
  • The top tapestry segment in the Greater Everett area are individuals in their late-30s (15.6%)

The Port of Everett already has a wait list for people interested in housing units in Waterfront Place Central. If you are interested, you can call 425.259.3164 and ask to be added to the list.

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January 23, 2015

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Health Insurance Enrollment Event in Everett This Saturday

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Click the logo or attend an in-person session Saturday.

If you don’t have health insurance and think you’d like to sign up there is an event tomorrow at Everett Community College where you can get your questions answered. Here are the details…

Enrollment Event Allows Everett Residents to Ask Questions about Health Plans and How To Sign Up for Coverage

WHAT: Washington Alliance for Health Advancement is hosting a health insurance enrollment event in advance of the Feb. 15 deadline to get enrolled. Trained enrollment experts will be available to help people without health insurance understand the health plans and financial help that are now available.

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: Everett Community College
(Gray Wolf Hall 166/168)
2000 Tower Street
Everett, WA 98201

WHY: Washington Healthplanfinder, located at wahealthplanfinder.org, is a customer-friendly online marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can make side-by-side comparisons of health insurance plans and choose the plan that best fits their needs and budget. Individuals making up to $46,680 and families of four making up to $95,400 a year are eligible for financial help to lower the costs of their coverage. More than 85% of people who signed up for a new health plan on Washington Healthplanfinder got financial help to pay for their plan. Free and low-cost plans are available.

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January 23, 2015

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Southbound 529 Bridge From Marysville To Everett Closing For This Weekend

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The southbound bridge on Highway 529.

In a postponement from earlier this month the Washington State Department of Transportation announced it is closing southbound 529 between Marysville and Everett tonight (Fri 1/23) at 8:00pm – Monday at 5:00am. Here are the details…

Everett and Marysville area drivers should prepare for a weekend closure of the southbound State Route 529 Snohomish River Bridge

The closure starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26. Southbound drivers should use I-5 during the closures. Local access to Smith Island locations will be available via the 4th Street/Tulalip exit.

During the closure contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to make adjustments to the new machinery installed as part of a special bridge repair project completed in October 2013. The new equipment is used to raise and lower the bridge drawspan.

In the Puget Sound area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.

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January 23, 2015

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Everett Firefighters Stop Blaze In Condemned House

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A burned mattress and box spring along with other furniture.

Shortly after 6:00 this morning Everett Fire was called to a report of a house fire in the 3300 block of Wetmore. Arriving fire crews were able to contain the fire to a bedroom. Still waiting on word of the cause and a damage estimate. The house has been boarded up and marked as condemned for some time. We’ll update when we get more information.
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January 22, 2015

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Bite Me Cupcakes Closes in Downtown Everett

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Bite Me Cupcakes opened in October 2012.

It doesn’t seem that long ago we reported on Bite Me Cupcakes moving from the Everett Mall to downtown Everett. Sadly however, the doors are now closed. “It just slowed down too much,” said Jason, who along with his wife Kim ran the shop. They opened at the Everett Mall in 2010 and moved to downtown Everett in October of 2012. The couple, who had worked with children before opening the cupcake business may be looking to return to that field. Here’s the message posted on their Facebook page
Hello Bite Me Cupcakes FANS! AS Kim and Jason’s passion of baking has brought wonderful relationships and experiences with so many people throughout Everett, Snohomish County and the Puget Sound Region, our Love and Calling for Early Childhood Education is now allowing us to transition to the wonderful world of Youth Education and Learning! We have closed the bakery and want TO THANK EACH and EVERY ONE OF YOU for your support and positive experience as Life is Meant To Be Sweet! As we will post updates on this page as well we hope that ALL OF YOU have a Prosperous 2015 and as we all say: GO HAWKS!!

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January 22, 2015

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Pilot Lands Safely at Everett’s Paine Field After Nose Gear Failure

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pilot no gear “It was a great job by a veteran pilot,” said Paine Field operations manager Bruce Fisher. He was describing the landing of a small twin engine aircraft that reported to the tower his front gear would not come down. That call came into Paine Field shortly after 10:30am. Paine Field and Everett Fire units were standing by but the pilot, who was the lone soul on the plane, made a perfect landing. The runway will be closed for about an hour while the plane is towed away. Fisher told MyEverettNews.com there was minimal damage to the aircraft.

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January 21, 2015

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Third Shooting in 3 Weeks Marks Violent Start To New Year in Everett, WA

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Officers at the Candlewood Apartments after a shooting Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting of a man at an apartment on West Casino road Wednesday afternoon marks the third shooting in three weeks in the city of Everett.

On January 6th, a man was shot in the 2600 block of Lombard. Police say a lack of cooperation has hampered that investigation.

On January 17th, a man was shot in the 7700 block of Beverly Lane. Police say the victim did not have a lot of information on who may have shot him.

Tonight (January 21st), a man was shot at the Candlewood Apartments in the 1000 block of West Casino road. That investigation is currently ongoing.

The shootings have occurred in north Everett, central Everett and south Everett and police say there is no particular pattern to the three events. In case you’d like to know what types of crime are happening in your neighborhood there is a tool that can help you find out. A little less than a year ago, Everett Police announced that people living in Everett could visit a website called CrimeMapping.com that shows what crimes have been reported in different areas of the city. The website allows residents to analyze interactive maps of recent crime activity near any address. Users can learn about crime in their area by selecting crime types and date ranges to generate their own reports.

When they rolled out the program last February Everett Police Captain Greg Lineberry said, “We want citizens to be an involved partner in our efforts to reduce crime. Awareness of what occurs in the community and keeping everyone informed of crimes and crime trends is a proven and effective crime fighting strategy. SNOPAC police agencies are using this community-oriented policing initiative to improve communications and understanding between citizens and their law enforcement agencies.”

Website Instructions:
  • Go to www.crimemapping.com
  • Select Washington State
  • Select your local police agency or Snohomish County Sheriff
Options:
  • “Zoom” or “Click then Drag” to display the desired section of the city
  • Click on “Crime Types” and select/deselect crimes of interest
  • Click on “Dates” to modify dates reported (default is one week)
  • Click on “Address” to center and set a radius for a specific address (format as 3002 Wetmore, Everett, WA)
  • Click on any icon on the map to get more detailed information about the reported incident (agency incident number, date and description of the call)
  • Click on “Receive Crime Alerts” and fill in the next page to receive crime alerts around a specified address
  • Click on “Help” at top of page for more detailed instructions
CrimeMapping.com includes the incident number for every displayed event, so citizens can follow up with their respective law enforcement agency.  It is also now available through a mobile phone application.

Some of CrimeMapping.com benefits include:
• Analyze crime activity within a radius of any specific location such as residence, business or school.
• Display the distance from any reported crime to any address of interest.
• Generate simple interactive reports that allow for instant sorting with hyperlinks back to CrimeMapping.com.
• View recent records as data is uploaded every 24-hours.
• Quickly view crime activity from other local law enforcement agencies.
• Filter by crime types and dates reported to focus on specific patterns.
• Plot only incidents from a specific law enforcement agency.
• Receive free Crime Alerts via e-mail.
• Pan between areas and jurisdictions.

The CrimeMapping.com website for Everett does take some getting used to but can be helpful in seeing what’s happening in your neighborhood. Who knows? You may even spot a trend you can pass along to authorities.

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January 21, 2015

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Man Shot At Casino Road Apartment – Search On For Suspect

UPDATE 9:00pm: Everett Police Spokesman Aaron Snell tells MyEverettNews.com that detectives are still following up with witnesses and there likely won’t be any new information until morning.

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Officers outside the building where the shooting is believed to have occurred.

Shortly before 5:00pm Everett Police received a call of a man possibly shot at an apartment building at 1022 W. Casino Road. When officers arrived they determined there was a victim. He’s been transported by paramedics to Providence Regional Medical Center. According to Everett Police Spokesman Aaron Snell his condition is unknown and patrol officers and detectives are at the apartments conducting the investigation which is in its very early stages.
More information as we get it.

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K-9 officers searching the building

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K-9 officers searching the neighborhood

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A K-9 officer waits for backup

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January 20, 2015

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Pemco 12th Fan Banner Coming To Everett Friday Evening

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This year you can also add your photo to the banner! Click photo for details.

Last year 1626 people signed the Pemco 12th Fan Banner at McClain Insurance in Everett. The banner was then flown over Seattle before heading to New Jersey to be flown over the stadium as the Seahawks won their 1st Superbowl. This year the Seahawks are going to another Superbowl and another 12th Fan Banner is coming to Everett. The banner will again be at McClain Insurance this Friday night (the 23rd) from 5 – 9pm. Claudia McClain and her staff hope to top 2000 signatures and this time around and the folks at Pemco have added a new twist. In addition to signing the banner you can also submit a photo online that will be inserted inside the 12 mosaic in the center of the banner so your photo can fly along with your signature. Click here for all of the details.

McClain insurance is located at 104th and 19th SE just south of the Costco in Everett’s Silver Lake neighborhood. You’ll also have a chance to win a signed jersey courtesy of Pemco and McClain Insurance.

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January 19, 2015

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Teens in Everett Adding Action To Words On MLK Day

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Before starting, volunteers share inspiring quotes from Dr. King

For a lot of teens in Everett, WA it’s a day on – not a day off as United Way of Snohomish County’s annual MLK Day of Service is underway. In Everett, teens are working at Full Life Care helping to make pet treats and blankets for donation to a local animal shelter. At KSER Radio teen volunteers are sorting and cleaning the entire station. In downtown Everett teens are at Hopeworks getting that site ready to start construction in its new facility. MyEverettNews.com stopped by Thornton A. Sullivan Park at Silver Lake in south Everett where they were cleaning the park, removing invasive species and spreading mulch after a morning briefing that included reading inspirational quotes from Dr. King before starting to work. We’ll provide a follow up later on the various projects in Everett as kids here and throughout Snohomish County honor the Holiday with a day on. Here are a few pictures from Silver Lake Park.

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A group heads out to work on the walking trails across from the entrance to the park.

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Teens gather their tools for a day of service at Silver Lake Park.

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