April 19, 2014

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Hey Everett…Clean This Saturday, Recycle Electronics and Shred Documents Next Saturday

Claudia McClain

Claudia McClain in front of the E-Waste truck at a previous recycling event.

Two events next Saturday may prompt you to do some spring cleaning this weekend. Then get ready to recycle. Next Saturday there’s a huge electronics recycling event at McClain Insurance in south Everett by Costco and also a document shredding event at Mountain Pacific Bank next to Aquasox Stadium on Broadway.

First the Claudia McClain explains their electronics recycling event…

“We’ve received countless inquiries about upcoming electronics recycling events,” explains Claudia McClain. “We feel honored that our community appreciates this service, and we are excited to help make life easier for our neighbors!”

When: Saturday April 26th from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Where: McClain Insurance Services 10410 19th Ave SE Everett, WA 98208 (Just South of Costco)

A crew of helpers will stand ready to assist customers with unloading their recyclables to ensure a smooth traffic flow.

Desktop Computers (including monitors, mice and keyboards), laptops, tablets, TVs, cell phones and miscellaneous cables can be recycled FREE of charge. Simply drop them off at the event.

Printers, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, small microwaves and various other household electronics that are NOT covered under the Washington State program will be accepted for a $5 fee. At this time, washers / dryers, refrigerators and/or AC Units cannot be accepted.

In addition to electronics recycling, thanks to our event partners at Pacific Power Batteries, we are also able to accept old household, car, truck and boat batteries. Battery lead is one of the greatest recycling successes of our time: Over 98% of all battery lead can be recycled! The public is invited to bring end-of-life batteries to our event.

E-Cycling helps significantly in reducing the environmental impact of outdated technology. While consumers invest in technology upgrades, over 82% of rejected electronic devices fill up landfills and incinerators, releasing mercury, lead, cadmium and other harmful substances. Electronics recyclers such as event partner, E-Waste, LLC, disassemble each item into its components for re-use and thus significantly reduce the impact of tech waste around the world.

Shred up to 50 lbs. of document free at Mountain Pacific Bank in Everett

Destroy Your Documents at Mountain Pacific Bank

While you’re cleaning you may also come across documents you may want to have securely destroyed. That brings us to the annual FREE SHRED DAY at Mountain Pacific Bank in Everett. You can bring up to 50 pounds of documents to be securely shredded.

When: Saturday April 26th 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Mountain Pacific Bank 3732 Broadway Everett, WA 98201 (Next to Aquasox Stadium)


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April 18, 2014

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PUD Warning Everett Homeowners and Businesses About Recent Scams

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Scammers have all sorts of ways to take your money.

Got an update today from Neil Neroutsos at Snohomish PUD about various attempts by scammers to steal identities, credit card numbers and collect phony payments. This is happening to both residential and commercial customers. Here’s their latest update and some good suggestions…

Snohomish County PUD reminds customers about potential scams that aim to steal customers’ identity and bill payment information. Criminals use various means of solicitation, including in person door-to-door visits, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages.

Recent ploys have tried to lure both residential and business customers. They may claim the customer’s bill is delinquent and/or tell them there is special funding for utility bill assistance. Customers are typically asked for personal information, such as social security identification or credit card numbers. They also may provide victims with a fraudulent bank routing number with which to pay their utility bills.

If a PUD customer receives a phone call asking for financial information related to their bill, they should never provide this information. The PUD never calls customers to collect credit card information over the phone. The only time a credit card number is taken over the phone is through an outside, bill payment service. In this case, the phone call and payment is initiated by the customer by calling 1-888-909-4628.


If a customer receives a phone call, supposedly from the utility, and aren’t sure if it actually came from the PUD, they should call PUD Customer Service, at 425-783-1000 to verify the information they were given. The PUD representative will be able to tell them whether or not the call was legitimate.

If a person comes to a customer’s home or business claiming to be a PUD employee, they should ask to see their PUD identification. Employees carry an ID card with their picture on it and will gladly show it to customers.

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April 17, 2014

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Everett Animal Shelter Hosting Special Cat Adoption Event This Weekend

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Why you should adopt an older cat

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Just some of the cats available for adoption

The Everett Animal Shelter is hosting a special cat adoption event this weekend. All adult cats 7 years and older will have a special adoption fee of just $25 this Friday Saturday and Sunday. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip (does not include license) and 30 days of free pet insurance. You can see all of the adoptable cats by clicking here. The Everett Animal Shelter is at 333 Smith Island Road in Everett. You can reach them by phone at (425) 257-6000.


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April 16, 2014

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City of Everett Development Fees Have Not Kept Up With The Times

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Everett hasn’t raised most fees to developers in over 15 years.

Currently the City of Everett is trying to address a projected shortfall of $13 million dollars in 2015. To deal with that, Everett has formed a team to try to come up with options to close that gap. As part of the ongoing Structural Deficit Advisory Team briefings at the Everett City Council, it came out tonight that the City of Everett last updated its planning and development fees in 1995. Additionally Everett’s traffic mitigation fees charged to developers have not been adjusted since 1999. As an example, Everett charges $900.00 for traffic mitigation while the city of Sultan charges $5220.00 and the city of Lynnwood charges $7914.00. Everett’s business license fee has remained at $10.00 and there is no annual renewal charge. The Everett Fire Department is required to conduct fire inspections but unlike most cities in the area does not charge for that service.

Tonight’s presentations were about options to raise taxes and fees. Among the items mentioned were doubling the current adult bus fare on Everett Transit from $1.00 to $2.00. For every 25 cent increase in bus fare there would be an annual increase of $250,000.00. There was no talk of raising fares for seniors or youth.

There was a suggestion to bring back parking meters and charge 50 cents per hour for parking in the downtown Everett corridor. Roughly from Broadway on the east, West Marine View Drive on the west, Pacific Avenue to the south and Everett Avenue to the north. That could generate $300,000.00 per year. There was also talk of charging for parking at 36 stalls at the Everett station. Those stalls are currently free two-hour parking and are used by people primarily using the services inside the station, most notably the unemployment office. Making those 36 stalls paid parking could bring Everett about $100,000.00 per year. It was also revealed that if someone received four parking violations, Everett Police can impound the person’s car. However, when the owner goes to get their vehicle out of impound they only have to pay the impound fee and don’t have to pay the outstanding parking tickets to get their vehicle back.


At the start of the presentation many council members stated they had their own ideas for generating revenue and a council committee will be gathering those ideas and presenting them at a future meeting. As the revenue options were being considered, Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson told the city council members that he didn’t want to look backward and place any blame for failing to address revenues in the past but wanted to move forward as fast as possible. He expressed concern that if the council spent too much time studying the deficits and didn’t take fast action that more drastic taxing measures would have to be taken.

The City of Everett has a budget reduction website where all of the presentations and options are posted and available for review. Most of tonight’s documents should be available by the end of the day Thursday.

The next presentation by the Structural Deficit Advisory Team will be on April 30th followed by at least two public meetings in May.

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April 16, 2014

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Everett Police Issue Pictures of Silver Lake Bank Robbery Suspect

Received a press release and photos today of a bank robbery suspect being sought by Everett Police…

Bank robbery suspect

Everett Police Photo. Click to enlarge

On 4/10/2014, a robbery occurred at the Key Bank located at 1902 110th St SE in Everett. The above pictured suspect approached the counter and handed the teller a note implying that he had a gun. The suspect ordered the teller to give him money from the bottom drawer and to hurry. The suspect took the note and the money and left the area on an orange bicycle.
The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20s, approximately 5’9” and 150 pounds. He is seen wearing sunglasses, a black sweatshirt, and a Peterbilt camouflage/mossy oak baseball hat. The suspect also had a large bandage underneath his right eye. It is reported that the suspect spoke with a Hispanic accent and had a deep voice.
If you have any information regarding this case or the suspect, please call the Everett Police Department Tip Line at (425) 257-8450.


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April 15, 2014

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Nominations Now Open For Everett’s Annual Monte Cristo Awards

Monte Cristo Awards

Nominations are open until June 1st. Click photo above for a nomination form.

It’s that time of year again as the City of Everett celebrates homeowners and businesses who have gone above and beyond in showcasing their property. Here’s all you need to know to nominate someone for this year’s award…

The city of Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for the 20th annual Monte Cristo Awards, a distinguished honor given to property owners who have shown extensive pride in their property.

“The Monte Cristo Awards recognize neighbors who improve the street appeal of their homes and business owners who keep their businesses looking attractive,” said Wendy McClure, neighborhoods coordinator. Nominations are due by June 1, 2014.

The Monte Cristo Awards began in 1994 with an idea developed by Everett residents Bill Belshaw, Connie Eden and Pam Lux. Marian Krell, then director of the Office of Neighborhoods, welcomed the idea of celebrating revitalized properties and became its champion.

The awards are named for the Monte Cristo Hotel in downtown Everett, which was restored in the 1990s after languishing in disrepair for many years. Community residents felt the hotel was a fitting symbol of the rejuvenation they wanted to recognize in Everett.

Today, awards are given in three categories: rejuvenation and transformation, pride of the neighborhood and neighborhood-friendly business. In addition, the Marian Krell Award recognizes property owners who have excelled in beautifying and maintaining their home or business over an extended period of time. The award honors Krell’s vision and commitment to the awards.

“The Monte Cristo awards are about celebrating people who help Everett look its best,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “Marian saw the benefits of acknowledging and holding up those who strive to make improvements in our community, whether to a humble home or a more grand residence.”


Nominations due June 1

Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from anyone who wants to recognize the street appeal of a property within the city limits of Everett. Honorees are selected for their extensive efforts to make their homes or businesses attractive and to keep them well maintained.

Nomination forms are available online, and can be picked up at Everett Library branches, the clerk’s office in the Wall Street Building, the PUD, at local home improvement, paint and lumber stores, and through neighborhood associations. Forms can also be requested through the Office of Neighborhoods, at 425-257-8717 or wmcclure@everettwa.gov.

Award recipients receive a Monte Cristo Award plaque for placement on the exterior of their home or business. The Everett Council of Neighborhoods and the city’s Office of Neighborhoods sponsor the awards, which are generously supported by local businesses.

The selection committee is made up of representatives of the Council of Neighborhoods, community volunteers and city staff members.

Special ceremony planned for 20th anniversary

The community is invited to the 20th annual award ceremony, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 9, at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

“This year we’ll recognize not only our 2014 winners, but also prior Monte Cristo recipients, who we hope will join us for the event,” said McClure. “We are working on lot of special touches to help commemorate 20 years of the awards.”

Click here for more information on Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods.

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