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September 30, 2016

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Everett Comics Marks 33 Years Of Fun!

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Expect a long line of customers Saturday morning at Hewitt and Wetmore.

First opened in 1983, Everett Comics will celebrate their 33rd anniversary tomorrow (Saturday). The store will be open starting at 11:00 AM with a host of special deals and one-time offers.

They say their mission is simple, to be the #1 comic book and collectibles store in Washington State.

Formerly on Colby, the store is now located in a large space at the corner of Hewitt and Wetmore in downtown Everett. You’ll find Comics, Back-Issues, Toys, Pins, Patches, Comic and Card Supplies, Magic Cards, Posters, T-Shirts, and Art Books.

They also carry a huge selection of the latest Funko Pops. (Speaking of Everett-based Funko, they’ll soon be moving their corporate offices from south Everett into the former Bon Marche building just down the street) You can find out more about Everett Comics here on their Facebook Page. Congrats on 33 years of fun in Everett.


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September 30, 2016

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5 Days To Save Everett’s Firewheel Coffeehouse

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Co-owner Mike LaPointe talks with a volunteer outside the shop Friday afternoon

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This sign greets customers as they enter.

The final kick is on to save Everett’s Firewheel Coffeehouse. Co-owners Mike and Angie have until Wednesday to come up with $5000.00 to stave off eviction. “Our landlord has been more than generous with us,” said Mike LaPointe. “We’ve just gotten too far behind and have to make up ground quickly.”

What began as Firewheel Books and Beans opened five years ago on Oakes just north of Hewitt. Later the shop moved to its current location at 2727 Colby in downtown Everett. It was born out of the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the rally against the so-called 1 percenters. It’s an eclectic place that tries to welcome everyone, even those who may be down on their luck. Now the owners are making the following plea for your help…

The Firewheel has struggled financially while becoming a needed safe haven and successful resource in our community. We have hosted meetings, movies, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and fundraiser events for many other worthy purposes and charities. The list goes on and on.

We offered this space to the community without charge. We gratefully accept donations but have never turned anyone away who could not pay. And those who visit our cafe have joined in our building our community . Our “shared coffee” program has provided a free, warm cup of coffee and comfortable place to rest for many a a weary soul.

Individuals and local businesses have provided all weather gear and other essentials to those in need of shelter and last year a Thanksgiving feast for all who came through our door. The rich, poor, in between, the desperate and the grateful have all filled our space to share a meal, conversation and a smile.

If there was ever a time to come to the aid of The Firewheel, this is the time. Enjoy this event and head over to the Shop for more good conversation. There are so few special places left in our communities we cannot afford to let another fall by the wayside.

If you can help between now and Wednesday please do. If you’d like to learn more about the Firewheel check out their Facebook page here.


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September 29, 2016

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Online Learning Available In Everett

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Have you considered the option of online learning?

Now that school in the greater Everett area has been up and running for a month or so, some students may find they’re having trouble in a standard classroom setting and may want to look at online learning.

MyEverettNews.com sponsor K12 offers a couple of different ways kids can stay on track.

We wanted to take a minute or two of your time to highlight the programs of K12 and ask you to consider if online learning may be right for your family. Its not too late to get signed up.

Washington Virtual Academy

Grades: K-12
WAVA offers an individualized education tailored to each student. The rigorous curriculum includes electives such as art, music, profession-focused courses, and world languages. The Running Start and Tech Prep programs offer dual enrollment where students can earn college credit while in high school.
Grades: 9-12
ISWA’s program was designed to help high school students stay in school and earn a diploma. Highlights include recovery courses, advisory meetings, and highly supportive teachers and school staff. Students also receive college and career guidance.

How is online schooling different from a traditional classroom?

  • Classes do not take place in a building, but rather, wherever an Internet connection can be found.
  • Courses are online with instruction from state-certified teachers.
  • Students work independently in workbooks and textbooks all provided free of charge.
  • All materials and books are sent directly to your doorstep – including art supplies and science experiments.

High school students have the opportunity to attend workshops on college and career planning. Graduates of the K12 program receive an accredited high school diploma. Kids who have completed online high school have gone on to continue their education at Everett Community College, Cascadia Community College and Bellevue College.

Online learning isn’t just for those in high school. There are individualized learning plans for each student and the opportunity to choose from over 240 courses including six world languages. To find out more, click the photo below or call 844-514-8108 and tell them MyEverettNews.com sent you.

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September 29, 2016

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Everett Fire Chief To Retire In January

Just received this from the City of Everett…

Everett Fire Chief

Yesterday Chief Gordon introduced the city’s newest firefighters to the Everett City Council.

Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon announced Thursday that he will retire from the City in January 2017. Gordon joined the department as a firefighter in 1977 and has served as chief for 16 years.

“Chief Gordon has dedicated his life and career to our community, and I am incredibly grateful for his service and leadership,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “He has guided the department through many difficult challenges, including the worst recession of our lifetimes, and he has done so with thoughtfulness and a positive outlook.”

Gordon began his career as a firefighter assigned to Station 2 on Oakes Avenue in downtown Everett. He rose through the ranks, becoming deputy chief of EMS in 1990 and a fire captain in 1994. In 2001 he was tapped to lead the department by then-Mayor Ed Hansen.

“My family is from Everett, I grew up in Everett, I attended Everett schools and I worked my first job at age 14 bagging groceries in Everett,” said Gordon. “It has been an honor to serve my neighbors and fellow Everett community members for 40 years.”

As chief, Gordon led several major projects and initiatives for the department, including the replacement of Fire Station 5 in 2003, the creation of the Office of Emergency Management, the development of a new multi-tier hiring process and enhancements to the department’s promotional process, and the conversion to the New World System. In the final year of his career, he has helped spearhead an effort to create the Snohomish County Regional Fire Training Consortium.

“Our first responders provide a vital service, and every day they put themselves at risk in order to protect the lives and properties of others,” said Gordon. “It has been a privilege to serve alongside the members of our department, and to help shape the future of the fire service in our region.”

Gordon serves on many state and local organizations, including the SNOPAC Board of Directors, the Snohomish Emergency Radio System (SERS), the Washington Fire Chiefs Board of Directors, and the CAD Oversight Council, which he currently chairs. He has previously served as president of the Snohomish County EMS Council, the North Region EMS Council, the Everett Medic One Foundation, the Snohomish County Fire Chiefs, and the Washington Fire Chiefs Board of Directors.

The Mayor will announce a plan for the chief’s replacement in October. Gordon’s last day with the City will be Jan. 20, 2017.


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September 28, 2016

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8 New Firefighters For Everett

More new firefighters in Everett received their badges at one time today than in the past 16 years. At the beginning of their meeting today the Everett City Council met the newest members of the Everett Fire Department. Eight new firefighters recently completed 13 weeks at the fire training academy and another seven weeks of […]

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September 28, 2016

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Everett Council Hears Low Barrier Housing Plans

Today the Everett City Council heard the latest on the low barrier housing plans moving forward in central Everett. On Tuesday October 4th, the public is invited to a two hour presentation on the plan. That happens at Evergreen Middle School starting at 6:30 PM. The meeting will include presentations by Catholic Housing Services, Catholic […]

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