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November 26, 2014

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Everett’s 3rd Retail Pot Store Creating Controversy

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The block on Rucker is zoned commercial but contains several rental properties.

P Haze

Purple Haze was forced out of its 1st location on Broadway as another pot store already had a license within 1000 feet of their spot.

There currently are two retail marijuana stores in Everett. The first, High Society, opened on Broadway in early October and the second, Kush Mart, opened two weeks ago on Evergreen Way. The likely 3rd retail store is having a tougher go of it. At last week’s Everett City Council meeting neighbors of a proposed retail marijuana store, Purple Haze at 4218 Rucker, asked the city to stop the plans for the business to open. The area is zoned commercial but neighbors say that a Camp Fire office a block away is within the 1000 foot buffer areas where kids programs including schools, parks and day-cares must be distanced from retail pot stores. MyEverettNews.com spoke with Dave Surface who is the Executive Director of Camp Fire. “It’s not good for our customer base or our core values,” said Surface. “Programs involving children go on here and we are a service center for the programs that take place.” The City of Everett did take that information to the Washington State Liquor Control Board who is in charge of approving State licenses but the board did not agree and on Monday approved the Rucker location. The owners of Purple Haze have now applied for a City of Everett license.

At today’s Everett City Council meeting neighbors asked the city to not issue a license due to the fact that families live next door and the neighborhood is already known for crime according to city statistics. The Everett City Council went into executive session and afterword council member Ron Gipson made a motion asking for an emergency ordinance to stop the issuance of any more retail marijuana licenses until the current ordinance is revised to keep retail marijuana stores from opening next to a residence even if that residence is in an area zoned for commercial use. A friendly amendment was added by council member Murphy to also include camp fire offices within 1000 feet of the proposed stores as reasons to deny a permit. With those two voting yes, council members Roberts, Moore, Bader and Tuohy voted no. That means the city licensing process is moving forward.

MyEverettNews.com did leave messages and contact information for the owners of Purple Haze but so far has not received any response or comment. It should be noted that the Purple Haze business is going into a house that had been converted to a law office and there was also a hair salon that operated as a commercial business for years in that same row of houses. On the end of the block is a house that’s been converted to a Tarot Card-Fortune Reading business. You can’t see the Purple Haze business from the Camp Fire office but there is a bikini barista stand in full view across the street and a tattoo parlor two doors to the south that are visible from the Camp Fire office. If the City of Everett does approve the license, that would leave two last slots to fill the five retail licenses authorized for retail pot stores in Everett.


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November 25, 2014

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Chili Throwdown Turns Into Donated Dollars For Everett Area Fire Foundations

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left to right, Tim Key Everett Medic One Foundation, Steven Doyle, The Terrace at Beverly Lake, Jim Grieco, Fire 1 Foundation

A chili cooking competition has resulted in a winning donation being split among two local Fire Foundations. The Everett Medic One Foundation and the Fire 1 Foundation each picked up a donation of $600 as a result of a friendly competition between the head chefs at five local retirement centers. Last month Emeritus at Silver Lake, The Terrace at Beverly Lake, Garden Court Retirement Community, Emeritus at Seabrook and Chateau Pacific in Lynnwood held a competition where members of the Everett Fire Department and Fire District 1 served as judges. The Foundation with the center in their service area that won the contest would get a $1200.00 donation. The winner was The Terrace at Beverly Lake which is in the city of Everett. While that would mean the Everett Medic One Foundation would get the donation, its membership decided to split the donation with the Fire 1 Foundation so everybody came out a winner.

About the two Foundations…

The Everett Medic One Foundation was formed in 1989 as a means to put citizen’s donations back to work in the Everett community. In 1999 the foundation began a formalized CPR training program in Everett’s schools. Later AED training was added and in 2002 the foundation began a campaign to put AEDs in businesses and public gathering places. In 2014 the foundation began working on efforts to raise awareness of hands-only cpr and the Two Steps to Save a Life Campaign. If you’d like to make a donation or learn more about the Everett Medic One Foundation, click here.

The Fire 1 Foundation was formed in 2001 by members of Fire District 1 which serves unincorporated Snohomish County south of Everett as well as the cities of Edmonds, Brier and Mountlake Terrace. Among its programs is a Good Neighbor Project where fire crews or paramedics on a call see a need and have the ability to provide direct assistance to the people they are dealing with. That may be in the form of food, basic needs, buying gasoline or whatever else the crew feels is appropriate at the time. There is also a taxi support program. People who are taken to the hospital but have no family or other contacts in the area to get back home are given vouchers that will pay for a taxi to get them back home after being released from the hospital. Click here to learn more about the Fire 1 Foundation.


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November 25, 2014

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Emergency Repair Work To Slow Northbound I-5 In Everett Today

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A look at the slope damage next to I-5 courtesy of WSDOT

An important update for drivers who use northbound I-5 between the Boeing Freeway and 41st street in Everett today…

 

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the right lane of northbound Interstate 5 in Everett for emergency roadside repair work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. The lane closure will take place about a mile before the 41st Street and Broadway exits.

During the lane closure, WSDOT maintenance crews will stabilize the slope on the right shoulder of the highway. The attached photo shows the specific spot crews will repair. With rain in the forecast, this work must be done now to prevent further erosion of the slope.

The emergency repair work is taking place two days before the Thanksgiving Day holiday, which is one of the busiest travel times of the year. WSDOT traffic engineers expect to see congestion begin in the area of the lane closure around 1 p.m.

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


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November 24, 2014

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Advocates Needed in Everett For Neglected, Abused, Abandoned Children

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The are a lot of kids looking for advocates in Everett.

The Snohomish County Superior Court is putting out a call for volunteers to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for kids who have been removed from their homes and need someone to act in their best interest. If you have the interest, here are the details…

The Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (VGAL) program of Snohomish County is seeking adults, 21 years and older, to act as advocates for children who have been removed from their homes due to alleged abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Washington State (RCW 13.34.100) and federal (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) law mandate that all children in dependency have a Guardian ad Litem to represent their best interests in court.  In Washington, a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or Guardian ad Litem (GAL) fulfills that mandate.  A CASA/VGAL is a citizen volunteer appointed by the court to advocate for a child through independent investigations of the child’s situation and written recommendations to the court regarding the child’s safety, well-being, and permanency.

Dependent children in Snohomish County are dependent on volunteers to be their voice. Unfortunately, in Snohomish County there are not enough volunteers to meet the growing demand of children who are in need of a VGAL. Since January 1, 2014 the Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem program has received 381 new cases, resulting in over 1,300 children who are dependents of the state.  This does not include the thousands of children who were already in the system prior to January 2014.

The Snohomish County VGAL program is seeking qualified individuals from all walks of life, cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities to submit an application and begin the interviewing process for the next training scheduled to begin on January 31, 2015. 

Applicants must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or GED. Interested candidates may call the VGAL Program Office at (425) 388-7854 for more information or view the application online at: VGAL Application or http://snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7031.

“Volunteers learn the skills needed to become a strong voice for a child during the 32-hour intensive training course that is completed over three days,” explained Jessica Gurley, Community Services Supervisor for Snohomish County Superior Court.  “The training teaches future advocates what they should expect to encounter once they are appointed to a case, how to put together a full picture of the child’s situation and how to navigate the court process,” stated Gurley.  “With the knowledge gained during training, coupled by support received by VGAL Program Coordinators, volunteers can advocate for the best possible future for a child.”

Qualified individuals need to pledge to stay on a case from start to finish.  A case can take anywhere from six to 18 months, or longer, depending on its complexity.  Citizens of Snohomish County have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children who are dependents of the state and who need a voice throughout the court process.  “Our neighbors and friends in the community can help us help kids who need a voice,” stated Gurley.  “If you have the time and compassion to help shape a child’s life,” Gurley said, “My question is, what’s stopping you?”

About Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program

The Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (VGAL) Program recruits and trains community volunteers to provide court-appointed special advocates for dependent children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. VGALs are appointed by Superior Court judges to represent the children’s best interests during a dependency action brought against the parents.

Program Goal

The program goal is to ensure that a child’s right to a safe and permanent family is acted on in a sensitive and expedient manner. Working with the judge, attorneys, and social workers, the VGAL advocates for the best interests of the child and seeks to establish a secure placement for dependent children.

Definition of Dependent Child

Dependent children are defined as those children who are under 18 years of age, who have no parent willing or able to care for them, or who are abandoned, abused, or neglected and are under the protective care of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Children’s Administration. A VGAL may be appointed for these children to represent what is in their best interests to the court during the dependency process.

How to Apply

If you are interested in speaking up for a child and becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate with the Snohomish County VGAL Program, please call 425-388-7854 or email (csu@snoco.org) for more information.

http://snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7031


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November 23, 2014

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Everett Firefighters Continue Tradition of Serving Turkey Dinner To Seniors

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Assistant Fire Marshal Eric Hicks with a guest of honor.

For the past 15 years members of the Everett Firefighters Association and their families have been serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings to senior citizens in Everett. That continued today with three separate sittings at the Carl Gipson Senior Center. More than 160 pounds of turkey, 52 pumpkin pies and who knows how many green beans were served. The Everett Firefighters Association pays for all of the food and the firefighters and spouses prepare and cook the meal while their children serve the seniors who today enjoyed not only a great meal but also musical entertainment from students at Cascade High School. Here are a few pictures from the preparation and first serving today. Click photo to enlarge.

Everett FF Assoc Turkey A

Everett FF Assoc Turkey B

Everett FF Assoc Turkey C

Everett FF Assoc Turkey D

Everett FF Assoc Turkey F

Everett FF Assoc Turkey H

Everett FF Assoc Turkey I

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November 23, 2014

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Everett and Puget Sound Boeing Employees Give Big To United Way of Snohomish County

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This year’s donation is a near 9% increase over last year.

Got this piece of good news from Neil Parekh this week…

Workers at The Boeing Company will be contributing $1.86 million to United Way of Snohomish County over the next year through The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF). The money will be used to support United Way-funded programs in the areas of education; financial stability; integrated and healthy communities and North Sound 2-1-1.

The $1,862,346 pledge represents an increase of $151,746 – almost 9 percent – compared to last year’s and is by far United Way’s single largest annual contribution. As is customary, the funds will be disbursed over the next 12 months.

“Boeing employees are such an important part of our community,” said Dr. Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County.

“They are not only generous with their charitable contributions but they also volunteer during Days of Caring, with the Toys for Tots Drive, Letter Carriers Food Drive and many other community projects throughout the year; like various ramp and deck building projects,” Smith added.

“We have a long-term relationship with United Way of Snohomish County. They are tireless in their effort to ensure the value of each and every contribution is maximized,” said Kathleen Sneden-Cook, president of the ECF Board of Trustees.

“Working with partner agencies, United Way ensures these agencies work to get at the root causes of the issues they seek to address. The result is that ECF dollars partnered with United Way leadership makes a real difference in Snohomish County,” Sneden-Cook added.

This year’s contribution will support several current priority investment areas identified by volunteers on United Way’s vision councils.

These areas include early learning; afterschool/youth development programming; housing; emergency assistance for basic needs; career and job skills training; seniors; and crime reduction / victim support. Funding from this pledge will also be earmarked for 2-1-1- the health and human service information and referral system operated by Volunteers of America Western Washington.

Several members of the ECF Board of Trustees live in Snohomish County.

ECF supports 10 United Ways in Puget Sound counties where ECF contributors live and work.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound is an employee-owned 501(c) 3 nonprofit giving program. The Boeing Company covers all of ECF’s administrative costs.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for almost 75 years. In addition to funding 107 programs through 40 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF) is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program. Since 1951 ECF has been building better communities and making a positive impact in the Puget Sound region. Since then, ECF has pledged more than $600 million to local 501(c) 3 health & human service nonprofits, including food banks, job-training programs, shelters, transitional housing, mental health services, low-income medical clinics, youth programs. In partnership with local United Ways, ECF builds strong communities and invests in services and innovative programs that improve lives in our local communities.


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November 22, 2014

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Holiday Decor Going Back Up in Downtown Everett

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A downtown Everett tradition continues…

Tree

The whole process takes about 3 hours.

The intersection of Hewitt and Colby was shut down for a few hours Saturday morning so City of Everett crews could again put up the tree and other decor on the structure around the intersection. Back in 2011 the annual tradition almost stopped due to the poor condition of the tree and the supporting structure. A citizen outcry against plans to cancel the display led to the public works department making some adjustments and the downtown tree tradition continued. Here are a couple of pictures from this morning. By they way…Santa Claus arrived at the Everett Mall today.


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