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August 19, 2014

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Everett And Ecology To Revise Arsenic Clean Up At Legion Park

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Legion Park should remain open this fall.

After Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson ordered the parks department to halt the plan to remove 80 trees from Legion Park, as part of a clean up by the State Department of Ecology, the entire cleanup plan has been halted. Here’s the latest from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett…

The City of Everett and Department of Ecology have put planned cleanup work at American Legion Memorial Park, including the arboretum area, on hold while they work to modify the project. The work is now expected to begin in the second half of 2015, and will likely focus the cleanup on a smaller area of the park.

“In order to reduce the risk of damage to the park’s trees, we’ve decided to take additional time to review the project and adjust the scope of work,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “Our staff is now working with Ecology on a modified plan to ensure the least amount of disruption for the trees.”

Ecology and parks staff will reevaluate the project and identify the park areas that are most in need of cleanup, such as high-traffic areas and locations with higher levels of arsenic contamination. Reducing the amount of soil to be removed and replaced will minimize disturbance and potential damage to trees.

“We know that Ecology and its contractor would take precautions to work carefully around the trees, but with so many root zones in close proximity to each other, it’s impossible to completely avoid impacts to some of the trees,” said Paul Kaftanski, parks director. “We want to take another look at how best to accomplish the cleanup while minimizing risk to the trees.”

The revised project is not expected to require a full closure of the park and may be completed in phases to minimize impacts to park visitors. The narrowed project scope will not require the City’s annual Sorticulture festival to be moved to the park’s ball fields for 2015.

Ecology is the lead agency on the Everett smelter cleanup work in northeast Everett and has been working with parks staff to finalize the park cleanup plan. Legion Park, including the arboretum area, was initially scheduled to close to the public in October, with cleanup taking place between November and May 2015. For more information on the project, click here.


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August 18, 2014

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Everett Jail Now Taking Plastic For Bail

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Now its even easier to check out of the Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett.

If you have the unfortunate situation of being arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett and find yourself a little short on cash for your bail, no worries. Now you can charge your bail on your credit card. Here’s the new policy as set forth in an email from Sheri Ireton at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office…

The Snohomish County Jail now accepts credit card payment for bail.  Beginning last week, cash bail payments can be made for an inmate using GovPayNet®. GovPayNet accepts major credit, debit and prepaid debit cards for cash bail 24/7 online (www.GovPayNow.com) or by phone (1-877-EZBAIL5). Cardholders will pay a service fee — seven percent of the bail total — at the time of the transaction. On-site payment methods remain unchanged as only cash, cashier’s checks or jail bonds are accepted at the jail facility.

Cardholders can make payments on their own behalf or on behalf of friends or family. They need to have the basic information about the arrestee and the bail amount, information which can be found on the Snohomish County Jail Registry.   Bilingual specialists are available around the clock for cardholder assistance.

More than 500 corrections systems nationally rely on GovPayNet to process bail and other criminal justice payments, which account for the majority of the nearly $200 million in payments the company handles annually for government agencies.


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August 17, 2014

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Everett Wants To Pay Village Theatre $23,961.00 Per Month For Next 12 Months

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The Everett Performing Arts Center as shown on Village Theatre website.

The Everett City Council will get a briefing Wednesday night on the proposed 4-year renewal of the city’s contract with Issaquah based Village Theatre. The four-year renewal starts with the first year’s payment of $287,534.12 with the additional yearly payments tied to the Consumer Price Index. According to the city’s proposal there can be four or five different shows at the discretion of Village Theatre as long as the total number of performances reaches 65. The City of Everett has been working with Village Theatre at the Everett Performing Arts Center since 1998. The city says the Theatre set box office records during January and February of this year with more than 15,000 people attending the production of Les Miserables. In addition to the shows at the Performing Arts Center, Village Theatre also conducts the popular KIDSTAGE program at the former Key Bank building across the plaza. Village Theatre also handles management of the Everett Performing Arts Center including managing and renting the facility, providing box office services and scheduling events. Income from renting the facility and sales from concessions go into the city’s coffers and are not part of the compensation agreement. No word on if recent budget deficit cutting efforts will play a role in the city council’s discussions.


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August 16, 2014

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Alzheimer’s Town Hall Meeting Planned For Everett Next Week

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Everett is one of a dozen cities with town hall meetings to raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s Association. The group is expanding its efforts to speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s and their families, and help persuade elected officials to address those needs through legislative action. Here are the details on Wednesday’s meeting…

On August 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave in Everett Washington, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington Chapter will hold a town hall meeting to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health in Washington State, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligibles”, older and disabled Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Community members, including those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, their caregivers, and elected officials and representatives from federal, state, and local government as well as the research, health and long-term care communities are invited to come, learn, and share their thoughts. Other town halls are scheduled for Bremerton, East Wenatchee, Issaquah, Kelso, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Richland, Sequim, Spokane, Tacoma, Tukwila, Yakima, and Coeur d’Alene ID.

Each town hall will include a panel reflecting the breadth and depth of the Alzheimer’s experience. The Alzheimer’s Association’s objective is to educate the public, solicit input, and provide an opportunity for the community to interact with elected leaders. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the Association’s work in advancing public policy priorities to better meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities as they cope with the devastating emotional and economic effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in Washington State and sixth nationally. Over 5 million Americans, including 100,000 Washingtonians, are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $214 billion in 2014, increasing to $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

To learn more about a town hall taking place in a community near you, visit www.alzwa.org/.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

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August 15, 2014

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Urban Forest Restoration Project Underway at Everett’s Forest Park

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Forest Park map from City of Everett Parks Department web site.

There’s a unique project underway to ensure that one of Everett’s gems, Forest Park on Mukilteo Boulevard, stays healthy for future generations. Here are the details from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources…

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program (DNR), is an exciting opportunity to enhance the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings. Even more exciting is our opportunity to participate in this program here in Everett.

Over the next several weeks, a Washington Conservation Corps team will continue to remove the English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, English laurel and a number of dead and dying trees from the forested area in Forest Park between the lower ballfield and Mukilteo Boulevard. These invasive, non-native plants prevent forested areas from providing our community the full benefits and services of healthy forests by competing for water and nutrients, and in some cases even killing trees. Many undesirable plants that grow in dense thickets also harbor rats and other vermin, creating a public safety hazard. Once the unwelcome plants are gone, native vegetation will be planted in its place.  As this is an ongoing re-forestation effort, the team will also assess the previously planted trees and clear unwanted vegetation from around the plantings.

Forest Park is the largest park in the City of Everett and is one of the oldest. Its forested areas were planted by Works Progress Administration crews in the 1930s. The park was developed by the Hall family, who had strong English horticultural ties. The park was widely planted with this English style of landscaping which included a number of species well-suited for the region such as English holly, English ivy, and English and Portuguese laurel.  Crews also planted many ornamental varieties of conifer and broadleaf trees. A few of these ornamental varieties have grown into the forested area and need to be removed.

As this forested area is in maturity some eighty years later, a five acre section of the forest is in major decline. Root rot, structural issues, general decline, and death are prevalent. From this loss of the forest canopy, invasive species such as blackberry, ivy, holly and laurel have widely expanded. There are a large number of these ornamental varieties that have added to the proliferation of the invasive species within these forested areas. After these removals the WCC crew will help prepare for the planting of the new materials for the forest, to include trees and understory plantings. These plantings will occur in the fall.

Everett Parks and Forterra formed the Green Everett Partnership with Forterra in 2012, and Forterra and park stewards and volunteers continue to aid in this reforestation project.

To learn more about how you can help keep Forest Park healthy in the future, contact Jeff Price, jprice@everettwa.gov.

For more information about the Urban Forestry Restoration Project, visit the Project online or contact Micki McNaughton at (360) 902-1637 or micki.mcnaughton@dnr.wa.gov. The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service.


 

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August 14, 2014

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$5000.00 Prize To Be Offered In Contest To Re-Design City of Everett Logo

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Do you have a great vision for a new logo for the City of Everett?

City of Everett Communications Director Meghan Pembroke last night revealed initial details of a contest to re-design the city’s logo. The city has had the same logo since the early 1990s. In September the contest will roll out inviting people to submit their designs for an updated City of Everett logo. The submissions will then be put online and the public will be asked to vote. The top 15 designs will then be reviewed by a committee and the winning logo will be revealed in November with an award of $5000.00 for the winning design. You won’t see the logo splashed all over the city right away. Pembroke says they will slowly replace the current logo first on easy to change things like web pages and stationary as current supplies expire. The logo will appear on city vehicles and uniforms when they are due for normal replacement.


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August 13, 2014

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Everett Full Of Arts, Beer, Music, Bubbles and Kid Friendly Events This Weekend

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The folks at Experience Everett have outdone themselves this weekend. Click logo above for a detailed listing of events.

It could arguably be the biggest weekend for simultaneous events in Everett in the city’s history. It’s also going to be a great shot in the arm to Everett’s economy as thousands of people come into town to participate. Here’s a quick overview of things happening in Everett Saturday and Sunday…

Everett Craft Beer Festival – Saturday Noon – 7:00pm on Hoyt Avenue in downtown Everett

Experience Everett Street Food Festival – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm at Colby and Hewitt in downtown Everett

Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work – Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm at Port of Everett Marina

PEPSapalooza Family Music Festival – Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm at Everett Memorial Stadium

Sandtastic! Free outdoor event – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm at Imagine Children’s Museum on Wall Street in downtown Everett

The Bubble Run 5K Sunday 9:00am Starting at California and Grand and going north to 13th and back

The above is just a partial listing of special events in Everett this weekend. Also, don’t forget about the ongoing weekend events in Everett like Aquasox baseball, the Friday Farmers Market at Everett Mall and the Sunday Farmers Market on the Everett waterfront plus the various live concerts around town every Thursday thru Sunday.


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