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October 22, 2014

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2 Dozen Marching Bands To Take Field At Everett Memorial Stadium This Saturday

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The bands will be marching rain or shine in Everett, WA Saturday. Click photo for more info.

High school marching bands from all over the state will be competing in the annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands this Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium. It’s the 27th year for this competition which is the largest competitive marching band festival in the northwest. Since the first competition in 1988 to the present, the purpose of the Festival has been to showcase the musical talents of students in high school programs throughout the Pacific Northwest and to gain community awareness and support for the music programs in our schools. The festival is presented by the Cascade High School Band and Color Guard Boosters.

The preliminary competition runs all day Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm with the finals performances beginning at 6:00pm. The event happens rain or shine. Admission prices are as follows…
$40 Family Pack
2 adult and 2 youth tickets
additional youth tickets are $5 each
$15 Adult all-day
$10 Adult finals only
$9 Senior, Military, College Students w/I.D.
$7 youth 6-18
Free children 5 & under


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October 22, 2014

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United Way Looking For Volunteers in Everett

United Way of Snoomish County

Please consider giving time to United Way of Snohomish County.

If you’re got some experience, a little bit of time and a passion for making things better, United Way of Snohomish County would like to talk with you. As the agency marks 75 years in Snohomish County, they are looking for volunteers to serve on a number of committees. Here’s what you need to know from Neil Parekh in their Everett office…

United Way of Snohomish County, a community impact organization that has served Snohomish County for almost 75 years with a special focus on local health and human services, is looking for volunteers to serve on several important internal committees.

United Way relies on volunteers with passion and expertise to set funding priorities, allocate program grants, provide administrative oversight and build its annual legislative agenda.

Volunteers are currently needed to serve on the Board of Directors, Community Matters Vision Council, Endowment and Planned Giving Committee, Families Matter Vision Council, Forward Looking Committee, Kids Matter Vision Council, Marketing and Public Policy Committees.

More information and a Volunteer Inquiry Form are available online at http://www.uwsc.org/committees.php.

United Way staff members will review the volunteer inquiries and schedule interviews with eligible applicants.
Individuals interested in serving on a United Way committee are also encouraged to attend an Open House at United Way’s offices at 3120 McDougall Avenue, Suite 200 in Everett on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit our website at uwsc.org.


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October 21, 2014

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Everett Silvertips To Turn Xfinity Arena Pink Saturday Night

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Pink the Rink returns Saturday night as the Everett Silvertips take on the Seattle Thunderbirds.

It’s become an annual tradition as the Everett Silvertips team up with community partners to raise funds for the battle against breast cancer. Here’s everything you need to know…

The Everett Silvertips and our partners at Providence Regional Medical Center and the Safeway Foundation are proud to present “Pink the Rink” 2014, our sixth-annual breast cancer fundraiser, on Saturday, October 25 vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds.  After raising over $315,000 in donations toward the local fight against breast cancer over the past five years, our goal is to top $100,000 in new donations during this year’s event.

Pink the Rink is a cooperative effort between the Silvertips, Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, Providence Comprehensive Breast Center and the Safeway Foundation to raise donations that fund free and low-cost breast cancer screenings for local women without insurance or the means to pay.  By aiding with early detection, money raised from Pink the rink will ultimately help save lives in Snohomish County and the surrounding areas.

The game against the Thunderbirds on Saturday, October 25 will feature a variety of ways to contribute to the cause while also celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.  We’re encouraging Silvertips fans to get in the spirit by dressing in pink for the game to show your support for the fight against breast cancer.  The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a light-up pink glow stick courtesy of the Safeway Foundation and Providence Comprehensive Breast Center.

When you Click Here to buy tickets to the game through our special link, at least $5 off every ticket purchased will be donated to the cause.  We’re already accepting online bids for our Pink the Rink jersey auction (Click Here to bid) featuring the pink-highlighted specialty jerseys the ‘Tips are wearing for October home games through Saturday.  Online bidding continues until noon Saturday, while in-person bids will be accepted at all three home games this week.  Bidding ends at the start of the third period of Saturday’s game.

100% of the proceeds from the pink jersey auction, as well as sales of Pink the Rink t-shirts and pucks, go to the Providence General Foundation to support the cause.  Pink the Rink t-shirts are once again available in pink (with glow-in-the-dark paint) or grey for $12 each – only $10 for Silvertips season ticket holders.  Pink pucks autographed by your favorite Silvertips player are available for $20 each, while unsigned pucks are on sale for $10 each.  T-shirts and pucks are available at the team office throughout the week and on the concourse on game nights.

For more information, visit EverettSilvertips.com/PinkTheRink.  You can also make a direct online donation to the cause through our “Paint ‘Em Pink” social media challenge by logging on to providence.org/NWpinkchallenge.


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October 21, 2014

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See What The Port of Everett Plans To Do With Your Money In 2015

2015 Port of Everett budget

2015 Port of Everett by the numbers. Click graphic to see the 2015 citizens budget guide .

The Port of Everett is again looking at a 1% increase in property taxes for 2015. That’s the same increase the City of Everett will be taking and is the maximum allowed by State law. To explain the increase and give taxpayers a better understanding of how much the Port of Everett takes in, how it spends its revenues and the impact it has on Everett and surrounding communities, the Port has released a 12 page citizen’s guide to the 2015 budget.

The Port has also changed the way it budgets. It’s moved from an annual operating and capital budget to a one year operating budget with a five-year capital plan. Port officials say that will allow them to bring more private investment into the Port. If you’d like to weigh in on how the Port of Everett plans to spend your money next year the Port will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget on October 28th. The budget is scheduled for approval in early November.


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October 20, 2014

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Judging For New City of Everett Logo is Underway Through October 28th

Everett, WA city logo

Everett says this logo is outdated and is offering $5000.00 for a new design. Click above to review and vote for your favorite.

Last Friday the deadline passed for submissions for the contest to design a new logo for the city of Everett, WA. Now voting begins to choose a new logo. City of Everett spokesperson Meghan Pembroke says they’ve received more than 800 entries…

“We’ve been flooded with designs from all over the country and from as far away as Russia and the United Kingdom,” said Meghan Pembroke, communications director. “We’re overwhelmed at the interest and participation and all of the different ideas that have been submitted.”

The city has created a special website to view and vote on the logo submissions. Voting ends October 28th.

“We encourage you to pour a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and get ready to spend some time looking through the hundreds of designs,” said Pembroke. She estimates that about 85 percent of the logos were submitted by artists from Washington state, including many from Everett.

Community voting will help narrow the field to up to 65 semi-finalists, including up to 15 chosen by members of the Everett Cultural Arts Commission. The City expanded the field of semi-finalists due to the volume of designs received.

A judging panel will select the winning design from among the final group, and that designer will receive a $5,000 award. The winning design will be presented to the City Council for approval in late November.

“We’ve loved seeing the unique perspective each artist brings to our city,” said Pembroke. “We’ve received sketches from budding artists, as well as fully-realized designs. Once the winning design is selected, we’ll work with one of our graphic designers to finalize it and translate it into our family of logos.”

The City’s logo is used in a variety of formats, including uniforms, vehicles, stationery and signs. The City will take a gradual approach to replacing logos to keep costs low. The logo will be changed out for electronic uses right away; for vehicles and signs, it will be changed out as those items come up for replacement.


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October 19, 2014

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Downtown Everett Dance School Introduces Class For Kids With Sensory Processing Issues

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The Dance School on Rockefeller has started a pilot program for kids age 8 – 13 who have issues maintaining focus, may be on the autism spectrum or have other sensory issues but want to dance. The program, entitled “Dance, the Senses and Emotion”, will run for four Sundays in the month of November. Heidi Heimarck explains how the program is being developed…

“We had some students who just couldn’t focus enough or were on the autism spectrum and got too stimulated during dance classes, resulting in withdrawal or disruptive behavior. Conversations with parents made it clear that these students want to take dance, and the parents would love to have them take dance, but maybe another approach was needed to keep them engaged and succeeding.

One of our instructors, Sarah Seder, recently started a program like this in South Seattle, and we approached her about whether or not she was willing to begin a similar program here. I then looked for additional expertise to ensure that our program isn’t just thrown together, but is created with adequate support and input.

After a few team meetings, the result is this pilot class — and from there we’ll get a handle on the interest level and other needs that we might discover.”

In addition to instructor Sara Seder, the team behind this pilot program includes Todd Provancha, Julie Kafkalidis and Monica Tabor. If you’d like to find more information, click here or call The Dance School at 425-259-6861.


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October 18, 2014

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Woman Owned Everett Business Wins National Award

Shirley Allen

Shirley Allen, owner Mercy Transportation

Shirley Allen, owner of Mercy Transportation recently received national recognition for her Everett, WA based company. Here’s the press release announcing the award…

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is pleased to announce it has named Shirley Allen as the 2014 Paratransit and Contracting Operator of the Year.

Shirley Allen and her husband of twenty years, Les Allen, started Mercy Transportation in Everett, Washington in 2006. They decided to get involved with the transportation industry seeing it as a rewarding opportunity that would allow them to give back to the community.

“I am humbled and honored,” Shirley said.W “To be given this honor feels like validation for all the hard work I’ve put in learning this industry and building our company.”

Alfred LaGasse, Chief Executive Officer of the TLPA, said Allen was selected for this award because of her progressive attitude and dedication to expanding all facets of her business.

“Shirley is a true innovator in the field of paratransit transportation,” LaGasse said. “Her eagerness to implement technological advancements within her business is a true inspiration for transportation leaders everywhere.”

Allen says utilizing real-time vehicle tracking, integrated GPS dispatch and reporting software has helped distinguish Mercy Transportation as such a successful company. She also attributes the success of Mercy Transportation on its focus of treating clients as if they are family and providing an environment where employees can take pride in their work.

In her spare time, Allen volunteers with the American Cancer Society and a philanthropic organization that provides educational assistance for women.

Allen was presented with the award on October 16th at the TLPA’s annual convention. This year marks the TLPA’s 96th Annual Convention & Trade Show, the world’s largest gathering of for-hire fleet executives.


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