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August 24, 2016

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79% Of Supporter Goal With 8 Days To Go

Editor’s Update Thursday August 25th 9:25 AM: 7 more supporters yesterday brings us to 86 for the month. We’re getting there…Please help us exceed our goal and donate right now. Just click here.

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If you like what we do please give a $10 donation each year so we can keep doing it!

The goal has been to get 100 new MyEverettNews.com supporters by the end of this month. Yesterday 3 more readers pledged at least 3 cents a day for a year ($10.00).

Thank you.

I know that these fund raising pitches can get annoying but if not for our reader’s support, MyEverettNews.com would not exist.

Advertising only covers a portion of our monthly expenses so the rest is made up by me and readers who appreciate getting our style of breaking news.

Yesterday we had 3616 unique visitors but only 3 supporters. The more people who support us the less we’ll have to hold these special drives. Many of the people who have supported us this month have already donated this year. So if you have read us let’s say more than 5 times this year, but have never donated. Guess what, it’s your turn. Click here right now and do it. Thank you – Leland Dart.


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August 25, 2016

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A Beautiful Everett Sunset

Thanks to MyEverettNews.com supporter Laura Reed for sharing this beautiful photo of tonight’s Everett sunset from Grand Avenue park. Click on photo for full size image.

Everett sunset

Photo: Laura Reed


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August 25, 2016

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Everett Daycare Hit By Norovirus-like Illness

Just got this word in from the Snohomish Health District…

Norovirus-like

Both kids and staff were affected.

The Snohomish Health District was notified on Wednesday regarding multiple children and staff sickened with a norovirus-like illness. The Starbright Early Learning Center in Everett has had numerous children and staff out with vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms closely match that of norovirus. The Snohomish Health District is working closely with the Department of Early Learning and Starbright to ensure that ill children stay home.

The Starbright Early Learning Center was proactive in contacting the Health District to report the illnesses. This has enabled the Health District to work with staff to ensure that they were doing everything needed to keep the kids and staff healthy. The Starbright facility had been doing an excellent job of cleaning the toys and facility; however, vomiting and diarrheal illnesses, like norovirus, are extremely easy to pass from person to person. The amount of virus that can fit on the head of a pin is all you need to make you sick.

RESOURCE: Norovirus Disease Fact Sheet

The most common symptoms of norovirus and other gastro-intestinal illnesses are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pains. Most people will develop symptoms 12-48 hours after being exposed and most people get better within 1 to 3 days.  Although uncommon, severe illness can lead to dehydration requiring medical attention.

To prevent the further spread of this illness children or staff who are experiencing symptoms must stay home until they have been symptom free for 48 hours. Starbright is voluntarily closing the facility on Friday, August 26, so that staff can disinfect all surfaces, equipment, and toys.

“Even relatively benign diseases like norovirus can be extremely disruptive to families, schools, and workplaces,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District.  “Starbright is doing everything right to protect the children and staff.  I know that when the facility re-opens next week, it will be a healthy place for everyone.”

The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. To read more about the District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org. 


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August 25, 2016

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Everett Responds as Neighborhoods Question Low Barrier Housing

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Signs show there is still lots of opposition to the idea of low barrier housing in Everett.

Attended the View Ridge-Madison neighborhood meeting last night.

The speaker was Hil Kaman, Everett’s newly appointed director of Public Health and Safety.

Kaman talked about the city’s Safe Streets Plan and addressed questions regarding the first low barrier housing complex currently proposed to be built near Pecks and Evergreen Way in central Everett between the View Ridge-Madison and Pinehurst Beverly-Park neighborhoods.

Kaman began his remarks outlining the three prongs that Everett is taking in addressing homelessness in the city.

1). Outreach and Enforcement: This is where the city’s new Community Outreach and Enforcement Team is making an impact. A police sergeant, four officers, two social workers and a prosecutor make up a special unit designated to contact people experiencing homelessness in Everett and offer services, support and also arrest and prosecution for those they contact depending on their situation.

2). Diversion: The city has established a work crew program that offers a chance for people arrested for crimes like trespassing, minor drug use and other misdemeanors to work on a city crew cleaning litter off the streets for 2 – 4 days in exchange for having their charges dropped. They also receive counseling, services and other help. The city is using a risk assessment to determine who may successfully complete the program.

3). Housing First: Currently the city is working with the YWCA to place 20 people in scattered sites around Everett in places like apartments, rooming houses and motels. The program provides housing vouchers and support services for the participants. This is also the basis for the 70 unit project being studied for Pecks and Evergreen Way. That first low barrier building is still more than two years away from occupancy.

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The favored site is on Berkshire behind the Peking Duck and Jiffy Lube east of Evergreen Way.

Catholic Housing Services won the contract to proved Everett’s first low barrier housing and is currently doing its due diligence to determine if the location at Pecks and Evergreen will work. Everything from soil samples to security of the area is being studied. While not a done deal it appears the project is moving forward at that site.

“It’s low barrier housing, not no barrier housing,” said Kaman. “There are rules, people can be kicked out for violating them.”

The apartments are permanent housing. People sign a lease and pay a third of their income to live there. If people have no income they pay nothing. Will people be allowed to drink? Yes, just like you or I can drink in our apartment there is no prohibition on possession legal alcohol or drugs. There are however case managers who contact the residents daily. Try to steer them into treatment and help with living and employment skills. It won’t be a drop in center and the facility is secured and manned 24 hours to keep out people who don’t belong there.

Neighbors at the meeting expressed concerns about who would be living and how residents are selected. The residents will come from all over Snohomish County. While Everett has the largest concentration of people experiencing homelessness in the area the facility will not be exclusive to those living in Everett. According to Kaman, Snohomish County will determine who gets in through a process known as coordinated entry. Here is the current schedule showing when the first residents are likely to occupy the building…

Timeline*

  • Design: May – September 2016
  • Community meetings/bus tours: Fall 2016
  • Financing: May 2016 – September 2017
  • Permitting: February – September 2017
  • Construction start: September 2017
  • Construction completion: October 2018
  • Leasing begins: October 2018 – January 2019

*Please note that this is a projected schedule and is subject to change as the project progresses.

You can see more about this specific proposal here.

Kaman says the city is adding one more prong to the Safe Streets Plan…Better Communication. “I’ve been out in the neighborhoods talking with people about the site,” said Kaman. “I’m hearing consistently there is a lot of crime in this neighborhood right now.” He says the city will be setting up a site specific website where people can get information about a specific location. There will also be a series of meetings this fall as well as bus tours where people from the neighborhoods can tour like facilities in other cities. “We can’t not build it, we have to move forward,” Kaman added. He encouraged people to sign up for the Safe Streets updates. To do that, click here, give them your email address and scroll down and select Safe Streets Supportive Housing Updates.

Once Catholic Housing Services finishes their due diligence they will also be holding community meetings and updates to let people know more in detail the layout of the facility and more site specific information.


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August 25, 2016

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Everett Police Search For Robber of Union Bank

Editor’s Update 1:40 PM: Everett Police described the suspect as a white male in his twenties wearing dark clothes, blonde short curly hair, about 5’10” and thin. About 9:30 this morning Everett Police were called to a robbery of the Union Bank in the 6600 block of Evergreen Way. According to Everett Police public information […]

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August 24, 2016

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Everett’s Revolving Restaurant Scene

Yesterday we told you about Ynot Sports Pub reclaiming their identity after undergoing a TV makeover turned it into a place call “Forbidden”. After a little exploring here are a few more changes to Everett’s restaurant scene. Z’s Burgers is out in downtown Everett and is being replaced by Kai Sushi Craving Cajun Grill on […]

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