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April 25, 2015

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An Unusual Everett Mercedes

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4x4 Mercedes 2Saw this car in front of Maynila Auto Services on Evergreen. The shop was closed so we couldn’t get the story on this Mercedes. We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Click photo to enlarge.

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April 25, 2015

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Everett Cable Guy Okay After Truck Flips On Boeing Freeway

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An Everett Firefighter looks at the right front tire of the truck.

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The driver was not injured.

He may have a little trouble making that 2-hour window but a guy driving a cable installation truck was unhurt after a flip on the Boeing Freeway Saturday morning.

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April 24, 2015

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Cocoon House Butterfly Graduation Set For Next Thursday in Everett

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On April 30th the community is invited to recognize 35 teens and young adults who have overcome unimaginable life experiences. These youth have faced homelessness, drug addiction, abuse, and many other obstacles. We will be joined by First Lady Trudi Inslee as well as other elected officials, service providers, partners and community members. This will not be your typical graduation. We want the whole community to come together and show these honorees how much their community supports them on their journey to become positive members of our communities. There will be noisemakers to help our guests cheer for these teens and young adults as they receive medals for staying clean and sober, graduating, getting their GED, maintaining housing, and other positive life accomplishments.

“The challenges these teens and young adults have had to overcome in their short lives are difficult for most of us to imagine,” said Cocoon House CEO, Cassie Franklin. “These individuals have a bright future ahead and it is thanks to their hard work and determination that has led them to be successful.”

We invite the whole community to help us celebrate, hear the stories, and recognize these successes. Admission is $15 with a suggested donation of $150. Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit Cocoon House’s work with at-risk and homeless youth throughout Snohomish County. We hope our community is able to attend and show these young people how much our community supports them.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Edward D. Hansen Conference Center 2000 Hewitt Avenue Everett, WA 98201

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April 24, 2015

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A Good News Friday From Music Programs In Everett High Schools

Here’s some good news for a Friday afternoon regarding music programs at three Everett High Schools…

First from Cascade High School…

Cascade High School choirs

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Photo credit: Cascade Choir in NY Facebook Page

Cascade choir students competed against choirs from across the United States and Canada in New York City as part of the World Strides Heritage Festival March 26-29. They performed in the steeped-in-history Riverside Church, built by Rockefeller, directly across from the grave of Ulysses S. Grant, and graced by Martin Luther King Jr.

During the festival, a panel of three nationally acclaimed adjudicators judged each choir. The students learned under the direction of some of the nation’s best music professionals and experienced the thrill of exploring a new city.

All that AND Cascade choirs won the Choral Sweepstakes Award. Each choir, Del Sonics (Vocal Jazz), Chamber Singers, Voices of Men and Viváce, received a first place Gold Award. In addition, Viváce won the Adjudicator’s Award and the Highest Score Award. Student Kim Aoll won the Soloist Award.

The Cascade High choirs performed so well, they were invited to the Heritage Festival of Gold and to the Festival at Carnegie Hall. Acceptance into the Festival of Gold program is reserved for groups who’ve achieved a Gold rating at a World Strides Heritage Performance standard festival.

The Festival of Gold and the Festival at Carnegie Hall give the most elite choirs, bands, and orchestras the opportunity to perform in some of the nation’s most exclusive venues and learn under the direction of internationally acclaimed adjudicators and conductors. Each year’s line-up of premiere venues is reserved for the most talented high school choral and instrumental groups. Every Festival of Gold group spends extensive one-on-one time with music professionals at the top of their game.

While in New York, students fit in a visit to La Guardia School of Performing Arts. Students extended their academic learning with visits to the 9/11 memorial, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and other sights.

“It was an amazing trip and the students had a great time!” beamed Cascade Choir Director Laurie Cappello. You can find photos and recordings of the performances on Facebook at New York 2015 – CASCADE CHOIRS.

Second, From Everett High School…

Everett High School Jazz Ensemble

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Photo Credit: Everett Public Schools

Everett High Jazz students recently returned from the Swing Central Jazz Band Competition and Workshop in Savannah, GA. Chosen as one of 12 finalists from across the country, EHS joined the other bands for four days of concerts, workshops, and coaching sessions before the big competition.

“Being the only band that had never been to Swing Central before made us feel a little out of place and like underdogs, but our main goal was to learn as much as possible and feel proud of our performance,” said Megan Vinther, director of bands at Everett High School.

“Highlights included playing with Michigan State University jazz trumpet professor and recording artist Etienne Charles at the Jazz on the River Showcase, and working with Alphonso Horne and Wycliffe Gordon in our band clinic along with many other clinicians,” continued Vinther.

“EHS Jazz Band performed well in the competition, with all students feeling very good about their contribution. We got fantastic feedback from all five judges, including a score of 92/100 from Rodney Whitacre on our rendition of Whirly Bird by Neal Hefti. Overall, the band placed 10th – outscoring the other Washington school from Bellevue, Newport High School.

“As a ‘rookie’ band at this competition, we were very pleased with our scores and excited to be a part of such a fantastic educational program. Thank you to the Everett community for supporting us and cheering us on!”

Third, From Jackson High School…

Jackson High School Ensembles

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Photo credit: Everett Public Schools

Henry M. Jackson High School was also selected to go to Carnegie Hall based on past excellence – no audition required.

More locally, the Jackson High School Bands attended the Mount Pilchuck Regional Band Festival in Arlington in late March. Each ensemble from across the region performed a 30-minute concert that was adjudicated by three highly-qualified music educators. Each ensemble was assessed using a rubric based on the national standards for music education. Bands are given three separate scores that are averaged into an overall rating.

Scoring is based on a scale of I – V, with a “I” being defined as “A superior performance in every way.”

Here’s a rundown of how the students performed:

Honors Wind Ensemble = I

Wind Ensemble = I-

Symphonic Band = I-

Concert Band = I-

Of all the participating schools, Jackson was the only school to have four large ensembles (55 to 68 students per band). Most high schools had two to three bands. This is the first time all four participating bands have earned scores in the superior category, demonstrating students’ musical growth over an extended period while also having their instrumental music program more than double in size since 2002.

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April 23, 2015

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3 Hurt In Crash On Everett Mall Way

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Firefighters use the “Jaws of Life” to pry open the driver’s door.

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Firefighters get the patient onto a stretcher.

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A look at the Jeep

Three people were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett following a crash between a Jeep and a Hyundai Thursday morning. The driver of the Hyundai had to be freed from the wreckage of his car by the “Jaws of Life”. At this time no word on the severity of injuries and the cause of the crash is under investigation. Here are a few MyEverettNews.com photos from the scene.

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April 22, 2015

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Worker Injured When Floor Collapses At South Everett Construction Site

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A District 1 Medic Unit transported the worker to the hospital.

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Photo credit: Eric Hicks, Everett Fire Department

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Another view of the accident scene by MyEverettNews.com.

A worker suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in a construction accident in south Everett late this morning. According to Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks, a man was working on the main level of a unit under construction when a portion of the upper floor collapsed upon him. Firefighters from Everett and Medics from District 1 tended to the man and transported him to the hospital. Inspectors from the Everett building department were called out and investigators from the State Department of Labor and Industries were expected to arrive later this afternoon to determine what happened and if construction to the unit can continue. The apartments are just south of the Costco store in the 10700 block of 16th SE.

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April 22, 2015

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WSP Seeking Witnesses To Crash on Rockefeller in Everett Last Week

crash bcRock Crash CLast Thursday a man was transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle and four others were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett following a crash involving a Honda Element and a Snohomish County Sheriff’s patrol car at the intersection of 23rd and Rockefeller in Everett. Today the Washington State Patrol issued a plea for any witnesses to the crash to come forward. Here’s their request.

The Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the four-vehicle, one pedestrian serious injury collision that occurred on Friday, April 17, 2015 at approximately 11:45 a.m.  The collision occurred in the city limits of Everett at the intersection of 23rd Street and Rockefeller Avenue.  An on-duty Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling south on Rockefeller in his marked Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle when he collided with a westbound Honda Element.  The Ford rotated counterclockwise and collided with a pedestrian standing at the back of his parked Ford F250 pickup.  The Ford was also projected forward into a parked Chevrolet Colorado pickup.

The pedestrian was severely injured in the collision and remains at Harborview Medical Center.  The deputy, two passengers in his vehicle and the driver of the Element all sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Providence Medical Center for treatment.

Detectives are seeking witnesses to the collision or any events leading up to it.  If you witnessed anything, or know someone who has information, you are asked to call Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (425) 508-0602 or Detective Ed Collins at (425) 766-4084.

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April 21, 2015

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Everett Kitchen Fire Gives Valuable Reminders

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Smoke is vented out of the windows after the fire.

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Additional Everett Firefighters stand by to enter the house.

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A captain and battalion chief discuss the kitchen fire.

It didn’t take long for Everett Firefighters to knock down a kitchen fire on Hollow Dale Place late this morning. Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks tells MyEverettNews.com that a young man was cooking french fries in hot oil on the stove and left them unattended for a bit too long and flames shot up from the pan. The young man took the pan off the top of the stove and carried the pan outside into the back yard. He was treated for very minor injuries at the scene. As the pan was moved, the fire spread from the stove top to the cabinets and started to extend to the upper area of the kitchen but was stopped by firefighters. Hicks tells MyEverettNews.com kitchen fires are the most common type of fire response for his department. He also offered some tips if you have a fire on your stove.

  • Never use water to try to put out a kitchen fire. You should have a small fire extinguisher handy.
  • If the pan is on fire, put a lid over it. Do not try to take the pan off the stove and carry it out of the house.
  • If you’re actively frying, grilling or broiling, don’t leave the kitchen unattended. It only takes a minute for a flare up.
  • Here’s a great link to more information about preventing kitchen fires.

Here’s a link to the Everett Fire Department page on the city’s website for more information as well.

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April 21, 2015

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Classic Corvair Crashes in Everett

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The car was going southbound when it hit a pole.

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The car continued southbound and crashed into the fence at the old VOA car lot.

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Another look at the car

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With no engine in front, the crash destroyed the front end of the car.

A woman was seriously injured when the Corvair she was driving crashed into a light pole and then into a fence Tuesday morning. The crash was reported around 7:45am in the area of 7th and north Broadway. One southbound lane was blocked while Everett Police investigated. No word yet on the cause of the crash or severity of the driver’s injuries. She was transported by Medic Unit to Providence Regional Medical Center. Here are a few MyEverettNews.com photos from the scene. Click to enlarge.

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April 20, 2015

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Bring Your Old Drugs and Old Electronics To Everett Community College Wednesday

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Click photo to learn more about Earth Week at EvCC

As part of Earth Day, Everett Community College has partnered with Snohomish County and the Snohomish Health District to collect things that you don’t want around your house and may not know how to get rid of on your own…old electronics and expired prescriptions. Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s event from Rebecca Hover at Snohomish County…

Everett and Snohomish County residents with unwanted medications in their homes won’t have to wait long to get rid of them.

Snohomish County has partnered with Everett Community College and the Snohomish Health District to host ‘Take Back’ events as part of the college’s annual Earth Week Event Series.  On Wednesday, April 22 county residents can drop-off unwanted medication – including prescribed controlled substances – at Everett Community College’s Liberty Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for safe disposal.

“As former Snohomish County Sheriff, a trooper with the Washington State Patrol, and a legislator, safe and proper disposal of prescription medication has been a priority for me for a very long time,” Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said. “It’s important for the safety of our children, families, and the environment, and this Earth Day event is a great opportunity for residents to make a difference.”

Earth WeekUnwanted electronics can also be securely and responsibly recycled at no cost at the event. Electronics such as computers, printers, cell phones and other items can be dropped-off at EvCC’s parking lot F for free during this same time period. Visit here to see which electronic items are accepted.

“Improperly discarded chemicals and drugs harm our children and our environment,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District. “This is the responsible way to get them out of our homes and keep them out of our environment.”

Visit www.everettcc.edu/earthweek to learn more about the Earth Day Take Back event and other events or contact Molly Beeman, Everett Community College’s Resource Conservation Manager at mbeeman@everettcc.edu.

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April 20, 2015

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Will Candidate Workshop Spur Interest in Everett Races?

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4 of 7 seats are up for grabs but so far only one 1 position has competition.

Still no change from last month when we reported there’s only one Everett City Council position that is being publicly challenged out of four on the ballot this year. That’s position number 4 where Ron Gipson has served for the past 20 years and is being challenged by Megan Dunn and Cassie Franklin. Current Everett City Council President Scott Bader was facing a challenger but that person tells MyEverettNews.com they have decided not to run due to family reasons. That leaves Judy Tuohy, Brenda Stonecipher and Scott Bader without announced opponents. Here are the requirements if you’d like to run for Everett City Council.

You must…

•Be at least 18 years old and a registered voter of the city of Everett at the time of filing

•Be a resident within the city limits of Everett for at least one year preceding election

•Pay a filing fee of $262.79

The offices are nonpartisan and candidates do not state a political party preference. Council members assume office January 1, 2016

The filing period for this fall’s election is May 11th – 15th and if you’re thinking of becoming a candidate for office in Everett or for any of the other positions on the fall ballot you may find it helpful to attend the annual candidate workshop put on by the election division of the Snohomish County Auditor’s office. Here’s some information from their website:

The event is free to the public and will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Snohomish County Campus. The workshop will provide prospective candidates with key information about running for office, including requirements, timelines and resources.

“With 194 local government offices from 73 jurisdictions featured in this year’s elections, we are anticipating a number of new candidates. We recognize that the administrative and reporting requirements involved with running for office can be intimidating. The candidate workshop is a great opportunity for prospective candidates and campaign staff to learn about the requirements and ask questions,” said Garth Fell, Snohomish County Elections and Recording Manager.

Elections staff will discuss the processes for filing for office and submitting local voters’ pamphlet information. Representatives from the Public Disclosure Commission, local media, and public office holders will be on hand to answer questions.

The 2015 Candidate Workshop will be held:

Tuesday, April 21
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Snohomish County Campus
3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett
Robert J. Drewel Building
1st Floor—Public Meeting Room #1

If you have any interest in running, this is a great event to get your questions answered without having to commit.

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April 19, 2015

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As Broadway in North Everett Changes, EvCC and WSU Reach Out to Neighbors

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An overhead view of the new WSU Building.

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The main entrance on 10th street.

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A view of the Tower street entrance.

Over the next decade the look of North Broadway between the 529 bridge over the Snohomish River and 13th street east of Providence Regional Medical Center is likely to change dramatically. The major driver of this is the expansion of the campus of Everett Community College and the addition of Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett. On Thursday, representatives from both schools spoke at the monthly meeting of the Northwest neighborhood. Bob Drewel, Interim Chancellor and Paul Pitre, Dean of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and Pat Sisneros, Vice President of Everett Community College addressed a crowd of neighbors to start what they said was a long term process of communication. They unveiled the first major WSU building likely to go up in the neighborhood. It will be located across from Everett Community College on the east side of Broadway between Tower and 10th street in what now is the College Plaza shopping center. The property is owned by the college but the building will belong to WSU. With $10 million dollars in pre-construction money the initial designs have been done and now the wait is on for the Washington State Legislature to approve final funding at a level around $61 million dollars. Drewel told the audience that the Governor’s budget proposal, the House proposal and the Senate proposal all have money at different levels for the building and they are waiting for the legislative session to end to see where things stand. “I won’t allow a shovel full of dirt to start until I have the check in hand,” said Drewel. Tentative plans call for a July start and occupancy in 2017 but again that’s a moving target until the funding is finalized. After the building is up and running there will be between 700-800 people using the building.

The building will be state of the art and environmentally friendly with solar panels, natural ventilation and a hydronic heated and cooled flooring system. Degree programs will be offered by Washington State University, Central Washington University, Western Washington University and the University of Washington. The current WSU plan is a two plus two concept where students begin their first two years at Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College and Skagit Valley Community College and then finish the second two-years of their degree at the WSU managed facility. The students are expected to be a bit older than typical college students, be working or with families, with classes offered more in the afternoons and evenings.

Parking, both while the new building is under construction and once its open, is a big concern for both the Northwest and Delta neighborhoods as well as the schools. Drewel said some property acquisition is underway and they are looking for some relief at an area that used to house Index Hall. Mel Taylor, a real estate manager for WSU confirmed to MyEverettNews.com that the trailer park on Broadway north of Tower street (behind and north of the Subway/7-11 store) has been purchased and they are looking at other properties. Getting students quickly across Broadway from one side to the other is also something that will need to be addressed. Continued expansion of Everett Community College and additional buildings for WSU in the next ten years are all being considered. One thing needed will be a master plan for the area that does not exist right now. That’s where Drewel again emphasized communication between the neighbors, the schools and the city and floated the idea of a Community Advisory Board. One more note on parking was a request from Pat Sisneros to have the neighbors and city agree on a single time limit for on street parking in the area around the college so that parking education and enforcement can be simplified and consistent. Drewel wrapped up the meeting encouraging people to ask questions and look ten years forward to a very different looking north Broadway with a greater sense of unified purpose.

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