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Annual Paving Projects to Disrupt Traffic Flow in Everett Next Week

July 22, 2014

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Some major streets in Everett are set for re-paving.

Got this reminder from Marla Carter at Everett Public Works regarding the annual re-paving season coming up in Everett at the end of next week. Your regular commute route may need some adjustment so consider yourself warned…

Street resurfacing is scheduled for several locations in Everett beginning Thursday, July 31, and continuing through September. Crews will grind down and remove old pavement, install new traffic signal detection wires, repaving and restriping of roadways.

Drivers can expect lane closures and traffic delays on the following streets:

· 100th Street SW from Evergreen Way to west of Airport Road

· Evergreen Way from Pecks Drive to 52nd Street SE

· 33rd Street from Broadway to Smith Avenue

· Beverly Lane from 75th Street to Madison and Sunset Lane to 50th Street SW

· Federal Avenue from Charles Avenue to 35th Street

· 35th Street from Federal Avenue to Grand Avenue

· Grand Avenue from 35th Street to 34th Street

· Silver Lake Road from 118th Place SE to south of 112th Street SE

Construction on 100th Street SW, Evergreen Way and 33rd Street will involve both day and night work. No night work is planned for the remaining streets, but schedules could change depending on weather and other factors.

Signs will be posted advising motorists of detours, street closures and parking restrictions. The city’s contractor, CEMEX, is responsible for notifying affected homes and businesses prior to construction.


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Public Invited to Join With Task Force to Solve Street Level Social Issues in Everett

July 21, 2014

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Give a damn

Public involvement will be key. File Photo: myeverettnews.com

People passed out on city streets, people experiencing homelessness sleeping in doorways, camping in parks, aggressive panhandling. These and other issues for those facing life on the streets are a true problem in Everett. On Thursday, the City of Everett task force chosen by Mayor Ray Stephenson will meet for the first time to form a plan to address the issue. Members of the public are asked to attend the meeting and provide their perspective. Here are the details as provided by the City of Everett…

The Everett Community Streets Initiative, a task force looking at street-level social issues in the city’s commercial cores, will meet for the first time next Thursday, July 24, from 3-6 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station.

 

“Our goal is to foster a vibrant and healthy community by better understanding social issues on our streets,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “I’ve asked residents, business owners and service providers to join us in learning more about the challenges we face and identifying actions we can take as a community to address those issues.”

 

The task force will be co-chaired by Sylvia Anderson, chief executive officer at the Everett Gospel Mission, and Chris Adams, an Everett attorney and chair of the City’s planning commission.

 

The group will meet every other Thursday through Nov. 13. The meetings will be open to the public, and community members are invited to attend to learn alongside the task force members. The City has hired facilitator Karen Reed to help guide the process.

 

“We’ll look at a variety of factors that contribute to street issues in Everett, including homelessness, mental health, addiction, public safety, public spaces and commercial streetscapes,” said David Hall, deputy city attorney. “We’re inviting service providers and experts from other communities to share their experiences and successes with us.”

 

Hall will represent the city on the task force, along with Police Chief Dan Templeman and Lanie McMullin, executive director for economic development. Other city staff will serve as resources throughout the process.

 

For more information on the task force or to share feedback, click here.


 

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Free Cat Microchipping in Everett, WA Sunday

July 20, 2014

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Free Microchipping

A microchip may be the fastest way to get your cat back if it wanders away.

Sunday July 20th (today) from 10:00am – 4:00pm you can bring your cat to the Everett Animal Shelter for free microchipping. This is an event for cats only so no dogs please. The address of the Everett Animal Shelter is 333 Smith Island Road Everett, WA

If you can’t make it today, the folks at the Everett Animal Shelter say there will be other opportunities for you to have your dog or cat microchipped free of charge during the month of August.


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As Dry Spell Continues, City of Everett Holding Rain Barrel Sale This Saturday

July 15, 2014

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Everett WA rain barrel map

Rain Barrel photo courtesy City of Everett Twitter Feed.

If you’d been using rain barrels in May you may still have water left for your plants without needing to turn on your hose. If you’re looking for a rain barrel, here’s your chance. The City of Everett is holding a sale on plain rain barrels this Saturday. It’s part of a program that included a call for artists to paint decorative rain barrels that have been on display in Everett. While that part of the program is over, here’s how you can participate…

Mark your calendars! The City of Everett will offer rain barrels for sale to Everett residents at a one-day event on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Everett Public Works, 3200 Cedar Street.

Residents can visit the public works facility to purchase rain barrels, at cost, to help manage stormwater on their property. The premade 55-gallon barrels come with a spigot, overflow and double screen to keep out bugs and debris. The barrels cost $55 each and can be purchased with cash or check. Residents can purchase as many barrels as they like, but the sale is limited to stock on hand.

“Rain barrels are an integral part of green stormwater principles that homeowners can use to manage water on their property,” said Apryl Hynes, surface water public information specialist. “The Let it Rain program provides a variety of simple, effective ideas that homeowners can use to control runoff on their properties.”

In addition to the rain barrel one-day sale, residents can assemble their own barrels with the help of public works staff at a “Make it, Take it” workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The workshop fee is $40/barrel. Please RSVP at 425-257-8992. For details, visit www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=2170 .

For more information on stormwater management in Everett, visit www.everettwa.org/LetitRain.


 

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10 Weeks of Pile Driving Set For Everett’s Smith Island

July 8, 2014

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Everett Water Treatment Plant

Given the hot weather, noise and smell when its warm you may want to avoid spending time at Smith Island for the next 10 weeks.

The heavy work is beginning on expansion of the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility just past the Everett Animal Shelter in north Everett. Here are the noisy details from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett.

Work is continuing on the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility on Smith Island in north Everett. Next week, contractor crews will begin driving piles for the construction of three new structures at the treatment plant. Pile-driving work is expected to take about 10 weeks to complete.

Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The contractor will do everything possible to minimize impacts to homes and businesses adjacent to the plant. However, there will be ongoing noise as the pilings are installed and heavy equipment moves around the site.

The first phase of upgrades to the facility adds three news structures to the plant’s mechanical treatment system to provide more capacity for the facility and help keep it compliant with the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program. The cost of these upgrades is $31 million.

To learn more about the Water Pollution Control Facility, visit www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=99.


 

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Everett’s Jetty Island Opens to Public Saturday

June 30, 2014

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Jetty Island

A look at Jetty Island from above.

Jetty Island opens for the season this Saturday. It’s just a quick ferry ride from the 10th Street Marina off West Marine View Drive. Here’s most everything you need to know courtesy of Everett’s Parks Department…

Wriggle your toes in the warm sand, play in the water and explore the nature trails of Everett’s two-mile scenic gem.

Open July 5 – Sept. 1, 2014
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Here’s a link to driving directions and parking.

Jetty Island t-shirts and other merchandise can be purchased at the Jetty kiosk

FERRY RESERVATIONS
• To make a reservation, call 425-257-8304, Monday through Friday,9am-5pm. Reservations are accepted on Saturdays and Sundays,but assistance is limited due to many weekend visitors.
• Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
• Starting June 16 the voice message option will not be available.
• Non-Everett residents must have 8 people in their group to reserve.
• Allow at least 10 minutes to pick up your boarding pass prior to your ferry departure time.
• Allow time to pay Port of Everett parking fees (see Parking).

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES
Ferry service may be canceled due to inclement weather. Early
closures may be necessary on nice days when Jetty Island reaches maximum capacity. Call ahead to check for closures: 425-257-8304.

GROUP TOURS
Jetty naturalists offer private group tours at 10:45am or 3:30pm daily. To book a group tour call 425-257-8304.

PARKING
The Port of Everett parking fee is $3. Parking machines accept credit cards or cash, but do not dispense change. Parking fees are in effect daily July 5-Sep 1.

PLAN AHEAD
Plan for an enjoyable day on the Jetty. Bring your own water, food and beverages. Sunscreen, hats, shoes, towels and extra clothing are advisable. Optional: Sand toys and beach umbrellas.
NOTE: Our all-sand paths are not suitable for strollers and other wheeled equipment. If you would like to visit the Jetty without a ferry reservation, we suggest you consider after 2pm on weekdays, before and after mid-day on weekends and any overcast day.

JETTY ISLAND RULES
• Keep pets, alcohol and glass containers on the mainland.
• Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Build campfires ONLY in designated areas.
• No lifeguards; swim ONLY on the west shore at your own risk.
• No overnight camping
• Take only pictures. Leave only footprints!

Click here for the official Jetty Island Flyer with ferry schedule and complete information.


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Parade, Parties and Pyrotechnics Set For Friday July 4th in Everett, WA

June 29, 2014

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4th of July events in Everett, WA

You can’t possess fireworks in Everett but you can see them over Port Gardner Bay at 10:20pm.

Every year the City of Everett sponsors the July 4th Parade in downtown Everett along with a great lawn party across from Legion Park. This year is no different as those two events anchor a number of 4th of July festivities in Everett. Here’s a rundown from the city’s website…

11 a.m. Colors of Freedom Parade
Bring a lawn chair and grab a front row seat for the best show in town!  Watch world-class marching bands, dance & drill teams, giant puppets, stilt walkers, clowns and more! Free Everett Transit shuttles from Everett Station.

Where:  Colby and Wetmore Avenues, between Wall and 26th streets

1-11 p.m. Colors of Freedom Festival
Enjoy a family picnic on the grassy bluff overlooking Port Gardner Bay. With free kids’ activities, a food fair, live music, and a stunning view of the fireworks over Port Gardner Bay, there’s something for everyone. Catch the free Everett Transit shuttle at the Everett Community College Broadway lot or Everett Station.

Where:  Legion Memorial Park  145 Alverson Blvd.

10:20 p.m. Thunder on the Bay Fireworks

Tune to 1520 AM for a radio simulcast of music to the fireworks.
Port Gardner Bay Viewing Areas:
Legion Park 145 Alverson Blvd.
Grand Avenue Park 1800 Grand Ave.

No parking available at Legion Memorial Park on July 4th- take Everett Transit

Shuttle and parking information
All Everett Transit buses operate free of charge on July 4th! Try catching the bus from your neighborhood to avoid the hassle of parking. Shuttles leave every 15 minutes from 12:30-9:45 p.m. Last shuttle to festival for fireworks viewing leaves Everett Station and N. Broadway EVCC parking lots at 9:45pm. Shuttles will be waiting to return passengers to their parking
lots after the Thunder on the Bay fireworks show.

OTHER FUN EVENTS IN DOWNTOWN EVERETT

8:30 a.m. Yankee Doodle Dash
Everett Family YMCA 2720 Rockefeller Ave
A fun, healthy way to start your July 4th.
Celebration.  1 mile family fun run, 5k and 10k races.

10-4 p.m. (10-11 a.m. members only) Star-Spangled Celebration
Imagine Children’s Museum, 102 Wall Street
Join in family-friendly activities, help create a larger-than-life Declaration of Independence, make your own Fourth of July hat in the Art Studio and take part in the musical stars and stripes wind chimes project. $9.50 general admission

10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fire on Ice
Comcast Community Ice Rink, 2000 Hewitt Ave.
$4 open skate (includes skate rental)

noon-4 p.m. Everett Police Open House
3200 Wetmore Ave.
Receive a “Passport to the Police” and search the department building maze.Complete the passport and receive a prize. Meet detectives, crime scene investigators, robots, K-9
handlers and officers from other police functions.

noon -3 p.m. Fun in the Sun Street Fair
First Baptist Church,  Pacific and Wetmore Avenues.
Family-friendly fair with free  children’s  inflatables, pony rides, live music, antique car show.  Free cotton candy, snow cones and more.

7:05 p.m. Everett AquaSox Baseball
Everett Memorial Stadium, 3900 Broadway Ave
Fun, baseball and post-game fireworks.
AquaSox vs. Tri-City Dust Devils


 

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