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Everett-Based ChildStrive Receives Major Grant

August 22, 2014


Great news from ChildStrive (formerly The Little Red School House) on Casino Road…


Click to learn more about this great program.

ChildStrive has been awarded a Leadership Development and Planning grant from the Satterberg Foundation of Seattle. The 3-year $75,000 grant allows ChildStrive to increase its capacity by providing leadership training at every level within the organization, assist with strategic planning, and effectively measure community impact.

Sarah Walczyk, Program Office for the Satterberg Foundation stated, “It is our goal to assist nonprofit organizations to achieve their goals, to adapt to change, to innovate and to improve their ability to provide programs.”

ChildStrive (formerly Little Red School House) has a fifty-year history of partnering with families to support young children’s success in daily life and in the community. ChildStrive is a nonprofit organization that serves over 2,000 children each year in Snohomish and North King Counties.

ChildStrive provides Early Intervention programs to children with a disability or developmental delays; the Nurse-Family Partnership provides support to young first-time moms through pregnancy and beyond to ensure a healthy baby and self-sufficiency; and the Parents as Teachers program offered through a partnership with family shelters and transitional housing providers in Snohomish County helps parents support their child’s healthy development.

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The Top 5 Factors Impacting Crime in Everett

August 21, 2014

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Chief Templeman

This was Templeman’s first major address to the city council since being appointed chief earlier this year.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman addressed the Everett City Council Wednesday night to give an update on crime in Everett and the statistics they are using in a data-driven approach to crime fighting in the city. Templeman told the council the top five factors impacting crime in Everett were:

1. Drug Activity – Heroin use is an increasing problem and the number one abused drug police face on a daily basis, Templeman says marijuana is also a concern with more arrests for people under the influence of pot.

2. Mental Health Challenges – The city needs more resources, police top users of triage center.

3. Motor Vehicle Thefts – Thieves that had been in jail are out and active again.

4. Transient Population – a small portion of this population is creating issues but more services are needed.

5. Increase in Gang Activity – mostly in the south Everett area.

Templeman says the Everett Police Department is using a data-driven approach to policing sending a larger police presence in targeted areas where data shows crime is higher. He says initial indicators look good but it is too soon to tell if this will be a more effective way of policing for the city of Everett in the long run.

Citizens who are interested in learning more can contact the police department’s crime prevention office at 425-257-7497. Templeman says his department is going to make a concerted effort to get more information out at the neighborhood level as is relates to criminal activity and the things that people can do to help prevent it.

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Free Car Wash Thursday At Everett Brown Bear on Broadway

August 20, 2014


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Everett is just one of the Brown Bear locations offering free car washes.

It’s time again for the annual free car wash at Brown Bear in Everett at 3523 Broadway in north Everett. Here are all the details from the good folks at Brown Bear…

Brown Bear Car Wash will add sparkle and shine to thousands of cars and trucks this Thursday (August 21) with free car washes at its 21 tunnel wash locations as it celebrates its 57th anniversary. Hours for the special one-day event are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (hours vary by tunnel wash location).
For the past eight years Seattle-based Brown Bear has provided over 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event alone generated 27,223 complementary washes.
For locations and hours of Brown Bear’s automated tunnel wash sites in the Puget Sound area visit
“We blend hard work, pride and a lot of fun into an event that benefits our customers and the environment. It’s a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us over the past 57 years,” said Brown Bear founder Vic Odermat.
Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.
The family-owned company, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates a total of 41 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores. It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.

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Everett And Ecology To Revise Arsenic Clean Up At Legion Park

August 19, 2014



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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Everett Jail Now Taking Plastic For Bail

August 18, 2014


Everett Jail

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

August 17, 2014

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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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Alzheimer’s Town Hall Meeting Planned For Everett Next Week

August 16, 2014


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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

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

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