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Nominations Now Open For Everett’s Annual Monte Cristo Awards

April 15, 2014


Monte Cristo Awards

Nominations are open until June 1st. Click photo above for a nomination form.

It’s that time of year again as the City of Everett celebrates homeowners and businesses who have gone above and beyond in showcasing their property. Here’s all you need to know to nominate someone for this year’s award…

The city of Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for the 20th annual Monte Cristo Awards, a distinguished honor given to property owners who have shown extensive pride in their property.

“The Monte Cristo Awards recognize neighbors who improve the street appeal of their homes and business owners who keep their businesses looking attractive,” said Wendy McClure, neighborhoods coordinator. Nominations are due by June 1, 2014.

The Monte Cristo Awards began in 1994 with an idea developed by Everett residents Bill Belshaw, Connie Eden and Pam Lux. Marian Krell, then director of the Office of Neighborhoods, welcomed the idea of celebrating revitalized properties and became its champion.

The awards are named for the Monte Cristo Hotel in downtown Everett, which was restored in the 1990s after languishing in disrepair for many years. Community residents felt the hotel was a fitting symbol of the rejuvenation they wanted to recognize in Everett.

Today, awards are given in three categories: rejuvenation and transformation, pride of the neighborhood and neighborhood-friendly business. In addition, the Marian Krell Award recognizes property owners who have excelled in beautifying and maintaining their home or business over an extended period of time. The award honors Krell’s vision and commitment to the awards.

“The Monte Cristo awards are about celebrating people who help Everett look its best,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “Marian saw the benefits of acknowledging and holding up those who strive to make improvements in our community, whether to a humble home or a more grand residence.”

Nominations due June 1

Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from anyone who wants to recognize the street appeal of a property within the city limits of Everett. Honorees are selected for their extensive efforts to make their homes or businesses attractive and to keep them well maintained.

Nomination forms are available online, and can be picked up at Everett Library branches, the clerk’s office in the Wall Street Building, the PUD, at local home improvement, paint and lumber stores, and through neighborhood associations. Forms can also be requested through the Office of Neighborhoods, at 425-257-8717 or

Award recipients receive a Monte Cristo Award plaque for placement on the exterior of their home or business. The Everett Council of Neighborhoods and the city’s Office of Neighborhoods sponsor the awards, which are generously supported by local businesses.

The selection committee is made up of representatives of the Council of Neighborhoods, community volunteers and city staff members.

Special ceremony planned for 20th anniversary

The community is invited to the 20th annual award ceremony, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 9, at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

“This year we’ll recognize not only our 2014 winners, but also prior Monte Cristo recipients, who we hope will join us for the event,” said McClure. “We are working on lot of special touches to help commemorate 20 years of the awards.”

Click here for more information on Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods.

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Everett Host Families Sought For Chinese Students Attending Archbishop Murphy High

April 13, 2014


Cambridge Institute

Are you interested in hosting a student from China while they attend Archbishop Murphy High?

Received a request to pass along information regarding a program where families in Everett host a student from China for the 2014-2015 year at Archbishop Murphy High School. Here are the details as provided by Lynette Andrews at the Cambridge Institute of International Education.

Editors Note: Andrews has offered the following to…
“For all approved applications we receive from your blog post, you would get a $150 referral bonus.” Therefore this should be considered a paid advertisement with appropriate care and diligence on the reader’s part regarding any claims in this notice. – LD

In 2012, Archbishop Murphy High School (AMHS) partnered with gphomestay and the Cambridge Institute of International Education to provide international students the opportunity to attend the school.  In the first year of the program, the school welcomed 6 Chinese students.  The program more than doubled in size for 2013, and there are currently 14 students attending the school.  AMHS hopes to expand the program to 20 students for fall 2014.  Due to the fact that the program is expanding so rapidly, the school is currently looking for new host families who live within a 30 minute radius of the school to join the AMHS host family community.

The current students are doing extremely well and are very appreciative that they were presented with this opportunity to study in Everett.  There will be four seniors graduating from the school this May and each of the students plans to attend college in the United States.  As you can imagine, being so far from home and doing something so important can place a lot of pressure on these students. A good host family can make all the difference to these students.

These students come to the U.S. from a wide variety of cities in China, and each one has different interests and hobbies.  One student who chose “Leo” as his American name is a nationally-ranked Latin dancer in China, “Lenon” is a very talented artist and has already been accepted to the Art Institute of Chicago and California and “David” completed an internship with Operation Smile in China over his summer break.

Dana, the English Language Learner Coordinator at AMHS, is thrilled to have the international students at the school.  “The students really brighten your day,” Dana reflected.  She explained that the students are very hard-working and really take care of each other.  She has also observed that the students are typically more independent than the domestic students attending the school, because these Chinese students are used to attending boarding schools.

While the gphomestay program greatly benefits the students, it also benefits the local community by expanding cultural awareness and diversity.  Bringing diversity and intercultural learning into the Everett area will make a difference for years to come.  As part of a prerequisite for graduation, the students are required to take part in community service.  This past Sunday, the students volunteered with a local organization called Catholic Community Services, where they assisted elderly persons with yard-work and cleaning.

The current host families have developed incredible relationships with their students.  Many of the host families describe their student as a “part of the family.”  They really treat the student as if he or she were their own son or daughter.  Recently, one host family brought their student on a trip so that the student could ride rollercoasters. Another student volunteers at his host mother’s middle school.   The host families really enjoy teaching the students about American culture and showing the student around Everett and Seattle.  The students love to share stories and compare differences between the U.S. and China!  It really is an eye-opening experience for all involved.

The reward of being a host family is offering your culture to someone who truly appreciates it while also learning about a new culture without leaving your own home. Many hosts are surprised at how hosting a student brings their own family closer together. Especially for children, the impact of sharing a space with a person from another culture can be life changing and open their mind to an increasingly globalized world.

To learn more about the program, visit or email


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Citizen Input Still Sought For Henry M. Jackson Park in North Everett

April 12, 2014


Jackson Park drawing

One idea of how Henry M. Jackson Park may look. Image from City of Everett website.

The City of Everett is inviting people to take a look and make comments on the latest plans to update Henry M. Jackson Park in north Everett. For two years planners have been getting input from residents, school kids and anyone else with an interest in the park. On April 22nd community members will have the chance to see the park designs, ask questions and provide feedback on the community park component of the 14 acre site.

According to a press release provided by Meghan Pembroke at the city, the park renovation project will include replacing outdated play equipment, developing new gardening and open spaces and providing more accessible space for recreational activities.

The total estimate for design and construction of the new park elements is $2 million. The project is funded in part with grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and Snohomish County Parks.

The public meeting will happen Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hawthorne Elementary School Library, 1110 Poplar Street.

To learn more about Senator Henry M. Jackson Park, click here. For meeting details, contact Mark Harrison, parks planning and capital development manager, at 425-257-8378 or

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Everett Gets Its First Legal Marijuana License For Production and Processing

April 11, 2014


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Everett’s first officially licensed grower and processor of recreational marijuana.

So far the State of Washington has issued about 10 license approvals for growing and producing marijuana for distribution to wholesale and retail outlets. Last week the State issued its first license to an Everett based firm. VERDAVANTI, LLC was issued a Tier 3 License to grow marijuana for recreational use in an area of 10,000 to 30,000 square feet.

According to State licensing records, the company’s mailing address is a UPS storefront mailbox on Everett Mall Way inside the Everett City limits while the actual growing facility is on 132nd street SE just south of the Everett city limits in unincorporated Snohomish County.

We’ve emailed them questions through the contact page of their website asking about their business operations and if they’re excited about being the 1st marijuana producer and processor in Everett but have not yet received a reply.

As far as buying their product at a retail store in Everett, that will still have to wait. On April 22nd the State of Washington will hold a lottery for the retail licenses. In Everett there are more than 50 applicants applying for 5 slots. The results of the retail lottery will be revealed on May 2nd. Everett’s first retail marijuana stores will likely open sometime in July.

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Car Fire Snarls Afternoon Commute Through Everett, WA

April 10, 2014


Shortly after 3:30 this was the scene of the car fire on northbound I-5 just before the W. Marine View Drive exit…

Everett, WA car fire

No injures reported but a major traffic headache. Photo from WSDOT. Click to enlarge.

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Great Graphic of New Buildings at Everett Boeing Plant via Seattle Times

April 10, 2014

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Seattle Times Boeing Plant graphic

Click to see the Seattle Times graphic of the new buildings at the Everett Boeing Plant

Our news partner, The Seattle Times, has a great graphic by Mark Nowlin showing the new buildings soon to be going up at the Everett Boeing plant in south Everett. There are also two informative articles by Dominic Gates. One talking about the use of robots in building the 777x as well as the way Boeing plans to deal with parking issues that will result due to the construction.

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