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2 Dozen Marching Bands To Take Field At Everett Memorial Stadium This Saturday

October 22, 2014

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The bands will be marching rain or shine in Everett, WA Saturday. Click photo for more info.

High school marching bands from all over the state will be competing in the annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands this Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium. It’s the 27th year for this competition which is the largest competitive marching band festival in the northwest. Since the first competition in 1988 to the present, the purpose of the Festival has been to showcase the musical talents of students in high school programs throughout the Pacific Northwest and to gain community awareness and support for the music programs in our schools. The festival is presented by the Cascade High School Band and Color Guard Boosters.

The preliminary competition runs all day Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm with the finals performances beginning at 6:00pm. The event happens rain or shine. Admission prices are as follows…
$40 Family Pack
2 adult and 2 youth tickets
additional youth tickets are $5 each
$15 Adult all-day
$10 Adult finals only
$9 Senior, Military, College Students w/I.D.
$7 youth 6-18
Free children 5 & under

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United Way Looking For Volunteers in Everett

October 22, 2014


United Way of Snoomish County

Please consider giving time to United Way of Snohomish County.

If you’re got some experience, a little bit of time and a passion for making things better, United Way of Snohomish County would like to talk with you. As the agency marks 75 years in Snohomish County, they are looking for volunteers to serve on a number of committees. Here’s what you need to know from Neil Parekh in their Everett office…

United Way of Snohomish County, a community impact organization that has served Snohomish County for almost 75 years with a special focus on local health and human services, is looking for volunteers to serve on several important internal committees.

United Way relies on volunteers with passion and expertise to set funding priorities, allocate program grants, provide administrative oversight and build its annual legislative agenda.

Volunteers are currently needed to serve on the Board of Directors, Community Matters Vision Council, Endowment and Planned Giving Committee, Families Matter Vision Council, Forward Looking Committee, Kids Matter Vision Council, Marketing and Public Policy Committees.

More information and a Volunteer Inquiry Form are available online at

United Way staff members will review the volunteer inquiries and schedule interviews with eligible applicants.
Individuals interested in serving on a United Way committee are also encouraged to attend an Open House at United Way’s offices at 3120 McDougall Avenue, Suite 200 in Everett on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for almost 75 years. In addition to funding 107 programs through 40 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit our website at

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See What The Port of Everett Plans To Do With Your Money In 2015

October 21, 2014


2015 Port of Everett budget

2015 Port of Everett by the numbers. Click graphic to see the 2015 citizens budget guide .

The Port of Everett is again looking at a 1% increase in property taxes for 2015. That’s the same increase the City of Everett will be taking and is the maximum allowed by State law. To explain the increase and give taxpayers a better understanding of how much the Port of Everett takes in, how it spends its revenues and the impact it has on Everett and surrounding communities, the Port has released a 12 page citizen’s guide to the 2015 budget.

The Port has also changed the way it budgets. It’s moved from an annual operating and capital budget to a one year operating budget with a five-year capital plan. Port officials say that will allow them to bring more private investment into the Port. If you’d like to weigh in on how the Port of Everett plans to spend your money next year the Port will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget on October 28th. The budget is scheduled for approval in early November.

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Judging For New City of Everett Logo is Underway Through October 28th

October 20, 2014

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Everett, WA city logo

Everett says this logo is outdated and is offering $5000.00 for a new design. Click above to review and vote for your favorite.

Last Friday the deadline passed for submissions for the contest to design a new logo for the city of Everett, WA. Now voting begins to choose a new logo. City of Everett spokesperson Meghan Pembroke says they’ve received more than 800 entries…

“We’ve been flooded with designs from all over the country and from as far away as Russia and the United Kingdom,” said Meghan Pembroke, communications director. “We’re overwhelmed at the interest and participation and all of the different ideas that have been submitted.”

The city has created a special website to view and vote on the logo submissions. Voting ends October 28th.

“We encourage you to pour a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and get ready to spend some time looking through the hundreds of designs,” said Pembroke. She estimates that about 85 percent of the logos were submitted by artists from Washington state, including many from Everett.

Community voting will help narrow the field to up to 65 semi-finalists, including up to 15 chosen by members of the Everett Cultural Arts Commission. The City expanded the field of semi-finalists due to the volume of designs received.

A judging panel will select the winning design from among the final group, and that designer will receive a $5,000 award. The winning design will be presented to the City Council for approval in late November.

“We’ve loved seeing the unique perspective each artist brings to our city,” said Pembroke. “We’ve received sketches from budding artists, as well as fully-realized designs. Once the winning design is selected, we’ll work with one of our graphic designers to finalize it and translate it into our family of logos.”

The City’s logo is used in a variety of formats, including uniforms, vehicles, stationery and signs. The City will take a gradual approach to replacing logos to keep costs low. The logo will be changed out for electronic uses right away; for vehicles and signs, it will be changed out as those items come up for replacement.

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Downtown Everett Dance School Introduces Class For Kids With Sensory Processing Issues

October 19, 2014


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The Dance School on Rockefeller has started a pilot program for kids age 8 – 13 who have issues maintaining focus, may be on the autism spectrum or have other sensory issues but want to dance. The program, entitled “Dance, the Senses and Emotion”, will run for four Sundays in the month of November. Heidi Heimarck explains how the program is being developed…

“We had some students who just couldn’t focus enough or were on the autism spectrum and got too stimulated during dance classes, resulting in withdrawal or disruptive behavior. Conversations with parents made it clear that these students want to take dance, and the parents would love to have them take dance, but maybe another approach was needed to keep them engaged and succeeding.

One of our instructors, Sarah Seder, recently started a program like this in South Seattle, and we approached her about whether or not she was willing to begin a similar program here. I then looked for additional expertise to ensure that our program isn’t just thrown together, but is created with adequate support and input.

After a few team meetings, the result is this pilot class — and from there we’ll get a handle on the interest level and other needs that we might discover.”

In addition to instructor Sara Seder, the team behind this pilot program includes Todd Provancha, Julie Kafkalidis and Monica Tabor. If you’d like to find more information, click here or call The Dance School at 425-259-6861.

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Woman Owned Everett Business Wins National Award

October 18, 2014

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Shirley Allen

Shirley Allen, owner Mercy Transportation

Shirley Allen, owner of Mercy Transportation recently received national recognition for her Everett, WA based company. Here’s the press release announcing the award…

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is pleased to announce it has named Shirley Allen as the 2014 Paratransit and Contracting Operator of the Year.

Shirley Allen and her husband of twenty years, Les Allen, started Mercy Transportation in Everett, Washington in 2006. They decided to get involved with the transportation industry seeing it as a rewarding opportunity that would allow them to give back to the community.

“I am humbled and honored,” Shirley said.W “To be given this honor feels like validation for all the hard work I’ve put in learning this industry and building our company.”

Alfred LaGasse, Chief Executive Officer of the TLPA, said Allen was selected for this award because of her progressive attitude and dedication to expanding all facets of her business.

“Shirley is a true innovator in the field of paratransit transportation,” LaGasse said. “Her eagerness to implement technological advancements within her business is a true inspiration for transportation leaders everywhere.”

Allen says utilizing real-time vehicle tracking, integrated GPS dispatch and reporting software has helped distinguish Mercy Transportation as such a successful company. She also attributes the success of Mercy Transportation on its focus of treating clients as if they are family and providing an environment where employees can take pride in their work.

In her spare time, Allen volunteers with the American Cancer Society and a philanthropic organization that provides educational assistance for women.

Allen was presented with the award on October 16th at the TLPA’s annual convention. This year marks the TLPA’s 96th Annual Convention & Trade Show, the world’s largest gathering of for-hire fleet executives.

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You Can Complain About Everett, Or Join A City Board. Here Are 12 Choices…

October 18, 2014



Welcome to Everett. Would you like to volunteer to make the city a better place?

The City of Everett has openings on a dozen different boards and commissions and is looking for volunteers to serve. There looks to be an opening to fit most any interest so if you’d like to take a hands-on approach to making life better in Everett, WA then here’s your opportunity…

The city of Everett is seeking community members to serve on a variety of volunteer boards and commissions.


“Serving on a board is a great way to get to know the city and to be a part of shaping our future,” said Deborah Wright, executive administrator for neighborhoods and community services.


Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and current residents of Everett. Mayor Ray Stephanson will review the applications and make a recommendation to the City Council for approval of the selected board members.


Interested volunteers can download an application from the city’s website: Applications are also available at the Mayor’s office, 2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 10-A, or by calling 425-257-7115. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. October 31, 2014.
Current openings include:


  • Animal Control Advisory Board: This board provides input on all aspects of animal control including in-depth review and modification of ordinances.
  • Board of Park Commissioners: The Board of Park Commissioners advise the City Council, Mayor, Department of Parks and Recreation and other city departments on park and recreation issues.
  • Committee for Housing and Development: The Committee for Housing and Community Development promotes citizen participation for Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Cultural Commission: The Cultural Commission approves funding for nonprofit arts groups, presents free lectures and musical performances, is responsible for the care and maintenance of the public art collection valued at $2.5 million and has developed an outdoor sculpture exhibition that features sculptures in the downtown.
  • Diversity Advisory Board: This board advises the Mayor and City Council on diversity issues and activities within the city. The board meets on the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m.
  • Historical Commission: This board advises city staff and leaders on matters of history and historic preservation. The commission also nominates property to be included on the Everett Register of Historic Places, reviews state and national register nominations, reviews restoration tax benefits, provides design review in historical overlay zones and publishes information about Everett heritage.
  • Human Needs Advisory: This committee meets each year to review applications and award grants to nonprofit agencies that provide services to Everett residents.
  • Library Board: The Library Board oversees operations and sets policy and strategic goals to ensure quality library service.
  • Planning Commission: The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council, Mayor and other city departments on broad planning goals and policies.
  • Transportation Advisory Committee:This committee provides direction to city staff and administration on traffic issues, traffic safety, transit service and transportation planning.
  • Tree Committee: The committee’s primary responsibility is to review and make recommendations to the Parks Commission concerning the implementation of the public tree policy.
  • Senior Center Advisory Board: This board gives input on various projects and assists in fundraising events for the Everett Senior Center. The board is responsible for assessing the center’s changing needs and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.

For more information on boards and commissions, visit

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