February 16, 2020


Everett Fire Department Remembers Gary Parks

33 years ago today, was a dark day for the Everett Fire Department. For those not on social media here is the post shared on Facebook by the EFD this afternoon

Gary Parks

Gary Parks, photo credit Everett Fire Dept.

Photo credit Everett Fire Dept.

Today, February 16th, marks the 33rd anniversary of the passing of EFD Firefighter Gary Parks, an 18-year veteran at the time of his death, who was killed in the line of duty while battling a fire at Everett Community College in 1987.

We continue to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of Firefighter Parks. Pictured, is the Everett Firefighter Gary Parks memorial, which can be found on the Everett Community College Campus.

The fire, which was set by an arsonist, has yet to be solved. It is our hope, both for our department and for FF Parks’ family, that the case is solved. We will never forget.

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February 16, 2020


“Passive Housing” Townhome Project Could Replace Old Romios Across From Silver Lake

After Romios the building became Lotus Lounge for a time.

Image from pre-application documents submitted to city planners


Image from pre-application documents submitted to City planners

There are still a lot of details to work out but there is an interesting proposal by a developer from Mill Creek to replace the old Romio’s Pizza-Lotus Lounge building on 19th SE across from Silver Lake with a seven‐unit townhouse development using components fabricated in China, shipped to Everett, Washington and reassembled on site.

According to preliminary documents submitted to the city, the development will be comprised of seven side-side townhouse units each with five levels (including rooftop deck of about 600 to 700 square feet each) for a total of 2708‐3240 square feet per unit. The building’s exterior will make heavy use of glass for energy efficiency and aesthetics. The project is unique to Everett and according to briefing materials presented to city planners by Reid Shockey the developer describes it as:

a “passive housing” project which is a housing system that 1) offers considerable life-cycle energy savings and energy cost savings which I assume is consistent with the City’s Climate Action Plan adopted last night by the City Council and 2) meets the goals and objectives of the HART program, with potential construction cost closer to $30/sq. ft. vs. $200/ sq. ft. for more conventional housing. The difference is in the cost of materials and the construction technique, where components are fabricated in China, those are shipped to Everett and reassembled on-site.

Again the project is in the pre-application stage with lots of details to be worked out but one we will be keeping an eye on as it moves through the permitting process.

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February 15, 2020

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Sharing Wheels Offers Bike Repar Classes In Everett

Sharing Wheels

Help yourself and learn how to help others.

Does your bicycle have a flat tire or a squeaky chain? Get your bike ready for spring riding with basic or advanced bike repair classes at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop in Everett. Or attend a session on buying the right bike for you.

Education and empowerment are key parts of the nonprofit’s mission of “keeping people and bikes moving.” All classes require advanced registration. Classes may be canceled if not enough students sign-up.

The next basic bike repair class is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 26, with another in March. Advanced classes are Wednesdays in April. Classes are for adults or teens with parent and instructor permission.

All classes are held at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, 2531 Broadway Avenue in Everett, Washington. Parking and entrance are at the back.

Learn more and signup at

Basic Bike Maintenance – one night class 6-9 p.m.. Wednesday Feb. 26; March 25; May 13

Advanced Bike Maintenance – 4 session class 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays April 8-29; or July 9-30

Bike Buying Tips – free one hour class 7-8 p.m. Wednesday March 11

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February 14, 2020

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Should Hydros Get A Second Day On Everett’s Silver Lake?

Hydros on Silver Lake

A photo from a race in 2013

For more than 60 years Hydros have raced on Silver Lake in Everett, Washington.

Now the City of Everett is being asked to allow the Seattle Outboard Association to expand their annual hydro races on Silver Lake an additional day. If you have an opinion, here’s how you can make it known.

Everett Parks & Community Services is seeking community input about expanding the annual hydroplane races at Silver Lake to a two-day event. Community members can provide input by contacting Scott Pool, recreation coordinator, at or 425-257-7307 or by attending the Board of Parks Commissioners and Tree Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m. at Spruce Hall at Forest Park (802 E Mukilteo Blvd.)

The Seattle Outboard Association will hold its 66th annual regatta on Silver Lake the first weekend in June. The mini hydroplane races have been held annually as a one-day event, attracting more than 1,500 participants and spectators. The Seattle Outboard Association is asking to expand it to a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7.

For some, this popular, family-oriented event has been a tradition for decades. Racers participate in racing classes determined by age and motor size, with racers as young as 10 competing. The Seattle Outboard Association is a nonprofit organization that covers all expenses for the regatta with the help of sponsors.

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February 13, 2020

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Everett Silvertips Extend Contract Of Head Coach Dennis Williams

The Everett Silvertips announced a contract extension for their head coach yesterday. Here are the details. The Everett Silvertips, two-time Western Conference champions and seven-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, have signed head coach Dennis Williams to a two-year contract extension, through the 2022-23 WHL season, Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson announced […]

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February 13, 2020

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Port Of Everett To Keep Cranes Green

We told you at the end of last month about a demonstration by the Port of Everett for lighting on top of the new cranes being placed at the South Terminal. Here is the decision after public input. The Port received nearly 120 comments leading up to, and during the demonstration. More than 86% of […]

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