November 30, 2021

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Day Two For Cash Donations At EPD Records For Shop With A Cop 2021

Today is day 2 of our week-long effort to assist the Everett Police Officers Association in collecting funds to fill the wish lists of local kids this Holiday Season.

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From 2019, Officers wait for the first group of kids to arrive.

It is the 7th year for “Shop with a Cop” for Everett Police and things are still a bit different. Instead of going through a department store with an officer and selecting gifts for themselves and their family members kids referred by the Everett Gospel Mission and other social service agencies are creating lists that the EPOA will work to fill.

That’s a main reason this year the request is for cash donations which allows shoppers to target multiple retailers and methods to get the right gifts requested by the child. Later in December the cops and kids will get together to enjoy a visit with Santa and the kids will receive their gifts to bring back to their families.

You can drop your donation off at the Everett Police Records Department at 3002 Wetmore Avenue in downtown Everett every day this week between 9am and 4pm. If you’d like to donate by check and be able to claim a charitable tax deduction you can make the check payable to the Everett Gospel Mission and be sure to put “Shop with a Cop” in the memo line. Checks also need to be dropped off with EPD Records. is matching the first $500.00 of cash donations this week and if you can’t make it to the EPD records room, give me a call at (425) 280-7620 or send me an email at and I’ll come pick up your donation and take it there for you. Thanks for your help and support of this very worthwhile effort.

Leland Dart – Publisher

November 30, 2021

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Santa Visiting Everett Neighborhoods By Firetruck – Wednesdays In December

Santa and the crew will be spreading cheer all across Everett!

A big hit last year returns again this Holiday season in Everett, Washington as Santa gets aboard an Everett Fire truck to cruise around the city collecting donations for Volunteers of America Western Washington. Here’s more from Everett Fire.

Santa’s Neighborhood Cruise – Food and Toy Drive – is back! Starting this Wednesday, December 1, in North Everett at 5 p.m., Firefighters will be escorting Santa through town to visit all the good boys and girls while collecting donations of food, toys for @Volunteers of America Western Washington. We will also accept cash and check donations – please make checks out to Volunteers of America.

Maps can be found at

Click to see the individual route maps.

On the day of each visit, we will post a GPS tracking link, so you can see Santa’s travels. This year, we have a few modifications. On the maps, you will see numbered stops, these are areas where Santa will stop for a visit while his elves collect donations.Otherwise, we will do a slow roll along the marked streets to also collect donations, but Santa will not be stopping. For the best view, Santa will be in the front passenger seat of the fire engine. Major streets such as Broadway, 41st St, 19th Ave SE, Evergreen Way, and Everett Mall Way, are travel streets to the next point.

Santa’s Cruise Dates are Wednesdays starting at 5pm:
North Everett – December 1
Central Everett – December 8
South Everett – December 15

November 29, 2021

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Teddy Bear Toss Saturday Night At Silvertips Hockey In Downtown Everett

Teddy Bear toss

Teddy Bears of all sizes head for the ice upon the first “Tips goal.

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Players help collect the teddy bears during the 2015 Teddy Bear Toss.


It took several truckloads to get all the stuffed animals gathered up from the ice in 2018.

It’s always amazing to see thousands of teddy bears tossed onto the ice in the midst of a hockey game. Your chance to be part of that is coming up this Saturday night with the Everett Silvertips at Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett.

Here’s how it works. Fans are encouraged to bring new teddy bears to the game Saturday night in downtown Everett, Washington as the Silvertips take on the Vancouver Giants.

Fans also have an opportunity to purchase a bear to toss during the event. The trigger for the teddy bear toss is the first goal scored by the home-team Everett Silvertips.

When the ‘Tips score their first goal, the bears go onto the ice. Now for some reason if the ‘Tips haven’t scored a goal by the end of two full 20-minute periods of play then the Teddy Bear Toss will take place during that intermission. (That’s only happened once that we recall).

The only thing better than the sight of all those bears hitting the ice is knowing the event raises thousands of dollars for Seattle Children’s and the Teddy Bears will also help out Christmas House and be used by law enforcement and firefighters in comforting children during traumatic situations.

Click here for more information and to purchase specially priced tickets.

November 28, 2021

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Help With Cash Donations For EPD Shop-With-A-Cop

A message from Leland Dart, Publisher of


Another of the younger shoppers with an Everett Police Lieutenant in 2018


Thumbs up for Shop with a Cop in 2019


Officers from Everett, Monroe, Mill Creek and Washington State Patrol participated in 2018

It takes days to sort and organize all of the gifts.

In 2020 gifts were provided for 277 kids.

Officers spent breaks and lunch times wrapping gifts last year.

For the 7th year, members of the Everett Police Officer’s Association, their families and supporters will provide toys and gifts to kids in need this Christmas through their annual Shop with a Cop/Holiday Heroes event.
It’s one of the favorite things to photograph for me each year and I’ve enjoyed documenting the joy in the faces of the kids and the cops as they interact.
In the past Police Officers escorted kids through a department store where they would select gifts not just for themselves but also members of their family. Last year due to the Pandemic that was not possible and Everett Police Officers wrapped and delivered the gifts to the homes of the kids without the interaction.
While things have improved pandemic-wise, this year a major retail sponsor has decided not to participate.
That won’t stop the event from happening however children will not shop with police officers at a physical store this year. Instead, children will make a Christmas wish list and later this season, officers will meet with the children to give them their gifts, get Santa photos and enjoy treats with hot cocoa.
“Last year, we were able to sponsor 277 children through our event. We knew many families in our community were struggling, and officers, families, friends and local businesses stepped up to donate. In the midst of the pandemic, it was a wonderful and unexpected surprise to help so many,” said event organizer Det. Jamie French. “Each year, Shop with a Cop grows and gives us an opportunity to help even more deserving children in Snohomish County.”
Participating children range from one-month to 17 years-old and are referred by area social service providers. Because officers are shopping with lists, cash donations are needed so the specific items children request can be obtained.
I’d like to ask any readers, advertisers, supporters or hey even our detractors, to join in making a cash donation to support the Everett Police Shop with a Cop event. We’ll put our money where our mouth is and match the first $500.00 in cash donations dropped off at the Everett Police Records Department from Monday November 29th – Friday December 3rd.
Their location is 3002 Wetmore Avenue in downtown Everett and they will be able to receive cash donations between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If instead of cash you would prefer to write a check for a tax-deductible donation you can do so. Make the check payable to the Everett Gospel Mission and put “Shop with a Cop” in the memo section.
Sorry but the only donations able to be accepted are monetary and there is no on-line component to donate. That said if you want to participate and can’t get to the records office in downtown Everett to drop your donation this week you can contact me by email at or contact me by phone at 425-280-7620 and I will arrange to pick up your donation personally or facilitate its delivery by the deadline.

Hope you enjoyed a few photos of the event in past years and some final words from Detective Jamie French who is again leading the event this year.

“With everything happening, this event is more important than ever. Connecting with children and their families is important, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. We are honored to be able to make this special day happen.”

Thank you for your help with this very worthwhile and needed endeavor. Thanks for making Christmas better for a lot of kids in Everett, Washington this year. Leland Dart, Publisher

November 27, 2021

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Everett Police Investigate After Shooting In Downtown Everett

Editor’s update Sunday 1:50 PM: Everett Police have confirmed this is a homicide investigation with the victim a male, deceased at the hospital. Major crimes detectives investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call EPD Tip Line (425) 257-8450.
Initial Report 9:15 PM:

Officers work to secure the area around the old YMCA.

An officer photographs possible evidence.

Detectives with the Everett Police Major Crimes Unit are arriving on scene at the corner of Rockefeller and California streets after a person was reportedly shot around 8:15 PM.

The victim was transported by medic unit to Providence Regional Medical Center. No word at this time on their condition.

A K-9 unit was used to try and track a suspect who was reported to have been seen running from the scene. As of this writing that track was unsuccessful.

Complicating the scene for responding police officers, the hockey game was letting out at just after the time the shooting was reported. Some fans were unable to retrieve their vehicles right away as officers processed the scene. Officers were working quickly to get people back to their cars.

This is a developing story and we will update as information becomes available. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Everett Police Tip Line at (425) 257-8450.

November 27, 2021

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Santa Lights Up Downtown Everett

Tents kept shoppers and makers dry and warm.

Santa and his sack of goodies arrive in downtown Everett.

Santa gets ready to flip the light switch that looks a lot like him…

The tree and lights at Hewitt and Colby.

There were lots of selfies with Everett Firefighters.

Kids got to check out the Technical Rescue Truck.

Santa and his helpers with Everett Fire will be teaming up for trips across Everett.

Riding in the Everett Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Truck Santa arrived in downtown Everett to join folks celebrating the start of the Holiday shopping season.

The day began with a free concert at the Everett Civic Auditorium and then a Maker’s Market opened under the tents at California and Wetmore.

There were also food trucks near the market and cocoa and cookies up on Colby as the time neared for Santa to light the lights at the intersection of Hewitt and Colby and the snowflakes along the streets.

At 5 PM sharp Santa pressed a switch of his likeness and downtown Everett lit up for the Holiday season. If you’re interested the Makers Market will be operating on Sunday as well.

Santa will also be partnering with the Everett Fire Department for cruises around neighborhoods across Everett, Washington on Wednesday evenings in December. Click here for a link to the schedule.

Some photos of the Saturday evening fun. Click photo to enlarge.