November newsletter
Everett skyline

Proposed 2018 budget

  • At the Nov. 1 City Council meeting, Mayor Ray Stephanson delivered his proposed budget address for 2018. As this was Stephanson’s final budget address of his time in office, he was able to highlight some of the significant changes that he was able to accomplish over the past year. Some of these included the groundbreaking of Seattle Children’s Hospital in North Everett, the opening of Funko, Propeller Airports breaking ground for the two-gate terminal at Paine Field and Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett opening its doors late this past summer, to name a few. Read more about what has happened, and what is on the horizon for Everett in the full budget address, or watch the coverage from City Council.

Grand Avenue Park Bridge recap

  • City staff, Everett residents, and representatives from Snohomish County PUD, the Port of Everett and elected officials’ offices broke ground for the Grand Avenue Park Bridge project the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the park. The $19.3M project provides a secure way for utilities to be conveyed off the bluff by way of a pedestrian bridge, a feature that connects the heart of Everett to the waterfront. For more information about the project, visit the project webpage, or see the groundbreaking ceremony on the Everett Channel YouTube page.
Groundbreaking at Grand Avenue Park Bridge
Green Everett Day planting

Green Everett Day was a success!

  • Nearly 800 native trees were planted, and a good time was had by all, at the fourth annual Green Everett Day! The Green Everett Partnership, a collaboration between Everett Parks and Recreation and Forterra, brought together 143 Everett residents, friends, and neighbors, in Forest Park, for three hours on a Saturday, where they were able to plant and enjoy their community forest. See photos on the Green Everett Partnership Facebook page.

Safe Streets update

Safe Streets
Everett Essentials

Inaugural Everett Essentials class wraps up

  • Students in the City’s first-ever civic academy course will graduate next Monday, Nov. 13. For the past nine weeks, the Everett Essentials class has learned about the inner workings of their local government from City staff. They’ve had the chance to tour City facilities, complete real-life exercises and get hands-on experience with personnel from Everett Police and Everett Fire.

    The academy is designed to involve new people in civic life and connect them with their local government. Several students have already applied for boards and commissions positions or have gotten involved with their neighborhood associations or other community groups. Learn more about the course on our website,

Monte Cristo Awards recap

  • Mayor Stephanson, Council President Tuohy, the Council of Neighborhoods and Everett community members honored 55 homes and businesses at the annual Monte Cristo Awards on Thursday, October 12 at the Snohomish County PUD Auditorium. Congratulations to the recipients who work hard year-round to help make our community so beautiful! 200 community members attended the celebration to get to know neighbors, celebrate beautiful properties and enjoy live music and great food. A special thank you to our volunteers and this year's sponsors: The Real Estate Brokers at Coldwell Banker Bank in Everett, Preferred Property Management Northwest and Rainier Title. Nominate a property for the 2018 awards at
Monte Cristo Awards

News faces to the City

  • Help us welcome some new additions to the City’s staff!
    • Abigail (Abby) Cooley began as the new director of the Everett Public Library on Nov. 1. Cooley was selected by the Everett Public Library Board of Trustees, after a nationwide search, to take over the leadership role from Eileen Simmons, who retired after nearly 20 years with the library system. Cooley was previously the library manager at the Baltimore County Public Library’s (BCPL) Reisterstown and Hereford branches. The library director manages day-to-day operations of the library, develops the strategic plan, and interacts with a diverse community of patrons, community service organizations, and more. To learn more about the library, visit
    • Dr. Bethany Zolikoff was hired as the Everett Animal Shelter’s new veterinarian, and began on Oct. 8. Zolikoff has been working as a veterinarian for 18 years, including 14 years either at an animal shelter or doing spays and neuters. Most recently, she was a veterinarian at Northwest Spay and Neuter Center for 7 years, and has spent the past year doing relief and part-time work at multiple organizations, including Seattle Animal Shelter and PAWS, a non-profit in Lynnwood. The shelter veterinarian is responsible for all medical and surgical care of shelter and foster animals, developing and managing animal care protocols, and performing exams. Learn more about the shelter at
    • The Everett Municipal Court recently welcomed Judge Amy Kaestner, who ran unopposed in the 2017 Snohomish County general election. She earned both her bachelor and law degree from the University of Washington, and gained a deep interest in helping people in crisis after taking part in the university’s Criminal Law Clinic. Kaestner worked as a public defender, and it gave her a deeper understanding of how criminal behavior can stem from untreated mental illness, substance abuse, and other factors. She has prior experience working in the District and Municipal Courts of Snohomish County. Kaestner was appointed as interim Municipal Court Judge, following Judge Thomas Wynne’s retirement at the end of October, but will preside full time following the certification of the election on Nov. 28.

Community events

  • Into the Woods is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical where your favorite storybook characters collide and “happily ever after” is just the beginning. You might think you know the stories of Little Red, Cinderella, Jack, and Rapunzel, but when the Baker and his wife learn they have been cursed by a witch, their quest to break the spell may have devastating results. Featuring one of Sondheim’s most beloved scores of music, Into the Woods will take you down a winding path where you’ll want to be careful what you wish for. Grab your tickets and catch this must-see performance through Nov. 19 at the Everett Performing Arts Center.
  • The annual Wintertide Celebration is almost here and families are sure to enjoy this free holiday event at Wetmore Plaza on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4-7 p.m. Don’t miss out on fun for kids and adults of all ages! Enjoy cocoa and apple cider, a photo booth, treats, train rides (weather permitting) and a bonfire. Imagine Children’s Museum will be providing arts and crafts, and the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE will offer short performances of kid friendly plays. Get there early so you don’t miss Santa’s arrival at 5:30 p.m.
  • Save the date! The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum is getting ready to host their Tanks Giving holiday extravaganza on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You won’t want to miss this celebration full of food, fun and activities for the whole family to enjoy this season! Get a photo with Jolly Old St. Nick, and also have fun with crafts and holiday treats. Visit the event page for the schedule, list of activities and ticket information. Admission is free with a charitable donation to Teen Feed.
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