City of Everett newsletter January

Mayor Cassie Franklin takes office, City Council welcomes new member

Everett’s first elected female mayor officially took office at last week’s City Council meeting. Mayor Cassie Franklin was sworn in, succeeding Mayor Ray Stephanson, Everett’s longest-serving mayor. Learn more about Mayor Franklin on our website:

At their Jan. 3 meeting, the City Council selected Ethel McNeal to fill interim City Council position No. 4, the seat previously held by Mayor Franklin. Nearly 30 people applied to be considered for the vacancy, and the City Council chose McNeal after interviewing the candidates and taking comments from the public. Watch video of last week’s council meeting to see the new mayor and council member get sworn in.

Mayor Franklin is sworn in

Everett mayors through the years

In the spirit of mayoral transitions, we collaborated with the Everett Public Library to take a journey through the years of Everett’s mayors on the City’s Facebook page. To see for yourself and take a stroll down Everett’s memory lane, take a look at our first mayor, our first and only (so far) Washington state governor to hail from the Everett mayor role, our first female mayor, and our longest-serving mayor or learn more about all of our mayors on the Everett Public Library’s website.

Boards and commissions reception

Boards and Commissions reception to wrap 2017

Mayor Ray Stephanson celebrated last year’s boards and commissions members with a reception in December. Take a look at some of the amazing individuals we have serving our community, and get involved yourself. Check out some of the board openings we currently have at and apply today.

Community Sparks

If your New Year’s resolution is to get more involved in your community, we have the program for you. Community Sparks provides small matching grants to Everett residents for engaging, community-building projects. Up to $500 of Community Sparks funding is available to eligible community groups for projects that that will benefit the community and build connections among neighbors. Everett community members completed nine Sparks projects in 2017, including SnoHomo Pride, Lowell Rocks and a historic Riverside walking tour. What do you and your community group want to accomplish in 2018? Funding is limited and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting Jan. 31. Groups and projects must be eligible and funds must be matched with volunteer labor and/or monetary or in-kind donations. Learn more and submit your project proposal at
Lowell Rocks Community Sparks

Make a note for recycling

With new restrictions affecting the export of recyclables from the US to China under the “National Sword” policy, the New Year is a great time to review the curbside collection guidelines for your garbage, recycling, and/or compost service. Current guideline flyers are available here for both Rubatino Refuse Removal and Waste Management customers in multiple languages. Make sure you’re placing items in the correct bin and be sure your recyclables are clean, dry, empty, and unbagged.  Dirty “recyclables” aren’t recyclable and often contaminate other items.  Go green and recycle clean!

Monster garage

Community events

  • Museum of Flight presents the Robot Garage on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Everett Library Activity Room. Students grades 3 through 8 are invited to join this interactive program to learn about basic concepts, robotics history and the latest uses of robots on Earth and in space. Students will have an opportunity to work in teams to design and construct a model extraterrestrial rover. Register your students for this free program by calling 425-257-8030.
  • Folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller returns to the Main Everett Library auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with his peerless repertoire of stories and songs. This master entertainer will have the whole family singing along as you listen to the folktales and beautiful folksongs. Learn more and mark your calendars so you don’t miss this musical treat.
  • Anticipated to be one of most spectacular dance shows at Village Theatre, this exciting Broadway musical has the story and songs from the beloved Disney film. Sing along with the newsboys of New York as they stand up for what’s right and become unlikely heroes in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit. With the run extended by popular demand, you have plenty of time to join in on the fun now through Feb. 4. Find tickets and learn more.
  • A simple spray could save a life! Join Amy Austin, opioid outreach specialist with Snohomish County Human Services, for a public Narcan training at the Everett Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to administer Narcan (Naloxone), a drug that can block the effects of an opioid overdose. This training is free and open to the public.

2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Mayor Cassie Franklin will recognize the recipients of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence at the Everett Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 8. In recognition of Everett’s ever-growing arts scene, the Cultural Arts Commission created the Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor art educators, artists in the community, arts organizations, and emerging artists, all who have made an impact on the Everett arts community. This is also the 25th year of the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence, a lifetime achievement award given to individuals whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and volunteer service.
Main Library

Everett Public Library 2018 Reading Challenge!

The Everett Public Library wants you to expand your horizons and read outside of your typical genres! This reading challenge asks readers to pick a book accordingly from the library’s yearlong list of topics, which changes monthly. Readers are encouraged to take a photo of themselves reading the book and post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (or all three!) with the hashtag #EverettReads. One winner will be selected each month at random. Are you up for the challenge?

Supportive housing groundbreaking

Catholic Housing Services will break ground on the Safe Streets Supportive Housing project later this month. On Jan. 3, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution that will transfer the City-owned property at Berkshire and Evergreen Way to Catholic Housing Services for the 65-unit supportive housing project serving chronically homeless individuals. The project addresses a critical need in our community for affordable housing and support services, and is part of the City’s comprehensive Safe Streets program to address homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. The building will be completed in spring 2019, and will have around-the-clock onsite services for residents, provided by Catholic Community Services.
Supportive Housing
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