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Mayor Franklin on Engine 1

Mayor's corner

Happy November, Everett! Snohomish County is predicting record-breaking voter turnout in the midterm elections this week – thank you to all of you who took the time to cast your ballot! It was amazing to see such significant engagement in our region.
 
We are very grateful to our community members for supporting Proposition 3, the EMS levy lid lift, which will restore funding levels for emergency medical services here in Everett. Thank you! Voters also approved changing the way City Council members are elected in Everett, moving to a district model rather than all councilmembers serving in city-wide positions. The charter amendment outlines a process for that transition, and we’ll be sharing more information as we begin those steps in early 2019.
 
November also marks the start of the holiday season in Everett! This weekend our Public Works crews will put up the tree and lights above the Colby/Hewitt intersection, and I’ve already spotted wreaths on light posts near City Hall – it’s so fun to watch the downtown transform.
 
This is a great time of year to explore our beautiful city! We’ve got a full list of upcoming events below, but one of my favorites is Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 – I love finding one-of-a-kind gifts and knowing I’m supporting our incredible local businesses. If you come, be sure to stop by the Everett Makers Market at the Black Lab Gallery on Hewitt for unique, hand-crafted finds.
 
I hope to see you and your families out enjoying Everett this holiday season!

-Mayor Franklin

Help make a positive impact in the community

We are looking for volunteers who want to make a positive impact on their community by serving on a board or commission. Community members are encouraged to apply for open positions on multiple boards, with service beginning Jan. 1, 2019. City boards and commissions are a great way to get involved in local government and use your expertise and ideas to better our community. There are openings on several boards for 2019 - apply online by Nov. 16.

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Police with youth soccer

Police connect with youth to prevent violence

As part of Mayor Franklin’s directive addressing youth, gun and gang violence, Everett Police recently announced two new youth outreach programs: Pathways for Adolescent Youth (PAY) and the Positive Intervention Outreach Team for Youth (PIVOT). These programs help identify at-risk individuals and quickly connect them to programs, resources and efforts to reduce youth, gun and gang violence as well as foster positive relationships between youth, their families, law enforcement and our community.

If you’d like to be a part of this work, please consider donating to help enhance the services and support we can provide.

Get ready for fall weather with Everett Public Works

Did you know that Everett receives about 37 inches of rain each year? Everett Public Works has a few simple steps you can take to help keep storm drains free and manage storm water runoff this season. While you get your rain boots and umbrella ready for fall weather, get your home ready too!

The rain garden at 52nd Street alongside the Interurban Trail, was designed and constructed by Public Works staff and crew to help address stormwater impacts and reduce combined sewer overflows. This is a great example of green stormwater infrastructure that also beautifies the area! It’s already hard at work collecting runoff from the surrounding area and allowing it to percolate into the ground. 

Rain garden along Interurban Trail
Thanksgiving at the Senior Center

Give thanks with Everett Fire

Seniors in the community are invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner and some entertainment with the Everett Firefighters Association at their annual Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Carl Gibson Senior Center. There are three dining opportunities: noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. This is a great event for Everett firefighters and their families to volunteer, connect and serve their community. Contact the Carl Gipson Senior Center for more information and to reserve your spot!

Community events

Got broken stuff? Don’t toss it, bring it to the Repair Café on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find tools and materials to help you make repairs, along with expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of fields. This event is free and open to all Snohomish County residents. Pre-registration is recommended, so that you'll know what parts to bring.

Dance the night away at the annual USO Veterans Dance at the Carl Gipson Senior Center on Sunday, Nov. 11. Enjoy music from 16-piece swing band ROUTE 66, special Veterans Day ceremonies, food and refreshments. Free to all veterans ages 50+. Get your tickets at the senior center or call 425-257-8780 for more information.

Celebrate seasonal merriment at Wintertide! All are invited to this free family-friendly celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, entertainment, cookies and cocoa by the bonfire, story time and more! A very special jolly old elf will also be stopping by for photos at 5:30 p.m.

The Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar returns for its 42nd year on Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Carl Gipson Senior Center. Fifty vendors will offer a variety of crafts such as jewelry, home decor, accessories and more! Find handcrafted treasures for yourself and all those on your holiday gift list.

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