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Mayor's corner

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over! As I look back at the year, I’m truly grateful for this incredible community. I feel very fortunate to live and work in Everett, and to raise my daughter here. Panda is in the 4th grade this year, and seeing Everett through her eyes gives me an even greater appreciation for everything our community has to offer – and for all of the people who are committed to its future.
Whether you’re a part of our dedicated City team, a partner organization, business leader, or resident, thank you for all that you do to make Everett such an amazing place to live and work. It’s an honor to serve as your Mayor, and I’m looking forward to all that we’ll accomplish together in 2019.
From my family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and a very happy New Year!

-Mayor Franklin

Franklin family
Evergreen branch expansion rendering

Evergreen Branch Library is ready for a new look

The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library, located at 9512 Evergreen Way, will close to the public Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. through late 2019 for a remodel and expansion. Don’t worry, you can still get all your books and library services at the Main Library, located at 2702 Hoyt Ave., during the branch closure. Learn more about the closure and remodel design at

City Council districts approved by voters

Ballots were cast and City Council districts were approved in the election last month, with voters selecting a total of 5 districts and 2 at-large positions. Work has begun and will continue over the coming years to transition to this new model. Learn more about council districts and what happens next at

Aerial view of Everett
Everett Police package theft prevention graphic

Don’t let the Grinch ruin your holidays

Package theft increases during the holidays, but there are some simple ways to protect all your boxes and bows. The Everett Police Department has some great tips to prevent package theft this season. Follow them on Facebook to learn how you can Grinch-proof your doorstep.

New fares and routes coming to Everett Transit

Everett Transit riders will see new fares and routes in 2019, setting the agency on a path for long-term financial sustainability and ridership growth by focusing on service that is more direct, frequent, and fast. The fares will increase in two stages. Adult fares for single trips on fixed-routes will increase to $1.50 on Jan. 1, then to $2 on July 1. Learn more about the 2019 fare and route changes at

Everett Transit route map
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Council corner

Last month we said farewell to Councilmember Ethel McNeal who was appointed to City Council in January 2018 and welcomed Councilmember Liz Vogeli who was elected in November. Thank you, Councilmember McNeal, for your leadership and service this year and welcome Councilmember Vogeli! Tune in to City Council meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. except the 4th Wednesday of each month, which starts at 12:30 p.m.  

Community events

  • Sugarplum fairies will be spotted for a limited time at Olympic Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Everett Performing Arts Center, Dec. 21 – Dec. 23. You won’t want to miss this iconic holiday performance featuring Clara and all your favorite characters, perfect for kids and adults of all ages.
  • Deck the halls with arts and crafts! Get creative at the library during winter break and try out some craft projects, or use the supplies to dream up your own creation. Families with children ages 3+, head down to the Main Library on Dec. 28 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for some free, crafty fun!
  • Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year at the Carl Gibson Senior Center’s New Year's Eve Dance on Dec. 31 from 1 – 3 p.m. Guests ages 50+ will enjoy live music and refreshments as they dance into 2019.
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