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Mayor in front of Clare's Place

Mayor's corner

Fall is officially here and with it, colder and rainier weather. This only intensifies the challenges of those who are homeless or underhoused. Everyone deserves a warm, safe place to call home. Our community has been making meaningful progress toward that vision, providing a range of supportive and transitional housing to our most vulnerable residents. This year I was proud to join Cocoon House and Clare’s Place to celebrate the opening of their new facilities, which are providing housing and supportive services to 105 homeless individuals, teens, veterans and young adults. This month, the new HopeWorks Station will open with 65 more units of supportive housing. I’m grateful to these and similar programs, which are helping people find pathways to stability and health.

Ensuring a safe community for all is one of my top priorities, and we are working hard to address not only homelessness, but also crime and other public safety challenges. The City of Everett continues to take a balanced approach of outreach, connecting people with diversion, treatment and services, and enforcement when people are breaking the law. We continue to work with our County, faith-based and community partners to address street level issues.

Let’s rethink zoning together

Community members are invited to learn about how the City of Everett is rethinking our zoning code. This multi-year effort will ensure that our development regulations support efforts to recruit new businesses and a wide range of housing at all price points. Open houses will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, noon to 1:30 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 24 at Cascade High School, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn more at everettwa.gov/rethink.

Aerial photo of Everett
2016 Monte Cristo award winner

Monte Cristo Awards celebrate 25 years of neighborhood pride

Home and business owners who go the extra mile to keep their properties beautiful will be honored at the 25th annual Monte Cristo Awards. Join in on the fun at the Historic Everett Theatre on Oct. 10. Cheer on your neighbors, get inspired and celebrate all the great things that make Everett special. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. The event is presented by the Everett Council of Neighborhoods and the City’s Office of Neighborhoods. 

The Grand Avenue Park Bridge's journey

In case you missed it, the Grand Avenue Park Bridge made the journey across West Marine View Drive and the railroad tracks on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Contractors moved, lifted and set the 1 million-pound bridge during a 10-day closure of West Marine View Drive. Learn more about the project and get updates at everettwa.gov/GAPB.

Bridge placement from Grand Avenue Park
Dog wearing clock bandana

Animal shelter announces new hours

The Everett Animal Shelter is kicking off the fall season with new hours! Effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, the shelter will be open from 12:30 – 5 p.m. daily, excluding holidays. If you are more of an early bird, don’t worry! The shelter team will continue to be available by phone beginning at 9 a.m. daily, and animal control response will not be affected by the change in hours.

Community events

  • The fall gardening series from Everett Public Works continues! Get answers to all your gardening questions on Oct. 10. On Oct. 12, explore Everett rain gardens, get inspired and learn about the rebate program to build your own. The City’s rain barrel program also continues with the last chance rain barrel sale on Oct. 19.
  • Good times never seemed so good! Grab your blue jeans and treat yourself, family and friends to a night out on Oct. 11 at the Carl Gipson Senior Center! Enjoy dinner or just the show while you sing and dance along to your favorite Neil Diamond hits by Cherry Cherry.
  • Enjoy a mash-up of trick-or-treating at the Forest Park Animal Farm with some fun and friendly goats, then hop over to the Forest Park Swim Center for a float on Oct. 18! The new Goat & Float event includes root beer floats and the pool inflatable at the swim center, and candy at the farm.
  • This Halloween, Everett will be filled with little monsters, princesses, superheroes and witches to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses on Oct. 31. Stop by Wetmore Plaza after you complete the trick-or-treat route for free activities for kids, including a costume contest, flash mob, photo booth and face painting!
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