Thanks to our lovely guest, Anna Marie Jackson Laurence, the daughter of U.S. Senator Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson and Helen Jackson. She is living back in the neighborhood and told us about her growing up in a political family. It was also a treat to be at Washington Oakes, formerly Washington School, where Anna Marie attended grade school.
The neighborhood has hosted a clean up for the past 9 years now. As always, MaryVee Westlund was our gamekeeper along with Joni Smith. These ladies greeted neighbors, verified that they lived within the NW Neighborhood borders, and collected donations to off set the costs for dump fees. Usually the fees run upwards of $1500. Thank you neighbors for donating!
Our additional excellent volunteers included Jeff Hardy, Rich Whitkop, Fran W., Tim Knopf, Kari Quaas & from EvCC, Connie Tune, Lisa Gorman, Amanda Stum, Tony & Barb Campbell. Molly Beeman, Sustainability Manager / Capital Projects from EvCC, coordinated this event again with the NW Neighborhood. Many thanks to all of these folks. Volunteers are really important for this event & we truly appreciate those that have been a part of this event.
Next time we have a clean up, we could use a few more men to step up from the ‘hood as volunteers.
— Shelley Sutton, Event Lead
On Friday, May 17th, volunteers from the Northwest Neighborhood and Whittier PTA had no idea what to expect. We estimated around 50 students would participate in the first bike to school in partnership with the neighborhood association. It was pouring. We were a bit nervous. And, we didn’t need to be.
Over 100 students showed up with their parents, younger siblings, and adult volunteers including Everett’s Mayor Cassie Franklin. We ate snacks from Cafe Zippy, did art projects, had our bike checked by Eric from Bayside Bikes, picked up water bottle from Kulits Orthodontics, and learned about the upcoming season from the Everett AquaSox. Lots of people were under the beautifully flowering wisteria.
About 8:00 a.m. we heard from Kari Quaas, Northwest’s Chair, Jen Selders, Whittier PTA lead, and Mayor Cassie Franklin. And, then, they were off following safely behind our Everett Police escort to Whittier down Hoyt Ave. and then 10th Street. WHAT A BLAST!
Thank you to everyone who participated, our partners with Whittier PTA especially Jen Selders, Brenda White, and Whittier Principal Tony Wentworth, parents, siblings, Bayside Bikes, Kulits Orthodontics, AquaSox, Cafe Zippy and our wonderful Northwest Neighbors – Joni, Holly, Kristina, Coral, Jackie, Tim and Patrick – for greeting and cross-guarding the participants safely to Drew Nielsen Park.
Really great discussion was had around planning what we want our neighborhood/our city to be. Grateful for all of the comments, points of view and conversation around where we live, its accessibility, affordability, and our future. Thanks to our guests David Stalheim (City of Everett, WA – Govt) and Mike Gaffney (Providence).
What a treat!!
Our February meeting was held at Washington State University Everett and the University Center located on North Broadway. Our host and speaker was Chancellor Paul Pitre. We learned about the programs available at WSU Everett and got to tour the facility. It was a lovely time on campus! Thanks to Paul and Randy for their cooperation in setting up the visit and tour.
Here are the meeting minutes from Kristina:
What an awesome turnout for our lead meeting of the year with our special guest, Mayor Cassie Franklin. Kari recorded her presentation and question and answer session. You can view it below. Also, Kristina took wonderful minutes.
THANKS so much for engaging with her and our neighborhood!
We also remembered our long-time neighbor and volunteer, GeorgaDee MacLeod. You can view her obituary and she her photo here.
GeorgaDee MacLeod(1938 – 2018)
GeorgaDee MacLeod passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2018 at Providence Hospice. Born GeorgaDee Martin on May 30, 1938 in Canonsburg, PA, her family settled in Everett, WA, in the 1940’s. GeorgaDee graduated from Everett High School in 1955 where she was active in sports, clubs, and other activities. She attended the University of Puget Sound where she majored in Theater Arts and graduated in 1959. GeorgaDee returned to Everett after college where she met her husband of 55 years. John MacLeod. They were active in local theater and enjoyed boating and camping. She was a stepmother for several years until they had their two daughters, WendiLee MacLeod and MeganJo MacLeod. GeorgaDee worked at GTE, then Johnson Printing in Everett for 26 years. GeorgaDee was passionate about reading and learning and this flowed over into all aspects of her life. She volunteered in her children and grandchildren’s schools, she volunteered as a literacy teacher at EvCC, she supported the Everett Public Library and Little Libraries. She turned holidays and family events into works of art with her creativity. In contrast, and as importantly, she made quiet moments extra-ordinary, every single day: flashlight walks at night; green noodles on St. Patrick’s Day, storm watching (and splashing!); a note in a lunch box; a favorite meal on just the right night. She never hesitated to wake up the children to show them a shooting star or see a full moon at its finest. She was a nationally recognized Needlework Arts instructor. She was actively involved in the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) and local needlepoint groups as both a member and a nationally recognized instructor. In 1995 she was selected by ANG to represent the State of Washington by designing, stitching, and finishing a needlepoint stocking for the White House Christmas Tree. After retirement, GeorgaDee remained active in the Everett Community. She served on the Council of Neighborhoods in various positions including Chair-person. She was a participant on the City Streets Commission and other committees. When the Providence Regional Medical Center was expanding in Everett’s Northwest Neigh-borhood she served on the design advisory committee. Many people recognized her from her daily walks in North Everett; she loved to change her route to see new sights, and walked rain or shine. After losing her husband of 55 years, GeorgaDee sold their home on Rucker Avenue where she lived for over 45 years and moved to Washington Oakes Retirement Community. She instantly made friends there, and enjoyed her morning walk with “The Boys”. GeorgaDee leaves behind her daughters, WendiLee MacLeod (Ben) and MeganJo MacLeod (Jeff); her three grandchildren, (WendiLee) SamFranklin Smith, KaturahLee Smith, and OnikaRose Smith; her big sister, MaryVee Westlund; niece, AmyBeth Cook; nephew, Dennis Clark (Michelle); stepchildren, Julie Watkins, Debbie MacLeod, and Scott MacLeod. She is preceded in death by her husband, John MacLeod; her parents, George Sample Martin and Gertrude (Judy) Painter Martin; sister, CarolLee Martin; brother, Jay Martin; stepchildren, Michael MacLeod and Roxanne Monlux. Per her request there will be no services. Please make memorial donations in her name to ANG’s memorial fund (https://www.needlepoint.org/donations/)or to Panda International (https://www.pandasinternational.org/).
Congratulations to this year’s winners! And, really, there are honorable mentions all around for each and every house that participated. The neighborhood looks awesome! Bring on the light.
Best Decorated – 1009 Rucker – Joe!
Best Decorated – 203 Skyline Drive
Best Daytime Decorated – 1824 Oakes
Best Daytime Decorated – 1505 Rockefeller
Best Small House – 1404 Hoyt
Honorable Mention – 1312 Colby
Special Category – 1616 Wetmore
THANKS ALL!! Merry Christmas!