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.
- 32 people attended
- The police reported and took questions
- Michael Brick from the City was our guest speaker – traffic, parking, speed bumps, narrow streets were discussed and many issues were noted that he will research and get back to those people.
- JAMAF – Japanese program at EvCC was presented by Miki Aspree of the Nippon Business Institute
- They are still seeking host families for students in July.
- C-Vines at Zippy’s on 15th Rucker talked about what’s going, wine tasting, classes and entertainment. Nice venue within our neighborhood.
Thanks to Robin for the summarized notes!
First off, congratulations and gratitude for our 2019/2020 Neighborhood Leadership Team!
Chair: Kari Quaas
Vice Chair: Holly James
Secretary: Stephanie Prothero
Treasurer: Russ Kasselman
Council of Neighborhood Reps:
Robin Rigdon and John Sweeney
Thanks for stepping up to lead our awesome neighborhood! And huge thanks to Kristina Perry for her three years of service as Secretary! And, also big thanks to Joni and MaryVee, and Jeff for being the welcoming committee. Our Steering Committee rocks!
Second, we had a bevy of speakers this evening. Thanks to Officer Baumgartner of the 11th Beat. Thanks to Council Members Scott Bader (official liaison) and Paul Roberts for greater city and regional updates. Thanks to Lori Cummings and Bob Leonard from Everett Parks and Community Services for the discussion of our neighborhood parks, particularly Drew Nielsen. Thanks to Megan Dunn from Everett Districts Nowfor more information about the commission to decide Everett’s future district boundaries. And, huge thanks to Tim Knopf for his rousing history of our park namesake and early neighborhood leader, Drew Nielsen.
I’ve attached some photos of tonight’s meeting and will separately post videos of Parks and Tim’s Who’s Drew?
Thanks for an awesome two years so far! I look forward to building more community in the year to come. ♥️
View Meeting Minutes here.
Here’s a message from Miki Aspree with Everett Community College. Please consider hosting a student this summer! – Kari
Greetings from Everett Community College, Nippon Business Institute and Japanese Programs! Would your family or friends be interested in hosting Japanese high school students from July 20th – August 3rd? For over 20 years, we have had high schools students from Iwakuni City (sister city of Everett) visit us for the summer exchange program. We will be hosting 15 students and 2 chaperones again this summer and are in need of host families. The host families are responsible for:
- Dropping off/picking up student from the EvCC campus daily (normally 9am & 4:30pm, M-Th)
- Providing a furnished room and three meals/day for the duration of their stay
- Be able to provide a cultural experience (can be something small or big) on their free time
Since these are young students, the city prefer that students stay at homes in pairs so if you could host two students, that would be ideal. However, even if you could host one student or a chaperone, that would be helpful. Here is the stipend amount for hosting students for the 14 nights:
One student: $350 / Two students: $700
Hosting an international student can enrich the student’s and your family’s lives. It is a priceless opportunity to teach/learn about each other’s culture and to create a lifelong friendship! Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-388-9195 or 9380.
Please help spread the word within your community
Thank you for your support and consideration!
Miki & Saeko
Nippon Business Institute (NBI) & Japanese Programs Everett Community College 2000 Tower Street Everett, WA 98201 Phone: 425-388-9195 OR 9380
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: