In 2020, we made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Easter Egg Hunt. This year, with vaccines beginning in earnest and the use of masks in greater favor, we decided to run our 21st annual Easter Egg Hunt at three parks across Northwest Neighborhood instead of one. In many ways, it worked out well because more people could walk to their nearest park. And, we certainly were able to accommodate space in between everyone.
Below are some highlights from the various parks.
THANKS so much to Shelley Whitkop, Holly James and Kari Quaas for playing Easter Bunnies at the various parks. Thanks to everyone else who showed up with good cheer! 🙂
After many months without, we welcomed Lt. Ryan Dalberg to join us for a Everett Police Report. He covered some statistics related to property crimes and theft, which is typical for our part of town. He also answered questions tied to numbers of officers (steady, but many lateral additions in the last 6 months), whether or not social workers are still going out on patrols (yes!), if COVID-19 has affected many officers (yes and no – usually tied to childcare – they can get the vaccine so many have been illness-free). There was kudos for the quick and professional service, too. And, there was an attempt to learn what would happen if people decided to attach locks to the Grand Avenue Park Bridge to settle a marital dispute. You’ll have to watch the video for the full answer (see below), but in short, in could be crime.
There was also a question tied to the insurrection in D.C. and how Everett PD is handling it. The answer from both Lt. Dalberg and Councilmember Paul Roberts was that Everett has been ahead of the training on de-escalation and no tolerance for that kind of behavior. If you have further questions, you could certainly reach out to Lt. Dalberg or Police Chief Dan Templeman.
We then heard from Councilmember Paul Roberts, who was filling in for our official liaison, Councilmember Scott Murphy. He referenced the 6 comprehensive strategies that came out of their council retreat in the first part of February 2021. See image below.
Paul also covered the votes the previous evening at the council meeting regarding the pallet shelter grant and subsequent amendments. You can view the meeting here and view about the project here.
Next, Misha Hann from Whittier PTA gave us an update on who is actually in school. Currently, Kindergarten and First Grade are able to do a hybrid schedule, at the parent’s comfort level, to have them be in school for two days, and then home doing asynchronous work on the other three. There is a plan for Second and Third Graders to go back around March 1 and possible Fourth and Fifth Graders by later in March.
Separately, she covered the fundraiser that Whittier PTA is doing to help all of the Fifth Graders be able to attend camp in the fall. You can buy See’s Candy to help raise money here, or simply connect with Whittier PTA to make a donation. Email them with questions – email@example.com.
We also heard from Tim Knopf regarding the refurbishment plan that he and Holly James have worked up for the Information Board at Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park.
Russ Kasselman, our Treasurer, provided a visual update of our finances, which total $5966 in our three accounts.
We closed with other questions, announcement and met a new neighbor. Great stuff.
We’ll began our regular year with a meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021! Our guests were Bob Leonard and Cory Rettenmier from Everett Parks to speak about the trees on Colby from 10th to 19th, which are scheduled for maintenance and some for removal. Thanks for those who showed up to discuss ideas and learn more about the SYCAMORE trees, of which there are 76 and they were planted in 1972!
There was a robust discussion and perhaps more people happy to see the trees managed or removed due to some known issues. For example, one is Sycamore anthracnose, a fungal disease that can cause leaf drop, twig dieback, cankers and the sudden death of more than 90% of a tree’s new shoot growth.
Parks is looking to replace trees that are removed and will be discussing that at their February 3, 2021 meeting at 4:45pm.
We also heard from Star Nayea who left the notes on your porches if you had holiday lights. She has an inspired idea to support our community with light. Her next steps will be to talk with Laura Zorick from the Snohomish County PUD to acquire LED lights.
Scott Murphy, our neighborhood council liaison, provided a summary of items from the Everett City Council inlcuding the following 8 topics:
Public Facilities District – Angel of the Winds update
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.
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. ♥️
Thank you to our volunteers! We had about 10 come out and help spruce up the park. The wisteria has been trimmed again! The beds have been mulched! The plants around the sign have been pruned! The sign needs painting! 😉
Here are some of those wonderful volunteers in action. Thanks for taking some photos, Tim Knopf!