May 2022 Meeting Notes, Video

Special Guest: Brad Chenoweth, Everett Parks Department – Topic: Native Plant Garden

We were back at Everett Community College, Whitehorse Hall, Room 105 at 6:30pm for our second in person meeting with coffee and cookies. For those who wanted to watch virtually, we had the Zoom Meeting up, and livestreamed it to our Facebook page.

Brad reviewed the planting plan, species, and timing for the plan. As a group, we voted to move forward with this plan in two phases, and that the fundraising from the 2022 Mother of All Garage Sales will fund phase 1.

He also addressed the trees on Colby, and the plan is to plant three species of trees – beech, elm, and one more into the half block of 1700 Colby.

Respectfully submitted,

Kari Quaas, Treasurer

23rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt A Success!

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, we hosted an Easter Egg Hunt at all three parks – Grand Avenue, Drew Nielsen, and Legion. We started at 10am and at least for Legion Park, we were done finding eggs and handing out prizes by 10:18am! The weather was nice, the kiddos were cute with bunny ears and festive baskets. And, the parents got a chance to catch up. Thanks for joining us and we’ll do it again next year!

March 2022, Meeting, Notes, and Video

March 17, 2022 meeting with Deputy Mayor Nick Harper

This may have been our last Zoom meeting after two years of the pandemic. It is our plan to gather at Everett Community College in our old haunt, Whitehorse Hall Room 105 on Thursday, April 21. We are glad to have been invited back by John Olson from the college.

Kari thanked the volunteer crew for putting up the signs at Drew Nielsen Park on Saturday, March 12, 2022, and then welcomed our guests, Nick Harper, and elected official David Simpson. Port of Everett Commissioner.

Tim Knopf, Jeff Hardy, Kari Quaas, and Joni Smith after the sign installation honoring Drew Nielsen — March 12, 2022

There was a robust discussion of current events, finances, and plans for the new year.

Citizens are welcomed to attend or watch the State of Everett presentation with Mayor Cassie Franklin on Thursday, March 31, 2022. It will be held in person at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Meeting adjourned at 8pm.

February 2022 Meeting Notes, and Video

https://fb.watch/beSunqfC8h/

Council Update from Mary Fosse, District 1:

I-5 construction will be happening soon closing a few exits for a few weeks

You can watch the latest council meeting for updates on the Human Needs Fund, the Comprehensive Plan, the now passed Parks Plan.

Mary will be serving on the Snohomish County Regional Law and Justice Council.

Downtown Everett Association links:

Contact/Sign-up for newsletter

https://www.downtowneverettwa.org/contact-us

Donate Downtown Everett https://www.downtowneverettpartners.org/donate

Downtown Everett Community Gift Card

https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/downtown-everett-association—everett–wa-everett

Downtown Everett Shopping Guide

Downtown Everett – Promotional Video

Downtown Everett – Doing Business Downtown

Main Street https://www.downtowneverettwa.org/about-main-street

Liz Stenning

Executive Director

Downtown Everett Association

425-258-0700 x 100

Matching Grant Fund Update

The annual matching amount has been reduced from $2000 to $1000. Applications are due March 7th. The Steering Committee will work out the numbers.

It was decided that we will send a formal letter to the City to express our frustration at the reduction of services, and opportunity, for the neighborhood system to function.

Treasurer’s Report

We have $10,500 in the bank, and $400 in PayPal. We are grateful to our donors who help us maintain things like Zoom, Constant Contact, storage, and provide money so that we can do projects that better our neighborhood, and grow community.

Kindly submitted,

Kari Quaas, Chair

November 18 Meeting Notes and Video

Our monthly meeting featured special guest Eileen Simmons from the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens; and Sergeant Terpening from the Everett Police Department. We also had a council update from Paul Roberts, and a Port update from David Simpson. We closed with the soon to be new sign for Drew Nielsen Park, and our holiday lights plan for December 4.

I will add the video shortly. In the meantime, you may watch it on Facebook.

October 21 Meeting Notes and Video

For the October meeting, we had a late change of guest from Mayor Franklin to Kimberly Shelton from Everett Parks. We heard more about the updates to the recreational and open space plan the city is working on. You can provide your feedback here. Also, we got an update on the Colby Trees (aka the London Planes), and various parks throughout the city.

Holly James provided an update on Drew Nielsen Park. We have a new partnership with Pilchuck Audubon Society to build our habitat friendly space.

Paul Roberts and Scott Murphy provided updates from City Council including future budget planning.

View the video here:

September 16 Meeting Notes and Photos

On September 16, we welcomed fall by gathering outside at Drew Nielsen Park on our standard Thursday at 6:30 pm. We got to meet some new neighbors, hear about our plans for the park and the information board, and be together. It was a nice time.

Our next meeting will be back on Zoom with guest speaker, Mayor Cassie Franklin, on Thursday, October 21 at 6:45pm. If you have questions you want to ask her, please email those in advance to Kari, who will forward them on to Nichole with the City.

June Meeting Notes, Video and Slideshow

The June 17 meeting focused on summer safety including a discussion about the racing and loud cars that hang out at the marina and cruise beyond the speed limit through our neighborhood streets. The short answer is to call 911 to get the incident logged. Patrols increase when we tell them that something is wrong. Don’t hesitate to make a report.

We also heard directly Mateo an RN and NW neighbor about the impact of one of the negotiating pieces – staff at Providence Hospital paying for parking. Likely, it would mean more cars on the street. Remember, blocks of residents can petition the city to have parking time limits on their blocks utilizing parking permits. It’s up to them to file for such a change. Email the neighborhood with any questions. You can pick up signs to support the healthcare staff at 1607 Rockerfeller Ave from Matt’s house.

We also had a spontaneous report from our State Senator June Robinson on the historic and productive legislative session.

We hear from Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts about the budget, Rethink Housing and Transit updates, and progress on the Climate Change Action Plan including Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

Emily shared that there is a summer reading program with the library and netbooks and wifi/hotspots can be rented for three weeks at a time via the Everett Public Library. More information here.

Also, this was the last meeting until September. We’re taking the summer off!

Kari shared the various events happening in Northwest this summer and we hope to see people out and about, vaccinated and masked if needed for the environment.

June 23rd – ribbon cutting for new fishing dock near the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.

Enjoy the summer! And, here’s the video replay:

April Meeting Summary and Video

Our meeting was held Thursday, April 15 at 7pm. We held elections for our Northwest Neighborhood Association leadership.

The results of the elections are as follows:

  • Chair – Kari Quaas
  • Vice-Chair – Holly James
  • Secretary (aka Scribe) – Kari Quaas
  • Treasurer – Russ Kasselman
  • Council of Neighborhood Representative – Tim Knopf
  • Council of Neighborhood Representative – John Sweeney
  • Council of Neighborhood Alternate – Kari Quaas

Thank you to all of them for their service to Northwest Neighbors!

Kari reported on a successful Easter Egg Hunt at the three parks – Legion, Grand Avenue and Drew Nielsen. We may split it up for future years to keep the crowds down and enjoy our neighborhood.

Paul Roberts provided a city council update in place of Brenda Stonecipher. The work on the budget for 2022 has begun.

Kari shared that Jerry Smith had passed on April 4 (Easter Sunday) and we heard reflections from long time neighbors Holly, Jackie and Tim about Jerry’s influence and care of Joni.

Tim provided an update on the Council of Neighborhoods.

We heard lots of updates on upcoming events and brainstormed ideas for the next two meetings including mental health and an event update from the city. Kari will reach out to speakers.

Misha provided an educational update. Secondary school will be starting up next Monday! High school students will also return for hybrid learning.

2021 Easter Egg Hunt Recap

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! 🙂

A video from Legion Bluff:

A video from Grand Avenue Park:

Photos from Drew Nielsen Park: