2022 NW Neighborhood Cleanup A Success

The NORTHWEST clean up happened on Saturday, June 18 from 10-2pm at Everett Community College. Thanks to everyone who came to help keep our neighborhood clean. And, thanks to everyone who donated to help us cover the costs. We’ll provide a wrap up once the event is settled. On the day, we took in $880 in donations. THANKS!

Our Guidelines

Who: ONLY NW Neighborhood Neighbors. ID will be required and checked. You
MUST live with in our boundaries to dump. $10 donation is requested.
When: Saturday, June 18th. Rain or Shine! 10am to 2 pm or until dumpsters are full!
Where: EvCC Parking Lot next to White Horse Hall. Corner of 10th and Broadway.
(982 Broadway) Same parking lot as last year.
What: Junk & debris, Yard Waste, Furniture, and wood scrap.

Download the What We Take Flyer:

Download the Electronics Recycling Flyer:

June 2022 Meeting Video, and Notes

Our special guest for the June meeting was Becky McCrary from the City of Everett to talk about the Comprehensive Plan from 2024 to 2044. Everett is expected to take on around 60-70 thousand people.

We also got a council report from Brenda Stonecipher.

As before, we broadcast the meeting to Facebook so you can watch the replay below.

https://fb.watch/dLAAiPGIPd/

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

April 2022 Meeting, Notes, and Video

We held our annual elections, and after five years of service, Kari Quaas stepped down as chair. Here is the new leadership for Northwest.

  • Chair: Holly James
  • Vice Chair: Shelley Whitkop
  • Treasurer: Russ Kasselman
  • Treasurer Intern: Kari Quaas
  • Council of Neighborhood Rep #1: Tim Knopf
  • Council of Neighborhood Rep #2: Brian Hennessy
  • Council of Neighborhood Alternate: Holly James

Then, Neil Anderson gave a wonderful presentation on the History of the Mills. Lots of good memory stirring slides, and some surprises. Watch the video above for his presentation.

Finally, Mary Fosse, City Councilmember from District 1 provided an update.

Respectfully submitted,

Kari Quaas, outgoing chair

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

January 2022 Meeting Notes & Video

January 20, 2022 – First meeting of the new year started with chit chat at 6:45pm. Our official meeting began at 7pm, and featured the following updates.

Everett City Council Update from Mary Fosse, District 1

Brian Doyle from Snohomish STEM on partnerships with Everett School District, mentoring opportunities, and internships

Misha Hann talked about the Everett School District Levy. Votes are due Tuesday, February 8 for a levy, and capital improvement.

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.

March Meeting Summary and Video

Our March meeting was held on Thursday the 18th. We heard an update from Ryan Bisson on Rethink Transit and Commissioner Tom Stiger and Cat Soper from the Port of Everett. We also heard from Paul Roberts, who filled in for our City Council Liaison report, a Council of Neighborhoods update from Tim Knopf, and we went over plans for this spring and summer.

Slides from Cat Soper with the Port of Everett:

Links Shared:

Ryan Bisson : Online Survey: https://rethinket.participate.online/

Meeting: March 25th at 1pm, Director Tom Hinkston, and Roland Behee will be doing a Facebook Livestream about the transit plan.

April 5th is the end of the survey collection.
Red Cross Homes Made Safer info: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington/about-us/our-work/home-fire-campaign.html
Cat Soper - Port of Everett : Thank you all - my contact info here if you ever have Port questions - catherines@portofeverett.com or 425.388.0680
Patrick Hall : www.downtowneverettwa.org/donate

We voted to donate $250 to the downtown Everett planter program.

We did a straw poll for the Mother of All Garage Sales and people are interested in making it happen for August 7, 2021.

Finally, we will be doing a modified Easter Egg Hunt at all three of our parks – Grand Avenue, The Bluff at Legion and Drew Nielsen. Details here – https://northwesteverett.org/events/

Modified Easter Egg Hunt happening Saturday, April 3rd at 10 am SHARP! Ages 1-10 welcome.

February Meeting Summary and Video

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 – ptawhittierelementary@gmail.com.

Click to buy candy and support the Whittier PTA goals for 5th Grade Camp.

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.

Video from Tonight’s Meeting:

Respectfully submitted,

Kari Quaas, NWN Chair