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The Zonta Club of Everett has initiated new members: Debra Bordsen, development director of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County; Karen Fugate, owner of Emerald Design Kitchen and Bath in Everett; Janean Desmarais, with North Pacific Properties; and Carol Janowicz, owner of Warm Fusion and Tools@work.
The Washington Glass Association has announced the board of directors for 2013. Included from Snohomish County are Peter Barnhart of Pacific Glass & Door in Mukilteo and Bud Henson of Window Tech Inc. in Lynnwood.
The Mountlake Terrace City Council recognized the city's webmaster, Paul Bishop, owner of PSB Webs, at the Nov. 19 meeting. Bishop has maintained the city's website for more than five years and has been on call seven days a week.
Kudos
Tulalip Bay Restaurant at the Tulalip Resort Casino has been honored with the prestigious Four Diamond Restaurant Award from AAA. Dining venues at these rating levels offer an extensive array of amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.
Walnut Street Coffee in Edmonds was mentioned in a new book, "Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound" by Marsha Glazière. It was noted for friendly environment, locally baked treats and whimsical décor. Walnut Street Coffee is owned by Pam Stuller.
Good deeds
Solarize Stanwood/Camano has announced that the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, which recently broke ground on a 7,000-square-foot facility in Stanwood, was selected to receive a solar system donation from Whidbey Sun and Wind and Fire Mountain Solar. The system will be installed early in 2013.
Windermere Property Management/Lori Gill & Associates, which has locations in Bellevue, Seattle and Edmonds, celebrated the holiday season by donating more than $5,000 to local service organizations via the Windermere Foundation, including $500 to Clothes for Kids and the Edmonds Food Bank.
Local nonprofit Housing Hope has received a $90,000 grant from the Boeing Co. to support Housing Hope affiliate HopeWorks. The grant will be used for the Economic Asset Building project of small businesses, which aids homeless and at-risk individuals seeking career growth. The grant was made possible through Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship organization.
More than 450 people attended the Swedish/Edmonds Imagine Gala on Nov. 16. The annual semi-formal event at the Lynnwood Convention Center raised more than $550,000 to benefit patients in north King and south Snohomish counties. Funds support charity care, cardiac diagnostic care and emergency services.
Events
Citizens, business owners and others from the community are invited to join Mountlake Terrace officials for a cup of coffee and hear first-hand what's happening in the city. This casual event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Recreation Pavilion Center Court, 5303 228th St. SW.
Snohomish banks are participating in the fourth annual Battle of the Banks to benefit the Snohomish Community Food Bank. Nonperishable food items and monetary donations are being collected through Dec. 27 at the Snohomish branches of Washington Federal, Columbia Bank, KeyBank and Opus Bank, and Peoples Bank in Fred Meyer.
WorkSource Snohomish County will host a free Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the WorkSource Everett offices at 3201 Smith Ave. in Everett. The resource fair will provide information and referrals for job search, veterans' services, housing, child care, food assistance, senior programs, health care, utility assistance, financial survival and services for people with disabilities.
Announcements
The Port of Everett commission adopted the 2013 budget on Nov. 27. The $53.6 million budget reflects $3.3 million in property tax revenue. The average household pays $57 per year. The Port intends to continue environmental clean-up projects that will return property in the Marina District to viable use.
Improvements to the Port of Everett Dolphin Berth begin today and are expected to be complete by the end of March. Upgrades to the berth at the South Terminal will enable the Port to accept ships up to 869 feet long. Because of noise concerns, no work will be done Dec. 22-25.
The city of Edmonds is partnering with Destination Marketing, a northwest advertising agency, to promote holiday shopping in Edmonds, but with an unusual twist. Destination Marketing is sponsoring a "Just in Case the Mayans are Right" contest for an Edmonds shopping spree. Enter at www.BetterShopEdmondsSoon.com.
Everett Community College will be closed Dec. 22 to Jan. 2. According to Jennifer Howard, EvCC vice president of Administrative Services, the college will close nine additional days as well as the holidays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 to save money. Each day the college is closed saves EvCC about $2,000 in utility costs. Winter quarter starts Jan. 7.
Everett Therapeutic Center has welcomed Massage Solutions to the office at 1505 Broadway in Everett. It is a membership-based program offering wellness massages. Membership guarantees one massage a month, with subsequent massages in the same month at a reduced rate. More information is at massagesolutionseverett.com.
The Ram Restaurant & Brewhouse opened in Marysville on Dec. 3, near the Seattle Premium Outlets on Quil Ceda Boulevard. It is the 10th Puget Sound location, with approximately 7,200 square feet and seating for 300. The family-owned and operated business features lunch and dinner, along with the Ram's own locally brewed beers.
Snohomish County nonprofit organizations have a chance to apply for three-year grants offered by United Way of Snohomish County. Award decisions will be made in May for programs that focus on children and youth, improving access to basic needs or helping people get involved in their communities. Applicants must submit a letter of intent online by Dec. 20. More information is at www.uwsc.org/programgrants.php.
The city of Monroe has successfully closed the sale of 9.2 acres to Beta-Kelsey LLC for $2 million. The sale is the fee title interest which is encumbered by a long-term lease to a movie theater company. The proceeds will pay off bond debt, fund reserve accounts and establish a contingency fund.
The Puget Sound Regional Council is accepting nominations for the annual Vision 2040 awards program, which recognizes superb work to achieve the region's growth, economic and transportation strategy, called Vision 2040. Nominations will be accepted until March 1. Nomination materials are available online at www.psrc.org or by contacting Michele Leslie Potter at 206-587-4819, mleslie@psrc.org.
Despite stockpiling in May, spirits sales by volume were 2.9 percent higher during the first four months of privatization than they were a year earlier, the state Department of Revenue reports. Nearly 13.6 million liters were sold from June through September, compared to 13.2 million a year earlier, when state liquor stores were in operation.
The state Department of Labor & Industries announced there will be no overall increase in worker-compensation insurance premiums in 2013.
State regulators fined Puget Sound Energy $430,000 for improperly charging residential disconnect visit fees to electricity and natural gas customers. In addition to the penalty, the utility has now refunded to customers more than 9,000 disconnect-visit fees charged in error, dating back to 2009. PSE also agreed to change procedures for handling such visits.
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