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The Fearey Group, a Seattle-based independent public relations and public affairs agency, has hired Heather Fernandez as senior account executive and Anthony Cogswell as account coordinator. Prior to joining The Fearey Group, Fernandez served as an account executive at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Cogswell previously served as an intern at The Fearey Group. He graduated from Central Washington University in 2012.

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Fire chief Bruce Stedman of the Arlington Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO). He is one of only 936 CFO's worldwide. Stedman has been a member of the Fire Service for 35 years, the past three years with Arlington Fire Department. He currently resides in Snohomish.
Karny Jacoby, M.D., of Urology Northwest now has a subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. FPM-RS is a new joint subspecialty between the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Board of Urology. Jacoby is board certified in Urology and was invited to sit for this subspecialty board based on her experience and involvement.
Good deeds
The Lynnwood Branch of 1st Security Bank has committed to helping the PAWS organization for one year by encouraging customers and pet lovers to donate a variety of pet food, gift and care items. The Lynnwood branch will also join the Overlake Branch in hosting a booth at the annual PAWSwalk on Sept. 7 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
Events
Getting Your Dough to Rise, KSER 90.7 FM's monthly personal finance show, is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 27. This month, host Chuck Noel interviews CEO of Technitrader Seattle Martha Stokes, Richard Curnow of Sensible Investment Strategies in Everett and George Marley, owner of The Coin Market in Lynnwood.
An after-work open house for local non-profit Clothes for Kids is at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at 16725 52nd Avenue West, Suite B in Lynnwood. Light refreshments, a tour of the facility, and a chance to learn more about Clothes for Kids will be offered. Please RSVP by Sept. 1 to office@clothesforkids.org or call 425-741-6500.
On Sept. 8, The Edmonds Classic Car Show returns to the streets of downtown Edmonds. The public is invited to this free event from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce which starts at 10:00 a.m. between the fountain at 5th Avenue and Main Street. Registration forms for participants are available at www.edmondswa.com/images/downloads/edmonds_classic_carshow/2011_carshow_app.pdf. For questions about the show, call 425-670-1496.
The Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District will hold a meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room. Rick Steves will offer the keynote address. The meeting will serve as an opportunity to provide a progress report and to receive input from members. For more information, visit www.edmondsbid.org.
The Greater Everett Community Foundation will host its Annual Possibilities Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center. Speaker Ted Lord will share the ways Snohomish County is working to become a dynamic, giving community. There will be an opportunity to make a donation at the event. Registration is free. RSVP at 425-212-4056 or via email to julie@greatereverettcf.org.
The Stanwood Chamber of Commerce's 9th Annual Golf Tournament opens with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Sept. 20 at Kayak Golf Course. It is sponsored by Sterling Bank and others. There is very limited space available for Key Sponsors Foursomes and Hole Sponsors. If you'd like to participate, contact Stacy as soon as possible at stacykj3@hotmail.com.
Classes, workshops and webinars
Owners of established small businesses can learn proven methods to improve their profits in 90 days at a seminar from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Everett Community College's Corporate & Continuing Education Center. The cost is $15. Lunch is included. Call 425-267-0150 to sign up or learn more.
Learn the basics of selling to the Navy at a free presentation from the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. The event is 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the WDC Board Room, 728 134th Street SW, Suite 217, Everett. Register online at washingtonptac.org/events-workshops/. For assistance, contact Jean Hales, 425-248-4223, snohomish@washingtonptac.org. Lunch is not provided.
The Business Technology Simplified online course series teaches the benefits of using modern technology that can take businesses to the next level of success. The U.S. Small Business Administration and Microsoft developed this free online course series, available at www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center/series/business-technology-simplified. Course participants who finish the online series will earn a certificate of completion from the SBA.
Announcements
The grand opening of Miss Maggie's Desserts at the Grow Washington store located at 923 Highway 2, Sultan was very successful according to Grow Washington director Carolyn Eslick. A large crowd enjoyed desserts created by Maggie Torza. Miss Maggie's Desserts is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Grow Washington store.
The Mountlake Terrace City Council will contract with an outside recruiting firm to conduct the recruitment process for hiring a new city manager. Proposals could be accepted in September or early October and interviews would be conducted in November or December. Assistant city manager and Administrative Services director Scott Hugill will serve as the city's interim city manager.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County investor Umbra Cuscinetti has completed their move from a leased building at Paine Field to an owned, energy-efficient 68,000 square foot building in Seaway Center in Everett. The growing company applies lean principles in the manufacture of precise, close tolerance gears and drive screws which control movable surfaces on Boeing aircraft.
There will be no Community Transit service on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Customer service phone lines and the RideStore will also be closed that day. Community Transit does not operate on Sundays nor on six major holidays: News Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bus and DART paratransit service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Bothell-based Essentia Water, innovator of the first bottled functional water brand in the United States, has been named the official bottled water for Jetflow hydration packs. Both Essentia and Jetflow use recyclable materials in their products, and are advocates of clean and proper hydration. Essentia Water is electrolyte-enhanced and said to have optimum alkalinity and pH.
Arbor Village, a five-story mixed use building in Mountlake Terrace's Town Center, is now open. Tenants are being sought for some of the street-fronting commercial area which includes a restaurant space. The project is located at the SE corner of 56th Avenue West and 236th Street SW. For more information, call Community and Economic Development at 425-744-6266.
The IRS has launched a new Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at IRS.gov/aca to educate individuals and businesses on how the health care law may affect them. The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond. To help locate additional online resources, the IRS has also issued a new Web-based flyer - Healthcare Law Online Resources (Publication 5093).
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