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The Everett Police Department has welcomed two new officers. Both completed the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy on Sept. 11 and were sworn in by the city council on Oct. 3. Justin Rasco graduated from Cascade High School and received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Everett Community College. Paul Meehan was an Ohio Army National Guard second lieutenant who deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months.

The Dance School, a nonprofit organization in Everett, has named Heidi Heimarck as its new managing director. She is a playwright, producer and generative theater artist who moved to Everett from Seattle to manage Artspace Everett Lofts with her husband, Liam. She offers over 20 years of actively creating, producing and promoting new, original works for the stage.

The Everett Clinic announced the addition of attorney Christopher Knapp as its chief legal officer. The Everett resident and University of Washington graduate comes to the clinic from the Anderson Hunter law firm where he was the managing partner and a shareholder.

University of Washington-Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan has announced he will complete his tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year. The announcement was made Oct. 9. Chan presided over the UW-Bothell campus during a time of unprecedented growth and success.


Dr. T. Spark Corwin, from Western Washington Medical Group’s urology department, has been recognized as a Patients’ Choice physician. The award was given to only five percent of the 870,000 active U.S. physicians in 2012. Corwin is skilled in the latest techniques in stone disease, minimally invasive surgery, laser surgery, laparoscopic surgery, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and vasectomy.

Good deeds

On Oct. 4, the Zonta Club of Everett began collecting interview or work-appropriate clothing for the YWCA of Snohomish County’s Working Women’s Wardrobe program. The program benefits low-income women in Snohomish County in need of professional clothing to attend job interviews and those beginning employment. More information about the Zonta Club is at

The Greater Everett Community Foundation hosted its 11th annual breakfast event in September for 250 community leaders from across Snohomish County. The event raised more than $65,000 for the foundation’s new initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Snohomish County nonprofits by offering training and workshops. For more information, go to


Workforce Development Council Snohomish County and WorkSource Snohomish County will host an open house for workers affected by the closure of the Everett Kimberly Clark paper mill from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Everett Station, Room 214, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett. This event is also open to elected officials and members of the community.

The grand opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Lynnwood is at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. The Lynnwood store will employ approximately 90 associates. As part of the grand opening celebration, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present Clothes for Kids $25,000.

The next Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Business After Hours event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at 8606 36th Ave. NE, Marysville. It is hosted by The Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Be prepared to give a one-minute introduction about you or your business. RSVP to Michele Wiley at 360-722-2802.

Harbour Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living Center will partner with Diamond Knot Craft Brewing company for an inaugural Brew Ha Ha featuring beer and bratwurst tastings. The public is welcome to the event from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Harbour Pointe Retirement is located at 10200 Harbour Place, Mukilteo. Call 425-493-8555 or go to

The city of Edmonds will hold a public meeting regarding the 228th Street corridor improvement project at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the bottom floor conference room of the Public Works Building at 7110 210th St. SW, Edmonds. A brief presentation will cover the general improvements and will be followed by a question and answer session.

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions and AAA Washington will hold a Secure Your ID Day on October 27. Free on-the-spot document shredding will be available along with cell phone recycling and take-home prevention resources to help protect and recover from identity theft. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at AAA Mill Creek in the Mill Creek Town Center.

Join Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Port of Everett and Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle for the Port Report: International Trade Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Center. John Mohr, executive director of Port of Everett, and Sam Kaplan, president of Trade Development Alliance, will speak. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 to register.

Everett dentist Dr. Colleen Tracy at All Family Dental Care is leading an anti tooth-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for Halloween candy. From Nov. 1 to 9, Tracy will give children $1 per pound of candy donated. This is the first year she has sponsored a Halloween candy buy back event.

Registration is now open and exhibit hall space still available for the Focus on Farming Conference Nov. 15 at Comcast Arena in Everett. Snohomish County is hosting the conference for the ninth consecutive year. For information or to register, go to For questions, call 425-388-7170 or email

Classes, workshops

Snohomish Conservation District will host a fencing demonstration and farm tour Oct. 20 in the Victoria Heights area north of Arlington. Monte Geerdes, a local fence contractor, will teach participants how to build a strong, reliable wire fence. The class is free. Pre-registration is required. For questions, call 425-335-5634, ext 106.

Informational sessions about the Snohomish County Public Utility District’s Solar Express program will be held Oct. 25. The first is from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the PUD auditorium, 9124 271st NW, Stanwood. The second session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in PUD Everett’s Commission Room, 2320 California St. The program offers a range of incentives and covers both solar photovoltaic and hot-water systems. Businesses can qualify for up to $25,000 in incentives.


Bluewater Distilling founders John and Jessica Lundin have opened Bluewater Organic Vodka in the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Center. The distilling operation includes a warehouse-style greeting area and spirits are sold on site. Bluewater Distilling signed a five-year lease for 2,592 square feet of space. For information, go to

Because of a scheduling conflict, Brett deLeuze, president of ZD Wines, will replace La Serena’s Heidi Barrett as a guest winemaker and panelist at the 2012 Taste of Tulalip on Nov. 9 and 10. He will be joined by Lucio Gomiero of Vignalta, Marc Perrin of Famille Perrin, Ron Penner-Ash of the same named winery and Sean Boyd of Woodinville Wine Cellars. For more information, go to

Snohomish County’s Tourism Promotion Area board is soliciting applications to support projects that will increase overnight lodging in Snohomish County. The TPA grant differs from other lodging grants because it can be used to fund a range of expenses beyond marketing and promotions. The newly launched website,, offers an application form, project examples, links for event planning and more.

Mountlake Terrace lodging tax funds of $22,500 are available to qualified applicants for projects and events that promote tourism in 2013. Applications are available by calling 425-744-6206 or by email to You may download an application at on the City Happenings/Community Grant Funds page.

Frontier Communications Corp. has announced that customers in in Everett, Bothell, Lynnwood and Redmond may now be able to bundle AT&T wireless service with Frontier products and receive a monthly bundle discount.

State employers had an estimated 52,000 job vacancies last spring, according to a survey conducted by the Employment Security Department. Most of the job openings were in the urban areas of Western Washington. Occupations with the most vacancies were in sales, registered nursing and customer service.

The state Auditor’s Office completed the Mountlake Terrace 2011 city audit with an exit conference on Oct. 9. The city received a clean audit opinion for 2011 and the report concludes that the city continues to maintain a strong financial position. The audit included a review of the city’s internal controls and procedures.

The city of Mountlake Terrace will enter the bond market on Oct. 16 with a $5.1 million water and sewer revenue bond, the proceeds of which will be used to fund capital improvements over the next two years. More information is available by calling 888-527-5339 or emailing

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the state Department of Commerce another year of federal funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting. The $1.4 million grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, represents the fourth largest state award and continues the successful programs offered through Commerce’s Export Washington initiative.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s loan programs posted the second largest dollar volume ever in fiscal year 2012, supporting $30.25 billion in loans to small businesses. That amount was surpassed only by fiscal year 2011, which was heavily boosted by the loan incentives under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The near-record pace was driven in part by a record year for the Certified Development Company loan program, which supported $15.09 billion in small business credits.

According to the Washington State Department of Revenue, taxable retail sales increased 4.7 percent to $26.8 billion during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Among major industries, construction was up 7 percent to $3.9 billion, accommodations and food services increased 5.4 percent to $3.2 billion, motor vehicles and parts rose 12.9 percent to $2.9 billion, and general merchandise stores were up 2.1 percent to $2.4 billion.

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