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Don Nielsen, chairman of Light Doctor of Mountlake Terrace, has chosen Michael Moroney to be president and CEO. Moroney spent 14 years in banking. His last position, at Bank of America, was vice president of the Capital Markets Division.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has appointed Gary T. Choo to the board of directors. He will also join the chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Since founding GTC Financial Services in 1996, Choo has served as an investment advisor. He specializes in comprehensive portfolio management and personal financial planning.

Everett native Navkiran Aujla recently presented her findings on the neurology of drug abuse at the Murdock College Science Research Conference at Whitman College. The 2009 graduate of Mariner High School spent 11 weeks conducting research for her thesis at the Schoenbaum Lab at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Windermere Real Estate in Mukilteo has welcomed a new agent, Tracey Rodrigue. Rodrigue has more than 16 years of experience in real estate and holds a degree in education from Western Washington University. A resident of Mukilteo, Rodrigue is a founding board member of Washington State Hands and Voices, a non-profit supporting families with children who have hearing loss.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Sterling Bank international trade services consultant Tim Rasmussen to serve on the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington board of directors. The Puget Sound native has more than 30 years of banking experience in international sales, trade operations, foreign exchange and retail banking.

Vern and Donna Foster have purchased Lakeside Awards of Lake Stevens. They plan to continue serving the clientele that has been developed since Lakeside Awards opened 12 years ago. It will now have a storefront inside Foster Press, between Luca’s Italian Restaurant and CarQuest Auto Parts on 91st Avenue NE, west of Frontier Village.

Good deeds

The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour is honoring veterans by offering all U.S. and Canadian military veterans, including retired and active duty military (in uniform or with military ID), free admission Nov. 11 and 12. Tours will be offered on a space-available basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

The Women’s Wellness Center, a nonprofit women’s fitness center at 2817 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett, is collecting nonperishable food items during November for the Salvation Army. For more information, call 425-259-9899 or go to

Scrub City at 7430 Evergreen Way, Suite 102, Everett, is participating in Operation Gratitude by collecting leftover Halloween candy to send to troops overseas in holiday packages. Operation Gratitude also will accept letters or picture drawings for the troops. Donations should be to Scrub City by Nov. 15.

Traxx Indoor Raceway in Mukilteo will be collecting donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank during the holiday season. Last year, more than 350 pounds of food were received. Customers bringing in at least three nonperishable items will receive a 20 percent discount on races that day. This is the second annual food drive at Traxx.

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is recycling cell phones for victims of domestic violence. Money received from phone recycling is used to help fund programs and services. Phones may be dropped off at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe at 3116 Rucker Ave. in Everett.


The new HomeStreet Bank branch in Lynnwood continues its grand opening celebration this week. The branch’s official ribbon cutting was Thursday. The bank is located at 19405 44th Ave. W.

WorkSource Snohomish County is hosting the Snohomish County Regional Veterans’ Job and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Marysville. Veterans should dress for success, bring resumes and be prepared for on-site interviews with employers, including Frito Lay, Volt Technical, the Boeing Co., Giddens Industries and others.

Good Morning Snohomish County, a networking event designed to build relationships and expand outreach in the community, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday. Registration and networking starts at 7 a.m. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 to register.

A draft environmental impact statement has been issued for a Mountlake Terrace commercial area, the Freeway/Tourist zoning district. The report analyzes the impact of future development that could occur under special regulations. The environmental report is online at Comments are due Nov. 17. An open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Interim City Hall Council Chambers.

The Zonta Club of Everett will hold its annual Founder’s Day meeting at noon Nov. 15 at the Everett Gold &Country Club at 1500 52nd St. in Everett. The guest speaker will be the executive director of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Vicci Hilty. For more information, call 425-422-6157 or email

The Hungry Pelican, a new collectibles and delectables shop at 113 Avenue C in Snohomish, will celebrate its grand opening Nov. 16-18 with discounts and tastings. Mayor Karen Guzak will preside over the ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Nov. 16.


A free class, “What Buyers Need to Know in Today’s Real Estate Market,” is being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the RE/MAX Northwest Realtors office in Canyon Park. The class is hosted by Rich Henke of Mortgage Advisory Group and Dan Tscherne of RE/MAX Northwest Realtors. Call 425-224-8328 for reservations. Space is limited.


On Oct. 16, the Everett Public Library board of trustees voted to extend borrowing privileges to people who work in Everett, own property in Everett or own businesses in Everett and who are 18 or older. Those wishing to apply for a new regional card will need to provide proof of their work, business or property location, as well as the usual proof of identity and address.

Stadium Flowers is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a customer appreciation month in November, including refreshments, promotional discounts and a free gift at store locations in Everett and Lynnwood. Stadium Flowers was founded as Stadium Market supermarket in 1942 and became a flower shop in the 1980s.

Playdate Café, a community gathering place that caters to families with young children, is scheduled to open in Lynnwood by the year’s end. The cafe will offer healthy breakfast, lunch and snack items and will feature space for play and events.

The state Department of Commerce has launched, a which streamlines access to government and nonprofit programs to help small- and medium-sized businesses grow through exporting.

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