Front Porch: Security drills at Naval Station Everett

Base plans drills

Security drills are planned in the harbor around Naval Station Everett from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

The exercise will include security boat maneuvers and the use of automatic weapon blank rounds to increase training realism. There will be pyrotechnic visual and sound effects. No live ammunition will be used.

Base fire and medical personnel will practice responding to simulated mass injuries. Providence Regional Medical Center Colby Campus will participate in the exercise by receiving patients.

The purpose of the exercise is to maintain and improve qualifications of personnel who are charged with protecting the base, naval vessels and maritime environment. There will be a 500-yard safety zone in effect and a broadcast notice to mariners in the area will be transmitted before and during the exercise.

For more information, contact the base public affairs officer Kristin Ching at 425-304-3202.

Neighborhood holds Halloween decorating contest: The Riverside Neighborhood in Everett is sponsoring its third annual Halloween decorating contest.

Nominations are due Wednesday.

This year’s theme is ghosts and skeletons. There are many categories and prizes. Lowe’s has donated an 8 1/2-foot, air-blown spider for the grand prize winner. Winners will be announced at Riverside’s Nov. 13 meeting. For more information, go to www.riversideneighborhood.org/popup/halloween.html.

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