Civic Almanac

  • Tue Jan 5th, 2010 9:23pm

2010 Census Jobs: Earn Extra Money, Serving your Community

Everett’s Census Office is now accepting applicants and testing for positions to support the U.S. Census Bureau. All “field” positions need to be filled by individuals with flexible schedules. Pay rates for the Everett Local Census Office start at $13.25 per hour for Clerk Positions and $17.50 per hour for Field Positions.

2010 Census job applicants must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and take a 30-minute, multiple-choice basic employment test. In most cases, workers will also be required to possess a valid driver’s license and have use of a vehicle.

For more information on temporary employment with the U.S. Census Bureau, call the toll-free 2010 Census Jobs Line: 1-866-861-2010. More information, including a practice test, is available at

Minimum wage holds

Minimum wage in Washington will not increase in 2010, remaining at $8.55 an hour because the Consumer Price Index did not increase in the past 12 months. This is the first time there is no increase in the state’s minimum wage since voters passed an initiative 11 years ago indexing it to the CPI. More information is available at or by calling 1-866-219-7321.

Networking events

• The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s networking breakfast is held at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning at Fairwinds-Brighton Court, 6520 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The event is free to attend. Breakfast can be ordered for $8. For more information call 425-670-1496.

• Good Morning Snohomish County, South Snohomish County Chamber’s networking breakfast, will be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. It is a joint meeting with the Everett Area Chamber. For details or registration, call 425-774-0507, ext. 0, or visit

New offices

• Chagdud Gonpa Amrita, a Buddhist center that recently relocated to Edmonds, will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at 9653 Firdale Ave. (Firdale Village). Enjoy refreshments, meet center members and ask questions about Buddhist teachings and practices at the center. Call 206-546-8095 with any questions.

• The new Edmonds office of Johnson &Nagaich, specializing in elder law and estate planning law, has opened at 100 Second Ave. S. Opening the office for the firm is Jerry Sprute, a former Edmonds resident. The Edmonds office joins the firm’s other locations in Federal Way and Bellevue.

Before joining Johnson &Nagaich this month, Sprute was an estate planner with his own private law practice in Mountlake Terrace. In 2005 Sprute was recognized by his colleagues at the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) with a Random Acts of Professionalism award.

Sprute will participate in a life-care planning seminar in Edmonds from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave. N. The free event is sponsored by Aging Options, a Federal Way organization that focuses on helping older adults remain independent as long as possible.

The seminar’s featured speaker will be Rajiv Nagaich, an elder law attorney, who also hosts a weekly Seattle radio program about family legal, financial and care issues of older adults. Seminar reservations can be made by calling 1-877-762-4464 or e-mailing

• Artistic Accent Walls, a training studio in faux finishing, has opened in downtown Edmonds. Studio owner Annette Shepherd instructs professional painters and contractors in boosting their decorative painting career using environmentally friendly products. In addition to the professional classes, there are classes geared toward beginners and do-it-yourselfers interested in faux finishing. To schedule an appointment or inquire about training, visit or call 206-719-2423.

Business News

• Local ad agency, Chatter Creative, has designed a new logo for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Matthew Mikulsky, owner and creative director for the firm, won the bid. Through the process of refreshing their brand, the Chamber will be adding many new member benefits, as well as features that utilize progressive media such as Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the changing times. The Chamber will also be tasking Chatter Creative with designing a new Web site to better reflect this new “Fresh Look.”

• J.D. McDonald of REMAX NW’s Mill Creek Branch has earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed specialized training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. According to McDonald, within a 10-mile radius of the Mill Creek area, more than 480 homes are in danger of foreclosing in all price ranges.

• Todd Worthington, Charles Schwab’s Lynnwood branch manager, is offering free educational workshops open to the public ranging from financial basics and retirement planning to navigating the tumultuous market. Details on all of the workshops in the area can be found at

• Mary Basill, financial advisor for the Edward Jones Everett/Mill Creek area, will host a free satellite broadcast “Outlook 2010: What’s Next for Investors” at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 12. The event will be at the branch office located at 13027 Bothell-Everett Highway, Suite D, Everett. For more information, call 425-379-9313.

• M.A. Mortenson Company, a Bellevue general contractor, has been selected by city of Lynnwood as general contractor/construction manager for the Lynnwood Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion Project. The $17 million GC/CM construction contract was approved by Lynnwood City Council. Mortenson will advertise and bid out subcontracting packages through early February, when construction is scheduled to begin.

Executive changes

• Jennifer Koval has been selected to manage KeyBank’s new branch in Canyon Park-Bothell. The branch is nearing completion and is expected to open Feb. 16. She began her career at Home Savings of America in 1992 as a teller. Kovel was a personal banker, securities broker and branch manager before joining KeyBank, where she most recently managed the Mill Creek branch.

• Lynnwood-based HWA GeoSciences has hired Brian Coker as a construction field inspector. With more than 11 years experience in the construction industry, Coker inspects the placement of soils, concrete, asphalt, anchors and masonry for municipal, residential, commercial and light industrial projects. Currently, he is inspecting construction at Lift Stations 7 and 8 in Edmonds.

• The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross has named four local business leaders to its board of directors and added a new director of development to its staff.

The new board members are: Aspasia Sotiriou, vice president, distribution operations manager at Key Bank’s Seattle Cascades District; Rick Canning, vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Stevens Hospital; Will Christison, director of operations and event services at the Lynnwood Convention Center; and Rochelle James, director of emergency management for the Tulalip Tribes.

Kristi Myers joins the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross as development director following the redeployment of the current director’s husband to San Diego. With more than 18 years in marketing and sales, Kristi comes back to family in Snohomish County from the Whatcom Human Society in Bellingham and the Special Olympics organization in Seattle where she served as development director.

Holiday giving

• Snohomish County Young Democrats collected food and funds for Food Lifeline with the final fundraiser held at the home of Edmonds residents Priya and Todd Cloutier on Dec. 19. The SCYD collections totaled a metric ton of food and $2,500.

• Lynnwood’s Umpqua Bank made a $500 donation to Northwest Kidney Centers. Elaine Cornell, commercial loan assistant, was chosen from bank employees in Washington state to designate a charity for the donation. Cornell chose Northwest Kidney Centers, because in 1988 she was a dialysis patient there until receiving a kidney transplant from her sister RoseAnne Tobelaine of Snohomish.

Business events

• The grand opening celebration for Edmonds Pharmacy will be Jan. 14–16 at 7631 212th St. SW, directly across the street from Edmonds-Woodway High School.

• Lynnwood-based All Things HR will present a seminar on how to properly classify employees for the purpose of complying with overtime pay regulations relating to an employee’s salary and duties. The session will be 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13, Hampton Inn &Suites, 19324 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood. Registration is $20. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Autumn 425-248-4978.

Community involvement

• Snohomish County Parks and Recreation seeks individuals as independent contract instructors. If you have the special skill and patience needed to teach others — preschoolers to seniors — contact Tony Trofimczuk at 425-388-6604 or

• The Edmonds Library Board is seeking a volunteer to fill one vacancy on the board. The Library Board provides support and advice to the mayor and the City Council on planning, management, use, care and disposition of the library’s property. Applicants need not be residents of the city of Edmonds. Applications are available in the mayor’s office, 121 Fifth Ave. N. and online at Deadline for submitting applications is no later than 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

• Edmonds’ Sister City Commission is seeking volunteers to fill two openings. Commissioners attend one meeting each month; participate in committee work; hold at least one executive position within the commission during their three-year term; and participate in activities involving visitors from Edmonds’ Sister City, Hekinan, Japan. An interest in Japan and the Sister City philosophy and a willingness to serve the citizens of Edmonds are desirable. Edmonds residency is not required. Applications are available at City Hall, via e-mail through the Mayor’s Office at or at

• The city of Mill Creek is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Art/Beautification Advisory Board. Applicants must be a resident of Mill Creek. This position will be open until it is filled and will expire Oct. 31, 2012. To be considered, send a letter of interest to: Kelly M. Chelin, City of Mill Creek, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek, WA 98012.

Public meeting schedule


Planning Board and Economic Development Commission joint meeting, 6 p.m. today, Brackett Room, third floor, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N. On the agenda: Planning the annual presentation to City Council.

Port of Edmonds, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, Admiral Way.

Edmonds Planning Board, 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Council Chambers, 250 Fifth Ave. N.

Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Brackett Room, third floor, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N.

Edmonds Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Committee, 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, Brackett Room, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N.

Edmonds Public Facilities District Board, 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N.


Lynnwood City Council, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W. Broadcast on Comcast Channel 28, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays. Call 425-670-5000.

Lynnwood Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Jan. 14, City Hall Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W.

Lynnwood Diversity Commission, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, call for location: 425-670-5023.

Lynnwood Arts Commission, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, City Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W.

Lynnwood Library Board, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Lynnwood Library Meeting Room.

Lynnwood Tourism Advisory Committee, 7:30-9 a.m. Jan. 14, City Hall Conference Rooms 1 and 2, 19100 44th Ave. W.

Lynnwood Hearing Examiner, Jan. 13, City Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W. Call to confirm time and location: 425-670-8308.

Lynnwood Civil Service Commission, 6 p.m. today, Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W. Call to confirm meeting: 425-670-5000.


Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, City Hall, 6100 219th St. SW, Suite 200.

Mountlake Terrace Recreation &Park Advisory Commission, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Jungle Room, Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. SW.


Mill Creek City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St.

Mill Creek Arts &Beautification Advisory Board, 4 p.m. Jan. 13, City Hall, 15728 Main St.

Mill Creek Civil Service Commission, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14, City Hall, 15728 Main St.

Mill Creek Parks &Recreation, 5 p.m. today, City Hall, 15728 Main St.

Youth Advisory Board, 3:30 p.m. today, City Hall, 15728 Main St. For more information, call 425-921-5779.


Brier City Council, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, City Hall, 2901 228th St. SW.

Brier Library Board, 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road.

Brier Parks &Recreation Board, 7 p.m. Jan. 13, City Council Chambers, 2901 228th St. SW.

Brier Civil Service Commission, 7:30 p.m. today, 2901 228th St. SW.