Oppose coal trains? Meet up

  • Tue Mar 27th, 2012 7:08pm

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Oppose coal trains? Meet up

The public is invited to Sustainable Edmonds and Sierra Club’s ongoing planning meetings opposing coal trains passing through Edmonds and other towns in the region.

Join other concerned residents the first Wednesday of each month to plan activities. The next meeting is slated for 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 4 in room 206 of the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds.

For more information, email r_bisbee@msn.com.

Nominations open for Evergreen Award

The city of Mountlake Terrace is accepting nominations for its fourth Annual Evergreen Awards that recognize property owners who take great care of their properties.

There are five categories of awards: Best Maintained Residence, Best Maintained Business, Best Maintained Multifamily Property, Most Sustainable Property and Best Transformation. Nominees are judged against properties within the same neighborhood: Cedar Terrace, Gateway, Lake Ballinger, Melody Hill, Cascade View and Town Center.

Best Maintained Awards reflect the efforts of the owners or occupants whose high standards for building and yard maintenance contribute to the overall character of the neighborhoods and city. The Transformation Awards recognize neglected properties renovated to become assets to the community.

Citizens are encouraged to help the city find those hidden gems that have been significantly improved, especially over the past year.

The Sustainable Award honors property owners who best utilize green features such as solar heating, natural cooling and native landscaping to help protect and preserve the environment.

Nomination forms, available at www.cityofmlt.com and at city facilities, will be accepted through May 25. Anyone can submit a nomination and a property owner may nominate their own home or business. Properties being marketed for sale are not eligible.

Properties will be photographed for judging and for a presentation at the awards ceremony that takes place in September.

For more information, go to the city’s website or contact Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen at 425-744-6206 or volsen@ci.mlt.wa.us.

BUSINESS NEWS

Local designer tops online site

Lynnwood kitchen and bath designer Dawn Ryan was among the “who’s who” of the Seattle remodeling community recently named as recipients of the 2012 “Best of Remodeling” award from Houzz, an online platform for residential remodeling and design.

Design award-winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via www.houzz.com. Ryan was honored for a modern bath she designed for a Shoreline home.

“My favorite part of design is working with clients,” Ryan says in her online profile. “I enjoy getting to know them and helping them create beautiful spaces they love.”

Learn more about Ryan on her Facebook page at “Creative Kitchen &Bath.”

Everett Clinic CEO honored by mag

The Everett Clinic CEO Rick Cooper was recently named the winner of the Outstanding Healthcare Executive of the Year award by Seattle Business Magazine.

Cooper was named to the top honor at the Leaders in Healthcare awards ceremony held Feb. 23. He was one of three finalists. The award recognizes executives who demonstrate the highest dedication, leadership and innovation in the state’s health care industry.

The March issue of Seattle Business Magazine cites Cooper’s long-view initiatives as key to the honor, “particularly those that lower costs and thereby improve patient access to care.”

Cooper joined The Everett Clinic in 1977 and became CEO in 1985.

Owner of local sub shop honored

Charley’s Grilled Subs has named Ray Park, owner of four franchise locations, including one at Alderwood mall, the recipient of the company’s 2011 Brotherly Love Award for going above and beyond the call of duty to create positive change in the community.

Park, of Bellevue, regularly hires hearing- and speech-impaired workers to perform such duties as cleaning, prepping food and sampling, according to a press release. Over the years, he has donated his own furniture to employees in need and helped them move when they needed it most. Park also mentors new owners and helps with supplies and staffing needs when resources are in short order.

Park also owns Charley’s Grilled Subs restaurants in Seattle, Silverdale and Tukwila.

425 Launch meeting March 28

Join entrepreneurs and those who want to start their own businesses at 5:30 p.m. March 28 in the Bracket Room, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave., Edmonds. Guest presenter will be Andrew Ballard, author of “Your Opinion Doesn’t Matter,” on approaching business through the “Voice of the Customer.”

The discussion group is a program of 425 Launch, developed by the Economic Development Committee of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce that seeks a forum for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and experiences.

Cabela’s to open April 19

Cabela’s Inc. will open its latest hunting, fishing and outdoor gear store in Tulalip at 11 a.m. April 19. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Opening day will be part of a weekend-long celebration featuring outdoor celebrities, special guests, giveaways and more. The store is located within Quil Ceda Village along I-5 at exit 202. The Tulalip store will be the second Cabela’s in Washington, joining the Lacey location opened in 2007.

The Tulalip location will feature two 7,000-gallon aquariums, a boat shop, Gun Library and Bargain Cave, which offers discounts on select merchandise. It will also include a deli called Eagle’s Nest.

Energy-saving tips from PUD

The Snohomish County PUD offers its business customers tips to save energy and money.

Businesses can save money by using more natural light and task lighting, installing programmable thermostats and upgrading to more energy efficient lighting using PUD business lighting rebates. For other energy-saving tips and more information about PUD conservation programs, go to www.snopud.com or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

Unclaimed cash? Seminar details obligations

Businesses holding unclaimed property can learn about their obligation to report it to the state through free workshops being offered around the state by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Find a schedule and register online at http://dor.wa.gov and click on the workshops and education link on the left.

Unclaimed property includes unclaimed paychecks, utility deposits, bank accounts, refunds, life insurance proceeds, stocks and bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes. Businesses have to report unclaimed property after losing contact with owners for an extended period, generally three years.

Businesses and individuals can search http://claimyourcash.org to see if they have any assets to claim.

For more information, contact UCP@dor.wa.gov.

Business Briefs

• The Sleep Country Foster Kids Program collected over 6,000 pairs of pajamas for Northwest foster kids Jan. 2-Feb. 26. Donations were distributed between 18 foster care nonprofit partners in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

• The Snohomish County Young Professional Network will hold a networking event 5-7 p.m. April 5 at Chopstix, 2820 Oakes Ave., Everett. Bring business cards. RSVP on SCYPN’s Facebook page. For more information, email Kellie Schwacha at KellieS@EconomicAllianceSC.org.

CIVIC NEWS

City Hall is an Energy Star

Edmonds City Hall for the second year is being recognized for energy efficiency by the Environmental Protection Agency by being labeled an Energy Star building.

The label means the building performs in the top 20 percent of its peer structures across the country. City Hall also has reduced its consumption of power by nearly 5 percent since its baseline-rating year of 2007, according to Jim Stevens, facilities maintenance manager.

Snohomish County Tomorrow selects new officers

Snohomish County Tomorrow members selected officers for 2012 during their February steering committee meeting.

Mill Creek Councilman Terry Ryan and Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan will co-chair. Jon Nehring, mayor of Marysville, and Stephanie Wright, vice chair of the Snohomish County Council, will share vice-chair responsibilities.

Snohomish County Tomorrow is a cooperative forum consisting of representatives from Snohomish County and each of its cities as well as from the Tulalip Tribes. The group’s primary function is to oversee the countywide planning policies, written policies on growth management from which the county and cities’ comprehensive plans are developed.

Miller Foundation awards $37K

In the first cycle of 2012, the Hazel Miller Foundation approved grants for public education assistance to the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation ($25,000). They also approved grants supporting youth activities through the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation ($7,000), and the Rotary Club of Edmonds’ Daybreakers Foundation ($5,000) for another year of Jazz Connection, a free annual event featuring musicians from the Edmonds School District and Edmonds Community College.

For more information, go to http://hazelmillerfoundation.org.

Engineering tech earns rare certification

The city of Mountlake Terrace congratulated engineering technician Thad Newport at the March 19 City Council meeting. Newport recently received professional certification in AutoCAD “Civil 3D” 2012 software, distinguishing him as only the third individual in Washington state and one of 71 nationally with this certification.

Newport’s pursuit of this professional certification was by his own initiative, on his own time and at his own expense.

“We congratulate Thad on this accomplishment, applaud his initiative and thank him for his hard work in developing skills that will benefit the city,” Engineering Services Director Will Van Ry said.

Opportunities

• Mountlake Terrace is recruiting citizens to serve on several boards and commissions. There are two openings on the Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission, which meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month; these terms expire June 30, 2014. There is an opening on the Library Board, which meets at 5:45 p.m. every third Wednesday of every odd-numbered month; this term expires June 30, 2013. There also is an opening on the Arts Advisory Commission, which meets at 5:30 p.m. every third Tuesday; this term expires June 30, 2013. For more details and an application go to www.cityofmlt.com, click on “For Residents,” “Advisory Boards &Commissions,” or contact Virginia Olsen at 425-744-6206 or volsen@ci.mlt.wa.us.

• Fabric of Life Foundation is looking for volunteers in the following time slots at its boutique: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. the first and third Sundays of each month. New volunteers will be paired with an experienced volunteer. Orientation is at 5:30 p.m. April 11 for new volunteers; 6:15 p.m. for current volunteers. Training will include cash register procedures, gift certificates, donations and exchange and return procedures. RSVP to ari@fabricoflife.org.

Civic briefs

• The American Public Transportation Association recently awarded Seattle-based Sound Transit “Gold” signatory status level for its commitment to sustainability, an upgrade from its “Silver” status in 2010. Sound Transit is on a short list of transit agencies nationwide practicing or pursuing Environmental Management System certification through the Federal Transit Administration.