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The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has appointed four new members to the board of directors. They are Bill Wood, Theresa Catt, David Jones and Jeff Ritter. The additions come with the significant growth in chamber membership over the past year, by 100 to 450 members.

Kudos

This week, Home Care Association of Washington will honors three people and an organization in Snohomish County. Jenelle Coale will receive the HCAW Caregiver of the Year Award. Lara Davidson will be awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. Betty Westfall will be awarded the Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award. The CareForce company will received the Home Care University Award.

A team of Boeing flight-line mechanics won an award at the annual Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas last month, sponsored by the AMTSociety of aircraft maintenance professionals. One of the team members — John Donohue, who works on 777s in Everett — got the top score on the contest’s written exam, which earned his team an additional award. Team captain Joe Fancella works at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center.

Three special volunteer awards were presented at a recent Snohomish Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Ed Poquette received the Volunteer of the Year award. Ray Cook was presented the Spirit of Snohomish award. Snohomish Fire District 4’s Snohomish Fire Explorers Post #444 received the Youth of the Year Award. Additionally, 18 local service organizations were recognized.

The Washington State Department of Revenue has won another national award in recognition of efforts to help businesses file and pay taxes accurately. The Federation of Tax Administrators named Washington the winner of the Award for Outstanding Compliance Program for the department’s iPhone app.

Events

Greater Everett Business and Professional Women meet today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in Everett. Debra Deir, Sara Bond and Shauna Starcher will address the group. This meeting is free and the public is welcome to attend. Call 206-909-6815 for more information.

Local drivers are invited to attend an open house to learn more about plans for a new roundabout on State Route 9 at 84th Street Northeast (Getchell Road) in Marysville. The event is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Marysville Getchell High School. The public will have an opportunity to review plans and talk with Washington State Department of Transportation staff.

Health expert and best-selling author Joe Piscatella will speak at the Edmonds Chamber lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Edmonds Yacht Club. He will speak about the 6 Weeks to a Healthier You program hosted by the Verdant Health Commission that will be offered beginning May 13.

The next Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours event is from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday at the Canoes Cabaret Room in the Tulalip Resort Casino. Mel Sheldon will offer his annual State of the Tribes address. Call or email your reservations to 360-659-7700 or admin@marysvilletulalipchamber.com.

Garden Court Retirement Community in Everett is hosting a free shredding event for all local seniors. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. America Data Guard will securely shred paperwork or other media that carry personal information. Seniors who donate a non-perishable food item to Volunteers of America can have free a hotdog lunch.

A career-building tool called Career Quest Cards will be featured in a workshop with career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Vision Quest Bookstore and Wellness Center at 3602 Colby Ave. in Everett. Bellows designed Career Quest Cards to offer individuals an engaging and affordable strategy for developing a fulfilling new career.

Beard Financial Group will offer a final 5-Minute Financial Clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Firelight Bistro in Stanwood. The free event is an open forum at which the public can ask questions and discuss concerns with a professional financial planner. This is an informational event, not a sales event. For information call 360-629-7575.

The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce has announced that “My Classic Car with Dennis Gage” will air the 2012 Snohomish Classic Car &Hot Rod Display episode at 7 p.m. on Sunday on the Speed Channel. It features owner interviews, cars and trucks and notable footage of historic Downtown Snohomish.

The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office will host a candidate workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 2 at the Snohomish County Campus. The workshop will give prospective candidates information about what it takes to run for office. Additional information can be found in the Election Information Guide at the Auditor’s Office website.

Snohomish Senior Center is hosting a bingo fundraiser open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. on May 4 with early-bird play at 6:15 p.m. and regular sessions at 6:30 p.m. There will be regular games, blackouts and powerball. Snacks can be purchased at the cafe. For questions, call 360-568-0934.

Bothell’s HWA GeoSciences has again teamed up with the Redmond Cycling Club to host the fifth annual Tour des Engineers bike ride around Whidbey Island. Registration is open for engineers, contractors or consultants in the industry who want to join the May 18 event. Register at www.hwageo.com.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Port of Edmonds, the City of Edmonds, the Edmonds Conference Center and Rusty Pelican Restaurant, presents the 2013 Edmonds Business Expo on June 1. Limited exhibitor booths remain, but registrations are still being accepted. More information is at chamber at www.edmondswa.com, or call 425-670-1496.

Announcements

Lynnwood’s Clean and Simple Cleaning is a gold-level sponsorship of the Inspiring Hope Run/Walk, a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Mukilteo on May 11. For more race information, visit www.inspiringhope.info.

The Woodard Agency, an independent insurance agency in Everett, is now representing Progressive Insurance as well as several other companies. Founder and Everett native Lee A. Woodard has 38 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Party City is relocating its Everett store to 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, in the Everett Mall next to Sears.

The Everett Silvertips Hockey Club, Global Spectrum and the Everett Public Facilities District have announced an extension to the club’s Comcast Arena lease agreement. The new five-year deal follows the club’s initial lease agreement of 10 seasons.

The City of Sultan has reduced business license fees for new businesses, cutting the annual cost in half for a new business’s first year. According to Sultan mayor Carolyn Eslick, the reduced fees are a message to entrepreneurs that Sultan supports business and recognizes that the first year in business is tough.

Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood has been named as one of the 20 finalists in Umpqua Bank’s Show Us How You Give photo campaign, which will award $25,000 in grants. The five nonprofit organizations and five schools with the most votes each receive a grant of $2,500. Voting is done through Umpqua’s Facebook page.

Two local Ford dealers have upgraded parking lot lighting to energy-efficient LED lighting. This allows for better visibility and cuts energy usage. Harris Ford Lincoln of Lynnwood and Brien Motors of Everett expect to save significantly on energy bills.

The Pride of Marysville Neighborhood Improvement Award program is accepting nominations for 2013. The awards recognize neighbors and businesses who take pride in their property in ways that enhance the appearance of the community. Nomination brochures are available on the city website and can be completed and submitted online.

The City of Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for the 19th annual Monte Cristo Awards for property owners who have shown extensive pride in their property. Nomination forms are available at the Everett Public Library branches, the City of Everett’s office lobby and other locations. Call 425-257-8717 for more information.

Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield presented the city’s 2012 year-end financial report to the City Council at its April 11 meeting. His summary concluded that the city is strong. The 2012 reports on finances and performance measures are available at the city’s website.

To honor the late Margaret Thatcher, Snoqualmie Ice Cream is now offering soft serve ice cream at its café. Snoqualmie Ice Cream is the only all-natural, soft-serve ice cream in Washington.

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