Mill Creek City Councilmember Mark Bond takes his oath of office Jan. 7. (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek City Councilmember Mark Bond takes his oath of office Jan. 7. (Mill Creek)

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Naval station drills

Naval Station Everett is running security exercises from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The main gates will be closed for 10-minute intervals during the drill. Those nearby may notice a larger security presence than usual, and hear blank gunshots and emergency messages on loudspeakers.

This kind of practice helps improve coordination between the Navy and local agencies. It also keeps the base prepared in the case of an actual emergency.

Additional exercises also will be later in the month, on Jan. 29 and 30, during the same time of day.

Mill Creek government takes shape for 2020

Pam Pruitt will serve her fifth term as Mill Creek’s mayor.

She was voted, 4-2, to the position by her fellow Mill Creek City Council members Jan. 7. Pruitt took her honorary oath of office at the meeting as well.

Mill Creek has a council-manager government, in which the City Council handles policy and strategic vision, and city hall operations are left to a hired city manager. The mayor presides over council meetings, is the liaison to the city manager, and acts as the honorary representative at public functions.

Councilmember Brian Holtzclaw was voted unanimously to a third term as mayor pro tem, which fulfills the mayor’s functions when the mayor is not available.

Councilmembers Mark Bond, Vincent Cavaleri and Mike Todd were sworn in for four-year terms that end in 2024.

Learn about family caregiving

A six-week series in Arlington will be offered in April and May to educate family caregivers. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed to provide caregivers with tools to take care of themselves while supporting a friend, parent or spouse. It includes brainstorming, discussions and lessons to improve self-care and confidence with difficult emotions, decisions and situations.

A $25 book fee is required, but otherwise the classes are free. Space is limited and registration is required.

It’s scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, April 21 to May 26 at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

More info: Angeles Vesely, 425-248-5156 or avesely@stillycenter.org; Jeanne Karr, 425-248-5276 or jkarr@stillycenter.org. Family caregiver support program: snocare.org.

Free IRS tax prep for military personnel

Active duty military personnel have free options for IRS Free File federal tax preparation. Free File is available for individuals or families whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less last year. Active duty military members and their spouses who meet that income requirement can choose from 1040Now, Inc., FileYourTaxes.com, Free tax Returns.com, H&R Block, On-Line Taxes, Inc., Tax ACT, TaxHawk, Inc., TaxSlayer (English and Spanish) and TurboTax.

Go to IRS.gov/FreeFile to see all Free File options. Select a provider and follow the links to their web page to begin a tax return. The fastest way to get a refund is by filing electronically and selecting direct deposit.

The IRS will begin processing tax returns Jan. 27.

More info: IRS.gov/military.

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