Front Porch: Tell us your New Year’s traditions

Do you greet the New Year by running up a mountain or jumping into frigid water in your skivvies? We want to hear about off-the-wall New Year’s traditions for a story. Contact Debra Smith, 425-339-3197 or

Volunteers of America needs help: What was handed out in Christmas food baskets is probably down to turkey soup.

There are several ways to give to Volunteers of America Western Washington so food is still available for families in need.

The Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank, 1230 Broadway, Everett, accepts donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For every dollar donated to the Food Bank, Volunteers of America can purchase $6 worth of food.

Donations of money, hygiene products, books, school supplies and volunteer help are also needed to support Volunteers of America Housing and Transitional Services and three preschools for low-income families.

Mail checks to Volunteers of America, P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206.

Holiday closures are set for New Year’s Day, Friday:

Government: Federal, state and local offices will closed.

Schools: Closed.

Post offices: Closed.

Commerce: Most businesses and banks will be closed.

Transportation: Everett Transit, Community Transit and Dial-A-Ride Transportation will be on Sunday schedules. For ferry information, go to or call 888-808-7977.

The Herald: Classified and reception will be closed. For delivery, call 425-339-3200 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Call in news tips to 425-339-3428.

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