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A new way of recycling coming

Residents will get curbside recycling service starting in July.

A new blue recycling container and instructions will be delivered to each home early next month.

The new container will replace the previous smaller containers that required materials to be sorted. The new service will allow residents to combine their recyclables into a single container. Residents can keep their old bins or throw them out.

New technology at Waste Management’s Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville allows the sorting to be done there instead of by residents, said Tom Leland, a manager for the company.

Residents also will be able to recycle more materials, including plastics such as milk jugs.

The new system might save some users money by allowing them to reduce the size of the garbage container, said Karen Latimer, the city’s utilities manager.

For more information, call Waste Management at 800-592-9995 or go to www.wmnorthwest .com.


Connector project discussed Tuesday

The city and Snohomish County have scheduled a public meeting Tuesday on the Bothell Connector Project draft environmental impact statement.

The meeting will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the International Union of Operating Engineers building, 18701 120th Ave. NE.

The project evaluates a plan to construct an arterial roadway from south of 240th Street SE to Maltby Road.

The report is in the midst of a 45-day public comment period. Written comments are due by July 15 to senior project manager Steven M. Morikawa, PE, City of Bothell Public Works Department, 9654 NE 182nd St., Bothell, WA 98011.


City helps Amtrak celebrate 75 years

The city will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Amtrak’s Empire Builder on Friday.

An Amtrak representative will step off the train at 5:17 p.m. at the Edmonds Station and present Edmonds’ officials with a poster commemorating the event.

The public is invited to join Mayor Gary Haakenson, members of the City Council and station staff in celebrating the milestone.

Cake, punch and coffee will be served between 5 and 6 p.m.

The Empire Builder, which passes through Edmonds, serves stations between Seattle and Chicago.


Everpark garage contract OK’d

The Downtown Everett Association will run the city-owned Everpark garage for another three years.

The City Council on Wednesday approved the new three-year contract, which will go into effect July 1.

The nonprofit association will earn $11,333 per month during the first year of the contact – the same amount it is paying now. The dollar amounts for the second and third years have yet to be negotiated, but management fees typically rise 3 percent to 5 percent a year, said Carlton Gipson, director of facilities and property management.

The association uses any profits from its management of the garage on efforts to revitalize downtown Everett and on improvements to the garage.

Timber sale nets $731,740 for city

The City Council on Wednesday approved the sale of 48 acres of timber near the city’s Chaplain Reservoir.

Miller Shingle Co. of Granite Falls will pay $731,740 for the estimated 2.35 million board feet of timber. Miller was the highest of three bidders.

Most of the trees, which are on city-owned woodland about 20 miles east of Everett, are Douglas fir and hemlock.

The money from the sale will be used for wildlife restoration.

June 11 meeting set on Medicaid

A state Department of Social and Health Services pilot project in Snohomish County to integrate different Medicaid services will be implemented in January instead of this fall.

This and other changes will be discussed in a third public meeting, 11 a.m.-noon Friday at the Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett.

The program will provide managed care services in mental health, substance-abuse treatment and medical care to an estimated 6,000 disabled and elderly Snohomish patients.

The changes originally were scheduled to go into effect in July.

Drive to help homeless families

On Friday, third- and fourth- grade students at Jackson Elementary School will conduct their annual “Drive-Through for Babies” in front of the school, at 3700 Federal Ave. Community members are invited to drive by the school between 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and contribute basic items for infants at the Tomorrow’s Hope childcare center.

The childcare center, operated by Housing Hope, is the only childcare center in Snohomish County licensed to care for homeless children.

Firefighters urge yard, alley cleanup

Firefighters are urging residents to clean up debris in yards and alleys that could pose a fire hazard.

Spring cleaning keeps waste from becoming an “arson magnet,” according to the Everett Fire Department.

Two years ago, police caught two men who spent their late summer evenings roaming Everett’s central alleys looking for items to burn. In just three weeks, they destroyed two wooden garages, one with a car inside, and an apartment building’s laundry room. They also started a fire in the hallway of an apartment house while residents were asleep.

Firefighters suggest locking garages; removing scrap lumber, newspapers, mattresses, furniture, tires and other items; removing yard waste; and securely storing gasoline cans, paint, solvents and aerosols.

They also remind parents to keep matches, lighters and charcoal lighter fluid away from children.

For more information, contact Assistant Fire Marshal Rick Robinson at 425-257-8123 or rrobinson@ci.everett.wa.us.

YMCA adds to teen facility

The grand opening of Teen Tech Scene will take place today at the Southeast Family YMCA.

The addition provides five new Internet-ready computers, new couches where teens can sit and read or talk with friends, and tables for homework, community meetings and other activities.

Teens already are personalizing the new space by adding artwork and decorations. Gifts provided by Centex Homes and Polygon Northwest Co. made the project possible.

The community is invited to celebrate the opening, 4-6 p.m. at the Southeast Family YMCA at 13723 Puget Park Drive. For more information, call Cory Wilson-Hoss at 425-337-0123

Island County

Dot painting at family night

The Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center has scheduled a family night program from 6-7:30 tonight at Camano Center, 141 NE Camano Drive.

The event is designed to help families communicate better and learn to have fun together. Free pizza is provided, and dot painting will be the group activity.

For more information, call 360-629-5257.


Edmonds schools set new calendar

The Edmonds School District has released its 2004-05 calendar.

School will begin Sept. 2. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 25 and 26. Winter break will be Dec. 20-31 and mid-winter break will be Feb. 22-25. Spring break is April 11-15 and the last day of school is June 22 unless there are weather make-up days.

No-school days for teacher training and planning are Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 18, April 29 and May 27.

There are two early-release days: Jan. 27 and June 22.


Car wash to help Class of 2006

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School Class of 2006 Parent Booster Club will have a car wash fund-raiser, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Kmart parking lot, 9623 State Ave.

Proceeds will be used for baccalaureate and after-graduation party.


Discussion group meets Wednesday

Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion group, meets at 7 p.m. June 16 at Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way.

The discussion topic is “What is a just action? What are just actions?”

Close to 200 chapters of Socrates Cafe, philosophical discussion groups, exist around the world. They meet everywhere from libraries to hospitals to prisons and people’s homes to discuss questions in the manner that Socrates would have – not current political issues, but the questions at the root of those issues. The group picks the topics, and lively discussions always ensue.

In Monroe, the only chapter in Snohomish County, about 20 people attend the monthly meeting, always the third Wednesday of the month at the library. The event is sponsored by the Monroe Arts Council, a nonprofit group.


Kamiak hires new assistant principal

Kamiak High School has hired a new assistant principal for next year.

Patricia Schmidt, assistant principal at West Valley High School in Spokane, will join the Kamiak staff at the end of the school year.

Schmidt has been a high school teacher in six states and also was an administrator at Post Falls High School in Idaho.

She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a master’s degree in education administration from Whitworth College in Spokane.


VFW offers potluck lunch

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 921 and its auxiliary will have a regular potluck lunch and meeting for all veterans and their families on Saturday at the Boys &Girls Club Center, 402 Second St.

Potluck will be served, noon-1 p.m. The meeting will be 1-2:30 p.m.

The event is to share fellowship in helping other veterans, servicemen and their families. For more information, call 425-334-6112.


Norway daughters study rose painting

The Daughters of Norway, Ingeborg Lodge No. 43 will have a cultural program about rosemaling (rose painting) at its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sons of Norway Hall, 9910 270th St. NW.

The group is open to women and girls older than 13 who are interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture.

For more information, call Nina Kurrle at 360-387-4157.

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