This home at 2310 Rainier Ave. in Everett claimed second place in the Riverside Neighborhood Association’s contest.

This home at 2310 Rainier Ave. in Everett claimed second place in the Riverside Neighborhood Association’s contest.

Woman’s estate gives $550,000 to Edmonds Community College

EdCC one of 17 community colleges in $10 million gift

The estate of a local centanarian is giving Edmonds Community College $550,000 as part of a $10 million donation to 18 Washington state community colleges.

Eva Gordon died in 2018 at the age of 101. She built her fortune through a series of investments from meager paychecks, a news release said. Her estate donated $550,000 to 17 other community colleges, including Shoreline Community College and Everett Community College.

“If I had a scholarship when I got out of high school, I could have done so much more,” she said in a 2013 profile by South Seattle College.

EdCC plans to use the money for scholarships and student success programs, according to the news release.

“With jobs, family responsabilities and a median age of 30, Edmonds Community College students are often one step away from having to quit college to pay their bills,” the release said.

Riverside light decoration winners

Several homes in the Riverside Neighborhood of Everett were lit up for the holidays. As part of the neighborhood’s 22nd annual holiday lighting contest, the homes were awarded with a sign. Judges spent 3.5 hours navigating the area to pick winners.

Best decorated were: 2223 Cleveland Ave., first place; 2310 Rainier Ave., second place; 2401 Chestnut St., third place. Best theme was “Santa’s Workshop” at 2517 E. Grand Ave. Best earth friendly was at 1932 Summit Ave. Best tree was at 2232 Chestnut St. Best inflatable was 3411 23rd St. Best daytime display was at 2414 State St. Best blocks were: 2400 block of Chestnut Street, first place; 2500-2600 block of East Grand Avenue, second place; and 2100 block Cedar Street, third place. Best business was Central Welding Supply at 2530 Hewitt Ave.

Coats for kids

The Marysville Knights of Columbus purchased 194 warm coats and distributed them to children in Marysville and Lakewood as part of its longstanding coats for kids program.

The coats were given out starting in September with the help of Marysville’s St. Mary Catholic Church.

Everett robotics teams advance to semifinals

Nine robotics teams comprised of Everett Public Schools students are advancing to a state competition’s semifinals.

The First Lego League Washington hosted the event, which tasked teams of students with observing how cities build and grow and creating solutions for an optimal future, a news release said.

Teams are comprised of up to 10 students in grades 4 through 8 and two teacher coaches.

Students from Cedar Wood Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Gateway Middle, Heatherwood Middle, Jefferson Elementary and North Middle are advancing to the next round of competition.

The next round is hosted by Amazon in downtown Seattle on Jan. 18 and 19.

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