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IN THIS BEACON CRI class registration under way p3 ‘Unexpected Guest” mesmerizes p6 Beacon picks up its game p7 Art Stusio Tour this weekend p16

Proponents: Borrowing not sound financially

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Volume XXVIII Number 48 Sept. 19, 2013

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Warriors shut out Mountlake Terrace: Mavericks up next

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Ex-pro boxer still finds joy in the ring BY PAUL ARCHIPLEY PUBLISHER @ YOURBEACON . NET

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City considers sewer rate increases BY PAUL ARCHIPLEY PUBLISHER @ YOURBEACON . NET

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he public will be invited to weigh in next week on a proposal to raise utility rates 9.5 percent over the next three years. The administration’s proposal is tied to an update of the Sanitary Sewer Comprehensive Plan – an element of the city’s Comprehensive Plan – that the state requires to be updated on a regular basis. According to Public Works Director Phil Williams, because Edmonds is largely built out, issues affecting the sewage treatment system largely relate to aging infrastructure, the system’s current capacity in relation to current and future population, the problem of root intrusion in pipes, and of infiltration and inflow – that is, water flowing into the system because of broken or damaged pipes or from unauthorized discharges of storm water. The overall system is a big-ticket operation. There are 3,200 manholes and nearly 670,000 miles of sanitary sewer pipe. There also are 14 lift stations, 10 flow meters, and one wastewater treatment plant that has three primary clarifiers, three aeration basins, three secondary clarifiers and an incinerator. And much of the system is old. According to Utilities Engineer Mike Delilla, who made a presentation to the Planning Board this summer, most of the systems pipes were laid in the 1950s or earlier, with some as old as the 1920s. Most of them are concrete – the preferred material in those days – and it is cracking, breaking, and decaying from the highly toxic effluent that travels through them. (That spicy meal didn’t only upset your stomach!) There also needs to be regular maintenance and repairs at the treatment plant and in other systems, Williams told the council Tuesday. “Sewage is quite corrosive,” he said. “There are lots of issues; we’re finding them by the scores. “This is what happens when you have really old pipes.” And all of it is maintained through user rates. According to Williams, the city hasn’t had a sewer rate increase since 2003-04 and, in fact, actually lowered rates in 2006. Consequently, it has largely depended on borrowing money on a regular basis through bond sales to fund capital projects. That ties up money for bond payments that otherwise could be used for maintenance, capital projects and other upgrades. The administration is proposing that a series of small rate increases over the see

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Beacon photo by Paul Archipley Former pro boxer Martin O’Malley, left, of Edmonds, emphasizes tactics and mechanics to a young boxer at the Seattle Boxing Gym.

artin O’Malley says his brother Tom has a punch “that can knock down a rhino.” O’Malley, of Edmonds, should know. The youngest of four boys and son of an amateur boxer, he grew up in Dublin, Ireland, brawling with his siblings and watching professional and amateur fights on the “telly” with his father. Still, he never entertained the notion of becoming a boxer until he watched Roberto Durán beat Iran “the Blade” Barkley for the WBC Middleweight title in 1989. “Like most people, I would change the channel rather than watch two guys mauling and hugging each other,” O’Malley said. “But I watched that fight, and I realized there was a lot more to it.” When his father took him and his brothers to the boxing finals of the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, O’Malley said, “I became obsessed.” In 1991, he won the National Junior Olympics. Four years later, O’Malley was boxing in the Goodwill Games. After a stellar career as an amateur, he turned pro. O’Malley wrapped up his career in 2005 with a final record of 21-5-1, including 14 wins by knockout. He was 28. He lost his final pro fight by decision to Robert Frankel. He had lost a point in the second round for holding, and another point in the fifth for a low blow. He wasn’t warned either time. “It cost me the fight,” O’Malley said. “It left a bad taste in my mouth.” Still, O’Malley has never left the ring. Although he’s a card-carrying union carpenter today, his heart is still in boxing. He’s using that love of the pugilist sport to train others, spending all of his spare time at the Seattle Boxing Gym. He also does occasional exhibitions, mostly sparring-type events. He’ll be in the ring on Saturday, see

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Student suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest while jogging A

n unexpectedly large crowd came to Meadowdale High School Sunday evening to pay their respects to a student who died unexpectedly Friday during a P.E. class. An autopsy revealed that Matthew Truax had an enlarged heart. He suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and collapsed while jogging on the track with his class. Teachers immediately began CPR on the 16-year-old junior, and called 911 just before 10 a.m., according to fire officials. Paramedics continued CPR and other

life-saving efforts while transporting Truax to the hospital, but they were unable to get his heart going again at the hospital. Medical professionals and educators in recent years are discovering that young people with enlarged hearts is a more common condition than previously realized. Statistics show a seemingly healthy young person suffers SCA every three days in the U.S. It is the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes. Many school districts are purchasing defibrillators and training staff on

their use. There is an organization, nickoftimefoundation.org, that is working to educate schools and families about this still largely unknown condition. Truax’s parents, who had asked for privacy, heard about the large crowd attending the Sunday evening service, so they came to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness and kindness. School officials said counseling was being made available for students and their families. Meadowdale Principal Kevin Allen also sent a letter home to parents explaining the tragedy.


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Sept. 28, when SBG hosts a Fight Night fundraiser featuring nine exhibition fights. According to SBG general manager Rich Druliner, tickets at $25 for general admission or $50 for a ringside table include food; drinks also will be on sale. Proceeds will benefit the SBG boxing team and provide for new gym equipment. The gym also hosts regular family nights, when fight fans of all ages can watch boxers up close. Druliner said the next one is tentatively scheduled for November. For the upcoming Fight Night, Druliner said contestants would include amateurs in training and their coaches. O’Malley, of course, is the

www.edmondsbeacon.com headliner. That’s fine with him. “I’m constantly training,” O’Malley said. “I’m ready tomorrow.” He has no plans, however, to return to the pro ranks. He doesn’t want to wind up like some fighters who stay too long in the game. “I didn’t want to become one of those guys who just fights for a paycheck,” he said. And too often, of course, they end up permanently damaged. Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers of all time, suffers from Parkinson’s syndrome, most likely from absorbing years of punches to his head. O’Malley is focused on teaching students the fine art of boxing to help them avoid a

similar fate. “There’s a lot more to it than two guys hugging. It’s chess with a human body,” he said. O’Malley said Floyd Mayweather, who improved his record to 45-0 on Saturday with a win over Saul Alvarez, “is tactically off the charts.” “That’s why he’s undefeated. It’s all about strategy.” O’Malley said he would have been a better fighter if he had understood the mechanics through much of his career. “I was 13 years into my career before I was enlightened,” he said. “Now I’m adamant. If you’re gonna learn boxing, learn it right. “You’re going to lose a lot of brain cells if you don’t.” On a recent Saturday afternoon, O’Malley was sparring with Ron Rosella of Seattle. At 73, Rosella is a life-long boxing fan who has stayed in shape by staying in the ring. “You have to be in some sort of decent condition to do it,” Rosella said. “I always wanted to fight. But when I told my mother, she cried.” But even Rosella will take part in the action at SBG’s Fight Night on Sept. 28. Hopefully, his mother would approve. Thanks to O’Malley, he should at least have the mechanics right. To reserve seats, call SBG at 206-658-3114.

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Beacon photo by Pat Ratliff Ron Rosella, right, throws a left while training with ex-pro Martin O’Malley.

Annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour is this weekend Local artists open their doors to show fresh art

Work by Jennifer Bowman, 2013 tour brochure artist

Mona Fairbanks’ freshly painted rockfish swim on a brick wall on 5th Avenue South, while her nearby studio reveals unique graphic canvases and prints. On Main Street, Andy Eccleschall’s murals reflect the compelling paintings found in his studio. The Edmonds Art Studio Tour presents an opportunity to expand past the exterior face of art to the interior space of creation. A loom with its warp and shuttle at Heather McGilvray’s studio stands next to wearable and framed weavings. At other studios, paintings hang not far from brushes, sculptures sit near tools, lathes by wooden bowls, and ceramic works are close to the kilns that fired them. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Edmonds Art Studio Tour offers a chance to browse a stack of colorful paintings and prints, and marvel at the intricate workings of handmade jewelry. Unique pottery, woodworks, sculpture, weavings, and photographs are also showcased. With 42 artists in 23 studios, the free, self-guided tour offers up colorful, statuesque, and expressive artworks on display. Artists’ interpretations vary from realistic to abstract, and from the spiritual to a touch of fantasy. Get the first chance at new creations. Plan a day to admire local studio art, dine in Edmonds and maybe toss in a few murals, too. Presented by the Edmonds Art Festival, and funded in part by the City of Edmonds Art Commission Tourism Promotion Fund. Maps are available at EdmondsArtStudioTour.com.

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