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Snohomish County

Sound Publishing President

Manfred Tempelmayr

North Regional Publisher Nickel Publications

Table of Contents

Welcome Letter ........................................................................................6 Relocation Information & County Map ............................................10 Business/Employment..........................................................................20 Communities & Neighborhoods........................................................24

Ron Simmons

Snohomish County Calendar of Events ...........................................29

Contributing Editors

Education .................................................................................................34

Kelly Lenihan Sally Chamberlain Scott Wurtz

Lead Graphic Designer Rob Ripley

Photography

Your Home ...............................................................................................38 Senior Living ...........................................................................................42 Healthcare................................................................................................46

Julie Hanich

Dining........................................................................................................50

Advertising Coordinator

Recreation ................................................................................................54

Susie Stoltz

Circulation

Savings Certificates ...............................................................................59

Charlee McRill Serving the areas of:

Sound Publishing, Inc. dba Little Nickel 9930 Evergreen Way, Suite X105 Everett, WA 98204

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Welcome to visitors and new residents! On behalf of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, let me welcome you to Snohomish County. When Sound Publishing asked me to write a letter of welcome to the readers of Snohomish County Living, I was delighted for the opportunity. While the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau does not issue this publication, we are happy to be part of the welcome you receive upon your first visit. Snohomish County lays claim to an impressively diverse geography encompassing urban delights, rural masterpieces, and an endless menu of outdoor options and indoor fun! Nestled between the waters of Puget Sound and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County, Washington is only 12 miles north of downtown Seattle. With our natural scenic beauty, nature-based tours are our specialty! Whale watching, bald eagle viewing, river rafting, beachfront or forested hiking trails and estuary tours give visitors and residents a glimpse of local wildlife and habitat. Kayak in the waters of Puget Sound or experience river rafting from float trips to Class IV rapids. You design the experience! Known for miles of shoreline, peaceful lakes and streams, scenic rivers perfect for fishing or rafting, abundant hiking, biking and walking trails, Snohomish County is the perfect location for outdoor fun. But don’t forget the arts, culture, shopping, dining and history! Historic museums showcase Snohomish County’s past, local artisans create contemporary works of art, and homegrown agricultural products provide chefs the opportunity to create fresh delicacies. Visit the largest building in the world to see the assembly of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner or see Paul G. Allens’ rare collection of vintage military aircraft at the Flying Heritage Collection. Practice your swing at any one of 18 golf courses, try your luck at local casinos or be inspired by the multitude of performing and visual arts. Whether you’re here for a visit or a lifetime, you’ll find that Snohomish County is “Close to Everything. Far from Ordinary” ™ For more visitor information, please contact us at www.snohomish.org” www.snohomish.org or (425)348-5802. Welcome and enjoy everything Snohomish County has to offer!

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During Cold Season, Treat Kids with Care (ARA) - Many families rely on overthe-counter (OTC) oral cough and cold medicines to help children feel better when they are sick, but we can never be too careful when caring for our kids. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson, a mother of three, can relate.“As parents, we’re in charge of our children’s health, and as a mother of three, I take this responsibility very seriously,” says Wilson.“It is our job as parents to understand how to safely give OTC medicines to our children when they’re sick, and I am excited to be working on such an important effort explaining the safe and appropriate use of these medicines.” Wilson has partnered with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) on the “Treat with Care” campaign to provide parents with important tips that they should always follow when using children’s OTC oral cough and cold medicines. “Treat with Care” is a national educational campaign sponsored by CHPA, the trade

association representing the leading makers of these medicines.The campaign’s goal is to drive home the fact that OTC oral cough and cold medicines for children provide safe and effective symptom relief when used as directed, but, like all medicines, can have real risks if used or stored incorrectly. To ensure that these medicines are used and stored safely, the “Treat with Care” campaign reminds parents: * Always follow the label exactly and use the measuring device that comes with the medicine. * Do not give a medicine only intended for adults to a child. * Do not use two medicines at the same time that contain the same ingredients. * Prevent unsupervised ingestions by keeping all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

* Do not use antihistamine products to make a child sleepy. * Consult a physician or healthcare professional with questions. “When used properly, these medicines are safe and effective and are relied upon by millions of parents,” says CHPA President Linda A. Suydam. “We created the ‘Treat with Care’ campaign as a resource for these parents and other caregivers to help ensure they understand safe dosing and safe storage rules.The bottom line is that where children and medicines are concerned, parents must treat both with care.” For more information, visit www.OTCsafety.org. Courtesy of ARAcontent


The Greening of Snohomish County... Actions Snohomish County government is taking to address global warming and local energy security. Protecting and enhancing the natural environment has always been a high priority for Snohomish County; however, the importance of controlling the county’s greenhouse-gas emissions has recently come into sharper focus. Scientific evidence is conclusive that greenhouse gases are contributing to global warming and that global warming is contributing to climate change. Recognizing that climate and energy issues are inseparable, Snohomish County’s response to global warming addresses both. The county’s goal: to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent below the year 2000 levels by the year 2020. Following are highlights of current Snohomish County activities that illustrate the county’s commitment to becoming a model of green government.

Creating a SustainableEnergy Future In the search for alternatives to fossil fuels, the county is partnering with local agriculture to grow oilseed crops such as canola, to convert agricultural wastes to methane gas, and to develop the infrastructure to support a local biofuels industry. As one of the area’s largest fleet operators, the county is also setting an example by reducing emissions and using alternative fuels in its own vehicles. These efforts reduced fuel usage by 200,000 gallons and carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 4 million pounds in 2007. Greening the Fleet - Snohomish County is reducing its carbon footprint by increasing the use of biofuels in its fleet, purchasing hybrid gas and electric vehicles, installing diesel-oxidation catalysts to reduce tailpipe emissions and pollution, reducing vehicle idling times, down-sizing engines for better fuel economy, and right-sizing vehicles to better match their work application. Saying Good-bye to Gasoline - In 2007, a county-sponsored trial project grew 300,000 pounds of canola seed for biodiesel production on local farmlands. The seed was dried at the county’s former Cathcart landfill in a small commercial dryer modified to use methane gas previously released into the atmosphere. Oil from the seeds was processed into fuel by Seattle Biodiesel and distributed to the county’s growing fleet of biodiesel vehicles. Last year, the County’s use of biodiesel reduced its carbon-dioxide emissions by more than a half-million pounds. This year’s goal is to double that amount. Green Light for Energy Conservation - Snohomish County has converted 100%

of its traffic signals to LED lamps (Light Emitting Diode). LED lights are 70% more energy efficient than incandescent lights. In addition, the County’s Public Works Maintenance Center at Cathcart Way, where the signal shop is located, uses energy-saving fluorescent lighting, localized climate control and other Energy Star conservation features. Other efforts include the County’s Low Impact Development Program (LID) which helps developers use green-building and energyconservation products and techniques.

Reducing Pollution that Causes Global Warming The largest source of greenhouse-gas pollution in the county is motor-vehicle traffic, accounting for nearly half of total emissions. Snohomish County’s strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution caused by transportation includes actions to both reduce the amount of vehicle miles traveled each day and to reduce the levels of traffic congestion on county roadways. Rapid growth in the county’s “waste stream” – the hundreds of tons of garbage that flow through the solid-waste disposal system and into landfills each day – continues to generate greenhouse gas pollution. To lessen this impact, the county is intensifying efforts to divert waste through a variety of recycling and reclamation programs. Recycling efforts at county transfer stations have increased materials recycled five-fold to more than 18,000 tons since 2005. Dumping the Throwaway Habit Greenhouse gases are generated throughout the entire lifecycle of a product - from gathering raw material and manufacturing the product to disposing of it when it’s no longer needed. Snohomish County is addressing waste and pollution at every stage of a product’s life including the nationally recognized “Take-It-Back” electronics recycling program which the county played a key role in developing. New programs are being developed to help ensure that nutrients from organic wastes are being captured and reused as valuable compost rather than being burned or buried in landfills. In 2007, the amount of organics diverted at county transfer stations quadrupled over the previous year. At the county’s downtown Everett campus, recycling of paper, bottles, cans and cardboard has reduced garbage disposal by fifty percent. In addition, the county’s Public Works Department used more than 4,500 tons of recycled asphalt concrete to repave county roads and generated nearly 400 tons of recycled cement concrete from a county bridge that was being demolished. Fuming Over Congestion - Engines

idling in traffic add to the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions generated by motor vehicles. To help keep traffic moving, the county has implemented new traffic-signal controls along major arterials that improve traffic flows during peak travel periods. Working with Community Transit, the county has installed Transit System Priority (TSP) lanes on several major arterials which reduce transit times and make bus-riding a more attractive transportation choice. Other countywide efforts to reduce singleoccupancy vehicle commuter trips have helped reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by nearly four million pounds per year.

Achieving a Sustainable Carbon Balance Trees and vegetation store carbon and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Global warming results when greenhouse-gas emissions, primarily carbon dioxide, increase faster than the earth’s vegetation can accommodate and instead escape into the atmosphere. When carbon-emission and carbon-capture processes are in balance, conditions are said to be “carbon neutral.” Achieving and sustaining this balance is a primary goal of Snohomish County’s climate and energy agenda. First Line of Defense: A Lush Natural Landscape - Snohomish County staff and neighborhood volunteers have planted more than 45,000 native trees and shrubs as part of the county’s efforts to restore degraded riparian areas. In addition to its restoration efforts, the county is working with rural residents to preserve open space, farmlands and forest areas for the future by creating incentives that channel potential development into areas designated for growth. County planners also work with developers in urban areas to create compact, pedestrianfriendly communities, which maximize natural landscape features and greenery. The Built Environment: Partnering with Nature - Pervious concrete that allows rain to filter through to soil, rather than running off into stormwater systems, is just one of many new and ingenious ways of building environmentally friendly communities. Snohomish County is an active participant in Green-Building and Low Impact Development programs that foster energy conservation and promote sustainable use of natural resources. Puget Park Drive, an award-winning county road project, features innovative “rain gardens” along the roadway to infiltrate runoff slowly back into the soil in a natural way rather than diverting it to artificial holding ponds.


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o you’re moving! Whether down the block or across three time zones, it can be a hectic, even traumatic time for you and your family, as well as the friends, relatives and neighbors left behind. The move may be a personal choice or required to further your career. Either way, scheduling the required steps and keeping everyone and everything organized will go a long way toward making the transition a more pleasant chance for change. Planning the Move Start by simplifying your move:you’ll save time by creating and sticking to guidelines. There are several factors to consider when first planning a move. First, decide whether you will move yourself, hire a professional to pack and unpack your belongings, or maybe something in between. If you decide on the services of a pro, searching the internet or looking in the Yellow Pages are logical first steps. After you know what companies are available, talk to friends and neighbors who have used professional movers in the past. References 10

are always the best way to go. Prices will vary. The basic cost of a professional move is based on the weight of your household items and the time required to move them. Get several estimates from a few companies, and see what may be worth paying for, or worth doing yourself. Once you pick your mover, you should get a binding estimate that holds the mover responsible to make the move for a specific price. A non-binding estimate is usually only an approximation of time and cost. Federal law limits moving companies from charging more than 10 percent more than the non-binding estimate. Never sign or accept any order for a moving service unless the amount is clearly displayed on each page of the written estimate, and make sure the pickup and delivery dates and times are clearly specified in writing. Movers will charge considerably less for the following: • Normal hours • Weekdays • End of month

You can reduce the number of hours that movers will need to do the job by moving items from back bedrooms nearer to the entrance they’ll be using to load. Move delicate items into the garage or into a separate room together so your fragile pieces won’t be mishandled. Remember that all moving companies provide compulsory insurance based on weight. The insurance will not, however, take into account the actual value of an item, so optional insurance may be a good idea to protect especially valuable pieces. You may want to move your most valuable or irreplaceable sentimental items by yourself. Plan a garage sale or call a local charity before the actual move date to get rid of items that you no longer need. You may also consider shipping some items in the mail if they will not be needed for several months. Since movers charge by weight, it may be less expensive to ship items such as off-season clothing than to transport them. (With today’s fuel surcharges, this may not always be the case.) Consider leaving heavy items like storable books and bowling balls with friends who will be making the trek to visit the new house. Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Think also about what you might need to prepare for: snow blowers may not always be necessary in Snohomish County, but gardening tools and sunglasses should be stowed for safekeeping. Generators are always a good idea.

Moving and Taxes Be sure to keep all of your receipts from every aspect of the move in a place where they can’t get lost while packing. Most moving costs can be tax deductible. (Check with your accountant or the IRS on how deductibility applies to your move.) The IRS normally accepts many of the following items as legitimate deductions: Travel, meals and lodging incurred during the move. The actual move of household items, including reasonable expenses for storage. Costs incurred while searching for a new home, including travel, meals and lodging. The cost of disposing of your former home and acquiring a new one. The best thing about writing off moving expenses is that the deduction is taken above the line --meaning that new residents do not have to worry about itemized deductions that can quickly dash any hopes of a big tax refund. The worst thing is that it’s hard to qualify. To determine who’s eligible, the IRS has set up two tests. Pass them and you can cash in; fail and you have to eat all the costs of your move.The IRS lets you take this deduction only if you are moving because of a job. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a new job, the same job or your first job ever. The first challenge is the 50-mile test, meaning, the distance between your new primary job and your former home must be at least 50 miles greater than your old commute. So if you used to live 10 miles from work and your new office is 45 miles from your old home, you fail the test and cannot deduct your moving expenses. However, if your new office is 65 miles from your old home, this makes your new commute 55 miles longer and you pass the first test. The second test is designed to verify that you moved for work. It requires that you be employed full time in the general area of your new job location for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months following your move. This means you are allowed to switch jobs as often as you’d like after the move to make up those 39 weeks. And if your employer transfers you again or lays you off, the IRS won’t hold it against you and will waive the 39-week test. The rules are slightly different (and more beneficial) when you own your own business, or if you have been out of 12

the workforce or worked part-time for a substantial period of time. (The IRS does not offer a definition of “substantial.”) If you’re a sole proprietor or a partner, you can simply transfer yourself (Birch Bay anyone?) and deduct the cost, as long as you meet the 50-mile and 39-week tests as well as a third test that applies to selfemployed people. The third test requires that you work full time in that area for at least 78 weeks during the 24 months after you move. If you’re just re-entering the full time workforce, you can claim the deduction even if you don’t have a job when you move. But your new job and your former residence have to be at least 50 miles apart, and you must still pass the 39-week test. If you’re a married couple filing jointly, only one spouse needs to meet both the time and distance tests.

Your Credit Cards and Banking If you already have a definite address where you will be moving, plan ahead and let all your credit card companies and banks know where and when you will be moving. Before the move: Cancel automatic billing or deductions for services you won’t use after the move. Add automatic bill pay services for credit cards so you don’t miss a payment. Contact banks and credit card companies online or by phone to update your address. Create a budget for moving expenses such as trucks and insurance, boxes, cleaning services and utility hookups so you’re not stuck paying for such services long after you’ve settled into your new place. During the move: Keep a master list of phone and web addresses for your credit and bank accounts. Keep your financial records with you. Be sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned your old house and haven’t left any important financial documents behind. Consider providing your new address to the next tenants so they can forward important documents to you. After the move: Consider adding one or two credit or store card accounts. Close any credit accounts you don’t use. Monitor your statements to make sure you’re no longer being charged for services you’ve cancelled. A particularly useful checklist for this purpose can be found at: www.creditcards.com

Moving with Children Moving is a stressful time for everyone. The experience can be especially upsetting for children. According to a clinical psychologist, the unpredictability of the move and the loss of control over comfortable surroundings can compound the situation for children. Parents can ease their child’s strain by: Giving advanced warning of important dates vital to the move. Explaining where you are moving, and why, in simplest terms. Highlighting for them the benefits of where you’re moving in ways they can understand. Using maps and pictures to make the move seem more tangible to them. Assigning specific responsibilities, based on age and ability level. Having them sort through their own belongings to discard any unused or broken toys. Making a family decision on which charities will receive charitable donations. Giving each child a package of postcards to address and distribute to their own friends so they will have mail waiting for them at the new home. Having the kids memorize the new address (and phone number) as they label boxes. Giving each child a diagram of their new room so they can decide on how to arrange the furniture. Providing each child with plenty of boxes for their valuable treasures. Providing them with special packing cartons for the prized possessions they will carry on moving day. Allowing the children to unpack their own belongings to increase their sense of security in the new home. Caring for the Children Selecting appropriate child care for your infant or young child can seem as overwhelming as helping your teenager select a college or university. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is safe and happy in a childcare environment that is fun, educational and nurturing. More than 70 percent of parents in Snohomish County place their young children in some type of daily care. Whether your child’s daily care setting is center-based care, a preschool or someone else’s home, there are specific guidelines to follow to ensure that your child is receiving quality, professional care suited to his or her developmental needs. Most important in determining the type of care that will best meet your child’s needs is to have a solid understanding Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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of your child’s temperament, likes and dislikes, health, interests and behavior. For an infant under one year of age, careful attention should be given to your child’s need to be nurtured and held, any special health needs, and the type of person you want to care for your child during the first year of his or her life. For an older child, developing play and learning styles, interaction with other children, intellectual curiosity, and the need for individualized attention should be considered. Before choosing a care setting, you should be aware of the options available including cost, location, and reputation. Snohomish County provides helpful information for newcomers to the area on selecting the appropriate type of care for your child. Volunteers of America, Western Washington is a helpful site to visit: www.voaww.org click “Family and Children’s Services” and then “Child Care Resources & Referral-Snohomish County” or call 425-259-2973, toll free 800-633-3183. Licensing and Accreditation The state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) must license all childcare providers. Licensing is granted based on meeting minimum requirements set by the state and accreditation that proves the facility meets national and professional standards. There are state guidelines as to the number of children under the care of each adult. Parents should be able to visit the site unannounced at any time.

Programs for You and Your Child Childhaven is a non-profit organization that provides respite care for parents and adults in difficult transitions. Its services are free of charge and available in King and Snohomish County. Call the 24hour crisis line by dialing 206-328-KIDS (206-328-5437). Libraries throughout Snohomish County provide summer reading and activity programs for children. Check out program offerings at the branches closest to your new home. Once established in your new home, give your children opportunities to connect with their peers through activities. Alderwood Boys & Girls Club 19719 24th Avenue W #10 Lynwood, WA 98036 (425) 774-3022 www.bgcsnoco.org Edmonds Boys & Girls Club 36-6th Avenue N. 14

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Moving with Pets Relocation isn’t just stressful for people; it will be equally stressful for your pet(s). Pets, as with humans, are very sensitive to changes in their surroundings. Remember that pets think the house is their territory: seeing the house become gradually emptier may agitate them. Moving companies will not move living things; they will be your sole responsibility. There are numerous ways to help them adapt to their new environment. Pre-planning is crucial for your pet. Know what it will take for them to be comfortable during each stage of the move: before, during and after. Above all, be aware that every state has laws regarding animal entry, and Washington is no exception. Your pet must comply with established health regulations. Before making moving arrangements, take your pet to its regular veterinarian for a health checkup, vaccinations, and to inquire about entry permits and sedation. Be sure to obtain important documents, such as your pet’s health records and rabies tags.Ask for a referral vet in your new area. Animal entry laws may be especially difficult when moving from foreign countries. Depending on the country you are moving from, your pet may be quarantined for up to as long as six months for health inspection. In these cases, you may want to consider leaving your pet with a relative or a friend. Unless you’re traveling a very long distance via airplane, it is recommended that your pet accompany you in your car. If your pet, especially a cat, isn’t used to car travel, take it on short rides around the block several weeks beforehand and then gradually increase the distance. This will help condition your pet to the space in your car and more importantly, to the motion of the car. Although you may be able to train your pet to sit still and not move around, it is safer and sometimes makes pets feel more secure to travel in a pet carrier where they have a flat surface to lie down. Getting them accustomed may take several short trips. Once they realize they will always be traveling with you, regardless of where, their stress level will be reduced. Some pets may never become accustomed. Consult your veterinarian about medication or sedatives to reduce or eliminate motion sickness, constant agitation and crying. Make sure each of your pets is wearing their proper collar with ID and rabies tag before you leave.Also have all of their health

documents in one convenient place. You’ll need to pack a suitcase for your pet. If you’re planning to stop at a hotel/ motel along the way, call ahead to find out which ones permit pets. Make reservations as opposed to stumbling upon one on the road. Have a leash on hand to move your pet from the car, and remember that other animals may be present at rest stops.

On The Road Avoid feeding or giving your pets water for several hours before your drive. It is important that you are attentive to your pet’s well-being. If they are uncomfortable in any way, make a stop. Remember to leash them before letting them out of the car. Plan to make frequent stops for feeding and resting. Plan to feed your pets once daily or just a few small meals during rest stops. Never leave your pets in the car alone. It is against the law. If you absolutely must, remember to open the windows halfway and to lock the doors. Even then, you must remember that cars trap heat far too quickly: NEVER leave your pet alone for more than a few minutes, particularly in hot weather. On a summer day of only 85 degrees, for example, even keeping the windows slightly open won’t stop the inside temperature from climbing to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 20 minutes. Don’t risk your pet’s well being. License Your Pet A Snohomish County pet license is required for all adult dogs and cats residing in unincorporated Snohomish County and within the boundaries of those municipalities participating in the Regional Pet Licensing Program. A pet license is required regardless of whether they are kept indoors or outdoors. A pet license from the county is your best assurance for the safe return of a lost pet. A junior license is required for dogs and cats under the age of six months. The license is valid until the dog or cat reaches six months of age when an adult dog or cat license must be applied for.The fee paid for the junior license will be credited toward the purchase of an adult dog or cat license. Persons aged 65 years of age or older are entitled to reduced pet license fees if their dog or cat is spayed/neutered. Pet licensing is available online at: www. web5.co.snohomish.wa.us Animal Control Services Hot Line 425-388-3440 Unincorporated Snohomish County Only 425-388-3627 Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Caring for Your Furry Children Pets are precious, and so is your personal property. That’s why it’s important to find pet care professionals you can trust with your pet and in your home. Search for a trustworthy service that provides loving care to your pets at reasonable rates. Plan to pay between $18 and $35 per day, per pet, for appropriate daycare. Outstanding pet daycares will offer services including: Dog-walking and cat playtime Security checks on your home Retrieval of mail, newspapers and garbage cans Plant watering Pooper scooper visits Off-Leash Parks Snohomish County has a countywide leash law that requires any dog off the property of its owner to be leashed and under the control of a responsible individual. However, thankfully, there are more and more off-leash dog parks providing a social setting for both dogs and their humans with new dog parks in the works. In a 2006 survey taken by the Everett Parks Department for its 10year strategic plan, off-leash areas placed 10th out of 30 among amenities residents wanted to add to parks—even ahead of both playground equipment and youthsoccer fields. Following is a listing of dog parks in Snohomish County courtesy of Sno-DOG. Visit: www.sno-dog.org for more information. South Marina Park (Edmonds) - South of Marina Beach on Admiral Way. Follow signs to the Edmonds Ferry. Turn south on Admiral Way and follow road all the way to the end.This park is right on the beach and is a great place for water-loving dogs. Lowell Park (Everett) - This teeny-tiny grassy park at 46th St. and S. 3rd Ave. gets plenty of visitors and is a great place to socialize your pups. Separate water fountains for dogs and people. Poop bags and waste cans provided. Wheelchair accessible. Loganberry Lane Park (Everett) - A peaceful trail in the middle of an urban setting, this pleasant wooded off-leash area is just over half an acre. Poop bags available, but you’ll want to bring your own water. Not wheelchair accessible. Parking is somewhat limited. Located at 18th Ave. W. near Kasch Park by Paine Field. From I5N heading towards Everett, take exit 189 Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

for Hwy 526 towards Mukilteo/Boeing. Get off at the Evergreen Way exit and go left, heading South.Turn right on 100th St. SW. Go right again at Loganberry Lane. Continue straight to the end. Ebey Island (Everett) - There is no physical address, but the park is very easy to get to. If you’ve ever driven over the Highway 2 trestle to or from Lake Stevens and/or Monroe and/or Stevens Pass, Ebey Island is the agricultural community underneath the trestle. The general location is one mile east of I-5 and downtown Everett, on Ebey Island, and directly adjacent to the raised highway at 55th Avenue. Look for the orange fencing and the green entrance gate. Howarth Park (Everett) - Short wooded trail leads to Possession Sound Beach, with views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Lots of logs for sitting. Not wheelchair accessible, but lots of facilities elsewhere in the park. Off-leash area is across railroad tracks. Exit I-5 at Broadway; turn left at 41st, right on Olympic Blvd. Beach parking lot is a sharp right turn off of Olympic at 1127 Olympic Blvd. Gold Bar Off-Leash Area (Gold Bar) A small field on south side of Hwy 2, at Sixth St. Good stopping point en route to Stevens Pass. Wheelchair accessible. Wiggly Field (Monroe) - Newly opened in July 2008, it’s located at 413 Sky River Parkway in Sky River Park. Willis D. Tucker Community Park close to Mill Creek (Snohomish) - A temporary two-acre off-leash area with a bigger, 11acre permanent park in the works. Poop bags and garbage cans provided. Good pet etiquette is key to a successful dog park experience. These guidelines are for Wiggly Field but are applicable to all off-leash dog parks: www.ci.monroe.wa

Temporary Storage If you’re not moving directly into a new home, it may be necessary to store some of your belongings. Moving twice or being crammed into an apartment is not the way most people want to be introduced to their new city. Most moving companies have facilities to hold your items for the short term, but if the delay is longer than a few weeks, experts agree that you should probably rent a storage unit to house your valuables. A private storage unit will likely be less expensive than leaving your property in the hands of a moving company. Ask your realtor for a recommendation in your area.

utility in 1949, providing public power to Snohomish County and Camano Island. A municipal corporation of the State of Washington, Snohomish County PUD was formed for the purpose of providing electric and/or water utility service. There are 27 other PUDs in Washington. Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly owned utility in the Pacific Northwest and the 12th largest in the nation in terms of customers served. The PUDs service area consists of 2,200 square miles, including all of Snohomish County and Camano Island. The utility maintains about 5,800 miles of distribution line. Electric Building Headquarters 2320 California Street Everett, WA 98201 425-783-1000 877-783-1000

Since the early 1980s, the PUD has served as a regional leader in conservation efforts. As part of its commitment to energy conservation, the PUD has joined the Alliance to Save Energy, a national coalition dedicated to promoting energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security. Telephone and Internet Services Phone service, cable television and high-speed Internet are each provided by a number of carriers. Competition is fierce and improved technology means more bundled services and options are available than ever before. Before selecting your telephone or cable service, compare rates and quality of service, especially in areas of the county that are more rural or remote. Shop around for the deal that best suits your needs. When you establish your new phone service, take note that Lynnwood and Everett have been grouped together with Seattle’s Eastside in the 425-area code. Communities further north have a 360area code. It’s a little confusing without a map; however, as long as you dial all 10 digits of any phone number, your call will always go through.

Cellular Phone Service Bellevue businessman Craig Macaw first introduced cellular phone service to the nation in the Puget Sound area more than 30 years ago. Since that time, cell phones have become standard issue for every home, at times replacing the need for landlines. With the additional phone numbers and Utilities area codes available in the area, the area is Snohomish County PUD was established serviced by virtually all major national carriers in 1946. It began operating as an electric offering competitive rates and add-ons. 15


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Wireless Carriers in Snohomish County: AT&T (Cingular Wireless) (888) 333-6651 Sprint (Nextel) (800) 866-7509 Verizon (800) 256-4646 T-Mobile (800) T-Mobile

There are plenty of retailers, charities and other businesses collecting cell phones for reuse and recycling. Many also accept chargers, pagers, and rechargeable batteries. Check your local electronics store or favorite charity. Below are programs that provide several options: Call2Recycle, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you recycle your old cell phones and used portable rechargeable batteries. More than 30,000 retail locations participate in the national program with search-by-zip-code options for local retailers. Collective Good is a mobile device recycling resource for mobile phones, pagers or PDAs.You select the charity that will benefit from your donation and receive

a donation receipt for your taxes. The New Recyclable Program helps locate available options for properly recycling used wireless phones, devices, chargers, and accessories. Includes search-by-zip-code options for charitable contributions and local drop-off points.

Marriage Licenses If you’re planning your move due to a wedding, you’ll need to apply for your marriage license here. Marriage Licenses in Washington are applied for at the county level. In Snohomish County that would be at the County Auditor’s office, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201. Call 425-388-3411 or 800-562-4367,TTY 425-388-3700 for further information. Requirements: Both parties must be 18 years or older A witness is not required If you’re divorced, the divorce must be filed and made final before applying for the license. No blood test, identification, birth certificates or divorce papers are required. Washington State law requires that grooms and brides must wait at least three full days after the application is filed before the marriage ceremony can be performed. The license is only valid for 60 days.

Under state law, a minister or priest from any church or religious denomination, or any Washington State judge or justice can perform the marriage ceremony. For a listing of judges and justices, please consult the County governmental listing in the telephone directory. The cost of a marriage license is $62. The fee must be paid in cash. Voter Registration Residents of Washington must now declare their political party of choice. During primary elections, voters will be asked to choose their party and will only be allowed to vote for candidates listed with their own party. To be qualified to register as a voter in the state of Washington, residents must be: A citizen of the United States A legal resident of the state At least 18 years of age as of Election Day. As a general rule, you must register at least 30 days in advance of an election to be eligible to vote in that election. It is especially important to remember this deadline if you are registering by mail by logging in and using the downloadable form on the state web site: www.wei.secstate.wa.gov The form and the application must be postmarked by the 30-day cutoff or it will not become effective until after the election.

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snohomish If you miss the 30-day deadline, you can still sign up in time for the election, but you must register in person at your county elections department no later than 15 days before the election. Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You do not need to be ill or out of town to be an absentee voter. You may request an absentee ballot as early as 90 days before an election. (No absentee ballots are issued on Election Day except to a voter who is a resident of a health care facility). The request for an absentee ballot must be made to your county auditor or elections department (not to the Secretary of State). NOTE:Absentee ballots must be signed and postmarked or delivered to the county election officer on or before the Election Day. In the State of Washington, elections are administered at the local level by County Auditors (except for King County, which has the Elections Division). Further questions should be directed to the County Auditor’s office at: Snohomish County 3000 Rockefeller Avenue #505 Everett, WA 98201-4060 Phone: (425) 388-3444 Fax: (425) 259-2777 E-mail: county.auditor@co.snohomish.wa.us Website: www.co.snohomish.wa.us

snohomish county living Founded in 1960 and online since 2000, the Lake Stevens Journal strives to keep up with the changes and the complexion of the community and the needs of its residents. www.lakestevensjournal.com

WSDOT Seattle Area Traffic Page: www.wsdot.wa.gov

Monroe Monitor/Valley News Continually published since 1899, this pillar of the community is an independent voice published bi-weekly. www.monroemonitor.com

City of Everett Road Conditions page: www.everettwa.org

Sound Publishing This locally owned, family-operated operation publishes weekly and nonweekly newspapers covering dozens of communities in Western Washington. Sound Publishing is best known as publisher of the all-classified Little Nickel, available in both north and south Snohomish county editions. The reputation of Sound Publishing newspapers is local news content. The non-daily newspapers fulfill the growing marketplace by providing readers with localized, specifically useful news coverage. Snohomish County recently acquired several newspapers serving the Seattle Eastside suburbs of Issaquah and Sammamish. This announcement came on the heels of its acquisition of the Marysville Globe and Arlington Times to its expanding family of community publications. This pair of respected Snohomish County newspapers joins the Reporter family of papers in King County, local editions serving the Olympic Peninsula and Island County as well as monthly business-oriented periodicals in Wenatchee and Bellingham.

Newspapers Snohomish County is serviced by many fine community newspapers including the Edmonds Beacon, Edmonds Enterprise, Everett Herald, Lake Stevens Journal, Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise, Mill Creek Enterprise, Monroe Monitor, Mukilteo Beacon, Stanwood-Camano News as well as Getting Around regional editions of The Seattle Times The flow of traffic in Snohomish County and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. has grown from a simple trickle to a virtual Community publications include: tsunami of cars, sport utility vehicles and public transportation. Everett Herald Traffic from Everett and points north Provides daily coverage of Snohomish begins each morning as early as 6:00am, with and Island counties including the city of half of the drivers and passengers headed Everett. It is the Herald’s mission to be south on Interstate 5 to work in downtown the leading provider of news, information Seattle and commercial centers south of and advertising in Snohomish and Island downtown.The other half clogs Interstate 405 Counties. www.heraldnet.com aimed at the financial districts of Bellevue or the technology corridor that stretches from Herald Business Journal Issaquah through Redmond and reaches as Launched in April 1998 as The far as Canyon Park in Bothell. Snohomish County Business Journal, the The afternoon commute home begins Herald Business Journal is the only county- each day just after 3:00pm and can linger some wide publication dedicated exclusively to nights until after 7:00. And that is without covering the business and technology news accidents, bad weather or special events. happening in Snohomish County and the Not all areas have traffic cameras that can people who make that news. aid you in determining which route will www.heraldbusinessjournal.com save you time, but there are the following Lake Stevens Journal web pages available: Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

City of Lynwood Traffic Cam Page: www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us

Community Transit Ground transportation in Snohomish County is more than just an occasional bus route into the metropolitan areas of Bellevue, Seattle or Bellingham. During the past 28 years, Community Transit has grown from a small, local bus service into a major player in local and regional transportation. Community Transit began service in 1976 when voters in several communities agreed to form their own local transit agency, beginning with just seven routes in those communities serviced by 18 leased GMC buses. That first year, Community Transit buses provided 951,200 rides. As one long-time driver recalled, the agency didn’t have specific stops on routes back then. Drivers had to keep a sharp eye out for riders, who would fl ag down buses as they passed. Nearly three decades later, Community Transit has 259 coaches that provide service to all corners of Snohomish County, the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and the far reaches of the Eastside. After beginning with non-existent bus stops, the agency now serves 1,600 stops, including 20 park-and-ride lots with more than 6,137 parking stalls. Community Transit operates 33 local and 31 commuter bus routes covering 1,297 square miles carrying 57 percent of all Snohomish County-Seattle commuters to work and back. Last year Community Transit provided over 10 million passenger rides. Community Transit added a doubledecker bus to its regular commuter service last year. The “double tall” is able to carry nearly twice the number of passengers than a typical articulated bus. In 2009, the region’s Swift rapid transit system goes into service. The efficient train-like buses will make stops every 10 minutes along the busy Highway 99 corridor between Everett and Shoreline. Buses have only been part of Community Transit’s success over the past quartercentury. The agency’s flourishing vanpool program--with the third largest fleet in the nation-- provided more than 780,000 trips last year. The DART Para-transit program helped provide another 162,000 trips for the disabled last year, taking elderly and disabled riders door-to-door 17


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for everything from medical appointments to entertainment events. 425-353-RIDE 800-562-1375TDD 425-778-2188 riders@commtrans.org www.commtrans.org

Everett Transit Everett Transit can take riders most anywhere within the City of Everett. ETs fixed-route and Para Transit buses operate seven days a week including holidays. Everett Transit connects to the Everett Station, which is home to the ET Customer Service Center as well as WorkSource, WorkForce, The University Consortium and Espresso Americano, Amtrak, Greyhound, Northwest Trailways and QuickShuttle. Sound Transit and Community Transit also provide service from Everett Station. ET Customer Service Center 3201 Smith Ave. Everett, WA 98201 (425) 257-7777 email@ci.everett.wa.us Sound Transit Everett Station is a major transit hub for Everett and Snohomish County with a free park-and-ride lot with more than 500 spaces and access to Sounder commuter rail as well as ST Express and Community Transit bus routes. Sounder commuter trains run 74 miles every weekday between Everett and Tacoma. On the north line, four roundtrips connect Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds with Seattle. Sound Transit currently operates Sounder rail service in Edmonds from a temporary station at 210 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds. The Edmonds facility will eventually be a part of the larger Edmonds Crossing Multimodal project currently being planned by the Washington State Ferry System. With the foundation of the regional transit system in place, work continues to plan for the future. Another 1.4 million people are expected to be living in the Puget Sound region in the next 20 years. You may direct specific comments about any of Sound Transits services (ST Express, Sounder or Tacoma Link) by using the feedback form on the ST web site. For Customer Service inquiries, contact: (888) 889-6368; (888) 713-6030 TTY. Schedules and information on future routes are available on the ST Web site www.soundtransit.org. 18

Washington State Ferries Washington State boasts the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. The existing system has 10 routes and 20 terminals that are served by 28 vessels.The ferry system is an essential part of western Washington’s highway network. In fiscal year 1999, WSF carried over 11 million vehicles and 26 million people -- the second largest transit system in the State, ranking behind only the state highway system.That number has grown by more than 12 percent in less than a decade, forcing the state to upgrade terminals and contract for additional vessels. Snohomish County hosts two terminals for the state system.The Edmonds Terminal on Sunset Avenue South provides ferry services 28 times every day to the terminal in the town of Kingston on the Olympic Peninsula. Kingston is north of Bainbridge Island and south of Admiralty Inlet and provides easy access to Port Gamble, Hood Canal and Port Townsend. The ferry terminal in Mukilteo is the starting point for the 20-minute service to and from the community of Clinton at the south end of Whidbey Island. Ferries between the two terminals run every half hour beginning at 5:05 am until well past midnight. For a listing of routes and schedules, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or call 888-808-7977. Our Street Grid System The first rule of driving in Snohomish County is learning the region’s grid system of streets and avenues. By knowing an address, an experienced motorist can estimate the final destination. The grid originally began in Seattle at the edge of Elliott Bay and worked its way north, south and east. Snohomish County followed the pattern where the county line matched up with Seattle in Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. The exception was that the numbers were based on the seat of Snohomish County government, in Everett. Thus, many streets in north Seattle, Bothell and Woodinville in King County have mirror reflections just blocks away across the county border. Logically, the majority of the streets and avenues that make up Snohomish County should have north as part of the address, but, with Everett as the center, the opposite may be true. Beware of the exceptions in Bothell and Woodinville where the number system is completely reversed in the southern part of Snohomish County. There are even a few streets that run diagonally that defy

all logic. The similarity ends in the southern regions of the county. Most cities and towns that do not border King County initiated their own grid system, many relying on names of old-time residents or independent numbering systems.

Getting Your Driver’s License Changed All new drivers and new residents of the state of Washington are required to pass both a driving and written examination. New residents are able to waive the driving test by showing a valid driver’s license from another state. New licenses are required within 30 days after residents move into the state, and anytime a driver changes address. Fines for not reporting either can range upwards of $200 for each violation. The fee for a regular driver’s license is $25 and is valid for up to five years. Like many states around the country, Washington has enacted a graduated driver’s license program for 16-year-old drivers. The program is designed to cut down on the cause and number of accidents involving inexperienced teenagers behind the wheel. The system went into effect July of 2001. For the first six months, a teen may drive without an adult in the car, but not with friends or late at night. After one year of driving without any accidents or traffic violations, the teen may earn full driving privileges. Vehicle Registration New residents also have 30 days to register vehicles when moving from another state.There is a basic fee of $43.75, plus various state and local fees. There is also a one-time fee for vehicles registered in the state based on the purchase price. The state also requires an emission inspection for all vehicles coming from out of state. There is a $15 fee for the test. For more information on vehicle testing or requirements, visit the Washington State Department of transportation web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov. NOTE: The Washington State system may be confusing to a newcomer at first because driver’s licenses are issued at state bureaus, while vehicle registration is available at both state offices and privately run licensing agencies in virtually every neighborhood. The privately run outlets charge a service fee for the convenience. For more information, visit www.access.wa.gov. Vehicle License: 206-296-4000 Driver’s License: 425-888-4040 Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Bicycling to Work Weather permitting, as many as 6,500 people ride their bicycles to work every day from homes throughout Snohomish County. Community Transit buses provide special bike racks for cyclists who bring their bikes into the core downtown areas. There are more than 28 miles of designated bike paths in the county, with about 20 miles of on-street bike lanes and more than 90 miles of bike routes in the region. Airports Snohomish County is served primarily by Sea-Tac (Seattle Tacoma) International Airport, which is located about 40 minutes south of Lynnwood and less than 20 minutes from the heart of Bellevue. The airport opened in 1944, and is now ranked as the 23rd busiest air passenger terminal in the nation, with more than 347,000 takeoffs and landings last year. During severe weather conditions, inbound planes are often diverted to Boeing Field in South Seattle, an airstrip that served as the community’s airport until Sea-Tac was constructed. Boeing Field is now utilized a host of private pilots, as well HOWbyTO PLAY: as being the primary location for receiving Fill in the grid so thatpreparing every row,Boeing every column everythey and aircraftand before are delivered to commercial customers. 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 only once. Talks between the City of Everett, Snohomish County and various airlines Each 3x3 box ishave outlined withmentioned a darker line.Paine You already often Field in have a few numbers you started. Remember: Everett to as aget possible alternative to ease the at airports in Seattle. you must not congestion repeat the numbers 1 through 9 inTwentythe seven airlines now fl y in and out of Seasame line, column or 3x3 box. Tac, and the discussion of using Paine Field is ongoing. This year, a county-wide internet survey of responses from citizens showed 71 percent in favor of being able to Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

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Major Employers in Snohomish County The Boeing Co. Everett www.boeing.com Number of employees fluctuates, but annual average is approximately 30,000. One out of every three to six Washington State jobs is supported either directly or indirectly by the aerospace industry.Within Snohomish County alone, as many as 45,000 people are employed in aerospace or related industries and that number continues to climb according to the state Department of Employment Security. Additionally, the positions are highly technical in nature, with twenty percent of aerospace-related workers here holding professional and technical positions, including such occupations as engineers, engineering technicians, systems analysts and computer programmers. County economists project that each job in the aviation industry carries the ripple effect of generating two additional—well paid—jobs in the county to support the specialized labor force. The supplemental positions include jobs in the service and retail industry, as well as housing. 20

Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett (formerly, Providence Everett Medical Center) Everett www.providence.org/everett Employees: 3,250 The Sisters of Providence laid the foundation for Providence Health Services over 150 years ago with their mission of a healing ministry, with special concern for those who are poor and vulnerable. Providence hospitals and care facilities are recognized in their communities for excellence, both as treatment centers and as excellent places to work. Over the past few years, Providence Regional Medical Center has been working to build a health care system to meet the needs of families and individual residents, especially as the baby-boom generation rises in age. From acute, inpatient hospital care to outpatient surgery and wellness promotion, Providence Regional Medical Center offers a full spectrum of services at four campuses. In the fall of 2008, ground was broken for the building of

a $500 million, 368-bed medical tower, the new focal point for the Colby Street campus in north Everett, where original buildings date back to the 1920s. The 12story, 680,000-square-foot tower is due to open in mid-2011 and will house state-ofthe-art diagnostics equipment and highly trained staff. Providence Regional Medical Center Statistics: Hospital Staff: 3,093 Hospital Beds, licensed: 468 Medical Specialties: 41 Medical Staff: 630 Volunteers: 940 Premera Blue Cross Mountlake Terrace www.premera.com Employees: 3,310 Few industries are changing as quickly or dramatically as health care.As a company, Premera Blue Cross attempts to provide peace of mind to members through highquality, accessible health care coverage. The healthcare insurance company emphasizes the importance of the innovative thinkers Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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who work together. In September, 2008, Premera Blue Cross and Puget Sound Family Physicians (PSFP) announced that they had reached agreement on a new three-year contract that will bring the practice and more than 40 physicians back into the Blue Cross Network effective September 15, 2008. With more than 3,000 employees at the corporate headquarters in Mountlake Terrace (2007), Premera has 1.7 million members in the states of Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Arizona. Goodrich Corp/Aerospace Everett www.goodrich.com Employees: 1,650 Goodrich Corporation,a leading supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets, officially opened its new cutting-edge nacelle (engine-housing structure) integration facility,GoodrichAerostructures Integration Services, Inc. in Everett to coincide with the assembly of the newest generation of Boeing aircraft. The 140,000-square foot building will be used for engine integration and final assembly of the nacelle inlet cowl for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Goodrich Aerostructures Integration Services is located at 2615 94th Street SW in Everett, adjacent to the company’s Landing Gear facility, on property leased from the Snohomish County Airport. Staffing for the new facility has already begun. Employment levels will parallel 787 production and will increase in 2008 to about 80, mainly in production roles, adding to the substantial Goodrich presence the company maintains in Snohomish County.

Tulalip Casino, which opened in June 2003, houses more than 227,000 square feet of over 2000 popular, state-of-the-art slot machines and 59 table games. Other endeavors of the tribe are land leasing, a cablevision company, liquor store, and marine moorage. Other Major Employers: Rinker Materials Northwest Everett www.rinkermaterials.com Employees: 1,800 Verizon Northwest Everett www.verizon.com Employees: 1,550 Philips Medical Systems Bothell www.medical.philips.com Employees: 1,500 Fluke Corp. Everett www.fluke.com Employees: 1,120

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Everett Clinic Everett www.everettclinic.com Employees: 1,400

Kimberly-Clark Everett www.kimberly-clark.com Employees: 860 Eldec Corp. Lynnwood www.eldec.com Employees: 797 Intermec Technologies Everett www.intermec.com Employees: 780 Wal-Mart www.walmart.com Employees: 760 Frontier Financial Corp. www.frontierbank.com Employees: 660

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Naval Station Everett www.everett.navy.mil Everett Employees: 6,000 State of Washington Everett www.access.wa.gov Employees: 3,000 Snohomish County Government Everett www.co.snohomish.wa.us Employees: 2,700

City of Everett Everett www.everettwa.org Employees: 1,200

Stevens Healthcare Edmonds www.stevenshealthcare.org Employees: 1,200 Snohomish County PUD Everett www.snopud.com Employees: 900

Everett School District Everett www.everett.wednet.edu Employees: 1,770

Everett Community College Everett www.evcc.ctc.edu Employees: 567 Source: Snohomish County Economic Development Council

Edmonds School District Lynnwood www.edmonds.wednet.edu Employees: 1,400

Community Transit Everett www.commtrans.org Employees: 550

Marysville School District Marysville www.msvl.wednet.edu Employees: 1,270

Edmonds Community College Lynnwood www.edcc.edu Employees: 530

Helpful Phone Numbers Fire/Police/Sheriff/State Patrol ............................................. 911 (should be used for emergency situations only) 24-hour Care Crisis Response Services ............................... 425-258-4357 800-584-3578 TTY ...............................................................................................425-339-3301 800-846-8517 Crisis Clinic .................................................................................206-461-3222 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) .................................206-622-0460 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ....................................................................................................... 800-843-5678 TTY ............................................................................................... 800-826-7653 National Response Center (to report toxic or chemical spills) ....................................................................................................... 800-424-8802 Washington Poison Center .................................................... 800-732-6985 TTY ............................................................................................... 800-572-0638 State Patrol (non-emergency, 24 hours)............................ 425-649-4370 US Secret Service ...................................................................... 206-220-6800

National Council on Problem Gambling .......................... 800-GAMBLER Healthcare HIV/AIDS Hotline ......................................................................206-205-7837 Northwest AIDS Foundation .................................................206-329-6923 American Parkinson Disease Association .........................800-908-2732 Family Planning Hotline.........................................................800-770-4334 Healthy Mothers Coalition ....................................................800-322-2588 Lupus Foundation (Western WA chapter) .......................877-774-2992 National LUNGLINE ............................................................... 800-222-LUNG Women, Infants Nutrition ......................................................800-322-2588 Reporting a Crime We Tip ......................................................................................... 800-78-CRIME

Helpful numbers Abuse and Family Violence Services ................................... 425-252-2873 Sexual Assault Crisis Line ....................................................... 425-226-7273 Missing Children/Runaway Childhelp USA ....................... 800-422-4453 Youth Crisis Hotline ............................................................... 800-HIT-HOME

Counseling Services 1-800-THERAPIST .....................................................................800-843-7274 Pregnancy Helpline .................................................................800-672-2296 Mental Health Northwest ......................................................425-827-9100 Ryther Child Center..................................................................206-525-5050 Childhaven.................................................................................206-464-3923 ...... 206-624-6477 Literacy Council ........................................................................425-643-1912

Senior Services Division on Aging..................................................................... 206-684-0660 Senior Information and Assistance ..................................... 206-448-3110

Volunteer Services The Sharehouse ........................................................................206-767-5280 United Way ................................................................................425-869-0980

Addiction Services 24-hour Alcohol and Drug Referral Hotline ...................... 888-304-9797 Alcohol/Drug Treatment Referral ........................................ 800-454-8966 Cocaine Anonymous ............................................................... 206-365-8029 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)........................... 425-376-0600

Youth Services Big Brothers/Big Sisters...........................................................425-576-8828 Girl Scouts ..................................................................................425-803-0247 Boy Scouts Of America ...........................................................206-725-5200

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nohomish County is located on Puget Sound, between Skagit County to the north and King County (and Seattle) to the south. Physically, the county covers 2,090 square miles and is the 13th largest county in total land area, providing vast amounts of open space and recreation opportunities for the people who live here. The county features varied topography ranging from saltwater beaches, rolling hills and rich river bottom farmlands in the west to dense forest and alpine wilderness in the mountainous east. Glacier Peak, at 10,541 feet, is the highest point in Snohomish County and one of the highest in Washington State. Sixty-eight percent of the county land area is forest land, 18 percent is rural, 9 percent is urban/city and 5 percent is considered agricultural. Snohomish County offers newcomers a variety of residential options, ranging from the urban developments in Lynnwood, to suburban home sites in Bothell and golf course townhomes in Mill Creek, to rural living in Brier and Smokey Point. Best of all, the majority of homes in Snohomish County are within 90 minutes’ drive from the open water of the Puget 24

Sound to the vast outdoors vistas of the Cascade Mountains. Bothell (Population 30,150) Bothell is the gateway to the Northwest technology corridor. Straddling the boundary between King and Snohomish counties, the city is historically significant with many attractions based on the settlement’s colorful history as one of the oldest communities in the Northwest. Amenities include more than 20 parks with bicycle and jogging trails as well as nearby rivers for fishing and canoeing. Popular attractions include CountryVillage, (50 unique shops, restaurants, and spa in rustic farmhouse buildings, plus children’s play and family picnic areas), the Bothell Historical Museum, and the Bothell Landing, once a steamboat landing. It was originally swampy, heavily forested and inhabited by the Simump Tribe, who referred to the region as the Squak, meaning swampy lowland. In the early 1899, early settler David C. Bothell and his wife, Mary Ann, filed the first plat in what was to become the City of Bothell. Lumber and shingle production fueled

the early local economy, with use of the Squak Slough for transport. By 1903 there was a bustling community; and although 1911 brought a devastating fire, several of the structures rebuilt afterward still stand today on Main Street. In more recent history, more than 7,000 local residents lined Main Street in May of 2007 to welcome home 25-year-old singer Blake Lewis after the hometown celebrity was named as a finalist on the television show, American Idol. Median resident age: 36.9 years Median household income: $69,331 (up from $59,264 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value: $364,300 (up from $237,700 in 2000) Brier (Population 7,022) Brier is a small, suburban, residential town without an abundance of commercial development, but is the address of many home-based businesses.The city government consists of only 17 employees, serving the residential community of 2.13 square miles with approximately 27 miles of streets. In Brier, parks and picnic areas are given priority and horses always have the rightof-way. The minimum lot size within the city is 12,500 square feet. City government is devoted to remaining a government that Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Edmonds waterfront includes three beautiful beachfront parks, a popular 900foot fishing pier and numerous restaurants, cafes, art galleries and antique shops to explore. For more information on Edmonds’ colorful past, visit the EdmondsSouth Snohomish County Historical Museum located in the beautifully preserved Carnegie Library.The library building itself was built in 1910 in downtown Edmonds. Median resident age: 42.0 years Darrington Estimated median household income in (Population 1,136) 2007: $66,000 (it was $53,522 in 2000) Darrington is nestled at the base of Estimated median house/condo value in the rugged North Cascade Mountains 2007: $441,400 (it was $238,200 in 2000) protected by mountain barriers, including Glacier Peak (elevation 10,541 feet), the Everett highest point in Snohomish County to (Population 101,000) the southeast.This community was initially Snohomish County’s largest city is also established as a night camp for the wagon the seat of county government. Everett route that linked the Monte Cristo mines sits on the shores of Port Gardner Bay, to the Puget Sound. gazing west toward the majestic Olympic The Stillaguamish River surrounding Mountain range. Everett was established in Darrington provides summer and fall 1891 when John D. Rockefeller and other recreation. Hiking is also popular on developers from the East met to plan their Whitehorse Mountain (elevation 6,303 ‘New York City of the West.’ Today, many feet), the site of one of the lowest elevation historic buildings line streets which are glaciers in the lower 48 states. Mt. Baker named for its early developers: Rockefeller, Snoqualmie Forest had severe rain in Wetmore, Colby and Hewitt. October 2003 which has caused some Everett retains many treasures from its trail washouts in some of wilderness areas colorful past, including the restored Monte beyond Darrington, with some camping Cristo Hotel at the corner of Hoyt and areas rendered inaccessible for several years. Wall. The Monte Cristo continues to For more information call the Darrington provide excellent meeting and conference Ranger District 360-436-1155. facilities and is home to the Everett Center Median resident age: 38.2 years for the Arts. The hotel is also famous for Estimated median household income in the spectacular collection of Pilchuck art 2007: $40,500 (it was $32,813 in 2000) glass on permanent display in its beautiful, Estimated median house/condo value in ornate lobby. The Pilchuck Glass School 2007: $207,700 (it was $112,100 in 2000) is renowned as the most comprehensive educational center in the world for artists Edmonds working in glass. (Population 38,610) Everett is also a destination for family Situated on the shores of the Puget entertainment, with more than 30 city parks Sound, Edmonds has retained the plus municipal facilities for golf, tennis, character of the early part of the century, swimming, hiking and beachcombing. but has continued to grow into a highly Downtown is bustling with unique shops desirable place to live and visit. Edmonds housed in the many historical buildings. has been voted Western Washington’s Most The Everett waterfront is home to the Friendly Town the past four consecutive second largest marina on the West Coast, years by viewers of KING-5 TVs Evening which includes an authentic 1890s marina Magazine program. marketplace with a four-star waterfront The fragrant hanging baskets that hotel, fine restaurants and a variety of line downtown streets have become a enticing shops and galleries. hallmark of this charming, artistic town. The Everett Naval Station has become On the waterfront, the shingle mills which home port for thousands of U.S. Navy boomed at the turn of the century have personnel and their families.Those families given way to a scenic jetty and waterfront now consider the Everett community their parks. Where coastal steamers once took new home. on their cargoes of freshly-cut timber, The Boeing 767, the 777 and the Edmonds beaches are now designated very successful 787 Dreamliner are all marine sanctuaries where divers from constructed at the world’s largest building all over the nation come to explore the in Everett. The Future of Flight Aviation underwater park at Bracketts Landing. Center and Boeing Tour highlight the Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

assembly of the biggest commercial airplanes built in the U.S. The 90-minute tour includes a video about Boeing, a visit inside the factory building to witness airplane assembly and an up-close drive along the flight line where completed aircraft are tested. Tours are available by calling 1-800-464-1476 or e-mailing info@futureofflight.org. The $71.5 million multi-purpose Everett Events Center was developed in conjunction with the city’s Public Facilities District. The center features a 10,000-seat venue that hosts a myriad of events ranging from concerts and rodeos to Disney On Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters. The Everett Events Center is also home to the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League franchise.The center seats up to 8,300 excited hockey fans, but can also accommodate sporting events such as basketball, volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics. The Edward D. Hansen Conference Center provides more than 57,000 square feet of exhibit space and over 12,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. In May of 2007,The Port of Everett and developer Maritime Trust Co. broke ground on a 65-acre, $400 million waterfront development which was designed to transform an industrial area into an allnew waterfront community. The new neighborhood will be a collection of highquality condominiums and townhomes, professional office space, unique shops, destination restaurants and a marine-related crafts district. • Median resident age: 32.2 years. • Estimated median household income in 2007: $49,376 (it was $40,100 in 2000) • Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $309,800 (it was $168,300 in 2000) • Median gross monthly rental: $826 Gold Bar (Population 1,810) As its name implies, Gold Bar was named after the many prospectors who searched for gold along the Skykomish River and its tributaries back in 1869. Ore deposits were discovered at Gold Bar in 1889, and the town was officially platted three years later. Situated on Highway 2 on the route to Stevens Pass, the riverside community is adjacent to the Skykomish River and surrounded on all four sides by the Cascade Mountains. Nearby Wallace Falls State Park features a seven-mile loop trail that leads to the spectacular 265-foot waterfall and panoramic views of the Skykomish River Valley. • Median resident age: 30.6 years • Estimated median household income in 2007: $56,400 (it was $45,714 in 2000) 25


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• Estimated median house/condo value in (1,000 acres, with eight miles of shoreline), 2007: $275,700 (it was $148,800 in 2000) the city of Lake Stevens is due east of Everett.The lake has both public and private Granite Falls shore lands, with sandy public beaches (Population 2,010) and public boat launches. Canoes, jet skis, Situated in the shadows of Mt. Pilchuck, airplanes, sailboats, surfboards, rowboats, Granite Falls is a perfect stop before or and windsurfers often make use of the lake after a mountain excursion. Turn-of-the- simultaneously. Land-based activities such century architecture, unique local eateries as horseback riding, sunbathing and fishing and shops and a distinct Western foothills are available on shore. atmosphere contribute to the charm of this Lake Stevens, first settled in 1886 as a tiny community. 160-acre homestead along the east shore The town’s historical society maintains and named Hartford, served as the main what is left of the original town site, with link from the famed Monte Cristo timber signs marking the locations of various and mining resources to the world. establishments and mine works. The town It was primarily a resort community itself is dotted with relics of its past such as until the city was incorporated in 1960. antique machines and artifacts. The city began with a population of only Of special interest is a 16-foot log from 900 residents, but soon its natural beauty, a Douglas Fir which many locals believe combined with changing commuter habits, may have grown from a seedling that began attracted additional permanent residents, life in the year 875. The rings from the log turning the vacation community into a serve as a circular timeline. suburban destination. The Big Four Ice Caves and the By 2000, Lake Stevens had grown to a ghost town of Monte Cristo are popular population of 6,361 with a geographic size summertime destinations. The ice caves are of approximately 1.8 square miles.The lake actually tunnels formed in the permanent remains the focal point of the community, ice of the avalanche snowfield below Big both for recreation and as a symbol to Four Mountain. These caves are beautiful provide for a sustainable existence that will but can be extremely dangerous if warning protect the natural environment. signs for off-limits areas are not heeded; • Median resident age: 31.7years strict adherence is advised. • Estimated median household income • Median resident age: 29.9 years in 2007: $80,500 (it was $65,231 in 2000) • Estimated median household income • Estimated median house/condo value in in 2007: $58,800 (it was $47,643 in 2000) 2007: $350,400 (it was $189,100 in 2000) • Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $281,800 (it was $152,100 in 2000) Lynnwood (Population 34,500) Index With its proximity to Seattle (30 minutes (Population 140) to the south), Lynnwood has become a The last stop in Snohomish County preferred place to live and work. Lynnwood on your way east on the Stevens Pass has grown to become the largest retail Greenway is the tiny town of Index. center and the second largest city in Nestled deep in the heart of the Cascade Snohomish County. Mountains with the Skykomish River The city boasts superb public recreation on one side and Mt. Index on the other, facilities, an ice-skating arena, two golf Index is surrounded by spectacular driving ranges, an 18-hole golf course and mountain peaks that rise over 5,000 feet almost 250 acres of parks and open space to from the valley floor. explore. The new Interurban Trail—which Index is an ideal base camp for any follows I-5 from Lynnwood to Everett— Cascade mountain adventure, including offers 13 miles of paved trail for bike riders, white water rafting, rock climbing, walkers, joggers and roller-bladers. Scriber steelhead fishing. Hiking enthusiasts will Lake Park is a wetland sanctuary located want to experience the renowned Pacific just a few blocks from the commercial core. Crest Trail at Stevens Pass where excellent The park has 20 acres of winding paths, downhill skiing can also be enjoyed. native plants and trees as well as a unique Median Resident Age: 42.8 floating walkway. Estimated median household income in Above all, Lynnwood has the finest 2007: $53,200 (it was $43,125 in 2000) shopping in the Puget Sound area. Estimated median house/condo value in The recently remodeled and expanded 2007: $203,300 (it was $109,700 in 2000) Alderwood Mall serves as the showpiece for an entire shopping district with five Lake Stevens department stores and over 200 fine (Population approx. 14,000) Named after the largest lake in the county specialty shops in the mall, in addition to 26

dozens of smaller malls and freestanding outlets adjacent to the center to complete the experience. Local hotels offer over 500 first class rooms, with daily rates lower than anywhere in Seattle. There are more than enough restaurants in Lynnwood to satisfy any craving. The Lynnwood Convention Center was built in 2005 to meet the demands of a competitive meeting and events market. The convention center offers spaces, stateof-the art amenities, sophisticated services and competitive rates all within 15 minutes of downtown Seattle. Lynnwood’s history comes to life at Heritage Park, showing how Lynnwood began as Alderwood Manor in the 1920s before it became the thriving city of today. Heritage Park features some of Alderwood Manor’s earliest structures in various stages of renovation. Median resident age: 34.9 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $52,800 (it was $42,814 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $350,200 (it was $189,000 in 2000) Marysville (Population 35,122) Established in 1877, Marysville was named by early settlers for their former home of Marysville in California.Visitors can get a glimpse of pioneer life in the 1884 hand-hewn cedar home of the Gehl pioneer family which now sits in Jennings Park. The interior of the house has been furnished as a typical farmhouse of the 1880s with wood burning stove and rustic furniture. Marysville hosts a number of fun festivals, the largest being the Strawberry Festival in June (www.maryfest.com) which has grown into a 10-day event and draws visitors from all over the Puget Sound region. Marysville is immediately adjacent to the Tulalip Indian Reservation. At Mission Beach, visitors can view a longhouse, totem poles and canoes as well as small buildings used for tribal living and ceremonies. The Tulalip Tribes have also recently developed Quil Ceda Village along the I-5 corridor near. The Tulalip Casino has quickly become the premier gaming Mecca as well as a showcase for Northwest art and Tulalip Indian culture. Visitors are greeted by rushing waterfalls, four fountains and numerous ponds. The adult playground is open seven days a week. Median resident age: 33.0 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $58,100 (it was $47,088 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $331,700 (it was $179,000 in 2000) Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


snohomish Mill Creek (Population 17,460) Incorporated in 1983, Mill Creek is Snohomish County’s youngest city. Since its early days, the population has multiplied more than five times in less than a dozen years. Homes in the original Mill Creek community were built to surround an immaculate 18-hole golf course and country club. Public amenities include the Mill Creek Sports Park with its Astroturf little league field, as well as seven other public parks and the Hammit Public Library. Also new to Mill Creek is the Town Center development, an award-winning shopping area which features over 70 stores, retail boutiques, anchor stores, restaurants, and services. It includes a Central Market, UW Bookstore and many other businesses unique to Mill Creek. Mill Creek was developed as a masterplanned community during the 1970s. The city now features 18 miles of paved walkways, acres of parks and school sites. As of 2006, one-third of the city’s residents live in apartments, while the balance of the populace occupies the 4,835 homes and condominiums spread over 3.57 square miles. This growth has been fueled by the completion of freeway exits to Mill Creek from both I-5 and I-405. Median resident age: 38.6 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $86,000 (it was $69,702 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $557,200 (it was $300,700 in 2000)

snohomish county living are encouraged to visit one of the many “u-pick” farms for the freshest possible strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or other summer treats. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables are also available at roadside stands. • Median resident age: 31.2 years • Estimated median household income in 2007: $62,200 (it was $50,390 in 2000) • Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $336,100 (it was $181,400 in 2000)

Mountlake Terrace (Population 20,479) Mountlake Terrace has mountain views, eleven beautiful parks and a full range of businesses to support its population. Local schools serve as a magnet to young families, drawn by of the high quality of life in The Terrace. The residential community of Mountlake Terrace began in 1954 with the construction of homes for veterans returning from WWII and their young families. Within 10 years the population had grown to 5,000. The community now boasts the Ballinger Park Municipal Golf Course at Lake Ballinger, a recreation center with pavilion and pool; 12 parks with ball fields, tennis courts and picnic sites, and an Olympic scale ice arena. The city held a year-long celebration in 2004 to celebrate 50 years of incorporation. • Median resident age: 33.5 years • Estimated median household income Monroe in 2007: $58,300 (it was $47,238 in 2000) (Population 13,795) • Estimated median house/condo value Just 10 miles east of Snohomish, in 2007: $315,000 (it was $170,000 in 2000) modern-day explorers will discover the scenic and pastoral community of Monroe. Mukilteo Located near the junction of the Snoqualmie (Population 18,019) and Skykomish Rivers, Monroe provides Mukilteo, a Native American name swimming, rafting, fishing and boundless that over time became known as “a good other water sports. camping ground,” was the site of the 1855 Monroe annually hosts the Evergreen Peace Treaty signed between Territorial State Fair, one of Washington states largest Governor Isaac Stevens and 82 Indian fairs. This 11-day event runs from late leaders representing 22 tribes.A monument August through Labor Day, with serious commemorating the signing of that competition for awards in everything from historic Peace Treaty is located at the quilting and jam-making to equestrian Mukilteo Community Center. Mukilteo competition. The entertainment stage is became the region’s first trading post and filled with top named talent virtually every served as the first county seat. night of the event. About 25 miles north of Seattle, Mukilteo The fairgrounds transform during the fall today is a waterfront community that has and winter into the home of the Evergreen views of the Olympic Mountains to the Speedway, which features nationally west and the Northern Cascade Mountains recognized events and local racing. to the north and east. While it retains its Bicycle enthusiasts and sightseers friendly, old-fashioned hospitality and appreciate Monroe’s agricultural roots its spectacular setting, the city is also a and the miles of country roads that regional transportation hub for the State wind through lush and scenic farmlands. Ferry System that connects Mukilteo to For a taste of the country life, visitors Clinton on Whidbey Island. Visitors can Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

explore the delightful shops and restaurants of this quaint seaside town as well as the waterfront with its parks and restored 1906 lighthouse. The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry provides a great walk-on boat ride (approx. 60 min. round trip) or the first step in an all-day excursion to Whidbey Island or Deception Pass. Median resident age: 36.5 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $83,000 (it was $67,323 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $504,600 (it was $272,300 in 2000)

Smokey Point (Population 1,729) Smokey Point has quickly become one of the fastest growing areas in northern Snohomish County, combining a prospering commercial core with the relaxed pace of rural-to-suburban living. Smokey Point’s lakes, forest setting and pastoral countryside invite more visitors each year, with local recreational activities that include hiking trails in 8 parks, golf, swimming, boating and other water sports at Wenberg State Park, Lake Goodwin, Kayak Point County Park and Twin Lakes County Park. Fishing for trout, steelhead and salmon, and birding are popular in the area. A Family Support Complex near Smokey Point which was recently completed for the US Navy provides housing, medical and shopping facilities for the families stationed at the Everett Homeport. Median resident age: 37.0 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $57,000 (it was $46,202 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $267,600 (it was $144,400 in 2000) Snohomish (Population 8,827) Known fondly as the Antique Capital of the Northwest, Snohomish welcomes visitors who can enjoy a stroll among the town’s late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture as well as more than 450 antique dealers. Snohomish is the oldest and best preserved city in the county, listed on both the State and National Registries of Historic Places. The city’s historic district incorporates many beautiful Victorian and Arts-and-Crafts-era homes built around the turn of the century.The annual Historic Homes Tour is a must for those who appreciate this period architecture. Call 360-568-5235 for tour dates. If you’d like a real glimpse of life at the turn of the century, visit The Blackman House Museum, built by lumberman and politician Hyrcanus and his wife Ella Blackman in 1878 that still houses two 27


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floors of period furnishings. It is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (360-568-5235). In addition to the delightful variety of charming shops and popular restaurants, art lovers can view works ranging from Native American artifacts to Tiffany art glass from an endless array of quality collectible dealers in the towns downtown. After shopping, visitors can treat themselves to a scenic overhead view of the Snohomish River Valley in a hot air balloon by calling Aerial Balloon. Plane rides, helicopter tours and parachuting lessons are all available at nearby Harvey Airfield. Median resident age: 37.3 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $57,200 (it was $46,396 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $332,600 (it was $179,500 in 2000) Stanwood (Population 5,883) Stanwood is one of the Puget Sound area’s fastest growing cities, with its population having nearly doubled since the year 2000. Settled in 1866 as a trading post at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River, Stanwood retains its heritage as a small community of Scandinavian heritage. The Pearson House Museum houses many of the areas artifacts. The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center houses exhibits, holds events, and conducts tours concerning Nordic Ancestry (360-629-6110). Visitors will want to explore Stanwood’s specialty shops and restaurants. Beautiful

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Sultan (Population 4,183) Continuing east from Monroe, locals flock to the town of Sultan at the confluence of the Sultan and Skykomish Rivers, with its breath-taking views of the Cascades above the rivers below. Sultan was named after a local Indian Chief called Sultan John, who was the leader of the tribe of Native Americans who lived along the banks of the Skykomish River. White settlers were unable to pronounce his real name, Tseultd, so they renamed him Sultan and added John for good measure. While the Sultan area has its roots firmly placed in logging,mining and farming,today Sultan is known for its excellent salmon and steelhead fishing, hiking, camping and river rafting. Hiking, fishing, picnics and boating are all

popular pastimes in the Sultan Basin. Median resident age: 32.2 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $57,500 (it was $46,619 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $298,000 (it was $160,800 in 2000)

Woodway (Population 1,370) Woodway began in 1912 when David Whitcomb, Sr. purchased the original 320 acres just north of what is now the King/Snohomish County line. Mr. Whitcomb was desirous of country living and developed his community by insisting on deed restrictions of two-acre minimum parcels with large setbacks. When nearby rapid development of the 1950s threatened to incorporate Woodway’s lands, a grassroots effort established a fourth class city which provided development protection and independence as a community. Woodway is still true to its town logo — “The Quiet Place.” Residents of Woodway enjoy their privacy, and the Town is primarily zoned for single–family residences.The bedroom community’s 600 acres are zoned strictly for single-family dwellings on minimum 1/3-acre lots. Median resident age: 46.8 years Estimated median household income in 2007: $125,400 (it was $101,633 in 2000) Estimated median house/condo value in 2007: $1,097,500 (it was $592,300 in 2000)

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Throughout the year, there is an abundance of activities taking place throughout Snohomish County. From festivals and garden shows to seasonal tree lightings and parades, you’ll find plenty of intriguing events to attend in any given month. Following are highlights of events happening throughout the year. For a more comprehensive calendar, visit www.snohomish.org.

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January 17-18 Northwest Bridal Showcase nwbridalshowcase.com Over 100 local and specialty wedding vendors. Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center, downtown Everett | 425-210-3505 31-1 United NW Model Railroad Show | unwclub.org Peruse a dazzling array of model trains sure to please hobbyists and enthusiasts alike. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe

February TBD Port Susan Birding & Snow Goose Festival & Art Show | snowgoosefest.org Enjoy speakers and a panel of experts, vendors and artists, and tours of great places to view delightful feathered visitors this winter. Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, Stanwood | 360-629-0562 March Conservation District Plant Sale | snohomishcd.org Natural resources for the future - trees, shrubs and groundcovers available for purchase. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe | 425-335-5634 x4 6-7

20-22 Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show | quiltersanonymous.org A spectacular array of quilts lovingly made by members of QA. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe April Antique Show evergreenfair.org | One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and there’s plenty of treasure to be found here! Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe | 360-805-6700 TBD

17-19 Everett Home and Garden Show| everetthomegardenshow.com Snohomish County’s biggest home show. Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center| 425-210-3505

May TBD Snohomish Artists Guild 10th Annual Night Out Spring Music Festival | sagpro.com Enjoy music and a whole lot more at this annual treat. Downtown Everett |425-303-1848

TBD Taste of Mukilteo & General Aviation Day | ci.mukilteo.wa.us Appease your love of flying with free flights for kids, food, flying demo’s and more. Paine Field, Mukilteo | 425-353-2110 23 Edmonds Jazz Connection | snohomish.org A celebration of jazz music with performances, food, and activities. Various locations, downtown Edmonds | 425-275-9595 June

19.21 Edmonds Art Festival | Edmondsartfestival.org Celebrate the arts at one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest arts festivals featuring a rich array of visual and performing arts and art events. Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds | 425-771-6412 TBD Marysville Strawberry Festival | maryfest.com All sorts of activities for the family and strawberries galore. Marysville |360-659-7664

TBD Biringer’s “Pig Out on the Farm: Berry Fest | biringerfarm.com Eat lots of berries and enjoy a farm experience. Biringer Farm, between Everett and Marysville| 425-259-0255 TBD NW Largest Garage Sale | evergreenfair.org Find treasures from the whole county in one place! Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe | 360-805-6700

July TBD Bothell’s Patriot Dance| ci.bothell.wa.us Dance and celebrate your patriotism! Bothell Landing, Bothell| 425-486-7430

4 Arlington’s 4th of July | ci.arlington.wa.us Celebrate Independence Day in Arlington with fun activities, food, games, and fireworks for the whole family. Arlington | 360-403-3421

4 Bothell’s 4th of July | ci.bothell.wa.us Celebrate Independence Day in Bothell with fun activities, food, and games for the whole family. Plus fireworks! Bothell | 425-486-3256 4 Darrington 4th of July Fireworks and Parade| darringtonwa.org Celebrate Independence Day in Darrington with fun activities, food, fireworks, and games for the whole family Darrington | 360-436-1131 4 Edmonds kind of 4th | edmondswa.com Celebrate Independence Day in Edmonds with fun activities, food, and games for the whole family. And fireworks! Edmonds | 425-670-1496 4 Everett Color of Freedom Parade | everettwa.org Drill teams, floats, bands and more will be marching in honor of our Independence. Everett | 425-257-7117 4 Lynnwood Star Spangled Celebration | ci.lynwood.wa.us Celebrate Independence Day in Lynnwood with fun activities, food, and games for the whole family. Lynnwood | 425-670-5732 4 Mountlake Terrace Family 4th of July | ci.mountlake-terrace.wa.us Celebrate Independence Day with fun activities, food, and games for the whole family. Don’t forget the fireworks too. Mountlake Terrace | 425-776-1161 4 Stanwood 4th of July | stanwoodwashington.com Celebrate Independence Day in Stanwood with fireworks, fun activities, food, and games for the whole family. Stanwood | 360-629-4577 8-12 NWEAA Fly-In | nweaa.org Fly-In and aviation convention with rides, an air show, kid’s activities and more. This is the west’s largest aviation festival. Arlington | 360-435-5857 TBD

Sultan Summer Shindig| ci.sultan.wa.us A festival to celebrate summer including a logging contest, parade and street fair. Main Street, Sultan | 360-793 –2231


TBD Evergreen State Fair| Evergreenfair.org Lot of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe| 360-794-8027

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TBD Lavender Hills Farm Festival | lavenderhillsfarm.com Lavender, food, music, and fun abound. What more could you ask for? Lavender Hills Farm | Marysville| 360-651-2086

12 Pilchuck Glass School Open House | pilchuck.com| 12-5 Sun Once a year the school opens to the public for you to explore. Reservations are required| Stanwood| 206-621-8422 ext. 34

TBD Kla Ha Ya Days | klahayadays.com This has everything - a carnival, parade, arts and crafts, an international chili cook-off, car show, food, contests, entertainment, and so much more. Citywide Snohomish | 360-568-7076 17-19 Darrington’s Bluegrass Festival| glacierview.net/bluegrass The 33rd annual festival has lots of talent and great bluegrass music to enjoy. Bluegrass Music Park, Darrington | 360-436-1179

TBD Lake Stevens Aqua Fest | aquafest.org A community festival and carnival for the whole family to enjoy. Downtown Lake Stevens | 425-397-2344 August TBD Stanwood-Camano Community Fair| stanwoodcamanofair.com A real old-fashioned community fair for the whole family. Stillaguamish Fairgrounds, Stanwood | 360-629-4121

TBD Stanwood-Camano Fair Parade| stanwoodcamanofair.com Three fun-filled days of an old-fashioned country fair atmosphere. Hundreds of animals and exhibits, continuous live entertainment, food, kid’s games and a carnival. Downtown Stanwood | 360-454-5208

8-10 Taste of Edmonds| edmondswa.com| 11-10 Fri,Sat,11-7 Sun Enjoy live entertainment, food, arts, music, and more. 6th and Bell Street, Edmonds. | 425-670-1496 TBD Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow | stillaguamish.nsn.us This is a community festival for the environment. Plenty of music, food and fun. Rivers Meadow Park, Arlington| 360-435-2755 ext. 22

TBD 100th Annual Dahlia Show | Everettwa.org This is the 100th anniversary of this flower extravaganza. Enjoy the beauty of Dahlias. Floral Hall at Forest Park, Everett| 425-257-8700

September TBD Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival mukilteofestival.org Weekend long activities for the whole family – Parade, fireworks, art, food, music, and more. Lincoln Street, downtown Mukilteo| 425-353-5516 TBD Mutt Strut| everettwa.org Fun for your pooch at Sullivan Park. Everett| 425-257-8355

TBD Harvest Jubilee | Harvestjubilee.org | Discover the agricultural richness of the northwest corner of Snohomish County and Camano Island. Plenty of activities, food and fun. Stanwood | 360-329-0562 TBD Snohomish Historical Homes Tour snohomishhistoricalsociety.com Tour historic homes in the city of Snohomish |360-568-5235 October TBD Everett Sausage Fest | everettsausagefest.com Enjoy a fun, family-friendly Ocktoberfest with a Bavarian theme. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Everett | 425-314-2037

TBD Lavender Hills Fall Farm Festival | lavenderhillsfarm.com Fall is here and it is time to celebrate at one of the most fun farms in the county! Lavender Hills Farm, Marysville| 360-651-2086

TBD Country Village Harvest Festival| countryvillagebothell.com | Celebrate the coming of fall with arts, crafts, music, train rides, and more. Country Village, Bothell Everett Highway | 425-483-2250 TBD Everett Fall Home Show| comcastarenaeverett.com A premier fall home show. Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center | 425-210-3505 TBD Mill Creek Trunk or Treat | cityofmillcreek.com A fun-filled Halloween day for families. Free for children under 12. Mill Creek City Hall | 425-745-1891

November TBD Gusto! Celebrating the best of NW Food & Wine| comcastarenaeverett.com 60 wineries and 20 restaurants are showcased. Cooking demos, a silent auction and more. Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center | 866-332-8499. TBD Santa Arrives at Alderwood Mall | alderwoodmall.com Old St. Nick makes his annual appearance to meet and greet with the kiddies. Alderwood Mall | 425-771-1211 TBD 29th Annual Seattle International Stand-up Comedy Competition | seattlecomedycompetition.com Laugh your heart out while comedians compete to see who has the last laugh. Historic Everett Theatre | 425-483-9169 TBD Santa Arrives at Everett Mall | shopeverettmall.com The kids will enjoy a visit from their jolly old pal, Santa Claus. Everett Mall | 425-355-1771 TBD Country Village Annual Open House| countryvillagebothell.com Get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Country Village. Country Village, Bothell Everett Highway | 425-483-2250 27 Seattle Premium Outlets’ Mall Madness | premiumoutlets.com Store’s doors open in the middle of the night for those shop-a-holics who just have to get started on their Christmas shopping right away! Seattle Premium Outlets, Tulalip| 360-654-3000 TBD The Lights of Christmas atWarm Beach | stanwoodwashington.com The city comes alive with lights and festivities for the whole family. Marine Drive in Stanwood | 360-352-7575 TBD Everett Christmas Lighted Boat Parade | christmasboatparade.com A plethora of boats in all shapes and sizes are decorated to the nines with lights and holiday items. Port of Everett Marina| 425-259-8178 TBD Edmonds Christmas Ship Singa-Long | ci.edmonds.wa.us An Argosy ship covered in lights complete with a choir on deck performing classic holiday tunes to sing along to. Edmonds Fishing Pier | 425-771-0230


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Education Facilities of the Snohomish County Area

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he biggest news regarding education in Snohomish County was the state legislature’s approval to build an all-new four-year university. The committee has evaluated sites in Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties for the site of the state’s newest four-year institution. The educational facility will maximize internships outside the classroom in an effort to maximize the proximity of world class employers in the county. The four-year school will be the third in the state’s university system, joining the University of Washington in Seattle and Washington State University in Pullman. Eastern, Central, Western and Evergreen form Washington’s state college system. The need for the first new state university in almost 40 years has been the rapid growth in population in communities north of Seattle, as well as the desire to fill the need for a better educated workforce for employers relocating in Western Washington. Many of the details still need to be finalized, including whether the new campus will emphasize academic or polytechnic skills. The last four-year college built in 34

Washington was the Evergreen State College in Olympia.The UW added branch campuses in Tacoma and Bothell during the past two decades to meet rising demands for additional classroom enrollment. Edmonds Community College More than 11,000 students take courses for credit toward a certificate or degree at Edmonds Community College, at its 50-acre campus 15 miles north of Seattle. More than 43 percent of these students plan to transfer to a four-year college or university; over 31 percent work toward career program degrees and about 3 percent are undecided. The balance of the student body takes courses simply for enrichment, for workplace skills, for GED, basic skills or family education. According to a survey, more than 62 percent of students in credit courses are part-time students who combine college with work and family. Full-time students numbered 3,860 this year. The student body at ECC includes students from 45 other countries, but nearly 90 percent of students live within eight miles of the campus.The Edmonds campus is a lively place with students from a broad

range of backgrounds, races, religions and points of view. Over half of the students are women, with average student age at about 29. Class size is generally 23 students and a class might range from 16 to 18-year-old “Running Start” (high school) students to people who are returning to school for a career change or to update job skills. Edmonds Community College is located at 20000 68th Ave.W in Lynnwood. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. Online Programs For those who cannot or prefer not to attend the facility in person, Edmonds CC also offers 17 certificate and degree programs and over 200-plus online courses, serving nearly 10,000 students per year. Amenities Computers -There are more than 1,000 computers for students on campus. There is also free wireless for laptops throughout the campus. The Library - 48,700 volumes, 5,551 videos,22 research databases,210 periodicals, 40 media stations, 64 computer stations, 36 study carrels, seven study rooms and one art gallery. Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Science Labs - 40 computer stations, the second of four new academic buildings 24 work stations with fume hoods, seven planned for EvCC. multimedia projection systems, along with With the addition, the center now can five poison dart frogs and five sea anemones. serve up to 116 children per quarter, an increase of 40 percent. It will also become Students home to Early Childhood Education an Average per quarter - 10,700 academic program for students preparing Full-time students - 3,860 to work with young children and Family Part-time students - 5,400 Life Education a parent education support Students from 45 countries - 788 program dealing with a wide variety of Continuing education students - 775 subjects important to families. Day students - 70% Evening students - 30% Female (average age 30) - 57% In October 2008 the Early Male (average age 27) - 43% 80% of our students live within eight Learning Center reopened after miles of the campus. Faculty 23:1 Ratio of students to instructors 141 Full-time instructors 320 Part-time instructors For more information call 425-640-1459 www.edcc.edu

being remodeled and expanded. Programs for the Center include licensed and accredited preschool and childcare for young children ages 12 months to five years of age for students, faculty, staff and community members.

Everett Community College For over six decades EvCC has played an important part in the success story of the Student Profile Snohomish County community. Located Total enrollment: 17,981 in a residential area of north Everett at Mean Age: 31.7 years 2000 Tower Street, the Everett Community 59% Female College (EvCC) campus provides more 39% Male than 8,500 students with well-respected 2% of students reported a physical disability university transfer and technical programs, as well as skills training and personal Enrollments by Student Intent enrichment courses. Academic Transfer - 28% The college also operates the Aviation Adult Basic Education - 18% Maintenance Technical School at Paine Pre-College - 10% Field, the Applied Technology Training Vocational/Technical - 27% Center in south Everett, and a School of Personal Interest - 17% Cosmetology in Marysville.College classes 340 students transferred to four-year are also taught at the University Center Universities during the last academic year. of North Puget Sound in downtown Everett, in Monroe at Monroe High and Academic Accomplishments Junior High Schools, and through an 602 Students achieved the Presidents expanding distance-learning network. List with quarterly GPAs of 4.0 The college’s Fitness and Sports Center 1,229 Students were on the Deans List is located three blocks south of the main with Quarterly GPAs of 3.6 -3.9 Tower Street campus. Scholarships totaled $476,520 In January of 2007, EvCC opened the doors on a new science and arts facility. EvCCs Student Services include: Whitehorse Hall is the first of several Athletics/Intramurals buildings to be completed over the next Center for Disability Services two decades as part of ECCs comprehensive Child Care master plan. Counseling, Advising and Career Center EvCC’s new Undergraduate Education Enrollment Services Center, to be named Gray Wolf Hall, is due Financial Aid to open in Winter Quarter of 2009 and will Library Media Center house undergraduate math, English, social Diversity & Equity Center sciences, distance and four-year education Rainier Learning Center (Tutoring, programs. The top floor will become the Reading, Writing) new home for the University Center. It is Refugee/Immigrant Forum Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

Student Employment Referral Center Student Support Services Student Activities Testing Center Tutoring Services Veterans Services

Athletics The Everett Community College Trojans are a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and compete in women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball, and men’s baseball. Faculty EvCC endeavors to hire faculty members who express tolerance of other people, their beliefs, ideas, and opinions, and who challenge our diverse student population to the highest levels of academic achievement in a learning-centered environment through a wide variety of instructional methods. EvCC faculty is comprised of 130 fulltime and approximately 230 part-time instructors. Fourteen percent of the fulltime faculty have doctorates. Campus The 43-acre campus overlooks Legion Memorial Golf Course in north Everett. The School of Cosmetology is in Marysville, the Aviation Maintenance Technical School at Paine Field, the Applied Technology Training Center in south Everett, the Tulalip Education Center is in Marysville, and the Fitness and Sports Center is just three blocks from the main campus. EvCC college-level classes, adult education, ESL, and workforce training classes are also offered in Monroe at Monroe High School and Junior High School. The EvCC campus is composed of 17 instructional buildings that house 66 classrooms and 53 labs. There are 750 student computers, with 600 units on the main campus. The ECC General Fund totals $22.4 million. For virtual online tours of various locations on campus, visit www.everettcc.edu For more information call 425-388-9100 www.everettcc.edu Primary and Secondary Schools Arlington School District #16 Kindergarten to 12th Grade 5,537 students in 11 Schools 360-618-6200 www.asd.wednet.edu

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Snohomish School District #201 Kindergarten to 12th Grade 9,572 students in 21 schools 360-563-7280 www.sno.wednet.edu

Edmonds School District #15 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 20,905 students in 43 schools www.edmonds.wednet.edu/

Index School District #063 Pre-Kindergarten to 7th Grade 19 Students in one school 360-793-1330 www.isag3.org Lake Stevens School District #4 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 7,708 students at 12 schools 425-335-1500 www.lkstevens.wednet.edu

Everett School District #2 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 18,935 students at 33 schools 425-385-4000 www.everett.k12.wa.edu

Lakewood School District #306 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 2,559 students in four schools 360-652-4500 www.lwsd.wednet.edu

Sultan School District Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 2,148 Students in five Schools 360-793-9800 www.sultan.k12.wa.us

Darrington School District #330 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 544 students at three schools 360-436-4323 www.asd.kia.wa.adu

Mukilteo School District #6 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 14,423 students in 23 schools 425-356-1274 www.mukilteo.wednet.edu Granite Falls School District #332 Kindergarten to 12th Grade 2,353 students in four schools 360-691-7217 www.gfalls.wednet.edu

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Marysville School District #25 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 12,038 students at 22 schools 360-653-0800 www.msvl.k12.wa.us Monroe School District #103 Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade 7,130 students in 17 schools 360-804-2501 www.monroe.wednet.edu

Stanwood-Camano School District #401 5,420 Students in 12 Schools 360-629-1200 www.stanwood.wednet.edu

When you are ready to research indepth details about a given school, a useful site to visit is The Washington State Report Card, published by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, which lists demographics as well as achievement of each school. www.reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us

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Snohomish County’s World-Class Arts Community Continues to Thrive

By Sally Chamberlain Snohomish County is a flourishing community with a variety of cultural and artistic attractions. “The County is comprised of suburban and rural communities where the visual arts thrive through local arts groups, festivals and exhibits - all very affordable or free,” according to Judy Tuohy, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Snohomish County. There are many different ways to appease your appetite for the arts and we have it all. From museums and theatres, public art installations and galleries, to outdoor festivals and concerts – you can find it in Snohomish County. Here is just a peek at what you can enjoy. Snohomish County has many venues for performing arts. There are indoor and outdoor theatres in every city. A staple is the Everett Theatre (2911 Colby Avenue). It’s been open since 1901 and has theatrical productions, concerts, film events and more. Or there is the Edmonds Center for the Arts (410 4th Ave. N.), which is the home for performances by the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Olympic Ballet Theater and Sno-King Community Chorale as well as a variety of national and international presentations. Recently, the Arts Council of Snohomish County embarked on a $6 million project to build a Visual Arts Education Center in downtown Everett, which will be completed in early 2010. This will be a gathering place for people to visit, take classes, learn about and view art, and interact with artists. In January of 2008, the Edmonds Community College added a state of the art 200-seat black box theatre, the Mukilteo Theatre, giving Snohomish County a space for performances, meetings, political forums, and community events. All plays are open to the public and community members are welcome to be part of the show, signing up for a theater course as part of their casting. The arts scene in Snohomish County has really started blossoming more than ever before. Whatever your interest is,

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you will be able to find a theatre that caters to it. There are also plenty of art galleries, like the Art & Soul Gallery (817 238th St SE) in Bothell or Gallery North (508 Main St) in Edmonds. You can explore the galleries one at a time, or check them out during the many art walks offered in each city. Everett has an art walk the third Friday of every month, where you can explore all the galleries in downtown. In Snohomish, artists set up in various businesses throughout downtown on Saturdays and demonstrate working in their medium. Edmonds also has a public art walk you can enjoy on the third Thursday of every month. To some, nature is the finest art of all. “Thousands of artists have chosen to live and work in Snohomish County. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of snow peaked mountains, the Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, rural farmlands, amazing rivers and lakes, Snohomish County is the perfect catalyst for artistic inspiration,” says Judy Tuohy. If this is your type of artistry, there are plenty of ways you can experience the beauty of the outdoors in Snohomish County. There are murals, outdoor gardens, and nature tours to occupy your time with.You can head to the www.evergreenarboretum. com” Everett Arboretum & Gardens, which is open year-round, to experience beautiful gardens. Or you can go on a beach walk at Olympic Beach in Edmonds and experience the intertidal community firsthand. You can also get outside and enjoy some of the many events Snohomish County is home to throughout the year. In the summer, you can enjoy open-air concerts in Edmonds, Everett, Marysville, Mukilteo, and more. You could also enjoy outdoor movies in many of the cities in Snohomish County.Another not to be missed outdoor event is Shakespeare in the Park, which happens every year from July to August in Lynnwood. No matter what your preferences are, you will find something to enjoy in Snohomish County. Remember that this is just a taste of what we have to offer you in the way of arts and culture. There is much more to experience, so go explore. You will definitely be surprised and pleased with what you find.

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ontrary to residential real estate trends in other regions of the United States, home sales in Snohomish County remained strong and prices steady and well above historical averages. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, home sales around Western Washington during September rose 4.1 percent from a year ago,reversing a 19-month pattern of declines. Members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported 5,982 pending sales (offers made and accepted, but not yet closed), a gain of 234 transactions from a year ago.The totals cover 19 counties in the MLS service area. The median price for last month’s closed sales of single family homes and condominiums (combined) was $295,000, a drop of 8.3 percent from a year-ago when the median price was $321,600. For the four-county Puget Sound region (King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap), the median price for last month’s closed sales dropped from $349,950 to $324,000, a decline of 7.4 percent. Brokers and lenders say the recent economic turmoil is taking a toll on activity, but also suggest negative news reports are 38

keeping buyers on the fence and creating misunderstandings about the availability of home loans. “Forget the news,” said Mike Welty of Liberty Financial Group in Bellevue. “Mortgage loans are readily available, at excellent rates and you can still get 97 percent loan to value. There is a lot of flexibility in programs, qualification and opportunity,” he emphasized, while acknowledging that underwriting is tougher, with down-payment and employment being current requirements. Ron Sparks, managing vice president at Coldwell Banker Bain in Bellevue was quoted as saying that most sellers can be thankful the drops are really quite modest compared to other markets, where prices have recently dropped 30 percent or more. “It’s apparent that home prices, both locally and nationally, are becoming irresistible in some instances,” he remarked. As a result, he noted markets such as San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are seeing the same increased buyer activity as the Washington market. Erik Hand, president of Response Mortgage Services (John L. Scott’s in-house lender) expects some improvement in

financing options, but cautioned consumers about the potential cost of procrastinating. “With the passage of the bailout bill, I expect we will gradually see an improvement to the conditions in the Non-Conforming market in the form of a narrowing of the spreads between Conforming and NonConforming loan products, and in some cases, an easing of guidelines that will open up financing options to a larger pool of buyers,” Hand stated. “As for interest rates, they are expected to remain low, but like every other aspect of the economy they’re subject to the volatility of the market,” Hand commented, adding, “It’s important for homebuyers to understand that interest rates are currently at historic lows and there’s no guarantee they’ll fall further with the passage of the bailout bill.” “While things in the real estate world may not be perfect right now, things are, and will continue to get better and better. The medicine tastes terrible but the cure will be worth it,” NWMLS director Dick Beeson believes. Beeson, the broker/owner of Windermere/Commencement Associates in Tacoma saw a 21.8 percent surge of pending sales in Pierce County last month compared to a year ago and a notable shrinkage in inventory (down 11.2 percent from twelve Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


snohomish months ago). “We’re moving toward a market place with fewer properties for sale -- and fewer and fewer choices for buyers. What a time to buy, low rates, low prices, low costs, and decreasing inventory -- all ready for those smart buyers who act now,” he noted. NWMLS director Kathy Estey, managing broker at the Bellevue Downtown office of John L.Scott said“September felt like we were gathering steam and back on track,” but as economic news worsened during the month buyer confidence tumbled.“The news made it sound as if buyers need 20 percent down to get a loan -- and fear become our worst enemy again,” she remarked. On a more optimistic note she added, “The Puget Sound remains a great place to own property and there are opportunities to buy low and ride the rising prices that are around the corner in a year or two.” Variety of Available Housing Housing choices around the metropolitan areas of Snohomish County range from classic two-story models and split level designs to contemporary, often reflecting a mosaic of architectural influences along with the diverse interests of the areas residents. Although single-family dwellings are the dominant style, comprising about threefourths of the current inventory, househunters who prefer condominiums or other options will find an excellent selection in many neighborhoods. Northwest MLS is a nonprofit association with approximately 1,350 member companies and 13,800 sales associates in Western Washington. Real estate agents are professionals in helping clients find anything from a close-in bungalow or a houseboat to a palatial home with sweeping views or a home adjacent to equestrian trails or public transportation. Newcomers are most likely to find the dwelling that matches their dreams by working with a realtor who is a member of Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Brokers around Snohomish County describe the local housing market with terms like vigorous, healthy and resilient. Despite a sputtering national economy and indications of a local economic slowdown resulting in part from employment adjustments in the aerospace and technology arenas, home sales have remained strong throughout 2008. Housing prices span the spectrum within the county.The choices include both singlefamily homes and condominiums with asking prices that begin under $100,000 to million dollar high-rise penthouses, waterfront mansions and other exceptional properties. Home prices and wages top national averages compared to prices for the U.S. overall and other metropolitan areas, Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

snohomish county living Snohomish County housing ranks among the more expensive markets. But individual communities within the county compare favorably with many West Coast cities. According to surveys by the National Association of Realtors, an existing singlefamily home in the county cost less than homes in Boston, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and San Francisco, but tends to be pricier than homes in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City or Tucson. Growth management Snohomish County has experienced rapid population and job growth over the past several years, which in turn, has spurred an increased demand for housing. During the same period, the state of Washington has implemented its Growth Management Act (GMA), which is intended to contain urban sprawl and encourage efficient use of infrastructure while protecting open spaces and environmentally sensitive areas. Under GMA, various interests strive to balance smart growth objectives with a shared desire to preserve or enhance the areas incomparable amenities. Realtors in Snohomish County and throughout the state are promoting measures that support smart growth concepts while considering various quality-of-life measures. Among these considerations are economic vitality, mobility, additional housing opportunities near job centers and the preservation of recreational attractions and natural resources. When enacted in 1990, GMA established a 20-year planning framework with periodic reviews. The reviews (completed since 2002) were designed so cities and counties could evaluate progress in accommodating growth and providing housing choices for each economic segment within their communities. Not surprisingly, the GMA has both critics and admirers. Along those with raising awareness of the need for better planning, the measure sparked the formation of new cities in Snohomish County during the past decade. Comparing neighborhoods In addition to master planned communities and condominiums, newcomers will find a good selection of both conventional and innovative home styles in most neighborhoods. Urban communities, such as Lynnwood, are dominated by traditional homes. Brier and Woodway feature larger lots and wooded acreage. Communities further north feature larger lots and rural acreage with homes and communities built to address and meet the overall needs and lifestyles of the residents.

Prudent shoppers should rely on a variety of resources to assist in their search; local newspapers, advertising-based periodicals of properties for sale, web-based catalogs and databases can all be useful tools for house hunters.

Apartments Experts recommend using short-term housing options to avoid the expensive mistake of moving into a neighborhood that is not convenient to work or discovering that the school system does not match the needs of your family. With the price of real estate in the county continuing to climb, renting or leasing is becoming an option for long-time residents as well. CNNMoney.com recently reported that renting may be your best option since rents rise and fall independently of home prices. There’s often a push-pull to rental amounts: They’re pushed up when foreclosures put homeowners back in the rental market, but pulled back because the supply of rentals increases. Professional relocation firms select temporary housing based on a list of priorities: What you must have and what you would like to have. That list should include factors that are important to your family and your personal situation, ranging from price and amenities, to schools and commuting times. After consulting with local experts and pouring through reference material, your next stop should be to get in the car and check out the list of neighborhoods that fit your criteria. Some communities sound better on paper than they appear in brick and mortar. Begin looking at rental properties ONLY in communities that you would feel comfortable calling home. Little Nickel Classifieds features an extensive listing of rental properties. The Nickel listings may be more current than monthly publications and are likely to include many smaller available complexes and single units. If you’re too busy or too overwhelmed with the task, another option might be a professional locator service. A locator service will save time and energy by selecting the appropriate units in the correct neighborhoods. An apartment locator service may also be able to recommended apartment complexes with flexible lease arrangements. Developers have been working at a rapid pace to keep up with the growth in the rental community Snohomish County, which has only slowed slightly in recent months. Builders are focused on both apartment homes, as well as apartment communities to serve as transition housing for individuals or families relocating to the area. 39


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According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, retail vacancies are expected to rise in the short term as new retail spaces open and retailers pull back on their expansion plans, according to researchers. Additions to the retail scene are expected to outpace demand, with vacancy rates expected to hit 8.6 percent, according to the third-quarter report from Marcus & Millichap Research.That 8.6 percent level is still less than the double-digit average vacancy rates the rest of the nation is experiencing. The report indicates that average retail asking rents in the Puget Sound area will increase by 2.8 percent, to $23.36 per square foot while effective rents are expected at the end of the year to be at $21.17 per square foot, up 1.8 percent.

Rental Houses If a rental home is what you are looking for, the task may be a little more challenging. There are no separate published guides for rental houses, so renters will be dependent on newspaper listings for current availability. The Internet may also be the best way to find houses as they come on the market. Try looking under the heading For Rent by Owner. Many homes for rent are not advertised at all. Sometimes your best bet will be driving around your desired neighborhood to look for signs as they are being posted. Leases on single-family homes are normally a minimum of one-year in length. Short-term leasing can be quite expensive. Leased houses may also require the tenants to do some (or all) of the maintenance as part of the lease agreement. During the current buyer’s market, renters can also offer owners lease-to-own options that may provide shelter for the new resident and cover the mortgage payment for the landlord. Creative negotiation may be the best for both. Temporary housing may also be available as part of a company’s relocation package. Many of the top real estate firms have entire divisions dedicated to finding affordable, comfortable temporary housing. Renting a Room Many homeowners have added “motherin-law” apartments to their homes as a way to rent out a portion of the house to help cover expenses.To qualify as a separate rental, the apartment must have a separate bathroom and kitchen area away from the rest of the house. Many have separate entrances. Renting a room or an entire house will require some digging through the newspapers and looking through ads posted 40

in local grocery stores or public areas. As opposed to renting an entire house, renting a room or a part of a house may provide the flexibility an individual may need when getting the feel for a new community.

in transition. Depending on the company, many of these homes provide housekeeping service as well as all the linens and house wares necessary to make a temporary home. Facilities like these can be a real money saver for both the company and the new employee.

Motels/Hotels Arrangements can often be made Making the Move with motels and hotels for lower rates for Indecision may not be as big an enemy as extended stays. Using a hotel or motel may it was a year ago, but appealing rental units be cost prohibitive. have the tendency to disappear quickly. More appealing units in the best neighborhoods Extended stay hotels have become a rare commodity as former A new concept in hotel service designed home owners enter the rental market. specifically for business travelers who need Many landlords will require a deposit to stay in one city for extended periods of (refundable) to keep your name on the waiting time. These facilities are normally rented on list. Most will require a credit check and an a week-to-week basis with daily or weekly application before accepting new tenants. maid service. Some locations may include Renters should come prepared with as kitchen units and sitting rooms. Listings in much of the required documentation as various categories are available at possible, including: www.everett-extended-stay.biz-stay.com A letter from your current/past landlord or at www.articles.directorym.com confirming that you are/were a great tenant. A letter from your employer confirming Corporate Housing your salary, or a recent pay stub. Companies that move employees on a Your checkbook, so you can write a regular basis may have the perfect solution: deposit on the spot if the location meets Homes or apartments designed for employees your needs.

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Senior Living Communities and Assisted Living Senior Living in Snohomish Snohomish County offers an active lifestyle to residents of every age. Several national publications have pinpointed the Northwest corner of the US as one of the top locations for seniors who want to fully take advantage of retirement and their Golden Years. Each year more than 35,000 people benefit from the expertise of Senior Services of Snohomish County, the largest nonprofit agency serving seniors in the county. Established in 1973, the organization is governed by a board of directors and supported by public funding, foundation/corporate contributions, individual donors and volunteers. The organization is committed to promoting the independence and preserving the dignity of seniors and people with disabilities throughout our region. Information and Referral is available online for more than 900 community programs and services. The Senior Source Resource Guide is a printed directory of services in Snohomish County, updated in May of each year. 42

For your free copy of the Senior Source Resource Guide call (425) 513-1900 or Toll Free, 1(800) 422-2024, or email to seniorinfo@sssc.org. The main areas of assistance Senior Services provides are Nutrition, Transportation, Housing, and Social Services. Nutrition For those who are age 60 or over, lack support of family or friends and are unable to fix meals for themselves, or who are disabled and unable to do so, the Meals on Wheels Program offers frozen meals for the homebound or older adult. The meals are prepared with no added salt, sugar, or fat and can be adapted to special diets. The meals are frozen and can be heated in a microwave or oven. Each meal includes an entree; rice, potato, or noodles; vegetable; roll with margarine; and instant non-fat milk. Fruit or dessert is included in several meals. Each meal meets one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for older adults. The meals are delivered weekly according to a predetermined schedule. The delivery day

will remain the same, but the time may vary from week to week. A minimum of seven meals is required for delivery. If you or someone you know is in need of this service, request an application by calling the Nutrition program at (425)347-1229, or by email nutrition@sssc.org for details. Transportation Dial-A-Ride (DART) provides safe and reliable transportation for people with disabilities and gives them the freedom to enjoy the community and all of its services. Their wheelchair accessible vehicles connect people to health care, shopping, employment, family and friends, senior centers and more. Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) 8225 44th Ave W., Suite O Mukilteo, WA 982751 (800) 562-1381 Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) is primarily a rural transportation program providing service to older adults and people with disabilities outside the DART service area. TAP connects people Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Northwest Animal Care Rehabilitation and Spa is now open. The new building will contain a deluxe boarding facility, designed to provide pets with a comfortable stay filled with stimulating activity customized to the individual needs of the pet. The Spa will also feature an underwater treadmill which can provide cost-effective rehabilitation for injured or post surgical patients. “The treadmill can get post-operative dogs or elderly dogs into a comforting warm water environment. The warm water allows the dog to walk with a full range of motion without them applying too much weight on their legs,” said Dr. Brent Johnson, owner of Northwest Animal Care. Additionally, the warm water has a calming effect on dogs. When a pet is injured or in pain they may not be able to use their limb on land, but will often use it in the water. Water gives the animal buoyancy, reducing the weight on injured joints and muscles. Warm water assists in pain reduction and provides resistance for good exercise. This combination allows the dog to start the rehabilitation process much sooner. When the dog does not experience as much pain in movement it is more likely to use the limb through its normal range of motion which will reduce recovery time. Animals that will benefit include orthopedic post-operative patients, back injuries, ligament injuries, and neurological problems. Additionally healthy dogs can benefit, “The treadmill can be a great conditioning tool for dogs preparing for agility training or for show,” Dr. Johnson said. The system is also great for arthritic and obese dogs. The warm water and buoyancy along with resistance makes using the underwater treadmill a good choice in rehabilitation therapy. Finally, the new building will also include a wide variety of other services, such as grooming and pet’s massage. “We really believe our new building will provide our clients with a number of terrific services to treat an injured pet or just to pamper them while they are away,” said Dr. Johnson. For more information, call Northwest Animal Care at 425-379-0400. The new building is now open and available for tours. Northwest Animal Care Hospital 10105 – 19th Ave SE Everett, WA. 98208 Phone: 425.379.0040 Email: contact@nwach.com Across the street from Costco Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

“The Gentle Doctors” • Exceptional Full-service Veterinary Care for Dogs, Cats, Birds, Ferrets and other Pets as well • Experienced Doctors on staff with years of surgical and diagnostic experience ready to serve your pet’s health care needs • Specializing in Laser Surgery Technology which prevents excessive bleeding, inflammation, pain and spread of cancer and allows for quicker healing • Professional Grooming Staff and Facilities • Doctor-supervised Boarding which provides “Just Like Home” feel for the pet NOW OPEN Call now to schedule a tour of our new Rehabilitation Center and Spa! For more information visit www.nwanimalcare.com

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to services, health care, senior centers, shopping, recreation and more. TAP clients are picked up at their door and delivered to their destination, or transferred to another transportation provider: DART, Everett Para Transit or ACCESS. Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) 8221 44th Ave W., Suite E Mukilteo, WA 98275 (425) 423-8517 Ethnic Senior Dining/Transportation Ethnic senior dining programs give minority elders the opportunity to come together on a regular basis for culturally familiar meals, socialization and social services. Ethnic Meal Site Transportation makes it possible for elders to participate at the following senior dining programs: Chinese Senior Group; 5326 176th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98037 Served on Friday (425) 290-1274 Filipino Senior Group; 2605 15th St. (Bakerview Apts.)Everett, WA 98201 Served on Friday (425) 514-3185 Korean Senior Center; 5326 176th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037 Served on Monday and Thursday (425) 290-1274 Vietnamese Senior Group; 2605 15th St. (Bakerview Apts.) Everett, WA 98201 Served on Wednesday (425) 290-1256 Ethnic Meal Site Transportation can be reached at: 8221 44th Ave W., Suite E Mukilteo, WA 98275 (425) 423-8517; or e-mail to transportation@sssc.org. An Active Life Modern medicine makes it possible for seniors to lead active and productive lives for many years. Here are a few groups and agencies that can provide assistance: Bothell Senior Health Center 18222 104th Ave NE # 201 Bothell (425) 398-6800 East County Senior Center 824 Village Way Monroe, WA (360) 794-6359 director@eastcountyseniorcenter.org Northshore Senior Center 10201 E Riverside Dr Bothell (425) 487-2441

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Finding the right home can mean discovering a place where seniors feel secure, comfortable and treated with respect.There are dozens of choices and many options for seniors who want to take up residency in Snohomish County. Following is a list of just a few: Vintage at Everett—1001 East Marine View Drive, Everett, WA 98201 One of Everett’s finest senior communities, featuring one and twobedroom apartment homes, including full size washer and dryers, dishwashers and built-in microwaves. Amenities include an indoor pool and spa, movies at one of two movie theaters and free billiards. Personnel tours available Monday-Friday from 85:30 and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday; (866) 665-8040.

Lynnwood in a beautiful wooded area, offers luxurious apartment homes in a fun and active retirement community, modeled on resort-style living. Residents of Brighton Court can enjoy their own private apartment homes filled with treasured belongings, meet new friends and entertain family in the beautifully appointed dining room. Assisted living options are also available. 6520 - 196th Street SW Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425) 775-4440

Affordable Senior Housing Senior Services offers a variety of affordable rental housing options for qualified seniors age 55 and older. These apartment communities, conveniently located throughout Snohomish County, are designed to enhance independent living for active seniors as well as those who need supportive services. The senior communities are financed by both public and private funding, making it possible to offer lower than market rent to qualified seniors. The Cottages Assisted Living All of the communities are located close The Cottages features a unique, to shopping and services. thoughtfully designed setting for residents On-site service coordinators help with Alzheimer’s and other memoryconnect residents to social and health related problems. services through Housing Social Services. The Cottages at Mill Creek, Housing Management 13200 10th Dr SE 8225 44th Ave. W., Suite O Mill Creek Mukilteo, WA 98275 (425) 379-8276 425.290.5165 Mobile Home Parks Minor Home Repair Homeownership is an important Country Club Senior Mobile Park symbol of independence and is one of 23708 Locust Way the most important assets an older person Bothell has. However, maintaining a safe home (425) 481-5900 and healthy living environment can be especially difficult for older people with A further list of mobile home parks in limited incomes. Washington is available online at For more than 30 years, Minor Home www.mobilehome.net Repair has been assisting low-income Washington Oakes seniors and disabled homeowners in Originally built as a schoolhouse in 1908, Snohomish County by providing health Washington Oaks is a charming turn-of-the- and safety repairs that they cannot perform century building that remains an important due to lack of funds and/or inability to part of Everett’s history. Located near the physically perform the repairs themselves. heart of Everett, the Leisure Care-managed Minor Home Repair is funded by: City of complex offers luxurious apartment homes Everett and Snohomish County through in a fun and active retirement community the Community Development Block with restaurant-style dining and classes Grant program; United Way of Snohomish such as art and fitness. County; donor giving; and client fees. 1717 Rockefeller Avenue Everett, WA 98201 (425) 339-3300 Fairwinds-Brighton Court Located near the heart of downtown

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The Senior Source Newspaper Published monthly by Senior Services of Snohomish County, the Senior Source newspaper has been serving the community for 32 years. It is a unique and valuable community resource that inspires, entertains, educates, and supports older Americans. Feature stories and articles address a wide range of topics including national issues (Medicare/

Social Security), health and nutrition, retirement/assisted living facilities as well travel features, program/service updates, as numerous health clinics. To receive your own copy of Senior senior profiles, volunteer opportunities, Source through the mail, contact: and senior center activities. The Senior Source newspaper can Senior Source Newspaper be mailed directly to your home. The 8221 44th Ave W., Suite E newspaper can also be picked up at drop Mukilteo, WA 98275 off locations in Snohomish County (425) 290-1277 including libraries, senior centers, Frontier Bank, KeyBank, Social Security offices,

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors (ARA) – Biting cold, ice-slicked sidewalks and roadways, and storms that shut down businesses, schools and services – winter aggravations can create serious safety risks for seniors.Yet with some planning, preparation and caution, seniors can stay safe and even enjoy some time outdoors this season. Here are seven tips for senior safety in cold weather: 1. Make sure home’s furnace ensure it meets discomfort, dry

your home and its heat source are safe, secure and reliable. Before the weather turns cold, have your serviced. Change air filters throughout the house every 30 days. Check the insulation in your attic to government standards. Seniors can be more susceptible to the negative effects of cold, including joint skin, chapped lips and general discomfort.

2. Stay in touch. Isolation can be a problem for seniors throughout the year, but it can be life-threatening in bad weather. Be sure you check in regularly with someone whenever the weather turns bad. Establish a call schedule with a family member or another senior so they know to expect you to check in regularly. This way, if something prevents you from making your regular call – be it illness or injury – your winter watch buddy can send help. 3. Outdoor exercise in fresh, brisk air can be beneficial to your mental and physical well-being.Take care when walking outdoors on ice or snow. Invest in equipment that can help you stay sure-footed, like Stabilicer Lite, a cleat-like device that fits over most shoes and provides traction on snow and ice. The cleats are easy to put on or remove, so they’re good for seniors who might have dexterity challenges. Stabilicer Lite can be found at sporting goods stores nationwide, or you can order direct from the company by calling (800) 782-2423 or logging on to www.32north.com. And don’t forget to place a floor mat by the door to catch snow and ice melting off your shoes and Stabilicers. 4. Be extra cautious when driving. Be sure your vehicle is in good repair and not likely to leave you sitting on the roadside in dangerously cold weather. Invest in good snow or all-weather tires, or snow chains if you live in an area that permits them. Avoid non-essential driving when the roads are bad, and schedule necessary trips during daylight hours when there is less traffic on the road. 5. Stock up on non-perishable food items. Choose options like peanut butter, almonds, other nuts, cheeses and boxed milk that provide heat- and energy-generating protein. Keep some items on hand that require no cooking, in case you are without power during or after a winter storm. 6. Keep a fl ashlight with fresh batteries, candles, a fully charged cell phone and a portable radio on hand for emergencies. 7. Be sure your home is well-lighted inside and out during winter months when sunlight is dimmer and a covering of snow can impair your vision. When walking outside on a bright, snow-covered day use polarizing sunglasses to diminish glare and improve visual acuity. With some simple precautions like preparing for storms and using Stabilicers when outdoors, seniors can feel safe and secure during winter months. Courtesy of ARA Content

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medicine, pediatrics, radiology and a walkin clinic are all available at this location. Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic at as the uninsured. The center serves patients Broadway:A unique healthcare clinic designed from Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island to serve those on Medicare, Medicaid, the and San Juan counties. underinsured and those who have no other Providence Everett Medical Center access to a healthcare provider. consists of five medical center campuses: Contact: Colby: This site specializes in Critical Colby Campus and Acute Care, ICU, CCU, Surgery, 1321 Colby Ave. Telemetry, Emergency Department, and Everett, WA 98201 state-of-the-art Cardiac Surgery Single (425) 261-2000 Stay Unit. www.providence.org/everett Pacific: Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, Short Stay Surgery, Cascade Valley Hospital Transitional Care Unit, and houses the Dr. J.E. Harris established the original Providence General Foundation and an Arlington General Hospital in 1909. It Emergency Department. Pavilion for Women and Children: was the first building erected for use as a Located adjacent to the Pacific Campus, hospital in Snohomish County and served this clinic brings together a wide range the residents of Arlington and surrounding of specialized health care services for communities.Through many years of change women, children and families. Services and purchase by the district, the hospital include: Newborn Intensive Care Unit, became known as Cascade Valley Hospital Family Maternity Center, Pediatrics, & Clinics (CVH&C), and now includes Comprehensive Breast Center, Providence the hospital plus a variety of primary care Children’s Center and Children’s Everett and specialty clinics, located in Arlington, (pediatric sub-specialty clinic of Children’s Smokey Point, North Marysville, Granite Falls, and Darrington to increase outreach Hospital and Regional Medical Center). Mill Creek: Family practice, internal and service.

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Simple Ankle Sprains—Not So Simple

The common expression, “oh, it’s just a sprain”, may lead to a false casual attitude about the seriousness of the common ankle sprain. Often a sprain is either treated at home with elevation and ice. Others go to an emergency room when no fractures are revealed, the ankle is wrapped in an ace wrap and crutches are given to be used for a few days. The consequences which may result from that simple ankle sprain can often lead to chronic ankle problems. The usual ankle sprain involves the ligaments of the outside of the ankle. Ligaments connect bone to bone around a joint so that if the ligaments are torn or stretched, the joint can become loose and unstable. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are most often injured when the ankle rolls over onto the outside and the foot twists under the leg or up toward the front of the leg. There are there main ligaments on the outside of the ankle which are of concern when an ankle is injured, all functioning to keep the ankle joint stable during weight bearing activities. There are numerous other structures about the ankle which can also be injured and can often mimic the simple ankle sprain. These injuries are often overlooked and include dislocation of tendons. Achilles tendon injuries, heel bone fractures, pull off fractures of bone from tendons, and joint cartilage injuries of the ankle joint itself. So how should that simple ankle sprain be properly treated to prevent long term complications? To accurately diagnose the source and extent of injury, the ankle must be examined thoroughly by a trained foot and ankle specialist. In a fresh injury, the ankle will swell and bruise. Compression (such as an ace wrap) and ice should be applied immediately to help control swelling. Weight bearing should be avoided, if possible, until the ankle can be fully evaluated, because walking on an injured ankle will usually make treatment more difficult. Physical examination will identify the areas which are most tender and swollen, X-rays will be obtained to identify any possible fractures with the ankle and foot. If no fractures are seen and ankle ligaments appear intact, a stress exam should be performed on both ankles for comparison. Using a special machine, known as a Telos (tea-los) apparatus from Germany. This machine is the only way to accurately evaluate the extent of ligament damage. If severe ligament damage occurs and the ankle is left untreated, the ankle often develops long term instability which makes it much easier to reinjure. Appropriate treatment of ligament tears with either casting for minor tears or surgical repair for “blow-out” injuries, often leads to the to a normally functioning ankle. Ankle & Foot Clinic of return Everett: 7.25”x4.687” (Welcome Page) All hope is not lost for painful untreated ankle injuries.(Half ThPage ese untreated ankles will often swell pop, lock, or give out and be painful - Full Color Ad) even with minor activities. There are many successful treatments that have been devised for the old neglected ankle injury, even the SF - 9/26/07 Salesadvances Rep: LynJeanneM injury that has plagued a person for years. Recent technical have also allowed accurate diagnosis to pin point the source of pain following old ankle injuries. 0336344529 (Zones 2 c 3) The simple ankle sprain is rarely so simple to justify only an ace wrap, but with accurate diagnosis of injury and treatment by the podiatric physician, return to normal function of the injured ankle can be successful and often avoids the complications of an untreated injury. Information brought to you by Ankle & Foot Clinic of Everett. Everett area since 1988 Mary E. Crawford, DPM, FACFAS Jeffery C. Christiansen, DPM, FACAS Cherie H. Johnson, DPM, FACFAS

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Wellness – The Biggest Opportunity of the 21st Century

By Scott Wurtz LMP RBT Bowenwork Wellness Clinic Snohomish County is on the leading edge of a national integrated medical “wellness” community. So what’s all the buzz about wellness in today’s medical environment? Most insurance companies now cover Complementary Healthcare including Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, Bowenwork and many other ancillary Integrative Practitioners. As well, there are many significant leaders revolutionizing the healthcare industry from the inside out. National figures include Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Oz who are informing the general public about Complementary Integrative Healthcare. Going beyond traditional care approaches are Health & Wellness Coaches www.coachfederation.org. Coaches are a direct link to beginning a new proactive approach to your own healthcare. Just south of the Snohomish County line is Bastyr University, one of five naturopathic schools in the United States. Hundreds of naturopathic doctors are being trained and certified every year. Bastyr is on the cutting edge of what is a whole new perspective on looking at wellness care. What is changing about healthcare training everywhere is the laser-like focus and respect for the whole person. Integrative Wellness Practitioners are interested in treating the whole system of a person’s health. There is now a Holistic Chamber of Commerce in Washington State based out of Marysville.

Staff of 338 at the hospital, Inpatients per year: 2,389 An additional 89 at the clinic sites Outpatients: 44,781 at hospital, 74,436 at clinics Total beds: 48 Contact: Cascade Valley Hospital 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. Arlington (360) 435-2133 www.cascadevalley.org 48

For information, go to: www.washingtonholisticchamber.org. Local hospitals like Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and Valley General Hospital in Monroe offer a wide range of support groups and wellness classes. The Everett Herald newspaper publishes a Snohomish County Health Calendar at www.heraldnet.com. “Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well being.” (Wikipedia definition) “More people than ever are realizing that their bodies have an innate healing ability, that the true doctor is the doctor within” states John Blye DC (longstanding Lynnwood chiropractor) With uncertainty in the global markets ever increasing, finding your own overall feeling of well being is your greatest asset. Taking the time to nurture your own inner/outer strengths is a great key in your ongoing success. Reducing stress through meditation or other time-tested techniques can keep your mind from monkeying with your balance. If there is an industry poised for success in the 21st century, it will be the practitioners of Complementary Integrative Wellness who model and broadcast a new wellness doctrine. The new practitioners will be teachers and medical artists, taking their craft to new levels of awareness. As the horizon of the new century broadens our perspectives, those who honor the physical-mental-spiritual combination of our healthcare will find a rich vein of client satisfaction and increased individual wellness. Our communities thrive and prosper when able-bodied people rise to their greatness.

A number of specialty clinics are available under CVH&C: Cascade Valley Arlington Orthopaedics, (360) 435-6641 Cascade Valley Arlington Women’s Health (360) 435-0242 Cascade Valley Darrington Clinic (360) 436-1055 Cascade Valley Arlington Pediatrics (360) 435-6525

Cascade Valley Granite Falls Clinic (360) 691-2419 Cascade Valley Sleep Disorders Center (360) 435-7374 Cascade Valley Smokey Point Clinic (360) 653-4569 Visit www.cascadevalley.org on the web for descriptions of their services, or call the general Cascade Valley Hospital (360) 435-2133 for further information. Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Stevens Hospital 21601 76th Avenue W Edmonds 425-640-4000 www.stevenshealthcare.org

Offering a full range of health care services including cancer care, obstetrics, emergency services,surgical services,critical care, cardiology services and in-patient mental health, Stevens Hospital represents a network of primary care physicians as well as being a respected resource for education, health and wellness programs in 23 distinct medical specialties. The Emergency Room and Waiting Room at the Edmonds hospital completed a $250,000 makeover in September 2007. Included in the new ER budget is a concierge who will help coordinate care for patients faced with long waits before receiving care. The makeover also includes a new children’s play area and new, more comfortable, furniture. Staff: 1,005 clinical; 1200 total Inpatients per year: 8,251 Outpatients per year: 181,234 Beds: 217 Valley General Hospital 14701 179th Ave SE Monroe (360) 794-7497 www.valleygeneral.com Valley General Hospital provides its patients with comprehensive health care and emergency services. Since opening in 1960, Valley General has served, and continues to serve its district by offering patients state-of-the-art medical technologies and quality health care closer to home.Valley General Hospital is located in Monroe near the junction of US 2 and SR 522. In June of 2008, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year approval with Commendation and an Outstanding Achievement award to the Cancer Program at Valley General Hospital. Services: Birth Center, Chemical Dependency Treatment Services, Diabetes Program, Emergency Services, Imaging Laboratory, Lifeline, Oncology, Pain Management, Senior Behavioral Health Services, Sky River Internal Medicine, Surgical Services, Therapy and Rehabilitation Services. Community Health Care Center of Snohomish County (CHC) Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

Administration Office 5929 Evergreen Way Everett, WA 98201 (425) 258-2797

A not-for-profit agency with a staff of 180 that provides primary and chronic illness care for the medically underserved, homeless, low-income population in Snohomish County. Branches: CHC Broadway Medical Clinic (425) 789-2000 CHC Lynnwood Medical Clinic (425) 835-5200 CHC112th Street Dental Clinic (425) 551-6200 CHC Colby Dental Clinic (425) 551-1000 CHC Lynnwood Dental Clinic (425) 835-5204 CHC Lynnwood Pharmacy (425) 835-5202 CHC Broadway Pharmacy (425) 789-2050 More information on each clinic is available online at www.chcsno.org Group Health Cooperative Group Health Cooperative was opened in 1947 by a community coalition dedicated to making quality health care available and affordable. Today it is one of the few health care organizations in the country governed by consumers rather than internal executives. In September 2008, Group Health was commended by the Comonwealth Fund Commission (on healthcare reform), citing it as a model of six well-integrated systems which deliver high-quality healthcare. Group Health is the Northwest’s largest Health Maintenance Organization (HMO); the region’s first Point of Service (POS) plan, which allows patients to choose doctors from a managed-care network and from any fee-for-service doctor; and operates a research center. Services include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, evening and weekend urgent care, physical therapy, optometry, ophthalmology and an optical center. GroupHealth P.O. Box 34590 Seattle, WA 98124-1590 1 (888) 901-4636 www.ghc.org

Branches (in connection with Group Health: Everett Medical Center 2930 Maple St. Everett, WA 98201 425-261-1500 www.ghc.org

Services: Urgent (non-Emergency Room) Care Center, Consulting Nurse Service (1-800-297-6877), Audiology, Behavioral Health Services, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Breast Imaging Center, Occupational Medicine, Eye Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory. Lynnwood Medical Center 20200 54th Ave. W. Lynnwood, WA 98036 425-672-6400 Services: Saturday Clinic (for injury and illness needing immediate attention), Consulting Nurse Service (1-800-2976877), Family Practice, Laboratory, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Occupational Medicine, Pharmacy. Pacific Campus of Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett (formerly Providence Everett Medical Center) 916 Pacific Ave. Everett, WA 98201 425-261-2000 Services: Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, Short Stay Surgery, Transitional Care Unit, and houses the Providence General Foundation and an Emergency Department. Pavilion for Women and Children of Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett (formerly Providence Everett Medical Center) 900 Pacific Ave. Everett, WA 98201 425-261-2000 The Pavilion is located adjacent to the Pacific Campus and brings together a wide range of specialized health care services for women, children and families. Services include: Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Family Maternity Center, Pediatrics, Comprehensive Breast Center, Providence Children’s Center and Children’s Everett (pediatric subspeciality clinic of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center).

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ating feeds the body, but fine dining feeds your inner spirit. If a nice evening starts out with dinner at a fine restaurant, then Snohomish County is the place to begin any memorable night. The choices of cuisine are as varied as the ethnic options and all-American palates of the county’s residents. Arlington Blue Bird Cafe 308 N Olympic Ave (360) 435-2724 (Seafood and Home-Style Cooking) “Where the locals go, what more do you need to know? This local diner that has been in the same location since Jesus wore sandals. There are people who frequent The Bird who have not seen a menu in years, yet their order is on the wheel before they even sit down.” -- Ellen Feund-Dolley

Bistro San Martin 231 N Olympic Avenue (360) 474-9229 World inspired regional cuisine of fresh and local seasonal products. Beer, Wine and Spirits. Signature Martinis. “An admitted food snob and years in the restaurant industry, I can only say wonderful things about the entire dinning experience.The sauces are divine. Even the simple pasta dish is sublime. Personalized service and chats with Steve, a tip of the feathered chefs hat from Martin, to welcome or say goodbye, tops it all off . The entire staff makes you feel special, the food/flavors make you savor and leave with out wanting to spoil your palate with a mint. Not offered! Smart! Come, Dine, Enjoy, Return.” --Beth W. (Insider Pages)

Bothell Grazie Ristorante 23207 Bothell Everett Hwy SE (425) 402-9600 Authentic Italian food and atmosphere; that’s why Grazie remains a favorite in taste and quality with Northwest diners. “Favorite perks about this place is primarily the food, though. It is not too expensive, but it is easily some of the best food I’ve had. The Gorgonzola Salad and Lasagna there are INCREDIBLE! Not to mention, bottomless Italian Sodas for about $2. That alone is beautiful…” --Cameron L., Seattle (Yelp) Russell’s Restaurant 3305 Monte Villa Parkway (425) 486-4072 “I ordered the scallops and my friend ordered the rack of lamb. Both entrees were cooked to perfection.We also ordered the beef tenderloin tips as an appetizer, they were delicious! I will definalty be returning to Russell’s,…” --Michael C., Bothell (Yelp)

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Canyons Restaurant & Tap Room 22010 17th Ave SE (425) 485-3288

“The chicken enchiladas were melt in your mouth Great casual atmosphere, good food in the Canyon Park Business Complex make this Happy Hour the best in town.” --Emily Gibson “I had the Cod Tacos. I have to admit... this is where they won me over. I make a mean fish taco at home that I (albiet biased opinion since it is my own) LOVE. My partner loves [these], I love them!” --Leah T., Everett Stella Mia Ristorante Italiano 23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy (in the Bothell Country Village) (425) 488-1486 “Family-run Italian restaurant. Extensive menu, cozy cellar-like seating and outdoor tables. Really good-sized portions and delicious specials.A surprising little tuckedaway discovery if you’ve never been there and like authentic Italian.” --Elaine Skeffington Edmonds Anthony’s HomePort & Beach Cafe 456 Admiral Way (425) 771-4400 Fresh Northwest seafood, waterfront view. Outside “warm-weather” dining. Sunday Brunch. “The service here was wonderful. The prices were a little expensive, but it was worth the calm and pleasant view, the taste of the food, and the SUPERB service.” --Veronica T., Lake Stevens (Yelp) Arnies Restaurant 300 Admiral Way (425) 771-5688 Waterfront dining, fresh seafood & Pacific Northwest favorites. Sunday Brunch.

good quality for the price--actually food exceeded my expectation.” --R.B., Kirkland, WA Chantrelle Specialty Foods 316 Main Street, Edmonds (425) 774-0650

Emory’s on Silver Lake 11830 19th Ave. SE (425) 337-7772 Eclectic menu grounded in American “I miss Chanterelle’s so much. I no longer comfort food and a sushi bar, too. live in Edmonds, but when I did C’s was a weekly must visit. Staff are very friendly “A family friendly restaurant located on and atmosphere is great! Great menu and Silver Lake. Great place to take the family the best Tomato Bisque in the world!” for a simple lunch or a more elegant meal. --“Ladybug” The menu offers a variety of American (Yahoo Edmonds Cityguide) Comfort foods, in addition to a sushi bar. Lunch and dinner is served daily and Portofino Pizza & Spaghetti brunch on Sunday.” 1306 Olympic View Dr. (425) 771-4788 Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano Great family Italian at reasonable 5030 Evergreen Way prices. Entrees under $13, including (425) 252-2435 bread and salad. Cozy atmosphere and extensive menu featuring favorite Italian dishes, from pasta Everett and pizza to fish and meat specialties. Alligator Soul 3121 Broadway “Gianni’s is a great Italian restaurant! Nice Everett, WA 98201 setting, great service and decent prices!” (425) 259-6311 --Tanja H. (Local Yahoo.com) “Best lunch in town, no contest. I’ve tried almost everything on the menu and Hanami Sushi & Grill have yet to be disappointed.” 11811 Mukilteo Speedway --Ellen Feund-Dolley (425) 348-4646 Anthony’s HomePort “The perfect Seattle Roll. It’s divine.” 1725 W Marine View Dr. La Palmera Family Mexican (425) 252-3333 1629 Center Road Fresh Northwest seafood, waterfront (next to Home Depot on Hwy 99) view. Outside “warm-weather” dining. (425) 347-4283 Sunday brunch. Old fashioned comfort foods and innovative globally inspired creations

“Anthony’s is a family favorite! We always have a wonderful time at Anthony’s. Our whole family loves it and will go any time we can. It’s great to be able to walk out on the dock after your meal.” --

“We all loved our entrees - Alaskan “Candicemawet” (BooRah) king crab legs, cedar planked halibut, hot seafood salad, and fusilli and cheese. …We Flying Pig Brewing Co. will definitely be back.” 2929 Colby Ave. --“Gakester8” Everett, WA 98201 (CitySearch) (425) 339-1393 Cafe de Paris Restaurant 109 Main Street 425-771-2350 “We have been spending our anniversary dinner with the good folks here for many years. Consistent, excellent food and service.” --M.D.M., Bothell, WA “Notably good service experience and Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

Grand Roaster & Ale House 3105 Pine Street (425) 339-2000 Specializing in oven roasted prime rib. Full service lounge features 24 microbrews and entertainment.

“Basic dishes, but good portions and very friendly service (they get to know the regulars); restaurant also has a bar/lounge area. Freshly made salsa and guacamole. Fresh ingredients in all the dishes. Live Mariachi music several nights a week.” --Elaine Skeffington

Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian 1620 Marine View Dr. (425) 252-1886 Modern Italian Cuisine with a stellar cellar. Large, friendly pub with spacious Top notch service in a warm waterfront wooden bar. Hamburgers, pizzas, fish and setting. Private Dining up to 40. People watch chips and Caesar salad. on our patio during Spring and Summer. “What a great place to go to. Great menu and great service. Very family oriented “…their salads are top notch full of restaurant. I will definitely go back.” flavor; the veal is tender and you can’t go --“swan77” wrong with their pastas.” (Seattle CitySearch) “softbalmike” (CitySearch) 51


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Pasteurs Noodle Soup 12025 Highway 99 Everett, WA 98204 (425) 353-7660

“Surprisingly stylish despite being located in a strip mall. People come from great distances to enjoy the pho and the $2.50 Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) for lunch. This is authentic Vietnamese food! They also deliver within a three mile radius.” Scuttlebutt Brewing Company 1524 W Marine View Dr. (425) 257-9316 Enjoy excellent ales, lunch and dinner on Everett’s scenic waterfront.

Tasters Wok 15128 Highway 99 (425) 787-6789

“Family-owned, Chinese/Asian cuisine with many Thai-style dishes on the menu, as well. Busy on weekends for dine-in and take out; the lounge usually has an interesting mix of people and features karaoke Wednesday-Saturday nights beginning at 9:30” --Elaine Skeffington Cajun & Grill 3000 184th St SW # A54 (425) 670-0623

“Try the bourbon chicken. It comes “My dining companions had fish and highly recommended by dedicated chips which got rave reviews, a burger, shoppers. Authentic Orleans ambiance.” which was pretty good and a BBQ pork sandwich, which was said to be yummy. Marysville Service was fast and friendly. Prices are inexpensive; most things are under $10.” Cristiano’s Pizza Etc. --Rozzie M., 1206 State Avenue # G, Seattle (Yelp) Marysville, WA 98270 (360) 653-8356 Gold Bar “Absolutely love this place. Same quality Prospectors Steak & Ale and excellent service every time. Best place 201 Croft Ave in town!!” (360) 799-2461 –TT, Marysville Steak and barbeque that makes your mouth water before you walk in the front G A Maxwell’s door. Rated a nine out of 10 by the people 1204 3rd Street who provide the napkins. (360) 659-1000 Lynnwood Fine dining with view of Puget Sound. Northwest favorites. Bucca Di Beppo 4301 Alderwood Mall Blvd. “The food is...well... is just good. As in (425) 744-PAPA downtown Seattle, elite type good. Inside Immigrant southern Italian cuisine Seattle proper you would pay a good $10 served family style. more per plate for the quality you get at this place.” Billy McHales Restaurant --Leah T, Everett (Yelp) 18430 33rd Ave. W Lynnwood, WA 98037 Mill Creek (425) 775-8500 Fridas Mexican Restaurant www.billymchalesalderwood.com 3226 132nd St SE Ste 108 alderwoodbillys@aol.com (425) 357-8606 Claim Jumper Restaurant 3000 184th St SW “Yes, Fridas is in a strip mall, but the (425) 778-5700 food and drinks are what make the place. Offers a selection of freshly prepared Everything seems homemade and creative. items using the finest and freshest The menu is funny--not only does it list ingredients available. the food and what’s in it, but it tells a story about each item, relating each story back to Frida Kahlo. Try the enchilada suizas, they McCarthy’s at Embassy Suites are amazingly good! Get the sangria. It’s 20610 44th Ave W, Lynnwood like summer in a glass.” 425-775-2500 Northwest cuisine featuring beef, chicken, seafood and pasta. Nice lounge.

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Wasabi Bay 16300 Mill Creek Blvd (425) 743-4424

“The name says it all. Fun, upbeat environment and great Sushi. Fresh is the key word for true lovers of raw fish delicacies.” --Emily Gibson

“I have been coming here for a few months and I have found it has some of the best sushi around! ... Wasabi Bay has very fresh food and the prices are very good.” “pinkberrybutterfly” (CitySearch) Usmania Restaurant 13416 Bothell Everett Hwy #203 425-379-0203 A humble atmosphere that’s entirely unpretentious. Good for romantic evenings for people who thrive on places off the beaten path. “This place is absolutely delicious! My fiance makes me go there, and make the drive out from Seattle, which is so worth it. The food seems so lovingly prepared, and the meats are seasoned with delicious flavor. Everything is so fresh, you won’t find better tandoori naan.” --“danic81” (Seattle CitySearch) Saw Mill Café 15409 Main St (425) 385-2925 “This place serves the definition of comfort food. Big hearty meals with very friendly service. The fried chicken is yummy, especially if you ask for some honey to drizzle over it.” Tonys Pea Patch Café 17917 Bothell Everett Hwy 425-485-4562 “It’s not granola, but delicious healthy food with flair. Enjoy an afternoon with one of the many teas brewed at your table.” Monroe Sailfish Grill 104 N Lewis St (360) 794-4056 One of the fancier restaurants in town. The only place jeans and cutoffs are not recommended. Great food, wonderful selection. “The Sailfish is a brew pub that serves several types of beer on the premises as well as cream soda, ginger beer, and root beer that they’ve made themselves. The food is typical Northwest fare, leaning heavy on the seafood with a Mediterranean/Italian style.Try the fried calamari appetizer.Tasty. Their main courses change over time. I’ve not had a bad one yet. The bar is small, but Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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well stocked and their bartender makes a good drink.” Richard S., Monroe (Yelp) Jenos Restaurant & Italian 123 E Main St (360) 794-5990

“Best pasta in the Valley, with lasagna made by the hands of an angel.” “The best home made Italian food in all of Washington. The little old lady who makes the dishes from scratch adds to the experience. Her sweet little smile when you walk in the Restaurant makes you feel like you just walked in your Grandma’s kitchen. I went once to see how the Spaghetti and Ribs were, then I returned to try their wonderful pizza made from scratch.” --“randyjo” (Seattle CitySearch)

La Cascada Acapulco 801 2nd St. (425) 348-9569 Fresh and authentic Mexican.

Piazzas Wine Bar 11700 Mukilteo Speedway (425) 493-1286 “Don’t be fooled by the location in a strip mall. This place has great food!!! The chef (Mo) prepares some great steaks (don’t pass up the tenderloin in gorgonzola cream sauce).Appetizers are good too...very winefriendly fare.” --“mike1037” (Seattle CitySearch)

Nestled in a beautiful countryside setting, this is a great place for lunch, dinner or just drinks after playing the spectacular 18-hole golf course. Fred’s River Town Ale House 1114 1st St (360) 568-5820 Nicely redone tavern, 32 craft brews on tap. Try hearty pinto bean-bacon soup; fine meatloaf with sun-dried tomatoes, shallots; pan-fried halibut on whole-grain bun; sautéed cobra; alligator on a stick.

Todo Mexico 1101 1st St (360) 862-0210 Thai Rama III “Best Mexican food I’ve found in 12190 Village Center Place Snohomish or all of Snohomish county for (Near the entrance drive to Bella Terra that matter. Friendly staff and well stocked Apartment complex.) tequila bar as well.” (425) 493-0026 --“Snojoe” Dream Cakes (LocalYahoo.com) Just off the Stevens Pass highway “Wonderful Thai cuisine. Surprisingly (360) 805-9807 nice interior. Excellent bar and lounge Peking Duck “Dream Cakes specializes in beautiful area. Same goes for the second location in 1208 2nd St special occasion cakes and sinfully wonderful Canyon Park.” --Elaine Skeffington (360) 568-7634 baked goods. They offer delivery to make “There will always be leftovers that catering a breeze.” Snohomish disappear before the next morning. Try Cabbage Patch Restaurant & Catering Peking Duck when you are in the mood Mukilteo for regular old Chinese food.” 111 Avenue A Arnie’s In Mukilteo (360) 568-9091 Maltby 714 2nd Street Home-style cooking in the historic (425) 355-2181 antique district. Maltby Café Fine dining with view of Puget Sound. “Great restaurant--in a large Victorian 8809 Maltby Rd Northwest favorites. house that was just recently remodeled after (425) 483-3123 “We went in twice, one on a date night a fire destroyed nearly all of the original “Phenomenal portions and the and once with some good friends, It’s a bit restaurant. The menu has a large selection of of a drive but well worth it! I had Seafood soup, sandwiches, salads, breakfast items served incredible cinnamon rolls. Plan on a long Fettucini and my husband had a Scampi until late afternoon, and full dinner selections. wait during prime breakfast and lunch Prawn dish and they were Fabulous, so Friendly staff, and yummy homemade pies, hours. Try the Chick Pot Pie.” much flavor and rich taste.” and you can’t forget their warm, homeade Sultan scones with fresh raspberry jam!” --“Mikesonia” (Seattle CitySearch) Dutch Cup Restaurant & Lounge “kbrawner” (Seattle CitySearch) 927 Stevens Hwy, Hwy 2 Ivars Mukilteo Landing (360) 793-1864 Collectors Choice Restaurant 710 Front St. American style food. Karaoke Thursday 120 Glen Ave Mukilteo, WA 98275 & Friday. (360) 568-1277 (425) 742-6180 This is a funky place that makes you Mount Index Café 180 degree Puget Sound views and happy you walked in the door. Try the 49315 State Route 2 Northwest seafood at the foot of the baby-sized bottles of champagne. (360) 799-1133 “It doesn’t look like much from the Mukilteo Ferry Dock. As comfortable as the name implies. Best outside, but the breakfast cant be beat, the “This seafood house has been recently salads are GREAT! and the dinners are 5 bet for Sunday breakfast. Try the hotcakes remodeled and is perfectly situated by the star. The dinner menu reflects that, but a and the EGG-straordinary omelets. water.You can watch the ferries come and value for such quality.” go while enjoying the famous chowders, Sultan Bakery -Amy I. (Insider Pages) crab cocktails and fish and chips. The 711 State Route 2 seafood is fresh and carefully prepared.You (360) 793-7996 can enjoy seasonal entries, cedar-planked Echo Falls Country Club Homemade pastries and the best salmon as well as Northwest seafood stew.” 20414 121st Ave SE sandwiches in the Valley. (360) 668-3030 --Emily Richer Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

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hether it is wagering on a roll of the dice, or retracing the colorful path of the founders who carved this area from the wilderness, the opportunities for entertainment in Snohomish County can satisfy any need for diversion. Entertainment is everywhere, from live gaming to live theater. Public festivals and art galleries abound a few miles from state fairs. There are one-screen movie theaters featuring films from yesterday and live stage performances that question the fabric of our society. There are intimate museums for children, and tours of the world’s largest building where visitors can get up close and personal with the latest advancements in aviation and learn first-hand about stateof-the-art technology. MUSEUMS Imagine Children’s Museum 1502 Wall Street Everett 425-258-1006 www.ImagineCM.org

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Kid-size scientific exploration and learning with emphasis on fun and cooperation in each exhibit. “This place is nice and clean and gated off so the kids can just run around while the parents chat each other up. Definitely check out the website for good pictures. My son liked the airplane and train areas best, but there were plenty of other fun things for kids, including a climbing wall, a farm, and a theater with lights and a control panel with lots of levers and switches for the dads. We spent about 30 minutes waiting for my friend in the little fake restaurant. Noah cooked me up some scrumptious spaghetti and cheese sandwiches.…and they have free parking under the building! Also, I heard the lady say they will credit you your admission toward the $60 annual membership. If you have little ones, this place rocks.” --Sam, Redmond, WA (Yelp) The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Museum 118 5th Avenue North Edmonds 425-774-0900 www.historicedmonds.org

Located in the historic 1910 brick and stone building that served as the city hall, the museum features an exhibit gallery which offers temporary rotating displays, a diorama depicting the 1910 Edmonds townsite and waterfront, and the Cook Victorian Parlor. A local history library and an extensive photography archive is available to the public, and is encouraged to use the research library, with an advance appointment. Commemorating the centennial of the incorporation of the City of Edmonds 1890/1990, “The Changing Face of Edmonds” is an encapsulated, thematic, and chronological history exhibit, interpreting the many changes that have taken place, from the age of exploration and discovery, through the founding and growth of the city, and up to the 1950s when the last mill closed. Highlights of the exhibit include a reconstruction of a room from the 1894 Stevens Hotel, and a working model of a shingle mill, representative of the mills that filled the waterfront at the turn of the century. Granite Falls Museum 108 E. Union Street www.granitefallswa.com Operated under the auspices of the Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


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Granite Falls Historical Society, the Granite Falls Museum is contained in a small house that illustrates the mining, logging, railroad, and social history of the area. Of special interest is a 16-foot timeline log cut from a single Douglas Fir with roots back to the year 875. The Monroe Historical Society Museum 207 East Main Street Monroe, WA 98272 www.monroehistoricalsociety.org Open Saturdays from 11-3 Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4. No admission fee but donations gladly accepted. The Monroe Historical Society houses artifacts and an extensive archive of photos and information on the area’s history, much of which is digitized and available to the public. They opened its first museum in 1982 in the two front rooms of the second floor of the city’s original City Hall. The society purchased the old city hall building 10 years later from the City of Monroe. The museum now occupies the old fire house portion on the ground floor. Mukilteo Lighthouse Society Museum 304 Lincoln Avenue #101 425-513-9602 www.mukilteohistorical.org When the Lighthouse Board determined that a light and fog signal on Elliot Point could increase marine safety at the turn of the century, construction of Light Station Mukilteo was commissioned on the 2.6 acre site in 1905. The light station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 1999, Mukilteo Historical Society moved its gift shop and historical exhibits into Quarters B, located just west of the lighthouse. The U.S. Coast Guard officially presented the keys to the Lighthouse to the City of Mukilteo in 2001. The Mukilteo Lighthouse remains a fully functional automated navigation aid operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and maintained by the Mukilteo Historical Society. Museum of Snohomish County History Everett 425-259-2022 The Museum of Snohomish County History is currently closed until further notice after the Museums historic collection suffered significant water damage when firefighters doused a blaze on the top floor of the building in April of 2007. A coordinated salvage effort is 56

underway, but cleanup and restoration will be extensive and expensive. Snohomish City/Blackman House Museum 118 Avenue B in historic Snohomish (360) 568-5235 www.snohomishhistoricalsociety.org

The Snohomish City Museum is housed in a Victorian era Blackman House that provides a look back into how one family may have lived when the town was first founded and booming. Built by lumberman and politician Hyrcanus and his wife Ella Blackman in 1878, it still houses two floors of period furnishings. It is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3 from early April until late December. Stanwood Area History Museum Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center 27108 102nd Ave. NW (360) 629-6110 www.sahs-fncc.org Open Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission, but donations are welcome.The Stanwood Area Historical Society’s mission is to discover, preserve and display any material which helps to establish, illustrate and interpret the economic, social, and cultural heritage of the greater Stanwood area, including (if financially possible and appropriate) historic sites and properties. Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum 20722 67th Ave. NE Arlington, WA 98223 360-435-7289 www.stillymuseum.org This museum was built by the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association to preserve artifacts of the North and South Forks of the Stillaguamish River Valley. This collection includes items common to pioneer households, logging, dairy, military, railroad, sports, medical, education, transportation and music. The display also features thousands of original and restored black and white photos. Open Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1- 4. Closed all of November, December and January. Plus Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter and the Fourth of July. Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo www.futureofflight.org

Located 25 miles north of Seattle, the Everett production line of The Boeing Company is a showcase for assembly of the wide-body 747, 767, 777 and 787 models of commercial aircraft. As part of the tour, visitors will tour the largest building in the world by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet). On the Boeing flight line, visitors will see airplanes in various stages of flight test and manufacture for airline customers around the world. Reservations are available by calling 360-756-0086 or toll free, 1-800-464-1476. PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Everett AquaSox 3802 Broadway Everett, WA 98201 (425)258-36731-800-GO-FROGS www.aquasox.com

Catch tomorrow’s stars of the Seattle Mariners today with the Everett AquaSox. The minor league affiliate of the Major League team plays in the short summer league against opponents in the Northwest League. The AquaSox ownership upholds a tradition of family owned and operated minor league baseball in the Puget Sound region.The owners’ goal is providing a fun and affordable form of family entertainment in a safe, clean and positive environment. Ticket prices are a fraction of the cost of a MLB game, but the AquaSox game contains all the drama of a big league experience. Prices range from $7 for general admission up to $15 for seats in the Diamond Club. The short season runs from June until September. AquaSox games are played at the newly remodeled Everett Memorial Stadium complex just three blocks from Interstate 5. Everett Silvertips 2000 Hewitt Ave. Suite 100 Everett, WA 98201 4250-252-5100 www.everettsilvertips.com The Silvertips dominated the bantam league hockey competition in 2007, sending numerous players into the National Hockey League draft.Ten players from the 2006-2007 Silvertips roster were selected in the professional draft. The big news this ’08 season is that Kyle Beach will be returning to the Silvertips from the Chicago Blackhawks training camp. The majority of players on the Silvertips roster are teenagers who live with local families during the hockey season. Ticket prices range from $10-$27. Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009 • Snohomish County Living


snohomish THEATRE & CINEMA Driftwood Players Wade James Theatre 950 Main St, Edmonds, WA Box Office (425) 774-9600 -Handicap accessiblewww.driftwoodplayers.com

Since 1957, the Driftwood Players have been producing quality live theatre for the citizens of Edmonds and surrounding communities. The 2008-2009 season includes some classic favorites, such as Fiddler on The Roof and Our Town; delving and edgy works such as A Memory of Lizzie (on the life of reputed axemurderer Lizzie Borden); and professional improv comedy, among others. Everett Historic Theatre 2911 Colby Ave Everett, WA 98201 (425) 258-6766 The oldest operating theatre in the state of Washington, first built in 1901, is being restored and preserved by the Everett Theatre Society. The theatre currently supports a wide range of entertainment venues including new, classic and foreign motion pictures, current to classical music concerts, community events and live theatre. Village Theatre Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA (425) 257-8600 (Everett) also productions at: Francis J. Gaudette Theatre: 303 Front Street North, Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 392-2202 (Issaquah) Nominated for “Best Theatre Group” in Evening Magazine’s 2008 Best of Western Washington contest, The Village Theatre is part of Snohomish County’s premier performing arts venue, offering “Mainstage” works for adults, “Kidstage” productions, and “Village Originals.” Professional theater, family, dance and music events from around the world. Box office open Tue-Sat, 11:00am-7:00pm. Open Door Theatre 135 S. French Avenue Arlington www.opendoortheatre.org Open Door Theatre is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 in the Everett area to teach children important skills Snohomish County Living • Vol 2. Issue 4 • 2009

snohomish county living to help them understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy touches and behaviors that offer an opportunity to connect with children in a safe and interactive environment. Children are encouraged to become active participants by helping the actors make good choices and decisions that help keep them safe. Olympic Theatre 107 N. Olympic Avenue Arlington 360-435-3939 www.olympictheatre.net Built in 1939, the Olympic is a theater where patrons can go for the nostalgic ambiance and whatever up-to-theminute movie might be on the silver screen. Many seniors who grew up in Arlington bring their grandchildren to relive the movie magic from the Golden Age of Cinema, while seeing the latest hit from Hollywood. DANCING Mount Baker Square Dance Council www.mtbakersquaredancecouncil.org The Mount Baker Square Dance Council promotes square and round dancing in Snohomish County. The council’s website features information on 14 mainstream dance clubs and two round dance clubs, plus on Elliot Point for teachers and callers. A typical evening is about three hours long and, in that time, usually 5 to 7 “tips” are called. A tip includes a “hash call” where the caller calls out some moves, which the dancers execute in smooth, choreographed routines -- and a “singing call,” which can include all types of squaredance moves timed to fit popular songs. Visit their home page for information on where the dances will next occur; novices welcome. GAMING Tulalip Resort Casino 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. Tulalip, WA 98271 360-651-1111 www.tulalipcasino.com Over 200 slot machines and 50 table games make the Quil Ceda Creek and Lucky Winners Casinos a destination resort for gaming enthusiasts in Western Washington and British Columbia. The casino features non-smoking areas for poker, bingo and keno. For entertainment, Tulalip features a cabaret with live music

and comedy. The entertainment center features three gourmet restaurants and a famous buffet. ANTIQUES & MORE

With more than 15 local dealers in vintage goods, Snohomish is justified in calling itself the Antique Capital of the Northwest. Antique shops line First St., including ones specializing in old toys, Victorian furnishings, realistic models of sailing ships, Persian rugs and clocks. The biggest of all is Star Center Antique Mall at 829 Second Street, where 200 dealers have small booths, covering such specialties as marbles, Chinese scrolls, or historic newspapers. An Antique Car Show is held in Snohomish every September. The town’s offerings of bed-and-breakfast accommodations have increased to meet the number of shoppers who need more than one day to look through the many treasures available to touch and buy. Rooms are listed at www.snohomishbandb.com. The number of restored buildings has also made Snohomish a popular place for romantic moments, with weddings on the upswing in months besides June.Snohomish has a lot to offer for other special events. Browse through the resources at www.snohomishwedding.com. SHOPPING Alderwood Mall The premier shopping district in Snohomish County, Alderwood (and surrounding shopping district) has gone through a rebirth in the past few years.The complex now rivals the signature shopping areas of downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square. Find your own signature style and personal trademarks at Nordstrom, Macys, JC Penney, Sears and throughout the collection of more than 200 shops. Venture outdoors to The Village at Alderwood to experience upscale retailers like Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, REI, Borders, Eddie Bauer, Chicos, Apple, and Ann Taylor Loft. Satisfy your individual taste for food and fun at one of five full-service restaurants and the all-new redefined16screen Loews Theatres. The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center welcomes seniors to Alderwood for a warm, safe and social place for heart healthy exercise. Alderwood is open daily for mall walkers. UW Medicine has health information and screenings the first Friday and third Tuesday of every month in the Food Court, plus quarterly health seminars. 57


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Everett Mall has 6 new reasons to visit the mall in 2008 with the addition of new tenants. Haunted Hollow, an entertaining Halloween store, is now open in the Macy’s wing offering a wide range of costumes, accessories and reasonably priced Halloween gifts.The store boasts a spooky atmosphere with engaging seasonal displays. Candy Tyme, specializing in bulk candies and unique novelty items. TD Curran, a retailer selling Apple computer products.The store, located next to Guest Services, will offer free classes each week on a variety of topics, including building web sites. Blue Willi’s, a fashion retailer focusing on all-natural fabrics. Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurant opens later this year in the southwest corner of the Sears parking lot.The restaurant will feature a full bar and an outdoor seating area.The Everett restaurant will be Famous Dave’s fifth Washington location. Aeropostale is now open near Guest Services, catering to young men and women by providing current apparel and accessory fashions. These additions contribute to the full community shopping center experience at Everett Mall which already offers Regal Stadium 16 Cinemas, LA Fitness, Steve & Barry’s, Sears, Macy’s and a children’s soft play area. Everett Mall, a Steadfast Commercial Property, is located on Everett Mall Way, just off I-5 at exit #189. For more information on new stores and restaurants, please visit www.shopeverettmall.com or call 425-355-1771. Seattle Premium Outlets 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd Tulalip, WA 98271 (360) 654-3000 Located adjacent to the Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville, the upscale center caters to fashion conscious shoppers who prefer to shop through 110 designer labels at savings of 25-65 percent every day. From the outdoorsman to the designer clothing lover, this semi-covered collection of outlet stores offers something for every shopper, including offerings from Coach, Burberry, Nike, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Banana Republic, J. Crew and Coldwater Creek. A food court and plenty of free parking rounds out the experience. 58

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