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Community dinner allows better connections

Monroe Police Department Sergeant Paul Ryan (left) dishes up a plate of Beef Stroganoff, as Sergeant Ryan Irving hands out biscuits and butter to a guest at the weekly community dinner served by Take the Next Step at the Monroe Covenant Church on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The two Monroe officers were just a few of the volunteers to help serve the people at the dinner. MONROE — The weekly dinner organized by Take the Next Step on Tuesday nights kindles new connections. The dinner is at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at 202 S. Sams Street and is largely geared for low-income and homeless individuals.

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Council debates required restructure for Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — The City Council will be meeting Tuesday night anticipated to move forward on three key actions needed to transition the city from its current Council-Manager form to Council-Mayor form. Meanwhile, an attempt to delay the process has failed.

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Blueberry-Kelsey left turn restrictions back at council

MONROE — Plans are afoot to restrict left turns where Blueberry Lane meets Kelsey Street. A public open house on the options is being scheduled for Jan. 12.

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Snohomish food bank changes policies after thefts

SNOHOMISH —The Snohomish Community Food Bank is changing how it receives food because of nightly vandalism and theft.

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Snohomish addressing roving homeless

SNOHOMISH — Police see the increased number of homeless people migrating along the Lowell-Snohomish River Road as an opportunity to connect them with resources, but "crimes of opportunity" also are happening this winter.

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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

taxicopThis holiday season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds all drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

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Night of Christmas Jingles

Darcy Cummings, 5, of Snohomish, shyly tells Santa what she wants for Christmas while attending the 14th annual “A Night of Christmas Jingles” on Sunday, Dec. 11. The old-fashioned community event at Hidden Meadows Farm south of Snohomish has become a popular tradition during the holiday season with nearly 400 people attending this year. Along with musical entertainment by area children, the event also collects toys and food for area charities and food banks. The event is hosted by April VanAssche and the Snohomish Kiwanis and brings back the time when the farmers and community people came together to forget the stresses of everyday life and celebrated the holiday season in a festive way.

Baker Heights residents worried about their future

EVERETT — Residents of the Baker Heights 224-unit housing project were informed by the Everett Housing Authority (EHA) this August that everyone should plan on being moved out by December 2018.
The deadline appears to be shifting, but the people who live here have grown anxious.

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Community rallies after Habitat project theft

EVERETT — It was right before Thanksgiving when around $3,000 of tools were stolen from a still-incomplete house build on 23rd Avenue. This story, though, has a happy ending.

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Christmas House opens Dec. 1 to help parents provide gifts

EVERETT — Christmas House annually helps low-income parents fill the stockings for their children. The nonprofit giveaway shop will open its season on Dec. 1 and run Tuesdays through Saturdays until the weekend before Christmas.

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105-year-old Longfellow building may be rubble by summer

EVERETT — The Longfellow Building, a 105-year-old structure owned by the Everett School District, could be coming down by next summer to make way for a parking lot. The Longfellow's presumably short lifespan appears to have few hurdles before demolition.

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Picking the perfect tree

Ben Trask of Snohomish has a little help from his son Ruxin, 3, in carrying out the family Christmas tree while his wife Mellena follows behind with the family dog Tank. The Trasks along with daughters Keira, 7, and Abigail, 5 (not pictured) were one of many that went hunting for the perfect tree at the Reade Christmas Tree Ranch east of Snohomish this past weekend.

County asked to loosen development restrictions on Sea-Sno Mill site

SNOHOMISH — The council unanimously greenlit sending the county a letter supporting the former Seattle-Snohomish Mill site owner’s push to lift off the land’s development restrictions.If approved to the fullest, it could turn the site across the river into a fuel or coal yard, hazardous waste storage and treatment, marijuana production and processing or a myriad of other uses. Right now, the acreage can be developed into just another sawmill or turned into forest land.

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Downtown businesses looking elsewhere after rent hikes

EVERETT — Established downtown businesses Cafe Zippy, the Port Gardner Bay Winery and an engineering office are all looking elsewhere after their monthly space rent in the building went up more than 20 percent unexpectedly.
The building they are in at 2801 Wetmore goes the length of the block along California and includes a parking garage. It was previously owned by the collapsed Trinity Lutheran College.

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