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“Shop with a Cop” provides joy



Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy Kore Oyetuga and eight-year-old Savannah Pliss, a student at Machias Elementary School, check out several stuffed animals as the two participated in the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at the Snohomish Fred Meyer on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Savannah eventually settled on purchasing one of the stuffed animals and a couple of dolls. SNOHOMISH — Girls and boys received a shopping experience last week by being paired with local police. “The kids are just ecstatic to be here and so are we,” said Deputy Rick Griner, who helped organize the event.

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Snohomish mayoral election date shifts to November

SNOHOMISH — The 2017 strong mayor election dates are slated for the August Primary and November Election Day. Council approved these dates in a 5-1 vote, with Councilwoman Lynn Schilaty dissenting.

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Councilman resigns after residency questioned

SNOHOMISH —The City Council now has an unexpected vacancy open after Councilman Zach Wilde stepped away after questions whether he lives in Lake Stevens or Snohomish cropped up.
The City Council will start the process for filling Wilde’s council seat at its
next regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3. That meeting will be held in the Carnegie Building, 110 Cedar Ave., and start at 7 p.m.
In recent history, the council used an appointment
process to fill vacancies.

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Profile of People: “The Apryl Christmas Spirit”

Apryl Roberts' adventures led to her dreams come true, except for the unrelenting stress of cancer. But she's not a quitter.

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Sullivan exploring Everett mayor bid

EVERETT — County Councilman Brian Sullivan last week launched an exploratory effort to make a bid to be Everett’s mayor. He may face a challenger with incumbent Mayor Ray Stephanson.

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Snohomish utility rates for 2017 amended

SNOHOMISH — Sewer rates for residents who use a lot of water will go up, but by not nearly as high as what the rates were proposed earlier.

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180+ families fed through Cascade drive



EVERETT —Over 73,900 cans and packages of food were collected, more than 800 gifts were wrapped and more than $20,000 was raised for the 55th annual Cascade High School food drive this year for the goal of helping families in need throughout the Everett area. Senior Sara Thomas, one of the several students who coordinated the event, said that food and gifts were headed for 179 families. In addition, several food banks in Everett and Mill Creek as well as
the Everett Gospel Mission would be receiving food donations, Thomas said.
The event kicks off right after Thanksgiving as all the school’s 63 first period classes compete to see who can bring in the most donations. Students also worked with food stores in Everett, Mill Creek and Mukilteo to set up and staff donation tables.
The event culminates in the school’s gym resembling a giant grocery store as the food is stacked on rows of tables. After school on Tuesday, Dec. 13, nearly 300 students gathered for “shopping day” where they snaked their way through the aisles filling borrowed shopping carts to fill boxes that were stacked for delivery on Dec. 14. While there’s no set rule as to what is put into the boxes, senior Mariana Cardona, who also helped to coordinate the event, said the group was told to fill the boxes with what they felt a family of six to eight would need.
In the photo, alumni and students participate in “shopping day.”

Community dinner allows for making connections

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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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 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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DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

taxiThe only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive. If you are intending to drink remove the question of driving from the equation. It’s not worth the risk,

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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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