County seeks new members for housing and  community development technical advisory committee

Via Snohomish County:

 

Snohomish County seeks new members for its housing and community development technical advisory committee. The county receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the committee reviews applications for affordable housing, public facilities, and public service projects that benefit low-income and homeless individuals.

 

Representatives of the following groups are needed for the committee:

  • One minority representative
  • One low-income representative

 

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to the address below. Please include your name, address, home phone, work phone, representative distinction as described above, your area of experience and reasons for wanting to serve. Current and previous committee members may apply.

 

Letters of interest must be received by Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Please mail to:

Snohomish County

Office of Housing and Community Development

3000 Rockefeller Ave.  M/S 305

Everett, WA  98201

Attn:  Debra May, Human Services Specialist II

 

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Avoid fireworks-related injuries this season with a few simple safety precautions

Via Snohomish County: 

Avoid fireworks-related injuries this season with a few simple safety precautions 

 

Each year there are hundreds of fireworks-related injuries in Washington state. Most of these injuries are caused by mishandling or misusing fireworks. 

 

Follow these simple safety tips to ensure a safe and fun Fourth:

  • Have a working hose or a bucket of water close by to douse used fireworks and for fire emergencies
  • Don’t overestimate a child’s ability to use good judgment. Only adults should light fireworks
  • Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Light only one at a time, and move away quickly
  • Make sure you give yourself enough room in a safe location–away from buildings, vehicles and flammable materials
  • Never light fireworks inside a structure
  • Never build or use homemade fireworks
  • Watch what you wear. Loose clothing can catch on fire and should not be worn while handling fireworks
  • Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned; soak them in water then throw away
  • Never ignite fireworks while you are under the influence of alcohol–or any drug that may impair reasoning or judgment
  • M80s, M100s or M1000s are not fireworks; they are illegal explosive devices. They can cause amputations or other severe injuries and possessing them has legal consequences
  • In case of an emergency dial 911.
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Celebrate Safely This Fourth of July

Via Lake Stevens Fire:

 

Celebrate Safely This Fourth of July

With Independence Day right around the corner, Lake Stevens Fire reminds the community to be safe when celebrating the holiday with their family and friends. Be aware of the dangers of fireworks.

All fireworks including those purchased at legal stands can be destructive or deadly if handled irresponsibly. Even the smallest of fireworks, such as sparklers, can reach 1200-1800 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third degree burns.

In 2013, according to the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks caused an estimated $2,002,650 in property loss. Additionally, in Snohomish County there were 13 fireworks-related fires and 40 fireworks-related injuries.

Lake Stevens Fire recommends these precautions for adults choosing to use fireworks: Do not allow children to light or handle fireworks.

Light fireworks only on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from spectators, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.

Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction. Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or hold them close to your face. Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.

Keep a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher on hand in case a firework malfunctions or needs to be cooled before disposal.

 Make sure pets are in a safe place; animals can become innocent victims of stray fireworks and mayexperience anxiety from the noise.

Be a good neighbor and be respectful of your neighbors’ property, family and pets.

The use of fireworks in Lake Stevens and unincorporated Snohomish County is permitted on July 4th from 9am to 11:59pm only. Make note that most fireworks bought on the reservation are considered

illegal and purchasing fireworks through the internet is illegal.

To dispose of any illegal fireworks, please deliver them to a firefighter at Fire Station 81 (12409 – 21st Street NE, LS) or Fire Station 82 (9811 Chapel Hill Road, LS) where they can be properly stored for collection and disposal.

Lake Stevens Fire does not endorse the use of consumer fireworks and instead encourages the public to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. Be safe and enjoy your Fourth of July!

 

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Evergreen State Fair grandstand concert series on sale now

Via Snohomish County:

 

Snohomish County’s 2014 Evergreen State Fair grandstand concert series on sale now

The Evergreen State Fair is excited to present a diverse and exciting lineup of grandstand entertainers featuringEmblem3, The Charlie Daniels Band with special guest The Marshall Tucker Band, Bill Cosby, Chris Young with special guest Courtney Cole, and Newsboys with special guest Ryan Stevenson. These entertainers offer something for everyone across all genres: country, pop, rock and comedy. Find more information about the 2014 Evergreen State Fair and the entertainment lineup at http://www.EvergreenFair.org.

Starting off the series is Emblem3, a local band with hits “Chloe,” “3,000 Miles” and more. The group has wound a path from tiny Sequim, Washington, to the precipice of Hollywood stardom and performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25.Tickets are $25-$39.

The Charlie Daniels Band with special guest The Marshall Tucker Band lights up the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 26. From his Dove award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and CMAaward-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Tickets are $30-$53.

One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby shares his life’s observations with the grandstand audience on his “Far From Finished” tour at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his comedy routines, iconic albums and bestselling. Cosby won Emmys for his role in the television series “I Spy” and the “Fat Albert” and “Cosby Kids” cartoons. Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is “The Cosby Show”, which dominated the number one spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Tickets are $33-$58.

American country music artist Chris Young is on stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. After winning the Nashville Star signing competition in 2006, Chris was signed to RCA Records Nashville and released his self-titled debut album that same year. A second album, “The Man I Want to Be”, was released September 1, 2009, and included the singles “Voices”, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” and the title track, which all went to number one.Young’s third album, “Neon,” produced two more number ones in “Tomorrow” and “You” in 2011 and the Top 20 hit “I Can Take It from There” in 2012. His 2013 album “A.M.” produced the Top 5 singles “Aw Naw” and “Who I Am With You.” Courtney Cole opens the show with a 30-minute acoustic set. Tickets are $30-$53.Rock and pop-driven worship band, Newsboys, with special guest Ryan Stevenson bring their message of“God’s Not Dead” and “Born Again” to Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. The four-time Grammy-nominated band boasts an impressive track record with 16 albums, five gold certifications, 30 number 1 radio hits and close to 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career. Renowned for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight-knit Newsboys unit continues to headline shows in the U.S. and around the world. Their new album, “Restart,” hit stores Sept. 10, 2013. Special Guest Ryan Stevenson currently serves as a worship leader at Vertical Church in Boise, ID. Tickets are $23-$43.

Good seats are still available! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.EvergreenFair.org or by phone before

Aug. 8 at Etix 1-800-514-3849 ext. 2 (subject to service fee). For no service fee, tickets may be purchased in

person at the fairgrounds administration office in Monroe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.).

Concert tickets include fair gate admission. The Evergreen State Fairgrounds office is located on the fairgrounds

at 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe.

For the latest information and to get tickets before they go on public sale, join the Evergreen State Fair’s e-
newsletter at http://www.EvergreenFair.org. “Experience Animal Magnetism” is the theme of the 2014 Evergreen

State Fair which runs Aug. 21 through Sept. 1.

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County’s Energy Smart Loan program reports $5.9 million in economic benefits

Via Snohomish County: 

County’s Energy Smart Loan program saved 6 billion BTUs,

reports $5.9 million in economic benefits since 2012

 

In its first two years, Snohomish County’s Energy Smart Loan program financed 360 home energy loans and saved more than 6 billion BTUs of energy – enough to power 166 homes for one year, or the Seattle Monorail for two years.

A report released today, June 24, details the energy savings made by the program since its implementation in 2012.

  “In its first two years, the Energy Smart Loan program has exceeded our expectations,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. “Our goal was to help 100 homeowners each year with energy improvements through low-interest financing – and we’ve helped more than 300.” 

 

Energy and Sustainability Manager Lisa Dulude said the program has generated approximately $5.9 million in economic benefits for Snohomish County. With an average project investment of $10,350, local homeowners are saving more than $180,000 per year on utility bills – and benefiting local contractors in the energy efficiency industry.

 

“The program has invested more than $3.6 million in home energy saving investments, which has generated nearly $2 million in new contract work for Snohomish County contractors alone,” Dulude said. “We’re excited to not only help people save money on their utility bills, but help job growth in energy efficiency and renewables.”

 

The program was established in March of 2012 through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a contracted partnership with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union.  An innovative financing model allows the program to leverage grant funds by a 20:1 ratio, with grant funds used to guarantee a portion of loans financed through the third-party credit union. This model allows the initial $644,000 in grant funds to support approximately $12 million in low-interest loans. At current participation rates, the County anticipates reaching its lending capacity in 2018.

 

“The program’s tremendous success in its first two years demonstrates that there is clearly a need and demand for this type of financing program in Snohomish County” says Shannon Ellis-Brock, Chief Operating Officer for Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union. “Our partnership with the County allows PSCCU to expand our commitment to helping homeowners save energy and make their homes more comfortable.”

 

For more information about the Energy Smart Loan program, and the report released today by the county, contact Energy and Sustainability Office Manager Lisa Dulude at 425-388-3965 or visithttp://snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17348.

 

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Celebrate revamped Bayside Park This Saturday

Via City of Everett:

 

Ribbon cutting and P-Patch party set for Saturday

 

EVERETT – The newly renovated 1-acre Bayside Park will host a grand reopening on Saturday, June 21, from 2-4 p.m.

Join the Bayside Neighborhood Association, Mayor Ray Stephanson and Everett Parks staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music, kids’ activities and a seed exchange at the park, located at 2200 Grand Avenue. Neighbors are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bayside P-Patch, the oldest community garden operating in Everett.

“The new and improved Bayside Park is the result of more than a decade of hard work and collaboration between the neighborhood and our parks staff,” said Paul Kaftanski, parks director. “We’re excited to share this beautiful park with the greater community.”

Upgrades to the park include improved access for disabled visitors and disabled parking at the northern entrance to the park off 21st Street. The park features seating and viewing areas, along with new walkways, a chess table and refurbished landscaping.

The park links to the Bayside P-Patch, making it one of the larger public open spaces in the neighborhood. The garden provides recreation and fresh food to gardeners, who also donate hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to Volunteers of America food bank each year.

Benches donated to park
Two new benches have been installed at the park. Aileen Langhans, a longtime Everett resident and active Bayside neighbor, donated funds for a bench that has been installed at the northern end of the park.

A second bench has been donated in memory of Jenny McCollum, a Bayside resident and business owner who loved to walk in the neighborhood. The bench, donated by her son Kevin, will be installed in the P-Patch.

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Construction on several Safe Kids, Improved Pathways projects

Via Snohomish County:

 

Construction begins this summer on several SKIP projects

 

School might be out for the summer, but school-related projects are just ramping up around Snohomish County. Maintenance crews will begin work Thursday, June 19, on one of a dozen SKIP projects slated for completion this summer.

 

A highlight of Executive John Lovick’s 2014 State of the County speech, the Safe Kids, Improved Pathways (SKIP) program intends to create or improve walking routes to school for the 34 elementary schools in unincorporated Snohomish County.

 

“Six, seven and eight-year-old children should not have to walk in the roadway on their way to and from school,” Lovick said. “I’m pleased that we’ll be able to complete so many projects this summer, but we still have a lot of work to do in the coming years.”

 

County maintenance crews completed seven Local Infrastructure Projects near elementary schools in late 2013, and have more than a dozen projects scheduled for this summer. The work will improve shoulders near Salem Woods Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Cedar Wood Elementary, Machias Elementary, Chain Lake Elementary, Cougar Creek Elementary and Riverview Elementary. Crews will also fill a sidewalk gap near Odyssey Elementary.

 

For more information about the SKIP program, contact Public Works Director Steve Thomsen at 425-388-6652. For a complete list of projects, project photos and expected construction dates, visitwww.snohomishcountywa.gov/572/Safe-Kids-Improved-Pathways-SKIP.

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