Options unveiled to boost Edmonds businesses, nonprofits amid COVID-19 restrictions

As Edmonds businesses and non-profits navigate how to survive the restrictions and shutdowns aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, a coalition of entities has stepped up to provide easy ways for people to help their favorite shops, services, restaurants and organizations. Resources launched this week include: KeepEdmondsStrong, an independent community service website built and…

Inslee extends ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order through May 4

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday he is extending his ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order for another month — through May 4 — to slow the spread of COVID-19. While social distancing appears to be working, the state has not yet seen the full weight of this pandemic, the governor said. According to state statistics,…

Scene nearby: Free emergency dental work for community

Medical Teams International brought its mobile dental units to the Lynnwood Food Bank Thursday to provide the community with free emergency dental work. As dentists across Washington state close their doors to patients in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Pacific Northwest-based non-profit organization will be offering free urgent and emergency care to patients. On Thursday,…

Uninsured? Washington Healthplanfinder extends current special enrollment period

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Washington state, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced it is extending the current special enrollment period for individuals who are uninsured. The original special enrollment period, which ran from March 10 through April 8, will now continue through May 8, 2020. Coverage will start May 1, 2020…

Unprecedented rise in initial state unemployment claims continues for second week in a row

New claims for unemployment benefits soared to a record 181,975 for the week of March 22-28, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). This represents a 3,513% increase year over year, and a 41% increase over the previous week. By comparison, this is seven times the peak week during the 2008/2009 recession which was 26,075 weekly initial claims….

Zinc closing its Edmonds location

After more than six years offering interior design services along with art, furniture, and home accessories, Zinc Art + Interiors is closing the doors of its Edmonds location, owner Laura Zeck said Thursday. Zinc’s location in Seattle’s Pioneer Square will remain open, and a portion of the store’s inventory will be available online at ZINCcontemporary.com. “We…

IRS: Don’t fall victim to a COVID-19 payment scam

The Internal Revenue Service warns Americans to be wary of scams related to forthcoming COVID-19 payments from the federal government. An IRS announcement Thursday notes that the IRS will begin to distribute COVID-19 economic impact payments in a matter of weeks. For most Americans, this will be a direct deposit into your bank account. For those…

Letter to the editor: Good government needs our help — will council let us?

Editor: Good government is one that has clearly defined the issues it wants to solve and engages all the stakeholders who can help create solutions which are measurable and sustainable. It must also be willing to adjust as situations change. Lived here for 46 years, and after volunteering on civic issues for 20 years I…

Deputy Prosecutor Robert Grant to run for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Robert Grant announced this week that he is running for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. Grant will run for the Position 8 seat held by Judge Eric Z. Lucas, who is not seeking reelection. An Edmonds resident, Grant is a veteran of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office who has spent the last several years prosecuting…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 1, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Options unveiled to boost Edmonds businesses, nonprofits amid COVID-19 restrictions Edmonds School District increases security for online learning Updated April 1: Directory of Edmonds restaurants…

‘Signs from the Edge’: A serial novel from EPIC Group Writers — Chapter 13

As relief from reading Journal of a Plague Year, Station Eleven, and The Plague, the board of EPIC Group Writers penned a serial novel for your entertainment. Since each author could only see the immediately preceding chapter, there are numerous plot twists and wild goose chases. Fortunately the “instigator,” Diane Naab, was able to pull the whole…

April 8 GY6 veterans lunch at Edmonds Food Bank canceled

In compliance with state and federal guidelines, the Edmonds Food Bank is canceling the April 8 GY6 (Got Your Six) veterans lunch — due to the statewide ban on gatherings to stop the spread of of COVID-19. Organizers will notify the public when the next GY6 gathering is scheduled.  

Edmonds School District increases security for online learning

As the Edmonds School District transitions into remote teaching, district staff is working to ensure students are learning in a safe online environment. In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s directive for schools to remain closed through at least April 24 to slow the spread of COVID-19, the district began teaching students remotely earlier this week….

Updated April 1: Directory of Edmonds restaurants offering takeout, delivery

  Edmonds Local Food Services during COVID-19 Shutdown Business Address Phone Services 190 Sunset 190 Sunset Ave 425-329-3669 Closed till further notice 407 Coffee house 407 Main Street 425-921-6147 cutting back hours 5 Corners Teriyaki 8410 Main Street 425-774-5775 Takeout by phone; third party delivery Anthony’s Restaurant and Beach Café 456 Admiral Way 425-771-4400 Takeout…

Letter to the editor: More on the impact of words

Editor: I applaud Will Chen’s recent commentary in My Edmonds News, “Reader View: Names matter – Covid-19 vs. ‘Chinese Virus’.  (March 29, 2020). Mr. Chen’s letter was well written and contained supporting evidence and argument. He persuasively argued that the way words are used can inspire ignorance in people. My hope is that we in…

Free emergency dental work to be offered weekly in Lynnwood starting April 2

As dentists across Washington state close their doors to most patients, a local non-profit organization is offering free weekly emergency dental services in Lynnwood starting Thursday. Medical Teams International will be setting up three mobile dental vans at the Lynnwood Food Bank — located at 5320 176th St. S.W. — from 8 a.m. to 5…

Snohomish County fire agencies work together on COVID-19 response

Snohomish County fire service agencies are working together in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Collaboration started more than a month ago with fire chiefs sharing information in daily video conference calls with key staff, Snohomish County 911 and Dr. Eric Cooper, Medical Program Director for Snohomish County Emergency Medical Services. Now fire service agencies…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 31, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage From Edmonds in Bloom: The promise of flower baskets Census Bureau delays field operations due to COVID-19 outbreak Cities encourage residents not to flush disposable…

South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl retires; Thad Hovis named interim chief

South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl retired Tuesday, March 31 after nearly 34 years in the fire service. Dahl spent all but the early years of his fire service career in south Snohomish County. In 1986, after graduating from Mountlake Terrace High School, Dahl signed on as a firefighter at Pierce County Fire District 10….

From Edmonds in Bloom: The promise of flower baskets

One part of our community that continues to thrive under the guidance of Debra Dill, city arborist and beautification program lead, is the City of Edmonds flower program. For the last 15 years, Debra has helped to usher in the familiar bloom of the flower baskets, corner gardens, and other gardens that make our community…

Census Bureau delays field operations due to COVID-19 outbreak

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau said it is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau said it is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau…

Cities encourage residents not to flush disposable wipes

As concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak have stores struggling to keep disinfecting wipes on shelves, cities are asking the public not to flush them down the toilet when they are finished using them. For weeks, people have been stockpiling cleaning supplies including disinfecting wipes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As more people use the…

‘Signs from the Edge’: A serial novel from EPIC Group Writers — Chapter 12

As relief from reading Journal of a Plague Year, Station Eleven, and The Plague, the board of EPIC Group Writers penned a serial novel for your entertainment. Since each author could only see the immediately preceding chapter, there are numerous plot twists and wild goose chases. Fortunately the “instigator,” Diane Naab, was able to pull the whole…

Expect long waits on Saturdays due to changes at county recycling, transfer stations

Snohomish County recycling and transfer stations — including the southwest county station in Mountlake Terrace — are functioning under new service guidelines and hours of operation put into effect this week. The changes have brought some confusion to visitors, but the biggest challenge is expected to come on Saturday when county officials are warning of…

Snohomish County PUD earns Energy Star Award for Excellence

Snohomish County PUD was recently honored with a 2020 Energy Star Award for Excellence for its promotion efforts in expanding energy-efficiency outreach to hard-to-reach customers and delivering 65,000 Energy Star-certified products to nearly 20,000 households. Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on…

Reader view: Remembering John Reed

The COVID-19 pandemic just got personal. It took the life of John Reed, a man I worked alongside for the past year. A man I admired. A man who became a “partner in crime,” if you will, as we brainstormed and worked on a city commission. We were like “partners in crime” on the Edmonds…

8th and Dayton intersection closure planned for April 1-2

Crews working on the Dayton Street Utilities Improvement project plan to close the 8th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection Wednesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 2, to continue installing the new water main. During this closure: – Traffic through the 8th Avenue intersection will be restricted. – Access to businesses, driveways and parking lots will…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy the health benefits of walnuts in this versatile sauce

If you are like me and following our “new normal” directions for living…you have been staying home.  “Stay home, Stay healthy”–it’s an easy directive that is not always easy to follow.  Cooking is a great way to use the extra time as well as to keep yourself nourished and healthy.   It’s likely that you have…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 30, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Scratch Distillery switches from spirits to sanitizer to support first responders Long-time ACE president John Reed dies after contracting COVID-19 State creates online form to…

State creates online form to report violators of ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced guidance for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals. Inslee was joined at the announcement…

Can’t get through to apply for unemployment? State says benefits will be retroactive

Washington State Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said Monday that those Washingtonians who have not yet been able to get through to apply for unemployment assistance will be paid retroactively from the time they lost their job —  not from the time the application went through. “What people need right now is reassurance of…

City of Edmonds hires new public information officer

The City of Edmonds has hired Jamie Holter as its new half-time public information officer/communications strategist. Her first day was Tuesday, March 17. Holter, who has worked in state and county communications for more than 15 years, will spend much of her time getting information out to the public, community organizations, local media and businesses…

Edmonds police chief: One officer tests positive for COVID-19; others awaiting results

One Edmonds police officer has tested positive for COVID-19 and “about four others” are awaiting test results for the virus, City of Edmonds Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless said Monday in a video update to the community regarding how the department is responding to COVID-19. Still other Edmonds police officers “have voluntarily quarantined due to…

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