Fourth of July 2020: How to move our nation forward

Publisher’s note: Edmonds residents Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash suggested that residents be invited to write short commentaries — in honor of the U.S. celebration of Independence Day — “on how this country should move forward.” Here are the submissions received so far. Please add yours in the comments below. ********* My comment on moving forward-…

Edmonds Police Blotter: June 23-29, 2020

June 23 8100 block 236th Street Southwest: A man and woman were assaulted in a home with a knife. The suspect was believed to be an acquaintance but was not located. 7800 block 227th Place Southwest: A resident finds probable stolen mail from Shoreline. 100 block 2nd Avenue North: Police remove a man who was…

COVID-19 information, support just a phone call away

The State of Washington has established phone lines for people looking for information about COVID-19 as well as those who need support due to pandemic-related stress. The 211 COVID-19 Call Center provides information or answers to your questions and concerns by calling 1-800-525-0127 or texting 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates…

Letter to the editor: A journey of a thousand steps

Editor: We live together in our cherished Edmonds and bring with us our personal truths and opinions. Over the past few weeks, here in Edmonds we have encountered examples of what are at best culturally insensitive behaviors, whether intentional or not, and at worst, what can only be described as racist. These behaviors and actions…

Scene in Edmonds: A virtual fireworks display from past years

With no live fireworks show this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sherman Page shares past photos from Edmonds Chamber of Commerce fireworks shows — in 2014 and 2016 — for us to enjoy. And remember, for those who need their July 4th parade fix, My Edmonds News recorded previous main and children’s parades and you can…

COVID-19 update for July 3, 2020: A closer look at the local numbers

With Snohomish County officials voicing the possibility of joining the growing number of states and local jurisdictions moving back to more restrictive protocols in an effort to slow the COVID resurgence, this report provides a closer look at the local numbers in an effort to shed light on the reasoning behind this. Drawing primarily from…

Between Assignments: Supporting local arts during the pandemic

Being in and around “the neighborhood” for decades, it has been marvelous for me to see the evolution of Snohomish County and in particular, South Snohomish County. One of the chief delights has been the growth, quality and maturity of the arts movement across South County — centering, I suppose, from my background as a…

Sponsor spotlight: Rotary Club of Edmonds announces new president, officers

What an amazing and challenging time it has been for our community these past few months. Our club, though we had to move to online meetings, continued to work in our community supporting the many programs we serve. Every year, on July 1, we usher in a new leadership team. We welcome new president Beth…

Reminder from South County Fire: Celebrate safely on July 4

South County Fire encourages residents to celebrate safely and legally this Fourth of July. The holiday is typically the busiest day of the year for 911 calls to South County Fire. Extra staff will be on duty and South County Fire headquarters will serve as a base for a multi-agency Fire Operations Center to coordinate…

Reminder: City of Edmonds distributing free masks to low-income residents July 3

Lower-income individuals and families living in Edmonds are encouraged to come this Friday, July 3 from 3-6 p.m. for a drive-through, no-contact distribution of free masks. The location is the City of Edmonds Public Works parking lot, 7110 210th St. S.W. Attendees should be ready to show proof of Edmonds residency and state that you…

Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath announces retirement

After more than 40 years of public service, including 15 years at Community Transit, CEO Emmett Heath announced Thursday that he will retire later this year in order to spend more time with his family, including his three young grandchildren. Heath has served as CEO for Community Transit for six years and, before being selected…

Health department: New COVID-19 reports show concerning patterns of inequity, rise in cases among younger people

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) released two new reports analyzing COVID-19 data by age, race/ethnicity and primary language spoken. Both reports highlight the pandemic’s disproportionate and increasing impact on communities of color. The IDM report also points to recent increases in COVID-19 among younger people. DOH’s…

8th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection to be closed July 6-9

Crews working on the Dayton Street Utility Improvements Project will close the 8th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection from Monday, July 6 to Thursday, July 9. During the closure, crews will finish the intersection, build a new center island and complete the paving work in that same area.  This is part of the larger, multi-phase…

Edmonds College now offering online summer youth camps

Edmonds College is offering 100% online, summer youth camps from now through the week of Aug. 17. Camps will be led by live instructors from the college and Black Rocket, a national leader in technology education. Choose from a variety of programs in the arts, language acquisition, coding, video game design, and more. “Our camps…

Edmonds-Woodway HS Vice Principal Allison Larsen named new principal

The Edmonds School District has named Allison Larsen the new principal for Edmonds-Woodway High School. Larsen has been the high school’s assistant principal since 2014 and has served as interim principal since May. Former Edmonds-Woodway High School Principal Dr. Terrance Mims took a superintendent position with SIATech in California.

Letter to the editor: A suggestion for celebrating the 4th of July

Editor: The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has canceled the traditional 4th of July parade, as per the Governor’s orders. This is understandable, given the spike in COVID cases. But there is another way to celebrate July 4th, while following the appropriate social distancing rules. Here are two ideas: First, Edmonds residents step out of our dwellings…

Bird Lore: Common Nighthawk

The Common Nighthawk was a fairly common summer sight in Western Washington decades ago. It is now spotted irregularly in Puget Trough cities during migration, which is from late May into June. It probably passes over Edmonds each year in spring and fall migration, but does so in such small numbers that it is not…

Edmonds artist Michael Reagan to be featured speaker during July 2 webinar

Edmonds artist Michael Reagan will be a featured speaker during the Thursday, July 2 VISION2020 Speaker Series free webinar: “America’s Unpopular War: How Vietnam Changed America.” The series is sponsored by Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares — a veterans services and solutions provider. It features exceptional individuals who have faced crises and found ways to overcome…

Four honored with Edmonds Police Department employee awards

With the annual May awards ceremony canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Edmonds Police Department on Wednesday presented four employees with their awards for accomplishments in 2019. Nominations were reviewed in February. Honorees include: Detective Julie Govantes – 2019 Officer of the Year Govantes received the Chief David N. Stern Memorial Officer of the…

Longtime Edmonds Senior Center Director Farrell Fleming on road to retirement

  Talk about an interesting life and career, Farrell Fleming has covered more ground in his professional life than any 10 normal individuals. Born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens, Fleming attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. “It was really a different world back then,” he recalls.  “When I applied…

City to pause, evaluate Edmonds’ Walkable Main Street pilot

The City of Edmonds said it will take advantage of the long holiday weekend to put a “brief pause” on its Walkable Main Street pilot project. “We’ve had very positive feedback from residents, restaurants, and some retailers,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “Right now is a good opportunity to catch our breath, take a look…

Edmonds TOPS club celebrates 55th anniversary

The Edmonds TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) club is celebrating its 55th anniversary, and the club leader Laurie Dressler says members — who continue to meet remotely — are seeing weight loss success even while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dressler, TOPS is a weight loss support group that has been…

Health Department urges state residents to stay close to home this summer

The Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in our state to limit summer travel plans to help slow the spread of COVID-19. First, be familiar with the Safe Start plan and how it applies to your county. Governor Jay Inslee’s initiative for a phased Safe Start plan details travel allowances for people who…

Volunteers of America offering rental assistance to families impacted by COVID-19

In partnership with Volunteers of America Western Washington, Snohomish County is offering financial to residents financially impacted by COVID-19. The Coronavirus Relief Prevention Program is offering households unable to pay rent due to coronavirus-related job loss, the household has a member who is 65 or older or the household has a member who has underlying…

No Kindergarten Jump Start in August; modified program planned for after school begins

The Edmonds School District announced that Kindergarten Jump Start will not be held in August 2020 as originally planned, due to the uncertainties with social distancing guidelines in the coming months. However, the district will likely run a modified Jump Start program when school begins in September. Jump Start is a pre-kindergarten, transitional program usually…

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