The Year 2018 in review: September-October

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    We continue our look at the top My Edmonds News stories and photos from 2018.
    Part 5, September-October
    September
    Marsh study sites
    The red dots indicate the photo stations along the boardwalk, downstream from the fish hatchery, and within the Point Edwards community where information to photographers and wildlife observers will be posted instructing how to submit photos and information to the study.

    The City of Edmonds’ ongoing work to protect, preserve and enhance the Edmonds Marsh launched a new phase this year, focusing on providing data and other information to help evaluate of the ecological functions of the Marsh and its buffers. Visitors this fall are likely to encounter field crews from Windward Environmental collecting data along several transects through the perimeter buffer and from an array of polygonal plots within the main body of the marsh. The study will continue through next spring.

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    Ken Gaydos

    A pillar of the Snohomish County faith and public service communities, 79-year-old Ken Gaydos died Sept. 3 after a battle with cancer. Gaydos was the director of International Chaplain’s Ministry and creator of Support 7, a local non-profit organization that provides support to local first responders and assists local chaplains in the care of those who experience sudden trauma or crisi

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    A lineup of Volkswagen Beetles greeted visitors to the annual Edmonds Classic Car Show Sept. 9. (File photo by Julia Wiese)

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    About 40 people gathered at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center Sept. 11 to hear the draft strategy to address invasive plant species growing in Lake Ballinger and choking out native plants and fish. Located between Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, Lake Ballinger is bordered by private homes, a City of Mountlake Terrace-owned park and the Nile Golf and Country Club. During the meeting, experts examined several options for eliminating non-native species, including manual removal, creating physical barriers and herbicides.

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    The boards of the Olympic View Water & Sewer District (OVWSD) as well as the Edmonds School District have officially approved a groundwater monitoring plan and a water service connection agreement for the new Madrona K-8. The groundwater monitoring plan has been a source of controversy since early this summer, when a disagreement between the two districts caused a delay for opening a newly constructed building on the school’s campus. Olympic View expressed concerns that the groundwater treatment system proposed for the site could contaminate a major water source for the district. The agreement approved this week was drafted after over 11 hours of mediation with the Department of Ecology and the Department of Health.

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    Vietnam veteran Joe Camden came to pay his respects. (File photo by Julia Wiese)

    Seventeen years after terrorist attacks leveled the World Trade Center towers in New York City, many came together in downtown Edmonds Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, to remember those who lost their lives that day. Among the more than 3,000 people who died, there were 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 10 EMTs. So it was fitting that Tuesday’s memorial was held at the 9-11 Memorial, located at the Edmonds Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park next to the downtown fire station.

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    The Edmonds City Council Sept. 14 unanimously approved an offer by two law firms to provide pro bono defense of the city’s recently passed gun storage ordinance.The firms involved are the litigation team for Everytown for Gun Safety and Summit Law Group of Seattle. The City of Edmonds was served with a complaint Aug. 13 alleging that the ordinance violates the state’s 35-year-old preemption statute. A similar lawsuit was filed earlier this summer against the City of Seattle, which also passed a measure requiring safe gun storage.

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    The M-80’s put some kick in their main stage performance during the 2018 Edmonds Waterfront Festival. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    The Rotary Club of Edmonds announced Sept. 19 that it intends to suspend the Edmonds Waterfront Festival for next year. The event, usually held the weekend after Memorial Day each year for the last 31 years at the Port of Edmonds Marina, will not be put on by the Rotary Club in 2019.“We have taken this step after carefully evaluating and analyzing the return on investment, both in capital and volunteer effort, in the current format,” Rotary Club of Edmonds President David Kaufer said of the club’s involvement in the festival. “We agreed to look at the event in its current format and structure and determine if we can (or want to) bring it back in 2020 in a more viable format.”

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    Edmonds citizens, business owners, first responders and elected officials took to the City Council Chambers podium Sept. 18 to explain their support or opposition regarding the city’s current plan to address emergency access to the waterfront. All told, public testimony on the $30 million Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector Project, coupled with an in-depth staff presentation and councilmembers’ comments, took up about two hours of the Tuesday night meeting.

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    The Yost House’s current owners Kathy and Greg Brewer with Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

    For the second time in one week, the City of Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission Sept. 21 recognized the addition of a home to the city’s Historic Register — this one the Yost House at 658 Maple St. The other house recognized was the Scalf House, located at 645 Fir St. According to Historic Preservation Commission meeting minutes, the Yost house is associated with the Yost family, an early pioneer family extensively involved in the early development of Edmonds. Built in 1907 by Charles E. and Georgie Yost, the home was purchased in 2006 by Greg and Kathy Brewer. Greg Brewer has his own remodeling company and the couple made extensive interior renovations after moving in.

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    Edmonds police Sept. 21 released a video clip of the suspect being sought in the sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl at Edmonds’ Ranch 99 Market Sept. 15 — after an attempted assault by the same man was reported at H-Mart in Lynnwood. According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley, police received an anonymous tip from a man who reported that the same suspect tried to sexually assault his daughter at the H-Mart Store, located in the 3300 block of 184th Street Southwest, just an hour after the Edmonds incident was reported.

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    Dave Earling Town Hall Sept 2018
    Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling addresses those attending the Sept. 21 town hall. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

    Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling’s latest Town Hall meeting Sept. 21 was mostly focused on routine reports on city projects. But the last 30 minutes was anything but routine, as several citizens grilled the mayor on what has become a hot-button issue — development of the city’s draft housing strategy. The process has drawn a chorus of vocal opponents, who have expressed concerns that it could lead to negative consequences for the city — from crime to overcrowding.

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    The City of Edmonds is continuing to address a range of problems that have cropped during installation of new sewer line along 7th Avenue North and Edmonds Street, the Edmonds City Council learned during its Sept. 25 business meeting. The 2018 sewer replacement project, which began mid-summer at Civic Field and has since extended east across 7th Avenue to Edmonds Street, is now more than half a million dollars over budget due to a complex mix of circumstances.

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    Main Street Commons preliminary design.

    The design of Main Street Commons at 6th and Main is taking shape. That’s the word from Edmonds native Mike McMurray, who is developing the property. There’s even a new website —www.mainstreetcommons.us — to highlight what’s being planned there. According to McMurray, three businesses are pending to occupy the Main Street frontage spaces. The Art Alley retail/restaurant spaces are still available, along with the exercise space.

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    Toyota executives applaud after Magic Toyota President David Broadus cuts the ribbon for the remodeled facility.
    Toyota executives applaud after Magic Toyota President David Broadus cuts the ribbon for the remodeled facility. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

    Toyota executives and employees, local elected officials and friends and family were among those celebrating Sept. 26 as Magic Toyota officially cut the ribbon for its remodeled dealership on Highway 99 in Edmonds. Located in the 21300 block of Highway 99, the dealership was originally known as Aurora Toyota before it was purchased by Michael Broadus in 1997 and became Magic Toyota. To mark the occasion, Toyota regional and national executives joined Magic Toyota President Broadus and General Manager Peter Chung to celebrate the transformation of a 29,000-square-foot dealership to 47,500 square feet, complete with a parking deck that boasts 66 spaces.

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    Around 40 people gathered in the sanctuary at the Edmonds United Methodist Church Sept. 27 to learn the truth about homelessness in Snohomish County.  Panelists included Kristina Sawycky, a disabled veteran who became homeless when she left her abusive ex-husband; Kresha Green who works with YWCA, an organization that aims to empower and support women and people of color; Jason Dunbar, who works with the Rev. Jean Kim Foundation and Shower to the People, the only mobile shower provider in Snohomish county; and Jennifer Della, an Alaskan native who has dealt with chronic homelessness in her family and works with RAP, the first organization made up of Washington state residents who have experienced housing instability and who work together to change policy.

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    Community members gathered at Edmonds Heights K-12 Sept. 30 for the Edmonds School District’s Third Annual PowWow Celebration. Here, participants open the ceremony with a prayer in the Lakota language. (File photo by Julia Wiese)

    October

    A plan to bring passenger flights to Paine Field in Everett has cleared a regulatory hurdle, paving the way for services to start early next year, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Oct. 1. The Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday released an updated environmental assessment, finding that commercial flights proposed by three airlines would not have a significant impact on traffic or noise in the area. The report follows up on the regulator’s initial approval of commercial flights from Paine Field in 2012.

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    Edmonds City Council President Mike Nelson addresses a crowd of more than 50 citizens at his Oct. 1 town hall on Edmonds’ draft Housing Strategy. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    During an Oct. 1 open house organized by Edmonds City Council President Mike Nelson, more than 50 people gathered at the Meadowdale Community Center to share their opinions and feedback on the City of Edmonds’ draft Housing Strategy. “I’ve heard a lot of frustration, concern, support and opposition about the various aspects of the plan,” Nelson continued, “and I believe much of that arises from folks feeling that there’s not been enough public input. So tonight I want to hear from you and give you the opportunity to say what’s on your mind.”

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    A 50-year-old sex offender from Issaquah suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at Edmonds’ Ranch 99 Market Sept. 15 has been arrested and booked into Snohomish County Jail.According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure, tips from the public and the efforts of Edmonds police detectives and Street Crimes Unit members led to the arrest. The suspect was found at his residence in North Bend Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 3, and was transported to the Edmonds police department, where he was interviewed by detectives.

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    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson at the Oct. 2 Edmonds Rotary lunch. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the guest of honor at the Oct. 2 Edmonds Rotary Club lunch event, which was relocated to the Edmonds Theater to accommodate a larger-than-usual audience. “This is my 131st Rotary address,” began Ferguson. “I love speaking to Rotary clubs because, even though I’m not a Rotarian myself, we’re in the same business — service to our community.

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    A 50-year-old sex offender from Issaquah suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at Edmonds’ Ranch 99 Market Sept. 15 has been arrested and booked into Snohomish County Jail.According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure, tips from the public and the efforts of Edmonds police detectives and Street Crimes Unit members led to the arrest. The suspect was found at his residence in North Bend Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 3, and was transported to the Edmonds police department, where he was interviewed by detectives.

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    Nash as a S’more won 3rd place in the Most Original category at the annual Halloween Howl costume contest sponsored by Off Leash Area Edmonds (OLAE) Oct. 6. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

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    A high-energy performance from the Lynnwood High School drum line.
    A high-energy performance from the Lynnwood High School drum line. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    Marching bands, streamers, costumes, music, food and sponsor booths galore took over Alderwood Mall’s AMC Theater plaza Oct. 6 as an estimated 1,375 runners arrived to give their all in the gala ninth annual Celebrate Schools 5K Fun Run. “As of last night we had more than 1,250 pre-registered,” said Deb Anderson, Foundation for Edmonds School District executive director and chief event organizer. “That’s already ahead of last year’s 1,100 total runners, and on top of that we have a steady stream of day-of-event registrants this morning. I’m guessing we’ll get to at least 1,375, maybe more.”

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    A woman and her dog safely escaped a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage at an Edmonds condominium Oct. 7. Dispatchers received an alert from the alarm company and multiple 911 calls around 6:10 p.m. reporting smoke and flames on the ground floor of the 16-unit, four-story Carmel Condominiums in the 600 block of Main Street. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and kept damage contained to a bedroom in one unit. The woman who escaped was displaced, but other building residents were able to return to their homes after about two hours.Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental, most likely started by a cigarette.

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    While the economy in Edmonds remains robust, there are indicators it may be slowing and now is not the time for excessive spending, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling told the City Council during his 2019 budget address Oct. 9. In the past few months, Earling said, automobile sales —  “while still strong” — have begun to slow. Real estate sales are leveling off. And the city’s building permit activity has also cooled. “These are three important indicators we need to closely watch,” the mayor said.

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    Edmonds Hardware and Paint is closing after nearly six years in Edmonds. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    Edmonds Hardware and Paint announced Oct. 12 it will be closing its store by mid-November. The store has been located at 201 5th Ave. S., Ste 206, in the upper level of Old Milltown, for nearly six years. According to Edmonds Hardware and Paint owner Tom Paik, the doors will close to the public in mid-November and he will be moving out the building by the end of that month. The store will eventually be relocated to the Crown Hill neighborhood, at 9000 Holman Road N.W. in Seattle, and known as “Home Builders Center” by early next year, Paik said.

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    From the #MeToo movement to homelessness to age discrimination to whether you feel welcome and safe in our town, more than 25 Edmonds residents sat down together Oct. 14 in a café style setting to discuss and share their thoughts and perspectives. Organized and hosted by the Edmonds Diversity Commission, the Diversity World Café gave participants the opportunity to rotate between tables designated for each of five discussion topics and moderated by a commission member.

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    From left, Hoa Tran, Brooke Baker and Randy Baker.

    After 21 years of serving terrific cuisine to an appreciative Edmonds, Chanterelle’s Randy and Brooke Baker are preparing to turn over ownership of one of our city’s most beloved restaurants. Restaurateur Hoa Tran, who owns and operates three other independent restaurants in the Puget Sound area, has purchased Chanterelle. Tran plans to continue operating the restaurant without any major changes and will retain the current staff, which pleases the Bakers.

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    With the goal of making the city more welcoming to all, the Edmonds Diversity Commission presented a list of policy recommendations to the Edmonds City Council during the council’s Oct. 16 business meeting. The work was inspired by two key components of the diversity commission’s mandate: First, to recommend to the mayor and city council diversity opportunities to promote programs, and provide guidance to assure an accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive government and community. And second, to support, challenge and guide government and the community to eliminate and prevent all forms of discrimination.

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    Sportscaster Jen Mueller talks about the role of clothing in instilling self-confidence
    Sportscaster Jen Mueller talks about the role of clothing in instilling self-confidence.

    Hundreds gathered at the Lynnwood Convention Center Oct. 18 to celebrate the work of Clothes for Kids, which for 34 years has been providing school wardrobes for children in need in the Edmonds School District. After more than three decades, the need continues to be great. This year, Executive Director Joy Ingram said, Clothes for Kids has served 400 more students than last year, distributing 62,000 items of clothing. Emceeing the annual fundraising event, now in its ninth year, was local sportscaster Jen Mueller, who talked about the role that clothing plays in instilling self-confidence, in both adults and youngsters alike.

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    Denise Cole, Jake Wagoner and Nick Goettling cut the ribbon.
    Denise Cole, Jake Wagoner and Nick Goettling cut the ribbon.

    A mix of more than 30 artists, citizens and local officials joined the board of Mural Project Edmonds Oct. 19 for a gala ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony for “A Mother’s Love,” the newest mural to grace Edmonds’ downtown core. “My inspiration came from the saga of the J-pod mother Orca who mourned for weeks over the death of her calf,” said artist Jake Wagoner. “The story was breaking just as I was in the early planning phase of this project. It touched me and so many people in our community so deeply. I was moved to express this in my art, and the result is this mural dedicated to that J-pod mother and her baby.” The ceremony was hosted by Denise Cole, owner of the Cole Gallery and a driving force behind both the mural project and Art Walk Edmonds.

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    The governing boards of Snohomish County 911 (SNO911) and Snohomish County Emergency Radio System (SERS) have agreed to merge the two agencies effective Jan 1, 2019. According to an Oct. 22 announcement from Snohomish County about the merger, the decision “will improve efficiency, save resources, and provide seamless operations” for both the emergency radio and 911 systems. “Public safety has always been our top priority,” said SERS Executive Director Brad Steiner. “With this merger, SERS will be better positioned to maintain our emergency radio system and ensure our operations are as efficient as possible.”

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    There was no shortage of strong opinions and sharp words Oct. 23 as the Edmonds City Council voted 4-3 to move forward with a preferred alternative for the overpass aimed at providing emergency access to the city’s waterfront. Prior to the vote, the three opposing councilmembers — Mike Nelson, Diane Buckshnis and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas — each read lengthy statements outlining their reasons for voting against the estimated $27 million Waterfront Connector Project. Councilmember Tom Mesaros called it a “monumental moment” for project, which will now enter the 30 percent design phase. He noted that it not yet clear when the overpass will be completed, since funding is still being acquired. The city has already received $1.7 million from the state of Washington, with an additional contribution of $6 million from the state forthcoming.

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    Construction underway in October at the Sprouts Market planned for Lynnwood Crossing. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

    Sprouts Farmers Market says it will be opening a store at Lynnwood Crossing, 19630 Highway 99, in the first quarter of 2019. The national retail chain, a full-service grocer that specializes in fresh and organic produce, is under construction north of the LA Fitness. City of Lynnwood spokeswoman Julie Moore said Sprouts is hoping to open early in 2019. This is the second location in Washington state for Sprouts. The first opened in Mill Creek, at 13314 Bothell Everett Highway, Aug. 15, 2018.

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    The Verdant Health Commission Board of Commissioners at their Oct. 24 regular meeting voted unanimously to appoint Edmonds resident James S. Distelhorst, MD to fill the seat vacated by Bruce Williams, MD, who resigned in July. Distelhorst’s professional experience includes practicing medicine, teaching residents, and working as an administrator at Valley Medical Center in Renton, which is Public Hospital District No. 1, King County. Since retiring in 2017, Distelhorst has volunteered in the community on the Edmonds Senior Center Board of Directors and the City of Edmonds’ Disability Board.

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    Dale Hoggins, EHS class of 1950, shares a laugh with recently-retired EWHS Assistant Principal Geoff Bennett. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    It was a gala evening at Edmonds-Woodway High School Oct. 26 as more than 200 teachers, coaches, past and present athletes, family and friends gathered to honor the 37 new inductees to the Edmonds-Woodway High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2018 honorees spanned the decades between World War II to the early 21st century, from the late husband-wife team of 1944 football star Merle Blevins and four-year letter winner Tillie Smeade Blevins to 2008 State tennis champs Ryan Cho and Willy Guo

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    K9 Hobbs with white sedan
    K9 Hobbs with white sedan that had been taken in an earlier carjacking. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Police Department)

    With the help of K9 Hobbs, Edmonds police Oct. 28 arrested a 31-year-old Mountlake Terrace man suspected of attempting to carjack a couple in the 1000 block of Maple  Street. Police said the man is suspected of approaching the couple and telling them he would shoot them if they did not give him their vehicle. The victims were able to delay, and the suspect fled in a white sedan, which Edmonds officers found nearby. The sedan had been taken earlier during a carjacking in Seattle. K9 Hobbs searched the area and found the suspect hiding in the woods in the 1000 block of Cedar Street.

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    Delegate.Masahiro Suzuki clearly loves Edmonds. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

    It was a festive afternoon at the Harbor Square Best Western Oct. 29 as a 20-member delegation from Hekinan, Japan arrived to honor their city’s 30-year sister city relationship with Edmonds. The delegation included Hekinan Mayor Masanobu Negita, several city officials,  members of Hekinan Sister City Association, and citizens.  On hand to greet them were Mayor Dave Earling, City Councilmembers Buckshnis, Mesaros and Tibbott, members of the Edmonds Sister City Commission, several department heads and interested citizens.

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    The Mad Hatter and friends
    Kids of all ages packed the streets with colorful regalia to fill downtown Edmonds with the sounds and spirit of Halloween during the annual Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

     

     

     

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