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…

Next free legal clinic for seniors July 1

The Edmonds Waterfront (Senior) Center and Sanders Law Group are offering a free legal clinic for seniors every month, via Zoom and phone, and the next one is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. This popular monthly clinic offers 15-minute individual appointments with an Elder Law Attorney.Here’s your chance to ask your burning legal questions,…

Popular Edmonds intergenerational trivia adapts to social distancing

Two years ago, when the Edmonds Senior Center hosted its first Intergenerational Trivia Night at the Red Twig Bakery & Café, a small number of teens and older adults participated. It had an awkward start, but ended in a roar. Passers-by came in to inquire about the laughter and cheering. The word got out, and…

Edmonds Waterfront Center faces financial challenges due to COVID-19

With construction interrupted for six weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions and the withdrawal of a major pledge, the new Edmonds Waterfront Center is facing an additional $700,000 shortfall in its budget. Edmonds Waterfront Center CEO Daniel Johnson said Friday that the two-month interruption of the construction schedule, along with new COVID-19 protocols, added about $200,000…

Navigating COVID-19: Compassion or ageism?

When Gov. Inslee issued the stay at home order in March due to COVID-19, the Edmonds Senior Center suspended all our programs. The message from the CDC was clear: The key to flattening the exponential rate of infection was social distancing. People were asked to stay at home. Our focus shifted to ways we could…

Inslee announces state’s long-term care testing plan

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced the state’s plan to begin broad testing within long-term care facilities . The state Department of Health issued an order that will require widespread testing. Residents and staff in nursing homes will be tested within approximately two weeks, with a completion goal date of June 12. All residents and…

Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store seeking volunteers

The Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store is seeking volunteers in preparation to reopen after being closed for two months. The Thrift Store is a primary source of income for programs provided by the Edmonds Senior Center. The thrift store reopening plan aligns with the governor’s four-phased directive for businesses that will be allowed to ope…

Scene on video: Progress on the Edmonds Waterfront Center

This video, created by Edmonds Senior Center/Waterfront Center Executive Director Daniel Johnson, showcases the restart of construction at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, which will replace the senior center at 220 Railroad Ave. Construction was shut down in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, but was restarted May 4….

Re-imagining Retirement: Consequential happiness

I recently was putting serious time into trying to come up with a new name for a project I was working on, when I came up with consequential happiness, as a possibility. I liked the ring to it; however, it would probably need some explaining, right? I’m actually amazed and disappointed, at the same time,…

Sponsor spotlight: Free legal clinic for seniors Wednesday, June 3 via Zoom

Here’s your chance to ask your burning legal questions, at no charge. A free monthly legal clinic offered by the Edmonds Waterfront (Senior) Center and Sanders Law Group will be available via Zoom and phone Wednesday, June 3. This popular monthly clinic offers 15-minute individual appointments with an elder law attorney. The clinic was canceled…

Just in time for Mother’s Day: A highly contagious compassion epidemic

Every year, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, 60-70 people would gather at the Edmonds Senior Center for the annual Mother’s Day salmon luncheon. The meal of fresh salmon, mashed potatoes and asparagus was prepared by staff and volunteers and was always a hit. This year, due to the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Safe order,…

Sponsor spotlight: What if a stimulus check is received by someone who has died?

Update: Yesterday, May 6, 2020, the Treasury Department officially announced that stimulus checks that had been made out to deceased taxpayers should be returned to the IRS. If the checks were sent by mail, they should be voided and sent back to the IRS.  If the payments were made via direct deposit, the taxpayer should…

Sponsor spotlight: Therapeutic Garden Kits  – Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

Eldergrow, a Seattle-based therapeutic gardening company, is now going where they have never gone before––your backyard! Launched in 2015, Eldergrow started with a focus on supporting elders in senior living. To celebrate their five-year anniversary, Eldergrow recently unveiled  their new Farm-to-Fork Herb Garden & Activity Kit, built to bring the restorative  benefits of gardening right…

Edmonds Senior Center to restart Waterfront Center construction May 4

The Edmonds Senior Center said it plans to restart construction of the Edmonds Waterfront Center on Monday, May 4. “Everyone is ecstatic to see things get back underway,” said Edmonds Senior Center Board President Gary Haakenson. “We had been making such great progress since the start of construction in July.” On Friday, April 24, the…

For seniors, positive attitude is key to weathering the COVID-19 shutdown

The COVID shutdown has changed life for all of us, but perhaps no group is more heavily hit than seniors living alone and in long-term care facilities. Daniel Johnson, Executive Director of the Edmonds Waterfront Center, formerly the Edmonds Senior Center, sees this every day. “Those with a partner and large circle of friends and…

Edmonds Food Bank, Senior Center partner on senior-ADA food delivery

The Edmonds Food Bank and the Edmonds Senior Center are partnering to reach out to seniors and ADA individuals to help ensure their food needs are being met while also helping ensure their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Custom orders for qualified customers are taken via phone by food bank or senior center volunteers. The…

Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store presents online Treasure Corner every Tuesday

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Edmonds Senior Center will be featuring a thrift store treasure that is available for online purchase only. With the store closed temporarily due to the governor’s stay-at-home orders, the Thrift Store Treasure Corner will offer online shopping, showcasing unique items on the Edmonds Waterfront Center website. Featured items will…

Edmonds mayor announces $200k Community Relief Fund for nonprofits

Recognizing the enormous impact COVID-19 has had on the city’s businesses, senior citizens and low-income residents, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson Tuesday announced the creation of a Community and Economic Relief Fund from which the City of Edmonds will make available $200,000 to nonprofit community organizations. “We must respond to the increasing needs in the community,…

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…

Edmonds Waterfront Center construction temporarily shut down due to governor’s mandate

The Edmonds Senior Center announced Thursday that construction on its 26,000-square-foot Edmonds Waterfront Center will be temporarily shut down due to a statewide stay-at-home mandate from Gov. Jay Inslee related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The senior center received notice of the shutdown from project contractor W. G. Clark Construction. “The governor issued additional construction guidance to…