Community Briefs

Learn about criminal justice tax

MARYSVILLE – Two information sessions are planned to talk to the public about the Criminal Justice Tax on the August ballot.

The first is July 9 at City Hall, 1049 State Ave. The second is July 18 at the Marysville library, 6120 Grove St. Both are from 6-6:30 p.m.

Drop in for a brief description of the proposal and to ask your questions of city staff. Ballots are due Aug. 7.

Marysville voters are being asked to support a sales tax increase of one-tenth of one percent (or 10 cents on a $100 purchase) to construct a new Police Services Building, including a jail. If approved, the new sales tax rate of 9.2 percent would still be lower than many Snohomish County cities.

When the Public Safety Building opened in 1986, the Marysville Police Department had 24 employees. City population is seven times larger than it was then. The police force has outgrown the facility. Marysville is one of only two cities in the county with its own jail. Without a larger jail, Marysville police would lose the ability to immediately arrest suspects for most misdemeanor crimes.

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Entertainment in Arlington

ARLINGTON – The city has released its entertainment schedule for the summer.

Movies kick off July 6 at the Arlington Fly-In with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Other movies at Terrace Park at dusk are “Early Man,” July 12, and “Peter Rabbit,” July 19.

Shakespeare at Terrace Park is July 30 at 6 p.m.

Music on the Terraces take place in August from 6:30-8 p.m. Local favorite Harvey Creek Band performs on the 23rd but the series kicks off on the 2nd with Mojo Cannon, followed by Hillary & Kate on the 9th and Metal Shop on the 16th.

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Join Arlington band for 4th

ARLINGTON – Musicians are being sought for The Arlington Community Band.

Founded in 2011, its mission is to assemble a marching band made up of community members of all ages to march in the annual Fourth of July Grand Parade in Arlington.

Rehearsal will be July 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Arlington High School band room.

2 M-P students get MAP scholarships

EVERETT – Two Marysville-Pilchuck High School students received scholarships recently at the YMCA of Snohomish County’s 18th annual My Achievers Program (MAP) banquet. The banquet is designed to honor, recognize, and celebrate MAP students, volunteers, staff, and supporters and to award scholarships to graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership and full participation in the program.

The MAP mission is to motivate and support young people of color, native and immigrant youth, most of whom are from lower socioeconomic status, ages 11-19, to achieve higher education and career goals.

The M-P winners are Esteyber E. Guerrero and Anyeli de Lira.

3 Arlington firefighters receive life-saver awards

ARLINGTON – Part-time firefighters Aaron Boede, Rein Frankie and Joe Oxos recently received Phoenix awards for life-saving efforts.

On May 13, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Arlington crews were called to a house fire. Boede, Frankie, and Oxos were directed to the back of the home, where they extinguished the fire and initiated a search of the home. They located a man in a bedroom. The man was treated on scene, then transported to Cascade Valley Hospital for further treatment. The man has since made a full recovery.

Arlington kindergarten teacher 2nd in ‘Teacher of the year’ contest

ARLINGTON – Anna Beckley, a kindergarten teacher at Presidents Elementary, was a second-place winner in the Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants “Teacher of the Year” contest.

For 15 years the restaurants have asked students to submit reasons why their classroom leader should be recognized as “Teacher of the Year.” Every year hundreds of entries pour in telling inspiring tales of creative teaching and mentoring.

3 Marysville firefighters graduate from 1st local academy

MARYSVILLE – Three Marysville Fire District firefighters graduated with the first class of the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy.

Firefighter/paramedic Brian Donaldson and firefighters Katie Hereth and Michael Work received their certifications Saturday after completing 14 weeks of training. Donaldson also received the Truck Company Award. All three firefighters will return to Marysville to continue their training as probationary firefighters.

“This graduation marks a milestone for Snohomish County and the greater Marysville community,” Fire Chief Martin McFalls said. “We are thrilled to be a part of such an excellent training program closer to home. Marysville Cap. Jason Huizenga and firefighter Ryan Hopp were among the instructors.

The Snohomish County Fire Chiefs Association directed the development of the academy as the county’s growing hiring needs outpaced enrollment at the Washington State Training Academy in North Bend. A second local academy will begin in September.

Self Storage facility opens in Arlington

ARLINGTON – Cascade NW Self Storage is now open. The business is located at 4125 172nd St NE just east of I-5. The facility features 562 self-storage units amounting to 57,785 rentable square feet of storage space. Both drive-up access storage units and inside storage units are available for rent and come in a variety of size configurations from 5 by 5 feet and up to 10 by 30 feet’, many of which are heated. Additional property amenities include extensive security measures, a retail store offering boxes and packing supplies, and package delivery acceptance. The facility will also be adding the option of renting U-Haul moving trucks.

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