Volunteer of month
ARLINGTON – From growing gardens and beautifying her neighborhood to providing a friendly familiar face at the Arlington Police Department, there are few places where Judy Ness hasn’t left her fingerprints.
For her contributions to the community, Mayor Barb Tolbert presented her with Volunteer of the Month honors at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Ness joined the Arlington Garden Club in 2005, serving as president in 2017. She developed the club’s Holiday Garden, Art and Craft Show held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year’s event raised $4,000, with $2,500 for college scholarships. She also volunteers with the Stillaguamish Barn Quilt Trail, a tourism effort. In 2006, she joined the WSU Extension Snohomish County Beach Watchers for over 10 years, caring for Puget Sound beaches to make them more healthy and beautiful.
Ness also joined the police department as a volunteer in 2013, tending the reception area most Tuesdays during the busiest time of week, for fingerprinting. She has a huge hand in crime watch efforts including Public Bicycle Registraton and the Pooch Patrol. The latter provides an extra set of eyes to report suspicious activity. “Who knows a neighborhood better than the folks who walk their dogs every day?” Tolbert asked.
Police Chief Jonathan Ventura said of Ness: “She came to our department as an attendee and graduate of our citizens academy in 2013. She never left. Judy always comes to work with a positive attitude that elevates everyone around her.”
No rate increases again
ARLINGTON – For the seventh-straight year, the Arlington City Council Monday cancelled a planned increase in utility rates for water, sewer and stormwater utilities.
Mayor Barb Tolbert called the council’s approval “a clear example of how cost containment and further implementation of best practices by city staff can result in decreases, rather than increases, for the city’s utility customers.”
32 in DECA to state
ARLINGTON – Thirty-two Arlington High School DECA students qualified for state after competing Jan. 12 at the Area 1 Competition at Monroe High School.
Sixty-two percent of all AHS DECA students who competed will advance. Forty-two medals were received at the Area Competition, the most awards the program has ever received. “Arlington DECA has had one of its best years ever,” advisor Tyler Payne said. “We had ten first-place test takers.”
The students spent months preparing for the competition by taking numerous practice tests, studying practice role plays, and working on prepared presentation events.
The state competition takes place Feb. 28-March 2 in Bellevue.
Pastels artist Feb. 12
ARLINGTON – The Arlington Arts Council invites people to attend a demonstration in pastel painting featuring local professional artist Vicki Johnson. The event will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Hadley Hall in the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE.
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