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Everett Public Schools hosts second STEM Symposium

Everett School District hosts second STEM Symposium

The skills represented in the acronym STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics are highly sought by employers today. STEM workers also earn more. According to a 2011 US Department of Commerce report, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs in the last 10 years. The report predicts they will continue to do so for the next decade. During the economic downturn, more STEM workers stayed employed than did non-stem workers.

In a second of its community education symposiums, the district’s STEM Symposium on August 22 and 23 will bring educators and business leaders together to plan STEM partnerships. The goal is to leverage local resources and expertise to help infuse STEM instruction into all classrooms so students are ready to lead and shape the future.

Public hearing on East Gateway Urban Village zoning changes

On September 20th, Mill Creek’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the East Gateway Urban Village zoning.

On September 20th, Mill Creek’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the East Gateway Urban Village zoning to allow larger stores such as Target to be built there. Some of these changes have been in the planning stages since April of 2011.

Acting City Manager, Tom Gathmann, said that the City is in detailed discussions with Target for development of the west end of the East Gateway Urban Village in the July 3rd City Council meeting.

East Gateway Urban Village development proposal received

The City of Mill Creek received a proposal for a mixed-use development including 29,000 square feet of commercial capacity in three separate buildings.

The City of Mill Creek announced today that they have received a mixed-use development proposal from Polygon NW for the 18.5-acre Nash property at the east end of the East Gateway Urban Village. Polygon NW proposes to develop 29,000 square feet of commercial capacity in three separate buildings, 104 townhomes/condominiums, and 201 apartments. The proposal also includes installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of 132nd Street SE and 44th Avenue SE, and a public neighborhood park.

2012 Stuff the Bus event at Central Market

Mill Creek’s Stuff the Bus for Kids event, sponsored by the Everett Public Schools Foundation, will be held at Central Market August 16-19.

Mill Creek’s Stuff the Bus for Kids event, sponsored by the Everett Public Schools Foundation, will be held at Central Market beginning tomorrow. Volunteers will be collecting school supply donations in yellow school buses, which will be parked outside for four days, from August 16th to 19th from 9 AM until 5 PM.

The Everett Public Schools Foundation will be trying to fill over 1,700 support requests from all 26 schools in the Everett School District - a reflection of the number of students who need community support to ensure that each student has school supplies needed to begin school ready to learn.

2012 primary election results

Primary election results for races pertinent to Mill Creek.

The Elections and Voter Registration Division of the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office and the Office of the Secretary of State post preliminary results of Tuesday’s primary election with the latest tabulations on a regular basis until the election is certified.

Election results are not final or official until certified. August 21, 2012 is the last day for the Office Secretary of State to certify the returns.

Stuff the Bus needs volunteers

The Everett School District is looking for volunteers for multiple Stuff the Bus community events in August.

The Everett School District is looking for volunteers for multiple Stuff the Bus community events in August.

Two ways to Feel Good this month

  1. Help Stuff the Bus August 16th, 17th, and 19th.
  2. Help stuff backpacks August 23rd, 24th, 27th, and 28th.

Gathering supplies and packing backpacks helps each student have tools for school success.

Mill Creek City Council approves Police Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement

Mill Creek City Council approves Police Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Mill Creek City Council unanimously approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the City and the Police Guild at the July 24th city council meeting. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2012 and is in effect until December 31, 2014. Police Guild members have been working without an agreement since the old Collective Bargaining Agreement expired on December 31, 2011.

Wednesday’s garbage and recycling to be collected on Saturday

Waste Management Northwest collecting Wednesday's garbage and recycling on Saturday.

Waste Management Northwest is still playing catch-up after the labor dispute. They announced the following on their website:

SUPER SATURDAY: Residential Recovery Collection Services”

“If you are a Wednesday residential customer, WM will be collecting on Saturday, August 4, as part of our recovery services. Customers may double load at no extra charge. Please keep your carts out until 6:00pm. “

“Find your area on the list below for specific services:”

Electronics recycling event successful

Boy Scout Troop 221 and 1 Green Planet jointly conducted a very successful recycling event in Mill Creek on Saturday, July 28th. Eagle Scout candidate, David Gyuro, organized the event as his Eagle Scout project.

Boy Scout Troop 221 and 1 Green Planet jointly conducted a very successful recycling event in Mill Creek on Saturday, July 28th. Eagle Scout candidate, David Gyuro, organized the event as his Eagle Scout project.

The electronics-recycling event Gyuro planned and carried out was a big success with over 250 residents participating and 862 items collected; including 143 computers, 140 televisions, 132 printers, 43 household appliances, 34 bicycles, numerous lawn mowers, and one motorcycle. 1 Green Planet estimates that over 30,000 pounds of e-waste was collected.

Mill Creek garbage pickup affected by labor dispute

Waste Management Northwest hasn’t picked up Mill Creek’s garbage, recycling, and yard waste since Tuesday, July 24th because of a strike by Teamsters Local 117.

Waste Management Northwest hasn’t picked up Mill Creek’s garbage, recycling, and yard waste since Tuesday, July 24th because of a strike by Teamsters Local 117 whose members drive the recycling and yard waste trucks. Members of Teamsters Local 174, who drive the garbage trucks, won’t cross the Teamsters Local 117’s picket lines.

According to Waste Management Northwest, residential customers won’t have their garbage, recycling, or yard waste picked up for an indefinite period of time, “Due to a work stoppage that began on Wednesday, July 25th, we have been unable to provide regularly scheduled service. Waste Management does not know how long the work stoppage will be.”

Snohomish County begins intersection improvement construction

Snohomish County is preparing to work on a project to improve the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 180th Street SE.

Snohomish County is preparing to work on a project to improve the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 180th Street SE. Construction begins at the intersection on Thursday, August 2nd, and will continue into summer of 2013.

Work will begin on the northwest side of 180th Street SE, and will move east.

Single lane closures will be in effect Mondays through Fridays.

The closure and culvert replacement originally planned on 51st Avenue SE, east of the 35th/180th intersection, have been rescheduled to next year.

Mill Creek chosen to represent Washington in recycling challenge

The City of Mill Creek was chosen by Waste Management Northwest and Recyclebank to participate in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge.

Out of all cities in Washington State, the City of Mill Creek was chosen by Waste Management Northwest and Recyclebank to participate in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge. One community from each of the 50 states was chosen to compete for a $100,000 community sustainability grant from SC Johnson. The community with the highest recycling participation from July through December as measured by the Recyclebank website and determined by SC Johnson will win the prize.

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