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Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Twenty-one local drugstores have joined the fight to knock down the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County. The Snohomish Health District supplies the pharmacies with free vaccine from the Sanofi Pasteur AmeriCares patient assistance program for uninsured, low-income adults.

Since the beginning of June, the stores so far have administered nearly 450 doses of whooping cough vaccine to low-income or uninsured adults. Pharmacies charge $10 to $15 to give the shot – the vaccine itself is no cost to the client.

Annual Comprehensive Plan open house and public hearing

City of Mill Creek Comprehensive Plan open house and public hearing

Mill Creek’s Department of Community Development will hold an open house at the Mill Creek City Hall on Thursday, June 21st, to review this year’s Comprehensive Plan changes. City staff will be available from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM to answer questions.

Mill Creek’s Comprehensive Plan is updated each year to incorporate changes to public policy including land use and zoning. The land use designation for three undeveloped properties will be changed this year to improve their development potential. In addition, a number of changes to the Comprehensive Plan are being made to incorporate public policy changes, and to make it current.

Cedar Wood Elementary school students connect with First Nations cultures

Cedar Wood Elementary School students connect with First Nations cultures

Cedar Wood Elementary teacher Dianne Lundberg’s vision of a year-long social studies initiative for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade came to life this year. She designed the program with a goal of students understanding that the cultural and physical environment in which they live impacts their lives. “I knew that they could learn more about themselves and gain respect for others by better understanding these influences,” explained Lundberg.

Sales tax option for reducing Mill Creek’s budget deficit rejected

Mill Creek City Council rejects sales tax option for reducing budget deficit

At the June 12th Mill Creek City Council meeting the council decided not to put a public safety sales and use tax on the ballot for voter approval this year. Mayor Mike Todd and Councilmember Terry Ryan reported to the City Council that the Snohomish County Council are also not going forward with a public safety sales and use tax which would have provided additional tax revenue to Mill Creek. This means the Mill Creek City Council will have to find another way to reduce the 2013-2014 budget deficit by $300,000.

All Everett School District elementary schools earn award

Everett School District elementary schools win HealthierUS Challenge Awards

All 17 elementary schools in Everett Public Schools have been recognized as HealthierUS Schools. The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity. The award recognizes schools that support healthy eating through the lunch program, nutrition education, and physical education both during and after school.

Each school receives a monetary incentive of $500, an award plaque signed by a USDA official, and a banner to display. School names will be added to the HUSSC website which lists national winners.

Mill Creek’s public safety costs increasing

Mill Creek's public safety costs increasing

The City of Mill Creek’s public safety costs are projected to increase substantially over the next two years according to the City of Mill Creek’s Finance Director, Landy Manuel.

Together, the 2013-2014 police, fire, and emergency medical services costs are projected to be at least $2.3 million over the amount spent in 2011-2012. These increases contribute significantly to the Mill Creek’s projected $1.7 million budget deficit for the 2013-2014 biennium.

Jack Follis kicks off campaign at Mill Creek Tennis Club

Jack Follis is running for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Mill Creek attorney, Jack Follis, is running for the Snohomish County Superior Court position now held by retiring Judge Lary McKeeman. Follis, a 4.5 rated United States Tennis Association champion, held his campaign kickoff party at the Mill Creek Tennis Club on Wednesday, June 6th.

Mill Creek Tennis Club owner, Roger Mark, strongly endorses Follis, “Understand that this election is non-partisan and whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent Jack will bring fairness and leadership to this position.”

Mill Creek's WellCity Award provides healthcare savings

City of Mill Creek reduces health care costs with 2012 WellCity Award

The City of Mill Creek gets a 2% premium discount on their 2013 medical coverage as a result of winning a 2012 WellCity Award. Mill Creek earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust by demonstrating their commitment to employee health promotion and meeting the stringent standards set forth for the award.

The City of Mill Creek promoted employee health by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work-life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety.

Zippiti Do Da

New Cable Ride, Zip Line at Cougar Park.

The City of Mill Creek has installed a cable ride at Cougar Park. The cable ride is designed specifically for older children and is a safe version of a zip line.

Rest assured that this expenditure did not come out of the City of Mill Creek's beleaguered General Fund. This equipment was included in the original Cougar Park Master Plan and was funded by mitigation fees collected from developers specifically for park improvements. By law, this money could not be used for anything else but Cougar Park improvements. The total cost of the installation was $41,000.

Red Light "Tattle Tales"

Blue light tattle-tales help Mill Creek Police catch red light runners

You may have been wondering about those little blue lights at the back of traffic lights at six major intersections in Mill Creek. Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek's acting City Manager and full-time Public Works Director, reported that the rumor they were cameras "went viral on Facebook" in the May 22nd Mill Creek City Council meeting. Rest assured they are not cameras spying on your every move.

First Annual Relay For Life of Mill Creek

the first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will be held on June 2, 2012

The first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will begin at McCollum Park at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd. The relay starts with the opening ceremony and opening lap that honors cancer survivors and their caregivers.  After the first lap, all teams join in to keep the relay going until 9:00 AM Sunday morning. Pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and more will be available with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Another Relay highlight is the Luminaria Ceremony that takes place at 10:00 p.m., honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. The track will be surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5.00 at the event, or by visiting the event website www.RelayForLife.org/millcreekwa .

East Gateway Urban Village frequently asked questions

Mill Creek's planned East Gateway Urban Village

What is the East Gateway Urban Village?

The East Gateway Urban Village is a planned shopping and residential center in the northeast corner of Mill Creek east of 35th Avenue SE, south of 132nd Street SE, and west of Seattle Hill Road. The vision is to have a Town Center-like development with a mix of professional office, retail shopping, and residential units on land that is now essentially undeveloped. When fully built out, the East Gateway Urban Village could include approximately 350,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and a combination of 394 town homes and apartments.

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