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 By Beacon staff    Schools 

Everett Public Schools to start 100% online in the fall

It looks like Zoom meetings are here to stay, at least for now: Everett Public Schools will be 100% virtual learning this fall, Superintendent Ian Saltzman announced in a letter to families in July. “At this time, we plan for... — Updated 8/7/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

2020 Mill Creek Festival canceled

Summer hasn't been the same this year – games canceled, parties postponed, live outdoor entertainment shut down, and restaurants and other businesses forced to scale back... — Updated 7/21/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

City of Mill Creek slapped with unfair labor practice complaint, again

The union that represents certain employees at the City of Mill Creek has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Commission of Washington (PERC)... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion 

No silver bullets, just silver linings | Chuck's World

Whatever this is, I’ve been doing it for five months now. And so have you, obviously. While the “same storm, different boats” concept is also obvious, five months is enough time for all of us to recognize that it’s a mess o... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    A & E 

Local churches in Mill Creek open for in-person gatherings

Since the state's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local churches, faith communities, and religious groups have had to close down to adhere to public health and safety... — Updated 8/7/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News 

A mask for every child at Mill Creek Community Food Bank

Now that face masks have become a requirement in many peoples' wardrobes to cut down the spread of the coronavirus, sewing aficionados and other volunteers have stepped up to make m... — Updated 8/7/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    A & E 

Charity events go forward in light of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many aspects of everyday life to adapt to working from home and staying 6 feet apart from each other, and it’s impacted how nonprofits and charities can operate some of their most important... — Updated 8/7/2020

 

Health District: Increased hospitalizations may be on the way

The Snohomish Health District, in its report detailing COVID-19 in the county July 12-25, shows that the current wave of COVID-19 activity is finding its way into older age groups and could lead to a sustained increase in... — Updated 8/3/2020

 
 By David Pan    Schools

High school football moves to spring as part of changes in prep sports calendar

The governing body for high school sports in Washington has called an audible. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced on July 21 several major... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Chasing Chevy and other July memories

The calendars are just mocking me now. And they’re everywhere. My computer monitor. My phone, my tablet, my fitness tracker, my car. My microwave. Every appliance in my home, in fact, seems to know what day it is, and they... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | Bonding through self-quarantine

It could be said that self-quarantine in our abodes can be a time where we have nothing to do, and all day long to do it. But this idea was broken when my wife, Karen, came up with the idea to invite our 12-year-old granddaughter,... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion

Mayor's Corner | Looking at the months ahead

Mill Creek is planning ahead for Phases 3 and 4 of the state’s reopening plan. Virus update I was hoping we could sneak into Phase 3 before our virus numbers went up. We didn’t make it. We might not make it to Phase 3 until... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By David Pan    News

PUD offers assistance to customers struggling to pay bills

If you’re struggling to pay your bill from Snohomish County PUD because it is much higher than expected, help is available. Some Mukilteo residents have been surprised by bills that are double or more the amount they are used to... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

City's plan for CARES Act funding highlights marketing opportunities

Mill Creek Finance Director Jeff Balentine has suggested multiple ways of using federal CARES Act money to help COVID-19 recovery efforts, including everything from air filters for... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    A & E

Summer camp on your computer?

As the long weeks of quarantine continue with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Mill Creek has offered virtual recreational programs to combat the boredom of long hours of isolation that residents can access from the... — Updated 7/24/2020

 

Governor announces more restrictions to slow COVID-19

From the Office of the Governor: "Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced changes to "Safe Start," Washington's phased approach to reopening. The... — Updated 7/23/2020

 

COVID: A letter from the Snohomish Health District to the community

The following was written by the Snohomish Health District. To our friends and neighbors in Snohomish County: It's been six months since the first reported case of COVID-19 in the... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Beacon staff    News

National Night Out event canceled

Another summer event has been taken off the calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic: Mill Creek's National Night Out celebration. The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 2,... — Updated 7/17/2020

 

Our Schools | Schools are the heart of our community

It is hard to imagine a year ago this month, I became Superintendent of Everett Public Schools. At that time, I knew there were challenges with overcrowding and equitable access to learning spaces in our schools. I was ready for... — Updated 7/13/2020

 

Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer: Collective vs. individual rights

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular feature, they share their thoughts on issues of the... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Marge Rhodes    A & E

Book Club Corner: Beyond the Book: A club adapting to the 'new normal'

The "Beyond the Book" book club at Advent Lutheran Church was formed in June 2015. Until recently 10-12 members attended their meetings. In the Spring of 2020, their membership adap... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek staffers allegedly commuting from out of state while local positions face layoffs

Two key City employees, who worked with City Manager Michael Ciaravino even before they came to work for Mill Creek, have allegedly been working from their homes in Ohio and New... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Restaurants face challenges despite the return of dine-in seating

Mill Creek's restaurants are slowly returning to regular dine-in operations with the recent transition into Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's reopening plan, along with many others in... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Tired of virtual meetings, one City Council member proposes a return to the dais

Zoom meetings and conference calls are difficult, but it looks like they will be the go-to for the City of Mill Creek for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. "We're not getting... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Business adapts to Phase 2 of reopening

There's been a noticeable uptick in foot traffic on Main Street in Mill Creek since Snohomish County entered Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's coronavirus reopening plan earlier this month,... — Updated 6/19/2020

 

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