Food bank, green pigs, RR mishap | City Briefs

Feb 18, 2018
Casey Davis, Edmonds Food Bank director

Edmonds Food Bank names new executive director

Edmonds United Methodist Church has named Casey Davis executive director of Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank. She replaces Alison Cook, who left in September after 17 months to take a job with Volunteers of America Western Washington.

Davis arrived in Washington almost 20 years ago with a Macaw, a dog, a 2-month-old daughter, and her husband, Steve. She has a broad background across many business disciplines and degrees from William and Mary and Johns Hopkins University.

She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and serves on the Snohomish Chapter’s Leadership Advisory Board.

Davis said that what drew her to her new position was her lifelong commitment to volunteer work, and the fact that food insecurity has a huge impact on individuals, especially those raising children.

Having previously held positions within the Edmonds community, Davis said she is invigorated by the energy and community focus this city offers, and is committed to serving the volunteers and clients of the food bank.

Stuck on the tracks

On Monday, Feb. 12, a driver making a right turn onto Railroad Avenue from West Dayton Street turned just a bit too soon.

The car’s tires got stuck on the tracks, and Edmonds police responded.

The result? The Sounder north line train #1706, with a 5:35 p.m. Seattle departure, was delayed about an hour on its way to Everett.

The car was towed.

Swines! Porcine promotion proliferates

Cardboard cutouts of green pigs took over Edmonds’ streets on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Many were intrigued – until they found out what it was all about. Art installation? OK, that might have worked. But self-serving promotion? Uh, no.

“The green pigs you see all over town today are a promotion for a Denver-based real estate company,” the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Greg Urban reported.

“Support our local real estate agents! These signs are placed on private property and public right of way without permits or permission. I say gather them all up and get them out of town!”

City workers removed the pigs on Wednesday.

Let ’em have it

The Washington State Transportation Commission is seeking customer feedback on Washington State Ferries, and invites you to join the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) at www.ferryridersopiniongroup.com.

Share your thoughts about WSF's customer service, reservations, fares, food and more. Those who sign up will get a notification as soon as the survey goes live.

“We want to hear it all – the good, the bad, and everything in between,” WSF said in a statement.

Edmonds Senior Center celebrating 2,000 memberships

The Edmonds Senior Center is celebrating reaching a milestone: 2,000 members.

In honor of that, the center invites all to celebrate 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the center’s dining room at 220 Railroad Ave.

Edmonds Senior Center board member Dave Page, who died in 2017, will be honored. Page was the senior center's Membership Committee chair; it was his goal to reach 2,000 members by the groundbreaking of the planned Edmonds Waterfront Center.

All members and the community are invited to come celebrate this achievement. Quail Park of Lynnwood will provide light appetizers, and the Shoreline Community College Jazz Ensemble will play Mardi Gras-style entertainment.

Admission is free. RSVP to 425-774-5555, ext. 104.

3 finalists for president of Edmonds Community College

After a national search, Edmonds Community College’s Board of Trustees has selected three finalists, all with extensive higher education experience, for the position of Edmonds Community College president.

They are Ata Karim, Amit Singh and Chris Reber.

Each has been invited to campus on separate days for a campus tour and open forums to meet with students, employees, and community members. Open forums will be held in the college’s Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood.

  • 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Ata Karim
  • 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Amit Singh
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Chris Reber

Edmonds CC’s presidential search began in October after Jean Hernandez, the college’s president of seven years, announced that she would retire at the end of 2017.

The new president is expected to begin work no later than July 1.

Mayors’ Climate Protection Committee seeking new members

The Mayors’ Climate Protection Committee is putting out the call for new members who are interested in serving on the committee and supporting its mission to effectively address the issues of climate change in our community.

It is a volunteer position, and committee members meet the first Thursday of each month from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Members do not have to live in Edmonds, and there are no term limits.

The mission of the Mayors’ Climate Protection Committee is to encourage citizens to be a part of the solution; encourage city staff and citizens to conserve current resources; work with the administration and City Council to implement ideas and strategies; and effectively address the future impacts of climate change

Last June, Mayor Dave Earling signed onto the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda. In taking that action, Earling said that, "In light of the (President's) decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, I feel it's important for our city to emphasize our local commitment to, and continued effort to, improve our environment.”

Statistics show that cities account for 78 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Mayors’ Climate Protection Committee aims to demonstrate that when it comes to impacting our environment, people are not only the problem – but the solution,” committee member and Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis said.

“This committee is a wonderful way for citizens who are passionate about protecting our environment to have a seat at the table as we work towards researching and implementing effective solutions to protect and cherish our environment.”

Interested? Contact Carolyn LaFave at 425-771-0247 or carolyn.lafave@edmondswa.gov.

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