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NEWS BITES for November 27, 2019


Monroe sculpture to be unveiled

MONROE — A new sculpture will be unveiled at the southeast corner of Main and Lewis streets in downtown Monroe on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
The public art is titled “Guardian of the Mountain Pass.” The city commissioned artists Milo White and Jay Bowen to build the multi-colored, curved spike for $20,000. The city says the artists designed the sculpture to reflect Monroe’s beautiful mountains, rivers and forests, and the curve is to replicate a mountain goat’s horn. An orb at the top represents the sun.


South Everett library reopens Dec. 6
EVERETT — The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library, at 9512 Evergreen Way, will reopen to the public on Friday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. with a grand reopening celebration and ribbon-cutting. The Evergreen Branch will resume full library service on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The city is planning a weekend of family-friendly programming.


New director for Snohomish Boys & Girls Club
SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Boys & Girls Club has a new director. Outgoing director, Marci Volmer, was with the Snohomish location of the Boys & Girls Club for ten-and-a-half years. She moved to the agency’s corporate office at the end of August.
“I think it goes without saying that Snohomish is my community, my home, and always in my heart,” Volmer wrote on social media. C.J. Freeman is the new director in Snohomish. She as been with the organization for many years. She “brings a lot of experience, enthusiasm, and drive.” Freeman will serve as the unit director at the Snohomish office.


Everett man arrested in child exploitation Net Nanny operation
YAKIMA — A 28-year-old Everett man is among 16 men recently arrested in a sting operation for targeting children in Yakima County, the Washington State Patrol announced.
Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 17th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate. Since the original operation in August 2015, the task force reports it has netted a total of 287 arrests and rescued more than 31 children across the state.


Snohomish cybersecurity co. alerted feds to hacks
SNOHOMISH — Snohomish-based Cyemptive Technologies has claimed credit that it raised the initial concerns with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Senate over the security of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), a technology used to securely connect their multiple offices or employees working remotely with the corporate network.
Cyemptive Technologies warned Homeland Security of VPN security hacks taking place against VPN technologies, based on attempted attacks it was seeing among its customers. Because of the information provided by Cyemptive, Homeland Security initiated its own research, culminating in an announcement by the agency that there are specific vulnerabilities with VPN technology and published an article based on the information from Cyemptive.


Exercise equipment for Carl Gipson Senior Center
EVERETT — The city’s Carl Gipson Senior Center will be getting some new exercise equipment soon.
It is adding eight cardio machines and a dumbbell rack and bench to the sun room.
The city is receiving financial assistance through a $23,000 grant from Snohomish County Human Services toward the purchase. The city is spending $53,000 overall to add the equipment.
The senior center’s members were surveyed and 41 percent supported the idea of adding more exercise equipment, according to a city document relating to the grant award.
The center at 3025 Lombard Ave. already hosts exercise classes as varied as hula dancing to tai chi, and hosts regionally famous ping pong action.
The center is named for civic leader Carl Gipson, who died last month at age 95.



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