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Do the citizens of Edmonds really want changes made to the City’s Comprehensive Plan (which dictates municipal operations in the City) so that we become known as “Edmonds – Where …

Latest Beacon Magazine well-crafted and delectable The latest edition of The Beacon Magazine is outstanding, or should I say, delectable. After being lured in by the mysterious-looking …

A story missed; a story to tell

It’s something all journalists have heard at some point in their careers. It goes like this: Stop a person on the street and begin a discussion. Somewhere in your conversation, you’ll …

Musicology Co. – musical arts in Edmonds

“After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexplicable is music.” – Aldus Huxley Edmonds has long been known as an arts community. The Edmonds Arts Festival, …

No density in Edmonds: A note from your environment

Hello, it’s me – the environment! Folks, please wake up and just say no to all this density noise. You are killing me, as my topography in Edmonds is environmentally rich, with two …

Guinness brownies for St. Patrick’s Day

My annual salute to the Irish always includes a pint of Guinness beer, a delicious black stout from Dublin, Ireland. This full-bodied beer has a considerably smooth finish despite its bold …

5th and Pine flashing light appreciated I was pleasantly surprised to see the newly installed flashing light at the Fifth Avenue South and Pine Street crosswalk. For pedestrians, this has been a …

This is certainly a rule I was aware (and appreciative) of

Editor’s note: We are happy to provide this public service announcement from columnist Maria A. Montalvo. It’s one we heartily agree with. The English language boasts 170 …

How on earth does "a walk in the park" mean almost the same thing as "a piece of cake?" Easy peasy! The walk and cake expressions are idioms in our English language, both meaning “easy” …

Introvert or extrovert? I had it all wrong

Since March is the month to explore introverts, I have this to offer: After over 19 years of teaching on the university level and now looking back at my grading process, I know I had it all wrong …

David Levitan responds to claims from City employee

Editor’s note: In an article Feb. 29 on the front page of the Beacon, “Employee files claim of $375K against City,” City employee Michelle Martin accused former Planning Manager …

Remembrances, and tears, celebrating Abdikadir Gedi Shariif

I attended a celebration of Abdikadir Gedi Shariif’s life in Tukwila Feb. 29, hosted by the Seattle Rideshare Drivers Association. I had the incredible honor of joining the Shariif family, …

Your Public Records Act is being eroded

The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a …

I appreciate hearing plans from Rob English about Main Street revisions. I would hope that before the work is begun the plans might themselves be considered for revision. The important questions …

Edmonds Chamber: Accomplishments, and looking ahead

A couple of weeks ago, the Edmonds Chamber held its annual membership meeting, with over 70 in attendance. At this meeting, our team was proud to share the chamber accomplishments of the previous …

Making an environmental difference: Our 1% counts a great deal

As an environmentalist and an activist preparing for the climate crisis, I am often asked: “What can I do right now, immediately that will really make a difference?” I do have my …

Think small on accessory dwelling units in Edmonds

Editor’s note: The City of Edmonds presented a report on an accessory dwelling unit code update to City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 27. State housing mandates are meant to support more …

The cold truth about ice cream

Just what possessed me to write today, in the dead of winter, about ice cream? Here goes: I had this elementary school teacher years ago who told me to eat ice cream on cold winter days to warm …

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