Mountlake Terrace man helping the helpers during COVID-19 crisis

As a former Seattle police officer and later a Snohomish County corrections officer, Dale Newman knows something about the perils of being a first responder. The Mountlake Terrace resident of more than 40 years now pays it forward with his latest project — making acrylic S-hooks to relieve ear chafing that comes from wearing a…

Welcome to our new advertiser, Ginny’s Girls Estate Services

Estate liquidation and moving from your home can be an overwhelming task. Ginny’s Girls Estate Services will guide you through this project with ease, and soon you will be embracing life’s new chapter. We are a local family owned service — a trusted resource for move management and estate liquidation. Edmonds is our hometown and…

Sponsor spotlight: Business Continuity Planning During a Pandemic

By Randy Fredlund, Peoples Bank As the spread of COVID-19 and measures to contain it bring drastic changes to workplaces across our area, businesses must find a way to continue delivering their services while ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. Companies looking for guidance on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) may turn to…

Mountlake Terrace 7-Eleven store to reopen Monday morning

After shuttering the doors of his Mountlake Terrace 7-Eleven store earlier this month, owner Bobby Padda will reopen the store at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 13. Padda, who has owned the convenience store located at 21202-52nd Ave. W. since mid-2014, closed the location on April 2 “due to several reasons related to COVID-19.” Padda…

Sponsor spotlight: Key coronavirus tax changes — what every taxpayer should know

In addition to filing delays and stimulus payments, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family. Early distribution penalty waived The 10% early distribution penalty on up to $100,000 of retirement withdrawals for coronavirus-related reasons is waived…

Sweet news: MLT’s Countryside Donut reopens for carryout, delivery

When I heard that Countryside Donut was re-opening Friday after being closed for three weeks, I knew I had to be the first to get there. I’m not going to miss out on this popular breakfast of champions. I woke up at 5 a.m. before the rest of the home office, quickly dressed, and swiftly…

New tool helps Sound Community Bank stay distant while serving customers

The Cedar Plaza branch of Sound Community Bank in Mountlake Terrace is using an idea that they hope will make a big splash with customers. A 6-foot pool cleaning pole is being used by bank employees to deliver cash, receipts and other paperwork to customers who get stuck in long lines that sometimes develop at…

Inslee announces emergency grant to help small businesses

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a new program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program is being offered by the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide a limited number of businesses with emergency funds of up to $10,000. Businesses eligible for the…

Support your local business: Fork Mediterranean Grill

This is the latest in a series of articles and photos showcasing local small businesses who are trying to get by in this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. Today’s business: Fork Mediterranean Grill 21919 66th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. Established in 2016. Open:  Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8…

Support your local business: Espresso Break

This is the latest in a series of articles and photos showcasing local small businesses who are trying to get by in this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. Today’s business: Espresso Break Coffee Stand, 23208 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. Established in 1993. Has business been affected by the stay-at-home order and…

Reminder: Add a business, nonprofit to our ‘Support Local’ directory

Run a business or non-profit and want to get the word out about ways customers can support you during the COVID-19 outbreak? Maybe you’re shut down under the governor’s orders and could use donations to help you pay your rent? Or are promoting the pre-purchase of your goods or services — thus providing a little…

Lynnwood gun shop struggles to keep up with COVID-19-induced sales surge

“Business has been insane,” said an exasperated but smiling Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun and Ammunition. “Before the COVID-19 crisis, on a good day we’d have maybe 15 sales. Now we’re racking up 150 and more each day. I’ve had to hire additional staff, and just keeping inventory in the store is a real…

Unprecedented rise in initial state unemployment claims continues for second week in a row

New claims for unemployment benefits soared to a record 181,975 for the week of March 22-28, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). This represents a 3,513% increase year over year, and a 41% increase over the previous week. By comparison, this is seven times the peak week during the 2008/2009 recession which was 26,075 weekly initial claims….

Support local businesses with Mountlake Terrace Takeout BINGO

Here’s a way to support MLT businesses by ordering takeout during these trying times, courtesy of the Mountlake Terrace Community Foundation. Print out this BINGO sheet (printable PDF linked here) and post a public photo on social media containing: 1) your takeout order, 2) this sheet with the restaurant marked and 3) you feeling great…

Sponsor spotlight: New coronavirus law requires small business to provide paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed in late March that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers. This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Here…

State unemployment insurance applications increased 843 percent over previous week

The Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that it saw 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits for the week of March 15-21, an increase of 119,310 claims — or a 843% — over the previous week. “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in our state,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “The velocity and…

Business closures and changes in MLT after governor issues stay-at-home order

Many Mountlake Terrace businesses are working to adjust their operations in light of Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 23 stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Even after the governor issued his stay-at-home proclamation closing all businesses not considered essential for at least two weeks, restaurants were still allowed to continue takeout and delivery…

44th Street Sliders fundraiser focuses on hot meals for senior citizens

Mountlake Terrace’s 44th Street Sliders said that between now and March 31, it will donate a hot meal to senior citizens for every meal purchased at the restaurant. “With your help, I want to keep my team members employed a social distance and provide 1,500 meals to seniors citizens in South Snohomish County in the…

Scene in MLT: Heroes among us

On March 14, journalist Dan Rather tweeted, “You know who are also heroes? Those working the checkout counters and stocking shelves at supermarkets and pharmacies. Their work, at some risk to their own health, is vital to the health and safety of our country.” So I went to my neighborhood grocery store — Cedar Plaza…

Goodwill, TJ Maxx and related stores announce temporary closures

In addition to the closure of many other major retail chains announced earlier this week, two other stores said Thursday they are suspending operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All Seattle-area Goodwill stores — including those in Edmonds and Lynnwood — will be closed from March 19 until at least April 2. And the CEO…

Area grocery stores adapting to COVID-19 challenges

Welcome to grocery store shopping in the age of COVID-19. What used to be a simple trip to the store is now preceded by a list of worries including whether the items on your list will still be on the shelves, and if you’ll be limited in how much you can purchase. Once you get…

Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday announced measures for Washington state businesses and workers, as well as renters and other residents who may struggle financially to pay utility bills while dealing with loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is in addition to the state support for workers and businesses, and the state financial, export, insurance…