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Happy Holidays North Bend. Here is the latest edition of the Weekly Recap. Remember to click the linked headline where applicable to read the entire news release.
We hope you were able to stop by the City’s Facebook page last Saturday for the live, virtual community tree lighting with Mayor Rob, Buddy the Elf and Santa who made a brief stop. The tree turned out beautifully. If you have not seen the virtual tree lighting yet, the video is save to the City of North Bend Facebook page HERE.
Representatives from the North Bend Downtown Foundation and the Economic Development Commission will hit city streets Saturday evening to judge the 26 homes/businesses/neighborhoods that entered our inaugural holiday lighting contest. Look for a news release on Monday, 12/14, with the winners and an interactive Light up North Bend Drive-thru Tour Map so residents can drive around town and view these wonderfully decked out homes and businesses.
It’s so important to support local businesses this winter – especially those dealing with new statewide COVID-19 restrictions. IGNITE Dance and Yoga put together a special, heartfelt video message from some local businesses and community organizations wishing North Bend residents a happy holiday season. You can find that video on the Discover North Bend Facebook page HERE. The video turned out great!
To celebrate the holidays safely, the City of North Bend has teamed up with the North Bend Downtown Foundation for a special Holly Days virtual celebration this holiday season - the Hometown Holly Days Countdown Calendar. From November 28th through December 25th, this unique calendar is your one-stop location for information about local, virtual holiday events, fundraisers and activities to help you #KeepitLocalNorthBend and support local businesses and organization during the holidays. Just grab your calendar and let it inspire local exploration for dining, holiday shopping and entertainment throughout the 2020 holiday season.
Love Snoqualmie Valley has launched a community-wide gift card drive to support Snoqualmie Valley. These gift cards help both the nonprofits and the local community members they serve. Love Snoqualmie Valley's goal is to raise $5,000 by Monday, 12/14, and ALL contributions up to $5,000 will be matched. To donate or learn more click HERE.
Eastside Firefighters will take their popular Fill the Truck Food Drive and Reindeer Engine Toy Drive fundraisers virtual this year. Local firefighters remain dedicated to serving the community and continuing the tradition of giving while also keeping community members safe. With safety in mind, donations will be accepted online for the 2020 Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Community members can participate HERE or by texting “GIVE” to 339-229-5551.
On December 1st the North Bend City Council approved the new Biennial Budget, which included $128,500 for Human Services funding in 2021.The City, which does not have a Department of Human Services due to its small size, allocates approximately 1% of its general fund each year to Snoqualmie Valley nonprofits and organizations that provide support services to North Bend children, families and seniors in need. For 2021 - in response to the ongoing pandemic and greater community support needs - the City increased its annual Human Services funding by 33%.
There is currently some construction activity at the site of a proposed hotel at the corner of South Fork Ave and Bendigo Blvd near downtown North Bend. This is not the beginning of hotel construction. It is site cleanup only. The City is currently performing code enforcement at the overgrown location where the developer did initial site improvements in 2014 and then halted work.
On December 8, 2020 Governor Inslee announced a three-week extension of the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions limit restaurants to outdoor dining and takeout and close indoor operations of gyms, museums and movie theaters. In-person retail stores – including grocery stores - are limited to 25% capacity. The statewide restrictions will remain in place through January 4, 2021. [See full restriction list HERE]
Small businesses struggling to survive the impact of COVID-19 can apply for up to $20,000 in this new round of state grants. Priority is focused on businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 and those most impacted by the recent public health measures, as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and music and event venues. Information and applications for this third round of business grants are available through an online portal on the Washington State Department of Commerce website at www.commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants. Commerce encourages businesses to apply by Friday, December 11th. Applications received after will 12/11 may still be considered, but priority is given to those received by Dec. 11.
The Washington State Department of Health launched a new statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool. WA Notify is a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool. By adding WA Notify to your smartphone, you will be alerted if you've spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19. WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data. If you have an iPhone, you simply turn it on in settings. For android phones, you install an app.
The Washington State Dept. of Health is hopeful it will have a COVID-19 vaccine to begin administering by mid-December. The federal government estimates 62,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for Washington’s initial allocation. The state should then receive an estimated total of around 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of December. Regular weekly vaccine shipments should also begin in January.