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Brian Sullivan's eNewsletter


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Robert Knoll, Legislative Aide

In this eNewsletter I reflect a little more on the highlight of my summer, the Farnborough Airshow in England.

As we move into Fall, I wish all the students, staff and teachers heading back to school a successful year.

And this weekend don't forget to check out Mukilteo's Lighthouse Festival!  If you would like to get involved, they could always use more volunteers!

Farnborough Part II

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As I mentioned in last month's eNewsletter, this past July I was one of 60 delegates from Washington to attend the International Farnborough Airshow.  The Washington delegation included a strong showing of both private companies from around the State, economic development organizations, as well as representatives from Snohomish County government.  The airshow, held outside London, is the second largest in the world, with the first five days dedicated to trades and business, and the last two days of the airshow is open to the public.  The airshow was a busy event for the Washington delegation, fitting three months of meetings into just four days.


My message at the airshow was that Washington state, and in particular, Snohomish County, is the best, most competitive, location in the U.S. for aerospace design and manufacturing.  An independent study performed by the Virginia-based Teal Group, led by Vice President of Analysis Richard Aboulafia and research firm Olympic Analytics, confirms what we already know, Washington is hands down the best choice.  The full report can be found here.

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Boeing once again reigned supreme in sales at Farnborough.  Here's a breakdown of orders and commitments Boeing received at the airshow:

  • 673 Orders and Commitments
  • $98.4 billion in commercial airplanes at list prices
  • 2.1 billion in commercial and defense services orders and agreements
  • 48 orders for 777 Freighter
  • 5 orders for 747-8 Frieighter
  • 52 orders for 787-9
  • Over 200 orders for the 737 MAX

I left the airshow so impressed and honored to represent Snohomish County.  We are home to the highest-skilled aerospace workforce and unmatched public and private partnerships.  Aerospace is vital to District 2, and I'm committed to keeping that thriving.

10 Teachers' Tips for Kick-Starting the New School Year


So it's been a few years since my kids were heading off to school.  The article below is from Scholastic, and has great tips to parents from teachers.  Collaboration is key!

  1. Sleep for school. Setting up a regular bedtime and wake-up routine before school starts is a crucial step to prepare your child for class and a practical way to cut down on first-day stress.
  2. Look up to learning. If your child is feeling a bit anxious about going back to school, keep a positive attitude. Recall the fun and exciting events, field trips, projects, and so on from years past, and show excitement about the opportunities for learning new things in the upcoming year.
  3. Walk through it. Escorting younger children to the classroom can help with the transition. Familiarize your child with key places such as the bathroom, gym, library, and cafeteria — he'll feel more confident if he knows where everything is.
  4. Suit 'em up. Shopping for school supplies with your child can be a fun way to give her some responsibility. Provide parameters, but allow her to pick out a backpack, lunch box, nap mat, water bottle, new clothes, and some basic school supplies (pencils, crayons, etc).
  5. Talk it out. Asking your child about school is important. It shows him that you value his education. Try to avoid general questions, like "How was your day?" These will most likely produce one-word answers. Instead, be specific.
  6. Bring it home. Helping your child with his homework is an effective way to show concern for what she learns at school. Displaying your child's projects around the house also helps to keep learning excitement high.
  7. Go farther. Getting involved in school events is a critical aspect of showing support and enthusiasm for your child's learning experience. Participating in school activities is also a valuable way of connecting to the school community. You can learn a lot about the school just by talking to fellow parents.
  8. Keep your eyes (and ears) open. If your child's eating or sleeping habits have changed drastically, it may be a sign that he's having difficulty adjusting to his new grade.
  9. Read, read, read. Reading with your child is an invaluable way to spend quality time together on a daily basis. In addition to other long-term benefits, reading together can also be a practical way to discern her reading level.
  10. Connect. Communicating with your child's teacher on a regular basis is an essential part of caring for her education. Teachers can alert you to any emotional, social, or academic difficulties they perceive in your child at school. The same works in reverse: notify teachers about changes that might affect your child's behavior in school. Some examples are illness, divorce, the death of a family member, a recent move, or a parent getting a new job.

District 2 Events


Day of Caring

Friday, September 28


Sign up to volunteer! Day of Caring takes place across Snohomish County on Friday, September 28, 2018 and is focused on CORE: Creating Open Roads to Equity. CORE is about supporting young children and their families with low income. 

Each year, United Way of Snohomish County's Day of Caring brings together volunteers who are committed to creating positive change in our community. This year, many projects will help families with young children struggling to get by, including a few projects from our CORE Collaboratives. 

Volunteer teams, organized primarily by local companies, complete projects for local nonprofit agencies that often lack the necessary resources to tackle such important initiatives themselves. Last year, more than 400 volunteers across Snohomish County came out to make a difference in our community! This year, more than 650 volunteers are needed across the county! 

Join your friends and neighbors for a Day of CORE! Browse projects and register online: 

To post your own project, email volunteers@uwsc.

CORE Perspectives Breakfast

Thursday, September 20   6:30 AM
Check-in begins 6:45 AM
Breakfast served 7 AM – Program begins 


Start your day with breakfast at the annual United Way community event! 

Tulalip Resort Casino: Orca Ballroom, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA

Conversation with Connie Collingsworth, Chief Business Operations Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  

Hear more about how the Gates Foundation approaches philanthropy and what it means to be innovative. CORE Collaboratives Panel:  

Take a deeper dive into United Way’s CORE work with progress and updates from our five CORE Collaboratives. 

Live Painter: Ricardo Barraza 

Barazza will perform a speed painting experience!  

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Upper Left Beerfest

September 7 & 8   4 PM - 8 PM


The Upper Left Beerfest is coming back to Everett, WA in 2018! With the support of the City of Everett as well as the Downtown Everett Association, the Upper Left Beerfest will return larger than ever. The event will be a two-day festival taking place Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8 featuring live music throughout both. days, some of the best food trucks from the area, and of course, craft beer. In fact, lots of craft beer! 2018 will feature over 30 of the best breweries and cideries from around the Northwest.

This event is 21+ only – Unfortunately, the fun is only for adults this year.


Each ticket (per day) will include a 5oz. Upper Left Beerfest commemorative tasting glass & 6 tasting tokens
Additional tokens will be available for purchase inside the event for either $2 per token or 3 tokens for $5
Designated drivers will receive free soda/water inside the event
Discounted Tickets – 20% discounts Available for groups & business of 6 or more. Take off early from work on Friday and come celebrate the start of your weekend with us! Bring your entire work to the Upper Left Beerfest! Email us at to receive the discount code.


September 7, 8, 9


Mukilteo’s biggest party of the year will be held the weekend after Labor Day and will feature food, fun and Snohomish County’s biggest fireworks show!

As always, admission to the festival is FREE – bring the family and join us at all or one of the following:

Special Events


September 14   6:00 PM


Mike Mease, Co-Founder, Buffalo Field Campaign

Event Location: Hibulb Longhouse

The Buffalo Field Campaign will host a night of stories and songs about the last wild bison and the ongoing struggle to protect them.

Scheduled to appear. This event is free.

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