Ferndale Receives 2021 Program Excellence Award for Old Settlers Variety Show

The City of Ferndale received the 2021 Spotlight Program Excellence Award for the Old Settlers Variety Show from the Washington State Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA) at their annual conference.

The Washington Recreation & Park Association celebrates people, parks, and programs with an annual awards program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State. Spotlight Program Excellence Awards honor achievements in the delivery of parks and recreation programs and services.

The City of Ferndale, in partnership with the Whatcom Old Settlers Association, produced the Old Settlers Variety Show, a unique celebration of Ferndale’s history and culture. The streaming video program was produced as a substitute for the 125th anniversary of the Old Settlers Weekend during the pandemic and included a documentary from the Lummi Nation, an original radio drama set in 1930s Ferndale featuring local actors and written for the occasion, interviews with community leaders about Pioneer Days of years gone by and concerts. It is available for streaming for free at www.cityofferndale.org/varietyshow

“A community that does not tell their own stories loses a bit of their soul. I’m grateful for all who shared their stories and helped us turn this challenge into an opportunity to create a piece of Ferndale history,” said Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney.

Email Fraud Cases Impact Ferndale Residents

Email Fraud Cases Impact Ferndale Residents

Two separate fraud cases were recently reported to the Ferndale Police Department. Both frauds originated with emails sent to the victims.   The suspects falsely identified themselves as representatives of legitimate businesses and asked for phone calls to address a problem with an account. The combined loss for both victims was over $50,000. 

Both victims phoned the provided telephone number and reported speaking with a person with a heavy accent.  The suspects then solicited personal information from the victims and convinced them it was necessary to complete a wire transfer to correct a problem.  One victim was instructed to purchase gift cards and then provide the card numbers to the suspects.  Both wire transfers were to a bank in Thailand. 

Both victims were elderly, and it is possible the suspects already had some of their personal information which was used to gain their trust.

While credit card payments offer some fraud protection, wire transfers and gift cards do not. 

That is why these are not typical payment options for legitimate business transactions. Any suspicious request from a business can be verified by contacting the business with proper contact information. Do not use internet links or phone numbers from the suspicious email, text, or phone call.  Simply look up the business contact information and verify the issue with the company. 

The following are fraud-related resources where residents can report suspicious activity:

General Fraud

Contact the FBI at (202) 324-3000 or online at www.fbi.gov or tips.fbi.gov.

Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

Contact the Dept. Health & Human Services at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or online at www.oig.hhs.gov.

Internet Fraud & Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud by Internet

Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) online at www.ic3.gov.

State and Local Fraud

Contact the Ferndale Police Department at 911 or online at contact@ferndalepd.org.

New Online Utility Billing Portal Coming June 1st

New Online Utility Billing Portal Coming June 1st

The City of Ferndale is bringing you a brand new utility billing portal, coming live June 1st from InvoiceCloud. The new interface will be free to use and will allow utility customers to receive their bill through email, set up Autopay, access their payment history, pay online with credit/debit card or e-check, set up bill reminders, update contact info, pay by text, Apple or Google Pay, and review up to 24 months of past bills as they become available.

This new system will provide better transparency for the public ensuring that all have access to their account information.

This does not mean that customers must give up their paper bill. For customers who prefer paper bills and check payments, the City will gladly continue to process their payments. They may even receive the paper bill and then go pay online.

Utility customers will receive information on how to sign up for the portal through the mail, separate from their bill, in the coming month.

City Seeks Volunteers for Star Park Renewal Day May 29th

City Seeks Volunteers for Star Park Renewal Day May 29th

After five years of fun, Star Park in Ferndale is ready for a fresh coat of paint. The City is seeking volunteers for a community renewal day for Ferndale’s most popular playground on Saturday, May 29th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Volunteers will be adding new artistic designs to the playground, including fresh artwork on the large tree, ferry boat and other features in Star Park. Volunteers will also be touching up current designs and doing minor repairs.

“Whether you are handy with a paint brush or not, the only requirement is that you love Star Park and want to help,” said Riley Sweeney, Communication Officer with the City of Ferndale. “We built this playground with all volunteers, so it’s time to invite everyone back to help make it even more beautiful.” Those interested in volunteering can simply show up on the day of the event. Masks and social distancing measures required on the part of all volunteers.

The park will be closed on Friday May 28th and all day Saturday May 29th to prepare for the event and to let the new paint dry.

This project is made possible thanks to a Project Neighborly Grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Star Park was constructed in 2016 by over 2,000 volunteers over the course of six days, making it the largest volunteer event in the history of Ferndale. Displays will be set up on site with pictures and video from the original build.

For more information or questions, please contact Riley Sweeney, Communication Officer at 360-685-2353 or RileySweeney@cityofferndale.org.

Drug Take Back Day Sat. April 24th at Ferndale Police Station

On Saturday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ferndale Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Ferndale Police Department at 2220 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com

Water Main Break Impacts Malloy/Thornton Residents

Residents living on Thornton St. between Beulah Dr. and Malloy, and those living on Malloy between Thornton St. and Seamount Dr. are currently experiencing a water outage due to a broken water main. We are working to restore service as swiftly as possible, thank you for your patience.

Traffic Impacts on Malloy Avenue, Between Calico Loop and Willow Court: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 20-22, from 7AM to 5PM

Drivers should expect delays as a portion of Malloy Avenue, between Calico Loop and Willow Court, will be reduced to a single lane on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 20-22, between 7AM and 5PM. Traffic will alternate using one lane as directed by flaggers. This traffic impact is associated with a private project.

See attached map of traffic impact area.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact City of Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Theft Suspect

Ferndale Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect in multiple theft cases. He drives what is believed to be a black Honda Civic (2015-2020 model) with black or dark colored wheels, wears a Seattle Mariners hat and what are believed to be black and camo DVS Celsius shoes. The subject also has a tattoo on his left wrist.

The suspect has committed crimes at multiple locations and wore the same hat, bandana and shoes each time. There is probable cause for his arrest for multiple crimes.

Please contact Corporal Scott (jscott@ferndalepd.org) or call (360) 676-6911 with any assistance in identifying this suspect.

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