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Bothell: Police to help with Cribs for Kids

The Bothell Police Department has joined the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative to give free cribs to families officers encounter who have babies sleeping in unsafe environments.

The program is funded by a grant, police Capt. Denise Langford said. Families also will receive free counseling about safe sleeping for infants.

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Coupeville: Angie Homola to be honored

Outgoing Island County Commissioner Angie Homola is to be recognized for her service to the county at an open house set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the commissioners’ offices at the county Administration Building. Refreshments are to be served.

Homola was defeated in the November election by Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce director Jill Johnson.

More info: 360-679-7354.

Coupeville: Shoreline plan to get hearing

A public hearing about the amended Island County Shoreline Master Program is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the commmissioners’ hearing room. A video link from the Camano Annex is planned.

County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson said the program is the culmination of two years of extensive public outreach, discussion and compromise.

“I am proud to say that, though not perfect, it does update our policies and reflect our community’s goals for preserving our shoreline,” Price Johnson said.

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Stanwood: Book chosen for Together We Read

The Stanwood-Camano Together We Read Committee has selected author Garth Stein’s book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” as the book for the 2013 Stanwood-Camano Together We Read project. The hope is that many people will read the book at the same time.

The committee decided the book would appeal to people of all ages.

The story is told through the voice of an old dog called Enzo, who reflects on his life with Denny Swift and his family and their hardships. The author was raised in Seattle and has written four other novels. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection and available at local bookstores.

As part of the Together We Read project, Stein plans to speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at an event for the community at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW, in Stanwood, and at Stanwood High School at an event for area teens.

This is the fifth year of Together We Read.

More info: David Menard at the Camano Island Pilot Library, 360-387-5150 or; Charles W. Pratt at Stanwood Library, 360-629-3132 or

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