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Bothell: City discusses work on highway

Bothell residents can discuss a congested portion of the Bothell-Everett Highway during an open house planned early next month.

The open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Courtyard Hall at Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway in Bothell.

The stretch of highway in question is between 228th Street SE and 240th Street SE. The city plans to expand the two-lane stretch to a four-lane highway with a center turn lane, continue sidewalks and bike lanes.

For more information, call Bothell project manager Rosalie Wu at Rosalie.Wu@ci.bothell.wa.us or 425-486-2768. Or, go online to www.ci.bothell.wa.us.

Edmonds: City extends health benefits

Domestic partners of city of Edmonds employees will be offered health coverage through the city’s employee benefits plan, the City Council decided this week.

The council voted 6-0 to extend benefits to employees’ senior or same-sex significant others – a right previously given only to married couples. Councilwoman Deanna Dawson was absent from the Tuesday night council meeting.

Couples must be registered with the state as domestic partners in order to receive benefits.

The city did not extend benefits to heterosexual domestic partners because they have the option of getting married and receiving coverage. The move protects the city from lawsuits, city officials said.

Lynnwood: Donation pays for fire equipment

A $5,100 donation to the Lynnwood Fire Department is expected to pay for new equipment to help move patients up and down stairs during emergencies.

The fire department plans to buy two stair chairs, which are light-weight steel chairs with handles that reduce the pressure on rescuers’ backs. The donation is from PLC Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

Each year, Lynnwood firefighters transport more than 4,000 medical patients. Many of the calls require heavy lifting through tight hallways or up and down stairs, which can lead to injuries.

Monroe: Church offers ‘Tree of Lights’ memorial

At the Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 S Lewis St., people can help sponsor the “Tree of Lights” from the end of November through December.

The tree will be trimmed with lights in honor or memory of loved ones.

Individuals or families may sponsor lights on behalf of those they love. For $10 per light, people can write a short message about their loved one in the remembrance book kept in the church office.

For more information, call the church at 360-794-8863.

Mountlake Terrace: Get child car seats checked

Parents can get their children’s safety seats checked free of charge at an event being planned by the city of Mountlake Terrace.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Mountlake Terrace Police Department parking garage, 5906 232nd St. SW.

The city’s police and fire departments are teaming up to offer the free seat checks. The seat checks are planned to continue during the first Wednesday of each month.

Appointments last about 30 minutes. People are asked to bring the manuals for their vehicles and safety seats.

For more information, call Kristen Thorstenson of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at 425-551-1250 or e-mail her at kthorstenson@firedistrict1.org.

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