Healthy Start for babies, parents

  • Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:43pm

Healthy Start is a home visiting program that is offered to first-time parents (age 22 or younger) during pregnancy and through the first three years of their baby’s life. The services offered are free, voluntary and confidential.

The staff who visit the young parents in the program provide child development and health care information, links to community resources, training in parenting skills and group activities.

In Shoreline, Healthy Start is part of the Center for Human Services, located at 17018 15th Ave. NE. The family caseworker there is Brooke Janmohamed, who, along with her supervisor, Rachel Borella, is personally committed to supporting young parents.

The founder of the Shoreline Healthy Start Guild is Pearl Noreen, a parent educator in the community for the last 32 years. Members of the guild are volunteers who are devoted to the well-being of parents and babies. Essential to the work of the board are community partners, who also provide donations, including: Richmond Beach Congregational Church, St. Luke Parish, the Shoreline YMCA, the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary, Reign’s Realm Consignments, the Shorenorth Parent Education Center, ADK and Bothell United Methodist Church.

For information on enrolling in Healthy Start, contact Brooke Janmohamed at 206-631-8807. For more information about the Healthy Start Guild, contact Pearl Noreen, 206-227-3843.

Mini grants for flood damage

The city of Lake Forest Park is offering an incentive mini-grant program for Lake Forest Park businesses, individuals and nonprofits for up to $1,000 to restore flood related damage near streams.

The matching grants are available to foster the improvement of the natural environment within the city and to reduce the long-term impact of flooding.

Applications for this special incentive grant need to be completed by Dec. 1, and will be available until funds for this grant are depleted.

The Environmental Quality Commission will review the application and forward a recommendation to the city for final approval.

Poll workers needed for state primary

King County Elections is recruiting nearly 4,000 civic-minded residents to staff 407 polling places located throughout King County for the state’s presidential primary Feb. 19.

Poll workers are responsible for opening and closing the polls and issuing ballots to voters. Workers receive a four-hour, paid training session prior to election day and the position requires attentiveness and a commitment to helping people navigate the election process.

Poll workers in King County receive $125.09 for their service on Election Day, which begins at 6 a.m. and ends once the poll closing procedures are completed, around 9 p.m. Bilingual poll workers are needed throughout King County to provide language assistance to Chinese voters with limited English proficiency.

Individuals interested in serving as a poll worker should call the Poll Worker Coordination Office at 206-296-1606. For more information on working for King County Elections or information on the ballot measures and candidates, please visit

Weekly ski bus to Stevens Pass

The annual “Patty Wagon” ski bus will offer rides for skiers to Stevens Pass on Thursdays until Feb. 21. Buses will arrive at the Pass at approximately 9:45 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m.

Morning pick-up points are located in North Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Bothell and Monroe. The cost for the eight round trips is $187 or skiers can sign on a week at a time for $27 per trip. Group ticket discounts are available and coffee and treats are served on all trips.

For information about the ride, call Patty Price, 206-546-6717, or e-mail

City continues Traffic Action Plan work

In its ongoing effort to promote safe and friendly streets, the city of Shoreline is continuing its work to develop Neighborhood Traffic Action Plans for each neighborhood. The goal of these plans is to improve safety, mobility and livability by working closely with residents to identify key concerns and develop a prioritized list of recommendations and projects that address those concerns.

A meeting for the Meridian Park Neighborhood is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Meridian Park Elementary School. The Parkwood Neighborhood will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1314 N. 160th St. Both meetings begin at 6 :30 p.m.

For more information or status about the Neighborhood Traffic Action Plan process, contact John Marek, 206-546-4223.

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