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Cocoon House opens maternity group home BY KIRK BOXLEITNER

SPORTS: Eagles top Marysville-Pilchuck, 68-42. Page 14

ARLINGTON — Seven years after Cocoon House first opened the doors of its house in Arlington as an emergency shelter for teens, it reopened at the start of December to respond to a slightly different crisis among area young people. As of its Dec. 5 open house to the community, the Arlington Cocoon House had already taken in two pregnant teenagers as part of its new purpose as a maternity group home. “We expect to get another girl later this week,” said Jen Chwalibog, director of development and community relations for Cocoon House, on Dec. 5. “There really isn’t another program in Snohomish County that

serves teen moms under the age of 16, which is a huge issue because where else can they go, when they find themselves out on the streets?” With a few minor additions, the Arlington Cocoon House is now ready to take in as many as five homeless pregnant or parenting teen moms, between the ages of 13-17, as well as their children. While Chwalibog will serve as one of the Arlington maternity group home’s staff members, of which there will be one or two on site at all times, Cocoon House CEO Cassie Franklin was among those giving guided tours of the two-story residence on Dec. 5. Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo “The Arlington Cocoon House served as an emergen- Arlington City Council member Deborah Nelson and Cocoon House CEO Cassie Franklin check out the features of the bedrooms for babies and mothers at Cocoon House’s maternity group home, including the baby monitors. SEE COCOON, PAGE 2

City prepares for winter weather BY KIRK BOXLEITNER


Pioneer Hall, Museum host ‘Military Day.’ Page 11


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Leroy Mills, maintenance operations manager for the city of Arlington, shows off one of the plowing and sanding trucks that the city uses to respond to snow and ice on the roads in Arlington during the winter.




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ARLINGTON — Although the freezing temperatures that have already arrived could be coupled with precipitation over the weekend, the city of Arlington began planning for winter snow and ice when the fall had barely started. “We started preparing before October,” said Leroy Mills, maintenance operations manager for the city of Arlington. “We can’t order salt until the first week in October, but we got 120 tons of salt to add to the 170 tons we already had on hand, and we have 600 yards of sand and salt that were already mixed and left over from last year.” Mills noted that Arlington’s winters have had a wide range of weather over the past few years,

from the relatively mild winter of last year to the more formidable conditions of four years ago. “I hope we don’t have a winter like we had four years ago,” Mills laughed. “We went through 1,200 yards of sand that year. Last year, we only went through 40 yards. We’ve already gone through 20 yards this year, just taking care of some of the slick areas, like 67th Avenue and Highway 9, 188th Street and 47th Avenue, and the Tveit and Burn Hill roads. Anyplace that’s shaded, or the pavement tends to get wet, or that’s on a hill, we try to hit for ice. We’ve actually had pretty dry pavement so far this year, though.” The city of Arlington can provide 24-hour coverage its 170 laneSEE WINTER, PAGE 16


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Arlington Times, December 07, 2013  

December 07, 2013 edition of the Arlington Times

Arlington Times, December 07, 2013  

December 07, 2013 edition of the Arlington Times