essay contest

January is National Mentor Month.
Join the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County and Communities in

Schools in celebrating National Mentoring Month. These local non-profits work together to place mentors in schools and are supporting healthy youth development in Whatcom County with two mentoring initiatives: the formation of a Whatcom County mentoring coalition and a mentoring essay contest this January.

We are celebrating National Mentor Month by offering $500 in prizes for the best essay on the theme, ‘Mentoring Made a Difference in My Life.’ Contestants may write from the mentor or mentee point of view. The contest is open to all Whatcom County residents.  This means “everyone”, and you do not have to be associated with any program.
Essays should be no longer than 2 typed pages, double spaced, in 12 point font and can be emailed to:

All essays must be submitted by January 31st, 2015 at 12:00 Midnight.
Two prizes of a $200 VISA Cash Card each will be awarded for essays written by a person who has been mentored and $100 Cash Card that focuses the benefits of being a mentor.

prowler alert

Just a heads up appears there may have been some prowlers in the 2200 block of King St early Friday Morning.  Two white males in there late 20’s/30’s, riding bmx style bikes.  Can you reach out to your contacts and remind them to keep their doors locked and exterior lights on.
Dante Alexander
Neigborhood Police Officer
505 Grand Ave Bellingham, Wa 98225

New City Council member comes on board

City Council appoints Hammill to Ward 3

Posted: December 19, 2014 9:31:33 AM PST
Bellingham City Council appointed Daniel Hammill to the interim Ward 3 council position on Wednesday December 17. Hammill will complete the term for Cathy Lehman, who resigned on Monday December 15. Hammill will serve for 2015 and his seat is up for re-election in the fall.
“We are very excited to have Dan on board,” Council President Terry Bornemann said.  “We feel that he is very well qualified to step in and start the work of representing Ward 3.”
Hammill has lived in Bellingham for 25 years and been engaged in community and public service for much of that time.  He and his wife are proud Kulshan Community Land Trust homeowners in the Sunnyland Neighborhood.  He is a graduate of Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University where he received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.  His community involvement includes time as President of the York Neighborhood Association.
Since 2010, Hammill has served on the City of Bellingham’s Community Development Advisory Board, acting as Chair for the last two years.  This year, he and his CDAB colleagues worked with Mayor Kelli Linville to ensure that adequate funding levels for human and social services were included in the biennial budget so that our City’s most vulnerable citizens have access to basic human services.
“I’ve enjoyed working with him as chair of CDAB. He brings much community leadership and experience with him to council,” Mayor Linville said. “We have many challenges in the coming year. I will appreciate his perspective and voice.”
In 2012, he served as the campaign manager for the Bellingham Home Fund and led the effort to provide affordable housing for our most vulnerable citizens.  This $21 million housing levy was approved by 57 percent of Bellingham voters.
Hammill worked for nine years as a program director for the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, recruiting and matching thousands of volunteers with opportunities to serve our community’s nonprofit sector.  In this role, he co-founded Project Homeless Connect, an annual event that serves thousands of people with necessary services.  His other volunteer experience includes time as a literacy tutor and board trustee of Kulshan Community Land Trust.
“I am grateful to be appointed to represent Ward 3,” Hammill said.  “I look forward to working with Mayor Linville, City Council members and City staff in serving the citizens of Bellingham.”

Ohio street corridor project open house December 16

The City of Bellingham Public Works invites you to attend an open house from 5:30-7p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in the cafeteria of Bellingham High School to look at proposals to install marked bicycle lanes along Ohio Street. Constructing pedestrian crossing improvements at the intersections of Ohio/Ellis and Ohio/Grant will complete the project.

To accommodate the bike lanes, parking will need to be removed from at least one side of Ohio Street. At the Open House citizens and business owners can view poster displays of existing conditions and some alternative street designs. Staff will be available to listen and answer questions.
Bike lanes were first recommended on Ohio Street in Bellingham’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan. In 2012, intersection crossing improvements at Ohio/Ellis were approved in the Pedestrian Master Plan and in 2014, the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) recommended intersection crossing improvements at Ohio/Grant. The BMP also recommends removing parking from at least one side of this 40-foot-wide arterial street to allow the installation of the bike lanes. Designing the intersection improvements requires information on how the bike lanes will be accommodated. Bike lane design depends on how parking is removed.
For more information visit the city web page for the Ohio Street Bike Lanes Cornwall to State or contact Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner at (360) 778-7900, or
Media Contact:
Chris Comeau, AICP CTP
Transportation Planner
Public Works Department
Colleen Mitchell, P.E.
Project Engineer
Public Works Department

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