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Cooling stations open in Arlington

SMOKEY POINT — Arlington has three air-conditioned locations open to all ages to help them beat the heat.

The Stillaguamish Senior Center, located at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Smokey Point, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 30-31.

The Olympic Place Retirement Community, located at 20909 Olympic Pl. NE in Arlington, is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30-31.

The Arlington City Council Chambers, located at 110 E Third St. in Arlington, are open from 3-5 p.m. July 30. The entrance to the Chambers is located on the Olympic Avenue side of the building, adjacent to the Arlington City Hall plaza. This cooling station will have bottled water available for no charge, courtesy of the Arlington Safeway and Haggen stores.

Unless there is an emergency declaration, the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management typically does not make requests to the Red Cross or Salvation Army to open shelters, deferring instead to the cities. Other entities, such as nursing homes or day care facilities, may make such requests, but those don't go through DEM.

For tips on staying cool and safe during this heat spell, visit the American Red Cross Web site, at www.redcross.org, and click on the "Heat Waves" link.

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