Holiday patrol Revelers won't be the only ones on the prowl this New Year's weekend. Law-enforcement officers also will be out in droves, looking for drunken drivers, speeders...

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Revelers won’t be the only ones on the prowl this New Year’s weekend. Law-enforcement officers also will be out in droves, looking for drunken drivers, speeders and anyone else committing infractions. That means extra patrols on city streets, county roads and state highways tonight through Sunday.


New Year’s swim


The city’s annual Polar Bear Swim in Lake Washington is tomorrow at noon, with registration at 11:30 a.m. The swim takes place at Matthews Beach Park, 9300 51st St. N.E. Those who brave the frigid waters will be rewarded with a “Patch of Courage,” cookies and warm drinks. More information: www.seattle.gov

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Open and shut


• Metro Transit buses will operate on a Sunday schedule today and New Year’s Day. Metro’s waterfront streetcar will run on a Sunday schedule today and won’t operate tomorrow. The downtown bus tunnel is closed today and tomorrow.

Sound Transit Regional Express will operate on a modified schedule today and a Sunday schedule New Year’s Day. No service today or tomorrow for Sounder commuter rail. More information on the modified schedule: www.soundtransit.org/riding/alerts

Community Transit will run on a Saturday schedule today and tomorrow. Everett Transit will operate on its regular schedule today and a Sunday schedule New Year’s Day.

• State ferries are running on a holiday schedule today: Seattle-Bainbridge, Edmonds-Kingston and Mukilteo-Clinton and Point Defiance-Tahlequah. Other routes, including Seattle-Vashon passenger-only service, will be on their regular Friday schedule. On New Year’s Day, all routes will operate on a Saturday schedule.

• Post offices will have regular hours today but no service New Year’s Day. Mail carriers will make home deliveries today but not tomorrow.

• Most banks and credit unions will close early today for the remainder of the weekend.

• Major shopping malls are open today and tomorrow.

• Garbage collection in Seattle will be on regular schedule today and tomorrow. Transfer stations will be open today but closed tomorrow.

• Most government offices will be closed today and New Year’s Day.

• All Seattle, King County and Sno-Isle libraries will be open today and closed tomorrow.

• State liquor stores will close at 7 p.m. today. All stores will be closed New Year’s Day.

Here & Now is compiled by Suesan Whitney Henderson, Seattle Times staff. To submit an item, e-mail herenow@seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.