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A national children’s-advocacy group has named Bellevue one of the country’s 100 best communities for young people.

America’s Promise, based in Alexandria, Va., started the list this year to identify communities that provide safe environments for kids. The group examined whether the community had adults involved in children’s lives, safe learning places, a healthy start for kids toward adulthood, effective education and opportunities to help others.

America’s Promise will honor the 100 communities Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.


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Weekend fire still under investigation

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that broke out over the weekend between a home and an apartment complex in downtown Bellevue, displacing seven residents.

The fire started about 1:50 p.m. Saturday in a storage shed between the two-unit apartment building and the home in the 400 block of 99th Avenue Northeast, said Bellevue fire Lt. Bruce Kroon.

The fire caused about $250,000 damage to the home and $250,000 damage to the apartment building.

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Hopelink starting North Bend hours

Hopelink will offer regular office hours in North Bend starting Oct. 5 to help low-income and homeless individuals and families in need.

Hopelink, the largest human-services agency on the Eastside, will be open the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Mount Si Senior Center, at 411 S. Main St. in North Bend. Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and a walk-in hour will be offered from noon to 1 p.m.

Hopelink already offers services in the Snoqualmie Valley, including food and clothing banks, emergency help, transportation and job assistance.

To schedule an appointment, call the Carnation Hopelink office at 425-333-4163.


Free class will offer disaster-prep tips

The Bellevue Fire Department will offer a disaster-preparedness class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

The class, “Getting yourself and your family ready for the next disaster,” will be taught by the department’s interim emergency-preparedness manager, JoAnn Jordan.

She also will give an overview of the neighborhood-preparedness program.

The class will be at the Emergency Operations Center in the Bellevue Police Annex, 11501 Main St. The program is free, but seating is limited. To register call 425-452-7923. Seattle Times Eastside bureau