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Discussion set on oral health plan

The next meeting of the Marin Communications Forum on Monday will feature a discussion of the new Marin County Oral Health Strategic Plan. Dr. Susan Fisher-Owens, of the University of California at San Francisco, will be the keynote speaker. The discussion will include information about early childhood outreach, services for youth and teens as well as older adults and lowincome adults.

The meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb.

25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway in San Rafael.


Corte Madera has joined a growing number of Marin municipalities that have banned flavored tobacco sales.

The Town Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance on its first reading that establishes several regulations for tobacco retailers. The ordinance requires businesses selling tobacco obtain a license from the town. It also prohibits pharmacies from selling tobacco products.

The regulations will need further approval from the council before taking e ffect.


A citizen-led task force has been formed to raise money for a new library and community center in Larkspur.

The Commons at Larkspur is a proposed project on 2.4 acres of city-owned land on Rose Lane.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for our community to create a new gathering place for people, programs and resources to enrich our citizens and grow the sense of Larkspur Village,” Mayor Ann Morrison said in a statement.

The task force is aiming to raise up to $20 million for the project.

The City Council this month agreed to match up to $150,000 toward the project from the city’s general fund.


Construction of bike lanes to start

Construction crews began installing bike lanes this week on Camino Alto.

The lanes will run between Miller Avenue and East Blithedale Avenue. Construction is expected to last through May, according to Andrew Poster, director of the city’s public works department. The project is expected to have minimal impact on traffic during peak hours, he said. The road, which includes two driving lanes in each direction, will occasionally be reduced to one lane in each direction during construction, Poster said.


Ares the police dog retires after 6 years

After six years of service, a San Rafael Police Department canine is retiring. On Tuesday, the San Rafael City Council celebrated the career of Ares, who was one of two canines to join the police department in 2013.

During his tenure, Ares, an 8-year-old German shepherd, worked as a member of the police department’s SWAT team and assisted the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force.

He was deployed for tasks such as locating suspects, searching for narcotics and safely clearing buildings and vehicles. Ares was also a regular at community events such as National Night Out, Camp Chance, school career fairs, Citizen Police Academy and neighborhood meetings.

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