June 2 golf tourney will benefit shelter
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing of Anoka will hold a golf tournament June 2 at TPC of the Twin Cities in Blaine to raise funds in the fight against homelessness. “Par-Tee Fore a Purpose” will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
The fee is $250 per golfer and includes cart, greens fees, three-course dinner after the event and other perks. For those wishing to attend the reception/dinner only, the cost is $60 per person.
Registration is available for both options at www.stepping stoneeh.org
Stepping Stone is Anoka County’s only adult homeless shelter. The goal of the golf tournament is to raise money for programs and services to help the people who use the shelter be able to thrive and live self-sufficient lives.
Accessible playground officially opens today
Brooklyn Park’s first accessible playground for children with special needs will have a grand opening celebration from 6:30 to 7 p.m. today at Northwoods Park, 7600 107th Av. The city says the playground is “part of a plan to promote the city’s mission statement, which is Brooklyn Park, a thriving community inspiring pride where opportunities exist for all.”
Northwoods Park is also the home of a wheelchair-accessible softball field that opened two years ago and now hosts national wheelchair softball tournaments.
Assistant City Manager earns honor
Mike Sable, Brooklyn Park’s assistant city manager, has been named Outstanding Assistant of the Year by the Association of Public Management Professionals. The award was presented last week at the annual conference of the Minnesota City/County Management Association.
Sable was nominated by City Manager Jamie Verbrugge. The city said in a news releases that Sable was recognized “for his leadership skills and ability to creatively resolve issues in the workplace.” The release noted that he led the redesign of the city’s website and oversaw the implementation of NeoGov, a human resources software that streamlines the job application process and allows more accurate data tracking. He also served for seven months as interim director of Community Development.
Ground is broken on birthing center
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held last week for a new Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. The $30 million center is an initiative of Allina Health and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The targeted opening date is May 2015.
The center will include a Level II special care nursery with private patient rooms. For babies born at less than 34 weeks gestation and those requiring a higher level of care, there will be a transition to and from the Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s in Minneapolis.
Allina and Children’s says the center will have a number of other features: 10 labor and delivery rooms, 22 postpartum rooms, two large operating rooms, an infant resuscitation room, a newborn nursery, five triage rooms, a family lounge dedicated to families whose baby requires neonatal care, and provider call rooms.