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Thursday, November 20, 2014 -- 10:05 am Tickets available for Maritime Heritage Swing http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
The public is invited to Maritime Heritage Swing presented by The Landmarks Preservation Commission and the City of Tacoma's Planning and Development Services Department's Historic Preservation Office on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6-10 p.m. at the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St. in Tacoma).
The event will feature the sounds of Pierce County Community Big Band, a swing dance demonstration, refreshments and a no-host bar will also be available. This historic preservation fundraiser is commemorating the USS Lexington providing power for Tacoma during the Dec. 1929 power shortage, caused by a drought that affected the hydroelectric sources.
Tickets are $25 per person and registration is required in advance by going to eventbrite.com. Free parking will be available at the adjacent Republic Parking lot. Contact Lauren Hoogkamer at email@example.com or (253) 591-5254 for more information.
Proceeds will be used to support this event as well as future community education and programming in 2015. This is the capstone on this year's new effort to provide increased preservation programming and events that engage the community.Read more...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -- 3:56 pm Guest Editorial: Why 2014 election results will affect education http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
There's a reasonable tendency among Americans to view the education of their kids as an exclusively local issue and distinct to their communities. After all, school buildings are constant fixtures in neighborhoods, sports teams play crosstown rivals and the vast majority of public students still attend schools based solely on zip code.
However, the innovations and flurry of activity that take place in classrooms and communities are guided by the state level policies that govern them, which is why the 2014 gubernatorial election results matter, and could potentially mean substantial improvements to student learning.
A national analysis found that more than half of governors hold encouraging views or have proven track records on promoting the types of choice and accountability measures that will lift student outcomes and give more power to parents in the educational process.
Post-election media reports signaled an overall victory for candidates with fresh ideas on how to make education the great equalizer.
This means that if there are meaningful shifts in policy that facilitate excellent schools, they're likely to originate from the statehouses and governors' mansions.
These governors and governors-elect understand that schools cannot be properly held accountable for results if parents don't have the choice to look around them and find the best educational fit for their child. And the teachers that work hard day in and day out should be rewarded for performing well and going the extra mile for kids.
They appreciate that some students need an alternate environment to master course content, and want to expand charter schools to operate alongside traditional schools, with the necessary autonomy for teachers to cater to particular learning needs.
What remains to be seen is whether state executives and lawmakers appreciate the urgency for action and that the status quo isn't working for every student. Less than 40 percent of America's fourth graders can read and do math at proficiency according to national assessments, and eighth graders aren't faring much better.
At the high school level, the average scores on the SAT remained flat for the sixth year in a row, and only 43 percent of test takers this year met the college readiness benchmark.
Currently, 14 states plus the District of Columbia make school vouchers available to families, with a lesser number of states containing charter school laws that aren't just in name only, but equitably fund charters and allow for the autonomy they need to truly thrive.
For these reasons, in addition to the principle that parents should have more say over what happens with their child's education, this election cycle must serve as the catalyst for change to an education system in need of a shakeup.
Because American voters chose to elect real reformers, innovations that have been gaining traction in statehouses could soon become realities. A full one-third of states are currently considering somRead more...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -- 1:01 pm Arts & Entertainment: Holiday Calendar http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching, and here are a few upcoming holiday events to help plan your schedule.
Winter Faire at Tacoma Waldorf School
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
Tacoma Waldorf School
Meet up for craft making, a puppet play, and delicious homemade foods. Purchase natural handcrafted gifts and toys. Take a family holiday photo. This community event will warm your heart for the winter season. Info: http://www.tacomawaldorf.org
Nate Jackson's Super Funny Thanksgiving Weekend Comedy Show
7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29
Keys on Main
Jackson - a native of Lacey - hosts his annual comedy throwdown, which will feature three national headliners this year, Vincent Oshana, K-Dubb and Tiffany Haddish. Ticktets are $15 to $35, and you must be 21 or older to attend. An official after party will be held down the block at Encore, with a separate $5 cover. Info: http://www.superfunnycomedyshow.com.
7 p.m. Nov. 28 through Jan. 4
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The 27th edition of Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will dazzle visitors as more than 550,000 brilliant LEDs bring zoo animals and landmarks to life in a not-to-be-missed kaleidoscope of color and holiday magic. Zoolights runs Nov. 28 through Jan. 4 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and it's not too early to plan an annual trip to a magical world of zoo animals come to life in colorful LEDs. It's the perfect outing for family night, date night and friends get-together night. Info: http://www.pdza.org/zoolights
8 p.m. Nov. 29
Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland
David Lanz, best-selling piano sensation, and Versatile Vocalist, Kristin Amarie, perform material from their CD, "Forever Christmas." For the globally beloved pianist and composer, David Lanz, "Forever Christmas" is an album of firsts. It's the first recording the New Age legend has created from start to finish with a songwriting collaborator and his first prominently featuring a vocalist. It's also Lanz's first release since relocating from his longtime home in the Pacific Northwest to upstate New York. Info: http://www.davidlanz.com
"Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold"
3 p.m. Nov. 29
It's "CSI goes to Bethlehem" in this interactive, family-friendly holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of "Late Nite Catechism." Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all. You'll hear the retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, in a hilarious holiday show. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, add "Sister's Christmas Catechism" to this year's festivities. Following the show is 69th annual HRead more...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -- 11:44 am Bulletin Board http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
NEW RESTAURANT TO GIVE AWAY 30 THANKSGIVING MEALS
ZZ's Chinese Food & Pop Jones BBQ is doing something wonderful to introduce themselves to the community - a free giveaway of complete Thanksgiving dinners to the first 30 people who show up between 2-4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Owner/manager Tony Lorenzo Wright has purchased everything for a traditional Thanksgiving feast including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie for dessert and soda, water and juices to drink.
"I hope to have at least enough for 30 people or more," he said. "We just like to give back to the community and take the opportunity to introduce ourselves." ZZ's Chinese Food & Pop Jones BBQ opened just four months ago at 1902 Martin Luther King Jr. Way as an eatery where diners can find a variety of options to satisfy their hunger. "People should eat what they want when they want it. That's why we're a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day restaurant," Wright said.
Texas-style barbeque has been a tradition in Wright's family for a very long time, and the restaurant celebrates that heritage with Soul Food Sundays, a day the restaurant is dedicated to traditional Southern barbeque, serving such items as ox tails and fried fish.
Some of the classic barbeque includes smoked chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs and beef brisket with traditional Southern sides like baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and cornbread. ZZ's Chinese Food offers classics like pot stickers, egg rolls and even Chinese donuts. An important aspect of a 24/7 restaurant, breakfast is a specialty. Get more information by calling (253) 343-7712.
PROCTOR FARMERS MARKET HOLDS FOOD DRIVE
The Proctor Farmers Market will hold a Hunger Awareness Community Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both the Rescue Mission and the NW Tacoma FISH Food Bank will be on site to collect food donations to help feed the hungry in Tacoma.
Customers are encouraged to buy extra produce and products from their favorite vendors and donate at the Market to help support local shelters and food banks during their busiest season. For more information, please go to http://www.proctorfarmersmarket.com
The Proctor Farmers Market is Pierce County's only four-season market, and is currently open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Dec. 20 at North 27th and Proctor streets in the historic Proctor District of North Tacoma.
15 NOW DELIVERS INITIATIVE LANGUAGE TO CITY ATTORNEY
15 Now Tacoma is demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage for nearly all workers inside the Tacoma city limits. On Nov. 19 they began the application process for a citywide ballot initiative for the November 2015 general election. As the first step of this process, they submitted the proposed text of its wage hike initiative to the Tacoma city attorney for legal approval.
Last month 15 Now Tacoma delivered a petition to the Tacoma City Council with 1,300 signatures of support for the wage-hike. Along with theRead more...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -- 9:11 am Stupid criminal of the week http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
After he got busted, one criminal decided he should probably be as honest as possible about it. An officer performed a routine traffic stop off of Marine View Drive on Nov. 16 after he noticed the driver swerving along the road. When questioned about the erratic driving, the man in the car claimed he was in the middle of an argument with his wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat. Not fully convinced due to the telltale blood shot eyes, the officer continued to question the man until he found out the driver had consumed three beers about an hour beforehand. After failing some basic field sobriety tests, the man was transported to Fife jail where he blew a .160 on the breathalyzer and received a DUI. When asked whether or not he thought his driving was impaired by drug or alcohol use, he answered, "Between the muscle relaxers, pain pills and beer, yes, I believe so."
Another drunk driver, pulled over that same night on South 56th Street, tried to wave off his drinks by citing some friendly advice from a friend. After an officer pulled him over, the man claimed that he had a couple "vodka-crans," but it was okay, because his godfather, a retired detective, always told him not to drive after having more than two drinks. The officer, realizing the advice didn't take the size or content of the drink into account, decided to ask the man to perform some voluntary tests. After failing a couple, the man was transported to the Fircrest Police Department where he blew a .114 and .115. The man was then booked into Fife jail for driving under the influence.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -- 9:09 am Food drive honors memory of four slain Lakewood officers http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Nov. 29 marks five years since the four Lakewood Police officers were killed and once again this year, Washington's Most Wanted is partnering with the department on a food drive in their memory. On Nov. 26, officers and volunteers will be accepting donations and raising money to make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.
"We're going to have a barbecue and we're going to be out front and we're going to collect food and donations for the local food banks here, the Emergency Food Network and we're really looking forward to getting out and talking with the public again and picking up a lot of food and resources for the people in need here in Lakewood," says Lakewood Chief Bret Farrar.
The Lakewood Police Department is at 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. They will be taking donations on Nov. 26, the day before Thanksgiving, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Read more...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -- 9:08 am Police apprehend person of interest in Tacoma murder http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacoma police say a man they were trying to find following the death of a woman in the 880 block of Hosmer Street on Nov. 1 was arrested Monday night in Hoquiam. Donald Mansfield disappeared with his car after the woman's body was found. Her death has not been ruled a homicide.
"We responded to a report of a deceased person in a hotel room," officer Loretta Cool of the Tacoma Police Department said. "We learned that he had been around this person. We'd obviously like to know what the circumstances were, what he had been doing and what he knows of certain things." Mansfield was arrested on an outstanding theft warrant and booked into the Pierce County jail.Read more...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 -- 4:36 pm Chamber recognizes Military citizen of the year http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, presented the 36th annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen Award to Colonel H. Charles "Chuck" Hodges Jr.
Hodges has more than 29 years of service in the U.S. Army. He has served as Joint Base Lewis-McChord's commander since August 2012. He and his wife, Cathy, have two children, Shelby and Sam. As JBLM Commander he leads the nearly 3,500 soldiers, airmen and civilians who comprise the Joint Base staff.
Hodges' commitment to the quality of life of more than 100,000 service members, civilian employees and family members who are assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the critical missions they support, and the communities neighboring Joint Base Lewis-McChord, make him an excellent choice for the award.
As commander of the department of defense's largest operational Joint Base, Hodges leads a team that gets results by working collaboratively with federal, state, county and local government officials, business and community leaders. These achievements include:
Helping reduce I-5 traffic congestion by coordinating and facilitating the construction of a Joint Base connector road and overpass. When it opens this spring, this new road will take more than 500 daily commuter trips off I-5 each day by allowing JBLM commuters to drive non-stop from Lewis-Main to McChord Field without having to use I-5 or exit and re-enter JBLM through its gates.
Helping replace five of six aging Joint Base Lewis-McChord schools thanks to a partnership between JBLM, the state's congressional delegation, state and local officials.
Leading Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a Silver Army Communities of Excellence Award in 2013 and a Bronze Army Communities of Excellence Award in 2014 - the industry equivalent of the Baldridge Award for organizational distinction.
Hodges has, and will continue to, help more than 8,500 soldiers and airmen each year transition from military service to the civilian workforce through a comprehensive, multi-track transition assistance program that helps service members chart their education goals, start new businesses, retrain into high-demand trades through apprenticeship programs, or to be competitive for jobs in the civilian workforce. These efforts are the result of the strong relationship he's helped build between Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the State of Washington, community organizations, businesses, unions, higher education and military leadership inside and outside the state. As evidence of this, Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosted a service member for life summit that ended with a hiring fair attended by approximately three thousand service members, family members and veterans. Two hundred and forty eight employers, educators and service organizations with more than 1,300 job openings attended. Approximately 212 immediate job openings were filled that day.
Aggressively sponsoring a growing relationship between Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the business communiRead more...