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Friday, April 24, 2015 -- 10:27 am
R&B legend Patti LaBelle headed to Washington State Fair
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Friday, April 24, 2015 -- 10:07 am
Kool Keith explains his brief retirement from hip-hop (audio)
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 -- 11:22 am
Editorial: Kelley needs to go, and go now
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 2:34 pm
Rainier Connect counters Wave offer to manage Click
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 2:12 pm
BILLS PASSAGE ENSURES FERRY SYSTEM FUNDING
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Pierce County officials are applauding the state legislature for passing a bill that aligns ferry system funding increases with inflation. Prior to Senate Bill 5307, revenue streams to county ferry systems were largely dependent on available state gas-tax funds and often subject to shifting political winds. "Pierce County is one of three counties in the state that operates its own ferry system, the funding for which - until this bill was passed - was capped at a million dollars divided three ways. In fact, despite the population increases there hasn't been an increase in ferry funding since 1991," said Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Vice Chair. "Thanks to Senator Steve O'Ban and Representatives Jake Fey and Dick Muri, our ferry system will get a much-needed revenue boost and will therefore rely less heavily on the county road fund." In late 2013, Richardson helped draft the first version of what eventually became SB 5307 while studying ways to make transportation funding more consistent from year to year and less reliant on legislative action. Pierce County Airport and Ferry Administrator Deb Wallace says the bill's passage is welcome news. "It's been over 20 years since the legislature last increased our funding," said Wallace, "and I am delighted not only that they adopted a measure that was first drafted by Pierce County, but that future funding will be indexed to a growth factor instead of being debated each year." SB 5307 will help reduce Pierce County's reliance on funding ferry operations with county road funds, monies Wallace says are needed for other county roadwork and maintenance. Once the bill is signed by the governor and becomes law, the statewide funding cap will increase to $1.8 million for the next two-year period and Pierce County should see its share increase between $200,000 and $300,000. For more information on the Pierce County Ferry System, please visit http://www.piercecountywa.org/ferry. Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 12:23 pm
Rainiers opening weekend a grand slam for fans
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacoma baseball fans know that April games at Cheney Stadium often turn into wet rides home following a rainout. As a matter of fact, for years I have thought the Rainiers should just hit the road for the month of April and return in May for some dryer games. Of course that's not going to happen, but it seemed to make sense on many of those gloomy evenings waiting for the game to be called. This year the Rainiers opened up the season on Friday, April 17 under clear skies and made it through an entire weekend homestand without even a sniff of rain in the air. Even as they began their next series on Tuesday, April 21 against Albuquerque, Mother Nature gave Cheney a pass and that made it five dry and complete games in a row to open up the season. I'm not sure what the odds were for that to happen, but I would have been laying my money down on lots and lots of rain. Friday night's home opener was an absolute joy to behold. The parking lots were packed. Cheney Stadium was looking gorgeous and a night of excitement was about to go down. I'm not sure how many helicopters have landed in center field at Cheney, but I'm pretty sure the number is pretty close to zero. Before the opening lineups a yellow chopper circled the stadium a few times before setting down in center field and what stepped out was one of the Northwest's all-time favorite athletes. Eighteen year Mariner all-star Edgar Martinez made his way from center to the pitcher's mound and the crowd went nuts. Martinez one-hopped the pitch into home plate, smiled and waved to the fans. It wasn't the best first-pitch to start a game, but then again it was astronomically better than the frightful offerings baseball fans have witnessed from the likes of 50 Cent, Carly Rae Jepsen and Carl Lewis in recent years. The Edgar was then presented with his 2013 Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame plaque that he earned by batting .344 during his four-year career with the Calgary Cannons. For those that remember, Martinez had some great days against the Tacoma Tigers back in the mid-eighties. I would be out of my mind if I didn't add that Edgar Martinez should be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. There, it's out there. One of the first things I noticed as they introduced this year's Rainiers to the field was just how great the new uniforms look. The red uniforms, with the classic Rainier script look sharp, classy and definitely old school. The game began ominously as starting pitcher Mike Kickham gobbled up a short nubber by El Paso's leadoff hitter Rymer Liriano and delivered a wild toss out of the reach of Jesus Montero at first base. The feeling of doom and gloom was short-lived, however, as the Rainiers followed with a quick double play and a strikeout by Kickham to end the threat and the inning. We were off and running. A familiar face greeted the fans leading off for the Rainiers. Center fielder James Jones spent two-thirds of the season with the Seattle Mariners in 2014, but was also a fa Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 11:16 am
Arts & Entertainment: B2's 'Ahoy!'
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacoma is a maritime city. We are accustomed to the sight of all manner of aquatic vessels out on Commencement Bay or in the Tacoma Narrows. Sail boats and other pleasure craft mingle with fishing boats. The great container ships and grain ships engage with their mysterious, slow motion dance with tugboats and launches. Salish canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and jet skis ply the waters close to shore. The occasional tall ship, whose tall masts blossom with swollen sails, cast us backward in time and allow a glimpse of how the first peoples must have seen the new explorers to our piece of the world. Given the maritime nature of Tacoma, it is remarkable that so little of the art of the city deals with ships and shipping. Salmon and sea life are represented well enough, but outside of the annual Maritime Fest, there is not that much of the romance of the sea celebrated in our art. B2 Fine Art Gallery, however, has seen fit to fill this obvious niche in its current show called "Ahoy! A Maritime Exhibition," which runs through June 20. The show features work by four artists that work in the long tradition of maritime art and ship portraiture. Foremost is Irish-born, Seattle-based Austin Dwyer. A master oil painter, Dwyer has devoted himself to painting the romance and adventure of life on the sea. He paints contemporary seaside scenes as well as scenes out of history such as the dramatic "Battle of Copenhagen" or "The Sinking of the Lusitania." His painting "Evening Date with a Lady" combines the historic with the contemporary in a depiction of the tall ship Lady Washington sailing in Seattle's Elliott Bay, with a Foss tug and a variety of pleasure craft. The modern Seattle skyline, a mingling of light and shadow, looms in the background. Dwyer pays as much attention to atmospheric effects and moods of the sea as he does to the details of the ships that are the stars of his dramas. "Ahoy!" also features a number of very charming watercolor and acrylic portraits of fishing vessels and working craft by Tacoma native James Cole, who passed away not long before the exhibition opened. Cole worked professionally as a marine designer and became a fishing vessel historian. His paintings and illustrations are compiled in the book "Drawing on Our History - Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska," which is available in the gallery. The show also features some big, bold linoleum prints of native canoes and rowing teams by Mary Pacios. Chilean artist Susana Rodriquez's semi-abstract, washy paintings convey a gauzy impression of generic boats on the water. Simple and pretty, these are a little too much like art for hotel rooms. "Ahoy!" runs through June 20. For further information visit http://www.b2finearts.com. Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 11:14 am
South Sound FC looks to close the deal this year
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - For those that have been living under a rock for the past year, you might be unaware that the South Puget Sound is turning into a hotbed of soccer talent. One of the clubs smack in the middle of all this is the South Sound Football Club. Known as the Shock, due to the earthquakes that have shaken our region for millennia, the SSFC is embarking upon their second season in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) and boy have they got some chips on their shoulders. Last season the Shock fell a single point shy of the EPLWA title and it all went down on a July weekend that will be remembered for a long time. The Shock traveled to Vancouver to square off against one of the strongest clubs in the league and came away with well-deserved 2-0 victory. This was on the heels of brutal 2-1 road win over Bellingham United just two days prior. Now the team had to wait for the results from Spokane where the first-place Shadow were hosting Wenatchee United. With a win, Spokane would take the EPLWA title. A tie would give the Shock the crown. Spokane took care of business 3-0 and won it all. The zinger of the weekend was centered on Spokane's match against the Seattle Stars the day before. Apparently the Stars had trouble getting all of their players to the game so the team fielded just nine players, including their coach, against the Shadow. Many saw this as a shameful way to wrap up a championship weekend. With no help from the Stars, the Shock needed a win on Sunday and a tie or loss by the Shadow the same day for the shock. It just wasn't in the stars. Fast-forward nine months and the wounds and memories are still fresh with the Shock. "When you finish the season with a 10-3-1 record you probably figure you're going to be in first place," said head coach Adam Becker. "That was very hard to take, especially the way it all went down to end the season. It's only made us that more fired up to push ourselves even further this year." It's apparent that the word is getting out about the Shock and the level of play in the EPLWA. The team held their open tryouts in March and the response was overwhelming. Over 100 local soccer players showed up for two days of tryouts, almost quadrupling the turnout in 2014. "The turnout was unbelievable and it just shows the amount of respect that our team and the league seems to be getting now," said Becker. "Almost every team in the EPLWA has taken big steps forward to make their teams and organizations better. "Our team is loaded with Tacoma area guys and we still have a second wave of college players that won't be arriving for a second set of tryouts until their spring seasons are over. We're on a mission this year. The team opens the season with one of the toughest games on their schedule. Sunday, April 26, the Shock will travel north to face Bellingham United, one of their biggest rivals. As a matter of fact, the Shock will play six road games (including two friendlies) before they set foot in their home digs at Harry Lan Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 9:17 am
Wilson Rams hope timing is right for post-season run
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It's that time of the year when teams are going to make their move, if they've got it in them. From the looks of the Wilson Rams baseball team, they look young and hungry enough to not only make some serious noise in the 3A Narrows standings, but perhaps beyond that into the post-season. What better way to test out where your team is than a match-up against the top team in the standings? Wilson took the test against North Thurston on Tuesday, April 20 and passed with flying colors, downing the visitors 6-2 in an exciting game under clear blue skies at Wilson High School. Wilson wasted no time getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning as freshman Charlie Larson reached first on an error by the North Thurston shortstop. Junior Mark Jones smacked a single to left field and Larson wheeled his way to third base. Jones rounded first base a little too far and was then caught in a pickle between first and second. Meanwhile, Larson waited for the moment and sprinted to home plate scoring Wilson's first run. The Rams led 1-0 after the first inning. The Rams added another run in the bottom of the third inning as junior Alex Motonaga reached second on a bad throw to first base, advanced to third base on a ground-out by Larson and then scored on a wild pitch. Wilson now led 2-0 after three innings. North Thurston answered in the top of the fourth inning, but the Rams dodged a bullet. Wilson loaded up the bases following an error, a walk and a single to right field. A sacrifice fly to right field scored a run and then junior pitcher Mack Larson struck out the next batter. Larson then launched one into the dirt that junior catcher Noah Hill was unable to snag. North Thurston scored from third base on the errant throw and the score was now tied up at 2-2. After a scoreless bottom of the fourth, Wilson played with fire yet again in the top of the fifth as North Thurston had runners on first and third with just one out. Wilson then caught the runner at third in a rundown and then Mack Larson struck out the next batter to end the North Thurston threat. Wilson then put together three runs in succession in the bottom of the fifth inning. Senior Alex Kheriaty led off the inning taking a pitch square in the back and took first base. Motonaga then rapped a single into short right field. Charlie Larson advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Kheriaty scored from third base on a short flair behind second base by Jones. The Rams scored on yet another rundown play as Motonaga scored while Jones was caught between first and second. North Thurston's first baseman rifled the ball home, but Motonaga slid home before the ball arrived. Mack Larson followed up with a hot shot inside the third base bag that scored Jones and the damage was done for Wilson as they now led 5-2 after five innings. The Rams added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, but it seemed as though the steam had been taken out of North Thurston. Mack Larson struck out the final t Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 9:16 am
Stupid criminal of the week
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Smoking is such a strong addiction for at least two Tacomans that they were willing to go to jail to get a drag on their cancer sticks. Such is the story of two men who were smoking at a bus stop along the 2400 block of Pacific Avenue on April 15. Smoking while within the bus shelter is against transit rules. There are "no smoking" signs posted around the facility. But yet, there the smokers were, so a uniformed officer went to inform the two men that they were in violation of the rules. One of the men said that he already knew it was against the rules to smoke, but he did it anyway. The other man said nothing. This prompted the officer to do a little more investigation. That investigation paid off because the officer learned that both of the men had already been banned from transit facilities because of previous violations. That fact prompted them to get a ride to the Fife jail for processing on criminal trespass charges. It should be noted that the jail is also a non-smoking facility. Another case of addiction gone wrong involved a drunk man outside a night club along the 2800 block of Sixth Avenue on April 17. He had been cut off for being drunk and had argued with the bartender and the security guards, who subsequently bounced him from the premises. He then opted to take random swings at people waiting in line, hitting at least three people before security guards could control him. Responding officers talked to the drunken pugilist and found him to be on the extreme scale of drunkenness, with all the fun features that entails. He was booked for fighting in public and disorderly conduct. Compiled by Steve Dunkelberger Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 8:30 am
Viewer tips lead to capture of wanted man
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - A Tacoma man, wanted since last July for allegedly choking a woman and threatening to kill her, has been arrested in Arizona. Washington's Most Wanted viewer tips called into Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County led to the capture of Kylen Wilken-Johnston. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail after Tacoma Detective David Lucky worked with the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office to get Wilken-Johnston's warrant amended to allow for nationwide extradition. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged him with domestic violence assault in the second degree and domestic violence felony harassment. Officers say Wilken-Johnston walked into the victim's room and threatened to kill her. She told officers she begged him to stop as he choked her until she passed out. She doesn't know how long she was unconscious but he was gone when she came to. The Tacoma Police officer who interviewed her the next day says, "Her eyes were completely red with no white portions visible. The center of her eye appeared distorted, and both of her eyes were black and brown." She was also in a lot of pain and having trouble breathing. Wilken-Johnston has waved extradition and will be brought back to Pierce County in the next couple of weeks. Washington's Most Wanted airs Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX. Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 8:29 am
Four keys to preventing premature death in the garden
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Have you ever seen a honey bee that's got so much pollen on her feet and thighs that she can barely fly? I often wonder if some of them never make it back to their hives they're so overloaded. It's spring again and all the more reason to be organized not just with housecleaning but in the garden. This time of year the nurseries are teeming with flowers that beseech us like friendly puppies at the Humane Society to take them home. And we SHEs (Sidetracked Home Executives) are like busy bees around those beautiful flowers. After all, we survived winter and we're sick of gray and ready for sunny colors. But like those bees, we can get carried away buying more than we can plant. We fly home with our trunks full of flats of flowers and the optimism we'll plant them all in a day. But so often we poop out in the middle of the plant and the remaining purchase is at the mercy of our next planting mood, which can easily result in death of the remaining purchase. Death by good intention! 4 KEYS ALL START WITH A 'P' A good rule of your green thumb is the four "Key Ps." Plan, Prepare, Purchase, Plant. If you try to prepare and plant at the same time, you'll poop out, and then those plants that you've taken into your care face possible death. Of course it's not premeditated, but the plants will be just as dead. Key 1: Plan - Divide your yard into zones. When you divide up a project into manageable parts, you won't get overwhelmed. Figure out what you'd like to have brighten each zone and write down how many of each plant you want. It'll be like a grocery list. Don't plan another zone until you've finished planting one you've planned. I like to add at least one perennial each year (those are the plants that come back) in each of my zones. Key 2: Prepare - Prepare the soil and even dig the holes before you head to the nursery. Key 3: Purchase - Take your list and limit what you buy to the amount of holes you've already dug. Don't be tempted while you're in the beauty of all the colors and fragrances. You don't have to stick to the exact kind of flowers on your list, just the number of plants. Key 4: Plant - When you actually get to plant, you'll be so happy with yourself for doing all the hard work first. And you won't have the guilt that comes with unintentionally killing innocent life. This year I've turned one of my pet peeves into an advantage. We have a big meadow and every spring the moles convene like they're at a mole retreat. Their underground social network rivals Facebook. They seem to converge on our meadow about when the grass starts growing. As I walked through the grass and inspected the hills I noticed how rich the dirt was and I thought, "I should use it when planting flowers in the beds that have a great deal of clay." I went to my local nursery and asked what I could add to the dirt to make it good as a potting soil. You won't want miss the video where I show how to turn mole hills into potting soil. http://www.cluborganized.co Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 8:14 am
TACOMA'S HOT TICKETS APRIL 23 - MAY 3
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - THURSDAY, APRIL 23 - SOCCER Central Kitsap vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl - 7 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 23 - SOCCER Bellarmine vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl - 7:15 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 23 - BASEBALL Albuquerque vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 - BASEBALL George Fox vs. PLU Pacific Lutheran - 1 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 - BASEBALL Gig Harbor vs. Wilson Wilson HS - 4 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 - SOCCER Capital vs. Foss Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 - BASEBALL Albuquerque vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 - BASEBALL Green River vs. TCC TCC Minnitti Field - Doubleheader - 1 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 - MARTIAL ARTS Super Fight League America 40 Emerald Queen Casino - 7 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 - BOXING Buffalo Soldier Tournament Al Davies Boys Club - 7 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 27 - BASEBALL Wilson vs. Foss Foss HS - 4 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 27 - BASEBALL Central Kitsap vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma HS - 4 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 - SOCCER Central Kitsap vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 6:30 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 - SOCCER Shelton vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl - 7 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 - SOCCER Foss vs. Wilson Stadium Bowl - 7:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 - BASEBALL Shelton vs. Lincoln Heidelberg Field - 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 - BASEBALL Foss vs. Wilson Wilson HS - 4 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 30 - BASEBALL Wilson vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine HS - 4 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 30 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 30 - SOCCER Olympia vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl - 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 1 - SOCCER Capital vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 1 - SOCCER Shelton vs. Foss Lincoln Bowl - 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 1 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 1 - SOCCER Lincoln vs. Wilson Stadium Bowl - 7:15 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 2 - BASEBALL Grays Harbor vs. TCC TCC Minnitti Field - 1 & 4 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 2 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 5:05 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 3 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 8:12 am
Public invited to learn about South Sound 911, plans for a new public safety communications center
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 8:11 am
Family Tree Care
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Green trees are just a natural part of living in the Pacific Northwest, but like anything, they take love and care to maintain. And when it comes to dealing with trees, it's best to consult professionals like Jay Brock and Johnny Marth of Family Tree Care, located at 5226 S. Eighth st. Family Tree Care is a local business, with both Brock and Marth being Tacoma natives, that serves the greater Puget Sound area with tree service needs. This includes tree trimming, tree removal, specialty tree pruning and other tree trimming needs.  The crew are International Society of Arboriculture certified, meaning they uphold the ISA standard of quality as well as having formal training in a variety of tree services. "You might call us to take a look at trees that might be over growing, ill look at them and I might see one thing and [the customer] might see another, I might see rot, identify different diseases, we look for clearing the house or the roof, clearing service lines, avoiding overreaching branches that allow rodents jumping on the roof, a lot of times we'll do ornamental pruning, trees or bushes we might do hedge work we'll prune your trees," Marth said. Though Family Tree Care was established in 2013, both Brock and Marth have over 25 years of experience as arborists, this combined with their professional training allows for the company to be a top-notch choice for all tree-related means. "A lot of guys don't have that formal training the fact that we went the that extra step to get that certification as well as the years of experience allows to be a pretty elite crew," Marth said. "ISA provides international standards and they ask you to uphold that in your practices." The complete professional package is supplemented with affordable prices that make Family Tree Care a superior choice. "We're one of the most well educated tree services, there's always a certified arborist on site which is pretty unique to a lot of companies, mix really good schooling with really good art and eye for tree care, I think that aesthetic wise were pretty superior in that department as well," Brock said. "Mixing all those pluses, were extremely competitive price wise too." Family Tree Care also takes great care in maintaining the environment, employing spurless climbing to not spike trees they don't plan to cut down. "Some guys don't have the ability to even do that [spurless climbing]," Marth said. Marth and Brock offer free estimates for tree care, for more information, visit http://familytree253.com or call 253-234-4769. Yelp Review Kevin M: This is the company to call if you live in north Tacoma or have a job that needs real professionals. This company has a few certified arborist that can figure out exactly what your trees' needs are.  I personally have seen some super dangerous trees removed by Johnny  and feel safe and comfortable recommending this company!  Thanks again for getting my grandma's 75+yr old  Doug firs and maples under control and back Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 8:04 am
Look Larson Automotive Group donates to Charlie's Dinosaur
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - There's a point in time for everybody where they feel they aren't in control. For adults, this can be devastating. For children, it can completely alter the way they see the world, and not for the better. How many children's lives would be different if they had the comfort of familiarity when being uprooted from their home and placed into foster care? This is the thought process behind Charlie's Dinosaur, a non-profit organization that equips foster kids with clothes and toys as a way to give them something familiar to hold on to. Local business Look Larson Automotive Group believes in this idea, and over the last month and a half has raised $5,561 as well as boxes of toys and clothes to donate to the charity, giving them all at once to the organization at Larson Audi's Fife location on April 21. "Being put in a situation they don't have the means to change, there's a benefit in giving them even little things they can hold on to," third-generation manager Rob Larson Jr. said. "It's the consistency of having these things when they are put into foster care." Tacoma detectives involved with both Crime Stoppers and Charlie's Dinosaur accepted the check on behalf of the non-profit, and all were thankful for the various donations made over the last month and a half. The majority of the donated money will likely go to new clothes for children in need. "It's very important - it gives foster kids something that's theirs, something that's familiar and they're in control of," Detective Brian Lund said. "It makes a big difference if a kid has a backpack to carry around his things in rather than a trash bag." The Look Larson Automotive Group, which has 15 locations throughout the Tacoma, Fife and Puyallup areas, got hooked up with Charlie's Dinosaur last Christmas. After Rob Larson Sr. donated over 400 bikes to Toys for Tots, Officer George Hights, who helps organize the Toys for Tots campaign, introduced him to the Charlie's Dinosaur organization. Larson and the company immediately got on board, putting donation boxes in every store and encouraging not just customers but employees as well to donate, with "jean days" employees could participate in if they donated $10 to the cause. The Larson dealerships are active in other charities and non-profits across the city. They are currently gearing up for Relay for Life this summer. "Larson automotive really cares about getting involved," Larson customer service representative Noah Gregg said. In 2012, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County developed the Charlie's Dinosaur outreach program in cooperation with the Cox family following the tragic murder of their grandsons Charlie and Braden on Feb. 15, 2012 at the hands of their father Josh Powell who also died. Powell's wife, Susan Cox Powell, remains missing. Volunteers teamed up with the Cox family, the case detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, and child advocacy groups to provide care items for children placed into emergency foster hom Read more...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 -- 9:50 am
James M. Grenfell
The Bitterroot Star - ... his brother, Roger Grenfell. He is survived by his wife Joy of 53 years; his children Doug (Cathlyn) Grenfell of Edgewood, WA and Rhonda (Jeff) Story of Rathdrum, ID; grandchildren Jimmy Story of Indianapolis, IN and Sara Story of Post Falls, ID; ... Read more...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 -- 8:30 am
Lakewood goes goofy with mystery spoof
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Monday, April 20, 2015 -- 1:53 pm
City of Tacoma Begins Pilot of Food Truck Program on May 1
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Monday, April 20, 2015 -- 12:42 pm
PLU students explore the issues of food waste in documentary
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Pacific Lutheran University's MediaLab will host an on-campus premiere of its latest documentary film, "Waste Not: Breaking Down the Food Equation," on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theater. MediaLab was established in 2006 as an experimental program that initially focused on print journalism. But the scope of the organization's work has expanded over the years to include videography, photography, public relations and other media content and services. MediaLab has received numerous awards since its inception, including an Emmy Award, five National Broadcasting Society Awards, and many other honors. MediaLab is one of several programs within the Center for Media Studies at PLU, part of the University's School of Arts + Communication. Three MediaLab students, all Communication majors, spent more than a year exploring the topic of food waste and its many implications. "Food waste is really an issue that is overlooked in society," said co-producer Amanda Brasgalla '15. Brasgalla, along with senior co-producer Taylor Lunka '15 and chief videographer Olivia Ash '15, traveled across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to conduct interviews and field research. They spoke with everyday citizens, farmers, activists and government officials to present an extensive view of food waste. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted, which equates to more than 20 pounds of wasted food per person, per month. "Food is thrown away at all levels of the chain, from the farm all the way to the consumer. What's really tragic is that some of the food is completely edible," Brasgalla said. "Many times food is discarded because it doesn't look right, or is too small or large. This idea of cosmetic perfection leads to tons of food being thrown out and wasted." In 2013, the nationwide non-profit food bank network Feeding America reported that 49.1 million Americans live in food insecure households. "That means a significant amount of our population goes hungry, even though we are discarding tons and tons of food," Brasgalla said of this disconnect. "There needs to be a way we can distribute this food that would otherwise go to waste, and help other people." Gleaning, a centuries-old method of collecting excess produce after harvest, is one example of how food can be distributed and donated to those in need. Local organizations such as Harvest Pierce County conduct gleaning operations aimed at reducing food waste and building community. Since 2009, Harvest Pierce County's Gleaning Project has harvested more than 300,000 pounds of food to help the community. In addition to gleaning, food recovery organizations across the country, such as Lovin' Spoonfuls, a non-profit food rescue operation in Boston, also work to reduce food waste. During their research, Brasgalla and Lunka accompanied a Lovin' Spoonfuls driver on one of her daily food pickups. "We visited large-scale grocery stores Read more...




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