The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, May 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
FISH food bank changes names

FISH Food Banks, the largest network of food banks in Pierce County, is changing its name and unveiling a new brand.

“Beginning today, we will be known as Nourish Pierce County. Nourish reflects not only what we do, but also the way in which staff, volunteers, donors and our entire community work together to provide nutritious food to anyone who needs it,” explained Sue Potter, executive director of Nourish.

Founded by the faith community in the early 1970s, today Nourish is an independent nonprofit, governed by a community board of directors. It runs seven food banks and serves… Read More

Pier 4 realignment nears halfway point at South Harbor

The Pier 4 reconfiguration is taking shape on the General Central Peninsula in Tacoma's South Harbor. Crews are working heavily on pier construction and installing underground utilities, including electrical, communication, sewer and stormwater treatment.

Since awarding the contract to Manson Construction Company and launching the first phase of the project last May, the 1,724-foot pier at the Port of Tacoma nears its halfway mark.

In February, Manson wrapped up the first phase of the pile driving, which set up the foundation for the structure that will be capable of serving two… Read More

Weekend closure of southbound I-5 exit begins tonight

Drivers who use the southbound Interstate 5 exit to State Route 167 (River Road) or Portland Avenue in Tacoma (Exit #135) will need to plan ahead for alternate routes this weekend.

Tonight at 11 p.m., contractor crews working on the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV project will close the southbound I-5 exit and the Bay Street/East 27th Street intersection. The closures will remain in place around -the clock through 4 a.m. Monday, May 22, while crews rebuild and pave the intersection.

Drivers who would normally use that exit will instead be detoured… Read More

Warm forecast prompts early opening of some spraygrounds

Metro Parks staff usually use the month of May to prepare spraygrounds for summer, with normal operation only on weekends.

This year, the parks maintenance team stepped up its testing in the hope of providing more service on hot days. Their work paid off in time for this week’s warm weather: Six of the district’s 10 spraygrounds will be open May 22 to 26.

·         Kandle Park (Note this is the small splashpad outside the pool. The pool and its adjacent water feature will open June 17.)
·        … Read More

Pierce County to transition to integrated physical and behavioral healthcare

No later than Jan. 1, 2020, Pierce County residents in the Medicaid system will receive both physical and behavioral care through a state mandated initiative called Integration 2020.  Through this whole-person approach, physical and behavioral healthcare will be delivered via one system through an integrated network of providers, offering better coordinated care for patients and more seamless access to the services they need.

The initiative is part of Healthier Washington and brings together the payment and delivery of physical and behavioral health services for people enrolled in… Read More

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