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Saturday, August 29, 2015 This Week's Paper

Iggy Azalea will "do the Puyallup." The Australian rapper – best known for her inescapable 2014 hit, “Fancy” - will headline the Washington State Fair grandstand on Sept. 22, organizers announced today. Tickets are $55 to $85 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

New I-5 ramp meters aim to bring congestion relief

Traffic may soon move a little more smoothly along 15 miles of Interstate 5 between Lacey and Tacoma with the help of several new ramp meters, traffic signals that manage the flow of vehicles merging onto the highway.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will activate new ramp meters at 11 interchanges near Joint Base Lewis-McChord where traffic routinely slows to a crawl during the morning and afternoon commute. WSDOT will activate the new meters at these interchanges as soon as Monday, May 18.

“Ramp meters are a proven, cost-effective approach to reducing freeway congestion and collisions, and provide drivers a better, more reliable trip,” said WSDOT Olympic Region Administrator Kevin Dayton.

The new ramp meters, traffic cameras, and variable-message and travel-time signs are part of a federally funded project specifically designed to help alleviate congestion through this corridor by installing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) tools to better manage traffic.

The newly installed ramp meters are located on these on-ramps:
Mounts Road to southbound I-5;
Center Drive to northbound and southbound I-5;
Steilacoom/DuPont Road to northbound and southbound I-5;
JBLM main gate to northbound and southbound I-5;
Berkeley Street to northbound and southbound I-5;
Thorne Lane to southbound I-5;
Gravelly Lake Drive to northbound and southbound I-5;
Bridgeport Way to northbound and southbound I-5;
State Route 512 to southbound I-5.

WSDOT previously installed and activated meters at these locations along I-5, and they will be tied into the above new meters:
Marvin Road to northbound I-5;
Nisqually to northbound I-5;
Mounts Road to northbound I-5.

Ramp meters are traffic signals that operate according to real-time conditions on both the freeway and the ramps. They help reduce congestion by providing timed intervals between vehicles, rather than allowing multiple vehicles to enter the freeway at once. Studies show that ramp meters reduce collisions by as much as 30 percent.

TART launches online fundraiser

Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre's online fundraising drive has begun. TART will bring the first professional repertory theater to Tacoma in 10 years, boasting a unique 99-seat venue and an engaging variety of performances, from classical to kitsch. Running for 45 days with the goal of $50,000 via IndieGoGo, the funds raised will lease and renovate a venue, purchase equipment and hire talent and staff. A carefully chosen Board of Directors lead the project with in-depth experience in both the artistic and business details of a successful theatre company.

For two years, TART Artistic Director Jen Tidwell has worked to develop her vision into a reality.

"We are very excited to be Tacoma's new professional regional theater company, bringing entertainment, culture and arts education to Tacoma and the South Sound."

In addition to professional actors, TART will provide employment for area artists, set designers and builders, sound and lighting technicians and other related professionals. TART will also offer classes and experiences for local aspiring actors of all levels.

In addition to supporting the arts and culture of Tacoma, donors will enjoy a wide variety of perks including free tickets, discounts on class offerings, reception invitations, name plaques and other special recognition. All members of the public who wish to be part of supporting the arts in Tacoma can visit the theatre's webpage at

Tacoma officer shoots man seen grabbing a gun

Tacoma Police responded to a loud music complaint in the 3400 block of South Proctor Street on May 10. Officers observed a male within the problem house, grab a gun and move toward the door to the residence.

The adult male was encountered outside of the residence where he was shot by one of the responding Officers.

The residence the male had exited contained other occupants whose involvement with the adult male was unclear. Medical aid was escorted to the location of the shooting victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The identification of the male will be made by the Medical Examiner’s office.

The house was surrounded and contained until the SWAT Team responded and cleared the residence. The investigation of the shooting is continuing. The officer involved is on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure. The officer is 34 years old and has been employed by the Tacoma Police Department for six years.

Local Author Launches New Book

Tacoma author Judith Cullen began writing short fiction three years ago and has been actively engaged in learning and experiencing the constantly evolving industry that is today’s publishing world.

She published this month her ninth title, a collection of short stories entitled "The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep," with original art commissioned from nationally recognized illustrator and comic artist Rick Geary.

The new book features four tales appropriate for readers age 12 and up. Two of the four tales include Geary’s artwork.

Cullen credits Geary for the book’s title. “I sent Rick the first story to review, very tentatively hoping he might like it and agree to work with me. I was overwhelmed when he responded that he loved the story ‘The Blackberry’ and that he found it very ‘creepy.’ That was all it took. The title seemed self-evident.”

Cullen is best known in the Puget Sound as a scenic designer and theater artist, not as an author. She started her professional career at Tacoma Actors Guild in the early 1980s and has worked at theaters and operas across the region, including over a decade at Tacoma Little Theatre.

The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep is currently available on Amazon for Kindle and in Paperback. The book will also become available locally later this month at The Nearsighted Narwhal in Tacoma, and Zanadu Comics in Seattle. More outlet negotiations are ongoing, as well as donations to library collections. Cullen is holding an informal Launch Breakfast on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Original Pancake House, 601 S Pine St. in Tacoma. Seating is limited on a drop-by basis, and food is no-host.

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