May 14, 2013 @ 12:40 pm
The awesomeness that is Casi Wilkerson will be less visible at Lakewood Playhouse now that she and announced she is leaving her post as its education director and Lakewood Institute of Theatre guru.
Taking her position is Jefri Peters.
Wilkerson announced in an email that she has decided to move on to new projects and family endeavors. Fear not, she still plans to direct "Pride and Prejudice"and continue to support Lakewood Playhouse and its missions.
"As difficult as 'change' can be, we are excited about our clever solution," the announcement stated. "The dynamic, outgoing and passionate Jefri Peters is joining the Lakewood Playhouse Family as the new Education Director! Whoo- hoo!"
Peters comes to Lakewood with 16 years of educational programming for youth and adults.
"The family at the Lakewood Playhouse sees this as a wonderful opportunity for Casi Wilkerson to continue her incredible life's journey and spend more time with her family," Lakewood's Artistic Director John Munn wrote in the announcement. "And, at the same time, we are extremely proud, and lucky, to have the wonderful Jefri Peters join our family and share her lifetime of educational experience with us. We look forward to seeing Casi whenever she comes home for a visit and look equally forward to seeing Jefri on a daily basis."
May 14, 2013 @ 11:30 am
Robyn Meier, Administrator of Peoples Retirement Community was recently awarded “Administrator of the Year Award for 2013” by the Washington Health Care Association.
This award recognizes an assisted living administrator who demonstrates outstanding innovation, achievement, and capabilities in their provision of high quality person-centered care in a service oriented culture in an assisted living community.
Meier’s leadership, dedication, integrity and high standard of ethical behavior were some of the contributing factors leading to such a prestigious award.
By Published in the Tacoma Weekly
May 14, 2013 @ 8:53 am
Fire Incidents for May 10-12, 2013 Posted: 13 May 2013 02:12 PM PDT Date: 5/10/13 Time: 6:58 a.m. Address: 2246 Bay St. Response: Station 2 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters responded to a prohibited outdoor burn.
Date: 5/10/13 Time: 6:55 p.m. Address: 773 Broadway Response: Station 1 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Crews responded to a reported kitchen fire and upon arrival found the occupant had burnt food on the stove top. Firefighters confirmed that there was no fire extension and assisted with smoke removal.
Date: 5/10/13 Time: 7:05 p.m. Address: 3831 Tacoma Ave S Response: Station 2 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters responded to a possible car fire. Upon investigation they found smoke coming from an electrical junction box. They disconnected the battery and confirmed there was no fire extension.
Date: 5/10/13 Time: 11:28 p.m. Address: 2148 Port of Tacoma Rd Response: Station 1,2,12 Damage Estimate: undetermined Narrative: Firefighters responded to a reported dumpster fire. The first arriving company found a dumpster containing construction debris was fully involved with fire. Crews used water and class A foam to extinguish the fire and the damage was limited to the dumpster.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 2:55 a.m.Address: S. 83rd St/S.Park St Response: Station 10 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters put out a grass fire ignited by fireworks.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 9:41 a.m. Address: SB I-5 No Port of Tacoma Response: Station 2,11,12 Damage Estimate: $5,000 Narrative: Firefighters responded to a reported fire in the engine compartment of a motor vehicle (van). The first arriving engine company found the van was fully engulfed in flames. Crews extinguished the fire and there were no injuries to report.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 10:49 a.m.Address: 2148 Port of Tacoma Rd Response: Station 2,1,7 Damage Estimate: undetermined Narrative: Firefighters extinguished a dumpster fire. The fire was contained to the dumpster.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 10:49 a.m. Address: 6909 S. 19th St Response: Station 17 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters extinguished a smoldering bark fire.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 2:16 p.m. Address: 5311 S. Orchard St. Response: Station 2,7,8,9,12,16,17 Damage Estimate: $93 Narrative: Firefighters responded to a reported apartment fire. The first arriving company found smoke coming out of a roof vent. Crews forced entry into the apartment and found food left on the stove had caused the smoke. Firefighters confirmed there was no fire extension and ventilated the apartment.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 5:45 p.m. Address: 2602 Westridge Ave W Response: Station 16 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters extinguished a prohibited outdoor burn near a small homeless camp.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 5:49 p.m. Address: 1025 N. Levee Rd Response: Station 12 Damage Estimate: unknown Narrative: Firefighters provided assistance to CPFR for a fire in an industrial laundry facility.
Date: 5/11/13 Time: 10:02 p.m. Address: 808 Valley Ave NW Response: Station 12 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters extinguished a small bark fire in CPFR’s district.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 2:44 a.m. Address: 5210 E “F” St. Response: Station 2,7,8,11,15,17 Damage Estimate: $11,200 Narrative: Firefighters responded to a reported house fire. The first arriving engine company found smoke and flames showing from the attached garage of the 1,880 square foot 2 story residence. Crews attacked the fire with handlines, conducted a search to confirm no one was trapped inside and ventilated the smoke from the building.
A fire investigator determined that an overloaded extension cord plugged into a light weight power strip failed and ignited the blaze. The fire displaced 8 occupants and there were no injuries to report.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 2:48 a.m. Address: 3907 N. Gove St Response: Station14 Damage Estimate: undetermined Narrative: Firefighters responded to a small outdoor fire. A fire had started in some debris and spread to a cedar fence. It was undetermined what had started the fire.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 4:30 a.m. Address: 6thAve/N. Oakes St. Response: Station 9 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters extinguished a small smoldering bark fire.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 7:03 a.m. Address: 906 N. 9th St. Response: Station 4 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters extinguished a fire in an 8 foot tall shrub.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 1:39 p.m. Address: 9615 18th Ave S Response: Station 10 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters responded to a pan on the stove fire with no fire extension in CPFR’s district.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 4:51 p.m. Address: 1301 N. Highlands Parkway Response: Station 1,4,9,12,13,16,17 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters responded to a reported fire in a nursing home. Upon investigation, crews determined that an employee had placed a cup of coffee in the microwave not knowing that it was lined with stainless steel. The arching caused the plastic on the outside of the cup to burn and send light smoke throughout a section of the building. The fire was contained to the microwave.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 7:09 p.m. Address: 4909 McKinley Ave Response: Station 11 Damage Estimate: none Narrative: Firefighters responded to a prohibited burn of yard waste in a burn barrel.
Date: 5/12/13 Time: 9:40 p.m. Address: 210 N. Yakima Ave Response: Station 1,2,4,9,17 Damage Estimate: $ 23,000 Narrative: Firefighters responded to a reported garage fire. The first arriving engine company found flames and smoke showing from the two car detached garage. Crews attacked the fire and protected the adjacent garages exposed to the fire. The fire damaged the structure, a vehicle inside and additional contents. There were no injuries to report.
A fire investigator determined that an electrical malfunction at a light switch appears to have started the fire.
By Published in the Tacoma Weekly
May 13, 2013 @ 4:03 pm
First the bad news: That Alice in Chains/Soundgarden tour that guitarist and Spanaway native Jerry Cantrell hinted at in Rolling Stone has yet to materialize (one shared bill in New Jersey aside.) Booooo! Stop teasing us, Cantrell!
But the good news is that you'll be able to catch Alice headlining at Pain in the Grass 2013, the annual summer rock gala put on by Seattle's KISW-FM (99.9). Pain has been expanded to a two-day event that will take over the Gorge Amphitheatre in George on Sept. 6 and 7 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, promoter Live Nation announced today.
Adding to the buzz is that Alice in Chains is about the drop “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” its second album with William DuVall singing lead vocals. It's due from Virgin/EMI on May 28.
Other bands that have been confirmed for Pain in the Grass are Jane's Addiction, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Coheed and Cambria, All That Remains, Circa Survive, Airbourne, Danko Jones, Walking Papers, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Attika 7, Heaven's Basement, Mindset Evolution, the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and H.I.M. (a band that just canceled its entire summer tour days ago.)
Ticketmaster will sell Pain in the Grass tickets beginning May 17, at 10 a.m. Single day tix are $59.50 and two-day passes are $99.90, with a limited number of “premium lawn experience” tickets available for $199.
May 13, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
Dozens of students will address Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas Krise tomorrow as they seek to pressure him into allowing a union vote for contingent faculty members. Krise has maintained his opposition to a vote, in the face of growing support from students and permanent faculty members on campus.
“President Krise calls us a ‘University of the First Rank,’ and says we’re supposed to value collaboration and democracy,” said PLU student Kenny Stancil. “Yet when our contingent faculty want to vote on whether they should be in a union, his administration takes action to prevent them from doing so. I think until this vote happens, we should all be ashamed. We’re not living up to what he says we represent.”
PLU relies on a large group of highly trained contingents, who make up nearly half the total faculty. They include lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors, clinical faculty, visiting faculty and resident faculty. Contingent faculty members, who have been asking since April 11 for a vote, earn only a fraction of what tenured professors make teaching the same course load, and their employment is tenuous. Following a series of legal objections filed by the university, the National Labor Relations Board is set to rule next week on whether PLU is required by law to allow contingent faculty to decide their own fate with a unionization vote.
“Half of our faculty is really struggling to maintain the high standard of teaching that we have imposed on ourselves, and for which PLU is well-known,” said Dr. Jane Harty, Senior Lecturer in Music. “Yet, for too long we have not been offered fair pay, job security, or access to benefits. Forming a union will help us to maintain those high standards of teaching so that we can better serve our students. It will also help us to honor our own remarkable mission statement as an institution, to serve others and our community.”
Krise has maintained that he is not required to allow a vote based on PLU’s standing as a religious organization, despite the fact that similar universities have recently allowed votes. On April 26 contingent faculty at Georgetown University, a Catholic affiliated university, for example, voted to form a union with the full support of university management.
By Published in the Tacoma Weekly