The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, September 04, 2015 This Week's Paper
Pierce Transit rolls out Patriotic Bus

Riders and community members should be on the lookout for a Pierce Transit patriotic themed bus because it may be rolling through your community soon. Just in time for Memorial Day and summer season, Pierce Transit unveiled a patriotic themed bus to nearly 200 participants at the Downtown: On the Go! Military Walk on May 20 in Downtown Tacoma.

The bus is now on regular service and will serve routes throughout the system like any other bus in the Pierce Transit fleet.

“Very impressive” said Retired Army Veteran and Public Affairs Officer for JBLM Joe Piek upon seeing the bus for the firs time at the Downtown: On the Go! event. As soon as I walked up to the bus I was impressed with the degree of symbolism of our country and military. As a veteran, I very much appreciate it and I think every veteran and their family will too.”

This is not the first time Pierce Transit has decked out a bus in a certain theme. Pierce Transit has rolled out themed buses that included; The Puyallup Fair, Daffodil Festival, Point Defiance Zoo, the holiday season and Downtown: On the Go!

“Our customers and community greet themed buses with much fanfare. It has been some time since we last did one. Employees at the agency got really excited about the idea of a patriotic themed bus so we did it and we wanted to get it into service before the Memorial Day weekend,” said Kathy Walton, Marketing Manager for Pierce Transit.

The patriotic bus is expected to remain in service for two to three years, depending on weathering of the decals.

City of Tacoma to Continue Rapid Graffiti Removal Program

After a successful pilot of the Rapid Graffiti Removal Program in 2014, the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department will continue to partner with property owners and expand the program to more of Tacoma’s key corridors in 2015.

“During the pilot program, we were able to work with participating eligible property owners to address 219 incidences of unwanted drawings or paint on properties in Tacoma, which was more than 13,500 square feet of graffiti removed,” said Allyson Griffith, the program’s coordinator.

The program focuses on helping victims of graffiti quickly remove it to help deter more criminal activity in the area.

“It is important to get the graffiti removed as quickly as possible, because it greatly reduces the chances of being tagged again,” Griffith said, adding, “For property owners who have repeat incidents the program provides a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design assessment to help owners make their properties less vulnerable to graffiti vandalism.”

In 2015, the City is contracting with Goodbye Graffiti to do the rapid graffiti removal for properties on eligible key corridors.

The service is provided at no cost to the property owner, but eligible property owners do need to return a signed permission slip to the City to be able to participate in the program.

Last year, more than 1,200 property owners turned in permission slips, and this year that number is expected to increase as three areas are added to the program: Market Street – 13th to 21st, Fawcett Avenue – 9th to 25th and Broadway Plaza – 9th to 15thand the Lincoln and South Tacoma revitalization areas.

Property owners may visit see if their property qualifies for the Graffiti Rapid Removal Program and to download a permission slip to participate.

Port of Tacoma Road Reconstruction Project Open House May 26

The City of Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma are holding an open house for the Port of Tacoma Road Reconstruction Project on Tuesday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fabulich Center(3600 Port of Tacoma Road, RM 104).

At this event, the project team will provide information about the schedule and components of the project, as well as how traffic will be detoured during repairs to keep terminals and businesses open.

Through a collaboration between the City and Port, grants were acquired to reconstruct approximately 7,800 feet of road surface on Port of Tacoma Road between E. 11th Street and Marshall Avenue.Renovations are set to begin on Monday, June 1, on what is estimated to be a six-month project timeline.

During construction, the City will post weekly schedule updates to the Port of Tacoma Road project site. The Port will also provide project updates through text and email alerts. Sign up to receive these alerts through their Subscribe to Updates web page or via text message:

Receive text alerts: Text PORT ROADWORK to 468311 (message and data rates apply) Receive email alerts: Text PORT ROADWORK and your email address to 468311

Contact City of Tacoma Project Manager Tom Rutherford with questions or concerns at (253) 591-5767.

UP slates Open House for May 19 for US Open Information

The public is invited to attend the City of University Place U.S. Open informational open house on May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Curtis High School cafeteria, 8425 40th St. W. in University Place.

This is the last in a series of numerous public outreach events the City of University Place, in conjunction with its partners at the USGA and Pierce County, will hold to answer questions about how the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay from June 15 to June 21 will affect life in the city.

Among the information to be shared will be the latest updates and maps on impacted traffic areas.

Representatives of Pierce County Parks and Recreation will be on hand to address Chambers Creek Regional Park closures, including when areas of the park are scheduled to re-open following the conclusion of the Open.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department personnel will be available to explain maritime security zones and shoreline closures related to the event which will impact boaters and kayakers.

There will be no formal speakers at the open house, so the public is invited to stop by anytime during the two-hour period.

"This is truly just one last chance for people to ask those 'in the know' questions they may have about what to expect during the Open," said Jennifer Hales, public safety administrator for the University Place Police Department.

Wagner vying for Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen

Carissa Wagner, 16, of Puyallup, will be among 26 of the state's most talented, bright and beautiful young women, ages 13 to 17, to compete in the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen competition, the “little sister” to Miss Washington and Miss America.

The competition will take place May 23-24, 2015 at the Highline Performing Arts Center.Promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for Washington's teens, the MWOTeen contestants will be judged on personal interview, talent, evening wear and on-stage question, academic achievement and lifestyle & fitness in active wear.

Wagner, a sophomore at Emerald Ridge High School, is promoting iDance4aCure – to End Childhood Cancer through dance studios and “virtual dancing” on as her platform issue. Wagner will be performing Modern Ballet en Pointe for the talent portion of the MWOTeen competition.

To purchase tickets to the 2015 Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen preliminary and final night of competition, visit Brown Paper Tickets at

Information about the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen competition can be found at

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