The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 This Week's Paper
Kids can become Junior Rangers at Point Defiance Park

Now there’s new way for children to become familiar with the 760-acre treasure that is Point Defiance Park.

Park Ranger Mary Krauszer, with the help of Visitors Center ambassadors, plans to enlist them as Junior Rangers.

“There’s no age limit,” Krauszer said. “I’ve tried to make it so kids as young as 5, or perhaps younger with adult help, can do it.”
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The centerpiece of the program is a colorful handbook, with a map, that is chock full of activities and information about the park’s unique attractions, animals, plus do’s and don’ts.… Read More

Polynesian Heritage Showcasing at APCC’s Samoa Cultural Day

Audiences will be greeted with a warm “Talofa!” at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s (APCC) seventh annual Samoa Cultural Day, a day of festivities that celebrate and honor the Samoan people.  Thousands from all around the region will gather at the Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood to enjoy traditional village singing and dances, cultural displays, arts and crafts, games, authentic cuisine, and much more.  This free family-friendly event opens with a parade of Samoan organizations from all over Washington State, followed by the customary Ava Welcome Ceremony.  There will also… Read More

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

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