Sunday, May 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Boyington finally honored

The sun shone bright Friday, May 19. Perfect weather for those who looked to the skies in admiration of the F4U Corsair fighter plane that flew overhead Lincoln High School in honor of the unveiling of the Pappy Boyington, Perpetual Garden Memorial monument. The festivities led by Master of Ceremonies, Charley Land of KLAY Radio boasted a hearty turnout. People of all ages filled the seats, sidewalks and grassy knolls to celebrate a bit of Tacoma history in Gregory “Pappy” Boyington. A child, his mother’s fingers interlaced with his own in one hand, a blue toy plane in the other stood among history enthusiasts and a bevy of military veterans awaiting the unveiling of the marble monument who had at last found its permanent home on the grounds of Lincoln High School.
Though the F4U Corsair, flown by pilot Jim Martinelli was… Read Full Story

Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement

As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign is taking place now through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
“It’s more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children,” said Cesi Velez, Project Manager of Washington’s Child Passenger Safety Program.
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Pauli contract signed for city manager post

It’s official. Elizabeth Pauli is Tacoma’s first female city manager.
The City Council formally approved the contract with Pauli, the former city attorney who was serving as the acting city manager since T.C. Broadnax left for the top executive post in Dallas and a failed $24,500 national search landed four less-than-stellar candidates. Interviews with those candidates lead the City Council to ask Pauli to consider taking the post after she first opted out of applying for the position.Read Full Story

More News
Pothole Pig
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

After so long, we have to assume that Percival our beloved Pothole Pig has simply vanished. However, there are still potholes in the city that need attention, so we simply – and sadly – must hire someone to handle his workload. We decided to give the candidates a trial run to see how they do in…

Community takes strides against hunger, literally
By Daniel Beers For the Tacoma Weekly

The Emergency Food Network (EFN) wrapped up its first official Hunger Awareness Month on Saturday, May 20, with a Hunger Walk and 5K Run fundraiser. More than 650 runners and walkers took advantage of a beautiful sunny morning at Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park to show support for a noble cause…

Food Fight! For a cause
By Jackie Fender for the Tacoma Weekly

There's nothing like a little friendly competition to capture a community's attention. Two community organizers do just that with another round of the Fife Milton Edgewood Food Fight. Rather than the typical lunchroom action of slinging mashed potatoes and hamburger buns through the air, this food…

Tideflats take center stage on several fronts
By Steve Dunkelberger

The six protesters who were arrested last week after they reportedly chained themselves to construction equipment at the construction site of Puget Sound Energy’s 8 million-gallon liquefied natural gas facility at the corner of East 11th and Alexander Avenue East on the Tideflats have been released.…

Memorial Day Observance
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Tacoma Historical Society The Tacoma Historical Society will present its annual Memorial Day Observance in Tacoma’s War Memorial Park at Sixth Avenue and MacArthur Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 29. Two new memorials, bearing the names of 226 Pierce County citizens who lost their lives…

Tacoma residents organize to save healthcare for local caregivers
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Pierce County residents are fighting to save affordable healthcare for Washington’s caregivers. On Wednesday, community members rallied to oppose the state Senate budget, which would cut $28.1 million to home care aide health insurance and cause thousands of caregivers to lose insurance. Home…

Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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…

Candidates flood open city, port seats
By Steve Dunkelberger

Last Friday’s filing deadline for the primary campaign season brought a flurry of announcements that fired the starting pistol for races to fill seats on the City Council and Port of Tacoma Commission. Term limits lead to three open seats on the Tacoma City Council, including that of mayor since…

New Mural Weaves History Into Art
By Daniel Beers For the Tacoma Weekly

Work has begun on a 19,200-square-foot mural on the 7 Seas Brewery building along Jefferson Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Funded by a Heritage Capital Projects Fund Grant awarded to the city by the Washington State Heritage Society, the mural, “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” will be one of five…

Young U.P. student to sing National Anthem at Rainiers game
By Jackie Fender

Young Sarah Seevers is a busy young lady. Already, this 14-year-old Drum Intermediate School student has a resume that boasts a variety of skills that most would envy. Seevers is a member of the Tacoma Youth Chorus. She is a gold level swimmer with the University Place Aquatic Club swim team, the…