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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 This Week's Paper

District seeks parents to help remap middle school boundaries

Tacoma Public Schools administrators needs parents of current middle school students to serve on a committee that will meet in the coming year to help redraw middle school boundaries as the district prepares to reopen Hunt Middle School as well as address population shifts within the district’s school boundaries.
The district would like two parent volunteers from each of the district’s nine middle schools to provide recommendations for the boundaries each middle school will serve. To date, the district only has five applications to serve on what officials hope will be an 18-member committee. The volunteer committee, alongside district staff and principals will analyze enrollment projections and boundary lines and recommend adjustments to the superintendent and school board by early January. Any changes could come as early as… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
For Henry Haas, a good life came only after surviving a bad one

Henry Haas was born in Berlin, Germany on April 8, 1938 to Jewish parents facing the rise of the Nazi empire. By the time he turned one year old, Haas and his parents had fled to the Czech Republic, then Slovakia, then Italy and France.
“No country would accept us and it was impossible for my parents to get a visa,” Haas said. “My father heard of a ship leaving France for Shanghai. He had been a furrier in Berlin, and he smuggled furs out in the bedding we were allowed to take with us, and with that he was able to buy tickets on the ship. In July of 1939 we sailed off for Shanghai,”
The trip saved their lives – Haas’… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
Pierce County deputies search for convicted child rapist

The Pierce County Sex and Kidnap Offender Registration Unit is searching for convicted child rapist Santana Cartwright. The 30-year-old level 2 sex offender was convicted of two counts of rape of a child in the first degree when he was in his early teens.
“His victims were between 7 and 9 years old so if this guy is living around other small girls, it could obviously be an issue. We want to find him and make sure he registers and find out what county and city he’s living in,” said… Read Full Story

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Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

CREATE YOUR OWN POP-UP PARK IN TACOMA Calling all businesses, organizations, and persons interested in public space. Friday, Sept. 16 is Park(ing) Day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks. Want a piece of this action? Create your own park(ing) space in downtown and…

AG files campaign finance complaint against Port of Tacoma officials, EDB, Chamber of Commerce
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The Attorney General’s Office announced the filing of a complaint on Aug. 15 in Pierce County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by Port of Tacoma officials, the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. The complaint alleges…

Community treasure Lois Zaroudny passes away
By Derek Shuck

The city of Milton lost one of its brightest figures on Aug. 4 when Mayor Pro Tem Lois Zaroudny passed away peacefully at home. Zaroudny lived most of her life in Milton, and was not only dedicated to preserving its history, but ensuring the town had a bright future. She served on various boards and…

The Queen of Losers
By Carolin Jones Special to Tacoma Weekly

What's the best way to drop a hundred pounds? Miracle pill? Cabbage soup? Insanity workout? According to Tacoma's Janet Hellman, 78, it's hard work, staying dedicated and receiving support from others struggling with weight. Hellman is a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS, a non-profit weight…

All SR 16 traffic routed onto eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Drivers who use the State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge are encouraged to plan ahead for weekend and weeknight delays in late August and early September. During the weekends of Aug. 26-29 and Sept. 9-12, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce SR…

Be Well: From Sickness to Health
By Derek Shuck

Tacoma residents looking to lower stress and develop healthy habits are invited to attend “From Sickness to Health,” a ten-week program hosted by Tacoma Central Church. The program begins on Aug. 24-28 with a four-day introduction to healthy activities. Citizens are invited from 7- 8 p.m. on Wednesday…

Local Resturants
By Erica Cooley Special to Tacoma Weekly

On the first of July, one of Tacoma’s most frequented pizza joints, Puget Sound Pizza, was purchased by Cory Cannell. A brand new owner means some seriously exciting changes for this local pizzeria and hangout, including a total facelift for the pizza joint. Cannell states on the changes to come,…

Orting officers, Pierce County deputies team up to arrest career criminal
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Over the weekend, Orting Police officers, assisted by deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, arrested a suspect with multiple warrants and a long criminal history. On Aug. 13, the Orting Police Department requested assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to arrest…

Deputies search for sex offender who threatens victims’ families
By David Rose

Pierce County detectives in the sex offender registration unit are asking for the public’s help to find Douglas Jermaine Bush. In 2006 he was convicted of rape of a child in the third degree in Clark County. He has also been convicted of felony harassment. According to official court records, Bush…

Roy man suspected of killing 12-year-old nephew with machete
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Roy. Detectives believe the 27-year-old suspect murdered his nephew in their home with a machete and then shot himself in the head while driving. On Aug. 7 at 3:12 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a white…