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PETRICH TO LEAD 2014 PORT COMMISSION

Port of Tacoma commissioners have named Clare Petrich to lead the 2014 Commission. Petrich, who was first elected to the Commission in November 1995, succeeds Commissioner Don Meyer as president.

The Port’s five commissioners serve four-year terms. Officer positions rotate yearly. Petrich joins Vice President Don Johnson, Secretary Connie Bacon, First Assistant Secretary Dick Marzano and Second Assistant Secretary Don Meyer in the 2014 Port of Tacoma Commission.

Commission meetings and study sessions are open to the public. They are held in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center at 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings also are available for viewing live and on demand from the Port's website at http://www.portoftacoma.com/webstreaming.

Petrich is a small business owner with strong ties to Tacoma’s maritime heritage. She is co-founder and chair of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest, and she is deeply involved in maritime heritage research.

Petrich is a graduate of Manhattanville College in New York and received her master’s degree from the University of Virginia, she currently lives in Tacoma.

TACOMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS HONORED AT SEAHAWKS GAME

The McKinstry Construction Corporation and the Seattle Seahawks recognized Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) as a Champion of Sustainability at the Sunday, Dec. 22 Seahawks home game at Century Link Field.

McKinstry, a leader in construction, energy and facility services, said the district's inspired decision to invest in the long-term health and efficiency of facilities while creating a global impact through reduced energy use and lower carbon emissions, earned the district the Champion of Sustainability award.

Tacoma Public Schools partnered with McKinstry to implement energy efficiency procedures, reducing the amount of kilowatts used and producing an estimated $34,468 a year in energy savings across 22 buildings.

Josh Garcia, deputy superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools, along with Director of Planning and Construction Steve Murakami and other school administrators, accepted the Champion of Sustainability award at the Dec. 22 game. Tacoma Public School's award was also featured in a pre-game Hawkvision presentation, a Gameday program ad and radio spots during the broadcast of the game.

Winter Skills Camp

The 2013 FOE Kingdom: Winter Skills Camp is the first event ever put on fully by Family Overcomes Everything Kingdom organization. The hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it is open to public.

The two coordinators of the camp are FOE Kingdom founder and president Zach Banner, and vice president Isaiah Hamlin. The rest of the camp staff involves local college athletes, and includes Nick Jensen (head coach for Lakes High School Boys basketball team) and the rest of his assistant staff.

The event will be held at Lakes High School and will feature the school’s boys basketball freshman and junior varsity team.

The camp will go over proper nutrition and hydration, soft tissue work, dynamic warm-up, ball handling, shooting skills, in-game fundamentals and advice.

‘TREE’CYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE THIS YEAR

As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to “treecycle” your Christmas tree.

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

Residents may also recycle their tree free of charge at Pierce County’s transfer stations. For locations, visit http://www.piercecountywa.org/treecycle.

To treecycle, remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any nails or staples. Place the tree in your yard waste container for pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day. The tree must fit into the closed container, so cut the tree into pieces if necessary. If your tree isn’t in the cart, you may be charged for the additional pick up.

“All trees collected are composted into PREP Compost, a beneficial soil amendment that is popular with home and commercial gardeners,” said Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator. “The compost created enhances soil quality, saves water, and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers. Treecycling also helps save valuable landfill space.”

The cities of Milton, Tacoma, Puyallup and Ruston have special collection programs for households within their city limits. Contact your city hall or local garbage hauler for more details.

For more information about getting ready for winter, visit http://www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.

VOLUNTEER SOUGHT FOR DISABILITIES ADVISORY BOARD

Pierce County is seeking volunteers to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, which helps with planning to improve services and better meet the community’s needs.

The board assists the Department of Community Connections with reviewing and evaluating programs for Pierce County residents who experience developmental disabilities. The board also helps staff with planning to improve services and better meet the community’s needs.

Advisory Board membership is open to Pierce County residents who have an interest in developmental disability issues. The board welcomes applicants from all minority groups.

The board meets bi-monthly from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at 3602 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.

Interested applicants should contact Brad Benoit, developmental disabilities supervisor, at (253) 798-4332 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MASON MIDDLE SCHOOL CONDUCTS CELL PHONE TEST

Two classrooms at Mason Middle School launched a pilot program this month to see if the program, known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), which allows students to use personally owned devices in an education setting, will work in Tacoma Public Schools.

After the pilot program ends in January, district staff will evaluate the good and bad, study adjustments for improvement and determine whether to roll out the program in more schools.

Tom Vander Ark, former Federal Way School District superintendent and now an education advocate, adviser and author of "Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World," writes that BYOD is one of the top six education trends to watch in 2014.

"Most public schools will use [BYOD] to supplement purchased equipment to ensure equitable access," Vander Ark wrote this week in his Education Week innovation blog.

WHITE SUPREMACISTS CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH

On Dec. 20, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeffrey Cooke, 32, Melissa Bourgault, 33, Mark Stredicke, 37, Eric Elliser, 33, and Shane McKrittrick, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the Second Degree. The five defendants participated in the stabbing death of Derek Wagner, 27. The four male defendants and the victim have ties to the Aryan Skins Kindred (ASK) prison gang.

On Nov. 16, Cooke picked up the victim from a mutual friend’s house in Yelm and drove him to Cooke’s home in Tacoma. Within three hours, the four other defendants arrived at Cooke’s home. A short time later, everyone left in multiple vehicles. Cooke drove the victim to Elliser’s house, where the group confronted the victim for two violations of their gang’s code of conduct. They accused the victim of having an affair with Stredicke’s wife and associating with a rival gang.

After the meeting, the victim was stabbed. He ran away, but collapsed and bled to death. The following afternoon, a man discovered the body in his yard and called police. Near the victim’s body, police found a Ka Bar knife, which Cooke is known to carry. According to the medical examiner, the victim was stabbed three times, including a fatal stab wound to the heart.

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