Jill Russell

hails from Lakewood, WA. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2008, where she studied print journalism and had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Australia. She had a 10-month stint as a reporter and photographer in Washington's wine country, Prosser. She also covered education for The Daily News in Longview for several months. She now lives in Tacoma with her fiance and eight-year-old cat, Murrow.

Email: jrussell@tacomaweekly.com

10 November 2011

New college entrepreneur network launches in Tacoma

Four Pierce County universities and colleges joined forces this month to create a network that nurtures and trains the next generation of local, young entrepreneurs.

The Tacoma College Entrepreneur Network launched its first event Nov. 5 at the University of Puget Sound with “Innovate! Create!,” a competition that…

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10 November 2011

Beloved local musician remembered by many

Kenneth Roberts Olendorf, husband, father and highly gifted musician unexpectedly passes away while performing on Oct. 21. He was 77 years old.

“I’m really going to miss him. He was an amazing pianist,” friend and bandmate Don Miller said. He met Olendorf when he auditioned for his band several years ago.

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27 October 2011

CD Review: Joe Henry “Reverie”

Joe Henry released his critically acclaimed 12th album “Reverie” this fall. The album sounds like an updated, more hip lounge act. Soft, romantic instrumentals, but Henry’s voice contrasts with a gruff, sharper sound.

The first track, “Heaven’s Escape,” is the best song on the album. It gives you the feeling…

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6 October 2011

Zipcars available at University of Washington-Tacoma

The University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT) has partnered with Zipcar, Inc. this month to offer a new car-sharing program on its campus.

The university will offer two vehicles to begin with, a Honda Insight hybrid and a Ford Focus, to all students, faculty and staff members ages 18 and older, as well as members of the…

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22 September 2011

Entrepreneur expo helps women transform business, life

For some, it’s hard to find a career that melds passion and financial success. But Jen Lovelady and Kia Hanson made it a reality and they want to help others do it, too.

That’s the inspiration behind Success Unplugged USA, a motivational conference that shows women how to get their business flowing and lead more…

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15 September 2011

Tacoma Welcomes New Grocers

Starting this month, Tacoma residents have two new – and very different – places to shop for groceries.

Downtown along Pacific Avenue, IGA officially opened its new Tacoma City Grocery on Sept. 7. The full service grocery store features a bakery, deli, meat counter, and full produce section.

Across town,…

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1 September 2011

Happy at the Bay restaurant

Teriyaki and sushi restaurants are plentiful in the South Sound. But, not all of them offer a friendly, dedicated staff or a chef with more than three decades of restaurant experience.

That is where Fife’s Happy at the Bay restaurant comes in.

The new restaurant, which opened this month, offers teriyaki,…

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1 September 2011

Mutts and models strut for a fashion, fundraising

Dogs do not always come to mind when thinking of fashion. But one local business owner hopes to change that while giving back to pooches in need.

London Couture owner Tina London is hosting the second annual Strut for a Mutt fashion show to benefit the Metro Animal Shelter in Puyallup.

The event will feature…

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1 September 2011

Heritage Happens showcases rich Pierce County history

Pierce County’s history is rich with explorers, pioneers, drama, growth and conflict. Next month, the Heritage League of Pierce County will offer an opportunity to explore that history during Heritage Happens, the first event that brings together more than 30 area history museums for re-enactments, exhibits and lectures.…

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25 August 2011

Calling all quilters

Quilters in the region are on pins and needles this month in anticipation for the area’s largest quilt tradeshow.

The Pacific West Quilt Show, hosted by the Association of Pacific West Quilter (APWQ), takes place Aug. 26-28 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma. The event, previously…

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18 August 2011

Expansion plan

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma announced this month a $62 million plan to expand its campus with a new five-story medical office building, a 770-stall parking garage and a sky bridge connecting the hospital and new building.

The new state-of-the-art facility, named the Franciscan Medical Building at St. Joseph,…

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18 August 2011

Museum of Glass becomes a Blue Star Site

Tacoma’s Museum of Glass was selected this month as one of six museums from around the country to host a celebration of the Blue Star Museums Joining Forces Initiative.

The initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, provides free admission to active-duty military and their family members…

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11 August 2011

Tacomans give Marrow two thumbs up

It seems Tacomans cannot get enough of locally-harvested foods and craft cocktails.

Marrow, 6th Avenue’s newest destination catering to both of these services, received success and accolades on its first week in business.

The restaurant officially opened for business Aug. 2, and so far, it has been a non-stop…

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4 August 2011

Fragrance blending bar blooms at Laughing Lotus

In the days of scrimping, saving and cutting back on life’s luxuries, the Laughing Lotus has introduced a product that allows locals to indulge without breaking the bank.

Cyndi Sorrell, business partner of the local craft jewelry and gift store, launched Tacoma’s newest fragrance blending bar at the shop this month.…

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4 August 2011

Healthcare workers rally for insurance benefits

Nearly 100 public service union members rallied July 28 in Tacoma to protest health insurance premium hikes for Pierce County Community Health Care clinic employees.

Union members argued that increases in health insurance premiums for clinic workers have become unaffordable. The workers planned a two-day strike Aug.…

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21 July 2011

Healing hearts, building homes

Sergeant George Hudgeons, 33, clearly remembers the blast.

With just two months left in this tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, an RPG explosion sent shrapnel and debris into Hudgeons’ leg while he was on a mission to rescue fallen pilots in a dangerous region of the country.

“It was pretty dang scary,” he…

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21 July 2011

Cheers to the consortium

If you ask Todd Buckley, Tacoma is one of the best places in the country to get good food and a good drink.

That’s the impression he wants others to get when they visit the gritty city and it’s his inspiration behind launching the Tacoma Alcohol Consortium.

“I want to educate people in the south sound…

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7 July 2011

Singing the Blues

Organizers of Tacoma’s Old Town Blues Festival will have their hands full this year.

The one-day blues extravaganza returns for the 19th year to bring the best of the Northwest to the streets of Tacoma.

On July 9, the community can enjoy great food, music and beer – while supporting a great cause.…

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7 July 2011

Tacoma’s native son returns

After creating art and travelling the world for more than three decades, Dale Chihuly is happy to be home.

The world-renowned artist unveiled his newest exhibit, “Dale Chihuly’s Northwest,” this spring at the Tacoma Art Museum. It runs through Sept. 25.

“It feels great,” Chihuly said. “I’m so proud…

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7 July 2011

Meet Tacoma’s new Peace Prize Laureate

After retiring as a pediatrician orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Donald Mott decided to use his skills to fulfill a higher calling and give back to children in need.

In 2002, Mott founded China Partners Network with a group of physicians, therapists and other volunteer professionals. The team donates its talents, skills and…

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The Daily MashUp

26 October 2011

Mobile public assistance event this Saturday

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is hosting a mobile enrollment event…Read More

12 October 2011

Free crazy bread for shoe donations!

Tacoma Goodwill and Little Caesars have announced a partnership encouraging…Read More