Kathleen Merryman

Email: kathleen@tacomaweekly.com

20 November 2013

Stuart Gives Back

Stewart Middle School students have been putting the thanks back into Thanksgiving this month.

The 516 students and many of their families have organized a food drive and invited their neighbors to contribute and celebrate with them Thursday at Stewart Gives Back Night.

The centerpiece spaghetti dinner, principal…

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20 November 2013

SHOP LOCAL: Black Friday in Tacoma takes the music to local merchants

Thinking big about Black Friday, Zach Powers let a few anti-megacorp rants cycle through his brain.

You know, the brawls that break out when giant retailers advertise smashing deals on electronics and games to generate “excitement,” then deliberately understock the goods, and then send forth PR people who say they…

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19 November 2013

Doctor Who’s untold escapade in Tacoma’s history

“Doctor Who” will celebrate its 50th anniversary of adventures through time and space Nov. 23 with “The Day of the Doctor” on BBC America – and at 3-D theater events and a festival at Seattle's EMP. It will be an intergalactic mash-up of Daleks, Companions, the Tardis, fezzes, Captain Jack, Weeping Angels and Sonic…

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19 November 2013

What’s right with Tacoma: PUT A SOCK IN IT

Tacoma Weekly's entryway is getting cluttered, and we are over the moon about it.

Actually, we are at 2588 Pacific Hwy., between the Harley Davidson dealership and Meineke Car Care Center, but the boxes of food, toys and, coming soon, socks, are sending our hearts skyward.

Folks are stopping by with donations…

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15 November 2013

The Doctor is calling you

“Doctor Who” will celebrate its 50th anniversary of adventures through time and space Nov. 23 with “The Day of the Doctor” on BBC America – and at 3-D theater events and a festival at Seattle's EMP. It will be an intergalactic mash-up of Daleks, Companions, the Tardis, fezzes, Weeping Angels and Sonic Screwdrivers,…

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13 November 2013

Bank of America gives $200,000 to FISH Food Banks

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded FISH Food Banks its 2014 Neighborhood Builders award, which comes with $200,000 and leadership training.

Bank of America chooses Neighborhood Builders from high-performing non-profits that have made a significant impact on meeting community needs.

Established…

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13 November 2013

The Doctor is calling you

“Doctor Who” will celebrate its 50th anniversary of adventures through time and space Nov. 23 with “The Day of the Doctor” on BBC America – and at 3-D theater events and a festival at Seattle's EMP. It will be an intergalactic mash-up of Daleks, Companions, the Tardis, fezzes, Weeping Angels and Sonic Screwdrivers,…

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13 November 2013

What’s Right with Tacoma: Pastor Ron Pierre Vignec brought peace and the poetry of service to Salish

Pastor Ron Pierre Vignec, Poet of the Eastside, Bringer of Peace to the troubled, Forager of Food for the hungry, Speaker of Truth to power, Sharer of Burdens with the hopeless, and Santa Claus to those who choose to believe, has died.

Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, he suffered internal bleeding. Over the next days his…

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8 November 2013

The Doctor is calling you.

Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary of adventures through time and space Nov. 23 with “The Day of the Doctor” on BBC America – and at 3-D theater events and a festival at Seattle's EMP. It will be an intergalactic mash-up of Daleks, Companions, the Tardis, fezzes, Weeping Angels and Sonic Screwdrivers, plus…

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7 November 2013

Mount Tahoma High School students talk politics with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer

Tuesday, U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer experienced something rare and wonderful in the life of a member of Congress: He met with a group of diverse and thoughtful constituents who asked tough questions, listened with care and, occasionally, challenged him.

Washington's U.S. Representative from the 6th District was visiting…

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6 November 2013

What’s Right With Tacoma: Planting Seeds

Tacoma is throwing a new kind of food drive for Thanksgiving. It's a city-wide collaboration aimed at feeding hungry school kids and their families, and, in doing so, letting them know that this whole city cares for them.

It started with barbers.

At the start of the past eight school years, Hasani Frederick…

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5 November 2013

Farmers, gardeners end season with gift of freshness

Janie Morris was fairly skipping with delight as she loaded 35 canvas bags with produce and gifts then toted them to the Broadway Farmers Market's wagons.

On the last day of the season, vendors were shining with Tacoma spirit, sending some of their best wares to the people who need it most – the clients of Tacoma…

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31 October 2013

What’s Right with Tacoma: Recovery House Opens

Sophia Lozier was sitting on a loveseat in her new apartment on a sunny Tuesday morning. If you knew Lozier, you might have mistaken it for a miracle.

“I have been four months and 21 days clean,” Lozier said on Tuesday.

That was after eight years on pills, three failed attempts at inpatient treatment, three…

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30 October 2013

Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Sylvia Miller initiates coat, blanket drive

When a lunch emergency broke out at last week's Project Homeless Connect, Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Sylvia Miller stepped up with the right resource. The Tacoma Dome, which housed the main event, could not allow a free lunch give-away on its grounds. So Miller volunteered a tribally-owned parking lot just across the street…

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9 October 2013

HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROGRAM ENCOURAGES BREASTFEEDING

Ruby Washington has eaten at only one spot and had only one food in all her life. There she has found everything her body needs, and even more for her brain.

Ruby is 10 months old, and that spot is her mother's breast.

This week, she and her mom, Jamila Kinnay-Jones, 20, volunteered to encourage moms in the…

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2 October 2013

Arts & Entertainment: BEHIND THE SCREENS: TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURETTES

Zach Powers grew up thinking he wanted to be a journalist.

The Grand Cinema has brought him to his senses.

“I loved storytelling,” The Grand's director of marketing and communications said in a shared office papered with posters.

Powers believes in the story's power to broaden understanding and strengthen…

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2 October 2013

Arts & Entertainment: BEHIND THE SCREENS: TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURETTES

Laura Marshall was 24 and had already made the worst film of all time when she was hired on as Tacoma Film Festival Director Dec. 3, 2012.

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Oakley, she inherited her parents' dominant movie genes. Her father, a pastor, had grown up in Bremerton making movies with a Super 8…

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