Matt Nagle

was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. and moved to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from college 25 years ago. He has been a community journalist his entire adult life, starting out as a cub reporter in his youth and working his way up to editorship at various Seattle-area publications. He loves his job because he can use his talents to help bring people and communities together.

Email: mnagle@tacomaweekly.com

28 April 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

Beauregard’s Salon at 4117 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place is unique for numerous reasons but perhaps their most attractive aspect is that each stylist plies her trade in a private studio rather than out on an open floor as is the case with most salons. Offering clients privacy and a more intimate experience with…

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28 April 2016

‘Teepee’ app puts tribes at your fingertips

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has developed a one-of-a-kind app for use with iPhones and iPads, available now from the Apple Store. Called “Teepee,” the app provides a wealth of information for all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. With this information at their fingertips, Teepee users can…

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14 April 2016

CLEAN OUR REZ

Anyone who lives on the Puyallup Reservation – and even those who drive through on occasion – has witnessed the sprawling landscape of refuse that has piled up over the years, generated by senseless littering, illegal dumping and homeless encampments. The Puyallup Tribal Council has retaliated by authorizing a massive…

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3 March 2016

Tacoma Fresh Now Open

On March 1, the ribbon was cut and the doors officially opened to Tacoma Fresh at 6210 29th St. NE. This grand opening celebration went on throughout the day, as customers ventured in to taste free samples and see what this new source for healthy living is all about.
Owner and entrepreneur William Manzanares transformed…

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4 February 2016

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes” at Fife High School is less than two weeks away and things are shaping up nicely for this first-time charity basketball game. On the court will be two opposing teams: the Fife Police Department and first responders on one side and Fife School District staff on the other. Doors to the gymnasium open at…

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3 December 2015

Laughs abound in TLT’s ‘A Christmas Story’

With a cherished holiday film like “A Christmas Story” so firmly engrained in the American psyche, it might seem a risk to present the story in a stage play. After all, this film is known about as widely as the lyrics to “Jingle Bells,” and it wasn’t introduced to the world on the stage, but rather on the silver…

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19 November 2015

UWT begins American Indian Studies minor this winter

Starting this winter, University of Washington-Tacoma will officially offer an American Indian Studies minor. Developed by Assistant Professors Michelle Montgomery and Danica Sterud Miller and grounded by a strong commitment to the histories, representations and political struggles of indigenous peoples, the intellectual…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

Tacoma Singing Society, with the emphasis on society, is an auditioned choir…Read More

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

Once a month, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health allows concerned citizens…Read More

Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

With the fourth annual Hip Hop in the Park just a week away – Aug. 13 starting at noon in People’s Park – the young students in Darren “Scooter” Spencer’s The Art of Hip Hop course at D.A.S.H. Center for the Performing Arts are busy pulling together last minute details before the big day. This is their event –…

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

With a jubilant crowd surrounding them on a sunny July 7 afternoon, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember Ryan Mello led the countdown for the first-ever raising of the pride flag over city hall. The event marked the kick-off Tacoma’s LGBT pride festivities, which were extended to 10 days this year.

One…

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11 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

May 4, 2010, was a sad day for the Puyallup Indian Tribe, as beloved elder and former tribal leader Lena (Davis) Landry passed away quietly with her family by her side. Even though she lived a full life until age 91, her death was still a blow to people inside and outside the tribe. After more than 60 years working for the…

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

Note: You can find Ismail's articles in the Tacoma Weekly on these pages:

30 March 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 30 - APRIL 30

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 - FASTPITCH
Pacific vs. PLU
Pacific Lutheran University - 2 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 – SOCCER
Bonney Lake vs. Lincoln
Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 – SOCCER
Mt. Tahoma vs. Stadium
Stadium Bowl…

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30 March 2017

Bulletin Board

NEW EXHIBIT FEATUERS NORTHEAST TACOMA
 
Tacoma Historical Society is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “Northeast Tacoma: Two Points of View,” presented in partnership with Points Northeast Historical Society. The exhibit is open and continues through Saturday, June 3, 2017. Museum…

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30 March 2017

Make a Scene: Fiery ember of inspiration champions empowerment

Cecily Croskey claims that she was timid in her youth and willing to resign to mediocrity, but you wouldn’t know it if you encountered her today. She’s a fiery ember of inspiration and the founder of Girls Hearts on Fire, a local organization with a vision to help guide young ladies to hold the reins of their own hearts…

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30 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 31

JAZZBONES: Jeff Angel's Staticland with Jason Kertson, China Davis, Dedset (alternative) 9 p.m., $12-$15
B SHARP COFFEE: Ian Crocker Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Eugenie Jones (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT…

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30 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Modest Mouse

Northwest indie-rock favorites Modest Mouse and Built to Spill are headed to Puyallup's Washington State Fair. The former will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 21, performing songs from 2015's “Strangers to Ourselves” and, presumably, a new album that's expected to see light of day this year.
Boise's…

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30 March 2017

Olds installation examines populations in flux

Around these parts, Tacoma artist Matthew Olds has been making a name for himself by creating meditatively poetic installations that bring together his penetrating insight, his excellence as a painter and his highly skilled craftsmanship. His recent “Shipwreck” installation at the Foss Waterway Seaport was centered around…

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30 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

April 2, 2 p.m.
"Back to the Fur Trade"
DuPont Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Ave., DuPont

"Back to the Fur Trade," an interactive storytelling session with Karen Haas, is an event for all ages, from elementary-aged students to adults. Dressed…

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30 March 2017

High priority offender charged with ID theft and forgery

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Kelsea Christine Bernhardt, 37, on March 27. Bernhardt faces three cases and 14 counts including Identity theft, theft and forgery. She is a high priority offender. Bernhardt is accused of stealing and then forging stolen checks into her own name. Bail is set at $260,000. Read More

30 March 2017

‘Our Future Working Together’

On March 23, personnel from the Puyallup Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) and the Juarez Group, LLC hosted the fourth annual “Our Future Working Together” conference at the Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom and Convention Center. Attracting a variety of small business contractors and sub-contractors looking…

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30 March 2017

TACOMA PREP DIAMOND SCHEDULES

While there’s been no escaping the seemingly constant rain and nastiness around Tacoma, the high school spring athletic season continues to chug along. While the wet stuff can postpone a baseball, fastpitch or tennis event, it’s not going to put an end to soccer, track and field, or several other outdoor sports. The odds…

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29 March 2017

$10,000 reward offered in Tacoma double murder

Friends and family of Terry Northcutt have been out in Tacoma posting Crime Stoppers flyers offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in his murder. Tacoma Police need your help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for killing Northcutt and Voravangso “Two” Phanmama on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.…

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28 March 2017

Police apprehend identity thief

The Washington State Patrol arrested Kelsea Bernhardt Friday night, March 24 in Tacoma. Troopers say she was a passenger in a car when they attempted to make a traffic stop on I-5 and 56th. It quickly became a pursuit. According to the driver, she told him to run because she saw herself on “Washington's Most Wanted.”…

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27 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years ago, the plan was to make it not just a place for incarceration but also a bridge to help guide inmates on a path to creating better lives for themselves. The…

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23 March 2017

Sons following in Father’s footsteps

When Ty Satiacum originally brought his son Ty Satiacum Jr. out to a children’s wrestling practice last year, the number of kids in attendance overwhelmed his son and it wasn’t happening for him. After hearing about Coach Ben Hawk and a wrestling program with fewer kids per coaches, they tried it again and the younger…

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23 March 2017

Curtis baseball to bring talent to diamond

As we have somehow survived one of the wettest winters in Puget Sound history, sooner or later something has got to give. The clouds will part, the sun will remind us all of how wonderful it is to live here next to the water, and the baseball will begin flying through the air with more regularity.
Though the Mariners…

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23 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Hank Williams, Jr.

Country and southern-rock legend Hank Williams, Jr. is the latest superstar to be announced for the Washington State Fair concert series. Williams – known for “Born to Boogie,” “Young Country,” “Family Tradition” and a slew of other hits - will headline the Fair's 11,000-seat grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept.…

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23 March 2017

Whole Foods Market helps children grow community gardens

Whole Foods Market has a reputation for providing an elevated grocery shopping experience that highlights fresh, organic produce and artisan goods. Their tidily lined shelves feature familiar and funky products that make eating healthy, and often even locally sourced, easy but what many don’t know is that their vision of…

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23 March 2017

Developer to begin ramp construction for new convention center hotel

Work to construct a ramp from Commerce Street into the parking garage under the Greater Tacoma Convention Center – as well as additional dock space adjacent to the existing ones on Market Street – is now scheduled to begin on March 27. 
Sidewalks in the vicinity of the new Convention Center A garage entrance…

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23 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

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.
The list of candidates continues to change, with Carter the Crater Gator, Charles the…

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23 March 2017

Selling Cookies to make a difference to their community

Just as the sun began to poke its head out of some rather tenacious rainclouds Saturday afternoon, Girl Scout Troop #43242 set up shop at the Westgate Safeway on North Pearl Street. Girl Scout Cookie season was almost over.
This was to be their last, final push.
It was cold and blustery, but the girls were bright,…

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23 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA GOLF LEGEND KEN STILL PASSES AWAY AT 82

The Tacoma and South Sound sporting world is mourning the passing of one of our own this week. Kenneth Allan Still (February 12, 1935 – March 19, 2017) has passed away at the age of 82 and the world is a little lesser because of it. However, the impact…

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23 March 2017

Local Restaurants: Keeping up with Jonz Catering is easy on the palate

Since Feb. 28, 2007, Jonz Catering (pronounced Jones) has happily served South Sound catering and event needs. Elegant and locally sourced menu options may flawlessly be presented to you and your corporate staff at an upcoming luncheon, or you may be feeling more free – maybe an outdoor gathering is more your style? Either…

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23 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 24

B SHARP COFFEE: Brett Benton (blues, country) 8 p.m., $7, AA
EMERALD QUEEN: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., sold out
G. DONNALSON'S: Cara Francis (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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23 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

University of Puget Sound Dept. of Music Events of the Week:

March 24, 7:30 p.m.
"No Passport Required"
Schneebeck Concert Hall

This Woodwind Quintet plays as part of the Jacobsen Series. Performers: Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Karla Flygare, flute; Shannon Spicciati,…

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23 March 2017

Rock and Walk with The Tears Foundation

The Tears Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. Many of the founders and volunteers at The Tears Foundation have experienced the loss of their own baby, and want…

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23 March 2017

Bulletin Board

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TO HOST SYMPOSIUM ON YOUNGEST CITIZENS

On Tuesday, March 28 at 8 a.m. the Children’s Museum of Tacoma will present the Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens at the Pantages Theater. This third annual event asks the 300 participants in attendance to honor children and champion play…

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23 March 2017

TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot

And now for something completely different…
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, now deep into its current season of main stage shows, has raised the bar for itself with a dazzling, comedic romp: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Written by Eric Idle (one of the original Pythons) with music by Idle and John Du Prez, “Spamalot”…

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23 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘The Waltz of the Toreadors’

Housed in Merlinos Art Center snug above Tacoma’s beloved Grand Cinema is an intimate, independent theatre company called Dukesbay Productions. Dukesbay produces a variety of stage shows that highlight the diversity of our local theatrical community by ensuring that actors with a variety of religious, ethnic, generational…

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23 March 2017

AAA Cleaning Services leaves sparkling surfaces and smiling faces

AAA Cleaning Services is a Tacoma-based business with professional and personal accoutrements to suit a wide variety of needs. Located at 3800 Bridgeport Way W., owner Artis Oliver is one proud woman these days, stating that in the past several months of operation, “We have received a very warm welcome from the community.”…

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23 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years ago, the plan was to make it not just a place for incarceration but also a bridge to help guide inmates on a path to creating better lives for themselves. The…

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23 March 2017

Slavonian Hall to host Daffodil Dinner and pastry sale

On Sunday, April 2, members of the Slavonian Lodge will host a special Daffodil Dinner and Croatian pastry sale. A tradition for the past 30-plus years, the dinner is the main annual fundraiser to keep the Croatian Lodge/Slavonian Hall at 2306 N. 30th St. well maintained, as it is listed with the Washington Preservation Society.…

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23 March 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 23 - APRIL 4

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – BASEBALL
Sequim vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma HS – 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – SOCCER
Wilson vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – SOCCER
Lakes vs. Lincoln
Lincoln Bowl…

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23 March 2017

Clover Creek Elementary stomps out tobacco

The children running around the cafeteria at Clover Creek Elementary were seemingly happy with how their lunch breaks were going, when suddenly a loud stomp was heard through the constant murmur of noise. Silence rolled through the cafeteria, followed by several more stomps, then a clap or two, followed briefly by evolving…

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16 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

4A SPSL Boys All-League Basketball
MVP - John Moore, Sr. Curtis.
Def. MVP - Sindou Diallo, Sr. Curtis.
Coach - Tim Kelly, Curtis.
1st Team All-League - Joey Bodoia, Sr. Bellarmine Prep; Sindou Diallo, Sr. Curtis; Jason Cassens, Sr. Emerald Ridge; Landen Neff, Jr. Puyallup; Daniel Gregory,…

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16 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Ed Sheeran

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced dates for his U.S. Tour which includes a July 29 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The flame-haired singer – known for “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You” and other hits – is touring in support of his newest disc, “%.”
The show will start at 7:30 p.m., and…

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16 March 2017

Muslim Community Appreciation Day

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed at engaging the youth…

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16 March 2017

Bulletin Board

COUNTY ROADSIDE HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS START MARCH 28

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer.
An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 28, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control…

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16 March 2017

PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’

Last weekend, Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened a production of “Godspell,” a combination of music, dance and performance art based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show has been a staple of musical theater since its 1971 Off-Broadway beginnings. It has experienced a number…

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16 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

Creative Colloquy Three Year Anniversary Celebration
March 20, 7 p.m.
B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402

Join Creative Colloquy in celebrating its three-year anniversary and the return of Spring at a special monthly reading and…

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16 March 2017

Man sentenced in undercover sex sting

Anthony Ray Blankenship, 33, was sentenced on March 14 to 24 months in prison and 36 months of community custody. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
“We are committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of our community,” said Prosecutor…

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16 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 17

TACOMA DOME: Chris Botti with Symphony Tacoma (jazz) 8 p.m., $26-$87, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Ockham's Razor, The Rusty Cleavers (Celtic rock, bluegrass) 6 p.m., $10 Read More

16 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of one of America’s musical greats has all the glamour of a hoodie and loafers, or maybe a straightjacket and slippers. But that’s the point.
“Gypsy,” directed by Chris Serface with choreography by Lexi Barnett and musical direction by Debra Leach, isn’t as much a play…

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16 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on.
There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted an advertisement on Craigslist…

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16 March 2017

Union teams with community group to benefit Edgewood families

EDGEWOOD — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with community activists to bring help to low-income families and families in crisis in Edgewood and around Puget Sound.
District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program is partnering with the group Many Communities…

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16 March 2017

Doyle’s Public House set to celebrate St Patricks Day

Everyone's wearing green, Guinness and Jameson is flying off the shelves, and the muzak at your neighborhood grocery store is set to “Pogues.” Say, it must be St. Patrick's Day.
Expect Doyle's Public House to again be one of the hottest spots in town this weekend since organizers have erected a 4,000-square-foot…

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16 March 2017

Low tech fitness options abound

Fitness gadgets abound these days: mileage trackers, smart watches, wireless headphones. There’s no end to the wave of hi-tech tools flooding today’s fitness market. But what if you’re an avowed luddite? Or broke? Or both? What if you’ve already filled your basement with treadmills, stationary bikes and other workout…

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14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity and partied like there…

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9 March 2017

Warriors get a taste of Spokane

It’s never easy to wrap up a season short of reaching a team’s goals. However, when looking back at the Chief Leschi boys’ basketball season, one can’t help but thinking of this group of Warriors as both winners and an inspiration. Finishing the season with a 20-7 record is a testament to the talent, grit and determination…

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9 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of te week

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on.
There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted an advertisement on Craigslist…

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9 March 2017

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium

By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday morning, March 4, attendees learned about the healing powers of cannabis and how tribal members can use this plant as medicine to alleviate a host of illnesses.
The…

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9 March 2017

Spanaway man charged with murder

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Billy Gene Williamson, 22, on March 6 with one count of murder in the first degree and five counts of assault in the first degree for the shooting of a 15-year old boy. All charges are firearm enhanced. Two minor teenagers are on a 72-hour hold while charges are considered.  Read More

9 March 2017

Noise study finds mine won’t affect neighbors

A Noise study based on information from the mine operators concludes that the proposed  sand and gravel mining would not violate Tacoma’s noise limits, despite there being a residential area just 450 feet away. Today is the last day to comment on the study. Mining could start as early as this summer if permits…

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9 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Thomas Rhett

The latest addition to the Washington State Fair is Thomas Rhett. The country singer – best known for “It Goes Like This,” “Crash and Burn” and other hits – will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $70 to $90; www.thefair.com. Read More

9 March 2017

Mystery seems solved over death of tideflat seagulls

Some details still remain unknown but the cause of a mass kill off of at least 30 seagulls around Commencement Bay a month ago seems to have been botulism, according to final test results received by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The botulism detected was a type C toxin that is not associated with…

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9 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
407 S. G St.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html or (253) 383-2575

The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding…

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9 March 2017

Collaboration forms to help reduce elders from falling

One third of Americans aged 65 and over fall every year. That means every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes a fall can result in death making falls the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma hospital admissions in senior citizens. These…

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9 March 2017

Kaleidoscope 2017

Last weekend, Tacoma Musical Playhouse hosted the Washington State Community Theater Association’s One Act Play Festival, in which Washington State theatrical groups brought their best work to stage to contest for awards and for the honor of moving up to the next level of competition. For three consecutive nights (March…

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9 March 2017

Chambers Bay Distillery looks to expand as demand grows

Childhood friends Alan Davis and Jeff Robinette grew up in Lakewood and wanted to stay local when they set out to craft spirits that were not only good tasting but created a sense of place.
Chambers Bay Distillery opened in 2012. Bourbon mash was mixed. Alcohol distilled and the poured into oak barrels to age in 2014.…

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9 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 10

COLLECTIVE VISIONS: Pearl Django (gypsy jazz) 7 p.m.,
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Rusty Cleavers with Shivering Denizens…

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9 March 2017

UPS’s Kittredge displays video work by Berlin artist

As part of an educational institution, and thus not subject to the fickle whims of the marketplace, the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery has long filled a vital niche in the artistic landscape of Tacoma. For a number of decades, the Kittredge has been bringing world-class art to Tacoma. It does so without pretension,…

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9 March 2017

Bulletin Board

SR 167 COMPLETION PROJECT UPDATE

In July 2015, the Connecting Washington revenue package was approved by the Washington State Legislature. As part of this package, the Puget Sound Gateway Program, comprised of the SR 167 Completion Project in north Pierce County and the SR 509 Completion Project in…

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2 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 3

LOUIE G'S: John 5 and the Creatures, Mechanism, Blue Helix (metal, hard rock) 8 p.m., $15-$20, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: TCC Jazz Band (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton…

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2 March 2017

People’s Barbershop

Ray Jensen of Tacoma wakes up daily just trying to make the world around him a little brighter. Being raised his whole life in the Hilltop area of Tacoma, staying busy with positive activities was a must. “I spent lots of time at my local Boys and Girls Club,” he said.
Five years ago, Jensen and a group of barbershop…

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2 March 2017

We have moved!

You will notice that this issue of the paper is a bit smaller than usual. That is by design.
Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, publisher of the Tacoma Weekly, Fife Free Press, Milton-Edgewood Signal, Puyallup Tribal News and University Place Press, moved offices last week. The move meant that the newsroom and…

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2 March 2017

Bulletin Board

SISTER CITIES KICKS OFF 13-DAY FILM FEST

Tacoma's Sister Cities Film Festival kicks of 13 days of films from 13 cities starting March 6 at The Grand Cinema. Selected by Tacoma's Sister Cities committee for Kitakyushu, Japan, “Sweet Bean” is the touching story of a manager of a pancake stall who…

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23 February 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

With Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long and no word of his whereabouts, we at the Tacoma Weekly have made the very difficult decision to start looking for his replacement. There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted…

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23 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Feb. 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. (also March 4 matinee at 2 p.m.)
Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound

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23 February 2017

New app turns your phone into easy-to-use Puyallup directory

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has created a new Puyallup Tribe phone app that is now available from the App Store. Offering full contact information in a complete directory of all Puyallup tribal departments and services, the app is free to download and is small in size so it won’t take up a lot of space on phones.…

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23 February 2017

Is my child too sick to go to school?

When your child wakes up feeling sick, you may be hesitant to have her miss school — but you also don’t want other children getting sick.

How do you know when to keep your child home versus sending her out the door? We talked to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Alex Stillman, RN, BSN, a school nurse…

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23 February 2017

Applications open for summer Youth Heritage Program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that applications for their sixth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) are now available. Applications are due May 31 and may be submitted electronically on the Washington Trust website: Read More

23 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Future

Rapper Future teamed up with Drake last year for a massive, co-headlined tour that dropped by the Tacoma Dome in September. But this year, he'll top the bill all by his lonesome when his “Nobody Safe Tour” drops by Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on June 10. The music will start at 7 p.m. that day with opening sets…

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23 February 2017

Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

It’s that time of the year to plunge into the frigid winter water to benefit Special Olympics Washington athletes. Hundreds will converge on Owen Beach in Tacoma Saturday morning and we hope you will join us.
“If you come on down to the Polar Plunge, not only will you get a chance to raise money for Special Olympics,…

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23 February 2017

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Bruce Johnson, 38, have been completed. Johnson died Dec. 1, 2016, from a single gunshot…

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23 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 24

B SHARP COFFEE: Hal Merrill (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN…

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23 February 2017

Bulletin Board

UBEREATS LAUNCHES IN TACOMA

As of Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tacoma residents and visitors (and those in nearby cities) can order their favorite food from local restaurants and have it delivered by UberEATS seven days a week. At launch, UberEATS is offering delivery of full menus from more than 100 favorite…

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23 February 2017

Fathers of Tacoma

When James Black was growing up in Tacoma, he didn’t see himself making it to his 21st birthday.
“I was in a gang by the time I was in middle school,” he said. “There wasn’t much I didn’t do. My first two years of high school didn’t even count. I missed too much time.
“I was either not showing…

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23 February 2017

Tacocat hoping Tacoma is nicer than Olympia

Surf-punk quartet Tacocat - among the buzziest bands coming out of Seattle at the moment – will make its Tacoma debut at Real Art Tacoma on Wednesday, March 1; see www.realarttacoma.com for show details. In anticipation, we caught up with drummer Lelah Maupin who dished on last year's “Lost Time” album, “mansplaining”…

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23 February 2017

No doubt about it: Lakewood Playhouse’s “Doubt” is a winner

Lakewood Playhouse, that wonderful and venerable ark of culture that sits adrift amid the flotsam of chain stores and franchise restaurants of the Lakewood Towne Center, continues its 78th season with an engaging production of John Patrick Shanley's “Doubt, A Parable.” Set in a Roman Catholic school in the Bronx…

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22 February 2017

The new RPI system has failed Tacoma

There has been some considerable talk recently in the news about computers and robots taking over much of the jobs in our workforce. Well at least we have the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association out there letting us know that computers can still pretty much screw everything up if there isn’t a degree of human…

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22 February 2017

Police search for trio of brazen thieves

Pierce County Sheriff's detectives in the Property Crimes Unit are hoping you can help them identify and locate three robbery suspects. They especially want to know where the suspects may be selling the stolen goods. One of them knocked a Rite Aid worker to the ground after she tried to stop a crew of crooks from stealing…

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16 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 17

UNCLE SAM'S: Hambone Blues Band (blues) 8 p.m.
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Cross Rhythm Trio (funk) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (Latin jazz…

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16 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias is coming back this year. The popular funny man – known for “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” and “Magic Mike,” and last seen locally at the Tacoma Dome in 2015 – will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Showroom at 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging…

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16 February 2017

South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National…

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16 February 2017

Be Well - Inside & out: South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National…

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16 February 2017

Weekly Rewind

Among local bands that Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard caught this month are (L-R from top) American Wrecking Company on Feb. 11 at Louie G’s Pizza; the Morning After on Feb. 4 at Louie G’s (drummer Anna Seymour shown); Texas guitarist Eric Johnson on Jan. 30 at Seattle’s Jazz Alley; the rest of Morning After;…

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16 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Tacoma Opera's Eugene Onegin
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Theater on the Square, 310 S 9th St., Tacoma, WA 98402

www.tacomaopera.com (253) 627-7789

This romantic gem of the Russian operatic repertoire,…

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16 February 2017

Pothole Pig Update

Someone knows something. We were hopeful that recent sightings of Percival, our beloved pothole pig, meant that he was on his way home to his loving family and friends. But those sightings have stopped and all possible clues have led to dead ends. He has not been seen in three weeks after a flurry of sightings. Keep him in…

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16 February 2017

Bulletin Board

TITLOW PARK SHORELINE RESTORATION JUST ABOUT COMPLETE

A $597,000 project to restore the shoreline, improve fish and wildlife habitat and expand the public recreation area at Titlow Park is nearly done and visitors have more room to explore via the adjacent Hidden Beach trail.
The nonprofit South…

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16 February 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA’S OWN ISAIAH THOMAS OPENS AL DAVIES BASKETBALL GYM

Teens’ cheers and smiles erupted when the purple doors opened to the new Boys & Girls Clubs gym—and NBA star Isaiah Thomas was there to greet them.
Thomas, a Tacoma native and alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound,…

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16 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 16 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Prairie vs. Lincoln
Olympia HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Mountain View vs. Wilson
Timberline HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Rogers…

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16 February 2017

The prescription for cabin fever: a bit of urban hiking

This has been a long winter, hasn’t it? If, like me, you enjoy exploring the Northwest’s peaks and valleys, but aren’t keen on hiking in snowy conditions, you might be experiencing a bit of cabin fever by now. Since early December, the snowline has been continually dropping. Even relatively low-elevation hikes are buried…

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16 February 2017

Make a Scene: Tacoma band Junkyard Jane celebrates 20th anniversary

One of Tacoma's most popular bands, Junkyard Jane, turns 20 this year; and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located 901 N. J St., will celebrate with a special anniversary installment of its Blues Vespers series, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
Primary songwriters “Billy Stoops and Leanne Trevelyan are…

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15 February 2017

Symphony Tacoma’s Sarah Ioannides on “Mountain at Sea,” new work Puyallup native Daniel Ott (audio)

We caught up with Symphony Tacoma Musical Director Sarah Ioannides for the City Life cover story for our Feb. 17 edition, which focuses on award-winning violinist Kristen Lee making her debut with the symphony during its two-day run…

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15 February 2017

PLU’s University Gallery exhibits printmaker Cornwall retrospective

Pacific Lutheran University's Gallery (housed in Ingram Hall – the school's art building) just opened “Impressions,” a retrospective show of work by printmaker Craig Cornwall, a recently retired professor of art. The show covers a multiplicity of printmaking techniques: lithography, screen printing, woodcut – even…

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13 February 2017

Sheriffs on the lookout for sex offender

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies need your help to find sex offender Edward Butler. The 58-year-old has warrants for domestic violence assault in the fourth degree and violation of a domestic violence no contact protection order. Butler is also wanted for failure to register as a Level II sex offender.
Detectives say…

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9 February 2017

Make that 21 straight for Tacoma Baptist

Normally, when you’ve got a few hundred Baptists and Lutherans together in the same place, there’s probably a potluck fellowship about to break out. With all-important seeds to the 1B Tri-Districts on the line, there wasn’t any lineup of casseroles and cold cuts at the Tacoma Baptist gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 7. While…

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9 February 2017

Click rate hikes clear council, consultant continues ‘all in’ effort

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved rate increases to the municipally owned Click Cable Network to help offset the rising fees for television programming and higher labor cost. The increases average to about 13 percent, depending on what cable package customers have and are the first increases since 2014, when rates…

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9 February 2017

The Things We Like

CLASSICAL VALENTINE

Old Town Business & Professional Association presents “Canonici: A Consort of Voices & Lute,” a special Valentine's Day show that will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St. Performers will include Holly Boaz singing soprano, Anny Lyman (mezzo…

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9 February 2017

Urbin Attic comes to you to take the clutter away

Many of us find ourselves feeling consumed with our “stuff.” Am I right? As the years go by, gifts, seasonal wardrobe items, holiday trinkets and outdoor gear we only use three months out of the year begin to become hard to cram into our limited closet space. Yard sales can be fun and online sales convenient but for the…

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9 February 2017

Suspects charged with unlawful possession, gun possession

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Javier Gonzalez Lopez, 32, Jose Adelaido Arujo Diaz, 29, and two co-defendants on Feb. 6 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine was found in a secret compartment inside the vehicle.
Gonzalez Lopez…

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