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

25 August 2015

Cool cars, great people on tap for Busch’s 64th annual reunion

The public is invited out for a day of family fun and fellowship and to enjoy the finest group of hot-rodders and their families at Busch’s 64th annual reunion, Aug. 30 at Griot’s Garage. Featuring an amazing collection of sweet rides from the fabulous ’50s and car makes and models from later years, this reunion is…

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18 August 2015

Puyallup tribal youth journey to D.C. for first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering

 A group of Puyallup tribal youth had a once in a lifetime experience last month when they attended the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering and the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Council’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., July 7-13. Accompanied by chaperones Sarah Bryant and Puyallup…

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4 August 2015

Local teacher offers solutions for children with dyslexia

For a lot of children, back-to-school is a time for excitement, learning new things and experiencing what it means to succeed. Getting an “A” on a test, a pat on the back from a teacher for a job well done and seeing the pride in their parents’ eyes not only boosts children’s self-confidence but also the feeling within…

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22 July 2015

Hilltop Santa faces uncertain future

For the past five years, Tom Reynolds, a.k.a. the Hilltop Santa, has made Christmas bright for children who otherwise may have little to nothing at this special time of year. Starting at least 10 months before Christmas, Reynolds secures donations of toys and candy and reaches out to business owners and the like to host him.…

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14 July 2015

‘Together We Are Fife’

In 1916, Fife High School held a graduating ceremony for two young women who had the honor of being the high school’s very first grads, thus launching a legacy of excellence that continues to this day. Fife High School will reach its 100-year anniversary in 2016, and plans are underway now to honor and commemorate this…

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24 June 2015

Oasis of Hope programs seek growth in the coming months

Hilltop’s Oasis of Hope Center is looking to be even more of a life-giving source for those in need as ideas for new and improved programs take root. Under the guidance of District Elder Prentis V. Johnson Sr., pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church at 1926 S. G St., great things are on the horizon for Oasis of Hope Center…

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23 June 2015

Survivor aims to help others heal from childhood abuse

Christy Lynn Abram endured years of childhood abuse, but she is not letting that experience ruin her adulthood. She’s turning it into something beautiful to help others on their path to healing. On July 2, this Tacoma author, expressive writing coach and speaker will be at King’s Books, 7 p.m., for a book release party…

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17 June 2015

Community garden awaits urban gardeners to dig in

A new community garden has been established in Fife at Levee Pond Park. Now, all that’s needed is for people to come and claim their plot, or plots, and get plants in the ground.

A total of 54 plots have been staked on the strip of land, each of which measures 10-feet by 10-feet. Only 16 plots have been claimed…

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11 June 2015

‘You Matter’

Author and motivational speaker Jamicka Jones is on a mission – a blessed mission to impress on practically everyone she meets that “You Matter.” In fact, she’s written a book titled exactly that and she’s backing it up with regular visits to area high schools and meetings of Toastmasters, Rotary, Kiwanis clubs…

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20 May 2015

Native American seniors celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School

Thirty-six senior Native American students from six Tacoma high schools were celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School on May 19. All graduates of Tacoma Public Schools Title VII Indian Education Program, this class of 2015 was blessed beautifully as each graduate steps out into a new stage of life.

David Syth (Crow Nation),…

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12 May 2015

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?

Family and friends of local man Ernie Elving are desperately trying to find him as he has been missing since April 26. He was last seen at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Tacoma location (2024 E. 29th St.). Elving suffers from grand mal seizures and may be disoriented.

He was released from Tacoma General Hospital on…

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5 May 2015

Make a Scene: Grieve the Astronaut

Maurice the Fish Records CEO, music producer and singer/songwriter Ray Hayden is involved in an exciting new project with several area musicians that promises to offer something new and different to the listening masses.

The newly-formed Grieve the Astronaut consists of Hayden on lead vocals and keyboards, Chris Tussing…

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21 April 2015

Graduating seniors honored at TCC powwow

The sweet sounds of Native American drumming, singing and dancing rang out at Tacoma Community College (TCC) on April 18 in celebration of TCC’s student and community powwow. This ninth annual collaboration between TCC and Tacoma Public Schools (Indian Education Program and Indian Education Parent Committee) included the…

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21 April 2015

Diamond Green celebrates its budding business

Gathering on a warm and sunny afternoon on April 17, a festive crowd turned out for the official ribbon cutting for Diamond Green recreational cannabis shop at 4002 S. 12th St. Joining owner Malkit Singh were members of his family (Singh’s dad had the honor of cutting the ribbon) along with loyal customers, a live DJ spinning…

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14 April 2015

Nonprofit launches fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million by August

For 80 years the Van Lierop Bulb Farm in east Puyallup fostered beauty and celebrated the renewal of springtime with its more than 150 varieties of crocuses, daffodils, irises, tulips and hyacinths that countless generations of families came out to enjoy year after year. The family business ended in 2013 but the nurturing…

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9 April 2015

SALISH INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY CANCER CENTER

Federal, regional, state and local leaders gathered with the Puyallup Tribal Council on April 7 to officially cut the ribbon on the tribe’s new state-of-the-art Salish Integrative Oncology Cancer Center (SIOCC). The center, located in the tribal-owned Trans Pacific building in Fife, will start receiving patients on April…

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1 April 2015

Sterino Farms Produce Market is now open for business

One of the most wonderful signs of springtime is the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that begin appearing on store shelves. Those looking for the freshest locally grown selection must check out Sterino Farms Produce Market and plant nursery at 6006 52nd St. E. in Puyallup.

Having just re-opened for their third…

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1 April 2015

Make a Scene: The Prophets of Addiction party down south for CD release

Prophets of Addiction fans, your wait is over. On April 11, band mates Lesli Sanders (lead vocals and bass), Jimmy Mess (drums), McKenna “Sweep” Gates (guitar) and Lee Taylor (guitar) will be onstage live for the official release of the band’s new “Reunite the Sinners” CD. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. at Louie…

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24 March 2015

Westgate merchants invite families to Easter egg hunt

The community minded merchants at the Westgate Shopping Center on North Pearl Street have come together with Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers to sponsor a big Easter egg hunt in the parking lot on April 4 at 10 a.m. Families are warmly invited to come and take part in this fun event and take advantage of specials many…

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24 March 2015

Nearsighted Narwhal celebrates move with music

Sixth Avenue’s hip, funky and educational zine shop The Nearsighted Narwhal, is moving just one storefront down on April 1, then on April 2, owners Christina Wheeler and Ossain Cardenas will be throwing a big party there with a very special guest – singer, songwriter and storyteller Forest Beutel.  

Beutel, who…

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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

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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

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29 August 2016

Lakewood Police hope new DNA profile will identify suspect in Seeley Park murder

Visiting her son’s gravesite hasn’t gotten easier for Vicky Jordan. It’s been one year since her son, Danny Guerin, was found stabbed to death near his pickup truck in the parking lot of Seeley Lake Park in Lakewood.
“You’ll never have closure when you have your child is murdered in such a violent way,”…

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25 August 2016

I Love the ‘90s quiz answers

Spoiler alert! Below are the answers to the "I Love the '90s trivia challange" that's running in our Aug. 26 edition. But here ya go, if you've already tested how much you know about the performers playing…

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25 August 2016

Puyallup Nation Kings bring home national hardware

The sport of semi-pro football, at its best, is just as exciting and well played as other levels of the sport. On the flip side, there is really no national organizational structure that oversees all of the leagues from coast to coast, so when the seasons wrap up, there seems to be a handful of “National Championship”…

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25 August 2016

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…

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25 August 2016

The Things We Like

FILM FEST

The third annual Destiny City Film Festival will take over the Blue Mouse Theatre, 2611 N. Proctor St., on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. Among the films being shown this year are “It Had to Be You,” “Brides to Be,” “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere” and “Buddymoon”…

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25 August 2016

Boutique-Style Learning: Northwest Beauty Academy

This new kid on the block knows it all. The Northwest Beauty Academy is aiming to teach beauty enthusiasts all about hair, nails and skincare in a boutique-style way tailored to every student's personal situation and goals.

While the Northwest Beauty Academy in Lakewood just opened its doors four months ago,…

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25 August 2016

Rock the Rim 2016 poised to be the best ever

The annual Rock the Rim basketball tournament and back to school giveaway will be returning to the city on Sept. 4 at Mt. Tahoma High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is sponsored by a variety of barbershops across the city, including Goodfellas, Legends, Razor Sharp, Lakewood Barbershop, Shea’s, Sam and Terry’s,…

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25 August 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Events of Tacoma

Art Gallery of the Week:

Retro Colby, a Bill Colby Retrospective and “Under Construction”
Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound
Opens Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 24
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.

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25 August 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PT. DEFIANCE UNVEILS NEW FIELD GUIDE AND INTERACTIVE GAME

A fun, prize-filled adventure awaits individuals and families alike at Point Defiance Park. Metro Parks Tacoma has a cool new way to discover the Park through its “That's the Point” interactive game. To join in the fun, pick up a free park…

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25 August 2016

Puyallup Tribe and Marine View Ventures acquire North Shore Golf Course

North Shore Golf Course, a celebrated public golf course in northeast Tacoma, announces its acquisition by the Puyallup Tribe and Marine View Ventures (MVV), the economic development arm of the Puyallup Tribe, one of the largest Indian Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Michael Moore, CEO of Ryan Moore Golf (RMG), partnered…

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25 August 2016

Mark your calendars: Freak Night

Seattle's USC Events will bring its popular, Halloween-themed EDM fest Freak Night back to the Tacoma Dome on Oct. 28 and 29. This year's lineup includes Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Zedd, Jamie Jones, 3 Lau, Galantis, Getter, Flux Pavilion and Tchami with more to be announced.
Two-day passes are on…

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25 August 2016

Bulletin Board

SOUTHBOUND I-5 REDUCED TO TWO LANES IN TACOMA

Drivers who use southbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma are encouraged to prepare for potential big weekend backups and slowdowns.
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce…

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25 August 2016

University Place student catches ‘em all in Pokémon GO

“Gotta catch ‘em all” has been the creed of Pokémon for more than 20 years, and earlier this month 15-year-old Sam Valadez of University Place became one of the first people in Washington State to rise to the challenge, catching all 145 Pokémon currently available in Pokémon GO.
“I started to catch a few…

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25 August 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUG. 29 – SEPT. 10

MONDAY, AUG. 29 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUG. 30 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 – BASEBALL
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25 August 2016

Cold case suspect extradited from Mexico

On Aug. 19 the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office planned to arraign Gabriel Indelicio Nevarez, 28, on one count of first degree murder for the 2007 drive-by shooting of Kyle Grinnell, 46. Instead, the judge in the case ordered Nevarez undergo an evaluation at Western State Hospital to determine if he is competent to stand…

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25 August 2016

Local, statewide test results show mostly jumps in learning

University Place’s Curtis High School posted strong scores in all test areas during statewide tests last year. The results were recently released and are used by principals to improve student learning.
“I think we are quite proud of our results,” University Place School District Superintendent Jeff Chamberlin…

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25 August 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 26

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B SHARP COFFEE: Dmitri Matheney (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CHENEY STADIUM: Power Laces, Stay Grounded, Positive Rising (reggae, hip-hop, funk, dub) 6:30 p.m., NC, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G.…

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25 August 2016

Color Me Badd returns with ‘90’s pop tour

Sometime between the tail end of New Kids on the Block's initial run and the rise of the mega-boy bands in the late '90s, Color Me Badd were among the reigning harmonizers in pop.
The trio – Mark Calderon, Bryan Abrams and Kevin Thornton, and early member Sam Watters – will be back onstage delivering their biggest…

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19 August 2016

McKinley Hill Street Fair returns this weekend

The McKinley Hill Street Fair returns this weekend, with activities kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday around the 3500 block of East McKinley Avenue. “Everything seems to be over on the other side of town,” remarked festival co-chairwoman Tara Scheidt. “So this is something we feel East Tacoma deserves.”
Here are…

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18 August 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 19

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B SHARP COFFEE: Kin Kom Beaux (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
EMERALD QUEEN: Josh Turner (country) 8:30 p.m., $35-$55
G. DONNALSON'S: Steve Stefanowicz (jazz,blues)…

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18 August 2016

EN.DUB.MEXI, Chicano Rap and Tacoma

Hip hop has many sub-genres. There is old-school, boom-bap, Conscious, street, West Coast, Trap, Southern, international, Chicano Rap, and many others. Luckily we live in Tacoma and if we choose we can venture out and experience some of these diverse music styles. I was able to sit down with EN.DUB.MEXI (formerly known as…

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18 August 2016

Bulletin Board

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…

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18 August 2016

Mark your calendars: “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience”

If you can't wait to see what's going to happen to Arya, Cersei and Jon Snow in the final season of HBO's “Game of Thrones,” you can at least get your fix of the show's music when “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” takes over Seattle's KeyArena on March 31. The show will feature music composed by Ramin Djawadi…

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18 August 2016

The Things We Like

JOSH TURNER

Country superstar Josh Turner will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Tacoma Showroom on Friday, Aug. 19. With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music, and one of the youngest members of the…

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18 August 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Events of Tacoma

This Week in Theater:

“STOP KISS”
Presented by Found Space Productions
Aug. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, WA 98403

Tacoma Little Theatre is pleased to welcome Found Space Productions, and their production of “STOP…

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18 August 2016

AG files campaign finance complaint against Port of Tacoma officials, EDB, Chamber of Commerce

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 that Port officials…

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18 August 2016

Community treasure Lois Zaroudny passes away

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 councils in the town and…

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18 August 2016

The Queen of Losers

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 loss program founded…

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18 August 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUG. 20 – SEPT. 10

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUG. 21 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 1:35 p.m.

MONDAY, AUG. 22 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma…

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18 August 2016

All SR 16 traffic routed onto eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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…

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18 August 2016

Be Well: From Sickness to Health

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 through Saturday…

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18 August 2016

Local Resturants

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, “We are going to…

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18 August 2016

Orting officers, Pierce County deputies team up to arrest career criminal

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 a 38-year-old male…

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18 August 2016

2016 TACOMA AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULES