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

1 October 2014

‘Becoming an American: The Japanese Experience’

When Choichi Shimizu (or Cho, as he is better known) graduated from Fife High School in 1955, he was just as full of youthful excitement and expectation as the rest of his classmates over the future that lie ahead. In his cap and gown on graduation day, he looked just like his fellow graduates, blending in and standing out…

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23 September 2014

Virdell family launches GoFundMe campaign

The family of Christopher Virdell has launched a new fundraising effort through GoFundMe.com (http://www.gofundme.com/missing-chrisvirdell)…

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17 September 2014

Tacoma Sea Scouts celebrate 90 years

On Oct. 4, an historic landmark in our city’s history will be celebrated when the Tacoma Youth Marine Center commemorates 90 years of Tacoma Sea Scouts. In addition, Sea Scouts adult volunteer Tom Rogers will be recognized for his 50 years of volunteer leadership, along with the Youth Marine Center for its 20 years of vision.

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16 September 2014

Be Well: Compassionate care a hallmark of award-winning Fife Dental Center

There’s good reason that Dr. Lisa L. Buttaro and Fife Dental Center were winners in the category of “Best Medical Professional” in the 2014 Fife Free Press readers poll. Dr. Buttaro and her highly trained staff are committed to providing exceptional care with compassion, and their well-earned reputation remains strong…

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2 September 2014

Fife Schools community mourns the death of John McCrossin

Amid the hustle and bustle of a new school year starting, thoughts and memories of Superintendent John McCrossin remain in the minds and hearts of the Fife Schools community. Less than six months into his position as the district’s newly-appointed superintendent, McCrossin was diagnosed with cancer and began taking chemotherapy…

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2 September 2014

Cheney Stadium hosts South Sound AIDS Walk

Just because there’s a hint of fall in the air doesn’t mean Tacomans are ready for hibernation mode. Quite the contrary in fact, as the city’s annual South Sound AIDS Walk is slated to happen on Saturday, Sept. 20. Hundreds are expected to turn out for this fun and diverse event, attracting individuals and families…

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27 August 2014

Native American entrepreneurs invited to business seminar

In his ongoing efforts to build up the prevalence of Native owned small businesses in the South Sound and to build a Native American community of business owners, Puyallup tribal member and entrepreneur William Manzanares is organizing a Native American business seminar scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Spanish Church next to…

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14 August 2014

Lots to do at McKinley Hill Street Fair Aug. 16

Come enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment at the McKinley Hill Street Fair on Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held on McKinley Avenue between Division and 34th, the day will include all sorts of activities in conjunction with the Tacoma Christian Center’s back to school backpack giveaway to 1,500…

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13 August 2014

Youth paddle greeted at Owen Beach

While the Tribe’s canoe journeys traditionally include children, this year’s paddle to Bella Bella, British Columbia was too long a journey for the youngest children to undertake. However, Cultural Coordinator and head of the Tribe’s Canoe Family Connie McCloud made sure the youngsters got their canoe journey and she…

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13 August 2014

Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month continues in Tacoma

August is Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month in Tacoma, as officially proclaimed by Mayor Marilyn Strickland, and coming up are two events where car enthusiasts and families will find plenty of entertainment and summer fun.

The Hilltop Street Fair and Car Show is Aug. 23, at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South 11th…

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12 August 2014

The Ending of an Era

When Joshua Seals first began his quest to establish the University of Washington-Tacoma Huskies basketball team in 2012, he did so armed with a dream and a healthy sense of his own abilities. With invaluable support from campus officials, his mom Sandra Seals and some key fellow students, Seals succeeded in making his dream…

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5 August 2014

Youth Marine Foundation awarded $500,000 grant

The non-profit Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation has a real reason to celebrate with its win of a $500,000 grant last month from the Seattle Foundation. The funds come at a perfect time, as the foundation is poised to reach new heights of excellence in its mission to get youth out on the water to learn seamanship and the opportunities…

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5 August 2014

Enjoy a summer evening at Stadium District Art and Wine Walk.

One of the most unique events held each summer in Tacoma, the Stadium District Art and Wine Walk has something for everyone. Attracting an average of 450-500 people, the Walk is known for its relaxed, non-crowded atmosphere and for its location in the beautiful Stadium District. This Art and Wine Walk, on Saturday, Aug. 9,…

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29 July 2014

Ruston Family Fair and Car Show celebrates vintage vehicles and more

For the first time, August is officially Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month in Tacoma. Earlier this year, Tacoma City Council and Mayor Marilyn Strickland issued the formal proclamation, making our city the first one in our state’s long and glorified history to declare a Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month. This makes the…

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23 July 2014

PTHA community welcomes four new residents

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority staff assembled in the Spirit House on July 11 to enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by chefs at the EQC, the vendor for the event, and warmly welcome four new residents to PTHA’s innovative residency program, the first family medicine residency in the nation with a Native American focus. Sunil…

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16 July 2014

Puyallup Tribe recognizes same-sex marriages


By a unanimous vote on July 9, the Puyallup Tribal Council passed an amendment to the tribal domestic relations code to add a section legalizing same-sex marriages. This not only puts the Tribe in line with Washington State’s same-sex marriage law but also places the Puyallups among the leadership nationwide…

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9 July 2014

Spirits of Tacoma speak at Living History Cemetery Tours

(Please note phone number for the Tacoma Cemetery has been corrected from what appeared in the printed version of the Tacoma Weekly.)** “There are so many cool folks in Tacoma history, and you don’t hear about them. This is time to bring them to life,” said living history re-enactor Karen Haas who will portray…

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10 June 2014

Let deep relaxation be your muse


When the body and mind are freed from the shackles of life – aches and pains, stress, obsessive thoughts and worries – the spirit opens, making room for new and more positive energies to inspire us.

At City of Destiny Float and Massage, co-owner Marca Ouida knows the power of floating, and she wants…

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10 June 2014

BUY NATIVE


It's no secret that there are numerous Native American-owned businesses in the South Sound, but exactly what these businesses do and how to find them is a secret of sorts in that there is no one place to find out about them. For those who wish to shop at and do business with Native-owned companies, where do…

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3 June 2014

BUY NATIVE BY NATIVE


It’s no secret that there are numerous Native American-owned businesses in the South Sound, but exactly what these businesses do and how to find them is a secret of sorts in that there is no one place to find out about them. For those who wish to shop at and do business with Native-owned companies, where do…

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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:

4 February 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 4 - 13

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Capital vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Shelton vs. Foss Read More

4 February 2016

Bulletin Board

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CONTINUES FOR METHANOL FACILITY

The City of Tacoma will hold the second of three public meetings Feb. 10 about the scope of the environmental review for a proposed methanol facility at the Port of Tacoma. 
The City is the lead agency for the facility’s environmental…

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4 February 2016

As the playoffs arrive, Tacoma’s best look potent

Most Grit City fans know that basketball is king in Tacoma. To get a feeling about just how strong the action is around the City of Destiny, one only needs to take a look at the first week of the playoff schedule. Depending upon which classification, the opening round of the high school postseason begins Monday, Feb. 8, with…

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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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4 February 2016

Night of the Keys

Drop by Louie G's Pizza in Fife this weekend to see some of the region's heaviest hitters on keyboard. The 11th session of A Night of Keys will kick off there at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, featuring headliner Brooke Lizotte, Doug Skoog, organizer Raymond Hayden and more.
The showcase started at the Mandolin Cafe in…

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4 February 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 5

B SHARP COFFEE: The Mark Elf Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Randy Oxford Band (blues, R&B,…

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4 February 2016

Lincoln District to celebrate Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is typically a celebration of the past, honoring those who have come before. This year, the Lincoln International District is hoping it will provide good omens for its future.
On Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Lincoln International District, between Yakima and 38th Street, will be celebrating…

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4 February 2016

Two Graham men charged in property theft bust

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Dayin Rex Henry, 34, and Shane Bryant Sweetman, 33, on Jan. 29 with multiple counts of possession of stolen property and trafficking stolen property. While serving a search warrant at the defendants’ residence in Graham, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies located stolen trailers,…

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4 February 2016

Stupid Criminal of the week

If you’re driving with both a suspended license and a warrant for your arrest, it’s probably best not to drive around drawing a lot of attention to yourself. A man decided to take a drive on Jan. 19 in his car with headlights that only worked on the bright setting, not exactly inconspicuous. Unfortunately, he drove right…

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4 February 2016

IT’S DAFFODIL SEASON

23 high school seniors become official Daffodil Princesses and are named Ambassadors of Pierce County at Princess Promenade, Feb. 5 in Puyallup.

Princess Promenade is the official kickoff of the 83rd annual Daffodil Festival season in Pierce County on Friday evening, Feb. 5. One of Pierce County’s fondest traditions…

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4 February 2016

Mark your calendars: Dierks Bentley

The country superstar is the first act announced for the Washington State Fair's end of summer concert season. Bentley – best known for “What Was I Thinkin'?” and “Drunk on a Plane” and other hits – will headline the Fair's grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6,…

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4 February 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Venues of the Week:

Tacoma Musical Playhouse
7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, W 98406
(253) 565-6867
www.tmp.org

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a non-profit arts organization, and is the largest community theater in the Pacific Northwest. TMP programs…

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4 February 2016

Puffy machines and sumptuous silk screens on view at Kittredge

University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery is back from winter break with a great new show. Aaron Badham’s mechanistic, pop-influenced sculptures are in the main gallery while Rita Robillard’s pictures, done using a mix of screen print and paint, are on the walls of the small gallery.
Called “Inflated Fabrications,”…

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4 February 2016

Last of Tacoma’s superfund sites inch toward cleanup

The cleanup plan for the last, and most contaminated, sites on Tacoma’s tideflats is entering its final review process with a roster of questions about the scope of the planned cleanup.
The Occidental Chemical site on the Hylebos Waterway has been vacant for years, but the environmental cleanup from its years of operation…

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4 February 2016

SPORTSWATCH

LINCOLN ABES CAPTURE 2016 ALL-CITY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Team results for the 2016 Tacoma All-City Wrestling Tournament. 1. Lincoln Abes – 278.5, 2. Henry Foss Falcon – 170, 3. Bellarmine Prep Lions – 136.5, 4. Woodrow Wilson Rams – 132.5, 5. Stadium Tigers – 89, 6. Mt. Tahoma T-Birds –…

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4 February 2016

The Things We Like

FLY FISHING SHOW

The 2016 Pacific Northwest fly-fishing season begins in earnest when the annual Fly Fishing Show swings open its doors in the Lynnwood Convention Center Feb. 13-14, 3711 196th St. SW. This is a weekend potpourri of all-things-fly-fishing with non-stop casting demonstrations, seminars,…

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3 February 2016

Man charged in murder at Tacoma convenience store

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, with murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Julian Jemar Thomas, 23, at a Tacoma convenience store. Grott’s brother, Rashaad Dominique Grott, 22, has been charged with rendering criminal assistance in the first degree for driving…

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28 January 2016

Bulletin Board

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR AT SPRINKER RECREATION CENTER

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department announced that the Sprinker Recreation Center experienced record-breaking attendance and revenue in 2015.
Parks and Recreation has worked diligently to improve Sprinker and the facility has experienced…

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28 January 2016

Speak up for walking, bicycling and transit

Ever thought about speaking at City Council but not sure where to start? Or have something to say but not sure which elected body to say it to? Join Downtown On the Go for a casual conversation about the basics on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. Share stories, hear tips & tricks, and then Councilmember Ryan Mello will join for the second…

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28 January 2016

Teddy Haggarty art show on display at Delia’s Oakland Lounge

Many of you out there are no doubt familiar with Tacoma artist Teddy Haggarty. The quintessential eccentric painter, Haggarty was once upon a time encountered frequently at his favorite watering holes (Bob’s Java Jive, Dawson’s Tavern, the now defunct Tempest Lounge to name a few). He was always there with his sketchpad…

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28 January 2016

Organic forms characterize B2’s Winter Exhibition

Beginning its sixth year in existence, B2 (“bee-squared”) Fine Art Gallery is still going strong, putting together great shows by some of the region’s best artists. The gallery is currently running its “Winter Pop Up Exhibition,” featuring three-dimensional works by Ric Hall, Shannon Weber, Steve Sauer, Sharon Feeney,…

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28 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Rock Hall Three For All

Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick are hitting the road together this summer, and their forthcoming tour includes a stop at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 26. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. that day, and tickets went on sale last week with prices $26.50 to $101; www.ticketmaster.com …

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28 January 2016

The Things We Like

CELLO DEBUT

Alistair MacRae takes his beloved cello to some unlikely places. In days past you might have found University of Puget Sound’s new cello professor sweeping his bow alongside German rock band The Scorpions or performing beside American tap dancer Savion Glover. More often, though, MacRae…

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28 January 2016

Jazz favorite Ed Taylor takes new gig at G. Donnalson’s

Local jazz favorite Ed Taylor has started a new residency at G. Donnalson's wine bar with his next performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30.
Taylor described his new gig as being “kind of like 'Saturday Night Live.' It's the same show, but they might get a different host every week.…

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28 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 29

B SHARP COFFEE: McTuff (jazz) 8 p.m., NC-$10, AA
DAWSON'S: Junkyard Jane (“Swampabilly” blues, Americana) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (smooth jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew…

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28 January 2016

UWT plots future after turning 25

University of Washington Tacoma turned 25 last year and is preparing to build on that history to plan its future as an urban-serving university.
The “Big Question” people are being asked is “As an Urban-Serving University, what positive role can University of Washington Tacoma play in achieving your aspirations?” Read More

28 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 29 – FEB. 5

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 – BASKETBALL
Women – Willamette vs. PLU
Pacific Lutheran – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Foss vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 – BASKETBALL
Boys – No. Thurston vs. Mt. Tahoma Read More

28 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PIERCE COUNTRY YOUTH SOCCER OPEN FOR NEW TEAMS AND EXPANDED BOUNDARIES

One thing you can count on in youth sports is they are constantly changing. It could be a simple change to the rules of play, a new league or it could be a vacated geographic region because a club chose to affiliate with a different…

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28 January 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

A man decided to party a little too hard at a local movie theater with a Four Loko and caused an accident on Jan. 10. After sneaking in the alcoholic drink to a film, the movie wrapped up a little quicker then the man wanted and he decided to chug the rest of the drink before driving home to Renton. Unfortunately, the man’s…

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28 January 2016

New look for thrift store retail unveiled at 38th Street Goodwill

A Jan. 21 ribbon cutting ceremony officially launched a new look for Goodwill thrift stores in southwest Washington. The re-opening of the 32,800 square foot Goodwill store at 3121 S. 38th St. provides a first glimpse at a new store design that will expand across 15 counties in southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula…

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28 January 2016

Local Restuarants

One of the things everyone is searching for in life is a neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name. Billy B’s Pub and Grub, located at 1213 S. 56th St., is looking to be that place under the leadership of owner Dave Peluso.
“I grew up in South Tacoma. I stayed in South Tacoma and I felt there was a need for…

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28 January 2016

Singers needed to try out for ‘O Say Can You Sing?’ competition

Can you hold a note better than Carl Lewis? Can you remember the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” better than Christina Aguilera? Then you may already be on the road to becoming the next Jacqueline Pearson.
Pearson got concerts at the Washington State Fair grandstand started on a patriotic note for years, followed…

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28 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Museums of the Week:

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave.
Tues.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free Third Thursday 5-8 p.m.
www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Mission: Connecting people through art. Tacoma Art Museum serves the diverse communities…

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27 January 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Tacoma serial home burglar pleads guilty

Michael Leair pleaded guilty to six counts of residential burglary in Pierce County Superior Court Monday morning. He was sentenced to 84 months in prison. Tips to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County from a “Washington's Most Wanted” viewer helped police catch him after Leair was seen leaving a pawn shop last…

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27 January 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Suspects wanted in Puyallup robbery and assault

Pierce County detectives are trying to identify four theft suspects at a Walmart in Puyallup. One of them bit and strangled employees during his escape. It happened just a few days before Christmas. Detectives say there were four crooks in all, but only three of them were caught on camera.
“Four people went in. Two…

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21 January 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

As anyone who has experienced the cycle of dieting knows, losing weight can be a serious struggle. Keeping the weight off often proves to be the biggest challenge, with the losing-gaining-losing rollercoaster leading to discouragement, disappointing results and, sometimes, poor health in the long run. However, there is a…

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21 January 2016

Is a career in teaching or counseling for you?

Would you like to become a certified teacher in just a year? Or, if you prefer evening classes, would you like to qualify as a school or mental health counselor in just two years?
Demand for teachers is currently so strong in the United States that last year, every student who earned a University of Puget Sound Master…

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21 January 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

Fast food always sounds delicious when you’ve been drinking, but the smart move is to just stay home and munch on a bag of chips, especially if you’re too far gone to even stay conscious. Workers at a Division Avenue food joint got quite a surprise on Jan. 9, when a man literally was passed out inside his car outside…

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21 January 2016

Bulletin Board

STREAMLINED PERMITTING SYSTEM NOW LIVE

Today, the City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services launched an online Tacoma Permits system that utilizes Accela software and offers a number of efficiencies.
With this launch, all land use, building, and site development permits will be processed…

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21 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Theaters of the Week:

New Muses Theatre presents William Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Jan. 15-31, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., #10, Tacoma
On the streets of Verona, a war between two powerful families has led to chaos…

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21 January 2016

CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System approved to build psychiatric hospital in Tacoma

Residents of Pierce County and the surrounding areas will have better access to desperately needed mental health services with approval of a new psychiatric hospital.
The Washington State Department of Health approved an application from MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health to jointly build and operate…

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21 January 2016

Milton father charged for leaving 15-month-old in freezing car overnight

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Anthony Dufour, 29, on Jan. 13 with criminal mistreatment in the second degree and abandonment of a dependent person in the second degree, for leaving his infant daughter overnight in a freezing car at his Milton home. Dufour was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.…

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21 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

THE TIME HAS ARRIVED FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER IN TACOMA

Craig Vincent knows a lot about the women’s soccer scene in Tacoma. For several years he has planned, worked and hoped for a local women’s team to take root for the players in South Sound. Finally, it is going to happen in 2015 with the arrival…

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21 January 2016

The Things We Like

TACOMAPOCALYPSE

Tacomapocalypse 5 is almost here! The morbidly humorous February 2-D art show that just won't stay dead returns to Destiny City Comics Feb. 1-28. Special artists event/open house will be on Saturday, Feb. 13. The theme this year is "Death Takes a Holiday," so along with…

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21 January 2016

Manitou Arts Center to close down after 20 years of service

It looks like the end of the line for the Manitou Community Center and its arts programs, daycare and martial arts school that it has housed for the last 20 years. Originally built as Manitou Elementary School in 1911 (with additions in 1924, 1957 and 1967), the building and grounds were taken over by Metro Parks Tacoma in…

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21 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Janet Jackson rescheduled

Looks like Janet Jackson was “Unbreakable,” after all. The pop queen had to postpone the launch of her tour this month, which included a Jan. 13 stop at KeyArena, as she prepared to undergo surgery for an undisclosed ailment. But Live Nation has announced that all dates have been rescheduled. She'll now visit Seattle…

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21 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 22 - 30

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Lincoln vs. Foss
Henry Foss HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Foss vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Olympia vs. Stadium

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21 January 2016

CORRECTION

The Tacoma Weekly would like to apologize for the following errors in the story “The Old Spaghetti Factory prepares to move locations” from the Jan. 15 edition.

The Old Spaghetti factory has been in Tacoma since the 1970's, not the 1980's also, hours at the new location are as follows:
Sunday

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21 January 2016

Teen charged in murder of ex-girlfriend’s mother

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Austin Richard Moores Nelson, 19, on Jan. 19 with murder in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and animal cruelty in the first degree for shooting his ex-girlfriend's mother, Teresa Ryan, to death and killing the family dog. Moores Nelson pleaded not guilty and is…

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21 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 22

B SHARP COFFEE: Adriana Giordano and the EntreMundos Quarteto (Brazilian jazz, soul) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
EMERALD QUEEN: Brian McKnight (R&B, soul) 8:30 p.m., $40 to $95
G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (smooth jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA

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14 January 2016

Domestic violence suspect wanted in Pierce County

Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies are asking for your help to find Darmar Robinson. He has four active misdemeanor warrants for Domestic Violence Assault in the 4th degree ($75,000 bail on each) and a Domestic Violence No Contact Order Violation ($50,000 bail). Robinson is 5-feet 5-inches and weighs 165 pounds. If you can…

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14 January 2016

Undercover sting in Tacoma targets accused child sex predators

This will not be easy to read, but it's important information for every parent in our state. Washington’s Most Wanted's Parella Lewis recently joined the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force and dozens of other agencies in a sting operation to identify child predators in our communities.…

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14 January 2016

Bulletin Board

HELP SET A WORLD RECORD AND PASS A REUSABLE BAG ORDINANCE

Mark your calendars for the weekend of Jan. 23 to 24, when Plastic Ain't Tacoma’s Bag (a coalition of hundreds of concerned citizens) will set a World Record for “Most Reusable Bags Made from T-shirts in 48 hours (across multiple locations)." Read More

14 January 2016

Signs highlight the diversity of trees in Tacoma’s Wright Park

It’s hard to imagine what Wright Park looked like in 1886 when the Tacoma Land Company donated the vacant land for a public park.
Its 27 acres were barren, muddy and likely devoid of native trees, which had been logged off for commercial sale.
But conditions attached to the gift required that at least 300 ornamental…

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14 January 2016

City approves moratorium on marijuana shops

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on new marijuana shops within the city to allow for state lawmakers to develop new rules for the booming pot industry.
The moratorium means the city will not issue new business permits for marijuana businesses for as long as the next six months. Current pot shops…

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14 January 2016

Where to celebrate MLK Day

Here are a few options for locals who want to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. next week:
Lakewood MLK Day celebration
The Lakewood celebration will kick off with a Commemorative Civil Right March, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Clover Park Technical College's…

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14 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

SOUTH SOUND FC BRINGS NWPL WOMEN’S SOCCER TO GRIT CITY

The Northwest Premier League has announced that the South Sound Football Club is joining the new elite amateur women’s soccer league to represent the City of Destiny in statewide play.

“The purpose of the South Sound Women’s program…

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14 January 2016

The Things We Like

‘TRANSITIONS AND REFLECTIONS’

“Transitions and Reflections,” textile artist Barbara Lee Smith Smith’s farewell to the Pacific Northwest, is currently on display in The Gallery at TCC. The show features pieces that are more abstract than most of Smith’s previous work. Other changes…

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14 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Sasquatch! Lineup announced

Since its inception in 2002, the Gorge Amphitheatre's Sasquatch Music Festival has been among the most talked about entertainment events of late spring. Don't expect it to be any different this year after Monday's announcement that the Cure, the Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Digable Planets and Florence and the Machine are…

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14 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

LeMay America’s Car Museum
2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: www.lemaymuseum.org

America’s Car Museum (ACM) spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring…

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14 January 2016

Make a Scene: Lakewood Playhouse makes ‘Arcadia’ a lush place to be

In the 1630s, Nicolas Poussin created a neoclassical painting called “Et in Arcadia ego” or "Even in Arcadia, there am I." The sentence is spoken by Death, who is depicted in the painting as a beautiful woman. Even in an idyllic place – Arcadia – death, decay, and dissolution are part of the scheme.

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14 January 2016

Signature drive seeks to put methanol plant to a vote

The first public hearing for people to learn details about – and voice their concerns over – a methanol-conversion plant slated for Tacoma’s waterfront is set for next week, but opponents to the plans are already lining up in hopes of blocking the project.
A group called RedLine Tacoma Coalition filed paperwork…

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14 January 2016

KeyBank presents $30,000 to Goodwill for financial literacy training

KeyBank has provided more critical funding for free family, single parent and youth financial literacy with its recent gift to Goodwill’s financial literacy training program. 
“Goodwill’s financial literacy program, ‘Key to Change,’ aligns perfectly with KeyBank’s commitment to help our communities thrive,”…

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14 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 15 - 23

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Bellarmine vs. Stadium
Stadium HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Mt. Tahoma vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL
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14 January 2016

Bates opens new Advanced Technology Center

Upon its grand opening on Jan. 7, the city of Tacoma officially welcomed a new Bates Technical College facility, the Advanced Technology Center located at 2320 S. 19th St.
Officials broke ground on the two-story, 53,000-square-foot building last year. The facility includes an auditorium, meeting spaces, administrative…

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14 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 15

B SHARP COFFEE: Greta Matassa Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Funk Factory (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Sonny Landreth (blues) 8 p.m.,…

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7 January 2016

Furloughed sex offender how being sought

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are searching for convicted sex offender Chris Ramsey. Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps locate him. Ramsey was released from jail for a furlough to attend a funeral for a family member but did not return.
"There…

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7 January 2016

Several Tacoma teams sit atop standings at midseason

As we near the midpoint in the high school basketball season here in Tacoma, it’s time to take a snapshot of the first stretch that Grit City’s boys teams have gone through. At first blush, things look awfully familiar in several league standings as the preseason favorites have been doing exactly what most basketball…

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7 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 8

REAL ART TACOMA: The Rusty Cleavers, Jake McNeillie & Co., Devilwood, The Busy Wild (roots rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m., $8, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: Human Spirit with Thomas Marriot and Mark Taylor (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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7 January 2016

2016 promises hot-button issues for Tacoma

Planned gas plants raise concerns about safety of tideflats
Tacoma City Council has already greenlighted plans for Puget Sound Energy to move forward with a liquefied natural gas facility on the Tacoma Tideflats. PSE’s facility would be an 8 million gallon natural gas liquefaction and storage facility…

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7 January 2016

Pastor announces re-election campaign

I want you to be among the first to know that I will be seeking re-election to the Office of Sheriff in 2016.
The Sheriff’s Department has built a strong record of accomplishments in the last several years in the face of very difficult circumstances. We are values-led. We have demonstrated effectiveness and cost efficiency. Read More

7 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 8 - 16

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 – BASKETBALL
Women – Willamette vs. UPS
UPS Fieldhouse – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Shelton vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Olympia vs. Bellarmine Read More

7 January 2016

Thousands at First Night rings in new year

Thousands at First Night rings in new year

Tacoma’s annual First Night celebration, ironically on the last night of the year, drew capacity crowds at venues around downtown in search of family friendly, alcohol-free entertainment to mark the start of 2016.
Capping the night was a thunderous performance by Tacoma’s…

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7 January 2016

PUGET SOUND ORTHOPAEDICS DOUBLES IN SIZE

TACOMA – Puget Sound Orthopaedics  (PSO) has become the largest independent orthopedic practice in Pierce County since seven surgeons from Tacoma CHI Franciscan Health Orthopedics, Spine, Sports Medicine and Podiatry, formerly Tacoma Orthopaedic Surgeons, officially joined the independent practice…

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7 January 2016

Make a Scene: North End Social Club open for business

You have to forgive Tacoma entrepreneur Justin Caillier if he seems a bit tired these days. Not only did he just open one of Tacoma's  newest hot spots – the North End Social Club, located at 3013 Sixth Ave. – but he also had a couple of new additions to his family. We caught up recently to talk about his vision…

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7 January 2016

The Things We Like

EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory and Metro Parks Tacoma are pleased to present “EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation,” Jan. 12-March 6, 2016. In this exhibition, 12 Northwest contemporary artists will take a unique approach to evolution through works…

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7 January 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

A classic episode of ‘Seinfeld’ taught us that you should be careful what you do in your car, as it’s a pretty visible place. Best case scenario you end up like Jerry, who mistakenly had a girlfriend believe he was picking his nose, worse case you end up in jail, like a driver on jan. 1 traveling down Yakima Ave. The…

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7 January 2016

Bulletin Board

2015 U.S. Open Championship tallies $134 million in regional economic impact
Pierce County and neighboring counties realized a $134 million boost in total economic impact from the U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association at Chambers Bay Golf Course June 15-21, a recent…

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7 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PUGET SOUND RECLAIMS TOTEM TROPHY IN HISTORIC 2015 SEASON

The 2015 season was, by many accounts, the most successful fall for the Puget Sound football program since the turn of the century. The Loggers' five Northwest Conference victories tied a Puget Sound record (1933), and their 6-3 overall record…

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7 January 2016

Dog walker finds human remains by TCC

A person walking a dog found by the sports field of Tacoma Community College on Jan. 5, stumbled across a set of bones and called 911.
The bones turned out to be human.
Tacoma police are investigating the case as a possible homicide.
College classes were not affected by the discovery, which prompted investigators…

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7 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Theater of the Week:

Lakewood Playhouse
5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd.
Lakewood, WA  98499  (253) 588-0042
www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Lakewood Playhouse was founded in 1938. They currently have a 180-seat theatre in…

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7 January 2016

Second Sunday concerts surround Seymour Conservatory with sound

Soaring glass dome resonates monthly with live performances from outstanding area musicians
Satisfy your urge for a Sunday afternoon sensory experience with a monthly visit to Metro Parks’ W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park.
The Second Sunday Concert Series offers a menu of acoustic sounds to…

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7 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Ralph Porter

Catch one of the area's funniest comedians when Ralph Porter headlines Tacoma Comedy Club later this month, on Jan. 24. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10 to $14, but you've got to be18 or older to attend; www.tacomacomedyclub.com.
Tickets for these other upcoming…

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7 January 2016

City Launching New Streamlined Permitting System Jan. 19

In an effort to streamline the permitting process and improve the customer experience, the City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services is launching a new online Tacoma Permits system on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
This web-based permitting platform utilizes Accela software and offers a number of efficiencies. Citizens…

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6 January 2016

Officer wounds suspect

At 2 p.m. on Jan. 3, Tacoma Police were advised of a reported stolen vehicle being driven in the area of Tacoma Mall Blvd. and South 47th Street.  An officer in the area observed the vehicle east on 47thStreet. The officer did not pursue due to the street conditions. The officer advised dispatch and observed the stolen…

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30 December 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 1

HALF PINT PIZZA: Thrown-Out Bones (indie-pop) 9 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
REAL ART TACOMA: Pickwick, Spirit Award, Bod (rock, indie-pop) 8 p.m., $16-$18, AA
THE SWISS: DJs Omarvelous, Skeemer…

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30 December 2015

10 charged for attempting to sexually exploit children

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged 10 people, ages 20 to 59, for attempting to sexually exploit children. The defendants were arrested during a two-week sting operation, led by the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force. They were charged with attempted rape of a child, attempted sexual commercial…

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30 December 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
407 S. G St.
Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Weekends, Mondays and Holidays
Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html

The Karpeles Library is the…

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30 December 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS DEC. 30 – JAN. 15

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Bellarmine Classic Consolation
Bellarmine HS – 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Bellarmine Classic Finals
Bellarmine HS – 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN. 2 – BASKETBALL
Boys…

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30 December 2015

TOP 10 OF 2015

#1 JERMAINE KEARSE: REPRESENTING THE 253

#2 CHAMBERS BAY SHINES AT U.S. OPEN MEDIA DAY

#3 THE GRIDIRON DAYS ARE LONG GONE, NOW JOE JARZYNKA HAS TAKEN HIS GAME TO THE STARS

#4 TACOMA WEEKLY 2015 ALL-CITY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

#5…

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30 December 2015

Most read stories of 2015 at www.TacomaWeekly.com

1. “Wanted: Beefcake for next real men of Tacoma calendar”
In January, we gave you a preview of the new “Real Men of Tacoma Calendar,” a fundraiser for the Music and Art in Wright Park Festival – and you liked it. Read more in issue’s City Life section.

2. “Vicci Martinez…

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30 December 2015

Make a Scene: Big Events to Look Forward to in 2016

So long, 2015. We hardly knew ya. And before we can stop and take a breath, our entertainment calendar is already filling up for the new year. So, without further ado, here are eight of the biggest deals headed our way in early 2016.
Brian McKnight (8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Emerald Queen Casino): Read More

30 December 2015

Bulletin Board

TREECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

After you take down the decorations, 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…

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30 December 2015

Mark your calendars: Adam Carolla

Comedian, actor and radio personality Adam Carolla is headed to Seattle where he'll headline the Moore Theater at 8 p.m. on April 23. Carolla became a household name as he co-hosted Comedy Central's “The Man Show” and the syndicated radio program “Love Line.” These days, he hosts “The Adam Carolla Show” and Spike-TV's…

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30 December 2015

The Things We Like

ADULT SNOWSHOE HIKES

Join Tacoma Nature Center on Jan. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for an exhilarating easy to moderate hike while basking in the mountain’s winter beauty. No experience necessary, transportation and snowshoes provided. Pack a lunch, snacks and water, ages 18 and up. $65/participant, $58.50/Tacoma…

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23 December 2015

SPORTSWATCH

MASL TACOMA STARS RETURN HOME AFTER SPLITTING TWO ON THE ROAD

The Tacoma Stars (7-4) jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Las Vegas Legends (7-3) on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Las Vegas Sportspark.

Stars midfielder Joey Gjertsen led the club with a brace, while Mark Lee,…

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23 December 2015

Culture Corner - A Guide to Cultural Events of Tacoma

Book clubs at King’s Books

King's Books
218 St Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: www.kingsbookstore.com

Originally founded by King Ludwig I as a gift to Lola Montez, King’s Books was painstakingly…

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23 December 2015

Jury convicts father in infant’s beating death

On Dec. 17 a jury convicted Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 32, of murder in the second degree for beating his 2-month-old daughter to death last year at his home in Dupont. Cowart is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in room 323 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
“This was a sad and disturbing case…

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23 December 2015

Tacoma Weekly’s top high school sports stories of the year

It was an awfully exciting and fun year to be a fan of Tacoma high school sports. League and district titles were captured by some Grit City teams and a few squads even looked like state championship material until the final whistles blew on their respective seasons. If 2016 is anything like 2015, we’re in for a wild ride. Read More

23 December 2015

Be well - Inside & out

(Family Features) If the idea of diving into a new year has you feeling more exhausted than invigorated, it may be time to introduce some new strategies to help keep busy days from feeling overwhelming. Proper exercise, balanced nutrition and quality rest can make it easier to adapt when life demands you give a little bit…

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