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November brings opportunities to help feed the hungry

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

September may have been national Hunger Action Month, but in Pierce County, November is when the action gets into high gear.

Contributions are especially important this year. The 67 Pierce County food banks, meal sites and shelters have experienced a record amount of need that will only increase during the upcoming holidays.

By the end of September, they had had 1 million client visits – 60,000 more than in 2011, says Emergency Food Network executive director Helen McGovern. She notes that many of those clients are picking up food for an entire family, so the actual number of people needing assistance is even greater. Children home from school over the holidays won’t be getting their free and reduced-price meals, putting yet more pressure on low-income families.

In weeks to come, several worthy events offer opportunities to help the hungry by either donating food or cash. The EFN can distribute $12 worth of food with each $1 donated.

Please consider taking part in at least one of the following events:

• Vessels: This juried art show and auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 gives participants a chance to bid on three-dimensional artwork, with half the proceeds going to the artists and half to EFN. The $25 admission includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. The event is held at the Charles Wright Academy Performing Arts Center.

• Empty Bowls: This hugely popular event will be held the day after Vessels, Nov. 17, at Charles Wright from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The purchase of a locally crafted bowl – think holiday gifts! – enables you to try soups from several different local restaurants. Proceeds go to the EFN.
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New York Times profiles new car museum

The new LeMay-America’s Car Museum got some nice out-of-town press last week from The New York Times, no less.

Reporter Alan Rider wrote a very complimentary piece, sure to inspire some East Coast car lovers to make a pilgrimage west to check out the nation’s largest car museum.

Read the article here and check out the Times’ photo slideshow.

MSN Autos’ Perry Stern also has a preview of the “spectacular new attraction,” here.


A mecca for car lovers, a new landmark for Tacoma

Doug LeMay, son of the late Harold LeMay, backs the family's treasured 1948 Tucker into the new LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma. (Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer)

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Americans, it’s said, have a love affair with the automobile. Now they have a shiny new place to rendezvous for their trysts.

The LeMay-America’s Car Museum – the nation’s largest car museum and the second-most-visible structure as motorists drive through Tacoma on Interstate 5 – is staging its grand opening Saturday. It’s already getting national attention, including a splashy New York Times article headlined “A Car Hoard, Pruned to a Collection, Gets a Fitting Home,” complete with a photograph slideshow on the Times’ website. Read more »


Tacoma Dome getting washed – finally

Thanks to a public-spirited person (who wishes to remain anonymous), the filthy Tacoma Dome roof will finally be cleaned (read the story here). It was getting so dingy that I was thinking about writing an editorial begging  the city to just paint it a brownish gray and be done with it.

The donation covers up to $108,835 of the cleaning cost (can anyone explain that number?), and work reportedly begins Monday. The last time the roof was cleaned, according to our story, was 2003! Sure hope it doesn’t go another nine years between cleanings.

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