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Archives: Nov. 2010

Nov.
16th

Tiger cub in critical condition at Point Defiance

Troubling news from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: One of the Sumatran tiger cubs born at the zoo this year is in “grim” condition following surgery yesterday. Below is the zoo’s press release. We’ll update as more information becomes available.

Female tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo in critical condition after undergoing surgery yesterday

Tacoma, Wash. – Mali, one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, is in critical condition after undergoing surgery yesterday afternoon.

Zoo head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf called the prognosis for the five-month-old tiger “grim,” but said, “We haven’t given

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Nov.
16th

Puyallup council approves city manager contract

Ralph Dannenberg can officially drop the “interim” from his title.

The Puyallup City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve his contract as city manager. The former parks director will be paid $152,000 annually, including benefits, said Glenda Carino, city spokeswoman.

Dannenberg began filling the top executive post on an interim basis in April after former City Manager Gary McLean resigned.

He earned praise from the council for his 2011 budget, which doesn’t include any layoffs or new taxes as it bridges a $5 million shortfall.

“That was no easy feat in these challenging economic times,” said

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Nov.
15th

UP inks deal for Applebee’s to be Town Center’s first retail tenant

After years of planning and tens of millions in public investment, the city of University Place appears to have landed its first retail tenant in Town Center.

The City Council approved Monday selling property to Apple Washington LLC under the condition it build an Applebee’s restaurant at the location.

After the unanimous vote, council members took a brief recess to pop open the bubbly – sparkling apple cider – to celebrate the news with residents who attended the meeting.

Council members were indeed in a celebratory mood.

“This is the first of many steps to come,” Councilwoman Caroline Belleci said.

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Nov.
15th

Lakewood parks and rec survey going out to 6,000 homes

About one in four households in Lakewood will receive a survey aimed at helping the city chart the future of its parks and recreation programs.

Surveys mailed to randomly selected households as part of the Lakewood Legacy Plan started arriving in mailboxes on Friday.

The plan will provide the city a 20-year road map toward building a healthy and sustainable parks and recreation system.

The survey includes questions about residents’ park and recreation needs, expectations of city programs and services and facilities they use or wish they had.

Only residents who receive a survey can participate to ensure the results

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Nov.
15th

Home of the Braves

The Bethel Brave statue that figures prominently in a discussion about artifacts removed during a clean-up of Bethel High School (seen to the left of the painting in this photo by TNT photographer Drew Perine) was a gift to the school from the Class of 1964. Fred Aube was the faculty class adviser that year, and he remembers hard-working students holding all sorts of fundraisers – everything from paper drives to a horse show – to raise money for the carving. Aube says the Brave was carved by an artist, now deceased, who had a business on Pacific Avenue.

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Nov.
15th

University Place council to consider sale of Town Center lot

The University Place City Council is slated to consider tonight selling a portion of a lot at its Town Center project.

If the sale is finalized, it would represent the first commitment of private investment in the mixed-use urban center located along Bridgeport Way.

Tonight’s council agenda includes consideration of a purchase and development agreement for a portion of Lot 4 of Town Center. The lot is located east of Bridgeport Way and and north of the market square.

The meeting begins with an executive, or closed, session so the council can discuss the sale of real estate by lease

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Nov.
15th

Puyallup talks hunger, homelessness

A series of events aimed at raising awareness about hunger and homelessness kicks off tonight in Puyallup with a public forum.

The community round table discussion is 7 p.m. at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian. City and school district leaders, state officials, clergy, business representatives and people who used to be homeless are expected to participate.

A screening of the film The Blind Side is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Theater, 116 W. Main Ave. Admission is $2 per person. People are asked to bring peanut butter and socks as donations.

Activities conclude Saturday with a resources fair

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Nov.
11th

Books UP for adoption as library opening nears

Not a published author? The Pierce County Library Foundation is offering the next best thing, and it goes toward a good cause.

With a $50 gift, people can adopt a book at the new University Place Pierce County Library, scheduled to open Feb. 12.

Donors will have the option of include a bookplate to honor a loved one. That family member or friend will also receive a card from the University Place Library Campaign notifying them that a book was adopted in his or her honor.

Donors can adopt a book through the foundation’s Web site (FYI,

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