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Archives: Jan. 2011

Jan.
31st

University Place embracing Pepsi’s online contest; more funding nearly in hand

The New York Times published Sunday an in-depth look at the Pepsi Refresh Project, which has generated quite a bit of interest among organizations in University Place.

The story makes clear that PepsiCo is betting that spending more than $20 million on these grants through an experimental mixture of social media and community building will generate more brand exposure than buying air time on the Super Bowl for about the same amount.

“This was not a corporate philanthropy effort,” Shiv Singh, head of digital for PepsiCo Beverages America, told the Times. “This was using brand dollars with the

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Jan.
27th

Have something to share with city leaders? Speak UP!

The city of University Place will launch what Mayor Debbie Klosowski has dubbed a “community listening tour” next month.

Called Speak UP!, the tour gives residents a chance to ask questions or raise ideas and concerns to city leaders and staff at four meetings held at different locations in the city.

They will be held at 7 p.m. on:

• Feb. 9 at the University Place Senior Community Center, 2534 Grandview Dr. West.

• Feb. 10 at the New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West.

• March 3 at First Baptist Church, 2844 Mountain View Ave. West

• March

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Jan.
27th

United Way offers free tax help in Auburn

Free help with 2010 federal taxes is available in Auburn through United Way for  low income households and seniors.

IRS-certificated, multilingual volunteers from United Way of King County will be available at Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main St., on the second floor. Agents are available Tuesday – Thursday from 6-9 p.m. No appointment is necessary and agents will be available through April 15.

The service is for households making less than $50,000. Citizenship is not necessary and electronic filling will be utilized for faster refunds.

Those interested should  bring all applicable tax forms and a bank account number (checking

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Jan.
27th

How do you rate the state of the city?

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will deliver a State of the City speech at 7 p.m. Monday at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

It’s a new, and good, idea for a community that’s been hit by the recession and the Russell Co. relocation but is strong in spirit, volunteerism and hip grit. I’ll be interested in what Strickland has to say.

I’m also interested in what you have to say about where Tacoma is now, and where it’s headed. I’d like to hear your ideas, which I will include in my Monday column.

If you would like

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Jan.
26th

If there’s PayPal in heaven, Etta’s LOL

This week is one long birthday celebration for Etta Turner, and there will be toilets in Bolivia to prove it.

Etta was 16 and a Rotary Exchange student in Montero, Bolivia, when she was killed in a bus crash. The students were on a field trip to the site where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had their final shoot-out with the authorities.

Now, Etta loved to eat, which is why her family, friends, Rotary and Catholic charities in Bolivia founded a feeding program for poor kids in Montero. Led by her mom, Pennye Nixon-West of Port Orchard, Etta

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Jan.
26th

Open house Saturday for renovated fire station in Auburn

Valley Regional Fire Authority will have an open house for a renovated fire station in Auburn Saturday.

The event, including displays, demonstrations and refreshments, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at remodeled Station 32 at 1951 R St. S.E., Auburn.

Children can try on firefighter gear, build their own firetrucks, tour through a fire engine and medical aid car, and meet “Sparky” the fire dog and “Pluggie” the fire hydrant robot.

Adults can try out a thermal-imaging camera, obtain a blood pressure or blood sugar check, tour the station and obtain home safety information.

A rededication

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Jan.
26th

Speed cameras go awry but its not their fault

Speed cameras covering  the school zone in front of Pacific Avenue in front of Stewart Middle School were popping off  this morning upsetting motorists who didn;t know what they were doign wrong.

The lights on the  “SPEED LIMIT 20 WHEN FLASHING” were not flashing so motorists thought the  speed limit was th enormal 35 mph.

The cameras, however, were rigged for 20 mph. FLash! Flash!

One upset motoriosts e-mailed The News Tribune: “The city can’t have it both ways. You can’t give someone a ticket if the WHEN FLASHING sign isn’t on.”

Sorry, said  Tacoma Police Department spokesman Mark Fulghum,

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Jan.
26th

Bonney Lake council votes no on Proposition 1

The Bonney Lake City Council made its feelings about a proposed three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase for Pierce Transit crystal clear Tuesday night.

The seven-member council unanimously approved a resolution opposing Proposition 1, which is on the Feb. 8 ballot.

“Hopefully our area will speak loudly” in the election, said Deputy Mayor Dan Swatman.

The council’s vote isn’t much of a surprise. Mayor Neil Johnson, who’s on the Pierce Transit board, recently told The News Tribune about his objections.

And last year, the city was one of a handful that discussed “de-annexing” from the transit service.

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