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Archives: March 2011


Fife plans to establish an arts commission

Fife will soon likely have its own arts commission.

The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance creating the commission Tuesday night. It will have from five to 12 members, including a student.

The volunteer commission will work to incorporate art into city-owned public places and “encourage public programs to promote the fine, visual, literary and performing arts,” according to the council-approved ordinance.

A majority of the committee members will be Fife residents. The Puyallup Tribe and the Fife Regional Chamber of Commerce will each recommend a member. One member will be a local school student and one

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Fife residents have a new tool to track crime

Fife residents can now track crimes through the website, www.crimemapping.com.

The public can look up specific and grouped crimes and patterns such as day and time of the week. Fife police have entered five years of crime data into the program.

Viewers choose the time frame and crimes they want listed. Icons for the crime type pop up on the screen. Police case numbers also are listed.

The website for Fife, which went live March 15, is updated daily with new crime information.

People can also sign up on the website for crime e-mail alerts for a

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Puyallup won’t explore library annexation

The City of Puyallup won’t explore annexing to or contracting with the Pierce County Library System for service.

The City Council, during a study session Tuesday, decided against looking into those options, said Glenda Carino, city spokeswoman.

“None of the council members were interested,” she said.

The Puyallup Public Library Board recommended an exploration.

Puyallup is one of three cities in Pierce County with an independent library. In recent years, the city — like others across the state — has made cuts in the face of declining revenues.

The library has lost staff positions and trimmed its public hours.


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Pick a tree, kill some ivy

This is the big weekend for all who’ve aspired to Ivy League connections, or, more accurately, disconnections.

The Sierra Club’s Ivy League
will hold its first spring work party, and you’re invited to wear your grubbies and join in.

They’ll be disconnecting invasive ivy from the earth, and trees it is attacking in and near Point Defiance Park’s Native Garden. From 9 a.m. to noon Sat., March 23, Ivy Leaguers will be using the latest and best rip-and-rescue techniques. They welcome all the help they can get, and they provide tools, gloves, water

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Lakewood OKs mandatory sewer hookups

Property owners in Tillicum and Woodbrook abutting the new sewer system who don’t connect to it or receive an extension by mid-July will start being assessed the monthly charge for a service they don’t receive.

The Lakewood City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a mandatory sewer connection policy to goad residents and business owners to hook up to the system.

Shortly after ordinance takes effect in 30 days, the city plans to send notices giving property owners 90 days to hook up or they will be assessed a so-called “availability charge,” which is Pierce County’s monthly service charge.

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Richardson loses Sumner council seat

Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson is out of a job.

Richardson, part of a heated state Senate race last fall that spilled into Council Chambers at times, missed three consecutive council meetings this month, and his fellow council members voted 4-1 Monday to not excuse the absences, meaning his seat becomes vacant under state law.

“I feel like Mr. Richardson has pretty much abandoned his seat,” said Councilman Steve Allsop.

He said the council gave Richardson the benefit of the doubt by not voting on the absences before Monday night.

Councilman Randy Hynek, the sole no vote, said he was

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A bath your pooch can support

A fundraiser starting Thusday will help raise money for a dog park at Chambers Creek Properties in University Place.

UP’s The Soggy Doggy self-service dog wash, 7518 40th St. West, will donate a portion of all dog wash sales through March 28. A dog wash costs between $8 and $20, depending on the size of the dog.

SUNDogs, a nonprofit organization, worked with Pierce County and the city of University Place to establish a 1-acre interim park near the golf course.

Plans call for the development of a 6-acre dog park on the southern end of the property

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EFN honors local heroes of the hungry

Emergency Food Network used its recognition breakfast this week to honor those who help it feed 147,000 people a month, every month.
The great news is that was a long list of local heroes.

That’s been crucial as the recession has slashed family budgets. Since 2008, the food banks EFN supplies have seen a 43 percent increase in visits. Between food banks and meal sites, the food distributed adds up 14.1 million pounds, enough for 14 million meals a year.

This year’s Silver Spoon Award winners volunteered, donated, and made it possible for others to donate.


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