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Archives: April 2011

April
29th

Fundraiser set to help with Bonney Lake mayor’s cancer fight

A dinner and silent auction to raise money for Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson, who’s battling cancer, is 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Swiss Park, 9205 198th Ave E., Bonney Lake.

A bone marrow donor drive also will be held during the event.

Johnson, 46, was diagnosed earlier this year with chronic myelogenous leukemia, which affects the blood and bone marrow.

He’s undergoing chemotherapy and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They’re available here.

Donations also can be made at Harborstone Credit Union, 20608 State Route 410 E., Bonney Lake.

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April
29th

Another step toward UW Tacoma doctoral degrees

The University of Washington Tacoma says that Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected later today to sign a law that could clear the way for the Tacoma branch campus to offer an Ed.D., or doctoral degree in education.
The UWT proposal would first be submitted to the faculties of both the Tacoma and Seattle campuses, the UW Graduate School, and the UW Office of Educational Outreach, before it could be considered by the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.
A survey of potential graduate students in the South Sound region found strong interest in the degree. If it is approved,

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April
28th

Rally for Puyallup principal cancelled

A rally planned Friday in support of a popular Puyallup principal who’s on paid leave pending the outcome of a district investigation has been cancelled.

Hundreds of people were expected to attend the 2:30 p.m. demonstration at the district office in support of Rogers High School Principal Scott Brittain.

But Lauren Parris, an organizer, said Thursday night that Brittain sent a request through a family member that it be called off.

The 51-year-old has been on paid leave since April 6. The district said this week that it’s investigating why he accompanied the school choir to San Francisco earlier

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April
28th

Goldfish races are back at Harmon Taproom

After canceling its popular Tuesday goldfish races because of concerns of animal rights activists, The Harmon Taproom has decided to bring back the weekly entertainment starting next Tuesday, but with some changes.

“Goldfish races were extremely popular and so we listened to feedback from both sides of fish lovers and decided to make sure we had better rules to ensure the fish went safely back
into their nice, clean aquarium after their weekly races,” explained Harmon owner Pat Nagle in an email.

Earlier this month, the St. Helens district brewpub canceled the entertainment after People for the Ethical

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April
26th

Puyallup council revisiting annexation requirement

The Puyallup City Council may soon change a city rule that makes consenting to annexation a condition of receiving city water and sewer service outside city limits.

The council spent part of a two-hour study session tonight talking about that portion of city code. Although no action was taken, members seemed to agree that the annexation requirement should be removed.

“My position is that we should not have an annexation requirement,” said Councilman Don Malloy. “I believe when we annex property into the city, we should be annexing people that want to come, not that are obligated to come because

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April
26th

Ice cream reward for safe bicycling starts Sunday

Starting Sunday, firefighters and police officers from participating agencies will reward children demonstrating safe bicycling habits with free ice cream.

Responders who observe young children seen wearing their helmets, riding safely and observing safety rules will provide them a coupon for a free reduced fat vanilla ice cream cone that can be redeemed at participating McDonalds locations.

Safe Kids Pierce County and McDonalds is partnering with the city on the program, which began in 2007 and runs through December. Its start coincides with National Bike Month.

“It’s a great way for them to recognize and reinforce positive safety

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April
25th

Name change for Clover Park school

Clover Park School District’s alternative high school has a new name.

Effective July 1, the district’s Alternatives for Individuals High School will be known as Lakewood Career Academy, following action Monday by the Clover Park School Board.

The program, which moved into a building on the Clover Park Technical College campus in February, is a partnership between the college and the school district. It helps students complete core academic classes for grades nine and 10. They can then move on to the college’s Northwest Career and Technical High School, return to a regular comprehensive high school or choose other high

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April
25th

Group wants community voice heard in Tacoma teacher contract talks

A new advocacy group wants to focus attention on upcoming contract negotiations between the Tacoma Education Association and Tacoma Public Schools.
The teachers’ union represents more than 2,000 Tacoma school employees – including an estimated 1,500 classroom teachers. The TEA and the school district are scheduled to begin bargaining for a new contract May 16. The current contract expires Aug. 31.
Vibrant Schools Tacoma, a coalition representing 16 minority, education and faith-based groups, will gather in Tacoma Thursday to outline its goals for the contract. An announcement from the group says it is interested in “those areas of

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