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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
20th

Franklin Pierce schools tightens policy on football game carry-in’s

The Parkland-based Franklin PIerce School District said it will place greater limitations on snacks, beverages and bags of all sorts that are brought to home football games.

District officials say the goal is to create a safer environment at the games. The new policy goes into effect Friday at the home game between Washington High School and Fife High School.

Franklin Pierce Schools has, for many years, hired two off-duty deputies of the Pierce County Sheriff’s
Department to promote safety and enforce school district policies. District officials said that since the football season has begun, several incidents have occurred

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Sep.
20th

Peninsula School Board president resigns

Citing a need to move out of state temporarily, Peninsula School Board President Jill Uddenberg has announced her resignation from the board.

In her resignation letter, Uddenberg said she planned to relocate for about a year, but that she hopes to return and become active in the Gig Harbor-area school district again.

“The reason for my resignation is due solely to a short-term relocation out of state,” Uddenberg stated in her letter. She has been a member of the board for seven years and was last elected in 2011 for a term set to expire in 2015.

The school board

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Sep.
20th

Children’s Museum offers special night for special needs kids

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will join with SPECIAL Families of Pierce County to host monthly evening programs for families of children with special needs.

Parents can network with other parents and hear a guest speaker. Children will have the chance to have a sensory-friendly play experience in the museum. Trained volunteers and museum personnel will be there to support children as they explore the galleries.

Programs are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

The program is free, but donations are accepted. Space is limited, and families are asked to register in

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Sep.
19th

Puyallup Fair getting a new name

What’s in a name?

The Puyallup Fair is going to find out.

It’s in the process of changing its moniker to better reflect its position as the largest fair in the state, confirmed Karen LaFlamme, fair spokeswoman.

The new name – Washington State Fair – likely won’t be official until next year, when the trademark process is complete, LaFlamme said.

But the private non-profit that puts on the 17-day event already has started a “soft roll-out” in television and print advertisements, she said.

And the tagline “Do the Puyallup” isn’t going away. LaFlamme said it still will be part of

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Sep.
19th

Pierce County avoids risk of losing potential state grants, loans

Pierce County for the time being will not lose its ability to compete for an estimated $31 million in potential state grants and loans because a state board ruled several comprehensive plan amendments were out of compliance.

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to postpone indefinitely action on repealing the four comprehensive plan amendments.

The Growth Management Hearings Board has stayed its rulings pending the outcome of appeals in Pierce and Thurston County Superior Courts, which is expected to take at least six months.

The state Department of Commerce has indicated the stays will protect the county from any

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Sep.
19th

Auction set Saturday for White River Education Foundation

A dinner and auction to benefit the nonprofit White River Education Foundation is set for Saturday at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner buffet starts at 6:30 p.m.

Sea Gal Stephanie Stennes is slated to make an appearance.

Auction items include Disneyland, Legoland and Silverwood tickets and accommodations, a private airplane ride and a handcrafted outdoor playhouse.

The farm is at 20021 Old Sumner-Buckley Highway.

Sep.
19th

High school rivals unite to help sick children

High school rivals from Gig Harbor and Peninsula high schools are working together to help sick kids.

During the two schools’ recent football game, the FISH Bowl, students from both schools sold school spirit materials to raise money for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

The students are part of an effort called Students Working Wonders, or SWW. Their efforts will benefit Tree House, a residence for out-of-town families whose children undergo treatment at Mary Bridge.