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Archives: Nov. 2012


Tacoma school remembers their very own Husky fan

Staff and students at Tacoma’s Lister Elementary School were saddened to learn of the death of their former principal, Rafael “Ray” Maltos, in October.

But tomorrow, Dec. 1, they will gather to celebrate his life in a most appropriate way.

They’re hosting a memorial tailgate party for a man who was known not only as a dedicated educator – but a dedicated Husky fan. The Lincoln High School cheer team and Lincoln’s drum line will provide entertainment. Sponsors, including the Emerald Queen Casino, are providing refreshments.

Current and former Lister kids, parents, staff members and friends are invited to

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Book signing Saturday featuring new photo history of Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park

I’m a sucker for these Images of America books that have blossomed lately.

The product of a South Carolina publisher, the series includes nearly 8,000 books featuring cities, towns and subjects from across the country. Authors work with Arcadia Publishing to select topics, collect historic photos and write the chapter lead-ins and the captions. They get a royalty for each book sold.

Like most people, I most enjoy the books on places I am familiar with such as the editions on the Proctor District, the Stadium District, downtown Tacoma, Old Tacoma or topics of interest like Baseball in Tacoma-Pierce County.

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Light up your holidays with these tree-lighting events

Here’s the rundown of tree-lighting ceremonies for west Pierce County communities:

n DuPont, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Ross Plaza

The festivities begin when Candy Cane Lane opens at 4:30 p.m.  Participating businesses on Wilmington Drive will open their doors to kids for a candy cane or other holiday treats.  The lobby of the Community 1st Credit Union will open at 5 p.m. so holiday revelers can purchase menu selections from local DuPont restaurants for $5 per plate.  There will be caroling and ornament making. DuPont Forza will host pictures with Santa for a fee.

n Fircrest, 7 p.m. Sunday,

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South King County schools part of bid for federal dollars

A grant application written jointly by seven King County school districts is among 61 finalists for the federal Race to the Top competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

The region’s application involved the following school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The grant proposal was submitted under the name “The Road Map District Consortium” in reference to the districts’ participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort to drive educational improvement in South Seattle and South King County. The region’s application asks for up to $40 million.

The national finalists represent more than 200

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Elderly Sumatran tiger euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

A Sumatran tiger at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium lost his battle with kidney disease and lymphoma this morning.

Veterinarians euthanized Bali, 14 1/2, after more than two years of working to arrest his cancer and slow his chronic kidney disease.

Head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf said the efforts gave the 265-pound tiger additional, quality time.

Bali went through chemotherapy and was given many other medications, but became increasingly ill in recent weeks, Wolf said.

“His quality of life was severely compromised,” she said. “He was not eating and became very lethargic.”

The cat far outlived the lifespan of

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Tacoma educator’s book-signing this Sunday

Tacoma author and teacher Darrell Hamlin will sign copies of his book, “North Star Platoon,” at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens St., Tacoma, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Hamlin, who spent more than two decades working at Remann Hall and other programs for juveniles involved in the court system, writes about his experience taking these students outside the classroom and into the outdoors, where he teaches them to navigate by the stars. His goal is to also help them regain their bearings in other aspects of life.


Clover Park Tech students earn design awards

Three Clover Park Technical College students took home regional prizes in last month’s 2012 National Kitchen and Bath Association student design competition. Brandon Riem won for best kitchen or bathroom design. The award includes a $500 scholarship. Shara Eppert earnd an honorable mention and a $250 scholarship. Lara Sisco won the most inspiration award, and an iPad.


Lakes High School JROTC to host Northwest Drill and Rifle Meet

The Lakes High School JROTC will host a Puget Sound Division Drill Meet on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the school, 10320 Farwest Dr. S.W., Lakewood. The Puget Sound Division is one of three divisions in the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference.

Eleven JROTC teams from Washington and Oregon will compete at the meet including Lakes High School, Battle Ground High School, Curtis High School, Lincoln High School, Clover Park High School, Stadium High School, Prairie High School, Shelton High School, South Kitsap High School, Wilson High School and Oregon City High School. The teams will represent the Navy, Marine

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