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Archives: Dec. 2012

Dec.
19th

Vote on confirmation of Neiditz as South Sound 911 director set for Jan. 9

A vote on whether to confirm Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz as the first South Sound 911 director won’t take place until early January.

The new agency’s Policy Board met today to consider Neiditz’s confirmation and scheduled its vote for Jan. 9.

County Executive Pat McCarthy, who is chairwoman of the Policy Board, said the panel received information on the process – including applicants and interviews – that led to Neiditz’s recommendation.

“There were a number of us that wanted time to process the information, read over it and we’ll make a decision in January,” said McCarthy, who was on

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Dec.
19th

Key Center library to reopen ahead of schedule with improvements

The Key Center Pierce County Library in Lakebay will reopen ahead of schedule on Feb. 4 with more computers, faster Wi-Fi service and more usable space.

The library has been closed since Nov. 14 for the improvements. It was originally scheduled to reopen Feb. 27.

Here’s the news release:

TACOMA – Good news! Key Center Pierce County Library, located at 8905 KPN, Lakebay, plans to reopen earlier than planned, on Monday, Feb. 4, nearly a month ahead of schedule.

Work to make improvements at Key Center Library has gone much faster than planned.

The library will be closed

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Dec.
19th

Pierce County making changes to ferry schedule

A number of changes to Pierce County’s ferry schedule will take effect Jan. 1 for service between Steilacoom and Ketron Island and Anderson Island.

Here’s the news release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2012

Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times, canceled runs, and changes to Ketron Island service.

“We made these changes to meet the needs

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Dec.
18th

Benefit raises $180,000 for injured teen gymnast

A benefit Monday to support paralyzed teen gymnast Jacoby Miles grossed about $180,000 and raised a net $155,000, according to event organizers.

The 15-year-old from Puyallup was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down after falling during a dismount last month.

Funds from the auction and dinner, attended by 12 present and past USA Olympians, will help the Miles family with ongoing medical costs.

Family and friends are updating Miles’s progress at getwelljacoby.blogspot.com.

Donations can be made at goteamjacoby.com or by calling 253-826-5999.

Dec.
18th

Lakewood City Council moves to fill upcoming vacancy

The Lakewood City Council sketched out Monday night the first steps it will take to fill the seat being vacated by Mayor Doug Richardson.

Voters elected Richardson to the Pierce County Council last month. Richardson is the last remaining member of the original council that started work when Lakewood became a city in 1996. His tenure on the council equals the combined experience of the other six council members.

The council will begin soliciting letters of interest from residents this week. Residents should include in the letter why they are interested in the position and why their background makes them

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Dec.
18th

State and local school officials planning for natural disasters

Four Pierce County school districts are part of a statewide project designed to help identify risks and develop a statewide plan for dealing with schools affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and volcano eruptions.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with 35 school districts across the state, received a two-year, $1.1 million grant in March from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pierce County school districts participating as partners include Carbonado, Puyallup, Steilacoom and Sumner.

Recent work includes the launch of a brief online survey for parents, teachers, school boards, state organizations, superintendents and the

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Dec.
17th

University Place church offers solace

United Church in University Place is extending a special invitation to a Thursday night service to “those who are seeking to find meaning in the holidays, both personally or in response to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.”

“Longest Night/Blue Christmas: A Service of Solace” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the United Church in University Place, 3912 Grandview Drive. W. This Christmas service offers a time when those who are seeking to find meaning in the holidays may join with others to find hope and comfort.

For more information call 253-564-2754.

Dec.
17th

Education group sponsors training for activists

The third annual activist training session hosted by the League of Education Voters will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January 12 at Highline Community College in Des Moines.

An estimated 200 people from across the state are expected to attend.

Workshop topics will include early learning, equitable school funding, and commonsense school discipline. The training will also include a science fair-style showcase of successful school programs and a wine reception with community partners.

The cost is $25; lunch is included.

Attendees will hear from elected officials, community leaders, and parents who will explain the importance of being

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