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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
31st

Program for Pierce County foster children gets grant

A new program to support Pierce County’s youngest foster children has received a $105,000 grant, its implementers said Tuesday.

The funds for the BOOST program came from The Boeing Co., the City of Tacoma and the Bamford Foundation.

The program is aimed at increasing access to infant mental health professionals for foster children up to 3 years old, as well as training foster families and child-care professionals about child-parent relationships and to work with the court system to better-accommodate the needs of foster children.

BOOST was implemented at the beginning of this year by A Step Ahead,

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Jan.
31st

Could UP Town Center raise curtain on new movie theater?

With the Galaxy Narrows Theater closing today, could a new theater open nearby at University Place’s Town Center?

“It’s still a possibility, but I don’t want to say it’s a strong possibility,” said City Attorney Steve Victor, whose been involved in negotiations to land tenants at the mixed-use development on Bridgeport Way.

The closure leaves Tacoma and its immediate surrounding area without a mainstream theater, although one is planned at Point Ruston.

Victor said three theater chains other than Cinemark, which announced plans last year to construct a nine-screen multiplex at Point Ruston last year under its Century brand, have

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Jan.
31st

Enrollment fairs set to reach uninsured children in Pierce County

Enrollment fairs starting Feb. 9 aim to enroll more than 10,000 uninsured Pierce County children in state health programs.

Seven events by area agencies and health plans are scheduled through May 11 to reach the families of these children, who qualify for the state’s coverage. Here’s the news release:

Free Enrollment Fairs Target Pierce County’s 10,000 Uninsured Children

Area agencies and health plans collaborate to provide access to health care and services for families in Pierce County.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. (Tacoma, WA) January 29, 2013. Pierce County has more than 10,000 children who qualify for Washington’s State health

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Jan.
31st

JBLM/Saint Martin’s grads celebrate Friday in Lakewood

Members of Saint Martin’s University’s Extended Learning Division will gather Friday, Feb. 1 to celebrate the graduation of 29 members of its Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) December class of 2012.

 

The graduation ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m., takes place at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Conference Center located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood. The event will include remarks by University President Roy F. Heynderickx.

 

Members of the graduating class include service members from various JBLM organizations as well as family members, members of the National Guard, reservists, veterans and non-military affiliated students. For over 40

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Jan.
30th

Ashford school closed by power outage should reopen Wednesday

Eatonville Schools Superintendent Rich Stewart said Tuesday afternoon that Columbia Crest Elementary – closed Tuesday due to a power outage – should be open Wednesday morning.

But he said that – depending on the weather – the school district might run winter bus routes. A combination of snow and rain Monday night caused power outages in the area near the school in Ashford.

Jan.
29th

No weapons buyback planned for Pierce County

Seattle police’s gun buyback program drew a large response Saturday. But don’t expect a weapons buyback soon in Pierce County from the Sheriff’s Department.

“We won’t be doing one anytime soon due to budget,” Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Tuesday. “We can’t afford it and we want to look at the issues, successes and failures of others.”

Jan.
29th

Local NAACP endorses Tacoma school bond

The Tacoma chapter of the NAACP on Monday endorsed the $500 million Tacoma school bond measure that voters will decide in a Feb. 12 election.

The support is significant, because the group opposed the last Tacoma school bond measure in 2009. Back then, both the local NAACP and the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance opposed a school bond, citing a lack of progress in educating minority students.

The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance had already endorsed this year’s bond.

Jonathan Johnson, education chairman for the local NAACP chapter, said the NAACP has always felt the need for “21st-century facilities for all students.”

But he

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Jan.
28th

Lakewood’s search for council member, city manager moves ahead

The Lakewood City Council took steps toward appointing a new council member and hiring a new city manager Monday night.

After hearing about an hour of presentations from 12 residents seeking the appointment, the City Council moved toward hiring a consultant for between $19,000 and $40,000 to lead its search to find a successor for City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

Neiditz is leaving the city Feb. 23 to head South Sound 911, the new countywide emergency dispatch agency.

Mayor Don Anderson and council members Marie Barth and Mary Moss will work with Neiditz to make a recommendation on which of

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