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Category: Edgewood


Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood to close July 8 for more than a month; realignment project nears completion

Jovita Boulevard will close to through traffic from Monday July 8 until Sunday Aug. 14, according to a city news release.

The road will close from Meridian Avenue East to the proximity of the new roundabout, which has been under construction as part of the long-awaited Jovita realignment project.

Residential, business and emergency vehicle traffic will be permitted, according to the release.

The nearly $5.4 million transportation improvement project has been a joint effort led by Edgewood and Milton, as well as the state Transportation Improvement Board.

In an earlier interview with The News Tribune, City Manager Mark Bauer said

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Milton approves joint resolution with Fife, Edgewood that rejects Pierce Transit cuts, moves ahead alternative proposal

The Milton City Council unanimously approved a joint resolution with Fife and Edgewood that rejects Pierce Transit’s plan for cuts to service in the three cities and proposes an alternative to soften the blow of the reductions.

Last month both Fife and Edgewood city councils approved the resolution, which will move to the Pierce Transit board for review upon Milton’s approval of the resolution at a special study session Monday night.

The planned transit cuts are part of a sweeping reduction in Pierce Transit service across Pierce County. The affected routes in the Milton area include Routes 501 and 402,

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Mayor movement the theme for Pierce County elections filing week

Several East Pierce County cities and towns could experience a leadership shake-up after the November election, as a number of mayor positions are up for grabs and others have attracted challengers.

Election season started this week as candidates officially filed with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for races in the Aug. 6 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.

Cities and towns with outgoing mayors include Puyallup, Orting, Eatonville and Edgewood. Incumbent mayors in Sumner, Bonney Lake and Milton all will face challengers.

In Eatonville, four candidates filed to run for mayor after Ray Harper opted not to seek a

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Outgoing mayor’s council seat attracts two candidates in Edgewood

Jeff Stokes and Tyron J. Christopherson have both filed to run for the open Edgewood City Council seat vacated by Mayor Jeff Hogan, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Hogan didn’t file for re-election.

In other races, Daryl Eidinger, Donna O’Ravez and Stephanie Shook are all running unopposed for open council seats. O’Ravez and Eidinger are both incumbents.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682



Fife-Milton-Edgewood Chamber luncheon focuses on state Route 167 completion

The Fife-Milton-Edgewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informative luncheon about the state Route 167 project, according to a chamber press release.

The luncheon is at the Emerald Queen Casino 1-5 Bridge Nightclub on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. It will provide attendees who, what and why information related to the project, according to the release.

A coalition of business leaders and government officials have been pushing for state funding to connect state Route 167 with Interstate 5, one of many transportation issues that are on hold pending a special legislative session.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682


Storified: Tweeting twiger on the loose

An escaped tiger has taken to social media to live-tweet his exploits. (Don’t laugh, he may have more followers than you do.) Here’s a sampling of the witty kitty showcased in a Storify.

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Edgewood woman crowned 2011 Miss Washington

The 2011 Miss Washington has been crowned, and it’s Brittney Henry.

The ceremony was Saturday night in at Lindbergh Senior High School in Renton. Henry’s talent was the fiddle, and her platform was “promoting higher education for low-income families.” She’ll represent the state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas. First runner-up was Miss Tahoma, Nicole Erhardt.

A tipster tells us that Henry is an Edgewood resident, after graduating from California State University, Sacramento in December 2009. The tipster also says Henry is a 2005 Puyallup High School graduate.

I’ve left a message for Henry and

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New Milton-Edgewood library draws a crowd

A crowd waits for the new library for Milton and Edgewood to open.
People check out the relocated library in Surprise Lake Square.

The four-hour grand opening Thursday of the relocated library for Milton and Edgewood attracted 1,300 people to see and use the new facility.

Hundreds of people waited in line for the library to open at 4 p.m. Thursday at its new location in Surprise Lake Square, a strip mall at 900 Meridian Ave. E., Suite 29, in Milton. The Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library was moved from its longtime location at Milton’s City Hall complex.

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