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Category: Fircrest


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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Dry stretch means more pool time in Fircrest

The nearly record run of dry summer weather is giving residents one last chance to use the community pool in Fircrest.

City officials will reopen the pool, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, for one session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. The pool is located at the Roy H. Murphy Community Center at 555 Contra Costa Ave.

Jeff Grover, city parks and recreation director, said several residents contacted his department to request the pool be reopened. The pool closes for the summer season on Labor Day.

“The weather is just excellent, and why

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UPDATE 2: Camp Murray gate controversy voted top West Pierce news story for 2011

The ongoing controversy over the efforts by the Washington Military Department to move Camp Murray’s main gate deeper into the Tillicum neighborhood was voted the top news story of the year in West Pierce County.

Although I was hoping to see a lot more votes, the Camp Murray gate story was voted tops by an overwhelming margin.

David Anderson, president of the Tillicum-Woodbrook Neighborhood Association, had put out a request for residents in the neighborhood and others to cast their votes for the story.

The extension of sanitary sewer into Tillicum and Woodbrook took the No. 2 spot.

Efforts to

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On the hunt for spooktacular Halloween displays

There’s more than a little Halloween spirit in Pierce County. From tips and driving around town, we’ve located some of the more elaborate Halloween lights and displays, as shown on the map above. If you know of other favorite haunts, send us an e-mail and we’ll be sure to add it to the map (exact addresses appreciated and bonus points for photos.)

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Fircrest to decide on drive-throughs in commercial core

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Fircrest, the island-of-a-city known for ticketing speeders and fighting off Wal-Mart, must make another choice that could forever change its character.

The question: Should a coffee shop in the suburban city’s commercial core be allowed to operate a drive-through?

OK, it might not be on the same level as defeating a global retail giant, but Fircrest officials will discuss the request by Trans Pacific Properties Inc., starting with tonight’s planning commission meeting.

The Fife-based company that has an office in Fircrest owns the 40,000-square-foot Village Square complex, which it refers to as Town Center.

Property Manager Tyson Johnson said the company purchased and renovated the complex on Regents Boulevard more than a year ago. It also began to attract tenants, including a coffee shop.

He said the owners of the Greener Bean Coffee Company plan to open their business possibly by this month in a spot that used to be a bakery.

One of the reasons the coffee shop agreed to locate in Fircrest Town Center was Johnson’s willingness to offer drive-through service.

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Be glad you don’t have this job this week

For people who say their roughing it with this week’s heat, try working Choon Kim’s job.

The owner of Fircrest Cleaners not only has to deal with the heat from outside, but inside his business it’s even hotter. The dry cleaning operation’s pressers are steaming from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The usual reprieve from the heat is to open the windows or walk outside, but not this week.

“We always use fans and air conditioning, but it’s not enough,” Kim said around 11 a.m. today, when the mercury in his business’ thermometer reached 94 degrees.

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Beer, bantering and basketball at Ale House

Ross Harris and Aaron Johnson sat at a table designed to hold eight people at the Ale House Pub & Eatery near Fircrest.

A mistake? Think more like strategic placement: Less than 15 feet away sat one of the restaurant’s large-screen plasma television.

"Can’t complain about high-def," Harris said.

The two Fircrest men ate lunch, watched the TV (at that moment, UNLV and Kent State were on the tube) and bantered in the early afternoon.

Harris gave Johnson some good-natured ribbing for being from Bellingham and enjoying hockey. ("He’s almost a Canadian," Harris said.) Johnson,

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