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Category: University Place


As election season approaches, a dearth of open seats for Lakewood, UP city councils

Nearly all the incumbents up for election on the Lakewood and University Place city councils will run for new four-year terms.

With filing week less than three weeks away, just one newcomer has stepped forward in either city so far. Don Daniels, chairman of the Lakewood Planning Advisory Board, announced he is  running for the seat that Councilwoman Helen McGovern will vacate near the end of the year.

Daniels was one of 11 other candidates to apply to fill the council seat vacated by former Mayor Doug Richardson, but the council picked McGovern, who served on the council

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University Place group to open museum in late spring

University Place may not have a university, but it will soon have its own museum.

The nonprofit University Place Historical Society recently announced it will open the museum in available office space in Windmill Village, the current home of City Hall. The grand opening is scheduled to coincide with Duck Daze on June. 1. The annual festival celebrates the end of the rainy season.

University Place became a city in 1995, but its history traces back to late 19th century. Just in the last couple of months, society member Arne Handeland published a pictorial history of University Place,

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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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Open house scheduled on expansion of county’s wastewater treatment plant in UP

An open house on the $353 million expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will take place Jan. 31.

The expansion will increase the capacity of the county’s sewage treatment plant and add technologies to help protect the environment. Project staff members and contractors will be available at the open house to talk one-on-one with the public. The event will be from 5-7 p.m. in Pierce County’s Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W., University Place.

Here’s the news release:

January 23, 2013

Learn about wastewater treatment plant expansion at

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For last time, UP council to start year with pay disparity

Veteran University Place City Council members will earn more than double the wages of their junior colleagues for a second consecutive year when the council reconvenes next month.

It will be the final year of the pay disparity for the City Council that emerged following its vote in 2010 to scuttle benefits that the elected leaders had enjoyed for a decade.

Starting in 2014, the council member will receive equal compensation, although the mayor and deputy mayor will continue to earn more money for their additional responsibilities.

Next year, however, a council member elected prior to 2011 is set

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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.


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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Pierce County to break ground on plant expansion

Residents can tour Pierce County’s wastewater treatment plant Thursday, Nov. 15, before officials break ground on its $353 million expansion.

The tours will leave at 10 a.m. from Building A at the plant, located at 10311 Chambers
Creek Road West in University Place. Visitors are asked to wear sturdy shoes because the terrain is uneven.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

The plant treats sewage for more than 30 percent of Pierce County’s residents, including those living in University Place, Lakewood, DuPont, Steilacoom, portions of the city of Tacoma, and areas of unincorporated Pierce County, including Parkland, Spanaway,

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