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Tag: City of Fife


Fife to unveil new, interactive sculpture at history museum

Representatives from the Fife Historical Society and the Fife Public Arts Commission will unveil a new sculpture on Sunday near Dacca Park, according to a city news release.

Olympia artist Eric Holdener was chosen from five applicants and will receive $9,000 from the city of Fife for the interactive sculpture. It will have gears and wheels that turn, and is made up of various steel components.

The artwork will depict the “importance of balance” in a community with deep roots in agriculture and equal commitment to modern industry and commerce, according to the release.

Holdener said the sculpture, called “Wheel

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Fife to celebrate reopening of new 70th Avenue East

The city of Fife will host a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of 70th Avenue East, according to a city news release.

The $15 million project was a collaboration between local, state and federal governments.

The road is a major arterial that connects “transportation dependent” businesses along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to the release.

“This achievement is a key link in the regional transportation system that passes through Fife, and sets us up for the future connection of SR 167,” said City Manager Dave Zabell in the release.

State Sen. Bruce Dammeier, Rep. Hans Zeiger and Pierce County

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Fife City Council could extend moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens

The Fife City Council will likely take action on an ordinance that would extend a ban on collective gardens for medical marijuana at its meeting Tuesday night.

The city first passed a moratorium on collective gardens in August 2011, after the state Legislature authorized qualifying patients to create and participate in the gardens for medical purposes.

Collective gardens allow people with diagnosed terminal or debilitating illness to share responsibility for acquiring and supplying the resources required to produce and process cannabis for medical use.

The state’s law is subject to guidelines, which limit the number of

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VIDEO: Fife farmers market debut and ribbon cutting

The city of Fife opened its first farmers market, which will be open every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. until Aug. 28.

Market manager Laurel Potter said the market’s season could be extended if it is successful and weather cooperates.

Below is a video of highlights from Wednesday’s debut and ribbon-cutting.

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Fife connects with its farming roots, debuts city’s first farmers market

Fife channeled its agricultural roots Wednesday with the debut of the city’s first farmers market.

The market will offer locally grown produce to residents who don’t have access to a major grocery store in the city limits, as well as art, activities, live music and other services.

Mayor Rob Cerqui, who is a fourth-generation vegetable farmer, said the long-awaited market will provide residents and the working population with fresh, local food options every week during the Wednesday lunch hour and also increase visibility for local businesses.

“We’ve got a lot of retail businesses people aren’t aware of,” he

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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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Fife announces city’s first-ever farmers market

The City of Fife will debut its first-ever farmers market June 26, according to a city press release.

The new venture will run every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through Aug. 28 at Fife City Hall and the adjoining Centennial Park at the corner of 54th and 23rd streets, according to the release.

About 20 vendors will sell local farm-fresh produce, prepared and processed foods, handcrafted items and lunch-ready foods. Vendors’ stalls will line Centennial Park and a portion of Fife City Hall’s parking lot, the release says.

Fife Mayor Robert Cerqui, who is also a farmer, led the effort.

“I am excited to

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Former Fife City Councilwoman Kim Roscoe appointed to fill vacant position

Kim Roscoe, a former Fife City Council member, was chosen last week to fill a vacant City Council position.

The council voted 6-0 to appoint Roscoe to finish the term of the late Richard Godwin, a councilman who died in February at age 68. Godwin served since 2003.

Michael Wilkins also applied to fill the position.

Roscoe previously served two four-year terms on the council from January 2002 through December 2009. She has lived in the city for about 15 years.

A city official said Roscoe doesn’t intend to run for the position in the fall.

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