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WildFin American Grill to Open at Point Ruston

There's a new restaurant coming to Point Ruston: today the mixed-use center developers announced that WildFin American Grill will open its third location in one of a waterfront Point Ruston waterfront spaces restaurant space.

Tacoma, Wash. - November 20, 2014 - Point Ruston (PointRuston.com), the

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 18, 2014


December 2, 2014 was proclaimed as #GivingTuesday in recognition of the national day of philanthropy falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In Tacoma New Phoebe House will be using their #GivingTuesday to invite supporters to help them

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City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

Last night the Tacoma City Council signed off on a development agreement for the construction of an $85 million hotel, with a possible second residential phase that could bring the project total to $150 million.

In April the City began official negotiations with Yareton Investment & Management LLC

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New & Improved UWT Book Store: More Comfortable, More to Offer, & Open to the Public

The UWT book store has always been open to the public, but it's always felt a little... like a school book store. That changes with the remodel of the space, wrapping up this week.

With the grand reopening, visitors will find a new "bookstore/coffee house" vibe that may remind you more of a Barnes & Noble ...

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Twokoi Will Close for the Winter

Sad news for sushi lovers in Tacoma: Twokoi Japanese Restaurant will be closing for the winter. The Japanese restaurant at South 17th and Commerce in downtown Tacoma announced this week that they will be closing up shop while major construction re-routes 17th into a straight street passing directly

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St. Joe’s Workers Strike, Ask CHI-Franciscan to Take Better Care of Them

If your travels happen to take you by Saint Joseph or Saint Claire hospitals today, you may notice a little more activity than usual outside. Workers at the two CHI-Franciscan Health hospitals will be striking, demanding the organization address their complaints of unfair labor practices, which

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 18, 2014

Budget Work Session

This week's City Council study session will be another budget work session. The Council will hear presentations on budgets for the Planning and Development Services Department, the Public Assembly Facilities Department, the Public Works Department, and the Capital Facilities

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Up For Discussion: Paid Sick Leave in Tacoma

Tacoma City Council can expect to get an earful on the subject of paid sick leave at this week's Council meeting. Supporters of a requirement that Tacoma employers provide paid sick leave to employees are rallying the public to show up for this week's Citizens' Forum comment opportunity.


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Tacoma Bike Proctor Closing Sale

Tacoma Bike Proctor Store November 21, 2014 at 10:00 am
After 3 great years, we will be focusing our efforts on only one store again and closing the doors on our Proctor location for good November 24th 2014. We would like to thank everyone for their support of our Proctor location and hope we have served the neighborhood well. Friday 7th
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University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra “Born in the U.S.A.”

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Huw Edwards, conductor, featuring faculty soloists Maria Sampen, violin, and Duane Hulbert, piano.

Sousa: March, El Capitan

Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Marilyn Shrude: Libro d’ore (Book of Hours), with Maria Sampen, violin. “West Coast Premiere”


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Free Saturday 5k for November 22, 2014

Point Defiance Park November 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

Start your Saturday off right - with a 5k with Tacoma Runners!

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at TacomaRunners.com/register, complete your profile, print

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Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum

LeMay - America's Car Museum November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

Build, tinker, and learn together as you explore the world of cars. Every fourth Saturday, you and your child, grandchild, or family will spend quality time together designing, creating, or exploring cool car concepts.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Ages: Geared to

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Proctor Farmers’ Market “Hunger Awareness Community Food Drive”

Proctor Farmers' Market November 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Proctor Farmers’ Market will hold a Hunger Awareness Community Food Drive this Saturday, November 22nd, from 9am to 2pm

Both the Rescue Mission and the NW Tacoma FISH Food Bank will be on site to collect food donations to help feed the hungry in Tacoma.

Customers are encouraged to buy

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Empty Bowls

Charles Wright Academy November 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

This Emergency Food Network event is an annual ritual enjoyed by more than 500 people each year.

During Empty Bowls, attendees can choose from more than 1,200 bowls to purchase for the home and for holiday gifts.

Admission for Empty Bowls is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10. We hope to see you

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Film Workshop (for teens) to support the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Main Library - StoryLab November 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

Learn the basics of film making from a professional for fun or so that you can submit a film to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

Parents or (Adult) mentors may attend and observe with their student.

Learn how to check out a camcorder or use our drop-in film editing equipment.

Space is

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BEST Holiday Fair

BEST Learning Center and Our BEST Space--Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) November 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is pleased to invite the general public to the 2014 BEST Holiday Fair. Join the BEST team of artists, crafters and entrepreneurs as they unite to show you their BEST! Buy gifts for those special folks on your holiday shopping list or treat yourself to something

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Tacoma police change how they seek permission to use cellphone tracker

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Tacoma police have been using a controversial cell phone tracking devices, or "cell site simulator," to find criminals. Now judges in Pierce County are requiring higher standards for their use.

TPD was getting warrants to use the cell site simulators... well, kind of. They had warrants signed by judges, but the judges didn't know they were signing off on the tracking devices, which not only collect data on a suspect, but on all the phones around them as well. The police made a distinction between telling the judge what information they were seeking, and sharing the tactics they would use to get it.

After learning that police were using the technology, Pierce County judges saw it differently. Now they've asked the police making warrant requests to specify if they plan on using the devices. Pierce County agencies using the devices also have to swear that they will not store data from anyone other than the subject of the warrant.

Jurisdictions all over the country are facing this issue, but apparently Pierce County is ahead of the curve in imposing higher standards.

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Get Inspired

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Possibilities abound at Earthwise Salvage. New and vintage doors, windows, appliances, lighting, hardware, and lumber fill the warehouses at both the Tacoma and Seattle locations, along with an impressive and diverse assortment of architectural antiques. 

If all that possibility leaves you excited for a new project, but not sure where to start, the Earthwise "Get Inspired" page has some great ideas for both commercial and residential projects. The examples they share are taken from customers who have repurposed their Earthwise finds into unique features of their own homes and businesses. For further inspiration, you can also follow Earthwise on Pinterest.

So take a look, get inspired, and head out to Earthwise to see what treasures are waiting to go home with you this weekend. We should warn you, though, these projects can become habit forming...

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Reading: Cover Contest Finalist: Edward Lychik

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23 year-old veteran and hip amputee Edward Lychik from Tacoma has been proving his doctors wrong for a couple years now. When he lost his leg at the hip in Afghanistan two years ago, they told them he would never run again.

Not only does he run, he’s run four marathons (PR of 4 hours 7 minutes), including the Boston Marathon last year. He’s gotten a lot of press, both local and national, and turned his adversity into a motivational speaking career. And now he’s one of 10 finalists, two of whom will appear on covers of Runner’s World magazine this December. Pretty impressive.

It would be fun to see a Tacoma resident on the covers of a major publication like Runner’s World. Good luck Ed.

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10 Incredibly Beautiful High Schools That Put Yours to Shame

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Tacoma's Stadium High School shows up at #1 on a list of the most beautiful high schools around the world. Or as the ranking describes them, "10 Incredibly Beautiful High Schools That Put Yours to Shame."

The list may be a little skewed in favor of American schools, with more than half of the list coming from the US, but regardless of that, it's nice to see Stadium heading up the list. And they're right, Stadium, and the rest of the list, are pretty impressive.

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A day TUE give in Tacoma

TACOMA, WA - At the November 18th City Council meeting, City of Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland presented a proclamation proclaiming December 2nd as #GivingTuesday in Tacoma. The proclamation

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Meet the Grantmakers at Fourth Annual Forum for Nonprofits

University of Puget Sound hosts a round-table meeting with charitable funders 8–11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5

TACOMA, Wash. – Nonprofit fundraisers once again have the chance to informally chat with

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Pets of the Week: Carter & Cookie

Carter is an 8 year old Black DSH, and Cookie is a B&W 10 year old DSH. If you are hoping to make your house even cozier for the holidays, then these two adorable cats might be exactly what you need! Read more

Join in the Conversation about Creative Space in Tacoma

Tacoma, Wash. -- The public is invited to attend a community conversation about creative vitality and its relationship to space on Dec. 4 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Post Office Building, Post

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Overgrown Vegetation Causes Safety Concerns in Tacoma

The City of Tacoma’s code compliance is a responsive system, which receives and reviews thousands of code concerns each year. A large number, are about overgrown vegetation.

Overgrown vegetation is

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