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GTCF Spark Grant Applications Due Tomorrow

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation does a lot of good in Tacoma, working with individuals, nonprofits, businesses and community partners to promote effective philanthropy and to connect people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation works with individuals and organizations on the

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Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

Every once in a while something slips past us in the in-box that we really wish we'd caught. This is one of those times.

The good news is you still have time to share your thoughts on the latest design options for the new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square. Not a long time - the online survey

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 30, 2014

International Economic Development

Last week the City Council passed a resolution allowing for the creation of a Commission on International Relations to be composed of representatives of Tacoma businesses, organizations, and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the Commission will be to

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Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

The News Tribune has the latest on plans for Chambers Bay Resort, and the 370,000 square-foot resort sounds kind of swanky...

  • 5-story, 258-room hotel
  • Conference center with 17 meeting rooms and full food and beverage service (in what is now the Pierce County Environmental Services building,
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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 23, 2014

This week the City Council voted to express support for Initiative 594, requiring background checks for all gun sales. The Council also heard public concerns related to two ordinances it will decide on next week, related to regulation of marijuana and for-hire transportation companies.


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Tacoma Link Expansion Project Update

Sound Transit has some updated information on potential station locations to share with you.

The transit agency has been moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the possible future expansion of Tacoma's Link up to the Stadium District, then on to the Hilltop. Having

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On the Market: Simpson Lumber

There have been whispers and emails about changes afoot at Tacoma's Simpson Lumber Company for a while now - word of the sale of one or more Simpson Lumber properties. It appears that there's more than a little truth in the rumors: Simpson Lumber Company is up for sale.

This comes just six

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Sound Transit Proposes Fare Changes

Sound Transit is considering a change to its fare system that could implement a low-income rider fare, while raising other rates.

The low-income fare program would bring Sound Transit into alignment with a King County Metro low-income fare scheduled to go into effect next March.

The Metro

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Proclamation of Tacoma Arts Month

Tacoma Municipal Building September 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Mayor Strickland proclaims October to be Tacoma Arts Month in Tacoma.


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Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

City of Tacoma September 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club will be enlisting the support of volunteers to benchmark the numbers of people bicycling and walking on trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities across the state on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2014. Shifts

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WSU Pierce County Master Gardener Program Information Session

WSU Pierce County Master Gardener September 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Do you want to become a Pierce County Master Gardener? Attend one of our two information sessions to learn about our program and:

- Have the opportunity to talk to current MGs about their experiences.
- Learn about the requirements of the MG program
- Ask question about the 2015 trainings

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Garden Tour

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium October 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Join the Zoo Horticulturist on an in-depth tour of the plants in the Zoo collection.

Garden Tours take place at 10 am on the first Wednesday of every month.

Meet at the Pacific Rim Plaza, just inside the front gate.

10 AM - 11 AM

Free with admission

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Tacoma Art Museum Lunch & Learn with Artist Marita Dingus

Tacoma Art Museum October 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

Enjoy lunch while learning about the exciting work of artist Marta Dingus! Dingus will discuss her African American heritage and how it inspires her artwork. She’ll talk about the use of found materials in her art.

View her work in the exhibition Northwest in the West: Exploring our Roots. A

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Tacoma Link Expansion Drop-In

Stadium Thriftway October 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Learn about progress on the potential Tacoma Link Expansion

Sound Transit is moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the potential expansion of Tacoma Link. After gathering feedback from the public and City Council in May, Sound Transit updated potential station

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Destiny City Comics opens

Destiny City Comics October 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

​A new comic book shop is opening right next to King’s Books in Tacoma.

The shop’s opening day! Not exactly a “grand opening” but there will be an exciting array comics available for purchase like the new Thor #1. Come check out Tacoma’s new comic store!!

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The New Frontier Open Mic Sessions

The New Frontier October 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Bring your music to the stage at our weekly open mic.


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Tacoma’s gain is loss to Port of Seattle

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A recent report shows that Tacoma's Port traffic is growing, to the point that it has surpassed Seattle in terms of volume handled and significance of economic impact, but it's not all good news.

The moves of several major shipping lines to Tacoma have contributed to growth here, pushing Tacoma past our neighbors to the north, but larger trends in shipping are worrisome for both ports. Increasingly shippers are skipping West Coast ports and heading straight for the other half of the country via the Suez Canal or soon-to-be-even-larger Panama Canal. Increasing warehouse costs and decreasing developable land also mean that much of the freight that does come in to the Port of Tacoma is finding its way out of the Port to warehouses in places like Sumner and Kent.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle are both described as "peaking markets," losing market share over recent years, but they're not going without a fight. We'd love to know what's being said in those private meetings between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma...

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London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won

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If you've been to London, and if, while there, you happened to stroll along the south bank of the Thames near the Southbank Centre, you may have noticed a gritty little pocket decorated with graffiti and filled with skateboarders.

That vibrant, gritty pocket in the undercroft of the Southbank Centre has been a place for British skaters to practice since the 70s. In the decades since, it has also attracted other urban arts and activities - graffiti artists, street performers, and BMX bike riders - so much so that it now appears in some London tourist brochures.

In 2013 a plan was announced to develop the undercroft into shops and cafes, but the skateboard community and others banded together to save their space. Last week they announced that the space would be preserved as-is, and allowed to continue as a venue for skaters, performance artists, and others. It probably didn't hurt that they had Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on their side.

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2014 Women of Influence named

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Every year the Business Examiner names a short list of South Sound Women of Influence. The list recognizes

This year the Women of Influence awards go to five women from around the South Sound region. Two special awards go to two Tacoma women: the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lois Bernstein from Multicare, and the Rising Star Award goes to Rosie Martinson of the TacomaWorkingMom.com blog and Sound Physicians.

See the full list of Women of Influence, and watch for their stories from the Business Examiner in coming weeks.

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TWOKOI: Outstanding Sake Program Led by Level One Certified Sake Sommelier

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For years now Twokoi has been serving quality sushi from their little corner on South 17th across from UWT and Tollefson Plaza. Their expert sushi chefs put together some pretty stunning rolls, both traditional, and more creative concoctions. 

They've got a pretty good sake selection too - the largest in the Northwest, and one of the top two sake tasting programs in the US, according to at least one magazine.

A sake tasting at Twokoi can take you through the different kinds of sake - hot, cold, and butty - with more than 40 different sakes to choose from. And if you're looking for something special, they offer sake dinners called omakase, which pair multiple courses with the perfect sake.

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City Launches “COURAGE to End Domestic Violence” Initiative October 3

"COURAGE to End Domestic Violence" is a City of Tacoma initiative to help raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and the network of services available to help victims. Deputy Mayor

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Ramp and lane closures slated for Tacoma-area highways

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close a number of Tacoma-area freeway ramps and lanes during the week of Sept. 29. 

Monday, Sept. 29 
• State Route

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Pt Defiance Zoo asks community members to snap a ‘mug shot’ for tigers on National Coffee Day

“Coffee selfies” will help celebrate wildlife-friendly palm oil and companies that use it

Caffeine and conservation reign supreme in the Pacific Northwest. On National Coffee Day, people can

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Prosecutor to seek life without parole in Tacoma homicide

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will seek a life in prison without the possibility of parole sentence for Aaron Lamar Livingston, 39. Livingston has been charged with two counts

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Apply by October 15 for a Position on the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority Board

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill four voluntary positions on the 10-member Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority Board. Two positions require experience as an attorney; one position

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