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Another Tacoma Totem Pole Comes Down

Another totem pole in Tacoma is coming down, although so far this one has drawn less controversy than the Tacoma Totem Pole in Fireman's Park did.

The totem pole at Portland Avenue Park is not nearly as old as the Fireman's Park pole, nor does it play a prominent role in Tacoma's history. It does,

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Bob’s Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

Bob's Java Jive, the classic coffee pot-shaped building on South Tacoma Way, has been placed on the national register of historic places.

The News Tribune reports that the uniquely shaped 85-year-old landmark has officially been added to the register for its architectural significance. The Java Jive has been on the Tacoma Register of Historic places for a number of years now, a designation which has protected it from demolition. This adds...

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS/PRESENTATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Strickland read a recognition for Simpson Kraft and RockTenn in recognition of Simpson’s civic and business leadership in its decades in Tacoma, and RockTenn’s intent to continue that legacy. The recognition acknowledged Simpson’s

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Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Sometimes an attempt at a compromise just ends up making nobody happy. That seems to be the case in a recent decision by Tacoma's Hearing Examiner on the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion.

Last month's finding of the Hearing Examiner aimed for a compromise on the event venue, allowing weddings and other

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Vote for Tacoma Fire Department’s Chicken en Croute

All those votes for Tacoma Fire's video on Good Morning America last week worked, and moved the team from Station 12 to the final round. That final round includes several different competitions between Tacoma's firefighters, and their competition.

You can help Tacoma out with your vote again today. This time it's a recipe competition - Tacoma Fire's chicken en croûte recipe vs ...

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Tuesday Night Ride

The Hub at Gig Harbor July 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Ride bikes, have fun and have a beer with your friends. 16-18mph average pace, will wait for stragglers. 30ish miles plus what you rode to get there.
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REI Village Run from the Parkway (SPECIAL)

The Parkway July 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

For more than 4 years we’ve always run on Thursdays. Here’s an opportunity to do a special Wednesday run too. Imagine that ...

Our friends at REI asked if they could could join us for a drink sometime, and maybe a run. They have a fancy new REI truck that they’ve driven cross-country that they

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Knights of Veritas: The Science of Swordfighting at the Main Library

Main Library July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

The program includes discussion of leverage, geometry, physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval knights!

Two knights wearing museum-quality replicas of the clothing and armour of

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This Run Will Bowl You Over

Chalet Bowl July 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Bowling after running makes this a multi-sport event, right? It absolutely makes sense to us.

Tacoma Runners will break into new territory July 24 as we do our first-ever run from Chalet Bowl. Yep, you read that right - sweaty runners and bowling. What could go wrong? You know the routine - an

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Community Budget Input Meeting #3

Birney Elementary School July 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm
The City is currently planning for the next two years by developing its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. For the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, revenues are projected to grow at 2 percent, but expenses are projected to grow at a faster rate. In order to maintain the levels of service provided by the
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Friday at the Fort

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum July 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to enjoy a great time at Fort Nisqually! This 21-and-over only event will feature the music of The Shy Boys along with tasty craft beers, Washington wines, and yummy treats. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. All proceeds from this event

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Free Saturday 5k for July 26, 2014

Point Defiance Park July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com/runners/register to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come

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Kidical Mass Tacoma: East Side Ride

Stewart Heights Park July 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

Let’s go berry picking! On Saturday July 26, we’ll meetup at 10:30am at Stewart Heights Park near the playground. At 11am we’ll roll-out for a flat ride to Charlotte’s Blueberry Park. We’ll pick blueberries for a little while (bring a container!) then head back to Stewart Heights. We’ll

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Tacoma rebounds

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Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County, and the rest of the state.

The conclusion? "Tacoma faces some big challenges," but "Tacoma and Pierce County are essential elements of the Puget Sound economy. And the significant improvements there are good for the entire region."

Does the Tacoma described in the Seattle Times piece sound like the Tacoma you know?

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How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

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The Center for Data Science may be one of the less well-known departments at UW Tacoma, but it's doing some interesting and valuable work that is really putting the University on the map.

One project is a machine learning program developed in partnership with Multicare that could help hospitals significantly lower the rates of readmission for heart failure - improving patient health outcomes, and saving hospitals money. The Risk-o-meter analyzes more than 100 factors, producing risk scores that help doctors make decisions on patient care throughout the treatment process, and even after the patient has left the hospital.

You don't have to be much of a techie to know that big data is a big buzz word these days, and with an Affordable Care Act emphasis on reducing hospital readmissions, this technology hits a couple of hot topics right now.

It's exciting to see UWT getting attention for this innovative project.

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Jaime Kay passes Marrow’s torch to Hilltop Kitchen’s Chris and Matt

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There's a bit of a shuffle in the works for a couple of Tacoma's better eating and drinking establishments, and their proprietors.

Jamie Kay of Top of Tacoma and Marrow, and her Marrow business partner Chef Kyle Wnuk will be leaving Marrow, and handing the business over to Chris Keil from Hilltop Kitchen (and formerly 1022) and his HK partner Matt Schweitzer.

Jamie's not going away, though - she just wants to focus her attention on Top of Tacoma. Chris and Matt will take over Marrow, and will still be at Hilltop Kitchen, which they opened less than a year ago.

Change can be scary, but we look forward to seeing what all the players involved have in store for us...

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The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Dog-A-Thon FUNdraising page

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The cats (and people) of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee are doing their part to help raise funds for the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society, and they're asking for your help. The IBKC has set themselves an ambitious goal of $100,000 for this year's Humane Society Dog-A-Thon.

The Dog-A-Thon raises funds for the Humane Society's programs to help homeless animals like the foster kittens featured on the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee blog. If you're not familiar with the IBKC,, you should be; it's one of the cuter corners of the internet.

At last check the IBKC was more than 40% of the way to their $100,000 goal, but with $48,000 to go, they could use your help.

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City of Tacoma and Community Partners Collect Shoes for Domestic Violence Awareness Event

The City of Tacoma is partnering with local nonprofit organizations to collect gently worn shoes now through the beginning of August in preparation for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Decaying Totem at Portland Avenue Community Center Scheduled for Removal

A totem pole located at Portland Avenue Park is scheduled for removal from its current location due to public safety risks on July 22, 2014.

The pole, carved by Lummi tribal member Joseph

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Downtown On the Go: July 18, 2014 Photo of the Week

A good time was had by all during our Family Walk this week, culminating in a finish line cross at the Tacoma Dome Station before a Link light rail ride back to the start. About 70 children and

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City of Tacoma Recognized Again for Exemplary Performance Management With ICMA’s Highest Honor

For the second year in a row, the City of Tacoma is being recognized by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for its performance management efforts with a Certificate of

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Tacoma Residents of All Ages Invited to Community Visioning Event at Convention Center on June 30

Featuring a youth summit and a kids’ play area – because you’re never too young to get involved and be engaged in the civic process – “Tacoma 2025” is a community visioning event for anyone and

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