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Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

I moved to Tacoma around 2003 and I stayed until I moved to Seattle in 2010.  I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was into the idea of being a poet and I was making ends meet by sewing old sweaters together into hoodies and calling it a fashion label. But, at the bottom of my heart, I knew I was an artist.  And an artist needs space. An artist needs room to grow, experiment, fail, and borrow money from older more established artists that take pity on a path unpaved ...

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Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Bill Virgin’s recent article (“Is Tacoma taking Seattle-like growth tactics too far?”, June 4, 2016) in the Tacoma News Tribune represents the latest chapter in the ongoing community dialogue about the character of development patterns emerging during the economic recovery. Finally, after over a decade of planning for growth and development in the city’s neighborhood business districts, Tacoma is finally seeing new density in areas designated for the centralization of growth, which has been the centerpiece of the city’s growth strategy for years ...

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Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

We had the pleasure last of night of joining a few friends for dinner at Cooks Tavern. The restaurant, located at North 26th and Alder, is the first Tacoma presence for Seattle-based Chow Foods. Their neighborhood restaurants include places like The Hi-Life in Ballard, 5 Spot on Queen Anne, and Endolyne Joe's in West Seattle. After a year of hard work on the building ...

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Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Pierce Transit, Downtown On the Go, the City of Tacoma and the state Department of Transportation have teamed up to provide a secure bike storage area at the Tacoma Dome Station (TDS). The facility, which will open to the public on Thursday, May 26 at 7 a.m., will offer a mix of vertical, horizontal, and oversized bike racks, a bike repair station, lockers and a bench.

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Tacoma City Council Meeting for May 17, 2016

This week we had a relatively short meeting with a minimalist council at the dais. Absent were Blocker, McCarty, Thoms, and Woodards. 

Resolution No. 39443 A resolution accepting $400,000 from the Washington State Historical Society and transferring $40,000 from the Open Space Fund;

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of May 17, 2016

There's not a whole lot of business expected for this week, with a cancelled study session, and a brief regular council meeting agenda, but there are a few items of interest.

Prairie Line Trail 

A consent agenda resolution on this week's agenda accepts a $400,000 grant from the Washington State

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Help Pierce Transit Design a New Route System

Pierce Transit is in the process of updating its route system - and they want your help.


Pierce Transit is in a time of transition from a route system designed four decades ago to one that better meets the traveling needs of the region today and into the future.

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - May 10, 2016



Resolution No. 39439 A resolution setting Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program amended for the years 2015-2016 and 2017-2022.

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The Phoenix

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub October 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

A dynamic, versitle, and FUN 5-piece, top 40 R&B/Dance band! Don’t miss this show!!

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Forgiveness: letting go & moving on

Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center October 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

It is impossible to go through life without feeling harmed or insulted. Unfortunately we injure ourselves even more by harboring ill-feelings towards the ones who have harmed us. Yet, holding onto grudges is painful. Our inability to let go of past insults and other emotional wounds drains our

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Developing Inner Peace at Work, at Home, and in Life

Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center October 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Sometimes life can become overwhelming with difficult and turbulent events. There are often too many things to fit into our lives leading us to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Although we hope changing our working patterns will help, there is still so much to do. At such times, peace can feel far

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Light Up Your Ride

The Lions at Wright Park October 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

October means shorter days but that doesn’t have to mean less bike riding. Downtown On the Go wants to shed some light on commuting by handing out free bike lights on Oct. 27, 2016 at Light Up Your Ride. We will be sipping hot chocolate and celebrating the season at Wright Park at 4:30 p.m. Thank

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Kilworth Memorial Chapel (UPS Campus) October 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Join us for these true and inspiring stories of domestic violence retold by local actors. Please enjoy a reception to follow the performance.

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Halloween Party Feat. BAM!

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub October 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Kick Start your Halloween with one hell of a party! Come on down to The Swiss Pub and join BAM! for a freaky good time!! Killer rock, killer drinks, & killer costumes! Gather all your creepy, scary, silly, & sexy friends to join in the mayhem…you just never know what will happen!! Enter the costume

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YWCA Pierce County Label Wine

Vino Aquino October 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Stop by anytime during the month of October and purchase a YWCA labeled bottle of red or white wine and the YWCA will receive 15% of your purchase.

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Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeymen

Fort Nisqually October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeymen
October 28 and 29, 7-9 pm Take an evening stroll down
a Jack-o-Lantern lit path to a roaring bonfire, and get spooked as storytellers
bring forth the spirits of the 19th century at Fort Nisqually Living History
Museum. Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and

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Tacoma History

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We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.

Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.

Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.

It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.

To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.

If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections. 

You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”

Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.

What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.

So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.

Happy voting!

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Shoot the T: A Photo Competition to Highlight Tacoma

TACOMA, WA – Shoot The T is a photo contest created to showcase the beauty of Tacoma as well as promote art and creativity in the City of Destiny. The winning contestant is destined for a grand

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Museum of Glass Celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Museum of Glass to Join Association of Art Museum Directors’ Seventh Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass (MOG) will offer

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Tacoma Selected to Receive $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Grant Dollars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the City of Tacoma has been selected to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day!

Tacoma, Wash. – Half of the U.S. population live within 5 miles of their workplace. We want to celebrate Tacomans who are choosing to commute those miles by bike! As a part of Bike Month, Downtown On

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Drinking water at Metro Parks passes tests

Metro Parks officials on Friday reported that more than 60 drinking water sources throughout the park district recorded either no lead or minute levels well below public health limits.

Staff members

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