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FREE s Friday, October 18, 2013 B4 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL A6 COMEDIAN IAN HARRIS B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA Area rallies to state its case for SR 167 ų RENDERINGS COURTESY OF WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SR 167. The extension of State Route 167 is seen as a key project to boost freight traffic to and from the Port of Tacoma and the distribution centers around the Puyallup Valley. By Steve Dunkelberger STUFF. Safety Day volunteers help sort a hoarded household back to habitability. PHOTOS BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN WHEN EVERYTHING PILES UP: THE HOARDING PROJECT WORKS FROM THE INSIDE OUT By Kathleen Merryman For a hoarder, it’s not enough to get rid of the stuff. The stuff is not the problem. It is the debilitating, and occasionally fatal, symptom of what, as of May, has been recognized as a psychiatric diagnosis. “It’s very clear that hoarding is a mental health issue,” said Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D. “Just going in and cleaning out the home is not effective.” Hoarding is one of the few mental health issues in which treatment will likely involve therapy, personal support, a dumpster, a landlord, a building code enforcement officer. It’s also likely that, without ongoing care, the patient will be in just as much trouble again within six months- if he or she survives that long. The Hoarding Project is Western Washington’s first comprehensive effort to improve the odds and outcomes for hoarders. The non-profit has two bases nationwide, one in St. Paul, Minn., and one at Sampson’s offices at 621 Pacific Ave. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Sampson researched hoarding behavior at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Minnesota, all while national experts were understanding that it’s an illness with roots in biology, psychology and experience. She co-founded and chairs The Hoarding Project, and is co-founder and chair of the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force. Vicki Hoggard cannot overstate how grateful she is for the new resource. Hoggard works with Pierce County Local politicos and business boosters rallied last week to show their support for efforts to find funding to construct the last “critical mile” of State Route 167 that would finally connect the Puyallup Valley’s warehouse centers to shipping operations at the Port of Tacoma. The road was first envisioned more than 40 years ago, but has never been fully funded. Elected officials from around Pierce County made their case at a forum last week in Tacoma that drew more than 300 people, including a group of state lawmakers who organized it in an effort to develop a roster of transportation packages around Washington that could be funded through a statewide transportation package. Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-25th District, was among the 17 legislators at the meeting and heard testimony from 74 local citizens and public officials, many of whom shared concerns and frustrations about the 40-year delay in completing State Route 167 in Pierce County. “I was not surprised to hear people say we have a transportation crisis on our hands – because we do,” Dammeier said. X See SR 167 / page A10 Adult Protective Services. “We get a lot of referrals for people who are hoarders,” she said. “I’m so scared of hoarders because I don’t know how to help these people when they come through APS.” Some can’t return home from a hospital stay because a caseworker has found that accumulated stuff has taken X See HOARDING / page A10 THE HOARDING PROJECT QUIZ Are areas of your home hard to walk through because of clutter? Are you unable to use any parts of your home for their intended purposes? For example: Cooking, using furniture, bathing, washing dishes, sleeping in bed. Do you find the act of throwing away or donating things very upsetting? Do you have strong urges to buy or collect free things for which you have no immediate use? Have you ever been in an argument with a loved one because of the clutter in your home? (If you answered yes to three of more of these questions, you may have a problem with hoarding. Find out more at Domestic Violence A3 ELECTION ’13: Tacoma Weekly queries the candidates on the ballot for the general election in November. PAGE A4 & A5 PHOTO COURTESY OF JOE STORTINI WINNERS. The Joeseppi’s slow-pitch softball team is (front row from left): Norm Huletz, Bill Wheeler, Joe Stortini (coach), Dick Payseno, Jack Scott, Roosevelt Jerrels, Stafford Jones; (back row from left): John Chacon, Jim Petersen, Roy Lehner, John Furrer, Dean VanNorman, Harold Dunbar, Leon Abhold and Bob McElrea. JOESEPPI’S TEAM WINS SENIOR WORLD SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 80-years and older teammates celebrating victory By Matt Nagle “There aren’t many people in their 80s who become World Champs but he’s an ‘old hand’ at it,” says the “Attaway” Award presented last week to coach Joe Stortini from the Tacoma Athletic Commission. The same can Soccer A6 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 be said for his teammates on the Joeseppi’s senior slowpitch softball team as the longtime friends celebrate the world championship title they won earlier this month at the Senior Softball USA World Master’s Championship in Las Vegas. Every member of Joeseppi’s team is 80 years old or Kittredge Gallery B3 better, making the win even sweeter for the team that’s been playing together for just about 25 years. During the tournament they scored 123 runs in seven games, batting over .700 and beating California’s championship team in the deciding game by a score of 18-13. X See SOFTBALL / page A10 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Sports ......................A6 Make A Scene ........ B5 A&E ....................... ..B1 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages

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