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FREE s Friday, November 22, 2013 LATE COMEBACK LIFTS LIONS A6 DOCTOR WHO’S UNTOLD ESCAPADE IN COMEDIAN AIMS TO GUINNESS RECORD B4 TACOMA’S HISTORY B1 BREAK Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE STEWART GIVES BACK Bring a turkey, earn an honorary Panther Paw Put A Sock In It! AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, KICK IN A CAN OF FOOD, A BOTTLE OF SHAMPOO AND A TOY SHOP LOCAL Black Friday in Tacoma takes the music to local merchants PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN KID POWER. Stewart Middle School students DaZhana Schreiber, 13, and Sedric Ferguson, 13, carried in Safe Streets’ donations to the school’s food drive.  CONNECTING VETS TO BENEFITS By Kathleen Merryman Stewart Middle School students have been putting the thanks back into Thanksgiving this month. The 516 students and many of their families have organized a food drive and invited their neighbors to contribute and celebrate with them Thursday at Stewart Gives Back Night. The centerpiece spaghetti dinner, principal Janet Gates-Cortez noted, is not your ordinary school spaghetti. This is the school cook’s personal masterpiece, the one that leaves diners begging for the recipe. First on the agenda was assembling all the donated non-perishable items into 25 food baskets. Kale Iverson’s students will harvest fresh kale, chard, beets and carrots from the school garden to add with the turkeys next week. That’s where we can kick in a little help. This is the year of no cheap frozen turkey sales, Gates-Cortez noted. Just look at the grocery ads. So far, Stewart has only two turkeys committed. That leaves you eligible to earn a prized Panther Paw. If you live in Stewart’s East Side Neighborhood, chances are you know all about the Paw cards. Merchants and residents can request a stack of them from the school. Then, when they see a Stewart student setting an example of kindness, help and respect, they fill out the card with the child’s name, date and nature of the worthy deed. The cards have a lovely effect on the children who earn them, Gates-Cortez said. Those comments tell children that their neighbors notice them, and respect and like them. They tell them that they are valuable citizens, and they encourage them to continue on that good path. Bring a turkey, or money to buy one, to Stewart early X See STEWART / page A10  PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN LOCAL FLAVA. Feather and Oar proprietor J Daniel Elquist, right, and Zach Powers will bring music to Black Friday shopping in downtown Tacoma. By Kathleen Merryman ų Here is where to put a sock in it: WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA By Kathleen Merryman T acoma Weekly’s entryway is getting cluttered, and we are over the moon about it. Actually, we are at 2588 Pacific Hwy., between the Harley Davidson dealership and Meineke Car Care Center, but the boxes of food, toys and, coming soon, socks, are sending our hearts skyward. Folks are stopping by with donations for Toys for Tots, PCMARVETS, Charlie’s Dinosaur and the Thanksgiving food basket drive organized by Planting Seeds. Never mind that two of those drives date back to the spring and summer. Over the past year, we’ve been loaded up with proof that Tacomans don’t forget who needs help. If they know where to give, they keep doing it. Just tell them where and when and that it’s never too late. Last November, the Tacoma Weekly staff embarked on our first big community drive. We asked you to keep alive what was then the 10th annual citywide sock drive. It started a decade ago a few days before Thanksgiving when Wes Wesley, who ran the donations closet at Catholic Community Services’ Hospitality Kitchen, told me, “Socks. Socks are like gold.” Many, most, of the guests at Hospitality Kitchen, Nativity House and the city’s other drop-in centers get cold feet during the winter. They spend a lot of time walking, and if their socks get wet, they stay wet. Wet feet are beyond miserable. They are susceptible to disease that can lead to amputations. Not to get too pragmatic here, but it’s in taxpayers’ best interests to do whatever it takes to help people of the street keep their feet. Given that, good wool or polyester socks that wick moisture away from the skin are, indeed, like gold. So Wesley asked for the best for the poorest, and you responded. Each year, you donated around 1,000 pairs of socks shared among drop-in centers, X See CHARITY / page A10 Foss seniors get ‘Cougar nod’ A4 FALLEN OFFICERS FOOD DRIVE: My plea to you is to join us in helping feed thousands of families this holiday season. PAGE A3 Bellarmine wins state A7 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 Catholic Community Services & Hospitality Kitchen 1323 S. Yakima Ave. Tacoma, WA 98405 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. CCS also welcomes hoodies, shoes, coats, toiletries and washed towels and blankets. Oakland High School 3319 S. Adams St., Tacoma, (253) 571-5136 Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oakland also welcomes new socks, toiletries, new or gently used clothing and shoes. Tacoma Weekly 2588 Pacific Highway, Fife Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Grand Cinema 606 S. Fawcett. All Emergency Food Network and FISH Food Banks in Pierce County. City of Tacoma Police headquarters and substations. Thank you, officers. Thinking big about Black Friday, Zach Powers let a few anti-megacorp rants cycle through his brain. You know, the brawls that break out when giant retailers advertise smashing deals on electronics and games to generate “excitement,” then deliberately understock the goods, and then send forth PR people who say they are shocked, shocked, that customers fought over the loot. Every year. You know, the megamerchants that open so early, if they close at all, that a family Thanksgiving is but a fading dream to their employees. You know, the media turning Thanksgiving weekend into an indicator of whether we’re doing our civic duty by buying enough stuff to support the economy. Then Powers thought small. He thought about Tacoma’s gutsy buy-local movement, the shops and people it supports and the money it keeps in the area. And he thought about making it fun. Powers is no minimalist. He likes it when people buy stuff, from movie tickets to CDs. He’s director of marketing and communications for The Grand Cinema. (Buy the annual membership, and popcorn by the tub!) He’s also Rockwell Powers hip hop artist, who has just released his third CD, “BUILD,” with DJ Phinisey. They would be pleased if you would X See SHOPPING / page A10 ‘Evening of Keys’ B3 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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