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FREE s Friday, December 13, 2013 FALCONS OUTLAST TIGERS A6 THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON CARROT TOP IN CONCERT B1 B4 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE BIOT SISTER CITY FLOATS EXCITEMENT Put A Sock In It! Glass floats raise funds PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN STAMPED. Sarah Gilbert stamps the seal on a glass float celebrating Tacoma’s sister city relationship with Biot, France. By Kathleen Merryman PHOTO BY JEFFREY JENSEN PUT A SOCK IN IT. Nathan Jensen personally took Tacoma’s sock drive to fire stations in Tacoma and Graham. WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA ų HONOR STUDENT WARMS FEET WITH CHRISTMAS PROJECT By Kathleen Merryman We’ve told you stories about homeless men and women who need woolpoly socks to keep their feet from getting sick. We’ve introduced you to school kids who aren’t making a fashion statement with that no-sock look. We’re pretty sure you get the picture. As the drive heads into its 11th Cold feet are the worst. That’s why, each holiday season, Tacomans try their best to get socks to the people who need them. X See SOCKS / page A10 Here is where to put a sock in it: Both Tacoma Strength locations: Cross/Fit Tacoma, 411 Fawcett Ave. COUNTY’S BUDGET CONTAINS FUNDING FOR NEW STATION All Emergency Food Network and FISH Food Banks in Pierce County. Strength & Conditioning, 3113-c Pine St. All Tacoma fire and police stations. Thank you firefighters and officers! Catholic Community Services & Hospitality Kitchen All Graham Fire & Rescue stations. 1323 S. Yakima Ave. Tacoma, WA 98405 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oakland High School Tacoma Weekly 2588 Pacific Highway, Fife Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tacoma Life Christian Academy 1717 S. Union Ave. Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. By Steve Dunkelberger Pierce County’s budget passed late last month and outlines how the county’s $271 million General Fund budget will be spent. That $271 million is some $5 million less than the current budget, though the seeming shortfall is more of an accounting shift. Total spending for 2014 amounts to $978.1 million. That includes $151 million for sewer construction as the county expands the Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to accommodate growth. The budget funds 3,007 full-time equivalent positions - 481 fewer than in 2008. It also includes a 1.88 percent cost of living raise for employees, the first such adjustment in three years. Highlights include opening a new Sheriff ’s Department precinct in the Parkland/ Spanaway area. It has been in the works for years as a way to provide more visible law enforcement presence. It will also fund performance audits Sock Deal of the Week: 3319 S. Adams St., Tacoma, (253) 571-5136 Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Grocery Outlet stores have packs of six pairs of poly-wool wicking socks for $4.99. Interested in joining this roster, and being a collection site for people in need? E-mail or call Kathleen Merryman at (253) 922-5317. All-City Football A7 Helping kids have a Merry Christmas A3 SALMON SATURDAY: Gather up the kids and head to Swan Creek Park on Dec. 14 and help “welcome home” Swan Creek salmon. PAGE A4 year, we’re celebrating with stories about the people and organizations stepping into the tradition. It’s the simplest of operations: Someone puts out a basket with a poster; people put socks in the basket; the socks go straight to people in schools, food banks, transitional housing, shelters and drop-in centers. The Museum of Glass is floating a new plan to support Tacoma’s Sister City relationship with Biot, in the warm and sunny south of France. The hot shop crew, led by Ben Cobb and Sarah Gilbert, is making floats – bubbly, Medieval glass floats. They’re selling them to raise money to send young Tacoma glass artists to learn from the masters in the hot shops of Biot and to get a glimpse of global glass. “We want to help fund future exchanges between future glassmakers,” Cobb said. In April, Gilbert and Cobb joined the sister city delegation to Biot and blew glass all over town. City Councilwoman Lauren Walker and Mayor Emeritus Bill Baarsma and his wife, Carol, talked urban policy with Biot’s Mayor JeanPierre Dermit. Agnes Jensen found her inner Knight Templar and joined nobles Cathy Sarnat and Chris and Gwen X See BIOT / page A10 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 FILE PHOTO SAVINGS. The county budget will fund performance audits of the Pierce County Jail to help identify cost savings. of the Pierce County Jail to help identify cost savings so it can attract more contract business from other jurisdictions – namely Tacoma – that has been lost to Fife. “The economic outlook for Pierce County continues to improve,” said Council Chair Joyce McDonald (District 2) in a release. “Rev- Danny Quintero holiday favorites B4 enues from sales and property taxes are up, thanks to an increase in construction and consumer activity. Our conservative budgeting in recent years has left us in a stable and secure financial position, particularly because our employees found innovative ways to streamline operations.” 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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