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FREE s Friday, March 8, 2013 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL A6 CULINARY CHALLENGE A5 SOUTH TACOMA’S NEWEST VENUE B1 .com TACOMAWEEKLY 24 YE A R S O F SE R V I C E BE C A U S E CO M M U N I T Y MAT T E R S NEW POLICE SPOKESPERSON IS EAGER TO SERVE TACOMA By Kathleen Merryman PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN MEET THE PIO. Loretta Cool is the new public information officer for the Tacoma Police Department. DON’T PANIC: It is commercial oil field diving’s loss. Loretta Cool is a cop instead of a diver. Now, after 26 years with Tacoma Police Department, she is succeeding Mark Fulghum as its public information officer. She is the person in “She sees the good in people. You wouldn’t think that with a hostage negotiator, but she has a way of bringing people together.â€? – Lt. Shawn Stringer the quotes and on the camera with the rotating red lights in the background. She is a brilliant choice for the job, say her colleagues. X See COOL / page A4 WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA Harbor Lights is not closing, or changing too much PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER ICONIC. The interior of Harbor Lights is about to get a facelift. By Kathleen Merryman This is how panic spreads. One person walks up to a friend and says, “Harbor Lights is closing.â€? “Noooo,â€? the friend says. No, not Tacoma’s iconic waterfront restaurant, a snapshot of the middle of the last century with its pink and gray paint job, its low, flat roof and its neon seagull. No, not Anton Barcott’s legacy of honest seafood served in generous portions at fair prices. Well, no. Harbor Lights is not closing forever. It is shutting is doors March 11 for two to three weeks for what Lane Hoss calls a facelift. Hoss is vice president of marketing for Anthony’s, the Bellevue-based restaurant company that bought Harbor Lights in 2000. The wails of “Nooooooâ€? from back then still echo through the universe. Harbor X See HARBOR / page A4 IMAGE COURTESY OF CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES NEW NATIVITY HOUSE. Catholic Community Services is consolidating its scattered services into an efficient campus. NEW NATIVITY HOUSE WILL MAKE FOR MORE EFFICIENT PROGRAMS – AND BETTER NEIGHBORS By Kathleen Merryman C atholic Community Services will break ground a year earlier than hoped on a project that will ease the pressure on Tacoma’s homeless people, and the neighborhoods where they sleep, eat and spend the day. On June 5 they will start construction on New Nativity House, at 1409 S. Yakima Ave. The two buildings, which should be done in summer of 2014, will include 50 secureentrance studio apartments and three programs that are now scattered: s (OSPITALITY +ITCHEN AT  3 9AKIMA Ave., offers meals and a warm, dry place to hundreds of people each day in the old St. Leo’s School cafeteria. s .ATIVITY (OUSE AT  3 *EFFERSON !VE IS a daytime drop-in center, also with meals. s 4ACOMA !VENUE 3HELTER WITH  BEDS AT 1143 Court ‘E’, is full every night. One building will house the 50 apartments, each with a bathroom and kitchen. Residents will pay about a third of their incomes – and most have Social Security of some kind – in rent. The apartments will face Yakima Avenue and look very much like other buildings in the neighborhood. The difference will be in the secure entrance. All visitors will check in, and security cameras will track activity indoors and out. Behind that, New Nativity House will include a day center with meals, a shelter for men, another for women, showers and laundry room. The place will be packed with services proven to help folks out of homelessness and into recovery and stability. Partners including the Veterans Administration, hospitals, barbers, South Sound Outreach, lawyers and employment counselors, will connect guests to job training, transportation, legal services, federal and state benefits, even haircuts. The grounds will be landscaped – a big improvement over the present site. Both lots involved have been owned by non-profits and churches, and have not been on property tax rolls for decades. Even now, the CCS partnerships, the services, the referrals, work. “Most of the people we serve are homeless for less than a year,â€? said Nick Leider who, with Jim Anderson, runs Tacoma Avenue Shelter, X See NATIVITY/ page A4 Economic Development Board touts progress, plays down sequestration cuts By Steve Dunkelberger about 300 to 350 people when it opens this fall. But its speakers also said the mandatory fedEXCELLENT 10 eral cuts now working their way through each The Tacoma/Pierce County Economic department, since Congress has not passed a LIST FOR 2013 Development Board’s (EBD) annual meetbudget, are not as big a deal as first thought ing at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center last week highlighted the group’s annual list of notable projects capped by news that Amazon is working on a $100-million distribution facility in DuPont that will employ PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER AWARDED. Bev Losey of Brown and Brown Insurance (right) awards former Congressman Norm Dicks the golden shovel for his decades of work to champion economic development in Pierce County. Helping kids A3 CHARTER SCHOOLS: Tacoma School Board examines impact of Initiative 1240. PAGE A5 since a deal will eventually get done. The high note of the event that drew some 500 business leaders and elected officials listed the roster of Top 10 projects that included a $30 million Navy contract landed by Safe Boats International and news that Carlisle Construction Materials is locating a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Frederickson. EDB President Bruce Kendall talked about the fact that even during the economic downturn of recent years, projects were mushrooming ‹ (THaVU ^P[O H  TPSSPVU distribution center in DuPont that ^PSSLTWSV`[VWLVWSL X See EDB / page A4 Continued on Page A4 Speed skater A6 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 Healthy dining B3 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 ‹*HYSPZSL*VUZ[Y\J[PVU4H[LYPHSZ plans to build a roofing manufacturing plant in Frederickson that ^PSSIYPUNUL^QVIZ ‹*VVYKPUH[LK*HYLPZZL[[VVWLU a facility in downtown Tacoma and IYPUNUL^QVIZ Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:Ă LFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Make A Scene ........ B5 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages


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