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FREE s Friday, August 2, 2013 PNW TENNIS Bookstore Report A6 B2 Music and Art in Wright Park B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA ų ų SPARK GRANTS IGNITE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA By Kathleen Merryman E PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSE MICHENER READY TO ROCK OUR WORLD. Recipients of Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s first Spark Grants are, from left to right, Michael Chansavang, Petra Perkins, Joshua Jorgensen, Jesse Michener, Patty Villa and Hal Meng. xpect more healthy food, deeper conversations and bigger tables. Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has announced its first crop of Spark Grant winners, six true-blue activists who now have $1,500 each to turn their innovative ideas into commu- nity assets. “We wanted projects that inspire action and bring diverse people together, led by trusted organizers,” Sherrana Kildun told the recipients at their first meeting. Kildun, GTCF’s director of community programs, said that, to the delight of the staff and evaluators, 47 people had applied. X See GRANTS / page A10 UWT SET TO ADD ‘Y’ TO ITS CAMPUS FLYING BOOTS CLOSED Patrons steal mementos, memories on closing night PHOTOS BY KATE BURROWS STICKY FINGERS. After 75 years in business, Flying Boots Café closed its doors July 27, but not before thieves helped themselves to paintings on the wall, glasses and other items owner Peggy Warren collected throughout the years. By Kate Burrows RENDERINGS COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-TACOMA FITNESS. University of Washington Tacoma and YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties are moving forward with design and construction of a University Y Student Center. By Steve Dunkelberger U nder an agreement between the university and YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, future University of Washington-Tacoma students will soon have a University Y Student Center that will be part fitness center, part lounge and part student activity offices. The agreement reached a milestone late last month when the contract to design and construct the building was announced. Mortenson Construction of Kirkland and Tacoma-based McGranahan Architects won the initial nod. Negotiations now begin on PCMARVETS A2 SAFETY FIRST: Tacoma City Council proposes school zone changes. PAGE A4 “We can’t wait to build this new community hub to serve UW Tacoma students and our community.” – Bob Ecklund, Y’s President and CEO a contract to deliver the building as early as late 2014. “The Mortenson-McGranahan team offered a vision for how this student center and recreation facility will add to the architectural and cultural fabric of the campus and the Tacoma Aroma A7 City News.................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 broader community. Working together, the Y and UW Tacoma will provide so much more than either institution could offer on its own,” said UW Tacoma Chancellor Debra Friedman, who had experienced a similar X See YMCA / page A10 Rat Rod Car Show B4 Liz Hanson remembers hitting Flying Boots Café after long nights working the graveyard shift about 30 years ago. She’d get off work at about 6 a.m., and meet up with her longshoremen friends for drinks and a few laughs. And when she heard Flying Boots Café was preparing to close its doors on July 27, the McKenna, Wash., resident knew she had to make a special trip to Tacoma to visit one last time. But it was not easy. Others had an even harder time saying goodbye when, at closing time, a handful of people began stealing mementos that have been collected throughout the bar’s 75-year history. “The monetary value of what was stolen doesn’t mean much to me,” said owner Peggy Warren. “It’s the fact that these X See CAFE / 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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