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FREE s Friday, September 13, 2013 FOOTBALL PREVIEWS CARLY RAE JEPSEN B1 A6 THEATER SEASON B2 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE TAM BREAKS GROUND ON HAUB ART WING By Steve Dunkelberger Tacoma Art museum held a ground-breaking ceremony last week to mark the beginning of the museum’s building expansion and redesign to house the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. The new galley space is set to be “transformative” and launch TAM into the highest rungs of Western American Art in the nation. “This is a remarkable moment for the museum,” said director Stephanie A. Stebich. “We are taking a historic step toward connecting Tacoma’s past and present through art. This extraordinary project is proof of our community’s dedication to the arts, and we are honored to be able to create a gathering space where we can all meet and share art moments for generations to come.” Construction of the Olson Kundig-designed, 16,000RENDERING COURTESY OF TACOMA ART MUSEUM square-foot wing begins in late October and will double the HAUB. The Haub Western American Art Gallery at the Tacoma X See TAM / page A10 Art Museum will open next fall. RIGHT ų WHAT’S WITH TACOMA The call is out for CASA volunteers for foster kids By Kathleen Merryman CLEAN-UPS TRANSFORM TRIBAL GROUNDS By Kathleen Merryman The dentures arrived first, then the stove. It was the Puyallup Tribe’s third free neighborhood cleanup of the summer, and teeth are turning out to be a regular occurrence. “It seems like we get them every time,” said regular volunteer Theresa Sportsman. “Uppers and lowers, a full set,” quipped David Whited, the poet and tribal grant writer who initiated the clean-ups and coordinates them all. “Albert picked up a stove by the sweat.” That would be the sweat lodge where tribal members gather to pray and meditate. It’s a sacred place, Albert Combs said, and it baffles and offends him that people would use it as a dump. So he and his wife, Merrilee Satiacum-Combs, make it their business to clean up other people’s misdeeds there, and on Browning Street. They carry pitchforks in her truck to heave the garbage. They, Theresa Sportsman, John Strickler, Kyle Grobler and Ron Heinz show up at every clean-up day to help offload trash into containers bound for the City of Tacoma’s dump. They sort out the tires, and the metal for recycling, and they sweep up the tribal headquarters’ parking lot. In three clean-ups this year, they’ve gotten 67.52 tons of junk out of their East Side neighborhood. “My volunteers are really shiny,” Whited said, and grinned. “Whoa,” he said as Frank Costello pulled in with a pickup near to overflowing with trash bags. “This guy’s a machine.” Costello had just been there, unloading another pickup load. Now he was back. “I go around to the Puyallup elders and take this stuff out of their yards,” he said. “We help all the tribal members who don’t have cars. God believes you should always give.” Combs feels an element of the sacred in the work he and his wife do on their own at the sweat lodge. “It’s a place of prayer, where people come together to pray,” he said. And it’s a place heedless jerks defile. He’s picked up sofas, needles and drug paraphernalia, beer cans, liquor bottles, blankets – and that stove. That’s nothing to what he and Satiacum-Combs have found on Browning Street, the narrow, winding road that connects Grandview Street with Pioneer Way. “I have this special little street over here where everybody dumps stuff,” she X See CLEAN-UP / page A5 62nd Busch’s Reunion A4 BOOKS VERSUS BOMBS: Artists pay tribute to victims of 2007 Baghdad bombing. PAGE B4 TCC Soccer A6 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 PHOTOS BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN DEDICATED. (Top) Albert Combs and his wife, Merrilee Satiacum-Combs carry pitchforks in her truck to haul garbage out of the Browning Street hill. (Center left) Kelly Pinney brought refreshments for the clean-up crew, including Ron Heinz. Heinz, left rear, Kyle Grobler and Combs, seated, are regular volunteers. (Above) Merrilee Satiacum-Combs is disgusted by the trash, including needles, that people dump on Browning Street. Soccer Previews A7 Pierce County children pulled out of dangerous homes and sent into foster care face a new world in which most everything changes for them. For the lucky kids, a CASA is the one exception. In Pierce County, Court Appointed Special Advocates are the constant for children whose families are struggling through the foster care process. Judges, lawyers, guardians ad litem and caregivers can shift around them. But the volunteer CASA stays, meeting with the kids, playing with and listening to them, until they return to competent parents or are free to go to a different, safe and permanent home. The child is the CASA’s first priority. “Basically, we are volunteers concerned about the children in our community who wind up in foster care,” Mary Bartley explained. “It’s our job to advocate for them.” They are a comfort in short supply. There are enough volunteer CASAs to stick with about half the Pierce County foster children who need them. Bartley is pretty sure that’s because potential volunteers aren’t aware of the program. “It’s the best volunteer job,” she said. “We would have more CASAs if people knew about it.” There’s likely more to the scarcity. Unlike Bartley, who is a retired social worker, some people are intimidated by the prospect of working with courts, social workers and children who have been through emotional, and possibly physical, trauma. It looks tough, and is tough, at first, but the rewards are worth it, say long-term CASAs. It’s a job that a good person with sound judgment, but no special social work or legal skills, can do, said program director Julie Lowery. “You have to be at least 21 years old and pass a CPS check and a background check with no crimes against persons,” Lowery said. “You fill out an application, and there is screening from the application to the end of the classes.” Those who are interested in volunteering or want X See CASA / 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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