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A ship carrying four container cranes arrives on Commencement Bay. Earlier this month, a vessel carrying four large container cranes arrived in Tacoma. The vessel Zhen Hua 28 departed from Shanghai in January. It carried four new super-post-Panamax cranes. They will be installed at Pier 4, located at Husky

Terminal. Pier 4 was reconfigured to include an alignment with an adjacent pier to create one contiguous berth capable to serving two 18,000-TEU container ships. The improvements will support larger container cranes and vessels.

The shipping industry uses 20-foot equivalent units as a common measure of volume. A largo cargo ship can carry 18,000. Panamax refers to the Panama Canal. Prior to widening of the Panama Canal, Panamax was the largest size

ship that could make it through. The new cranes will support larger container vessels. They are 295 feet tall. Four other cranes arrived earlier this year. Husky will have a total of eight of the West Coast’s largest cranes.

Two Tacoma educators named ‘Champions of Sustainability’ Three higher education sustainability leaders recognized for championing sustainability in the built environment McKinstry, a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performing buildings, has honored three university educators as Champions of Sustainability for their dedication to promoting sustainability in the built environment.  The program recognizes organizations and individuals exhibiting a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 47 percent of carbon emissions.  Ellen Moore of University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT), Katrina Taylor of Tacoma Community College (TCC) and Troy Builta of Mt. Hood Community College

were each honored as champions at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). Moore is a senior lecturer at UWT. Her research, teaching and practice revolve around the interconnection of media and the environment. Part of her pedagogy involves actively challenging students to consider their environmental impact in a consumption-focused society. To date, Moore and her students have participated in the “Plastic Free” challenge, where she and her students chose to go without any disposable plastic for a month; the “Carbon Challenge,” where students tried to lose 5,000 pounds of “carbon weight” in a quarter; and

(this quarter) she and her great students are joining the “Buy Nothing New” movement, where they will buy nothing new for the next eight weeks. Currently she is teaching her new course: “Ecology, Inequality, and Popular Culture.” Taylor is a political science professor at TCC. She facilitates experiential education and community engagement in both her political science and environmental sustainability classes, encouraging students to critically reflect on their individual habits and practices related to both the political system and the environment. Taylor has studied and advocated for the issue of climate change u See SUSTAINABILITY / page 7

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Join Downtown On the Go on March 22, from noon1 p.m. at the Pantages Theater and take part in investigating how beautiful public space betters a city, how art makes you feel safer on the sidewalk, and what murals mean for livability. Tanisha Jumper, director of Media & Communications at the City of Tacoma, will moderate a discussion with experts about the best and worst uses of public space in Tacoma and how we can refocus our community around these shared resources. Hear from: Erik Hanberg, Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner; Ari Lewkowitz, BLRB Architects; Michael Liang, Spaceworks Tacoma Program Director; and Susan Wagshul-Golden, University of Washington Tacoma Director Campus Safety & Security. In the ninth year of the Friday Forum Series, Downtown On the Go is taking you back to class. Review the

fundamental elements of transportation and explore the connections between how our cities are built and your favorite subjects in school. Forums are free and open to the public and this forum is part of a three-part series and other topics that include “History: Institutionalized Racism and Urban Planning” (Jan. 25) and “Math: Traffic Equations and the Value of Moving People” (Feb. 22). This forum will be accompanied by a  Tacoma Roots event. Tacoma Roots is an anti-racist environmental justice community forum for learning and discussion. Their leadership influences policy and community movements. For those who cannot attend, join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego.

TACOMA RANKS THIRD IN DISTRACTED DRIVING Percival sniffed out this beauty off Portland Avenue. The overall area was pretty well paved, but he insisted on his driver making that critical right hand turn onto East K Street. And sure enough, our little piggy indeed found this pothole just waiting for its turn to be featured in the Tacoma Weekly.



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The Evergreen State is famous for mountain ranges, rain forests, and islands. But the epic scenery isn’t what’s distracting drivers in this state. Phones, food, music, and passengers offer their fair share of distraction on the road. According to WSDOT, in 2017 there were 11,504 distracted driving crashes in the state, 87 of which were fatal. It’s clear that distracted driving is a problem in Washington state. Even though it’s illegal, people are still driving distracted.’s 2018 study on America’s best and worst drivers  found that  Washington is the  tenth-worst driving state in the country.  And distracted driving plays a role in that ranking.  But where in Washington is distracted driving at its worst?  How distracted is your city? We ranked cities

in Washington with the highest rate of distracted driving accidents. See how your city stacks up to the rest of the state. These are the 15 cities in  Washington with the highest rate of distracted driving crashes. Tacoma’s location, just south of Seattle along  I-5,  means  many  residents commute  often.  And long  commutes in stop and go traffic are the perfect time to get  distracted.  That’s part of why  Tacoma  has  the third  highest frequency of distracted driving crashes in the state. In 2017,  Tacoma’s 200,000 plus residents got into  661 distracted driving incidents in Tacoma, resulting in two fatalities.  Read more about the full list at https://quotewizard. com/news/posts/washington-most-distracted-driving-cities.

UNSOLVED HOMOCIDE Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of 66-year-old Joanne Boyer. At 3:15 a.m. on Monday March 26, 2018, victim Joanne Boyer was shot and killed by unidentified suspect(s) inside her home in the 30900 block of Webster Rd. E. in the Eatonville area. Several members of Boyer’s family were sleeping inside her home when they awoke to the sound of multiple gunshots being fired at the home from outside. One of the bullets went through a wall and struck the victim, who died at the scene from the gunshot wound. Detectives looking for information on any possible suspects that may be involved in the homicide and/or motives for the homicide. Detectives believe the suspects may have fired at the house from inside a vehicle, and are looking for any information on suspicious vehicles seen in the area around the time of the shooting. Fridays at 10:30pm on




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TACOMA GOODWILL AND YOUTHBUILD OFFER 44 FREE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Forty-four new $17,400 student scholarships will be awarded beginning in April for the  YouthBuild Construction Training Program, hosted by Goodwill in Tacoma. Free to low-income youth (18-24 yrs.), the program builds young lives, affordable homes and is a win-win for unemployed and homeless youth, the construction industry and the economy. During the six-month YouthBuild Tacoma program, Goodwill and Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity work with low-income adults to build careers and young lives. The students learn how to build or rehabilitate quality homes for low-income families, learn community service and civic engagement, earn their GED if needed or further their post-secondary education. Tailored around individual student needs, the program also features life, leadership and organizational skills, important construction and industry recognized certifications, and financial incentives in a safe, supportive environment. Thanks to Sound Transit providing $50,000 in critical support, the new 4,000-square-foot indoor construction lab at Goodwill’s regional headquarters includes separate kitchen and bathroom modules where students can learn cabinet installation, flooring, plumbing and window installation. Also within the lab is a 300-square- foot house and additional structure to work on framing, siding, sheetrock, insulation, roofing and lighting. With congressional budget support, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is funding 77 YouthBuild programs in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The Goodwill YouthBuild model in Tacoma is unique as it enhances taxpayer funding with Goodwill thrift sales, private support from Sound Transit, KeyBank, and resources from the REACH Center and Habitat for Humanity. YouthBuild Tacoma students are also graduating from the program into a construction industry job market that is facing a skilled labor shortage. As baby boomers retire, fewer young people are entering the career field, preferring desk jobs over craftsmen occupations. Demand for a skilled workforce is producing $20-$25 an hour entry-level positions with opportunities for rapid advancement. The construction industry is booming across the country with spending in transportation infrastructure up more than 40 percent. This is especially true here in Washington. Washington has sustainable budgets for transportation construction that will last for 20 years. However, the industry faces a challenge. The work force is shrinking due to retiring baby boomers and the number of workers joining the skilled and non-skilled trades continues to decline. This is exacerbating the shortage of labor that is affecting the whole industry. With years’ worth of work ahead, companies are looking toward apprentice programs and ventures such as the one provided by

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The construction lab at Goodwill’s regional headquarters includes a 300-square-foot house and additional structure to work on framing, siding, sheetrock, insulation, roofing and lighting. Goodwill to train young adults or retraining people already in the job market so that they can work on major infrastructure projects. There needs to be a focused effort to attract people to the industry, to be part of rebuilding and expanding our infrastructure to support growth across all sectors of commerce and industry. Today, there are 260 YouthBuild programs throughout the United States and 100 programs in 23 countries. “Our global network of YouthBuild programs is enabling low-income, unemployed young people the opportunity to rebuild their communities and their lives,” said John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA. “To date, 179,000 YouthBuild students worldwide have built over 35,000 units of affordable housing and other community assets such as community centers and schools. We are deeply grateful for the strong impact we have had on our YouthBuild students and graduates over the past 40 years, and we are devoted to the YouthBuild movement of creating pathways for these young leaders of tomorrow in their communities, and beyond.” Goodwill in Tacoma is accepting up to 44 new students  to form the next class in April. Interested students can apply by contacting Michaela Woodmansee, YouthBuild outreach and enrollment coordinator at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, at (253) 254-4959. Candidates must be between 18-24 years of age and other eligibility requirements apply. Seattle and Olympia also have YouthBuild programs as well.

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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Alliance accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s with the help of interpreters dressed in period clothes. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factor’s House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store. The Fort is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma. “National accreditation is a testament to the hard work of our staff, volunteers and supporters,” said Aaron Pointer, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “The museum strives to operate by the highest standards possible, to preserve the historical artifacts in our collection and present the most engaging programs to our museum audience.”  Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 45 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehi-

cle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public. “During the process of accreditation, we reviewed our museum policies and made changes to strengthen our standards,” said Museum Supervisor Jim Lauderdale. “Our goal is for our audience to engage with the museum in a way that creates memories that may last a lifetime. Accreditation will help us achieve this goal.”   Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, only about 1,070 are accredited. Fort Nisqually is one of only 19 museums accredited in Washington.  Accreditation is a rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, followed by a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The Alliance’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.  “Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excel-


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There seems to always be something fun and interesting going on at Fort Nisqually, such as the annual tours of the fort by candlelight, a magical evening walking tour where visitors encounter Hudson’s Bay Company managers and their wives, American settlers, fur trappers, Scottish and French-Canadian laborers, young people at a dance, blacksmiths working at the forge, clerks in the sale shop, and cooks in the kitchen. lence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.” The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy

on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit More information about the museum is available at

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Keeps Them Learning – and Laughing – at Stadium High School through the ranks, working at Wilson High School, Foss High School, and as a Stadium High math teacher before going into administration. Ikeda also worked in Japan prior to going into the administrative field with Tacoma Schools. At Kindai University, a private university in Osaka, he ran the football program and worked in the student affairs department. After returning to Tacoma to help care for his ill father, Ikeda was headhunted by a corporation in Japan and he returned to engage in international business. “We worked with the fifth-largest supermarket and boutique store chain in Japan, and did a lot of business with Europe and America.” Ikeda says that one of the strengths unique to Stadium’s administrative


What does a principal do on a snow day? Play the ukulele dressed as Elvis, of course!


Spend a little time with Stadium High School principal Kevin Ikeda and within moments he is bound to make you laugh. His splendid sense of humor is one of the best things about this beloved educator, and he shares it liberally to the delight of Stadium students and staff. Case in point: that hilarious “Snowmageddon” video last month showing what the school principal does on a snow day when the halls are empty, the brainchild of Kevin Medford and Casey Madison in the Public Information Office. (Think of Ikeda as an Elvis impersonator in a Hawaiian shirt doing magic tricks for a stuffed animal audience and zipping unencumbered through

the hallways on a Segway). Check it out on YouTube and you’ll probably watch it again and again as more than 2,300 viewers have done so far. But all kidding around aside, it’s Ikeda’s deep dedication to students that really stands out, as he is committed to making sure that students lead a life of success in whatever it is they choose to do. A former student posted this in the comments under Ikeda’s YouTube video: “Mr. Ikeda, you were a pivotal role in my life at a time when learning was difficult for me. You came in as a substitute teacher at Hunt Middle School and made a major impact on me that I will never forget and have always wanted to thank you for it. Thank you for your dedication to the students and making sure that they can do the best that they can at all times.”

“Like any school with 1,500 kids, we are like a small town,” Ikeda said in a recent interview. “In any small town, you have every kind of person in there and that’s what Stadium is – a diverse community. I enjoy meeting the kids, getting to know who they are and where they’re at, interacting with them… I just hope that they all succeed. My goal is that I can help reach every single student and that they have a plan after high school – a vision for something they want to do in their future.” Formerly the principal at Gray and Meeker middle schools, Ikeda came to Stadium High seven years ago at the request of Tacoma School District Superintendent Carla Santorno. In fact, Ikeda’s teaching career started in Tacoma at Hunt Middle School where he was a math teacher. He then moved up


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t PRINCIPAL From page 5 team is that they live in the area they work in, and their children attend, or attended, Stadium High School. “We look at things from a perspective of educator and parent. What do the parents want best for their child? Obviously, we want that too so we try to create an atmosphere like that. That’s a unique focus because usually administrators live outside (the area) – there’s not that community connection. That’s the uniqueness of our team.” Both of Ikeda’s children are Stadium High grads. Son Bryce graduated in 2015 and now attends the University of Rochester, where he is the most decorated soccer player in the university’s history. “No one is better than him,” said his proud Dad. He is equally proud of daughter Madison, who graduated from Stadium in 2012 and now works as an engineer II at Starbucks headquarters. Mom Mayumi Ikeda worked

Sunday, March 17, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS in research at Weyerhaeuser and is now retired and enjoying life with husband Kevin when he’s freed up from his principal duties, which isn’t often. Born and raised in Hilltop, Kevin Ikeda is the only child of his parents, both of whom spent time in internment camps during World War II. The couple later opened Family Cleaners, a very successful dry cleaning service in the Hilltop neighborhood. “Back then there was a large Japanese community in this area, and a lot of the cleaners, gardeners and manual laborers were Asian,” he said, noting that he holds fond memories of Hilltop as he watched the community there grow and change. After graduating from Wilson High School, Ikeda attended the University of Washington to earn a bachelor of arts, then Western Washington University for his masters in education. He played football at UW, and there he met head coach Don James, a man who would have a lasting impact on Ikeda.

“He called me in my senior year and told me that I’d make a better coach than a player, so I became a graduate assistant (GA) and coached the defensive line under (assistant coach) Jim Heacock. Because of that, I continued to coach at Western Washington. Then I had offers from Japan (to coach football), so I went there,” Ikeda said. “My inspiration to get into teaching and learning was from Don James. He inspired me to be a coach. I try to infuse coaching philosophies from a leadership standpoint. I’m a principal and coach and that’s what drives me.” Ikeda said that the way the job market is right now, there are three areas that he focuses on for students’ future careers: healthcare, environmental sciences and technology. “Those three are really going to take off in this area and getting students ready for those skills is something I want to make sure they have before they leave here.” Considering how much graduation rates are up across the district, as are college entrance rates, seems that Ikeda has the right idea. “Last year we sent students to M.I.T., Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, UW, WSU, Central and Western Washington University, Gonzaga, UPS, PLU….,” and other universities in addition to these. When asked at what point he plans to retire, Ikeda said that he doesn’t see himself as retired. “I’d like to work as long as I can. After that I would serve the community in some way and be an entertainer on the side – a street entertainer to make money and give to the homeless.” Then that wonderful sense of humor shows again. “I’m thinking country western on the ukulele. That’s a niche market. You know what happens when you play a country song backward? Wife comes home, dog comes home….” Having a bad day? Mr. Ikeda will cheer you up, no problem. “I still believe that the greatest freedom is in education. Be a great writer, great reader and great thinker and problem solver. If you have those skills, you’re going to be able to figure out life. High school is not the end. Commencement is the beginning.”

COHEN MILITARY FAMILY CLINIC OPENS IN LAKEWOOD The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic and its online therapy program is set to fill a void for Washington’s veteran population. The Cohen Veterans Network, a not-for-profit philanthropic organization, has opened the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Valley Cities  at 6103 Mt. Tacoma Dr. S.W. in Lakewood, supporting post-9/11 veterans and military families with mental health services regardless of veteran discharge status and ability to pay. It is the first clinic of its kind in the state. The new clinic in Lakewood has the capacity to serve 400 clients in the first year and will offer critical mental health services to Washington’s many veterans and their family members. The online therapy services offered at this clinic will reduce barriers to treatment, allowing patients throughout the state to receive support via phone or computer from the comfort of their home or workplace.   Studies show that 40 percent of veterans who return home with mental health issues are not receiving care, and there are currently 20 veteran suicides per day. To address this critical need for mental health services in the veteran community, philanthropist Steven A. Cohen made a $275 million commitment to open 25 clinics over five years, the largest philanthropic pledge of support ever made to veterans in this country by a single donor. With the opening of the newest clinic in Lakewood, the network now has 11 clinics in operation and is on track to open 14 more throughout the country by 2020. The Cohen Clinics have treated more than 9,800 clients nationwide since opening to the public in 2016. Approximately 44 percent of clients are non-veteran family members and their children, while 56 percent of clients are veterans.


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Katrina Taylor of Tacoma Community College (TCC), Ellen Moore of University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT), and Troy Builta of Mt. Hood Community College were each honored as champions at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC).

t Sustainability From page 1 for more than 20 years and is interested in reforming the education system to focus on preparing students and society for the ecological challenges of the future. Builta is the building information management mapping and sustainability specialist at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in Gresham, Ore. He is the chairperson of the college’s Sustainability Committee and has worked with the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council on the Clean Water Retrofit Project. MHCC now filters their runoff from roadways and parking lots before it goes into creeks and streams. This helped MHCC become the first Salmon Safe-certified community college in the nation.  Builta also helped bring the annual Conservation and Re-

pair Fair to the college in 2017. This event brings in exhibitors and vendors to help community members find ways to save money while reducing their environmental impact. “We congratulate Troy, Katrina and Ellen for their inspiring leadership in championing sustainability,” said McKinstry Chief Market Officer Ash Awad. “Our built environment can and should do more to serve higher education. The world of higher education is filling that need by saving energy and cutting waste. We at McKinstry are proud to work alongside leaders like these to make a difference on campuses across the country.”  The 2019 Champions of Sustainability awards are presented in collaboration with the annual Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). More information about WOHESC can be found at  www.

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David L. Warren, Ph.D. Among all that there is to see and do around Proctor District, University of Puget Sound is a landmark destination.

Strolling through the beautiful campus grounds makes for a delightful way to get outside for some fresh air, and there is always something happening within the walls of this historic and awardwinning university. Commencement is a favorite springtime event, this year being held on May 19, 2 p.m. in Baker Stadium. It has just been announced that delivering the 127th commencement address this year will be national higher education leader David L. Warren, Ph.D., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). “Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Warren has been and continues to be one of our country’s most influential advocates for civic engagement, access and equity,  and the transformative power of higher education,” said Puget Sound President

Isiaah Crawford. “His legacy of service and commitment to social justice and generations of students will inspire our graduates as they embark on their own careers and look to use their education to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.” For his life of exemplary service to higher education, Puget Sound will award Warren the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. Warren has been a driving force behind national higher education programs and initiatives throughout his tenure at NAICU. He has co-chaired the National Campus Voter Registration Project since 1998, and spearheaded the Student Aid Alliance, an ongoing campaign of 50 higher education associations to expand student aid. He also is responsible for the creation of CampusCares, an initiative to gain national recognition for the communi-

ty service and civic engagement contributions by America’s colleges and universities. Under Warren’s leadership, NAICU helps drive higher education policy in Washington, D.C. The organization shaped the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in 2008 and played a leadership role in the passage of the new GI Bill. Recently, Warren led NAICU in launching Building Blocks to 2020, a major effort to encourage and report on the role of America’s private colleges and universities in achieving greater access to and completion of a college education. After 25 years of service, Warren will retire in June. His address at Puget Sound will be among his final public remarks as president of NAICU. More information is available at


Welcome Home Concert Slated For March 30 At Kilworth Memorial Chapel University of Puget Sound’s Adelphian Concert Choir is on tour in Colorado this month. The four-city tour will include free concerts in Colorado Springs, Littleton, Denver, and a homecoming event in Tacoma. The concerts will include a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden, one of the Baroque master’s most popular cantatas, along with music by Lassus, Lauridsen, Monk, Choi, and popular music selections.   “This is a very talented group of vocalists singing an iconic composition – it’s going to be a wonderful performance,” said conductor Steven Zopfi. “Christ lag in Todes Banden is also Bach›s first cantata for Easter, so it’s a timely piece to perform in the spring.” The 2018-19 Adelphian Concert Choir features a number of students from Colorado, including Hannah Cochran (UPS class of 2019 from Longmont High School), Eden Dameron (UPS class of 1019 from Cherry Creek High School), Patrick Zimmerman (UPS class of 2019 from Cherry Creek High School),

Eli Kitchens (UPS class of 2022 from Poudre High School) and Phoebe Smith (UPS class of 2022 from Green Mountain High School). The Adelphians will be joined by the Rampart High School Singsations, under the direction of Adelphian alumna and Puget Sound graduate Melanie Reiff (UPS class of 2012) at the group’s first concert in Colorado Springs. Founded in 1932, the Adelphian Concert Choir is one of four choirs at the University of Puget Sound and has appeared at state, regional, and national conferences for both the American Choral Director’s Association and National Association for Music Educators. In recent years, the choir has appeared with the Oregon Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, and Symphony Tacoma, and has earned rave reviews for its repertoire, interpretation, and artistry. Members of the choir are all undergraduate students selected by audition, and approximately half are music majors. More information, including tour poster and photos, is available on the Spring Tour 2019 webpage at www.

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acoma Historical Society celebrates the accomplishments of important women in the city’s history with its new exhibit, “Her Story: Tacoma’s Women of Destiny.” Deb Freedman is curator of the exhibit while Chris Fiala Erlich is the designer. The idea for the exhibit came from research done in 2013 by Michael Ann Konek, a student at the University of Washington-Tacoma who was doing an internship at the society. Freedman noted that last year the society had an exhibit on the year 1918 and the impact it had on the city, and the world. With this being the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the time seemed right to celebrate the achievements of local women. Many individuals and organizations donated items for the exhibit, which highlights more than 75 women. The University of Puget Sound donated six informational panels on painter Abby Williams Hill. There is also a chair that once belonged to Dr. B. Elizabeth Drake. Shanaman Sports Museum loaned items related to the accomplishments of several notable female athletes. “One of the biggest surprises was realizing the tremendous records set by Tacoma women in the field of sports,” Freedman said. Among them is Gretchen Kunigk Fraser, who won a gold and silver medal in skiing at the 1948 Winter Olympics. Until doing research for the exhibit, Freedman was unaware that the Stadium High School


These hats were donated by the family of Lou Johnson, who operated a store in Tacoma. graduate was the first woman to appear on a box of Wheaties cereal. A sweater she wore during the Olympics is on display, along with a swimsuit worn

by Kaye Hall, the first woman to swim the 100-yard backstroke in under one minute. She did this while a student at Wilson High School.

Another thing Freedman was unaware of is that Relay for Life, a fundraiser for cancer research, started in Tacoma. In 1985 Dr. Gordon Klatt ran around the track at the University of Puget Sound for 24 hours. He asked friends to donate money. One of them was Pat Flynn, who worked in public relations for many years with Tacoma Public Schools and the City of Tacoma. She joined Klatt’s organizing committee, moving the event to Stadium High School the following year. The exhibit delves into her efforts to turn a local idea into an international fundraiser. Lou Johnson operated a store that sold women’s hats. Her great-granddaughter donated some hats for the display. “Those personal connections are what makes it special to us as volunteers,” Freedman remarked. The term “glass ceiling” has been coined to represent obstacles to advancement for women in the workplace. Several tiles representing glass panels, with cracks in them, are on the ceiling. The exhibit covers women from the pioneer era in the 1800s to current members of Women’s International Living Legacy Organization. “We wanted to go full circle and finish with stories of women of today,” Freedman said. In conjunction with the exhibit, the society has released a book titled “Leading Ladies. Twenty-One of Tacoma’s Women of Destiny.” Look for a review of the book in next week’s edition. Tacoma Historical Society is located at 919 Pacific Ave. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 7. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Fashion is art and art is fashion at Tacoma Art Museum Fashion is ART is a fashion event that focuses on fashion as a form of artistic expression. This is a non-traditional fashion show and can be viewed as a fashion art happening, where garments will be displayed in unique ways to showcase Fashion is ART and Art is Fashion. This event will showcase local designers and artists, both put on display to create a live fashion art gallery. Featured designers include: Chiara Zuccolotto: Chiara Zuccolotto, a California designer well acquainted to the niche markets of the fashion world, launched her first company in 2013. Since then Zuccolotto has expanded across the United States and into Europe. Zuccolotto is known for having the finest fabrics and creating the perfect silhouette. After being invited to Paris last summer, she studied under the world’s best couturier teams including Balenciaga, Madame Gres’ last living students and Dior, and worked with designers such as Tony Ward, Galia Lahav, Ziad Nakad during Paris Fashion Week. Upon her return to the United States, Zuccolotto has moved into expanding her

couture designs and keeping the art of true fashion alive. Dawnamatrix: Dawnamatrix has been expanding the reach of latex fashion worldwide. Just last year, Ben and Dawn won the Wearable Technology Award at the preeminent design competition in New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art. Dawnamatrix has been worn by celebrities like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Sharon Stone, Kylie Jenner, and many others. Their many publications include Vogue, Interview Magazine, WWD, and Billboard. The collection will feature new eye-popping laser cut designs to accentuate the body with graphic bursts of color. www. Jersey Virago: Jersey Virago is a Seattle swimwear company founded in 2010 by self-taught designer Meagan Kruz. Mixing bold geographic lines and compelling textures, her designs grab the eye and make a statement. Jersey Virago has been seen in British Vogue, British GQ, and on the television show “America's Next Top Model.” Lumen Couture: The Future Looks Fabulous! Lumen

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PTA Reflections Student Contest Entries and Theme: “Heroes Around Me” 50 Years My great aunt and uncle, Judy and Rick Wright are my everyday heroes. I took this photo at their 50th anniversary party. They make the world a better place. After my Papa & Nana died they became grandparents to me. Aunt Judy teaches me to cook yummy recipes. Uncle Rick tells me jokes & acts silly. They make me feel loved. They help their community. Aunt Judy taught kids with special needs. She helps with community meals. Uncle Rick also taught kids. He plays the piano, tells jokes, and makes everyone feel happy. — Natalie Kindt, 3rd grade, Teacher: Ms. McClary, Geiger Montessori School

Both of these talented students come from Ms. Riggio’s Kindergarten class at Pt. Defiance Elementary. A doctor is a hero. She gives people shots to make people better. She has a temperature thing. She checks your heart with the heart beat thing. She has circle band aids to give you after she gives you a shot. — Nolan Kerns

A Son’s First Hero The theme, “Heroes Around Me” represents to me the people that will constantly support you through hardships and the risks you take. In this case, my Father would be the hero to my youngest brother. When my brother decides to take the risk of jumping, instead of discouraging him, my Father helps my brother to land safely. This shows to me the act of heroism my Father shows to my family every day. — Rachel Nguyen, 9th grade, School of the Arts

Love-Loyalty and Fur Heroes don’t always have to be human. The four-legged kind can often be forgotten. They provide unconditional love and service, whether it’s to your family or your country. Every dog is a hero in its own way. The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as them.

This picture was about how my father came home from the War in Iraq. This picture is dedicated to the two soldiers who were in my Dad’s company and didn’t get to come home to their loving families. — Charlotte Southworth, 7th grade, Teacher: Ms. Haddigan, Truman Middle School

Heroes Around Me

Around me I have many Heroes: police officers, firefighters and many more but, my favorite heroes are my Mom and Dad.

— Kyra Vakil, 6th grade, Teacher: Mrs. Hussey, Meeker Middle School

My hero is God and his friends. He helps me feel better when I’m sad. He always cares about everybody. — Claire Spaulding

Coming Home

My Mom and Dad help me when I struggle. They wonder where I am. They wonder what I’m doing. My Mom helps me with art. My Dad helps me with wood carving. They buy me clothes. They buy me food. They cheer me up when I am sad. They cheer for me at soccer games. They are the best parents in the world! — Artem Shvets, 6th grade, Teacher: Mr. Moultine, Truman Middle School

Students of art teacher Ms. Mann, at the Science and Math Institute, were asked to design a wildlife banner using watercolor and ink for the South Sound Sustainability Expo. The City of Tacoma’s Office of Sustainability then chose 20 student artworks to print on large banners which decorated the Greater Tacoma Convention Center during the March 2 Expo. Below(or above?) are two excellent samples of the four you will eventually see on our student pages.

— Elsa Walstead, grade 11

All Heroes I did this picture because anyone can be a hero for their good deeds and helping others. For example, doctors, engineers, and many other people are heroes for their never-ending compassion and service to others. — Charlotte Southworth, 7th grade, Teacher: Ms. Haddigan, Truman Middle School

— Naomi Alvarez, grade 10

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HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM HOSTS ‘BOMBER BOYS’ EXHIBIT Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor is now hosting an exhibit titled “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front,” a special exhibition now available through Harbor History Museum’s Traveling eXhibition Service. Featuring a series of striking photographs reproduced from a secret stash of World War II images, ephemera, and a diary from 1945, the exhibit highlights the combat, captains, crew, and camp life of the 445th bomb squadron of the 12th Army Air Corps stationed mainly on Corsica and in Italy. “This amazing collection was found when my sister and I were cleaning out the hayloft of our horse barn in Gig Harbor,” says Stephanie Lile, exhibit curator. “Dad never talked much about the war and never seemed to want to, so finding the box of dusty old photos and a diary was a huge surprise.” Lile and her four siblings felt the collection was too special not to share. In fact, she has spent the last 10 years researching and cataloging the collection, an adventure that took her to Italy and to Arizona to fly in an historic B-25. Lile used the collection as inspiration for a young adult novel, “The Tail Gunner,” then she and her family decided to expand access to the collection by creating a traveling exhibition.

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The exhibit features portraits of the “boys” who flew B-25 bombers in the Mediterranean theater. Some of them are known, like Wellnitz and Keith B. Lile – the tail gunner whose collection these images came from – and many are not. One of the curator’s hopes in presenting this exhibit is that as the show travels, people will recognize some of the men depicted. “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” is on view until June 2, with a curator talk being presented on Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m. at the museum, located at 4121 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor. For more information about “Bomber Boys,” visit Designs is a luxury eco-conscious, slow fashion brand specializing in stylishly comfortable clothing that can be worn from day into night. Stone Crow Designs’ style is called Modern Goth with a nod to classic design, technique and a bit of rock n’roll, using organic, sustainable, vintage, dead stock and up-cycling products as well as hand dying or using screen-prints when possible, which helps create the unique look. www. Fashion is ART will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Tacoma Art Museum. There will be a DJ and red-carpet photos available before the show. The event doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start promptly at 7 p.m. EVENT SCHEDULE • 6:30 p.m. – Event doors open and pre-show red carpet photos • 7 p.m. – Fashion show
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Dear Walking on Eggshells Always, Time and trust will help fade those anxieties as long as you don’t ignore the red flags in the future. Verbal abuse is often overlooked. It may be considered “less serious” than physical abuse, but the truth is that it can be just as painful and damaging to your physical and mental health. If you miss the small red flags, you might find yourself in a highly toxic situation. Some examples of verbal statements most people ignore: Jealousy: Hope you had fun flirting with that guy again. I’m pretty sure you’re cheating on me. I saw how you looked at that girl! I wasn’t born yesterday! Blaming you: This is a common component to emotional and verbal abuse. It signifies an emotionally immature and insecure person who never wants to be in the wrong. They don’t just blame you over mishaps and misunderstandings – they blame you for everything. I wouldn’t be shouting if you weren’t so stubborn and unreasonable! Look what you made me do! You’re the reason we’re always late. I didn’t misunderstand you; you just have to be clearer. You made me upset; that’s why I’m doing this! You wouldn’t think it was bad if you just had more positive thinking. Embarrassing you: This even goes for reasonable comments about something you’ve done. Someone who brings it up in front of an audience to put you on the spot rather than discuss the problem behind closed doors is relying on your feelings of embarrassment to get their way. No one should attempt to air out your dirty laundry in that manipulative manner. It’s unhealthy and shows clear disrespect. They might say: Wow, you sure don’t care about looking good, huh? Of course, you’re crying. You women are so sensitive. Yeah, I knew you’d do that; you Indians always do that. Why can’t you be strong like other men? I see you decided against the salad again. Geez, no wonder you hate your size. Belittling you: A verbal abuser will always find a way to put down your intelligence, your knowledge or skill, and discount your experiences. If you have a differing opinion, no matter how positive you are when you state it, a verbal abuser will tell you that you don’t know what you’re talking about and interrupt you or speak over you so they “win.” They have no interest in listening to you – only in emerging the victor of a conversation contest you never agreed to participate in. A little constructive criticism is good for you, but if you’re constantly being criticized even over the smallest, most trivial things and defending yourself, you may be a victim of verbal abuse. This is a calculated attack on your self-esteem and confidence. Why are you always so messy? This is exactly why no one likes you. Stop being so depressed; it makes me miserable around you. You keep screwing up everything! There you go again, being so sensitive. I can always rely on your forgetfulness to ruin our dates. Controlling you: An abuser will try to control you by threatening you with ideas, such as: If you really loved me, you would do this for me. Fine, go through with that, but then everyone will see what a selfish person you are. You’d be nothing without me. You’re lucky I even chose to date you in the first place. Threatening you: A verbal abuser might say things like: Honestly, no one would blame me for however I reacted if you did that. Better be careful with that – I might just take the kids and sell the house while you’re gone. Go on, do that to me then. I hope you won’t miss that guitar you love so much. Direct threats may also be used, such as: Don’t make me hit you. I’ll ruin your life if you do that. If you leave me, I will kill myself. My advice is to always trust your intuition and seek family or friends to confide in who love you. They may see what you may not want to see. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233. Barb Rock is a mental health counselor and author in Tacoma, and the published author of “Run Your Own Race: Happiness after 50.” Send any questions related to mental health, relationships or life issues to her at

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Sunday, March 17, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

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‘25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ Fri., March 15, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., March 16, 7-10 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 7-10 p.m.; Thurs., March 21, 7-10 p.m.; Fri., March 22, 7-10 p.m.; Sun., March 24, 7-10 p.m. Bellarmine Preparatory School, 2300 S. Washington, Tacoma

An eclectic group of six vies for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Ages: 7-plus. Price: $8 student; $10 adult. Info: (253) 752-7701; drama-theater

‘ANGELS IN AMERICA’ PARTS 1 & 2 Part 1 Performances: ​Fri., March 15; 7 p.m. Sat., March 16; 7 p.m. Sun., March 17; 2 p.m. Part 2 Performances: Sun., March 17; 2 p.m. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood This two-part Pulitzer and Tony Award winning epic, presented in repertory, is an intimate portrait of the tumultuous AIDS epidemic that ravaged the United States in the 1980s. The story is as real as the crisis itself portraying adult themes and intimate human relationships, which include same-sex couples, who were impacted by this disease. This show is meant for mature audiences, as it contains the use of profanity, sexual themes and conversations involving sex, religion, politics, gender and race. This show also includes the use of vibrant theatrical lighting, sound and technical effects. In the first part of Tony Kushner’s epic, set in 1980’s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and… yes…an angel. In the second part, the plague of AIDS worsens, relationships fall apart as new, and unexpected friendships, take form. Info: www.LakewoodPlayhouse. org; (253) 588-0042 ‘AGNES OF GOD’ Fri., March 15; 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 16; 7:30 p.m. Sun., March 17; 2 p.m. The Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., #10, Tacoma Part drama, part mystery, part spiritual journey, John Pielmeier’s “Agnes of God” tells the story of a young novice nun, Sister Agnes, who gives birth to a baby that is found dead. But Agnes knows nothing of her pregnancy, the birth, or who the father is. Could this be a miracle...or a murder? “Agnes of God” leads the audience toward the search for truth and the meaning of faith. A court-appointed psychiatrist faces off against the overprotective Mother Superior while investigating Sister Agnes’ sanity to stand trial. What will the doctor conclude, and what will ultimately happen to Agnes? Directed by Nyree Martinez. Price: $15 general admission, includes your choice of coffee, tea and an assortment of cookies. Tickets: Info: info@dukesbay. org, (253) 350-7680. ‘A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’ Fri., March 15, 22, 29; 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 16, 23, 30; 7:30 p.m. Sun., March 17, 24, 31; 2 p.m. Pay What You Can: Thurs., March

21, 7:30 p.m. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious musical masterpiece returns to the TLT stage. In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night  that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student, and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs. Delightful, charming and at times heartbreaking, with gorgeous, lush  music, including “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and the seminal “Send in the Clowns,” “A Little  Night  Music”  is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Price: $27 adults, $25 students/ seniors/military, $22 children 12 and under. Info: DEATH AND DYING: A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE Mon., March 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1501 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma We are alive, therefore we will die. This is a simple truth. We are not shocked when we hear these words. Yet, how much does death shape our life? We do not need to live in a state of constant fear of dying, nor do we need to die with regrets. We can balance the days in our life with a healthy understanding of death and we will find more meaning and happiness arising from our decisions. We will be looking at death and dying over the course of three classes, each class being held on the third Monday of the month. Each class will look at a different aspect of death and dying from the Buddhist perspective. In this class, we will look at what is death and what we need to do if we want to be prepared. All ages welcome. Price: $12. Info: HISTORY TRIVIA NIGHT Wed., March 20, 6-8 p.m. The Swiss Restaurant & Pub., 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma Test your Tacoma and Washington trivia knowledge with the Washington State Historical Society, City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, and Tacoma Historical Society. Facts, fun and prizes aplenty! All ages welcome. Price: Free. Info: ‘BECOMING MORE VISIBLE’ Wed., March 20, 7 p.m. Tacoma Rainbow Center, 2215 Pacific Ave., Tacoma Challenged by how to identify since early childhood, in this film four fearless transgender young adults defy societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible. No transition is easy but some are easier

than others. We follow Sean, a transgender male comedian from a small affluent town in upstate NY; Katherine, a Bangladeshi transgender girl from a closely‐knit Muslim family; Olivia, who had to leave everything behind and enter the shelter system in order to be the woman she knows she is; and the unforgettable Morgin, a fully transitioned woman pursuing her musical ambitions and making her way in the world. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Price: Free. Info: ‘LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL’ Wed., March 20, 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma Fabulously fun and international award winning “Legally Blonde: The Musical” is the ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Price: $55, $75, $99 and $139. Info: ‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’ Fri., March 22, 29; April 5, 12; 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 23, 30; April 6, 13; 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 6, 13; 2 p.m. Sun., March 24, 31; April 7, 14; 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Price: $31 adults, $29 military/ seniors/students, $22 children 12 and under. Info: TACOMA SCANDINAVIAN DANCE Sat., March 23, 7-10:30 p.m. Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma Dance to the music of Skandia Kapell and their delightful array of instruments. Learn or review Dola Mazurka with Jennifer Roach. Class at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Other dances include waltz, schottische, hambo and more. Easy mixers are taught throughout the evening. No partner needed. Price: $10 adults, $7 Sons of Norway members ($10 Sons couples),

$5 non-dancers, students free. Info: Karen at SLIDER COOK-OFF Sat., March 23, 6:30-10 p.m. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma Head to the Museum of Glass for the eighth annual Slider Cook-off, featuring live fiery glassblowing by artist John Miller, live music inspired by Jimmy Buffet, and the best sliders in town! Come dressed in your Key West best and act like it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! This is a 21+ event and valid I.D. is required for admission. Price: $100 VIP, $90 VIP member, $45 general admission, $40 member, $35 military, $25 students. Info: AGING INTO THE FUTURE: PIERCE COUNTY 2020-2030 Sat., March 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building 23, Lakewood This innovative forum is more than a conference on aging. It is a community conversation about what to look for in the coming decade

and how we can start planning now to make the best use of emerging services, technologies and resources. The conference will feature innovative, fast-paced PechaKucha presentations on crucial topics such as transportation, housing, long-term health, financial security, threats to independence and more. This specialized format allows presenters to use only 20 slides, for 20 seconds each, to illustrate their vision. Each presentation will be followed by a live survey of audience members using a real-time electronic voting system. Participants will also be able to respond with written feedback, suggestions and recommendations. This conference is free, but attendees must register in advance at event/3921294 or call the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600. ‘RAINIER SUNRISE’ Sat., March 23, 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma Elegant and melodic works attributed to chamber music. “Rainier Sunrise”  by Seattle native Karel Butz “captures the peaceful emotions associated with the grandeur and beauty of Mount Rainier’s Sunrise Trail.” Stravinsky’s  “Pulcinella Suite”  was originally written as a ballet reconstructed from Baroque compositions by Giambattista Pergolesi. Wagner’s  “Siegfried Idyll”  was a birthday gift to his wife and dedicated to their newborn son. One of the most celebrated duets ever written, Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola,” will feature Symphony Tacoma’s concertmaster Svend Rønning and principal violist Thane Lewis. Price: $24-$78. Info:


TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Sunday, March 17, 2019

LEGAL NEWS Tacoma Herrmann Law Group sues Boeing for Lion Air crash On March 12, the Herrmann Law Group filed a lawsuit against the Boeing Company on behalf of the families of 17 victims who died in the crash of a Boeing 737 operated by Lion Air. The complaint alleges that Boeing equipment failed, and that Boeing failed to properly inform pilots about the presence and dangers of a new automated system installed on the aircraft. On Oct. 29, 2018, Lion Air flight JT 610 left Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, for the island of Bangka. Two minutes into the flight, a pilot notified ground control of “flight control” issues. A new, automatic anti-stall system received faulty data. As a result, the anti-stall system kicked in and forced the nose of the plane down. The pilot manually pulled the nose back up. The pilot’s efforts fixed the issue, but only temporarily. For several minutes the pilot was engaged in a tug-of-war. The system would force the nose down. The pilot would bring the nose back up. Suddenly, about 12 minutes after take-off, the plane went into a steep dive. About 45 seconds later the plane crashed into the ocean at approximately 500 miles per hour, killing all 189 people on board. The anti-stall system the pilot struggled against, known as the MCAS, was

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Northwest Towing, at 2025 S 341st Pl, Federal Way on 03/26/2019. In compliance with the RCW46.55.130. at 3:00pm. Viewing of cars from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Registered Tow Number 5695. Cash Auction Only


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ABANDONED VEHICLE SALE Fife Towing, Fife Recovery Service & NW Towing, at 1313 34th Ave E, Fife on 03/21/2019. In compliance with the RCW46.55.130 at 11:00am. Viewing of cars from 10:00am-11:00am. Registered Tow Numbers 5009, 5421, 5588. Cash Auction Only


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Help Wanted Engineers TrueBlue seeks multiple positions for its Tacoma, WA office:

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Sr. Network Engineer to take an active role in owning the network technology footprint and the evolution of that footprint to better meet business requirements and support key initiatives. Design, maintain and troubleshoot the QoS and Unified Communications enabled enterprise MPLS network. Must have Tier 2 Cisco certification (Network Professional Level or higher). Must have a Bachelor's in Comp. Sci., Elec. Engg., Info. Sys. Or rltd and 5 yrs of exp. Senior Telecom Engineer to configure, deploy, test, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot telecommunications network components of a moderately complex nature to provide a secure, high performance network, including services for core LAN/WAN, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), QOS (Quality of Service, COS (Class of Service, VLAN's Virtual Local Area Network, SBC's (Session Border Controller) and SIP (Session Initiated Protocol). May travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (Domestic U.S). Must have Master's in Comp. Sci., Management Info. Sys., Engg. or rltd and 3yrs of exp in configuration and provisioning of Cisco Unified Communication Manager, Unity Connection, Cisco IM&P and Unified Contact Center Enterprise in a SIP environment. Please send resume and cover letter indicating position to No Calls. EOE.


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McMenamins Elks Temple is now hiring: Kitchen Assistant Managers, Line Cooks and Dishwashers! Established Pacific Northwest Company, McMenamins, will be hiring for our historic destination, Elks Temple, opening April 2019 in Tacoma! Located near mass transit among downtown arts, shopping, and entertainment destinations, the renovated historic hotel includes a pub, brewery, music venue, game room, and bars. Ideal apps excel in a fast-paced, customer-oriented environment and possess stellar customer service skills. Flex scheduling avail including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays is required. We offer excellent benefits such as medical, dental, vision, alternative care, and more to eligible employees. Apply online at You can also stop by any of our locations (with the exception of Elks Temple because it is not open yet) to fill out an application and mail to 430 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217. No phone calls or emails to individual locations please. E.O.E.

Vice President, Human Resources, Compensation & Benefits sought by TrueBlue, Inc. for Tacoma, WA office to be responsible for developing the philosophy and strategy for global compensation and benefits programs, creating the strategy and planning, directing and supervising the implementation, administration and review of employee compensation and benefit programs, in order to attract, retain, and motivate employees while ensuring compliance with appropriate federal and state regulations. Manage broad based programs including but not limited to: base pay; corporate bonus; sales incentive plans; health and wellness; disability; life insurance; employee assistance; stock purchase plan; deferred compensation; 401(k). Must have 12 yrs progressive experience in the development and delivery of compensation and benefit programs, including 5 or more in a leadership capacity. Send CL & Resume to No calls please. EOE.

Volunteers Volunteer to help an Isolated Elder Make a difference in someone’s life! Senior Companions and Senior Friends are volunteers whose friendship helps seniors maintain their independence through regular visits and assistance with errands. Senior Companion volunteers must be 55+, low-income and serve 15 hrs/ week to receive a tax free stipend. Senior Friend volunteers must be 18+ and serve 2 hrs/month – no stipend. Eligible volunteers will pass a background check and attend training before being matched with an elder needing your help. Call Sarah (253-7225686) or Linda (253-7225691) at Lutheran Community Services for more information & an application VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES NEEDED FOR RESIDENTS IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES The Pierce County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive, and skilled communicators to be volunteer ombudsman. As a LTC Ombudsman, you will visit an assisted living community or a skilled nursing community, working to ensure that resident rights are being protected and helping residents resolve problems they are unable to solve on their own. Volunteer ombudsman are trained and certified and dedicate 4 hours a week or 16 hours a month. Ongoing support, case staffing, team-meetings, and trainings are provided each month. For more information please call 253 798-3789 or Email Or visit aspx?NID=1302 Wanted: Volunteers for groceries. The Empowerment Center currently has a limited number of openings for volunteers in our food bank. These positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Come volunteer and receive free groceries! El Shaddai Christian Ministries/ The Empowerment Center, 4340 Pacific Ave., Tacoma WA 98148. For more information contact us at 253677-7740.

City of Fife Needs You! We are looking for passionate applicants for open positions on our volunteer Boards and Commissions. Openings are on the Arts Commission, Parks Board, Tree Board and Youth Commission. Applications are accepted year round. Online Application: VOLUNTEER MORE, TWEET LESS CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care has some great ways for you to serve the community and make meaningful connections. Those near the end of life need help with living. If you have 1-4 hours a week to read to someone, listen to their stories, run errands, make phone calls, or welcome people to our hospice facility, then we have several opportunities for you. Join us in the new year for trainings scheduled in January and March. Log onto and click “hospice and palliative care” in the “our services” tab to learn more. Or call James Bentley at 253-538-4649 #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA There are about 2,000 homeless in Tacoma and about 1.000 beds. Many are families with children. Please help #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA to provide some basic necessities. All items donated will go directly to people on the street. PROJECT FEED TACOMA is 100% volunteer. This is a true grass roots organization and they really need your help. For more information and to find more go to Can you help with some urgent needs as winter approaches? Here are some suggestions and a huge THANK YOU! Needed: Warm Socks for Men, Women and Children; Warm Hats; Gloves; Peanut Butter and Jam/Jelly; Crackers, Chips and non-perishable snacks; Individually wrapped granola bars or protein bars; cookies; lotion; lip balm; tampons and sanitary napkins; wipes; soap, shampoo and conditioner; gallon sized freezer bags. A BIG THANKS TO THE COPPER DOOR FOR ALLOWING PROJECT FEED TACOMA TO COLLECT DONATIONS THERE.

SEEKING FREELANCE ARTIST We are seeking a freelance Production Artist to work 16-24 hours a week. The Production Artist is responsible for a variety of graphic production projects in print, including ad building and page layout. The ideal candidate must possess creative design skills and have the ability to both work from home and in the office occasionally. The position also requires the ability to communicate and work effectively with sales, editorial and production staff to meet deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE: • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac-based platform (experience with InDesign is required; Photoshop and Illustrator skills are a plus) • Experience in laying out editorial copy, or large volumes of copy on tight deadlines


• Clean, legible typography skills • Creative and quick-thinking, with the ability to juggle multiple projects • Experience in photo editing, batching, and color correcting • Familiarity with editing and proofreading marks

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Our main goal is to offer more features that relate to local community concerns – homelessness, employment, housing, and the inner workings of local government are just a part of the expanded coverage that we’ll be offering. The Tacoma Weekly has always been a source of what to do in town, and we will continue with our calendar section, entertainment, the arts, and what’s happening around town.

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Even though the bulk of our readers read the Tacoma Weekly on their phones, computers and other devices, it’s still very important to have a print edition. A newspaper without a print edition loses substance and value. If it’s just a website, people have to search it out. When a newspaper is on every street corner in a newsstand, people pick it up, tuck it under their arm, take it home and share the paper with the family. When people pick up a Tacoma Weekly, they take it with them either to their office or home and it inevitably is shared with someone else – a conversation in the break room, mom

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showing off an article about her kid’s school or sports achievements… Everybody loves to be in the newspaper. We feel that it is very important to continue a print edition, adding substance and value and most of all giving the city of Tacoma identity. Thank you for your loyal readership of the last 34 years. We will continue to be loyal to you.

Cleaning Up Our Act keep our newsstands in tip-top shape. We have hundreds of boxes and drop points, and we are going through each route cleaning up our boxes with new paint and decals. We will be adding more distribution drop points and better locations to pick up the paper.

Tacoma is a beautiful city – great views of the water, the mountains, historic buildings and new construction… We think it’s important that we

We need your help. If you see a box that’s in bad shape, we want to know about it. Take a photo with your cell phone and email it to publisher@tacomaweekly. com. In years past, citizens helped us report potholes


In today’s world, people work from their homes, cars, and on the road, no longer confined to an office or desk space, spending time around the water cooler chatting about last night’s game. Talented people in our industry are turning more and more to freelance, providing articles for a variety of publications. As we will hang on to some of our old reliables – now freelancers – we will also be introducing a variety of new and talented writers, bring a fresh look and more comprehensive coverage of local news.

The main change here at the Tacoma Weekly, which could be considered downsizing, is that we are now an employeerun company – partners working together for the continuing publication of the Tacoma Weekly in these changing times. These new partners all have a long history in Tacoma, a love for the city and the desire to create journalism that inspires the community to better things.



You must change with the times, especially in the newspaper industry. It seems to be fashionable to say that print is dead, but we feel just the opposite. After being in business for more than 34 years, we find that we can’t keep our newspapers on the newsstands. The citizens of Tacoma have adopted us as their hometown paper, the only source on a weekly basis of local news covering government, events and the day-to-day lives of the people who live in Tacoma.



Changing with the Times


through our Pothole Pig feature. It was a huge success. We feel just as obligated to keep our boxes clean as it is for the streets to be pothole free. We’ve also invited local artists to decorate their own boxes with unique and eye-catching painting designs. Our boxes are your canvas! As we replace and spruce up our existing boxes with a fresh coat of base paint, artists are invited to contact us with their ideas then work their magic. Interested? Email matt@

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We are now located in Fife at 1402 54th Ave. E.

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