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GROCERY OUTLET OFFERS GIFT CARDS TO THOSE IN NEED

Each year at this time, the owners of the North Tacoma Grocery Outlet (6425 6th Ave.), Ken and Lynda-Lyn Sundem Lowe, give away 50 gift cards worth $50 each to families who could use some help. Names are chosen by nominating families for a drawing. To nominate a family, send the name, address and phone number of both the nominator and nominee (individual/family) to the store either by mail, hand delivery or e-mail to northtacoma@groceryoutlet.com through Dec. 5. All information will be kept strictly confidential, and the program is not set up for self-nomination.

“For many years now, individuals have come into our store after the drawing is over to donate more funds in order that more families might receive a gift card,” said Lynda-Lyn Sundem Lowe. “It will be interesting to see if it happens again this year.”

For more information, call the store at (253) 565-2441

MOR FURNITURE EYES UNUSED 

GIAUDRONE SCHOOL PROPERTY 

Tacoma Public Schools is considering selling a portion of unused property at Giaudrone Middle School to nearby Wesco Management LLC (MOR Furniture parent company). This is part of the district’s collaboration with the City of Tacoma to promote economic growth in South Tacoma.

The property, known as Pierce County parcel no. 2110000331, consists of approximately 1.24 acres and is located at the unused western boundary of Giaudrone Middle School, as depicted below.

Tacoma School District No. 10 will hold a public hearing to take testimony regarding the sale of Parcel No. 2110000331 to Wesco Management LLC (MOR Furniture) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the School District’s Central Administration Building, 601 S. 8th St., Tacoma, in the fourth floor auditorium. Time is subject to change and can be confirmed by calling (253) 571-3322.

Written public comment can also be submitted (received by Dec. 13) to planning@tacoma.k12.wa.us or mail to Tacoma Public Schools Planning and Construction Department, 3223 S. Union Ave., Tacoma WA 98409

Following the hearing, the board will vote to approve or decline the sale as part of their regular Dec. 14 board meeting.

Anyone having questions regarding the property or the public hearing may contact Strategic Program Analyst Alicia Lawver at (253) 571-3322 or alawver@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES 2018 BUDGET

The Pierce County Council last night voted unanimously to adopt the County’s 2018 operating and capital budgets. The new budgets take effect Jan. 1, 2018 pending the County Executive’s signature.

“I’m pleased to join my Council colleagues in forwarding a budget that significantly invests in addressing the needs of our residents,” said Doug Richardson, Council Chair.

Funding allocations in the 2018 budget reflect the priorities of both the Council and Executive Departments with an emphasis on behavioral health, public safety, parks, veterans and community services. Behavioral health and public safety program funding includes:

  • $750,000 to Optum for the operation of its Mobile Outreach Crisis Team;
  • $750,000 to the Mobile Community Intervention Response Team operated by Comprehensive Life Resources;
  • Behavioral Health Diversion Center property acquisition funding in the amount of $500,000;
  • $259,302 to Greater Lakes Mental Health for various behavioral health services in Pierce County;
  • $200,000 to the Sheriff’s Department for co-responder efforts;
  • $75,000 to the United Way Center for Strong Families at Bethel;
  • $25,000 to the City of Orting’s Recovery Café opioid services program which provides support to individuals and families suffering from substance abuse;
  • Two positions in the Prosecutor’s Office for a Deputy Prosecutor and legal assistant;
  • Two positions in District Court to begin a Veterans
  • Court and a position in Superior Court for a case coordinator;
  • Two Sheriff Deputy positions upgraded to two Lieutenant positions, as well as the addition of a Community Liaison Project Coordinator.

The Council also provided funding for improvements to aging county facilities. In addition, the Council tourism funded promotion programs, including the Points NE Historical Society, Visit Rainier and Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.

There is also significant funding in the 2018 budget for Pierce County Parks and community services, including:

  • $110,000 to the Lidford Playfield for an environmental assessment and ADA trail improvements;
  • Funding for ADA restroom improvements at Frontier Park;
  • Path and trail improvements for the Buckley Forest Preserve ($50,000) and the Central Park Project-Parks on the Foss campaign ($50,000);
  • Up to $150,000 for the Planning and Public Works department to coordinate community clean-up events in unincorporated Pierce County and the Rural Separator;
  • One Assessor-Treasurer’s position to process new applications and renewals for low-income senior and disabled Pierce County residents.

The approved budget will now be sent to County Executive Dammeier. He has 10 days to review and take action on the 2018 budget. For more information on the budget, visit www.piercecountywa.org/5391/2018-Budget.

HISTORIC ESCAPE ROOM GAME IS BACK

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is excited to announce the 2018 dates for its blockbuster escape room Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually.

Enter the Fort by candlelight and embark on an epic adventure through time in Tacoma’s most popular escape experience. Trapped is a high-energy suspense game torn from the pages of history that challenges you and your friends to explore a trapper’s hidden secrets as you uncover clues, solve puzzles, and escape without being caught. Team members sift through documents and artifacts in one of the Fort’s historic buildings while racing against the clock to piece together the information they’ll need to unlock the door and reemerge into the 21st century.

“The game was an enormous hit last year and we look forward to welcoming new players beginning in January,” said event coordinator Allison Campbell. “It’s a perfect night out for anyone who loves history, puzzles, or just getting off the couch and trying something new.”

Trapped can accommodate eight players per game and lasts approximately one hour.

Trapped can be played on the following dates (ages 21 and older):

  • Jan. 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 & 27
  • Feb. 8, 9, 10, 22, 23 & 24
  • March 8, 9, 10, 22, 23 & 24
  • Games begin at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • Ages 14 and older:
  • Jan. 14 & 28
  • Feb. 11 & 25
  • March 11 & 25

* Games begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and go on sale Nov. 1 at trappedescapefortnisqually.eventbrite.com. Buy yours early, you don’t want to miss this ultimate nerds’ night out.

Trapped is a collaboration between Metro Parks Tacoma and Labyrinth Escape Games out of Portland. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and headquarters of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store.

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