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FORMER GOVERNOR DAN EVANS ENDORSES LINDQUIST

Former governor and United States Senator Dan Evans, a Republican, joined current Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, to endorse our Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Republicans and Democrats may not agree on much these days, but they do agree that our communities are safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor. Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican, and former Lt. Governor Brad Owen, a Democrat from Pierce County, also endorsed Lindquist along with Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards.

Mark stands tall as our Prosecutor,” said Woodards. “He’s inclusive and brings everybody to the table to solve community safety issues.” Lindquist is also endorsed by seven members of the Tacoma City Council. 

Under Lindquist’s leadership, the Prosecutor’s Office has protected elders, reduced gang violence and other crime, and sued Big Pharma. Additionally, Lindquist has improved and advanced the criminal justice system, including therapeutic courts for those with substance abuse or mental health issues. 

I’m honored by the trust these good public servants have placed in me and in our office,” said Lindquist. “I promise to continue focusing on keeping our community safe.” 

In Puyallup, our Prosecutor is endorsed by State Senator Hans Zeiger, a Republican, as well as former State Representative Dawn Morrell, a Democrat. They once ran against each other, but they are united in caring about the safety of our community and supporting Lindquist. 

In Gig Harbor, Lindquist is endorsed by former County Council Member Terry Lee, a Republican, as well as current County Council Member Derek Young, a Democrat. In Lakewood, Lindquist is endorsed by Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, a Republican, as well as Lakewood Council Member Mary Moss, a Democrat.

Mark has bipartisan support because of his proven record of keeping us safe,” said Deputy Mayor Whalen. 

All over Pierce County, there is bipartisan agreement on this: we are safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.

Lindquist is also endorsed by the Washington State Council of Firefighters, the Washington State Troopers Association, the Pierce County Central Labor Council, the Tacoma Education Association, and more than 500 other organizations, public servants, and community leaders who agree we need to keep our Prosecutor and keep our community safe. 

You can see the full list at www.marklindquist.org.

POTENTIAL CLICK PARTNERS CUT FROM FIVE TO THREE

The list of companies seeking a long-term partnership with Click! Network has been cut from five to three. In March the city issued a request for information and qualifications. Consulting firm CTC Technology and Energy reviewed the responses. In May the firm gave the city an update on the five companies. On July 31 the council authorized the firm to negotiate proposals with Rainier Connect, Wave Broadband and Yomura Fiber.

Joanne Hovis, president and director of business consulting for the firm, recently gave a presentation on why the list has been narrowed to three. Wyyerd wished to purchase Click. The company was asked to revise its partnership agreement, which it did not wish to do. Advanced Stream, a local Internet service provider already in business with Click, provided a thoughtful request, according to Hovis. But the company would have city taking on the financial risk of upgrades to the system. Rainier Connect, another local Internet service provider, agreed to take on more of the financial obligations and risks, Hovis explained.

TACOMA’S SEA LEVEL EXPECTED TO RISE BY 2050

The Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP) has released a report indicating probabilities for local sea level rise, giving new insights into what Washington’s coastal communities, Tacoma included, might expect through 2150. Based on results from the study, it is likely Tacoma could see 7 to 14 inches of sea level rise by 2050 and 18 to 39 inches by 2100.

While there is an abundance of scientific evidence demonstrating the role that climate change has on sea level rise, localized data and projections are rare. This new, risk-based information allows planners and developers to better assess the impacts that sea level rise will have on projects

In 2016, the Washington Department of Ecology and Washington Sea Grant received a competitive grant from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and embarked on the WCRP in an effort to gain a better understanding of the potential impact that climate change could have on a local scale. The City of Tacoma and Island County were selected as pilot communities, allowing scientists to work collaboratively with community leaders to examine potential impacts of both urban and rural communities.

Tacoma’s involvement has served as a catalyst in obtaining useful information that will allow for more advance planning and maintenance of infrastructure along our coastlines. This report will improve risk projections, provide better guidance for land use planners, and strengthen capital investment programs for coastal restoration and infrastructure. For example, data from this project is informing the visioning of Ruston Way led by Metro Parks and the City of Tacoma.

The new sea level rise projections can be used by the City of Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County, private developers and others to assess their exposure to the effects of potential changes, enabling them to work towards greater resiliency for their communities.

The WCRP Sea Level Report is important to local government because we now have a tool to help us look at the effects of Sea Level Rise within our boundaries at specific locations,” said Jim Parvey, chief sustainability officer for City of Tacoma.

This will allow cities to more thoroughly assess impacts and improve our planning efforts to better face this challenge.”

Some key points from the report:

  • Based on results from the study, it is likely that Tacoma could see 7 to 14 inches of sea level rise by 2050 and 18 to 39 inches by 2100.
  • Under even the lowest greenhouse gas scenario, sea level rise could reach new high points, and figures vary geographically.
  • Washington’s unique geology causes some places to be more exposed to sea level rise than others. Neah Bay experiences uplift from tectonic activity, whereas land in Tacoma is subsiding, or sinking. Areas between Olympia and Seattle may experience impacts from sea level rise at a faster rate than locations on the northwest coast of Washington, such as Neah Bay.
  • Sea level rise will depend, in part, on the amount of greenhouse gases released into the Earth’s atmosphere, causing the planet to warm. By the 2050s, the average annual temperature in the Puget Sound region is projected to be 4.2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer under low greenhouse gas emissions.

In the past, projected sea level rise was based on global data that was then downscaled in an attempt to project the impacts at a more localized level. Through this project, scientists have now measured the entirety of Washington’s coastline, as well as the vertical land movement, or how much the surrounding land has either risen or subsided. As a result of their research, risk-based measurement of what changes can be expected over varying periods of time is now available. With this information, coastal communities such as Tacoma can better prepare how to face these threats sustainably and economically.

This three-year project, which is conducted in partnership with state and federal agencies, the local jurisdictions of Tacoma, Island County, the Nature Conservancy, University of Washington (UW), University of Oregon, and Western Washington University, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Sea Grant, NOAA, Office for Coastal Management, King County, Padilla Bay National Estuary Research Reserve, United States Geographic Survey, UW Climate Impacts Group, UW Department of Earth & Space Sciences, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will continue to invest in new science, coordinate existing programs and will apply the results gathered in the pilot communities to expand our capacity to prepare for and respond to future coastal hazards.

GIGI FERGUSON RUNS FOR U.S. SENATE

Jennifer Ferguson, known as Gigi, is running as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Gigi is a strong activist, which has impressed groups such as DUH-Demand Universal Healthcare when they met her at the Peoples’ March for Medicare for All in Tacoma in early May. Raised by her father, after losing her mother to uterine cancer, Jennifer credits the leadership roles and qualities in her father, paternal grandmother, great aunt, Girl Scouts, her community, and her faith as the strongest influences in shaping her commitment to community, which is why she has never wavered from doing the activism work so evident in Tacoma.

Leadership seems to come naturally to Jennifer. In high school she held various positions in student government then being appointed by the Governor to manage the Illinois Youth Traffic Safety Council, affording her the opportunity to work with the State Patrol, the School District, and many youths and adults in the community, and at the pleasure of the Governor’s office.

While attending Austin Peay State University on a golf scholarship, Jennifer majored in Business Administration with a dual minor in Computer Science and Military Science. At the beginning of her junior year she met and married her husband, Charles Ferguson, and moved to Mainz, Germany. As a military wife, Jennifer served as assistant mayor in Mainz, working with the mayor to be a liaison between Army Command and military families, later creating a position that centered on family needs. After defining her position, she became Hand Receipt Holder (supply clerk) for more than a million dollars’ worth of supplies. Her responsibilities included accounting for, controlling and safeguarding government property. Jennifer served her country as an active wife in each unit her husband served, volunteering with soldiers and families, and learning the importance of well-rounded support for our military families.

Back in the States, Jennifer has lived with her family in Washington for 35 years, starting two businesses, a non-profit and earning certifications in Case Management, Human Services and Chemical Dependency. Jennifer began her internship working with youth at El Camino outpatient chemical dependency program in Pierce County and with inpatient juveniles in detention at Remann Hall. After graduation, Jennifer stayed with El Camino while receiving her BA and into her MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family. Jennifer completed her college internship at Madigan Army Medical Center where she worked in the Intensive Outpatient Program with patients that had a multiplicity of mental health issues. After leaving Madigan, Jennifer began her state internship as a family preservation therapist, family therapist, parenting coach, writing mental health assessments, parenting assessments and various other therapeutic positions working with families involved with the Department of Children’s Services before starting her non-profit continuing the same work.

As though Gigi doesn’t have enough on her plate already, we urge you to visit her Activism page to see her impressive experience as an activist for a variety of issues. The community loved that she showed up at the People’s March for Medicare for All and that she’s been instrumental in bringing political awareness to those who may be apathetic via Rap In Politics. Gigi is touchable and reachable but make no mistake, she is also a force when fighting for the people.

Learn more at www.votejennifergigiferguson.comand

www.gigiforsenate.us. Contact her at gigiforsenate@gmail.com.

GRANT EXPANDS RESEARCH ON TOXIC POLLUTANTS

Armed with a new grant from the National Science Foundation, UW Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters will expand its work to identify toxic pollutants found in urban watersheds, especially those that may be involved in the deaths of adult coho salmon who are about to spawn.

The grant of about $330,000 will leverage sophisticated analytical equipment that was acquired by the Center and UW Tacoma with funding from the state of Washington in 2012. The equipment includes an instrument, highly capable of cutting-edge research, known as a liquid chromatograph/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer (LC/QTOF-MS).

Dr. Ed Kolodziej, who is an associate professor in UW Tacoma’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in UW’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in Seattle, is the principal investigator of the study.

I am very excited about this project,” said Kolodziej, “and I think we at the Center for Urban Waters have a chance to do some consequential and influential work around stormwater and pervasive environmental pollution in urban environments with this research study.”

Kolodziej and colleagues from the Washington Stormwater Center at WSU-Puyallup and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center-Ecotoxicology Program have spent the last several years identifying pollutants in urban stormwater runoff, especially trying to understand systems where acute mortality in coho salmon is observed. This problem kills salmon after they have returned to a watershed from their ocean journeys but before they have had a chance to spawn, thus preventing the salmon from reproducing and growing in urbanizing watersheds.

The challenge that the researchers face – and that the Center for Urban Waters equipment and expertise is ideal to address – is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Researchers don’t know what specific substances in stormwater runoff might be toxic to the coho or lead to other adverse impacts on aquatic organisms. They are currently creating a list of every chemical substance showing up in water and tissue samples – thousands of substances – which they then identify and screen for toxicity.

Kolodziej and his colleagues will use the NSF grant to expand on work already underway at the Center and funded by organizations such as the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

CITY MANAGER TO MEET WITH NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS

As part of the City of Tacoma’s process to develop the 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget, City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and other senior leadership staff will attend Neighborhood Council meetings in August and September 2018. At these meetings, they will discuss the City’s budget priorities and listen to community members share their thoughts on what they would like the City to focus on over the next two years.

  • North End: Aug. 6, 6 p.m., University of Puget Sound Trimble Forum (1565 N. Union Ave.)
  • Central: Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S. Tyler St.)
  • New Tacoma: Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., People’s Community Center (1602 MLK Jr. Way)
  • Eastside: Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., Stewart Heights Park Building (402 E. 56th St.). Assistant City Manager Tadd Wille will be attending in lieu of City Manager Elizabeth Pauli.
  • South End: Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Firehouse 8 (4911 S. Alaska St.)
  • South Tacoma: Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St.). Assistant City Manager Tadd Wille will be attending in lieu of City Manager Elizabeth Pauli.
  • West End: Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Firehouse 16 (7217 6th Ave.)
  • Northeast: Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Center at Norpoint (4818 Nassau Ave. NE

It is projected that the 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget will be presented to the City Council in early October 2018.

More information about the City’s process to develop the 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget is available at cityoftacoma.org/budget.

HEATWAVES BRING RESEARCHERS TO STUDY HOTTEST PLACES IN TACOMA

When heatwaves hit Tacoma, researchers from Portland State University (PSU) hit the streets, driving around with highly sensitive thermometers mounted to their cars to collect real time information about the hottest places in cities. 

Their goal? To identify “urban heat islands,” or areas that can run 10 to 20 degrees hotter than other areas of the city and can pose serious health risks to the people living and working there. 

Using interactive maps, the researchers overlay their location-specific heat data with information about demographics, air pollution, and local landscape features like roads, buildings, and trees – creating comprehensive tools that can help local governments pinpoint the most vulnerable areas of their cities and develop strategies for mitigating negative health impacts of extreme weather events. 

PSU urban studies professor Vivek Shandas has worked for years to develop a mapping tool, and views Tacoma as a “living laboratory” or pilot site. The Tacoma campaign will help them achieve a goal of developing a generalizable mapping system that any community can use to describe differences in temperatures across an urban area.

With climate change, we expect summer heatwaves to become longer and more intense and frequent,” said Shandas, Research Director for of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. “By identifying characteristics of neighborhoods and households that are the most vulnerable, we can develop models to reduce the health impacts of intense heatwaves nationally.” 

Urban heat islands have a two-fold effect on health. The heat poses risks of dehydration, especially for elderly, homeless, and low-income communities, but it also turns air pollution into smog, increasing potential complications for people with heart or lung conditions.

Shandas and his team have found that areas with high concentrations of asphalt, large buildings, and parking lots tend to run hotter, while areas with more tree canopy and greenery, and lighter in color tend to run cooler.

This research is key to our climate resilience policy and planning work,” said Michele Crim, climate policy and planning manager for Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability where Shandas refined the monitoring and mapping techniques. “It enables city staff to identify the specific hot spots in Portland where we need to prioritize investments and programs to serve Portlanders that are most vulnerable to heat events.”

Strategies for reducing deadly impacts of heatwaves range from opening more public air-conditioned spaces to strategically removing pavement, adding trees, and varying the heights of buildings to increase natural airflow. 

Learn more and see the interactive urban heat island maps for two cities – Portland, Oregon and Richmond Virginia – where the team has recently completed similar campaigns. These can be found here for Portland: www.pdx.edu/sustainability/solutions-blog/climate-collaborative-maps-portland-heat-islands-informing-infrastructure-approaches. And here for Richmond: https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/where-do-we-need-shade-mapping-urban-heat-islands-richmond-virginia. With the results of these heat campaigns, Shandas, and his team expect to develop similar maps for Tacoma, Seattle, and King County.

SENATE CANDIDATE CALLS FOR HALTING LNG FACILITY

In a victory this May, after years of determined protests by the Puyallup Tribe and others, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency decided to order additional environmental review of a planned facility to produce and store eight million gallons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Port of Tacoma. The study is expected to take up to two years.

Several permits also remain to be obtained for the high-risk facility, which is a project of Puget Sound Energy, a private utility company. Nevertheless, construction is already in progress, with a huge tank tower as tall as the Tacoma Dome visible. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not stepped in to halt the work, despite requests from the Puyallup Tribe. These have included a reminder from Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud to the Corps of its federal responsibility to safeguard Native resources protected by treaty or held in trust by the government. 

The LNG site is adjacent to Indian land, mere feet from the Puyallups’ salmon restoration project. The tribe’s treaty right to be consulted was ignored, as were its fishing rights, which depend on clean water. The tribe has led the charge to stop the plant, sued over the violation of its treaty rights, led vigils, and held a 100-mile Save the Salish Sea walk.

Freedom Socialist Party candidate for U.S. Senate Steve Hoffman sides with the Puyallup Tribe and vehemently opposes the dangerous LNG plant, which would sacrifice the safety of the city’s population for private energy utility profits. Steve Hoffman is the Freedom Socialist Party candidate for U.S. Senate. He is also the Recording Secretary for the Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304 and a delegate to the M. L. King County Labor Council.

Studies have found dozens of schools, homes and worksites within the blast zone of a possible plant explosion. (See www.FrackNo253.com.) And the facility is being built on the Tacoma Tideflats, a landfill that sits between two Superfund cleanup sites. Toxic chemicals capable of melting steel are already in the soil. LNG facilities emit pollutants as a matter of course, and allowing Puget Sound Energy to compound existing contamination would be outrageous.

Furthermore, much of the natural gas coming into the plant will be obtained through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which pollutes enormous amounts of fresh water, poisons ground water, and leaks methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Fracking produces two-thirds of the natural gas in the United States.

Steve Hoffman’s main Democratic opponent in the congressional race, Senator Maria Cantwell, has not opposed the Tacoma LNG plant. Cantwell supports both fracking and nuclear power in the name of “energy independence” and “national security.”

Hoffman points out that Senator Cantwell is on the Indian Affairs Committee, which should be protecting the sovereign rights of the Puyallup Tribe and other Native nations, not trampling them. He urges Cantwell to demand that the Corps of Engineers shut down the construction site now. Her silence telegraphs environmental racism and a defense of energy industry interests over the needs of our planet and its inhabitants.

With Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, Cantwell co-sponsored an omnibus energy bill called the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017, yet to be voted on. More than 350 environmental organizations strongly opposed the legislation, considering it a disastrous blow to efforts to curtail climate change — and stop projects like the Tacoma LNG operation. 

TOTE Maritime, the only customer signed up in advance with Puget Sound Energy (PSE), has recently announced it has postponed the retrofitting of its ships to use natural gas fuel until after 2021. 

In other recent setbacks for PSE’s plans, two objectors sued successfully to force the plant’s emergency response plan to be made public, while exposing its serious inadequacy. During a May 2017 demonstration, six protesters with Tacoma Direct Action chained themselves to drill equipment and halted construction. Originally charged with felonies, two were recently found not guilty and charges against the other four were dismissed

The Hoffman campaign applauds the victories won in this determined battle led by the Puyallup Tribe and area activists. For the sake of humanity’s future, a swift transition must be made away from fossil fuels and the drilling and fracking scarring our planet. Providing people with power, and how we do it, is too crucial for energy to be anything but a nonprofit, public industry. That means a nationalized industry under workers’ control – direct management by working people organized together.

SENIOR DOGS AT HUMANE SOCIETY FETCH GRANT

Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County (The Society) are among the winners. The Society is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states who were chosen from more than 300 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs.  

The Society is proud to partner with The Grey Muzzle Organization to provide waived adoption fees to senior citizens seeking their new old best friends. This funding represents a needed boost to our senior dog adoption program, and we anticipate it will generate some new buzz around our older dogs. 

This grant will help us give senior dogs, like 9-year-old Sheila, a better chance of finding a forever home,” Jocelyn Bouchard, Chief Program Officer said. “Connecting older dogs with older people makes good sense! People tend to come in wanting to adopt puppies and senior pets can be overlooked. This program will help us promote our lovable older dogs who are often gentler and calmer – a perfect companion, especially for an older person!” 

Over the past decade, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided nearly $1.5 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.” 

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in Pierce County are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.” 

BREAKING HUNGER TARGEST FOOD INSECURITY

Trap shooting, archery, food, and fun. Emergency Food Network’s Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting and Archery Tournament is one of the few fundraising events of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. 

On Aug. 10, teams of shooters will take aim and fight hunger at this annual event held at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club. Shooters will be given the opportunity to break 50 clay pigeons as well as participate in an archery contest. Registration includes event tournament participation, a delicious BBQ, two drink tickets, shells, safety glasses, and earplugs. Participants are encouraged to find friends and family to pledge money to support their efforts. 

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Participants will range from some of the top shooters in the state to complete beginners. Awards will be given for skill, but most importantly for raising funds to help provide food for families and individuals in need throughout Pierce County. 

This year’s Breaking Hunger event is made possible by the support of generous sponsors committed to helping Emergency Food Network provide food to the community. Sponsors of Breaking Hunger include Zack Rosenbloom & Associates, Toyota Lift Northwest, Brown & Brown Insurance, Heritage Bank, LaborWorks, and UFCW Local 367. 

All funds raised at the event go toward fulfilling Emergency Food Network’s mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.” EFN is the primary distributor of emergency food in the county, distributing $12 worth of food for every $1 donated. 

There are still available spots to participate at Breaking Hunger! Registration is open to both individuals and teams. For more information, to register for the event, or to make a donation, visit the Breaking Hunger website at www.efoodnet.org/breakinghunger2018.

COUNTY AWARDED GRANT FOR STABILIZATION CENTER

Pending approval by the Pierce County Council, a stabilization center for those in the throes of a behavioral crisis is one step closer to opening its doors to County residents. The center was identified as a major priority by first responders and the provider community.

The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded more than $3 million toward the capital needs of the planned facility. The state grant will be combined with funds committed from Pierce County to create a 16-bed treatment and care facility to serve the central and southern areas of the County.

Increasing access to quality behavioral treatment and care has been a top priority for us,” said Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “With this grant we now can see a 16-bed facility on the horizon, which is a large step forward in providing care that is badly needed in our community.”

Recovery Innovations, which currently operates a crisis stabilization center in Fife, Wash., was selected via an earlier Request for Proposal (RFP) process to operate the future center.

The County Council will consider the grant award and other project details on July 30. If approved, the center could open and begin treating patients in the fall of 2019.

LIBRARY ADDS LAKEWOLD GARDENS TO PASS PROGRAM

With a Pierce County Library card, people may check out free passes to visit Lakewold Gardens in addition to free passes to five other Pierce County museums. 

Guests at Lakewold Gardens follow paths through the historic estate garden, which features rhododendrons, trees, hydrangeas, ferns and other garden collections. The Gardens also include garden rooms and a resting place designed by Thomas Church. Pass holders receive free admission for up to two adults and three students ages 13-18. Ages 12 and under are admitted free. 

People may check out other passes that allow free admission to local museums at Pierce County Libraries including:

  • Foss Waterway Seaport Museum: Seaport Pass. Explore the region’s maritime heritage. Learn how the people, boats and industries that built Tacoma have shaped its future. Pass holders get free admission for up to two adults and four children under the age of 18. Children five and under are always admitted for free.
  • Harbor History Museum: Harbor History Pass. Learn about the Gig Harbor Peninsula’s unique heritage and see a 65-foot purse seiner, the Shenandoah, in the process of restoration. Pass holders get free admission for four people. Children under age five are always admitted for free.
  • Museum of Glass: Glass Pass. Watch artists create masterpieces from molten glass and explore contemporary glass art exhibitions. Pass holders get free admission for up to two adults and unlimited family members under age 18.
  • Tacoma Art Museum: Art Access Pass. Visitors discover paintings, prints, sculptures and art-making activities. Pass holders get free admission for up to two adults and four children under age 18. Children five and under are always admitted for free.
  • Washington State History Museum: History Pass. Participants learn about the state’s unique people and places through interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts. Pass holders get free admission for up to two adults and four children under age 18.

People may check out museum passes, on a first come first served basis, for one week at any Pierce County Library. The passes are another community offering from the Library System to help connect and strengthen communities. 

Library customers have access to these passes that give free admission as part of a cooperative partnership project among the museums, Pierce County Library, Puyallup Public Library, Tacoma Public Library and JBLM Libraries.

APPLY FOR A VISITING ARTIST RESIDENCY AT MUSEUM OF GLASS

In support of the Museum of Glass’ mission to ignite creativity and fuel discovery through glass and glassmaking, we are pleased to invite artists of all disciplines to explore glass as a medium through our Visiting Artist Residency Program. Since its inception in 2002, we’ve welcomed 516 internationally known and emerging artists from around the world who’ve brought a diverse and experimental perspective to the material.

Museum of Glass is now accepting applications for the 2019 Visiting Artist Residency Program, which offers 5 artists the opportunity to experiment and create with glass. Selected artists will receive full use of our state-of-the-art Hot Shop and assistance from our world-renowned team for an up to five-day residency in Tacoma, Washington. Applications are due by Nov. 2.

The Museum will review all applications and select no more than five finalists based on the breadth and depth of the applicants project proposal, including the Sheldon Levin Memorial Application Visiting Artist Residency (for artists whose work draws connections between science and art), and the Indigenous Arts Celebration Residency (an open call to native artists of all artistic mediums). Travel arrangements, materials, packing, insurance, and shipping of artwork are the responsibility of the artist. All other expenses are covered as part of the Residency.

To apply, go to https://museumofglass.submittable.com/submit.

CAREGIVER FILM SERIES FOCUSES ON RELATIONSHIP STRESS

It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or go to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking time off work, preparing meals, or handling the bills. Regardless of where you are at on your caregiving journey, there are many responsibilities that can pile up over time. Eventually, these tasks take their toll and may cause tremendous stress that impacts relationships. 

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is continuing our caregiving film series with the award-winning movie, “The Theory of Everything”, which examines the life of astrophysicist Steven Hawking. At the age of 21 Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and continued his work with the support of his wife, Jane. She provided care as the disease progressed – both to their children and Steven. Over the years, his advancing care needs added stress that took a significant toll on their relationship. 

One of our top concerns is that caregivers take care of themselves as well as their loved one,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “Without adequate self-care, providing appropriate care for another will be more than difficult. There is much to learn from this film.” 

The screening will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The film will begin at 10:45 a.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance online through Brown Paper Ticketsat www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3501369. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Family Resource Home Care.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. This program unpaid family caregivers with education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework, errands, respite, and so much more. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600. 

DEPT. OF LICENSING ANNOUNCES SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS

The Washington State Department of Licensing is preparing to launch a modernized driver licensing system at the end of August, and customers need to be aware of office closures and service disruptions. In order to transition from the old system to the new system, driver licensing offices will be closed Friday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Vehicle licensing offices may be open, but unable to provide licensing services. 

Services impacted and not available are:

  • Customer Service Center: DOL’s call center and DOL’s on-line services
  • Driver License Services: driver licenses, instruction permits, identification cards, enhanced driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, certified copy of driver record (abstract driving record)
  • Vehicle and Vessels: vehicle and vessel registration, vehicle titles, reporting of sale of vehicles, pick-up of registration and tabs ordered through on-line services
  • Business and Professional Licenses: pro rate and fuel tax, counter services in Olympia and Vancouver 

Beginning Aug. 26, and throughout the weekend, many DOL online services, like those used to buy car tabs and renew driver licenses, will be also be unavailable. A full listing of affected online services is now available on the DOL websiteat www.dol.wa.gov/about/what-is-drives.html.

We encourage customers to come in early to complete their driver license and vehicle transactions to avoid the rush leading up to the new system cutover weekend,” said DOL Director Teresa Berntsen. “If you need to visit our offices, come in early, or skip the trip and renew by accessing our online services.”

Once complete, the second phase of the DRIVES project will improve services to citizens, agency business partners, and the state’s transportation system. State and federal agencies that rely on DOL data for public safety, licenses, identification cards, and revenue will also benefit from the new system.

This is the second in a series of overhauls to DOL’s legacy systems. The first phase, which updated vehicle licensing systems, was successfully completed in December 2016. A third project is planned to address the agency’s Business and Professional Licensing systems.

FERRERIA DECLARES CANDIDACY FOR STATE SENATE

Immaculate Ferreria from Sumner has announced her campaign to represent the 31stLegislative District currently held by Phil Fortunato, who was appointed to the seat by Pam Roach.

We need a leader who is inclusive, compassionate, and collaborative,” Ferreria said. “I am prepared to reach across party lines to enact real solutions that will improve the quality of life for all residents in the 31stand beyond. I will not shy away from the tough, uncomfortable fights. I will be your voice in Olympia.”

The top five issues in her platform are:

1) Fully funded education before and beyond k-12

2) Affordable, accessible, universal healthcare

3) Economic Growth

4) Environmental protection and preservation

5) Public Safety

Ferreria currently works for the Tacoma Urban League as a Family Support Worker. Her community service includes Communities for Families Coalition; Children’s Alliance; Community Health Worker Collaboration Coalition, Co-Chairperson; Family Support Partnership Advisory Board; Jane’s Fellowship Program Graduate Network; Pierce County Project Access Executive Board of Directors; Pierce County Project Child Success; Puget Sound Educational Service District and Washington State Parent Ambassador Program.

Born in Puyallup and raised on a small family farm in the Sumner Valley, Immaculate appreciates the challenges and opportunities in our rural communities. Growing up as one of the only families of color, she lived and traveled to other diverse states including California, Michigan, and New York. But Immaculate has always been a small town girl at heart and yearned to be back in her hometown of Sumner to raise her family. Immaculate currently lives in the home she grew up in, which her father purchased around the early 1940’s. Their humble home, two-car garage, and 2.5 acres cost $7,000 at that time. Ferreria’s father, Gregorio, put his blood, sweat, and tears in to their home working hard labor making 50 cents per day or 10 cents per hour as a Migrant Farm Worker and then retired as a Railroad Union Worker. Her mother, Esther, tough and stubborn as ever, stayed home taking care of the six children.

Daughter of Filipino immigrants, Ferreria is first-generation born in America. Her father came to America as a teenager during the Great Depression seeking a better life and hopeful future. Since Ferreria was the youngest of her siblings, she stayed home while the older five went to school. Spending quality time with her retired father, she also witnessed the ups and downs of retirement including challenges with pensions and Medicare. Immaculate was able to learn from her father’s stories from his life experiences. Ferreria states that she learned more from her elderly father than any history book. Her father taught her many lessons including hard work, service, and family values.

As an advocate for equity, Ferreria has worked with organizations in Olympia to make a difference and understand the legislature and public policy from the ground up. As State Senator in the 31stLD, she will bring a style of leadership that is inclusive, compassionate, and collaborative – qualities that she says we are lacking in our current Senator Phil Fortunato.

Ferreria has a proven record of being a community leader and organizer for almost 20 years. She is accessible and welcomes opinions on tough, uncomfortable topics. Immaculate is your local and statewide voice in Olympia. She is prepared to reach across party lines to enact real solutions that will improve the quality of life for all residents in the 31stLD and beyond.

Contact:(253) 391-6138; email votersforimmaculate@gmail.com; website www.votersforimmaculate.com; Facebook: Voters for Immaculate; Instagram: ImmaculateForSenate31stLD

Send donations to: Voters for Immaculate, P.O. Box 23,

Sumner, WA 98390. Make check payable to Voters for Immaculateand include employer name and job titleon the check’s memo line.

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