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STUDENT GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS DUE NOV. 1

Students enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools, who are in the 11th and 12th grades, are encouraged to apply to participate in Student Government Day. The application deadline is Nov. 1 for Student Government Day on Nov. 14. Participants will meet with the City of Tacoma’s mayor, council members, executives and staff to gain firsthand knowledge of how the City serves the community. They will discuss important issues and learn about emerging issues. They will also play the role of the mayor, council members and City staff members in a mock City Council meeting. More information is available at cityoftacoma.org/studentgovernmentday or through David Nash-Mendez in the City Manager’s Office at david.nashmendez@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5116 and Will Suarez in the City Manager’s Office at will.suarez@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5590.

TACOMA JOINS GLOBAL DIVEST MOVEMENTS

The indigenous led Mazaska Talks campaign and Standing Rock leaders have called for a wave of global actions targeting banks for their role in the climate crisis and for systemic abuse of indigenous communities. On Oct. 23, activists with 350 Tacoma and the Puyallup Water Warriors visited local banks in downtown Tacoma to help spread the message. People around the world have responded to the call. There were actions in at least 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The following two days saw actions in Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The Mazaska Talks campaign specifically targets the banks that are funding the proposed pipelines to transport tar sands out of Alberta, Canada to the rest of the world.

“Our goal is to revoke the social license for banks to invest in tar sands and other fossil fuel infrastructure and stop the construction of these tar sands pipelines. Without loans, these companies simply can’t build their climate destroying projects,” said Daniel Villa, organizer with 350 Tacoma. “Here in Tacoma we are in the crosshairs of the fossil fuel industry who wish to build and expand here. But they won’t if we have anything to say about it.”

The campaign also calls upon individuals, organizations and even cities to divest their money from banks funding these projects.

Oct. 23 was chosen because 92 of the world’s largest banks met in São Paolo, Brazil that day to discuss environmental and social risk management policies regarding the climate and indigenous people’s rights to free, prior, and informed consent.

Over the last few years, the world’s banks have provided $290 billion in financing for new fossil fuel projects. Without that funding, fossil fuel companies can’t afford to build new fossil fuel projects. And this campaign is already having an effect – BNP Paribas has recently announced it will no longer fund tar sands pipelines and the city of Seattle will no longer work with Wells Fargo.

COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM 

SIGNS ON TO MESSAGE OF EQUALITY

In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 125 public libraries across North America, including the Pierce County Library System, signed the Urban Libraries Council’s statement on race and social equity. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. The statement reads as follows:

“As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices

Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role

Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice

Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges

Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities

Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.

GRANT EMPOWERS YOUTH 

TO MAKE COMMUNITY CHANGES

Coming soon to three schools in Eastside Tacoma: Approximately 2,500 Tacoma Public School students will decide how their schools will invest $100,000. Lincoln High School will receive $60,000, Giaudrone Middle School will receive $25,000, and Roosevelt Elementary will receive $15,000.

The unique community project is the result of a National Innovation Grant received through Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The local health department was one of nine public health organizations nationally to get grants to improve community health in unique ways. The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), a division of the Public Health Accreditation Board, awarded the grants.

“We are excited to bring this unique way of improving health to the Eastside,” said Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department director of health. “Empowering students to make budget decisions and plan a project will teach them to work together to affect their community’s health and social connectedness,” he said.

In this participatory budgeting project intended to reflect community health priorities, students will have a voice and direct control over the budget and all aspects of the project, which they will determine. Through the grant agreement, the Health Department’s only stipulation for the money is that it’s invested in a student-directed project that will benefit students on Tacoma’s Eastside. An area with historically poor health outcomes, Tacoma’s Eastside is a current Community of Focus for the Health Department’s health equity initiative.

“Our students at these three Eastside schools will have a chance to unleash their creativity – and improve their community,” said Carla Santorno, Tacoma Public Schools superintendent. “It’s a life lesson that will benefit our students and their families for years to come.”

Participatory budgeting is an innovative way to manage public money and engage people in decision-making. It gives community members the authority and resources to respond rapidly and directly to the root causes of the health problems they face, reduce the scale and duration of problems, and improve feelings of connectedness and well-being. The PHNCI grants allow organizations to develop, test and implement innovative practices other public health agencies can adapt to their communities’ needs.

With Lincoln High School receiving $60,000, it is the largest school-based participatory budgeting process in the country.

TACOMA NURSE RETURNS 

FROM HELPING IN PUERTO RICO

A registered nurse from Tacoma, Brian Halpern, has returned home after assisting the federal medical response to Hurricane Maria as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). Halpern serves as a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).

As of Oct. 19, NDMS personnel, along with U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) officers, have provided care to more than 8,500 people affected by the storm.

“Hurricane Maria caused devastation across much of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and NDMS members from throughout our nation are helping respond to the residents’ medical needs,” said NDMS’ Acting Director Ron Miller. “When a state or U.S. territory requests our assistance, we will be there to provide the best care in the worst of times.”

The NDMS is a federal program that can support communities with medical care and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states and U.S. territories; NDMS is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

HHS personnel deployed to the U.S. Virgins Islands and Puerto Rico are providing life-saving care, helping stabilize health care systems including suppliers and regulated industries in the territories, and restoring services to meet residents’ needs with a focus on services for people with chronic health conditions. HHS also is maintaining a physical presence in every operational hospital in Puerto Rico through a collaborative effort with the Department of Defense.

NDMS teams consist of physicians, nurses, veterinary staff, paramedics, fatality management professionals, and experienced command and control staff. When an emergency overwhelms local and state resources, ASPR looks to the expertise within NDMS and USPHS from across the country to assist in the response.

The NDMS comprises approximately 5,000 medical public health, and emergency management professionals, organized into more than 70 response teams. Although they hail from communities nationwide, when deployed they are federal government employees working as part of a coordinated federal response.

WHALE TRAIL VIEWING AREA 

RECOGNIZED AT POINT DEFIANCE

Point Defiance Park is now listed among about 90 West Coast sites where people can view whales and other marine mammals from shore.

An interpretive sign sponsored by The Whale Trail, a Seattle-based nonprofit conservation group, was publicly dedicated at a ceremony on Oct. 21 at the Point Defiance Marina. The dedication followed the marina’s monthly volunteer beach cleanup event, which began at 9 a.m. that morning.

The Whale Trail group was founded in 2008 to promote the recovery of Puget Sound’s endangered southern resident killer whales, or orcas, through public education and awareness. Since then, its mission has expanded to inspire stewardship of all marine mammals. Its 90 viewing sites stretch from northern British Columbia to Southern California.

“Metro Parks supports the Whale Trail organization’s efforts to educate the public about marine mammal populations in Washington. Point Defiance Park is an optimal viewing location for those found here in the South Sound,” said Andrea Smith, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “We hope to promote environmental stewardship by increasing awareness that our local waters are home to orcas and other amazing marine species.”

Donna Sandstrom, founder and executive director of The Whale Trail, served as master of ceremonies for the dedication. The new sign at Point Defiance is one of three funded through a grant to the Whale Trail from the state Department of Fish & Wildlife, which protects southern resident killer whales through its law enforcement program. The other signs are on Vashon and Bainbridge islands.

“It’s a privilege to be a partner in this project where the public can view and appreciate the spectacle of these Pacific Northwest icons from shore,” said WDFW Deputy Chief Mike Cenci. The department was represented at Saturday’s dedication by Officer Mark Hillman.

Other scheduled speakers at Saturday’s event included Karen Povey, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium conservation manager, and Scott Knox, Point Defiance Marina supervisor.

FERRY CLEARED AFTER DAMAGE EVALUATION

The M/V Steilacoom II, a Pierce County ferry, was cleared to sail by the United States Coast Guard Oct. 20 following an evaluation of damage found on the hull.

Ferry crews from HMS Ferries, Inc., which operates the Pierce County ferry system on the county’s behalf, found the damage on Sept. 29 during a routine inspection. A dent of about five feet in length was found under the hull’s rub rail, which absorbs the impact of bumps. The damage is located above the water line.

Two tests were conducted Oct. 12 to determine if the ferry was seaworthy: a magnetic particle inspection that determined there were no cracks in the hull, and a water tightness test that determined water was not able to enter the hull from the outside of the ferry.

The United States Coast Guard monitored both tests, and reviewed a report on the extent of the damage submitted by the structural engineers from HMS Ferries, Inc. and Elliott Bay Design Group, the company that designed the ferry. The cause of the damage is under investigation by Pierce County’s insurance company.

The ferry will be placed back into rotation. The M/V Christine Anderson, the system’s second ferry, has been handling the ferry schedule since the damage was discovered.

The hull damage on the M/V Steilacoom II will be repaired when the ferry is dry docked in January 2019. During the dry docking, the ferry will also undergo other standard inspections and maintenance and repair work.

A mitigation plan to limit additional damage will be put into place until the ferry is dry docked. For example, when the ferry is not in service, crews will stow the ferry so the damaged end is on the land side in the event the ferry is hit by another vessel. Crews will also be cautious while docking the ferry to reduce the number of times the damaged area bumps the wing walls, which are in place to guide the ferry into the dock. Additionally, crews will conduct more frequent internal and external inspections of the hull.

MUSEUM OF GLASS GIFTED WITH LALIQUE GLASS

Museum of Glass is pleased to announce a promised gift from Steven and Roslyn Shulman of Long Beach, Calif. The collection, which contains nearly 700 pieces of glass by René Lalique, represents the work of one of the most successful glassmakers of the 20th century. From the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, Lalique’s work has been universally hailed as representing the most chic and sophisticated qualities of French art nouveau and art deco styles. All of Lalique glass – bowls and vases, scent bottles, car hood ornaments, clocks and jewelry, sculptural and architectural decoration of every kind – were designed to the highest of artistic standards. When René Lalique passed in 1945, he was viewed by many as one of the greatest figures in the history of decorative art.

“We are delighted that after years of passionate collecting the Shulmans have decided to gift this important body of work to Museum of Glass,” said Debbie Lenk, Museum of Glass executive director. “The Museum is proud to receive and care for this extensive collection so that it can be enjoyed by the public for years to come.”

Although Lalique began his career as a jeweler in the late-19th century, he was entranced by the possibilities of glass, and his creativity and flair for design began a career of creating unique and highly sought-after work. His participation in the 1925 Exposition Internationale Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris helped define art deco style, solidifying Lalique’s lasting importance and sparking a renaissance in glass. Lalique’s stylistic legacy influenced subsequent generations of designers and artists, including contemporary artists working in the medium of glass. Museum of Glass is looking forward to making these connections through continuing research and exhibition of the Shulman Collection.
The Shulmans have been very selective in building their collection, which started in 1983. Their goal was to represent select series that René Lalique designed during his acclaimed body of work.

“Roslyn and I were looking for a shared hobby. We researched artists and were extremely impressed with the work of René Lalique. Once we found an antiques dealer who shared our passion, our path was formed. We made many trips to London and Paris over the years to find just the right pieces to add to our portfolio,” states Steven. “We may still add a few pieces, but we are thrilled to have connected with Museum of Glass so that our entire collection can be shared with so many.”

“This promised gift supports the Museum’s collecting goals of acquiring significant works that represent developments in glass,” said Lenk. “It is a perfect complement to the more than 200 art deco pieces promised to the Museum by collector David Huchthausen late last year. Together, these two collections offer a significant concentration and provide for deeper understanding of the antecedents to the studio glass movement. Located in Tacoma, at the heart of this movement, Museum of Glass plays a critical role in documenting and celebrating the history of glass art.”

LEARN HOW FAMILIES CAN COLLABORATE 

WITH LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

Families are the backbone of long-term care and provide almost 80 percent of the care in the United States. When a loved one transitions into any formal care setting, the role of the family becomes substantially more important.

“Being There for Mom and Dad” looks at the important role adult children and families can play when a loved one moves out of the home and into a setting such as an adult family home, assisted living, or skilled nursing facility. Communication is essential, and knowing what to communicate, as well as how to communicate it makes all the difference.

“Nobody can give care like a family can,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources manager. “It’s particularly difficult to entrust a loved one to another’s care. On the one hand we rely on the professional expertise of trained caregivers. On the other hand, we often feel we could do it better and want to jump in and do it ourselves.”

“Being There for Mom and Dad” will be held four times in November:

Nov. 1 – 6:30 p.m. at the South Hill Branch Library, 15420 Meridian E.

Nov. 6 – 12:10 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St.

Nov. 6 – 6:30 p.m. at the Bonney Lake Branch Library, 18501 90th St. E.

Nov. 13 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Branch Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW

When the time comes for families to transition a loved one into a long-term care facility, there can be a mix of emotions. Feelings of anxiety, separation, guilt, disappointment, depression and worry are common. The loved one may experience the move as in their best interests or they may feel it to be a rejection, a failure or a sign of impending death. It will definitely be a reversal of traditional family roles and that in itself can cause tensions.

“Being There for Mom and Dad” is a conversation that will help families understand the boundaries that have to be established and how the facility and the family can best work together for the benefit of the new resident. Families with loved ones in a long-term care facility or those who expect to have a loved one in a facility in the near future are encouraged to attend. Participating will be the Pierce County long term care ombudsman and representatives of local long-term care facilities.

The events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information call (253) 798-4600. For possible weather postponement call (253) 798-8787.

BROADWAY CENTER, CITY OF 

LAKEWOOD IN FINAL RUNNING FOR GRANT

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, is now in the running to bring a 10-12 -week live music series to Fort Steilacoom Park during the summer of 2018.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Broadway Center hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series-an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

Broadway Center submitted the proposal for a concert series in Lakewood. The proposed venue site is Fort Steilacoom Park. The proposal will be posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting from Nov. 1-20.

If selected, the concert series in Lakewood would be the first Levitt-funded concert series in the Northwest.

A successful campaign for Broadway Center and the City of Lakewood depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.

Supporters are asked to visit grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting opens Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. The top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on Jan. 2, 2018.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the Levitt AMP grant,” stated Broadway Center Executive Director David Fischer, “as this fits perfectly with Broadway Center’s mission to ‘energize community through live performance.’ Fort Steilacoom Park is the perfect setting for what could be the first Levitt concert series in the Northwest.”

Broadway Center and the City of Lakewood asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for their proposal. Learn more at www.levittamp.org.

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