Free story times at Pierce County Libraries introduce kids to books

Free story times at Pierce County Libraries introduce learners ages 0-6 to books, games and songs. More than just fun, story times build a foundation for future reading success. Download the east and west winter 2015 brochures or check the online calendar to find a story time at your library. Block play may be offered after events, and/or registration may be required. Ask your librarian for details. [Read more…]

Victoria Woodards elected chair of Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health

Victoria Woodards

Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health unanimously elected Tacoma City Council Member and Deputy Mayor Victoria Woodards at its Dec. 17 meeting. Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert was elected vice chair. Each will serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015.The Board of Health governs Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, meeting monthly to consider policies to strengthen the health of communities in Pierce County. [Read more…]

PC TV points cameras at Chambers Bay U.S. Open

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Pierce County TV dedicated its December 18 episode to the upcoming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (watch show below). Segments include:

  • International media descend on Chambers Bay for special tour
  • U.S. Open caterer seeks local food and hiring local servers
  • A look inside the Corporate Hospitality Tents for the U.S. Open
  • Chambers Creek Regional Park boasts 5k trail and beach access
  • Chambers Bay explains hole changes for Open
  • USGA gives glimpse at course conditions for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay
  • Chambers Bay hosts U.S. Open training for tourism industry
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property

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Pet of the Week: Zelda

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If you want a dog who will be by your side to experience all the great outdoor fun or go for long runs, Zelda (#A487416) would be the perfect partner! This beautiful 3 year old Pit-mix is full of energy and spunk. She has been at our shelter for around six months, but is still a happy girl who loves to get outside.

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County Republican Party elects new officers

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 the Pierce County Republican Party held a meeting for their Central Committee Precinct Committee Officers, members and guests. This meeting was held to vote and organize itself for the 2015-2016 terms.

The newly elected board is: Deryl McCarty (Puyallup) Chairman; Linda Siegel (Fox Island) Vice Chair; Connie Coleman-Lacadie (Lakewood) State Committeeman; James Caswell, State Committeeman; Sharon Hanek (Bonney Lake) Treasurer and Patricia Mannie (University Place) Deputy Treasurer. [Read more…]

High-speed Internet speeds increasing for most Comcast customers

Comcast on Tuesday announced that it has increased Internet speeds for residential customers in Washington State. The company has increased the download speeds of three service tiers: “Performance” now offers speeds up to 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps; “Blast” is now 105 Mbps, up from 50 Mbps; and “Extreme 105” has been bumped to 150 Mbps. These improvements come at no additional cost to the customer.
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State wins $65 million to improve health care

Washington won a $65 million grant to bolster health care innovation in the state, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday.

Awarded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the federal grant supports the Healthier Washington project developed through a collaboration of state leaders, the Legislature, health care systems and community members. Healthier Washington’s purpose is to achieve the “Triple Aim” for the state’s population: better health, better care, and lower costs. Washington is one of 11 states to get the four-year testing grant, which begins in February 2015. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) will serve as lead agency for the grant. [Read more…]

Outgoing Councilmember Stan Flemming to be honored Dec. 16

At the final 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council on Tuesday, Dec. 16, members will recognize outgoing Councilmember Stan Flemming for his years of dedicated public service. Flemming’s colleagues will present him with a plaque honoring his work since being elected to the Pierce County Council in 2010 to represent the citizens of the 7th Council District. Flemming, a medical doctor and retired U.S. Army brigadier general, serves as the County Council’s vice chair. He previously served the community as a member of the Washington House of Representatives and a founding councilmember and mayor of the City of University Place.

County employees and members of the public are invited to Tuesday’s council meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. in the chamber on the 10th floor of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma.