By Kim Thompson
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), a nonprofit organization who provides innovative leadership, support, advocacy, educational and socialization opportunities for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families, is pleased to announce the opening of the BEST Learning Center in January 2014. Along with the new center, the organization is offering a robust series of classes on site that cover the follow topics:
The Friends of Oakbrook, with the help of many volunteers and donors, completed a beautification project this week at one of the entry.
From a story on the Friends of Oakbrook website: “This has been a true community effort. A HUGE THANK YOU to our many residents and business Supporters for Oakbrook Entrance Beautification Project:
By Kim Prentice, Director of Community Relations
Clover Park School District officials recently released results from a telephone community perception survey. The anonymous, 36-question survey, overseen by Pacific Market Research, was conducted in October. A total of 400 telephone interviews were completed.
By Scott Thompson
On Monday, December 9, 2013 St. Joseph Medical Center and Orthopedic Surgeon John Bargren, MD, partnered to provide a free knee replacement to Tacoma resident Teri Tveten at no charge as part of Operation Walk USA.
Currently, in its third year, Operation Walk USA, an independent medical charitable organization, provides all aspects of knee and hip replacement treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – at no cost to patients who may not qualify for government assistance, have insurance or afford surgery on their own.
The US Army Allstars Paintball Team were at Operation Paintball Field early on Saturday, December 7, 2013. There were only two of them, Sergeant Christopher Carroll Mooney and Specialist Lonnie Austin. Along with JBLM Phoenix Paintball Team members Specialist Jonathan Tyler Martin, Specialist Graham Hanlin and Northwest Mercenaries guest player Sergeant Richard Donald Kesinger the Allstars set up a booth dedicated to the Fisher House Paintball Jersey Fundraiser.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) will be conducting a Valor Award ceremony, at the French theater on December 13 (10:00-11:30 am), to recognize Soldier’s heroic actions while serving the nation.
The valor awards being presented include: one Soldiers Medal, four Bronze Stars with “V” (valor) devices, five Army Commendation Medals with “V” devices, and three Purple Hearts.
Key note speaker will be LTC Patrick Duggan, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Medals will be presented by the Commander of Special Operations Command Pacific, Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, and the Commander of the 1st SFG(A), Col. Robert McDowell.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will present the concluding chapter of its two-part webinar series on How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification,on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. EST.
The webinar will focus on how Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone affiliated businesses are treated, joint ventures and HUBZone contracting requirements.
By Nancy Covert
Steamy clouds of mist drifted up from the cup of hot cider I’d just poured myself one morning—the wintry scene on the mug transported me ala Maryjane and Sniffles-style back to my childhood days in the North side burg neighborhood where I’d spent about two decades—folks just didn’t move around much in those days.
The snowy scene showed the local business district: pharmacy, bakery, bank, grocery store, movie theater, variety store, gas station, church, high school…and the long, sloping hillside that went up to the “highest spot” in the city where we lived.
TACOMA, Wash. – How do you get people to break the “habit” of enjoying a lifestyle that slowly sabotages the planet we live on? Such as drinking from plastic bottles? Or driving a gas-guzzler? This crucial question is asked not only by environmentalists—but by corporate marketers, who would happily supply all the green goods and services we can consume, if we would only promise to buy them.
Local chapter of Jobs Daughters will take over the Puyallup Buffalo Wild Wings to support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment, H.I.K.E. Job’s Daughters is a premier organization for young women that provide a wholesome environment based on the foundation of high morals, love of country, love of family and friends and respect for others throughout the world.
At its December meeting, the Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees will discuss the proposed 2014 budget, First 5 FUNdamentals: The Pierce County Early Learning Coalition, Microsoft IT Academy, and other issues. The board will meet from 2:30 to 5 p.m. – a change from the usual meeting time of 3:30 p.m. – on Dec. 11 at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma. Download the agenda.
Pierce County News Release
Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff’s Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible for rules and regulations governing examinations, appointments, appeals and other general personnel issues.
By Edie Jeffers, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
TACOMA, Wash. – Want insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014? Then come to “Super Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 13 organizations throughout the county. The event is just in time for the Dec. 15 deadline.
In-Person Assisters will answer questions and help you enroll at these locations: