West Pierce Fire & Rescue divers pull man from water

Lakewood, WA – On Aug. 19 at 7:47 pm a West Pierce Fire & Rescue Dive Response was deployed for a man in the water at Harry Todd Park. Firefighters arrived ready to enter the water just four minutes later. They quickly found the man outside the swim area and pulled him from the water. Firefighters immediately started CPR and the man was then transported to an area hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Due to the various lakes and bodies of water in Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom, West Pierce has a formal dive rescue program. As part of this program, firefighters are trained as rescue swimmers and divers and are deployed in the event of a water incident.

Xfinity Store in Tacoma moving Aug. 25


Comcast will be opening a new XFINITY™ Store at 5935 6th Avenue in Tacoma on Monday, Aug. 25. The 4,600-square-foot center provides Comcast customers with an opportunity to explore, learn about and interact directly with the latest XFINITY products and smarthome services. It becomes the seventh XFINITY Store of its kind with the new design in Washington after stores in Federal Way, Factoria, Puyallup, Auburn, Redmond and Spokane.

The new location is only a few blocks from the current location at 5401 6th Avenue S. The new store is near the L.A. Fitness and in the same complex as Safeway. [Read more...]

‘Kindie-Rock’ Stars Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater

TACOMA - Two Northwest “kindie-rock” bands with national acclaim will perform in a family-friendly Saturday morning concert at Tacoma’s historic Rialto Theater on September 20, at 10:30 a.m. Caspar Babypants, the toddler-rock project of Chris Ballew, formerly of 90s alternative band The Presidents of the United States of America, will perform with Recess Monkey, a nationally heralded musical trio of teachers hailing from Seattle. Tickets start at $12. [Read more...]

Pierce County Library System closed Labor Day, Sept. 1

Pierce County Library System will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, to observe Labor Day.

While the Library is closed, people may continue to access free services from the online library which offers downloadable e-books, audiobooks, songs, movies and magazines and e-sources with subscription magazines such as Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research Center, car repair manuals and more.

New golf course subject of Lakewood United meeting, Aug. 21

The topic at Lakewood United on Thursday, August 21 will be “Update on the NEW Golf Course at American Lake VA Hospital” – Major General Edward Trobaugh (US Army-Retired), Director, American Lake Veterans Golf Course (Gil – MC)

The Lakewood United group meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at Burs Restaurant, which is located at 6151 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood. The next two programs after this week are as follows: [Read more...]

Harned Center Dedication set for Sept. 4


You are invited to a public ribbon cutting and dedication for Tacoma Community College’s H.C. Joe Harned Center for Health Careers Sept. 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. The event includes a short ceremony followed by guided tours.

The new 69,700 sq. ft. building opens for classes this fall. Outfitted with program-specific classrooms and labs, it provides state-of-the-art equipment and educational space for TCC’s Health Careers programs: [Read more...]

Annie Wright Schools Announce Year-Round Learning Program for Early Childhood


TACOMA — Annie Wright Schools announced changes today that impact the schools’ Early Childhood program for boys and girls, ages three to five. Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, Preschool and Prekindergarten will be offered year-round, only closing on major holidays, with no impact to the current tuition costs.

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