An evening of baroque music and song, Feb. 6

TACOMA, Wash. – Music faculty members and students at University of Puget Sound will perform works from some of history’s most influential baroque composers at a public concert in February.

From a Bach work centered on the biblical story of Cain and Abel, to a Nicola Porpora piece written for the convent choirs at Venice orphanages, the concert will provide a rich night of vocal and instrumental music. [Read more…]

Muri introduces bill to offer tax credits to businesses that hire veterans

A bill that would provide business and occupation (B&O) tax credits to businesses that hire veterans has been introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives, and was scheduled for a public hearing, Jan. 27, 2015, in the House Committee on Community Development and Housing and Tribal Affairs. House Bill 1241 is prime-sponsored by Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, and has nine co-sponsors. [Read more…]

Klingenberg named ‘Lion of the Year’


Jillian Klingenberg (second from right) was recently named “Lion of the Year”. With Jillian are (from left) Lion President Eric Warn, Lion District Zone Chair Bonnie Manning and Heritage Bank branch manager Jay Mayer.


Jillian Klingenberg, Heritage Bank Lakewood’s assistant branch manager, was recently named Lakewood First Lion Club “Lion of the Year” for 2014, for her efforts on behalf of the club’s apple sales and crab feed.

CWA to host open house Jan. 31

Charles Wright Academy will host an Open House on Saturday, January 31 (10 am-12:30 pm). Discover all that Charles Wright has to offer—feel the energy in our classrooms; meet our students, teachers, and parents; and get to know our school with your heart as well as your head. Visitors will be treated to a personalized tour of our campus and classrooms; meet and greet with teachers, administrators, students, and parents; and hands-on experiences for prospective students. Please allow 1.5 to 2 hours for the tour, conversations, and refreshments.

Letter: Gambling with Lakewood’s future


Within sight of Lakewood City Hall there’s a bank with a sign on the door – both entering and exiting – that indicates you are “entering a no-surprise zone.” Given a number of factors, not the least of which is our struggling economy, imagine then the surprise to read that Lakewood’s number-crunchers are counting on residents gambling significantly more in the foreseeable future. [Read more…]

Total state employment growth highest since 1997

Year-over-year employment growth in Washington was the highest since 1997, according to estimates released last week by state Employment Security Department.

Estimates indicate employment increased by 82,900 jobs from December 2013 to December 2014, on a not seasonally adjusted basis, with 73,400 new jobs in the private sector and 9,500 new jobs in the public sector. [Read more…]