Pierce Transit, Sound Transit offer express service to State Fair

Guests of the Washington State Fair can save on gas, avoid the traffic, and “Do the Puyallup” at the biggest party in the state by bus or commuter rail this year. Along with local connecting routes from Federal Way, Parkland, Tacoma and South Hill, Pierce Transit’s “Fair Express” service is back with express bus service seven days per week from three major transit centers. And, for the first time, Sound Transit will offer direct Sounder service to the Fair from Everett and Seattle on Saturday, September 13 and 20. Sound Transit express bus service between Seattle and Puyallup is also an option for getting to the Fair. [Read more...]

West Pierce Fire & Rescue rated Class 3

West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating. Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating. [Read more...]

Letter: Longing for Better Days?

Better Days

Whether past or future given the present is most depressing?

So did Nelson Mandela, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Cicely Saunders, Aung San Suu Kyi, Edith Cavell and Raoul Wallenberg.

All the stories of these individuals just listed are found in the book by Gordon Brown entitled “Courage – Portraits of Bravery in the Service of Great Causes.”

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An invitation from LASA and Tacoma Housing Authority

By Jan Hutchins

Please join us on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as our community comes together to celebrate the groundbreaking of Prairie Oaks and LASA’s Client Services Center.

This development will feature 15 units of permanent supportive housing as well as a Client Services Center serving Pierce County. Together, LASA and Tacoma Housing Authority invite you to come reflect on the significance of this project and celebrate the progress that has been made in bringing it to life. [Read more...]

Girls volleyball league offered

Registration for the RAGE Girls Volleyball League in the Puyallup and Spanaway-Parkland communities will be held on September 13th at Franklin Pierce High School from 8:30am-12:15pm and again on Sept. 20th at Puyallup High School from 8:30am-12:15pm. League play is offered for girls in 3rd-9th grades in both the elementary and junior high divisions. Cost is $45 if registered before September 13th or $50 afterwards and includes a t-shirt, an instructional clinic, and seven matches.

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Popular real estate program adds three West Coast credit unions

By Margaret Blankers

Three more western credit unions are partnering with CU Realty Services, a leading real estate services CUSO, to offer members the HomeAdvantage Program. The $1.1 billion Sound Credit Union in Tacoma, Wash.; $360 million Alliance Credit Union in San Jose, Calif.; and $264 million First U.S. Community Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif., are among seven credit unions and a mortgage CUSO along the West Coast that have begun offering the program since the start of this year.

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