1853 kick-off to week of special events

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Nancy Covert as Laura Belle Downey Bartlett

Nancy Covert as Laura Belle Downey Bartlett

By Jaynie Jones

An historical lecture about a young girl who arrived in Steilacoom in 1853 was presented for the residents of Bridgeport Place as the kick-off event for National Assisted Living Week.

Sunday afternoon Nancy Covert (above), a freelance writer, author, and journalist who has immersed herself in Steilacoom’s history for more than 20 years gave an outstanding lecture on pioneer Laura Belle Downey Bartlett (below), left her mark on ‘The Town on the Sound’ in many ways.

Covert provided a biographical summary on Laura Belle Downey Bartlett that is chockfull of surprises:

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Partner UP Caribbean-style at Bridgeport Place

Pamela Maddess (left), New Tacoma Cemetery; Leslie Jo Thompson, Bridgeport Place.

Pamela Maddess (left), New Tacoma Cemetery; Leslie Jo Thompson, Bridgeport Place.

Superb summer weather last Thursday set the stage for the City of University Place’s “Partner UP!” at Bridgeport Place bringing local business people and city officials together in a social setting for an opportunity to network, improve communication, and celebrate life in UP.

University Place Mayor Debbie Klosowski was joined by other city officials and council members. The event was co-sponsored by the UP/Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce; Division President Randy Walden was on-hand and addressed the group, as did the mayor.

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Solemnity exemplified in Flag Retirement Ceremony

Such a large part of our local community is comprised of military families and retirees.  However, even for those who may have never served in the armed forces, there is a reverence for the American flag.  There is an established protocol for the proper destruction, i.e. ‘retirement’ of tattered old flags. They should never be discarded.  The American Legion, Doughboy Memorial Post 138, in University Place is a drop site for flags to ensure their proper disposal.

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Flag Retirement Ceremony July 8

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American Legion Post 138 will perform a Flag Retirement Ceremony at Bridgeport Place on July 8.  If you have a tattered old flag, bring it for proper disposal in this solemn ceremony.  The public is invited.

On that same day, join us for the Stars in  Your Eyes BBQ luncheon honoring “First Responders” from West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and University Place Police.

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Classic Car Show and BBQ raises funds for UP Senior Center

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By Jaynie Jones

It’s not too late to register your car for the Bridgeport Place Classic Car Show and BBQ, if you act today.  It is an annual event on Saturday during Father’s Day weekend, June 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Senior residents of Bridgeport Place vote for their favorite cars.  The classic cars evoke lots of wonderful memories.  When votes are tallied the prizes and trophies will be awarded.

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UP Senior Center fundraising double-hitter

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By Jaynie Jones

The University Place Senior Center was transformed into a lively dining hall festooned with fresh flowers and cookie baskets atop red-and-white table linens. The center hosted a fundraising double-hitter on a recent, rainy Tuesday afternoon with a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction raising more than $1,000.

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Cakes into cash

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The recent Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Bake Sale at Bridgeport Place raised $761.75 in five hours. Leslie Jo Thompson is an officially registered walker and fundraiser this year. She did the lion’s share of the baking for the Bake Sale, but other team members at Bridgeport Place also contributed baked goods – everything from cupcakes to muffins and more. Professional cake decorator Crystle Rivera created and donated a custom cake “Happy Spring”, which went for $50. Bridgeport Place has several additional fundraisers in the works for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  May 18 the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will include a Silent Auction.  The next event is the Junk in Your Trunk sale with the University Place Senior Center on May 21 as co-beneficiary of proceeds. Next is a Spaghetti Dinner and more to come.  Thompson’s goal is to raise $5,000 or more prior to the 3-Day for the Cure walk on September 16, 2011.  To contribute online to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, visit Leslie Jo Thompson’s personal donation page.

Bridgeport Place hosts AARP Driver Safety Course

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Twice each year Bridgeport Place hosts a Driver Safety Course presented by AARP. Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road with defensive driving techniques. The eight-hour course is split over two days’ time with classes held from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. Free lunch is provided courtesy of Bridgeport Place for all attendees both days. Call 253.565.1960 to register.  Classes fill fast and seating is limited.  AARP members pay $12, non-members $14 for the course. Upon completion you may qualify for a discount on your auto insurance.  Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living is located at 5250 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98467, just a couple of blocks south of where Cirque Drive intersects with Bridgeport Way West.

Risk Barometer for business owners

Bradley A. Berger, Managing Partner and Owner of Cornerstone Financial Strategies was the facilitator/presenter for the University Place/Fircrest Division meeting of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, January 28.

Randy Walden, owner of Heartwarming Care is the new division president and has set the tone and course for what will be a six-part series based on mistakes than can be “Business Killers”.

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Kaleidoscope of color at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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The perfect time for an afternoon tea?  Any afternoon.  The perfect time for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?  2:13 p.m., Saturday, January 15.  Despite a rainy Northwest winter weekend, spirits were not dampened by the deluge.   Dressed in their ‘Wonderland best’ ladies wearing a kaleidoscope of colorful hats and costumes filled the Parkside Lounge for the party at Bridgeport Place.  Dainties such as Crab Salad Sandwiches, Scones, Orange Creamsicle Cake with Fresh Raspberry Filling, and an array of teas complemented the menu at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Among the ladies who attended were the residents of Bridgeport Place, their children, and grandchildren.  Curtis High School Honor Students helped with seating the seniors and their families at the tea.
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