Municipal Court Now Serves Steilacoom

People cited for traffic infractions, misdemeanors and other non-felony violations in Steilacoom have been traveling to the next community over to handle their cases the past month.

On Oct. 1, Steilacoom officially entered into a contract with the Municipal Court of Lakewood and University Place. That means the enhanced services that come with the court – everything from a fully staffed, five-day-a-week front desk to prosecution and public defense to probation and electronic home monitoring – are now available to Washington’s oldest town. The contract includes everything but police and jail services.

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1853 kick-off to week of special events

Laura Belle Downey Bartlett
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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AARP Driver Safety Course at Bridgeport Place

Crop Cyr 57 chev wagon

AARP Driver Safety Course at Bridgeport Place is September 23 & 24, 10:00-2:30 p.m. both days to complete the 8-hour course. AARP members pay $12; non-members $14 (payable on the first day of class). Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way West, University Place provides lunch, dessert, and beverages both days for everyone. Call 253.565.1960 to register. Upon successful completion of the course attendees will receive a certificate and may also receive a discount on auto insurance.

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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Classic Car Show and BBQ raises funds for UP Senior Center


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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Cakes into cash


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.

3-Day for the Cure: Bake Sale, April 21


Pop in and make a purchase at the Bake Sale on April 21, from 10-3, at Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way West.  It’s a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  There will be all sorts of goodies to choose from. Every dime and dollar that comes in from the Bake Sale will go directly to the foundation.   No strings attached, just drop in, select some yummy home-baked goodies, and be on your way.

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Soup-tacular for Seniors


The third Saturday of every month is a free lunch for seniors.  It’s called the “Senior Soup-tacular”, and it’s coming up this weekend on Saturday, April 16.  It’s a casual, no-frills, drop-in, social gathering for seniors with no strings attached. A different homemade soup is featured each month, plus fresh-from-the-oven breadsticks, desserts, and beverages.  RSVP is not required.  Just drop by Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, and have lunch on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.  Some of the seniors who attended the March “Soup-tacular” are shown in the accompanying photo.  Call Jaynie Jones at 253.565.1960 with any questions.

Bridgeport Place hosts AARP Driver Safety Course


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.