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Neverland Theater presents ‘Princess Whatsername’

After weeks of diligently working to craft a stage play sure to be a bona fide audience pleaser, the young students of Neverland Theater are excited to present “Princess Whatsername,” opening July 29, 7 p.m. at the Columbia Junior High Performing Arts Center.
Since June 28 the budding theater buffs – about 70 of them ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old from Fife, Puyallup and Federal Way school districts – have been attending the Neverland Theater musical theater camp experience under the tutelage of drama instructors (and sisters) Hayley and Emily Rathburn. Dedicating four days a week of their summer vacation to the camp, the students of stage had the opportunity to learn all about what it takes to present a play at a professional level. From behind-the-scenes – running the sound system, the light board, handling… Read Full Story

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CRIME STOPPERS: Police hunt for convicted rapist who attacked elderly woman

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department's Sex and Kidnap Offender Registration Unit is asking for the public's to find Jeffrey Craig Owens. The 50-year-old sex offender as convicted of raping an 80-year-old woman and is not checking in with deputies as he is required by law to do. A warrant was issued for his arrest on July 13.
When he was 27-years-old, Owens broke into the victim's home in Snohomish County through a front sliding window. The woman woke up and saw him naked and kneeling next to her bed and looking at her. He removed her nightgown and sexually assaulted her. Owens did not participate… Read Full Story

Surviving in the Fast Lane

Once a disease like cancer hits, the patient and the rest of the family are challenged to turn their lives upside down immediately. Especially for kids, cancer can quickly bring childhood to an end and turn life into an ongoing marathon of doctor’s visits, chemotherapy and physical challenges that make it hard to enjoy the simple things.
The Goodtimes Project, formerly known as Camp Goodtimes, on Vashon Island is helping kids forget their disease during two separate weeks of camp where cancer patients, survivors and their siblings can… Read Full Story

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The Good, The Bad and The Really Ugly.

I don't need to tell you what's been going on in the last month – there's been plenty of Ugly. I wouldn't even know where to start if I tried, there's been so much. We have had the bad and the sad in our own Community, with the passing of several of our community members, including the tragedy of…

Car wash fundraiser to benefit Milton Days
Derek Shuck

The warm weather can only mean one thing for the city of Milton: Milton Days, the annual community celebration for citizens come out to visit vendors, mingle with their neighbors and generally celebrate their town. While Milton Days won’t take place until Aug. 19, fundraising has been well under…

The Lions Den

Here is a variety of information about the Fife Lions club. We would love to have you come and visit! On June 26, the Lions were involved in the Family Affair Car Show put on by the City of Fife. We gave out water and had Lions International Centennial shirts available. The city did AN EXCELLENT JOB…

Fire & Rescue News

Often, when we consider fire protection for our home, we consider things such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and exit plans. While all of these things are important, it’s time we take a look outside the home for fire danger as well! There are some simple steps that anyone can take in the…

Our children are the future – no, really
Natasha Lemke

I have often heard the saying “Our children are the future,” and for the longest time I thought to myself, how cliché. That was until I realized that my child’s opportunity for a better education was in jeopardy. That is when the phrase hit home. Her first year in school, my daughter Noelani…

It’s just business: Entrepreneur turns crisis into opportunity
William Manzanares

When the U.S. economy began taking a serious nosedive in 2007, the repercussions on businesses were felt coast to coast – not the ideal time to launch a new company. However, the most successful entrepreneurs know that the time is right to start a business when the necessity is there, not always…

South Sound 911 moves forward
Steve Dunkelberger

The five-year-old agency tasked with overseeing first responder communications and emergency calls is conducting a review of a plan that would construct a home for the agency on the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood. South Sound 911 had been working on a plan…

CRIME STOPPERS: Police identify car prowl, fraud suspect
David Rose

The car prowl/credit card fraud suspect wanted by Ruston Police has been identified thanks to your tips to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County. Chief Victor Celis is forwarding the case to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. As soon as she is officially charged, we can release her name and officers…

It’s Just Business: Paleo Pushers: Changing lives one cookie at a time
William Manzanares

There is perhaps no better endorsement for a product than true testimonials from the entrepreneurs who create and market it. This is the case with Todd and Jocelyn Ellis – a.k.a. Paleo Pushers – who launched their all-natural, preservative free cookies business by making their own and sharing…

UWT graduate heads for Oxford
Matt Nagle

 It may be unusual for a 13-year-old to discover her calling in life, but it happened for Bronwyn Clarke. Now all grown up and focusing on her vocation, this fall she will be heading to Oxford University to continue pursuing her dreams of working in the world of politics. “Knowing what I wanted…