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Fife High students get a crash course on debt

This year, the amount of student debt in America reached $1.2 trillion, with much more on the way. This is of great concern to Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CENTS), a non-profit that provides financial classes, counseling and legal services to vulnerable populations. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 36 Fife High School students got a free presentation from CENTS focusing on viable college plans that won’t leave students drowning in debt.
The presentation, known as “Debt Slapped,” asks students not only what their college plans are, but to also research how much it would cost to get a degree from that institution, how much the students would be paying back with interest and the average starting salary of students’ dream job. After filling out a simple sheet, students get a tangible number of how much money they will have for living… Read Full Story

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Grieving Tacoma mom pleads for return of stolen memorial car

A grieving mother already dealing with the pain of losing her baby boy is now devastated after her car was stolen last weekend. It wasn’t just Lindsey Othmer’s transportation; it was a mobile memorial to little Isaac Nunes’ memory. He accidentally choked to death two months ago.
Lindsey says pictures, videos and any reminder of Isaac have helped this family cope. It’s why Isaac’s dad, Jimi Nunes, turned his Honda Civic into a moving memorial for their son.
“A lot of people deal with things in their own way and that car was how he dealt with our son’s passing,” said Othmer.
Last Saturday morning, Othmer said… Read Full Story

Milton’s 26th annual Craft Bazaar kicks off fall

The annual Milton Craft Bazaar took place Oct. 7 and 8 at the MAC and City Hall. Citizens of Milton were able to buy local wares as well as great food provid- ed by the Milton Senior Center and Events Committee bake sale.

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It’s Just Business
William Manzanares

With fall having arrived and school now back in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get kids interested in business – how to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in young people starting at the earliest age possible. Myself, I was engaging in business transactions going back…

Creepy clowns are (probably) not out to get you
Ernest A. Jasmin

This week, as a public service announcement, we offer this tidbit of advice: Stop freaking out about the stupid clowns. Pranksters dressed in menacing clown outfits have been all the rage lately, with creepy sightings being reported from coast to coast. It's a trend that can be traced back to the…

New Fife swim shop holds ribbon cutting ceremony
Derek Shuck

Visitors to the Fife Aquatic Center may notice some changes to the front end of the building, particularly in regard to a brand new swim shop that features various suits and equipment swimmers may need. The center held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 11 to celebrate the new shop, which featured…

Native students learn weaving from elders
Matt Nagle

All Native American students at Surprise Lake Middle School were invited to attend a basket weaving conference on Friday, Sept. 30 at Great Wolf Lodge. Taught by some of the most experienced weavers in our area, the instructors showed individual students basket weaving techniques and skills related…

Controlling crime takes everyone doing little things
Steve Dunkelberger

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Steve Dunkelberger is attending the seven-week University Place Public Safety and Criminal Justice Community Academy class and will highlight the issues facing law enforcement officers and communities along the way. The Fife Police Department meets with homeowner associations…

TPU board votes in favor of on ‘all-in’ plan for Click
Derek Shuck

The future of the Click Cable Network has been in flux ever since plans announced to lease the network to a private company sparked a community pushback to save Click. However, things are starting to come into focus as the Tacoma Public Utilities approved a funding plan at their Sept. 28 meeting that…

ST3 package heads to November ballot
Steve Dunkelberger

Puget Sound residents will vote on a $54 billion transit package in November that will raise property taxes, sales taxes and vehicle tabs to fund mass transit projects around the region. The Sound Transit 3 package, known on the ballot as Proposition 1, includes several key projects in Pierce County,…

The Lions Den

Membership is a topic that needs to be at the forefront of all organizations. If it isn’t, your organization will not be as viable.  Change must occur to keep an organization vibrant and alive. You can constantly be changing projects to keep your organization going, but most humans don’t…

Fire & Rescue News - Recognizing and Treating a Heart Attack

A sudden and unexpected medical emergency involving a loved one can be a shattering and emotional experience. Too often, those at the scene are unable or uncertain about how to render effective first aid to the stricken person, even if such assistance may be the key factor in the victim’s survival.…

It’s Just Business: Employee retention
William Manzanares

    In the April 29 Tacoma Weekly article “Local entrepreneur talks about the quandary of hiring,” I discussed my three-tier hiring procedure that has worked out rather well for me despite the difficulties of finding quality people to hire. Granted, it’s not a perfect system but…

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