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PARKS BOARD MEETING COINCIDES WITH NORPOINT BIRTHDAY

 

Winter can’t keep the Center at Norpoint down. Near constant precipitation in 1993 and 1994 turned the construction site into a mud puddle – but didn’t stop people from trouping through the muck for pre-opening tours.

Twenty-five years late, on Feb. 4, snow and ice forced postponement of the center’s quarter-century celebration. But the celebration is back on, this time for Monday, Feb. 25 and this time with the full Park Board holdings its regular meeting at the center.

The celebration should be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and share memories of the center. An open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. will kick things off, followed by a 5:30 p.m. ceremony in the Cascade Hall. Things to do and see include a photo display of the center’s history, a giant birthday card to sign, giveaways and a Metro Arts craft table, plus a big birthday cake, cookies and coffee. Speeches and stories will be part of the program.

The regular Park Board meeting will begin after the ceremony. Agendas are posted online at www.metroparkstacoma.org/calendar/index.php?cid=8891.

The Center at Norpoint was born out of neighborhood frustration with the lack of recreation services in a part of Tacoma far in distance from the city’s heart. Neighbors lobbied for it, and when it opened in February 1994, the response was so positive it took Metro Parks by surprise, leading staff to extend hours, add classes and hire more staff.

“It was a huge, huge project for us,” said Margaret McCormick, who was Metro Parks’ recreation director at the time.

Marion Weed, a longtime Northeast Tacoma resident who was among the most outspoken advocates for the center, said she couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome. “It was great beyond my expectations,” she said. “The center served every age group. It wasn’t just the young people. … It’s been a really special addition to our community. We’re all really proud of it.”

Read more about the center’s history online atwww.metroparkstacoma.org/news/?y=2019&m=1&id=2771.

 

AGING INTO THE FUTURE: PIERCE COUNTY 2020-2030

 

Over the next 10 years, Pierce County will look substantially different than it does today – especially for older adults and individuals with disabilities. By the year 2030, a large percentage of county residents will be over the age of 60 and many of them will also be living with physical, cognitive, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

To prepare for this transformative time, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is hosting “Aging into the Future: Pierce County 2020-2030.” This innovative forum is more than a conference on aging. It is a community conversation about what to look for in the coming decade and how we can start planning now to make the best use of emerging services, technologies and resources.

The conference will feature innovative, fast-paced PechaKucha presentations on crucial topics such as transportation, housing, long-term health, financial security, threats to independence and more. This specialized format allows presenters to use only 20 slides, for 20 seconds each, to illustrate their vision. Each presentation will be followed by a live survey of audience members using a real-time electronic voting system. Participants will also be able to respond with written feedback, suggestions and recommendations.

Help us shape the future for older adults and individuals with disabilities in Pierce County! Join us for this inspiring event on Saturday, March 23 at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building 23 in Lakewood. Doors open at 8 a.m. with presentations held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This conference is free, but attendees must register in advance. Tickets are available online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600.

“It’s often said the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Nobody knows the future, but we can and should prepare for it.  Now is the time for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, family members, friends and providers throughout the county to start thinking about how to make Pierce County a community to age in place safely, independently and affordably.”

While the conference is intended for seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, service providers and community members, this event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food donations for the Nourish Pierce County food banks. For more information, free tickets and reasonable accommodation requests visit us online or call the ADRC at (2530 798-4600.

 

COMMUNITY INVITED TO SHARE IDEAS ABOUT SWAN CREEK PARK

 

Everyone interested in Swan Creek Park is invited to a public meeting to discuss future improvements to the 373-acre greenspace.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the nearby Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44th St.

It is the third in a series of public meetings that have helped Metro Parks planners understand community wants for the park and plan accordingly. In recent years, the park has gained mountain bike trails, pedestrian trail improvements, improved irrigation to its community garden, additional parking and other improvements.

Now that funding from a National Park Service grant and Metro Parks’ capital improvement bond is available, the district would like more community input to help shape designs for the next phase of improvements. Some of the ideas under consideration are a dog park, new trail systems, renovation of old trail systems, more parking, restrooms, special event space and a picnic area.

Anyone interested in the park can show up at the meeting and take part; Metro Parks people want to hear from community members.

“Hearing from people who use the park – and from people who don’t use it now but might in the future – is important to us,” said Aaron Pointer, president of the Board of Park Commissioners. “I hope we’ll see a lot of neighbors at the meeting.”

Plans to date can be found online at MetroParksTacoma.org/swan-creek-park-improvements.

 

RAINIERS OPENING MATCH TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

Opening Match tickets for the 2019 Tacoma Defiance home season will be available online Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets for Opening Match will be available for purchase at the Cheney Stadium box office now.

Tacoma Defiance, the USL affiliate of Seattle Sounders FC, will open its home campaign on Friday, March 8 against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros at 7 p.m. Fans interested in securing tickets for Opening Match can access ticket options online at www.ticketmaster.com/tacoma-defiance-tickets/artist/1725846. Fans interested in purchasing tickets from the box office can go to Cheney Stadium at 2502 S. Tyler St.

Tickets for the rest of the 2019 season will be available on Tuesday, March 5 online and at the Cheney Stadium box office. The full-season schedule can be found online at TACDefiance.com, along with full-season, group and hospitality ticket options. Questions regarding ticket information can be directed to tickets@wertacoma.com.

Tacoma Defiance is the United Soccer League Championship affiliate of Seattle Sounders FC. Fans can find more information at TACDefiance.com, by following Tacoma Defiance on social media @TACDefiance or by contacting the We R Tacoma front office at (253) 752-7707.

 

U.P. AUTO SERVICE OFFERS COMPLIMENTARY BASIC MECHANICS COURSE

 

University Place Radiator and Auto Service (6904 27thSt. W.)will be offering a complimentary basic vehicle mechanics courseon Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon. This complimentary course is offered to any driver of any age or soon to be drivers that want to understand their vehicles better.
Learn how to check your fluids and what their condition should look like, what to do if your vehicle should overheat, know what all the lights on your dash mean and what to do if they come on. We will show you how to check your tire pressure, change a tire, and much more.
The shop’s aim is to educate people in their community who want to know more about their vehicles and hopefully help them understand vehicle maintenance and basic upkeep.
This course is completely complimentary.

To sign up, text (253) 363-2208 “automotive maintenance class” or email UPRadiatorautoservice@gmail.com. Hurry – limited spots available.

 

STATE LAWMAKERS ADOPT RESOLUTION FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 

February is Black History Month, and today the Washington State House of Representatives formally recognized the occasion by adopting a resolution on the House floor. It was sponsored by Rep. Melanie Morgan, D-Parkland, a freshman lawmaker and member of the Legislature’s newly-formed Black Caucus.

“As black members, we have a lot to celebrate this year,” Rep. Morgan said. “We finally have a Black Caucus. We are part of the most diverse legislative body in state history. We are proud to stand together and continue the work black leaders of this nation have done to advance diversity and justice in our laws and policies.”

The origins of Black History Month go all the way back to 1925, when historian Carter G. Woodson had the idea to raise awareness of the history and contribution of black Americans. At the time, it was observed for one week in February. In 1976, President Gerald Ford expanded Black History Week to Black History Month.

The vast contributions of notable black Americans mentioned in the resolution include scientific achievements, military heroism, literary talent, civil rights activism, and political leadership.

In addition to adopting the Black History Month resolution, proceedings in the House today included a performance of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” also known as the “Black National Anthem,” and a medley of songs performed by Rise Up, the Seattle-area Hamilton tribute band. Black community leaders from the Puget Sound area were also recognized in the House gallery.

“This is what happens when a legislative body starts to look more like the people it represents. It’s important for black people across Washington to see their state lawmakers celebrating the contributions of black Americans in a meaningful way,” Morgan said.

 

 

STOVE SUPPLIER SETTLES WITH EPA

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement agreement with Keller Supply Company to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The Seattle-based company, also in Tacoma, sells wood stoves and heaters in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The company has agreed to pay a $8,250 penalty for selling five uncertified residential wood stoves in Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington.

“Selling and using uncertified wood stoves can worsen wintertime air pollution and cause unhealthy and even hazardous air quality conditions in a community,” said EPA Pacific Northwest Enforcement and Compliance Director Edward Kowalski. “Companies that sell wood stoves and wood heaters have the responsibility to ensure they are offering EPA-certified wood stoves to their customers.”

The federal Clean Air Act prohibits the sale of wood stoves or wood heaters that are not EPA-certified. EPA alleges that in 2016 and 2017, Keller sold five uncertified wood stoves in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. When notified of its violations, Keller contacted its customers and recovered all but one stove.

Residential wood stoves and wood heaters contribute significantly to particulate air pollution. EPA has regulated wood heater particulate emissions since 1988. EPA’s certification process requires manufacturers to verify that each of their wood heater model lines meet a specific particulate emission limit by undergoing emission testing at an EPA accredited laboratory. EPA-certified wood stoves are cleaner burning and more efficient than a typical uncertified wood stove.

The biggest health threat from wood smoke is from fine particles that can get deep into the respiratory system. Fine particles can make asthma symptoms worse, trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks or stroke, especially in people who are already at risk for these conditions.

In many communities, wood heating is the largest source of fine particle pollution during winter when stable, stagnant weather conditions trap wood smoke closer to the ground. Five communities in Idaho, Oregon and Alaska are classified as air quality non-attainment areas due to severe wintertime wood smoke air pollution. These communities are working to reduce smoke pollution with wood stove change-outs that replace older, non-compliant stoves with EPA-certified stoves. Sales and use of uncertified wood stoves by companies make it harder to achieve good air quality in these areas.

Find more information about wood stoves, wood smoke and other resources at www.epa.gov/burnwise.

 

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 28thannual awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation. This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2019. The ceremony will take place on Thursday afternoon, May 30, in the State Reception Room of the Legislative Building.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories.

  • WA Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Award
  • Career Achievement Award
  • Historic Cemetery Preservation Achievement Education Award
  • Preservation Education Award
  • Historic Preservation Stewardship Award
  • Historic Preservation in the Media Award
  • Preservation Planning Award
  • Special Achievement Award
  • Valerie Sivinski Award for Historic Rehabilitation projects

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted to DAHP by Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. Nomination forms, instructions, award category descriptions, and other information about the awards may be obtained by visiting www.dahp.wa.gov.

 

SPANAWAY HIGHLIGHTED IN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RANKING

 

A recent analysis by higher education data firm College Factual found Spanaway to be one of the best cities in the nation for Women’s Basketball. The area was recognized in the rankings report for being a great city for student athletes.

Due to the community’s reputation, undergraduates from all over the United States – and all over the world – come to the Spanaway area to study. After graduation, many of these student athletes go on to careers that combine their love for sports with their academic major, such as coaching, sports journalism, and sports medicine.

There is one school in the local area, University of Puget Sound, that made the top 15 percent of this year’s ranking. This ranking of Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball takes into account both the athletic competitiveness of the specific team and the academic progress of the student-athletes on the team.University of Puget Sound is ranked #130 overall and #9 in the Division III Women’s Basketball category. Roughly 2,500 undergraduates call Puget Sound home each year. The school has a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1 and a freshman retention rate of 86 percent.

Every student should be armed with all the facts possible when they are making their college decision. That’s one of the reasons why College Factual developed its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball ranking. More than 3,000 universities were evaluated to determine these rankings.

 

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