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‘Popsicles with Your Administrators’ offers back-to-school info

Assistant principals from four Fife Schools took it to the streets on Monday, Aug. 14 for a day of “Popsicles with Your Administrators,” a chance for area parents/guardians to get answers to any questions about back-to-school for Fife students before the big first day back on Sept. 6.
There to help out were Mark Beddes, Columbia Junior High School assistant principal; Amy Mittelstaedt, Hedden Elementary assistant principal; Megan Gallwas, Surprise Lake Middle School assistant principal; and Brian Neufeld, Endeavour Intermediate Elementary assistant principal. Setting up informational tables in the parking lots of four Fife apartment complexes, the day started at the Astoria Apartments then moved on to The Lakes Apartments, Chateau Rainier Apartments and Bella Sonoma Apartments. It was a beautiful, sunny summer day for such… Read Full Story

Satisfaction from benefaction: NW Furniture

Like a triangle, there are three components to NW Furniture Bank, with 14 employees who help collect and distribute surplus furniture to people in need. Directly on top of the charity is Hope Furnishings, 117 Puyallup Ave., a for-profit business that sells new, gently used and vintage furniture to support the NW Furniture Bank charity below. With these two is a mattress recycling effort, located directly behind NW Furniture Bank, that also generates funds to help the low-income recipients sleep better at night thanks to donated furniture.
The stitching that holds this triangle together is CEO Bill Lemke who is now celebrating NW Furniture… Read Full Story

Armed robbery and home burglary down in Pierce County

In the first six months of 2017, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies say an analysis of the crime statistics shows armed robberies and home burglaries are down. Detectives say one reason may be that more people have surveillance and security systems in their homes, which makes for harder targets for crooks. The department’s Property Crime Unit is also seeing success.
“We’re able to go out and actively work these people, hold them responsible, put them in jail and we see our crime numbers dropping,” said Det. Ed Troyer.
However,… Read Full Story

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Plans get boost to consolidate county services at former hospital site
Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County’s efforts to consolidate county services in a new facility at the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital landed a key partner recently, when the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted to join the project, but financial details are still under negotiations. At issue is $400,000…

Puyallup tribal police arrest fugitive
David Rose

Puyallup Tribal Police arrested a Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive early Saturday morning, Aug. 17. Derek Oatman had been on the run from King County Sheriff’s deputies since he was featured on WMW July 2. The 26-year-old had five warrants for his arrest for drugs and having a stolen car. One…

Portside Business Center taking shape
Steve Dunkelberger

The Portside Business Center in Fife has been more than five years in the making and is now breaking ground for what will be a planned commercial and warehouse hub along 20th Avenue in Fife. Plans for the commercial development started back in 2008, when the city entered a development agreement with…

Mears settles in as chief
Steve Dunkelberger

Mark Mears might be settling into his new role as Fife’s police chief but he is neither a stranger to the city nor to law enforcement. He has worked in Fife for seven years and has more than 20 years of police experience that include federal, city and rural posts. “I have been in law enforcement…