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City ponders park shuffle, new city manager

Fife City Council has put a pause on a plan to merge the city’s parks and aquatic programs into a single department. The change would fold that position’s duties into the task of the director of Aquatic Services. The merger could save about $139,000, largely from the elimination of the director of Parks and Recreation position as well as coming at a time when the city is in the final stages of hiring a new city manager. That could happen Monday.
The parks merger of the two departments into a single Parks & Aquatics Department would handle all recreational scheduling and programs by early fall and would shift park maintenance into Public Works, which already maintains other city-owned properties. The idea is to boost efficiency and save money.
“We are in belt-tightening mode,” City Manager Subir Mukerjee said,… Read Full Story

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Be Well - Inside & out: Theresa likes to wear a bit of color in her hair

Cosmetologist Theresa Tong, of TT Hair Salon & Supplies, can do it all. She cuts and tints all kinds of hair for a wide variety of styles, provides face-waxing services, plucks eyebrows and offers a paraffin dip for pampering hands. She provides all these services for the elderly, for adults, teens and children alike.

Tong also offers traditional facials but uses creams that she makes herself from fresh cucumbers or bananas and she can even mix up a face massage cream from avocados.

While Tong accepts walk-in customers, at 6411 6th Ave., #14, she strongly advises folks who want a facial to please schedule that type of service… Read Full Story

Neverland Theater Company summer camp ready to stage

The sets have been built, costumes fitted and dance numbers all choreographed for opening night of “The Sword in the Stone,” Friday, July 28, 7 p.m. at Columbia Junior High’s Performing Arts Center. The culminating event of The Neverland Theater Company’s summer camp experience, “The Sword in the Stone” promises to be highly entertaining, and affordable, for all ages. It continues throughout the weekend on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.
More students turned out… Read Full Story

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Celebrate the return of salmon to the Puyallup River
Steve Dunkelberger

Salmon are on their way home, after a trip abroad to the big wide ocean. It’s time to party. Puyallup River Watershed Council will be holding its free, annual Salmon Homecoming event on Oct. 11 at the Puyallup Hatchery. This event celebrates the return of salmon to the Puyallup River system and…

Utility rates set for jump
Steve Dunkelberger

Fife City Council delayed water and sewage rate increases during the Great Recession of recent years to shield residents from rising costs during the economic downturn. Sewer rates, for example, hadn’t changed for a decade. “Unfortunately, we have to play catch up,” Deputy Mayor Pat Hulcey said…

Church of Eternal Light offers spiritual healing and hope
Matt Nagle

Pastor Delilah Kieffer is on a mission – a blessed mission – to strengthen spiritualism in Washington State and she’s starting right in Milton. In a little church on the banks of Surprise Lake at Camp Edgewood – which recently celebrated its 111th anniversary and where many spiritualists and…

Fire District hosts annual open house

East Pierce Fire and Rescue invites the public to stop by its 21st annual Open House, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the East Pierce headquarters station, 18421 Veterans Memorial Dr. E. in Bonney Lake. The free health and safety fair showcases programs and services provided by the fire district,…

News Briefs: September 19, 2014
Matt Nagle

FIFE SCHOOLS SCHEDULES TWO FLU SHOT CLINICS Fife School District is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide Flu Shot Clinics at district locations this fall. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your…

New clues reinvigorate cold case murder
David Rose

Deep in the ground of the Sumner Cemetery, new clues have been unearthed in a cold case shrouded in mystery since 1989. “How can you solve a homicide when you don’t know who your victim is?” said renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor. Taylor helped the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s…

Fife targets ‘chronic’ hoteliers
Steve Dunkelberger

The strip of hotels and motels along Pacific Highway are set to become safer through a program meant to cut down on chronic trouble making in the rooms that is draining police resources.  Fife City Council passed two progressive ordinances earlier this month geared toward reducing crime and increasing…

Laughter, tears intermingle at McCrossin’s celebration of life
Matt Nagle

Friends, family and loved ones, staff and students of Fife Schools gathered in the Fife High gymnasium on a warm Sept. 13 afternoon for a celebration of life for Superintendent John McCrossin, who passed away on Aug. 26 following a brief bout with cancer. While there were few dry eyes in the house…

Pedestrian Safety

It’s that time of year again when children are heading back to school. As our days get shorter and children are out earlier, please use extra caution when driving. Children will be waiting at bus stops and using crosswalks.   Since 2001, an average of more than 15,500 children; ages 14 and…

News Briefs: September 5, 2014

TACOMA, PIERCE COUNTY AIR QUALITY HITS THE MARK   After years of hard work to reduce air pollution, a plan is being submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency that shows greater Tacoma and surrounding communities meet a federal air pollution standard.   Tacoma and Pierce County violated…

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