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Muslim Community Appreciation Day

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed at engaging the youth in attendance, whilst encouraging an open dialogue among community members with friendly faces and inclusive prayer ceremonies for anyone to participate in.
“This is a grand opportunity for us to truly show our appreciation of the support from everyone locally, and give back a bit,” said Aziz Junejo, volunteer at Saturday’s event. Henna tattoos for those interested in styling things up a bit and an artist drafting classic Arabic calligraphy for the evening’s visitors could be found under the activities… Read Full Story

Council Corner: Clearing the Air on Marijuana Zoning

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify any misinformation that you may have heard or read regarding the status of marijuana retail zoning regulations versus the ban on the permitting of retail marijuana sales, processing and storage in the City of U.P.
Let me start by stating that at this time, the City’s existing ban, enacted in 2014, on the permitting of legalized marijuana sales has not changed. Marijuana retail sales remain prohibited in University Place.
In 2016, the City Council passed a resolution directing its Planning Commission to review the City’s 2014 marijuana zoning and regulations in light of changes… Read Full Story

County exec highlights partnerships at ‘state of the county address’

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier held his first “state of the county address” last week and outlined a supplemental budget and roster of partnerships to curb homelessness around the county.
The 30-minute address touched on county efforts to streamline departments to save money and boost efficiency and transparency of government, namely a plan to merge the Planning and Land Services and the Public Works departments.
“Customers can go to one location for both building and sewer permits,” he said. “I urge the council's… Read Full Story

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Whole Foods Market helps children grow community gardens
Jackie Fender Special to Tacoma Weekly

Whole Foods Market has a reputation for providing an elevated grocery shopping experience that highlights fresh, organic produce and artisan goods. Their tidily lined shelves feature familiar and funky products that make eating healthy, and often even locally sourced, easy but what many don’t know…

City ponders pot zoning
Dan Beers For the University Place Press

The University Place Planning Commission is set to announce its recommendation to make changes to the zoning rules before the City Council on April 3. This recommendation would allow retail marijuana stores in commercial areas of the city’s mixed-use zones. That is, of course, provided the City…

Delicious soup brings the community together

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the March 16 soup lunch at Community Connection Place (CCP), featuring Italian wedding soup from Grassi's Ristorante and dessert by CarePartners. CCP President Sheila Phillip sends out a special thank you to Ken Grassi and Grassi's Ristorante for providing the soup lunch.…

University Place Police Department March 24, 2017

Just after midnight on March 17, U.P. police responded to a reported shooting in the 3300 block of Sunset Drive West. Officers arrived and found a victim with a gunshot wound. The victim said he was attacked from behind and then shot. The victim was not cooperative and gave no descriptions…

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Le Roy

Dear Editor, The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence, lack of effective treatment and enormous costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Washington State, with over 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, it is the third leading cause of death…

Belleci serves a ‘council historian’ about original vision
Steve Dunkelberger

Caroline Belleci took a seat on the University Place City Council in early 2010, when the council appointed her to finish the term of her friend, the late Gene Brooks. Her service to the city started well before that, however, including terms on the planning commission since U.P. became a city in…

Come one, come all to Family Bingo Night

Spring is in the air which means sounds of family fun will be heard from miles around for the Annual Family Bingo Night at Chambers Creek Regional Park on Friday, April 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. in University Place. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event admission is $5 per person; children…

Slavonian Hall to host Daffodil Dinner and pastry sale

On Sunday, April 2, members of the Slavonian Lodge will host a special Daffodil Dinner and Croatian pastry sale. A tradition for the past 30-plus years, the dinner is the main annual fundraiser to keep the Croatian Lodge/Slavonian Hall at 2306 N. 30th St. well maintained, as it is listed with the…

Cotton swabs in the ears: Are they safe?
Sepehr Oliaei, MD

In a recent unscientific survey, eight out of 10 people reported that they routinely use Q-tips or other similar cotton swab products to clean, dry, massage or scratch their ear canals. Despite widespread warnings against use of cotton swabs in the ear canal by manufacturers, media and health care…

Community support flourishes in University Place

After seeing a story about Community Connection Place in a local paper, a business owner was inspired to help. The donations committee at Northwest Cascade, Inc. contacted Community Connection Place with the news that they would donate $25,000 this year. The recipient of the donation is the nonprofit…