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On the move

For several years, Tasha Pasco, principal managing broker for Coldwell Banker Bain’s Tacoma and Puyallup branch offices, has been watching the progress underway at the Village at Chambers Bay. And for several years, she has known that as soon as her current lease was up, she was moving her office there.
That day has finally arrived. Later this month, Pasco and some 30 of her agents will set up shop in their new digs at 3633 Market Place W. in the Village at Chambers Bay. Their new 5,000 square foot space will feature a host of industrial-inspired design details like exposed beams and 16-foot ceilings. It also sports a double-sided fireplace, a lounge and patio.
The move represents an effort by Coldwell Banker Bain to relocate its South Sound offices into walkable neighborhoods. Within the last few years, they have opened… Read Full Story

Things are looking UP at U.P. Town Center

As part of its city hall relocation effort, University Place recently contracted with AustinCina Architects to design and plan the interior layout for the upper two floors inside the UP Civic and Library Building, also known as Town Center, a.k.a. The Village at Chambers Day. The interior design work will detail all spaces that will eventually accommodate U.P. City Hall, including council member offices and the council chambers.
That's according to City Manager Steve Sugg, whose office is inside the current city hall/Windmill Village complex at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. Sugg also said that once the design work for relocation is completed,… Read Full Story

Tacoma breaks ground

On Monday, July 10, Jason Zacharia, president of Kindred Rehabilitation, took the podium in turn with other healthcare leaders inside a white welcome tent. It was a ground-breaking ceremony for a $25 million investment in Tacoma's soon-to-be rehabilitation hospital now ready for construction on the same plot where the old Afifi Shriners building once stood at 815 S. Vassault St.
According to Zacharia, this ground was soon going to support the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital west of the Cascades, in both Washington and Oregon,… Read Full Story

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Tacoma sex offender wanted after violent attack on woman
David Rose

Level III Sex Offender Keith Hatton is wanted in Pierce County for Failure to Register. He was originally convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree in 1986 after he dragged a woman under the I-705 viaduct in Tacoma at knifepoint and raped her. The police report says he told the victim…

University Place Metro Park District qualifies for April ballot

The campaign for a University Place Metropolitan Park District has collected enough citizen signatures to qualify for the April ballot, the campaign announced Friday. The measure’s success comes after a multi‐month, volunteer‐driven effort in the University Place community. Local residents organized…

Prosecutor to use data to target ‘chronic offenders’
Steve Dunkelberger

There is a bit of truth behind the long-standing police adage that 80 percent of the crimes are committed by 20 percent of the people. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has now set his sights on the “worst of the worst.” The prosecutor’s office is working on a localized program that it…

‘Fun in the Sun’
Savannah Fry

Even a little rain outside couldn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd gathered within the Puyallup Park Pavilion Friday night, Feb. 5, celebrating the 51st Annual Daffodil Festival Princess Promenade. Princess Promenade is an annual Festival event, recognizing the 23 members of the Royal Court who…

One author, five books. Pierce County READS Sherman Alexie

What book will all of Pierce County be reading this year? Er, five books? In a break from tradition, Pierce County Library System chose five notable works from a single author for its 9th annual Pierce County READS program. Outspoken poet, novelist and screenwriter Sherman Alexie gets the nod as the…

University Place player takes top prize at Pokémon tourney
Steve Dunkelberger

To some people it might seem like just another card game, but for others it is a battle to the death – albeit figuratively. No players are actually injured in the clashes of fireballs and laser blasts since, well, it is just a card game. Former University Place resident Royce Mapes took first place…

Adopt a tree with Curran Apple Orchard’s Adopt-A-Tree Program

Searching for a great gift or just looking for a fun activity? Consider adopting a tree at the Curran Apple Orchard Park in University Place. This unique, 7-acre working apple orchard offers individuals and groups a chance to get hands-on experience with taking care of an apple tree or simply supporting…

Connie’s Council Corner: Like a Rolling Stone

When you have been married for 46 years to someone who is a HUGE Bob Dylan fan, you can’t help but pick up a lyric or two. This happened to me the morning after I visited a homeless shelter. I slowly became aware of the nasal voice of Bob Dylan on the radio, his message resonating with the words…

Seahawks Spirit: Last chance to vote

The Seahawks may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but ‘Hawks pride still runs strong! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to vote in the University Place Press’ Seahawks Spirit Photo Contest at The winner will be announced in our next edition…

Jazz favorite Ed Taylor takes new gig at G. Donnalson’s

Local jazz favorite Ed Taylor has started a new residency at G. Donnalson's wine bar with his next performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30. Taylor described his new gig as being “kind of like 'Saturday Night Live.' It's the same show, but they might get a different…