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Don’t duck and cover – come out for Duck Daze fun

U.P.’s 17th annual Duck Daze parade and festivities will take place on June 3 at 10 a.m. beginning at the corner of 27th Street and Bridgeport Way and proceeding south to 37th Street before ending at Market Square.
The deadline to apply to participate in the parade, which is open to community groups, organizations, residents and businesses, is May 19 at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and all motorized vehicles must be operated by licensed and trained drivers. All vehicle and float operators are also required to include proof of current automobile liability insurance with their parade application.
The procession of bands, scout troops, businesses and other proud “ducks” will be just part of a day of special events in University Place. Following the parade, check out the hot rods on display in front of the Civic… Read Full Story

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Young U.P. student to sing National Anthem at Rainiers game

Young Sarah Seevers is a busy young lady. Already, this 14-year-old Drum Intermediate School student has a resume´ that boasts a variety of skills that most would envy. Seevers is a member of the Tacoma Youth Chorus. She is a gold level swimmer with the University Place Aquatic Club swim team, the Sharks. Not only that, but she attends art classes at Studio 27 and she plays the viola. While Sarah manages to be busy with swim, song and school, this summer she plans to attend art and sewing camps and spruce up her babysitting toolbox with first aid and CPR courses. She also happens to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
ASD… Read Full Story

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May is hunger awarness month in Pierce County

Pierce County has officially designated May as its first official Hunger Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Emergency Food Network (EFN), Hunger Awareness Month was designed to get the community involved through a variety of events throughout the month, to fundraise during a particularly busy time for food pantries and meal sites, to help expand their capacity, and to inform the general public about an issue many might otherwise overlook this time of year.
“May is the perfect time to bring attention to hunger as food pantries and meal… Read Full Story

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Mom, police seek answers to Speakman murder
David Rose

A mother is heartbroken and left with many questions after her mentally disabled son was shot and killed in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood around 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 3. Kim Nystrom said her son, 26-year-old Steven Speakman, had the mind of a 10-year-old. "I just want to know who would do this to Steven,”…

School board selects Jeff Chamberlin to replace Patti Banks as Superintendent
Derek Shuck

The University Place School District will be undergoing some changes come July when current Deputy Superintendent Jeff Chamberlin takes the reigns of leadership and replaces Superintendent Patti Banks, who has been in the position for 19 years. Chamberlin began his education career in the Tacoma School…

A New Way of Getting U.P. News

Welcome to the first edition of the City of U.P.’s Headlines newsletter in its new home, the University Place Press. Our popular newsletter will now be delivered to University Place residents twice a month, as a special insert to the new University Place Press, which is published by the Pierce County…

City set to end funding for parks program, taxing district preps for ballot
Steve Dunkelberger

The University Place City Council has voted to end a $400,000 subsidy from the city’s general fund to the city’s Parks and Recreation program as a step to stem its budget troubles. The council directed city budget drafters to develop a budget for 2017-2018 that would end parks program funding…

Pierce County librarians add 18 new app recommendations for kids ages 2-6

There are so many apps for kids, how can you tell which are educational and which just claim to be? Pierce County librarians have taken the guesswork out of choosing apps for 2-6 year-olds. “Pigeon Presents Mo…on the Go!” “Grow a reader” and “Minecraft pocket edition” are a few of the…

Make a Difference Day
Derek Schuck

On Oct. 24, the city of University Place participated in the annual Make a Difference Day. On this day people across the nation unite in their own communities to improve where they live and to enjoy time with their neighbors. In U.P., 12 volunteers came out to not only clean up Paradise Pond Park,…

Police search for serial home burglary suspect in Tacoma
David Rose

Tacoma Police are asking for the public's help to find a serial home burglary suspect. “We've charged Michael Leair for burglarizing homes all over Tacoma. We are working hard with law enforcement to stop repeat burglars. He is part of the 10 percent who are causing 90 percent of the thefts. If…

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