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The 12 deeds of Christmas

Military Life

The 12 deeds of Christmas

I was shocked last year while sipping coffee at Starbucks on a crisp October morning when I realized that Christmas music was playing. Already? Then this year, in August, my daughter and I were school shopping when we found Christmas items already on display. It made Christmas in July seem almost

Connecting military to careers

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Connecting military to careers

Technology jobs are on the rise in the Northwest, and now a military veteran-owned company in Tacoma has plans to provide short-term immersive training in web development and coding to the military community interested in a tech career. VetStartups, founded by three military veterans, plans to launch its first 20-week certificate

Operation Ham Grenade

Military Life

Operation Ham Grenade

It rained hundreds of hams. Early last Thursday morning in front of the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord Field, about 25 community volunteers unloaded a large truck chock full of hams. Operation Ham Grenade 2015 had begun. Its mission was to distribute more than 950 hams to various squadron, battalion and brigade

Surviving a court-martial

Military Life

Surviving a court-martial

Court-martialed. It's one place no servicemember wants to be. But there are steps soldiers and airmen can take to save their career and their reputation when they face accusations of wrong-doing. Mike Berens is a former JAG officer who spent nearly a decade in the Air Force and currently works with

Opening doors to Christmas cheer

Military Life

Opening doors to Christmas cheer

Some soldiers travel on the Polar Express. The title to a 2004 film starring Tom Hanks, the movie is about a boy who boards a train called the Polar Express, which journeys to the North Pole. Once there, the lad is handpicked by Santa Claus to receive the first gift of Christmas. "I

Healing with horsemanship

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Healing with horsemanship

Although many of the terrors of war happen for soldiers overseas, some struggles occur once they return home. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a harsh and unfortunate reality for many veterans, as it affects up to 20 out of every 100 individuals who are serving or have served overseas, according

American Legion walks for veterans

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American Legion walks for veterans

The two-mile walk through DuPont on a drizzly Sunday morning wasn't about exercise. Not for Dale Barnett and the 60 people who walked with him. It was about getting the word out about American Legion and about bringing attention to the needs of our military veterans. "We're walking for our vets," said

How the base keeps you safe

Military Life

How the base keeps you safe

America is worried. A fear of terrorism - tracked by polls, printed in newspapers and on websites, and talked about by politicians - has put national security issues front and center. According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC news survey released on Dec. 15, some 40 percent of those polled said national

Karaoke on ice

Music

Karaoke on ice

Now in its fifth year, Polar Plaza has put downtown T-Town on ice since Nov. 21 and still has a few weeks to go until the party stops. The covered ice skating rink has become the place to be for a chilly December, and there's even a food truck onsite

Vostok Dumpling House

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Vostok Dumpling House

Seattle's Vostok Dumpling House has added a second location right here in Tacoma on Commerce Street. Now Tacomans can also enjoy quick bites of Eastern Europe for lunch or dinner for just a few bucks out of their pocket as most tastings range between $5-$10 for half and full orders,

Jazzy New Year!

Music

Jazzy New Year!

Maia Santell, performing New Year's Eve at Johnny's Dock Restaurant & Marina, is a name you should know. With a vocal timbre reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney, she and her venerable backing band, House Blend, are stars of contemporary jazz and blues in Tacoma. Her parents and uncle were fixtures in

Ringing in

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Ringing in

Over the years that I've spent writing for this fine rag, I've made no secret of my distaste for just about every holiday (not you, Arbor Day; don't go changing). In particular, I've let New Year's Eve have it on several occasions. It's become something of an annual tradition in

'Blue Collar' at Fulcrum

Arts

'Blue Collar' at Fulcrum

I love the new show at Fulcrum Gallery. It is called "Blue Collar," paintings in acrylic on antique platters by Adrian Bouchard. How such an outstanding Tacoma painter could have escaped my attention until now is beyond comprehension. Bouchard paints portraits taken from old photographs. They are hyper realistic, painted with

Creating wonders

Stage

Creating wonders

When I started writing theater reviews 10 years ago, few people outside of Federal Way had ever heard of Centerstage, but in the years since, this little-known theater has blossomed into one of the finest in the Puget Sound region - thanks in large part to outstanding productions spearheaded by,

Indoor animalia in Parkland

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Indoor animalia in Parkland

The Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo should be a setting for a series of children's books, along the lines of Dr. Dolittle-meets-Pippi Longstocking. Here, a Zebu calf munches peacefully at the manger with a collection of goats, a brown and white pony, and some sheep.  The pony and goats are

The health of the force

News Front

The health of the force

The 2015 "Health of the Force Report" is the Army's initial effort to evaluate, study and disseminate best health practices at the installation level. Some of the major findings from the soldiers surveyed are as follows: 17 percent were classified as not being medically ready to deploy within 72 hours. Non-readiness ranged from

2015 marks enormous advances for women

News Front

2015 marks enormous advances for women

Women's strides made big news throughout 2015, with graduating from Ranger School, to the appointment of the first black female Army surgeon general to Defense Secretary Ash Carter opening up all military occupational specialties - or MOSs - to women. Here are some of the highlights:ALL OCCUPATIONS OPEN TO WOMEN On Dec.

Army vet writes book in honor of brother

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Army vet writes book in honor of brother

Life was simple although difficult for the Bartlett family during the Depression Era. The eight Bartlett siblings worked on their family's farm in rural Deer Trail, Colorado. Their happy, simple life was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. For a 10-year-old Albert Bartlett, this meant watching his favorite

Military engineer society in Tacoma

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Military engineer society in Tacoma

The Society of American Military Engineers, or SAME, has been at the fore front of collaborative works to solve national security and infrastructure issues since their founding in 1920. Nationally, the organization boasts over 150 posts that serve over 30,000 members; as SAME continues to grow they have been able

Gold Star kids treated to Seahawks game

Military Life

Gold Star kids treated to Seahawks game

Jermaine Kearse has made incredible strides in the past year to support military youth and has personally been responsible for more than 200 military youth attending various Seattle Seahawks games at no cost to the military family. "I know kids in the military often don't get a lot of opportunities," said

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