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Crown Bar's Vodka Gibson

Ah, the mystique of a well-made martini. To hear connoisseurs tell it, you’d think it contained the clear-liquid keys to immortality, sexual prowess, and immeasurable wealth — in order of individual preference, no less. But don’t you believe it. You want to know a martini’s big secret? It’s made entirely

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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Dirty Dish dissects dirty dining

I probably shouldn’t bring this up, but I’m going to anyway. I got really sick a few weeks back, after eating at one of my favorite restaurants. Making this declaration pains me slightly because as a restaurant owner, this could happen to anyone. It happened to me. While all restaurants

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Opa! Greek Cuisine

Opa! Greek Cuisine still doesn’t have a liquor license as of last week, so again, disappointment raised its ugly head. Deciding that the tempting scents floating through the air were worth a wine-free meal, we nabbed seats closest to the glowing fireplace and peeled off gloves, hats, scarves, and coats. Opa!

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Do Something healthy

This year’s 9th annual Do Something Healthy event enters the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Jan. 24 with special celebrity guest speaker Jillian Michaels, the uber tough trainer from NBC’s TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Michaels’ style of training focuses on achieving a maintainable weight through healthy lifestyle changes,

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Capricorns, Croatians and the Cloverleaf

Whoooo-wee! After all of that party time during the holidays, everyone’s favorite floozy Carmen got wicked sick, and it knocked me out for the count two weeks ago. I was quarantined in my home (it’s a good thing I love my house) from Friday until Wednesday, and I gotta tell ya,

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Family: That's Italian

 / by Natasha As I was sitting in a divine Tacoma restaurant recently, I realized that I’ve been a complete jerk and haven’t addressed a core entity within the Weekly Volcano’s target demographic. I always jibber-jab about what it’s like to be single in the South Sound, and I never consider all

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Anime, burping, video games

Teenagers lined the wall in the meeting room at the Lakewood Pierce County Library on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Why? might you ask. No, they weren’t in trouble. They were watching “Black Cat.” You’re probably wondering what the heck is “Black Cat.” If you’re not an anime fan, you wouldn’t

Suits for Service Members

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Suits for Service Members

As our country continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that our transitioning service members are being hit from all sides. Fortunately, the Association of the US Army (AUSA) and America's Credit Union (ACU) have stepped up once again to offer help. In August, the Suits for Service Members program

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COVID and depression

  I came from one of these small Northwest logging towns where there's not a whole lot known about mental health. I actually went to medical school to become an emergency room physician because I like variability. On my psychiatric rotation, I was actually on the adolescent unit, and was amazed

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Ipads for vets

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase veterans' access to virtual care benefits. VA's iPad program provides qualifying veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 50,000 veterans across the country connect to VA health

JBLM unit fights ticks and COVID

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JBLM unit fights ticks and COVID

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HONOLULU - For Public Health Command-Pacific Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) personnel keeping others safe from disease is a top priority. Located at Camp Zama, Japan, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the EMBLs' mission is to protect the health of the force from vector borne diseases found

JBLM soldiers in CA fighting fires

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JBLM soldiers in CA fighting fires

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, California - In the midst of the California wildfires, more than 200 U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) soldiers are supporting wildland fire ground response operations in the August Complex, located in the densely forested northern part of the state. "We are proud to support the U.S. Department of

How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

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How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

  The latest re-enlistment bonus list released by the DoD stated incentives to stay in the military are running as high as $81,000 for select MOSs – a reason some might change their MOS to reap these larger payouts, or stay in the service longer to get the signing cash. But what

More opening on base

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More opening on base

  All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday. Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a

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Bad boys

I’ve been in a really bad mood all week. I should find some local art to review, but the way I’ve been feeling lately I’ll probably hate anything I see. Here’s the thing: I go to see local art exhibits, and what I see is stuff that’s been around half

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Needle Damage

Between flashing multi-colored lights, multiple Ocean Grooves DJs, the packed dance floor, and the beating throb of the house and mash-up music pouring out of the speakers, one might assume that they have wandered headlong into a giant dance club. Nope, just the Swiss. The popular downtown Tacoma watering hole opened its

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More openings on base

  All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday. Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a small

Fall Family Field Trip

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Fall Family Field Trip

For families looking for something to do this fall that is both educational and fun, the reopening of Tacoma's museum district is good news. The museums of the Tacoma Museum District - Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, LeMay - America's Car Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport,

At Election Time, Hire a Vet

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At Election Time, Hire a Vet

As an attorney and the City of Lakewood's deputy mayor, Jason Whalen consistently works in a collaborative manner. "Rather than worry about partisan politics or who gets credit for what," he wrote in an email, "we know that the mission is best achieved by working together for the common good." That common

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