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New normal on JBLM

  One thing was abundantly clear during Tuesday’s regular Facebook Live townhall at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, COVID-19 still dictates base life, however, finding a sense of normal keeps officials motivated to adapt. AD: Virtual Halloween Costume Contest for JBLM - fun, free, win prizes - HERE Lt. Gen. Randy George, I Corps and

Soldiers #1 priority

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Soldiers #1 priority

WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy announced Tuesday that "people" will now be the Army's top priority, as the force works to give junior leaders more time to build cohesive teams. "As we took a closer look at ourselves over these past couple of months, we understand that

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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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Point Ruston Development Continues to Expand

There has undoubtedly been a large growth at Tacoma's waterfront over the last few years. And the latest development joining the Point Ruston development is the Public Market at Point Ruston. This new addition sits perched up on the hill above the already established restaurants that include WildFin American Grill,

Local USO looks for CFC support

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Local USO looks for CFC support

Looking for a worthy organization to write down as your CFC beneficiary?  Look no further than the local United Services Organization, USO Northwest. While the national USO does great things too, the Pacific Northwest team directly affects Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Station Everett and more. As a congressionally chartered

JBLM soldiers have made 5,000 masks

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JBLM soldiers have made 5,000 masks

It was March 27, and the United States had just passed the 100,000 mark in reported cases of COVID-19 infection. It was now leading the world in number of cases. As terrifying as the virus is, the nation's attention was riveted on the inadequate supply of protective face covers to

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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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Fall is for baked goods

While fall brings an onslaught of everything pumpkin, apple and maple, for us it also brings on the desire to consume all the baked goods. And yes, we will consume baked goods in the flavors of pumpkin, apple and maple - we're certainly not picky. So if you too are

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Trick or treating on JBLM

Ready for a spooktacular Halloween? JBLM will host trick or treating with COVID-19 precautions Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please stay safe and abide by the following guidelines: Depression treatments without meds in Lakewood and Lacey ... Tricare covered!!!  Start HERE - Parents, please accompany young children and use caution

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Helping those who need it most

Seattle Union Gospel Mission has been serving those in need for 88 years with their services dating back to the Great Depression. From a kettle borrowed from a local candy store, they opened their doors and began serving soup to those in need. Today they continue to serve the members of

Helping the community

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Helping the community

St. Vincent De Paul of Tacoma-Pierce County is a non-profit, Catholic lay, serving the community since 1926. While they're an organization rooted in Catholicism, they welcome everyone regardless of race, religion or orientation. Many people know them for their thrift stores, and while those stores are an important element in

Protect your security clearance

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Protect your security clearance

"Credit scores are important," said Denise Jones, Money Management Coach at Harborstone Credit Union. For military and DoD civilian personnel, that is especially true because security clearances often determine jobs, and bad credit can impact that employment. These have been challenging times in many ways for individuals and families. Many are facing

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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

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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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