Veteran’s Day Program
Puyallup’s annual Veteran’s Day Program was held on November 11th, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, with over 550 people in attendance. The Veteran’s Day program is an annual celebration of music and traditional patriotic ceremony that salutes the Armed Forces and celebrates Veterans from all branches of the military. Music was provided by members of the I Corps Army Band, JBLM Jazz Combo, Puyallup Tapestry Singers, and the Kalles Junior High School choir.Following the program, attendees were invited to a free exhibit of the art of Chris Hopkins, who is a nationally renowned, award-winning artist and an official artist of the Air Force. His work was on display in the lobby of City Hall and Gallery 3. Original paintings and sketches of Tuskegee Airmen, mythological characters, and other works were included. A special thanks to the staff of Gallery 3 for their coordination of the Artist’s exhibit. This event is sponsored by VFW Post 2224, American Legion Post 67, Fleet Reserve Association 104, and the City of Puyallup. Read more
Puyallup Library’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
On October 19th, the Puyallup Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary with an informal community open house. This free public event was planned and hosted by the Puyallup Library Foundation. The highlight of the event was a lecture and book signing by author and popular cartoonist Stephan Pastis, best known for his comic strip “Pearls Before Swine.” The lecture was attended by over 275 people and included a lively question and answer session. Several local authors were also on hand to sign books, and representatives from the Puyallup Historical Society and the South Hill Historical Society were available to answer questions about Puyallup history. The Library’s History Room was also opened for the evening. As part of the evening’s festivities, patrons were allowed to climb the clock tower of the Library for a small donation. Thomas Britanyek, the clock chime expert who installed the library’s chimes, was on hand to give tours and answer questions.Read more
Susan Cooper at the Puyallup Public Library’s Festival of Books
The Puyallup Public Library celebrated its first annual Festival of Books on September 27-28. In partnership with Fantasium Comics and Valley Arts United, the library hosted a mini-comic convention, the Fandom Dance, an art-inspired poetry contest, and a guest lecture by the acclaimed author Susan Cooper—known for her “Dark is Rising” series and most recent book Ghost Hawk. This first annual author lecture series was named in honor of Jim Taylor, a revered English teacher in the Puyallup School District. Other guest speakers and performers included fantasy author Ursula K. LeGuin, storyteller Will Hornyack, and fiddle player Sarah Corner.Read more
Run From The Cops
The Puyallup Police Department held their first annual “Run From the Cops” 5K fun run event on September 28th, in partnership with Pierce College, Special Olympics of Washington, Washington’s Most Wanted, and South Sound Running.
In spite of the inclement weather, approximately 100 runners braved the elements to “Run From The Cops”. This unique event started at 10:00 pm and encouraged the participants to wear costumes. Those who did not complete the course in 30 minutes were “arrested” and had to raise “bail” in the form of a donation to Special Olympics. Runners who thought they could “Beat the Chief” in the race, had the opportunity to donate an additional $10 to enter for a chance to win an extra prize. The first three runners who beat the Chief’s time were offered a pair of running shoes from South Sound Running. Altogether, the event raised approximately $7,300 for Special Olympics of Washington. All involved are looking to make this an annual event, although organizers are planning for June next year to avoid the inclement weather!Read more
Puyallup Historic Preservation Brochures
The City has two new public information brochures to provide citizens with background on historic preservation in Puyallup. Funded by a State grant, these attractive hand-outs were formatted by a local graphics designer in a historic motif, and contain many photographs from our community’s past.
One brochure gives a general description of the City’s historic preservation program, the other outlines incentives for renovating local historic buildings. The Design Review & Historic Preservation Board, which administers the City’s historic preservation program, received these brochures at their September 5th meeting. These hand-outs are now available at the City Hall permit counter, plus they are being distributed to civic organizations such as the Main Street Association and the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce. They can also be viewed on the Historic Preservation webpage.Read more
Summer Concert Series Finale
The 2013 summer concert series finished on August 22nd with a wonderful performance by Larry Jones (Singing Comedian Impressionist), and the band Heart by Heart, featuring two members of the original group Heart. The concert season finale had more than 2,500 enthusiastic concert-goers in attendance. The entire summer concert series was once again a great success and many citizens expressed their thanks to recreation staff for another outstanding summer of family entertainment.Read more
· The single largest development project currently under construction in Puyallup is the “Port 167” industrial park, located on the south side of Valley Avenue NW, in the vicinity of the Valley Avenue bridge into Fife. Approved earlier this year, this project will eventually total approximately 650,000 square feet of new industrial space, in two large buildings, on a 33.6 acre site. With construction permits issued earlier this summer, major site work is now underway, with vertical building construction to begin later this year. The foundation for the first of these structures, prior to pouring of the concrete slab, is evident in the upper part of this photo. Trammell Crow Company, a national corporation with regional offices in Seattle, is the developer of this project.
· City planner Katie Baker was recently elected to a regional professional post. The state chapter of the American Planning Association has a “Young Planners Group”, which exists to encourage professional development and networking among land use planners under age 40. Earlier this month, Katie was elected, through a regional voting process, as the Pierce County representative to this group.Read more
PPD Social Media Efforts Recognized
Captain Scott Engle was recently interviewed by the Puget Sound Business Examiner. The Business Examiner is doing a story on organizations that are “doing it right” in terms of the the use of social media, and they have chosen to feature the Puyallup Police Department as an example of an organization using social media well. Captain Engle fielded questions about what we use social media for, how it has changed department practices, and what recommendations we would make to others. The article will be featured in the August 19th issue.
Organization-wide, the City Manager’s office has coordinated a social media users group for departments to share their experiences and develop best practices. Members include the PD, Library, and Parks & Recreation.Read more
Elodea Management 2013
The Elodea management program is designed to reduce the amount of elodea growth in Clarks Creek and limit its impacts on the citizens who live on the creek. As part of those efforts, this year’s activities included Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting, or DASH. This process uses divers to hand pull the weed from the creek and remove them completely – instead of cutting them as in past years. To date, over 7,000 50 pound bags of Elodea have been collected and removed from the creek. The plant material collected is being spread on local fields as mulch. Given the progress to date, it is highly likely that we will be continuing with the DASH method throughout the fish window (August 8th). Staff is cautiously optimistic that the contractor has the potential to clear the entire creek of Elodea by the end of the fish window.Read more