Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition
Puyallup Recreation hosted the Western Washington sectional competition of the National Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, and Run contest on June 1st. Kids ages 7-14 who won at local competitions, traveled from as far as East Wenatchee to compete for a chance to move on to the regional competition at Safeco Field. Competitors who qualify after the Regional competition at Safeco field will have the opportunity to move on to the final competition to be held at the All Star Game in New York City. The event was blessed with sunny weather, energetic kids, and enthusiastic volunteers who helped make the event a successful one. The past two years, Western Washington has produced national champions. Some very high scores were posted and hopefully some of our participants will qualify to move forward in the competition.
Concerts in the Park Sponsorships
The annual Summer Concerts in the Park series starts next week and the Recreation Department is excited to announce that they have received $10,550 in concert sponsorships. Sponsors were able to donate at the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Level; with partners of the series receiving benefits based on their level of support. The Recreation Department would like to thank the following sponsors:
Gold level - $1,500
Marine View Beverage
T.E. Walrath Trucking, Inc.
Silver Level - $800
Jerry Mahan with John L. Scott
Barretts Collision Centers
Dr. Kristine Grace & Dr. Guillermo Chacon
Bronze Level - $250
Fireside Home Solutions
L & L Printing, Inc.
Bill & Leslie Hilton
Legends Sports Photography
Puyallup Library’s New Reservation System Goes Live!
The Library has gone “live” with its new online meeting room reservation system! Anyone looking to book a room can now view room availability online and request reservations for the library’s meeting and study rooms, all through the library’s website. Visit www.puyalluplibrary.org under the Services tab, to request a room.
Meeker Days Festival
The Meeker Days Festival is the largest street festival in Pierce County. This annual celebration to honor the City of Puyallup’s heritage runs from Friday, June 21st - Sunday, June 23rd. Activities and special events include: educational exhibits, Kid Zone, Lego Land, Farmer's Market, TeenZone, Classic Car Show Competition, Art in the Park, Riverwalk Wine Garden and live entertainment on four stages. Click here for more information: http://www.puyallupmainstreet.com/events/meeker-days/.
PPD Officers attend training in Alabama
Detective Justin Murrell and Officer Chad Pearson recently completed the week-long Field Force Operations (FFO) training with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Anniston, Alabama. Detective Murrell and Officer Pearson were awarded certification in responding to bombing attacks, mitigating civil disorder, and mass arrests. Detective Murrell is a member of the Metro Civil Disturbance team. The training was paid for by DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness.
Pierce College HR Presentation
On the evening of June 6th, Human Resources Manager Ellen Mak served as a guest speaker, presenting to a Human Resource Management class at Pierce College in Puyallup. The class offering is intended for business majors desiring Human Resources certification and several of the students are currently working in the field of human resources.
Ellen’s presentation covered the full range of HR duties and daily departmental functions from her perspective as a practitioner. Students asked questions regarding the strategic planning level of the organization, union negotiations, methods for conducting employee investigations, and ways to develop fair and equitable compensation for employees. This opportunity was a great way for the City of Puyallup to be involved in the community and as a possible resource for future class offerings and perhaps internships through Pierce College.
Summertime Teen Activities at the Library
Check out all the ways that you can spend the summer at the Puyallup Public Library! Teens can play Minecraft, learn about video game design, do crafts, or catch a movie; all in a safe environment with opportunities to meet new friends and share ideas. Of course the library also offers plenty to read! The Teen Summer Reading Program runs from June 17th to August 17th, with registration starting June 1st. This summer teens can win prizes, including books and gift cards, by reading and attending programs.
Explorer Post Receives Ballistic Vests
The King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention recently donated twenty-six ballistic vests to the Puyallup Police Explorer Post. Although the vests are pre-owned, some of the vests had never been issued. The vests have a market value of $200 each. Explorer Austin Kile’s father, a corrections officer for the King County Jail, helped make this generous donation possible. New ballistic vests cost approximately $800 - $1,000 making them cost prohibitive to obtain for the Explorer Post.
Addressing the Impacts of Homelessness
The first City of Puyallup Task Force on Homelessness public input meeting was held on June 10th. This was the first of two meetings scheduled to take public testimony on adult homelessness. Over forty members of the public were in attendance and half of them provided testimony. Those who spoke represented many viewpoints, including business owners, concerned citizens, and volunteers who work with the homeless. The second public input meeting will be held the evening of Thursday, July 25th. Testimony from these meetings will help frame the Task Force's work on adult homelessness. Ultimately, the Task Force has been asked to craft recommendations for review and consideration by the Puyallup City Council. The Task Force is scheduled to report their recommendations at the August 6th City Council Meeting. Learn more about the City of Puyallup Task Force on Homelessness.
Toddler Campus Preschool Graduation
The 2012-13 school year came to a close for Toddler Campus Preschool on May 31st, with 35 students graduating to Kindergarten. After performing multiple songs, receiving graduation certificates, and throwing their caps in the air, parents and students had a fantastic potluck including celebratory cake. Preschool teacher Jenny Call did a great job preparing this year’s students for the next chapter of their lives. Registration for the 2013-14 school year is open and spots are filling up fast.
Police Seek Justice Assistance Grant
The Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced an opening for local solicitation grant applications. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the leading source of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, providing vital funding to support a range of programs and equipment for law enforcement.
The Puyallup Police Department’s 2013 application will focus on Critical Incident Response Training with a multi-jurisdictional approach. The mission will include the integration of first responders from multiple agencies into scenarios that are designed to exercise a regional response to violence protocol. If awarded, Puyallup’s 2013 grant allocation will be $12,810 and will not require local matching funds.
AUSA Presents The Great American Picnic
Community pride is on the line on Saturday, July 20th, as Sumner and Puyallup go toe-to-toe to see which community wins the main trophy and, more importantly, bragging rights. Each community’s team will be made up of city officials, community members, and the partner units from Joint Base Lewis-McChord; the 2-2 Strykers with Puyallup and the 593rd Sustainment Brigade with Sumner. Join in the fun and playful rivalry with classic field games open to all, traditional picnic fare available for donation, and Pierce County officials acting as referees. Click here for the schedule of events. All proceeds go to AUSA to welcome troops home!
Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington, is coordinated locally by Pierce County Aging and Long Term care. It provides $40 worth of vouchers to qualifying seniors; the coupons can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at Farmers’ Markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. Earlier this month, 260 eligible seniors received the coupons at the Activity Center and are looking forward to visiting merchants at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market soon.
Distracted driving emphasis
The Puyallup Police Department received funding from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission to conduct seatbelt, child restraint, and distracted driving emphasis. The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission defines "distracted driving" as motor vehicle operators using cellular phone devices for talking and or texting. The grant funding was enough to pay for 36 hours of overtime for officers to target these specific infractions. The emphasis resulted in 155 contacts that netted 115 traffic violations and 6 additional criminal traffic violations. The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has identified distracted driving as one of their top priorities; it one of the major causes of serious injury and fatality collisions in the state of Washington.
Mark Your Calendars
· June 18 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· June 21-23 – Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup
· June 22 – Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Pioneer Park, Downtown Puyallup, 9:00 am – 5k Fun Run & 10:00 am – 1 Mile Walk,
· June 25 - Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· July 4 – Independence Day Holiday – City Offices Closed
· July 9 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· July 16 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· July 20 – AUSA Great American Picnic, Daffodil Valley Sports Complex – Sumner, 11:00 am
· July 25 – Homeless Task Force 2nd Public Input Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:00-7:30 pm
Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:
Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 13 – October 12
Wednesdays 3:00pm -7:30pm May 29 – August 28