Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today's Pretty

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Catching Up With Council Actions

Reading council meeting minutes may not be the most thrilling, but it's a good indication of what's happening around town. Here are a few highlights and links to the minutes if you want to read for yourself:
  • Lynn Syler was appointed to fill the council seat vacated by Bruce Judd. The council discussed the process of filling that vacancy at the May 3rd meeting, but Holland Cohen was the only applicant at that time. The council decided at the next meeting (May 20th) to appoint Ms. Syler without interviewing or contacting both candidates;  citing the fact that Syler frequently attends council meetings.
  • The fire pumper truck failed in late May. Repair costs were too high, so the council approved the emergency purchase of a 'new' used rig for $76,500. Chief Torbet managed to find a truck in good working condition that fits in Ruston's small engine bay at Town Hall. 
  • Garbage rates increased - up to $30 for a 35-gallon can (from $25 per month).
  • Ruston has created its own Emergency Management Organization, with the expertize of Firefighter Eric Cunningham.
  • Rental space is officially available via professional listing agents with Neil Walter Company.
  • The green space along Winnifred Street is in the process of becoming an official park.
Meeting Minutes:
May 3, 2014
May 20, 2014
June 3, 2014
June 17, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unicorn Tavern Owner Sues Ruston

The News Tribune is reporting (here) that Unicorn Tavern owner Kye Barker has filed a lawsuit, claiming Ruston police have targeted and harassed her business over the last eight years. The suit cites two examples where charges were filed but ultimately the tavern was found not to be at fault. The Ruston attorney did not have a comment at this time.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kid's Parade Tomorrow At Noon

 Don't miss  this year's Kid's 4th of July parade! Tomorrow, Friday July 4th starting at 12 Noon at the intersection of Winnifred and N. 51st. Decorate those tricycles and pets, or come to watch the fun!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Found Dog

Help get this pup home - found this morning on Stack Hill. The dog will be staying with Holland Cohen for the time being. Email me if you know the owner ( Thanks neighbors!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Point Ruston Update

The development down the hill just opened another building. The first residents moved into the condos in front of the Copperline Building this week. Construction continues on the second condo building and the movie theater complex. You can view the Point Ruston announcement and video here.

Ruston officials also announced that they have recently compiled the many years of Point Ruston planning documents and approved plans into one location for public viewing (available here). The city planner just issued a summary report on the combined permits for Buildings 9 and 11, the first buildings within the Ruston boundary now under construction (available here). The Point Ruston development plans have already been approved, so the time for public comment has passed. But this is your chance to stay up to date on permitting and related issues.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Welcome Hotsy Totsy

Ruston has a new business in town. Hotsy Totsy held their grand opening earlier this month, much to the delight of local bargain hunters. The shop features accessories, all for $5. They offer gift certificates and hours of necklaces, bracelets and other beautiful things to explore.

Owner Veronica Hunter had been selling jewelry on the side for years while juggling a full time marketing career. After success with the side job, she decided to follow her dream and open her own shop. As any entrepreneur knows, it's a big jump. Veronica said she had looked for affordable retail space, with no luck. She was about to give up but had one last appointment left. She told herself this was the last place she would explore, if it didn't work she would give up. Lucky for us, her last stop was the store behind Don's Ruston Market at 5609 N. 51st St.

Veronica is now a proud business owner, following her dream full time at Hotsy Totsy. The shop is getting rave reviews, so stop by and visit soon!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Is Gritty Upperclass Possible?

This analysis about Tacoma in today's Crosscut is getting a bit of attention. The author, Benjamin Anderstone, is a Tacoma native who discusses Tacoma's strength's and challenges. He describes the grit of the city, the second-behind-Seattle status and how local culture has and is changing. There are some similarities to Ruston, although I feel that in some ways Ruston has happily turned its back on any sense of grit or 'eclectic nature'. Many are working hard to focus only on being the upper-class enclave of the South Sound. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but as one who loves and celebrates our gritty past, I think we lose more than we gain if we forget our roots. What do you think?   Karen

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Michael Johnson: 1953-2014

I haven't had the time to do this community blog justice lately, but I'll l stay up late tonight because this is important. Former Ruston council member Michael Johnson died earlier this month (obituary link here). Michael grew up in Ruston and his mother Corrine, lived here until recently. I remember him as someone with a smile that would light up a room, but was tough when he needed to be. Besides the time on the council, Michael served our community as a firefighter and EMT. He was only 62 years old, too young to leave us. We were lucky to have his dedication and selfless service. He will be missed.