Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ruston Fire

I can tell I've lived in town a while now, and loved our fire department the entire time. I recognize each of these fire engines and fondly remember some of the neighbors and friends who have served on our all volunteer, highly trained squad. There is an even older Ruston engine on display at the LeMay Family collection at Marymount. From Phil Parker, Joe Mondeau and Mike Hagen to Don Torbet and Bruce Allen, we have been blessed by so many men and women who give us their hearts to make us a better community.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Urban Oasis Salon

Urban Oasis Salon has a new web site (here). Check out the new details, like the summer special of only $20 for a pedicure - then head in to support this local business! Located at 4925 N. Pearl.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two Town Opens At Copperline

The first eatery at Point Ruston has opened. The establishment features a cafe for the morning with espresso and delectable pastries, a restaurant for lunch and dinner (and weekend breakfasts starting August 9th) and a pub to wet the whistle. The decor is historic wood, brick and photos. Two Town's name references it's location at the border of Ruston and Tacoma; with menu items such as Smokestack Burger and WR Ruston Wings. Be sure to stop in soon!

Cafe open 6am-3pm weekdays, 7am-3pm weekends.
Restaurant and pub open 11am to close.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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.