Thursday, October 8, 2015

Progress On Movie Theater

One sure sign of progress is when things get visible from the outside. Workers have been busy inside the new Century Theater movie complex at Point Ruston for over a year, but this week brought signs on the exterior. This is really happening, folks! Just a short jaunt down the hill for a nice dinner and movie will be available soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Childcare Center In Ruston

Our new neighbor posted these details about their new childcare center opening soon on Pearl Street. Open house will be held this Saturday. Stop in and say hello!
Hello, from Stepping Stones Learning Academy! We are a new childcare center in Ruston, Opening in Nov 2015! We would like to invite everyone in the neighborhood to attend our open house this Saturday,

October 10, from 11-4pm,
our address is: 4939 N Pearl St. Ruston WA, 98407

We are seeking to build long-standing friendships and partnerships in the community, so we would deeply appreciate you mentioning our new business or open house event on your business page, in order to help spread the word to neighborhood families.

Please take a look at our Facebook page (steppingstoneslearningacademy) to find all our information! We hope to see you on Saturday!

Stepping Stones Learning Academy
Owner and Director
Tierra Tate
Caleb Tate
253 876-5131

Monday, October 5, 2015

Volunteer At Point Defiance

October 5, 2015
Julie Parascondola, Regional Parks Manager, (253) 305-1060;
Michael Thompson, Public Information Officer, (253) 305-1092;
Volunteers put more eyes, ears on Point Defiance Park
Parks Watch Program started to help maintain visitor safety, protect park’s resources
Visitors to Point Defiance Park might soon notice some diligent people in lanyards and yellow safety vests walking the trails, viewpoints and parking areas. They’re volunteers with the new Park Watch Program, which began this summer to help maintain safety.
A core group of about 20 people have received training to notice and discourage car break-ins, vandalism, and other park rule violations such as smoking, drinking, feeding of wildlife and unleashed dogs. Besides human behavior, they’ll check for fallen trees and other naturally occurring potential hazards.
“Park district staff already check for problems on a regular basis,” said Julie Parascondola, regional parks manager for Metro Parks Tacoma. “Park Watch will put even more attention on Point Defiance, help keep people safe, and protect the park’s resources.”
Volunteers receive training and sign an agreement to follow Park Watch rules. Among the rules: Avoid confrontations with the public, report regularly to parks staff, and call 911 in case of emergencies. Patrols will be on trails, viewpoints, parking lots and other outdoor areas used by the general public.
Park Watch is formally part of Metro Parks’ thriving CHIP-In volunteer program, directed by Richard Madison. CHIP-In includes a districtwide Park Patrol Group program, which helps staff keep an eye on several locations throughout the city. Staff and citizens had discussed setting up a similar watch for Point Defiance Park, and this year’s master plan update process for the park “re-energized” interest, Parascondola said. 
For the next few months, the core group of volunteers and Metro Parks staff will refine procedures and other program details.
“It’s a dedicated group,” Parascondola said of the volunteers. “People love Point Defiance Park, and the citizens in this program were looking for a way to help keep it safe and enjoyable.”
Volunteers welcome
In 2014, almost 5,800 people contributed nearly 181,000 hours of service to the park district. Some volunteers assist with active living programs such as Specialized Recreation and Adaptive Sports, some serve on advisory councils, others help interpret 1850s life at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and still others assist at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
The CHIP-In program – the name stands for Citizens Helping to Improve Parks – started in 2003 and helps district staff maintain more than 2,500 acres of parks and green space, gardens and more. There are several focus areas:
·         Park volunteers
·         Natural area stewards
·         Park patrols
·         Garden volunteers
To volunteer for CHIP-In, call (253) 202-5978, email or visit
To explore more ways to contribute to the community through Metro Parks, visit and click “Get Involved.”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Point Ruston's Mike Cohen Loses Lawsuit

The News Tribune reported yesterday that Point Ruston developer Mike Cohen lost a major lawsuit recently. One of the investors in his Apex complex sued Cohen for $2.3 million after the development was sold at a loss in 2014. The jury for the civil trial found Cohen violated state securities law. A judge is set to finalize the judgement on Oct. 9th. Read more at the News Tribune here...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Winnifred Street Schedule

Mayor Hopkins provided this schedule on Friday via the Nextdoor site for the work on Winnifred Street this week. Contact Town Hall with any questions at (253) 759-3544.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Way To Connect

Mayor Hopkins mentioned an intriguing new way for the neighborhood to connect in the latest city newsletter. It's called Nextdoor. It links neighbors with space to share services, babysitting, news on local crimes and more. Just head to, enter your address and you'll be connected to neighbors living near you. It sounds like a great way to build community!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Winnifred Street Project

The resurfacing Winnifred Street continues, and is expected to be complete before the end of the year. The project includes new sidewalks and re-landscaping the median. Road bed soils will be replaced with stronger material that can handle the stress of modern traffic and asphalt will be to current codes. This should prevent any of the large pot holes that were common along this street.

You can view the full plan details via this link. And just to remind us of what used to be, here is a photo from the 1940's when Winnifred Street was still young.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Public Hearing: Point Defiance Improvements Agreement

Citizens have another chance to comment on the "Destination Point Defiance" plan, this time before the Tacoma City Council. The council will hear comments on their agreement with Metro Parks that enables Parks to manage the permits for individual projects under a comprehensive plan rather than multiple permits. More information is available at and clicking on "Point Defiance DRA".

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Downtown To Defiance

Ruston Way will be closed from 9am until 1pm tomorrow, Sunday September 13th for the annual Downtown To Defiance event. Everyone is encouraged to get out of their cars and walk, run or bike the Tacoma waterfront. There will be free activites and food trucks along the way, and lots of beautiful scenery to boot! More details at

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tacoma Could Manage All Permits At Point Ruston

The News Tribune has an update on the prospect of Tacoma taking over the permitting at Point Ruston for both Ruston and Tacoma. Ruston would still do their own inspections, but other work would be provided by Tacoma. You can read the details here....