Friday, July 31, 2015

National Night Out

If you enjoy your neighbors and want to take a stand against crime, then National Night Out Against Crime is for you. Ruston will hold two outdoor potluck dinners next Tuesday, August 4th to mark the event. The Ruston Police Department provided the following details:

National Night Out is this coming Tuesday the 4th. There will be two NNO gatherings as in years past. One will be in the 5200 block of N Highland St and the other will be in the 5300 block of N 49th St. This is a great event to come meet your police and fire personnel as well as your neighbors. The events usually begin around 6PM. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rust Mansion For Sale

If you have an extra $1.7 million, you can purchase a piece of local history. Ruston founder, William R. Rust, never lived in Ruston, choosing instead to build two mansions in Tacoma's Stadium district. One of those grand homes is for sale. The News Tribune has a great article today about the historic luxury home and about Rust's life. You can read the article here...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SAMI Now At Camp 6

The News Tribune is reporting that the Science And Math Institute (SAMI) trailers are now set up at the former Camp 6 location at Point Defiance Park for the next year. Construction of the park's new storm water system has begun in earnest at the former location next to the go carts. A new, permanent school for the SAMI students will be constructed at the zoo. The new building will be used for educational classes for both the zoo and SAMI. The new facility is scheduled to open by 2017. Officials will be hosting an informational session about the new building Friday morning at 10:45am at Owens Beach as part of their Explore The Shore program.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Winnifred Street Construction

The reconstruction of the tree-lined Winnifred Street boulevard started in earnest yesterday with the removal of several trees, some of which were dead or diseased. The project includes new streets, sidewalks and upgrading the medians. Construction is expected to last through early fall.

Not all the neighbors are happy with the scope of the project. The city council decided that the tree in the yard at N. 52nd and Winnifred would be removed as part of the work, over the protests of the home owner.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rust Memorial

The News Tribune has a nice, in-depth article in today's paper about the new art in downtown Ruston. The bust of the town's founder, W.R. Rust and his many contributions to the greater South Sound are highlighted. You can read it here...  And if you want to order your own brick for the upcoming plaza around the memorial, you can order it here...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Property Values Rise

The News Tribune is reporting (here) that property values are back up to their 2010 values. Values rose 5.9% last year in Ruston, after a 9.21% increase in 2014. Property taxes can only be raised by 1% per year, so residents won't see the same increase in taxes but for those wanting to sell it's a nice trend.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rust Sculpture In The News

The new historical art at town center is getting some mention in the press lately. The Tacoma Weekly did a nice story about Helen Rust-Watts visit last month. Ms. Watts is the granddaughter of William R. Rust, the founder of our fair town. She stopped by to view the new bust of her grandad along with several other local dignitaries. And sculptor Paul Michaels is featured in this article from Key Peninsula News.

Point Ruston Update

More restaurants are planning on opening their doors soon at the development down the hill.  Ranging from burgers to Italian, the place will be a destination. More details at The News Tribune here...

Monday, June 29, 2015

SAMI Move Starts Today

Michael Thompson, Public Information Officer, (253) 305-1092;
SAMI portables in Point Defiance will relocate to former Camp 6 Site starting Monday
Public advised to plan for traffic disruptions on Five Mile Drive – move anticipated to take several days
Tacoma Public Schools will begin moving the portable classrooms used by the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) from the Triangle area of Point Defiance Park to the former Camp 6 Site beginning Monday, June 29.
The move will take several days and the public is advised to expect traffic disruptions at the park’s Mildred Street entrance and along Five Mile Drive between the entrance and the former logging museum site.
Waterfront Phase 1 construction is scheduled to begin the week after Independence Day as the  City of Tacoma launches work to create a stormwater treatment facility. The new stormwater facility is designed to protect the health of Puget Sound by filtering pollutants from the runoff of the neighboring 754-acre watershed which currently flow directly into the sound. Contaminated soils will be excavated from the area in conjunction with the construction.

The urgency of these Waterfront Phase 1 projects has increased the need to relocate SAMI portable classrooms from the Triangle, located to the right of the Pearl Street entrance. Construction of the treatment facility will reduce parking in this and the relocation of the  will provide temporary boat trailer parking until a larger, improved parking area opens in 2017. 
To make way for the construction, Metro Parks and Tacoma Public Schools decided to temporarily move the portables to the former Camp 6 Logging Museum site.
After a shared-use environmental learning center opens at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in the 2016-2017 school year, phase-out of the portables from the former Camp 6 can begin.

Metro Parks has a longstanding commitment to use Point Defiance Park for educational opportunities. The SAMI experience in the park has been a success that shows with a 98 percent graduation rate. The park and school districts will continue to explore opportunities to enhance additional environmental learning spaces throughout the park during the detail planning phase. 
Waterfront Phase 1, the environmental learning center at the zoo and planning for the former Camp 6 are all part of Destination Point Defiance, a long-term planning initiative to enhance the experience and honor the character of Point Defiance Park. More information is available at
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Blue Octopus Hosts Alternative Taste Party

If you are looking for something food and beverage related without the crowds, local art shop (and the only champagne room in the state) is hosting a Taste event to meet your needs. Details about the Blue Octopus party below (5013 N. Pearl) or respond via this link.

One block from Point Defiance Park...The The Blue Octopus will host a Craft Beer/Champagne/Wine garden and offer specials inside the boutique as well. The VietNom Nom food truck will be here Saturday and Sunday 12-sold out. Champagne, Banh-Mi, Egg Rolls and Champagne or Beer in 90° weather? Oh yeah...we have air conditioning! Face painting for the kids in the parking lot, working on Live Music....great atmosphere and fo sho great food

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