Joe Stortini: “10 percent of life is what happens. 90 percent is how you react to it”


Joe Stortini: “10 percent of life is what happens. 90 percent is how you react to it”

One of the mottos at Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante and Deli in Tacoma is “Community Service, A Way of Life,“ owner Joe Stortini proudly proclaims. And he should know. The 86-year-old has practiced what he preaches during careers as a politician (he never lost an election as a state legislator and in county government, including its highest office—county executive), in education (he taught government and history classes and coached football and baseball teams that included future pros such as National Football League star Ahmad Rashad), and now is a restauranteur who jokes that he spends “eight days a week” at the North Tacoma eatery.

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150,000 in state eligible for dual health plans

According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, approximately 150,000 people in Washington who are eligible for a Dual Special Needs health plan (DSNP, or dual plan) aren’t enrolled in one. That means dual-eligible consumers could have up to three different coverage entities providing their care – the U.S. government, the state and a

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New ‘home’ needed for Gig Harbor seniors group

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Jewish grandparents and their legacies Jewish grandparents and their legacies

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Senior Eats

Homegrown tomatoes add color and flavor to meals Homegrown tomatoes add color and flavor to meals

Impress your guests with a garden, container and dinner table filled with tasty and colorful winning tomato varieties. Small-fruited varieties are perfect for salads and snacking, and those with larger fruit are ideal for slicing, canning and sauces. These winning tomatoes were tested nationally by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant trialing organization ( Volunteer

Senior Adventures

Opportunies (such as Iceland) to keep on going Opportunies (such as Iceland) to keep on going

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Health & Fitness

Best response to strokes: Know the warning signs and dial 9-1-1

Stroke can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time. On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. A stroke occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood is reaching

Business/Personal Finance/Products

New retirement community in Puyallup busy with move-ins New retirement community in Puyallup busy with move-ins

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