Note to dog owners: ‘Do your doody’


Note to dog owners: ‘Do your doody’

Dog waste that isn’t picked up and disposed of by owners is a source of pollution for stormwater runoff, says Shauna Hansen, public education and outreach coordinator for the Surface Water Management division for the city of Tacoma.
“We’ve promoted this message for a long time,” said Hansen. “No matter the size of the deposit, it will pollute local waterways because pet waste has harmful bacteria in it that contributes to water-quality problems when it washes into storm drains.”

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Housing projects planned in Gig Harbor and Tacoma

A retirement community in Gig Harbor and apartments in Tacoma are among 546 affordable homes statewide that developers and non-profit organizations will create or renovate with the help of $188 million in financing approved by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. In addition, the commission has launched new partnerships with Pierce County and Bremerton to

No increase of Social Security benefits in 2016

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016. The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and SSI benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer

Lenny’s message: Do ‘what it takes to succeed’ Lenny’s message: Do ‘what it takes to succeed’

Lenny Wilkens, a legendary professional basketball player and coach, brought a message of hope and inspiration to Wesley Homes Retirement Communities’ campus in Des Moines during an appearance there Oct. 13. Wilkens, 78, whose experience in basketball included stints as a coach and player for the Seattle Supersonics, talked about growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which

Back to school for elderly

Village Concepts, a company of retirement and assisted-living communities whose locations include Auburn, Milton, Burien, Enumclaw and Gig Harbor, has launched educational programming for the elderly. Village Concepts University, with a goal of enhancing cognitive health and life satisfaction through lifelong learning, offers courses in art history, business education, film series, political science, music appreciation


Oh, beans: The ‘secret’ to a long life

In his recent book “Blue Zones,” New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner explores the dietary and cultural traditions of peoples around the world that have the largest number of centenarians. The dietary similarities in these groups can be summarized fairly simply: The groups with the highest longevity globally do two things. First, they eat

Senior Eats

Green Pup offers casual dining and a pleasant change

The Green Pup is like The TARDIS. It is bigger on the inside than on the outside, and has existed for a long time. Dr. Who fans, are you with me so far? Walk through the doors and you are in a huge room with two pool tables, lots of seating, TVs so you can

Senior Adventures

Starstruck in New York City Starstruck in New York City

I have to go back a bit in what has been going on and tell you all how excited we were to be on “Good Morning America.” That is truly an experience well worth getting up early for. The group that went back east in September rolled out of bed in New York City at


Issue of hearing loss crosses all ages Issue of hearing loss crosses all ages

One of the challenges we may face as we get older is the development of hearing loss. One in three people over the age of 60, and half of the population over the age of 80, have some degree of hearing loss. It may surprise you that hearing loss is not a condition reserved for

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From strip to chip: The new credit and debit cards

If you’ve received a replacement for your credit or debit cards in the mail lately, take a closer look. That little gold chip on the front is going to make it tougher for thieves to steal your data. By the end of 2015, an estimated 63 percent of cards in American wallets will feature this