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The neighbors are watching

Have you seen increasing graffiti in your neighborhood? Perhaps you’ve heard of an uptick in car thefts on your block, or maybe a child’s bicycle was stolen off a porch. Incidents like this can cause anxiety and frustration among a community’s residents, and may lead you to consider forming a Neighborhood Watch program. The U.S. Department of Justice defines a Neighborhood Watch as “a group of people living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and in conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life.”

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News

Age brings lower pay and inequity for women

Earnings for female and male full-time workers tend to increase with age, though earnings increase more slowly after age 45 and even decrease after age 55, according to a new report on gender pay equity nationally and in Washington. The report finds that gender pay gap also grows with age, and differences among older workers
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COMMENTARY: Social Security thanks military heroes on Memorial Day and year-round COMMENTARY: Social Security thanks military heroes on Memorial Day and year-round

On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits.
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State pensioners get cost-of-living boost

About 72,000 retired Washington public employees and teachers will receive a cost-of-living adjustment in their pensions as a result of new state legislation. Senate Bill 6340, approved by the Legislature and signed into law March 21 by Governor Jay Inslee, gives retirees in Plan 1 of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) or the Teachers’
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Library making decisions on funding and services Library making decisions on funding and services

The Pierce County Library System is asking citizens what they want from it as it goes about the job of prioritizing library services while dealing with a tight budget. The public’s thoughts were invited at open houses at library branches countywide in February. Input was also accepted via an online survey through March 10. A
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Lifestyles

Giving diplomas to grandkids adds to Smith’s ‘beautiful world’ Giving diplomas to grandkids adds to Smith’s ‘beautiful world’

Like many people in a military family, Warren Smith Sr. spent much of his childhood on the move. His family went from base to base, living in eight states and overseas in Germany. The experience gave Smith perspective on public education. He attended schools in poor and affluent communities, and he learned that not all
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Senior Eats

Eat your way to better health Eat your way to better health

An anti-inflammatory diet aims to minimize harmful inflammation in the body. From avocados to turmeric, fill your diet with this list of the top 20 anti-inflammation foods: Avocados Avocados are unique in the fact they are rich in healthy fat, unlike most fruits that naturally supply carbohydrate. They also source a number of antioxidants, including
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Senior Adventures

Think of your health when traveling Think of your health when traveling

Travel can sometimes feel more daunting than relaxing, between flight delays and bumper-to-bumper traffic. What’s more, it has potential health impacts, including leg swelling and increased risk for cold and flu. “Air travel, long drives, less sleep and added stress can weaken your immune system at a time when you’re around more people and susceptible
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Health

May 30 is Senior Health and Fitness Day

Washingtonians in King County, Pierce County and elsewhere can join more than 100,000 older adults across the U.S. participating in wellness-related events during the 25th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 30. Sponsored by Humana and Silver Sneakers, the occasion promotes regular physical activity for older adults while showcase what local organizations
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Product/Business Showcase

Julian Estates opens in Puyallup

  Hawthorn Retirement Group, which has senior living communities throughout the U.S. and in Canada, now has its first one in the Puget Sound region. Julian Estates, located in the South Hill area of Puyallup at 13305 94th Ave. E., offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Amenities include 24-hour emergency pull cords, cable television, dining
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