Posts Tagged ‘ Spotlight ’

Pentecost House

Apr 30th, 2012 | By
Pentecost House

In 1890 Levi and Izora Pentecost engaged architect Arthur L. Smith to design this large Victorian home. Smith was a well-known architect and the designer of the Gross Brothers department store on Broadway (now the site of the Pantages Theater). The two-story house cost $4,000, complete with its turret lookout. Levi Pentecost, born in Indiana in 1845, enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 at age 16. After the war, he went into various businesses, ending up in banking.



Making people’s lives better by making homes safe

Apr 25th, 2012 | By
Making people’s lives better by making homes safe

Elano Areno is one busy lady. She retired in 2007 and heads a small non-profit called Barangay Community Services of Tacoma. It’s a Filipino American non-profit whose mission it is to reach out to the elderly and newly arrived immigrants in Pierce County. Barangay was the winner of the 2012 City of Tacoma Destiny Award for community groups and was also awarded a vacant lot to be converted into a community garden. All those activities meant the group needed a safe meeting place but in order to open up Areno’s place for seniors and others to meet, the house needed to be safe.



Making neighborhoods safe and attractive

Apr 11th, 2012 | By
Making neighborhoods safe and attractive

It’s spring. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the grass is growing. And oh how it grows and grows. According to the National Gardening Association, 60 million Americans (more than half of us) engage in some form of do-it-yourself gardening or lawn care. So much so that when faced with a neighbor who doesn’t keep their lawn manicured, we as a nation often think of them as lazy or uncaring.



Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful-brightening houses and lives

Mar 21st, 2012 | By
Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful-brightening houses and lives

This summer will mark the 28th season for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful. To date, 2,031 homes have been transformed by groups of dedicated volunteers that keep coming back year after year.

Greg Newkirk, Director of Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful (PTPB), is still looking for applicants who qualify for the program.

This year’s program has about 30 applications so far, and Newkirk would like to see about 100 to 150.