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Spare takes over as FMG president, CMO

Stephen Spare M.D. joined the Franciscan Medical Group today as president and chief medical officer of the Tacoma-based regional network of clinics, physicians and other providers.

The group's physicians and other providers in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties represent more than 45 medical specialties.

June 2011

Business districts flexing a little muscle

After years of elbowing for some space, Tacoma's business districts feel like they finally have a seat at the table. From being asked about changes in city policies to being involved in community events, leaders within the 15 districts said they are playing a bigger role within the community and being taken more seriously.

"We are being more vocal and we are flexing a bit of our muscle so we can continue to promote and advocate and support people in our districts," said Erling Kuester, president of Cross District Association and co-owner of Blue Mouse Theater. "The businesses are working hard to survive and hopefully thrive. This is good to keep going in this direction."

June 2011

Around the Sound

Thurston County Chamber is hosting Morning MIXXer from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. June 7 at Great Harvest Bread Co., 1530 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia. The cost is $5 for chamber members and $10 general admission. Click here or call (360) 357-3362 for more information.

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is hosting Congressional Forum: International Trade from 10 to 11 a.m. June 7 in the Simpson Community Room, 950 Pacific Ave., Suite 300. The featured speaker is U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.

June 2011

Nalley's seeking employers for job fair

Nalley's Chili and Brooks Beans is hosting a job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. June 9 at 3303 South 35th St., Tacoma. Nalley's parent company, Pinnacle Foods Group, announced in December it was closing the Tacoma plant and moving production to Iowa.

The company has about 160 local employees who will be seeking new jobs. The workers have experience in production, quality (technicians, microbiology, regulatory), sanitation, warehouse distribution/shipping, maintenance/machinists, wastewater, raw materials/purchasing, inventory control (parts and raw materials), human resources, safety, administration, janitorial, boiler, and research and development.

Covered table and booth space will be provided for prospective employers. For more information, contact Andee Handeland at (253) 591-3277 or (253) 905-6006.

June 2011

Can you drive a forklift?

Beginning next week, professional forklift drivers across Washington state will begin competing in a series of contests leading to a final competition to determine the best forklift driver in the state.

The winner will be named at the 60th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma Sept. 28-29.

June 2011

Rotary invades Tacoma

More than 500 Rotarians and guests are registered for this weekend's annual District Conference under leadership of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. They will be meeting at Hotel Murano through Sunday morning.

June 2011

Around the Sound

Pierce County Community Connections' Aging and Long Term Care together with the Aging and Disability Services Administration are hosting "Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care" on June 6, at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. Click here or call (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332 for more information.

Kent Community Foundation is hosting an awards dinner celebrating "25 Years of Giving" from 6 to 9 p.m. June 6. Tickets are $60. Call Cathy at (253) 315-1758 or ReBecca at (509) 388-7957 for more information.

June 2011

WSDOT investigating glitches in Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll-collections

No additional toll infractions to users of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be issued until glitches in the tolling system operated by a Texas-based company are resolved, the Washington State Department of Transportation said today.

WSDOT Deputy Secretary David Dye said the department is implementing an internal financial audit of Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. of Texas, the company that took over toll operations on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in February.

June 2011
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates breaks ground on new facility

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates breaks ground on new facility

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates has started work on a 62,000-square-foot medical office building near Capital Medical Center. Construction is scheduled to begin next week, with a grand opening scheduled for July 2012.

The building will offer improved centralized patient access to the Olympia Surgery Center, clinic services, advanced imaging and physical therapy.

June 2011

People on the Move

Kelly Hollowell has received the 2011 Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas. He is a computer network and information systems security instructor at Clover Park Technical College. Hollowell has a bachelor's degree in computer science and is working toward a master's degree in information technology. He has more than 21 industry and IT certifications including, Comitia A+, Net+, Linux+ and Security+ and also holds several Microsoft, Linux and Novell Certifications. Hollowell also is a managing partner at Computer Security Services in Tacoma.

Alvie Munro has been named May Employee of the Month at Mason General Hospital. He is a tech aide in diagnostic imaging and has worked for MGH since 1997.

June 2011
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