Community

Gig Harbor Now reporters cover community events and efforts that benefit and entertain the community.

Business Spotlight | The barber behind the bookshelf

Jun 10, 2024 | By:

There’s a secret behind the bookshelf at One:11, the men’s apparel and accessories store in downtown Gig Harbor. The bookshelf isn’t (just) a shelf. It’s a hidden sliding door that opens to a barbershop. Once a storeroom filled with inventory, the barbershop is surprisingly large. Natural light streams through large windows waking up the vibrant

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Terry Lee succumbs to sudden illness while visiting Greek isle

Jun 10, 2024 | By:

Terry Lee served the Gig Harbor area in several capacities, including Pierce County councilman and PenMet Parks executive director. He was 77.

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Sports Beat | Local fastpitch stars shine as college freshmen

Jun 07, 2024 | By:

Two of the area’s fastpitch softball standouts from the 2023 high school season recently wrapped up highly successful college debuts. Former Peninsula star Alli Kimball helped lead Western Washington University to the precipice of an NCAA Division-II national championship. Slugger Riley Peschek, a former Gig Harbor star, was the top hitter at the University of

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Two in Tow & On the Go | ‘Tis the season for spraygrounds

Jun 07, 2024 | By:

Spraygrounds –  the delightfully named water-fun cousin of playgrounds – are officially back on ’till Labor Day and we’re here to tell you all about them.

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Photo Gallery | Opening day of the 2024 Waterfront Farmers Market

Jun 07, 2024 | By:

The Waterfront Farmers Market opened its 2024 season on Thursday, June 6, at Skansie Park. The market continues every Thursday (except July 4) through the end of August. Click on any photo below to view a gallery of images.

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Hospital patient spits on, bites and punches nurses

Jun 06, 2024 | By:

Editor’s note: The Blotter is written based on information provided by Gig Harbor Police , Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One  and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. A 32-year-old woman with a history of mental illness, recently released from the Washington Corrections Center for Women after serving a sentence for assaulting a health care worker, injured two nurses at St. Anthony

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Lack of crisis stabilization facilities places strain on hospitals

Jun 06, 2024 | By:

Across the West Sound, people experiencing a behavioral health crisis often end up in local hospitals. Every month, around 150 people in crisis arrive at the St. Michael Medical Center emergency room in Silverdale. Another 40 or 50 end up at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Hannah Shockley, program management planner for Kitsap County’s

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Incoming district athletic director has plenty to say about sportsmanship

Jun 06, 2024 | By:

Meet Peninsula School District’s new director of athletics and activities. Wendy Malich, current athletic director for Franklin Pierce School District, starts July 1 in a newly created, “centralized” AD position for the district. Athletic directors at Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools will remain in their roles. Malich has been at Franklin Pierce for 37

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Fire department taking heat for rising home insurance costs

Jun 05, 2024 | By:

A fire protection rating downgrade led to an extra bump in home insurance costs on south Fox Island, but it’s not just them. It’s happening everywhere.

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In the Margins | Braving auction anxieties in support of Gig Harbor’s working waterfront

Jun 05, 2024 | By: Chris Phillips

To be honest, I have always found auctions to be a bit intimidating. I tend to second-guess myself about whether to bid for stuff, how much to bid for stuff, and what to do with the stuff if I do emerge an unlikely winner. While my fellow bidders enjoy the sporting gamesmanship, I nervously fret

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