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

Firefighters aid driver after car plunges into water in Olalla

Jan 09, 2023 | By:

Firefighters from departments in Gig Harbor and across Kitsap County responded to Olalla Bay Market late Sunday for a report of a vehicle over a cliff. The vehicle landed in water, triggering a massive emergency response. The sole occupant of the car managed to get out of the vehicle without help. Firefighters took the person

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Sports Beat: Tides win on Parrish’s late shot

Jan 06, 2023 | By:

The 10-1 Gig Harbor boys basketball team came home from a successful holiday trip to south Florida (the Tides won two games on their trip) to face the tough Capital Cougars on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Behind 32 points and eight rebounds by senior shooting guard Luke Browne, Gig Harbor (10-1, 4-1 South Sound Conference) secured

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Gig Harbor asks Legislature for help with sports complex, road projects

Jan 05, 2023 | By:

The road and sports complex requests haven’t changed much in recent years. New this session is funding for a study on possible flooding and actions to mitigate it.

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DesMarais retiring after 13 years at helm of Waterfront Alliance

Jan 04, 2023 | By:

For her birthday, a granddaughter gave Mary DesMarais a “My Grandma is …” card. The 7-year-old granddaughter wrote out answers to questions about what her grandmother does and doesn’t like.  In the “doesn’t like” category: Working, because “that means she can’t see me.”  “That was affirmation,” DesMarais said. “It is time” to retire.  DesMarais, the

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Inside Gig Harbor Real Estate: Do staged homes really sell for more?

Jan 04, 2023 | By: Paige Schulte

Where do buyers see your home first? ONLINE! Currently the market has tipped to favor buyers. There are more options for them to buy (110 homes in Gig Harbor and 62 on the Key Peninsula as of Jan. 3) and the most compelling home will win the hearts and money of the buyers. This means

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Harbor Happenings: Live music returns to BoatShop

Jan 03, 2023 | By:

Good news, music lovers. Live music returns to the BoatShop this Saturday, Jan. 7, with a performance by multi-talented John Nilsen in an all-ages-welcome show. Nilsen is a piano- and guitar-playing singer-songwriter with whose repertoire includes classical, folk and jazz music. He began studying piano at age 6 and taught himself to play guitar at

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We’ll be following these stories in 2023

Jan 02, 2023 | By:

From construction projects to elections to sports, it looks like 2023 will be a busy year. Here are some of the stories we plan on following in this New Year. PenMet  It’s shaping up to be a big year for PenMet Parks. Among the projects we’ll be watching:  The parks district will study the feasibility

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter: Baby found safe after suspected kidnapping

Dec 29, 2022 | By:

Law enforcement arrested a 30-year-old Tacoma man on suspicion of kidnapping his 18-month-old nephew early on Dec. 27 in Gig Harbor. Family members told officers the suspect is struggling with mental illness. The Tacoma man first came to the attention of local officers when he reportedly tried to steal a boat from a marina on

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2022 in review: Our favorite photos

Dec 29, 2022 | By:

Most of us here at Gig Harbor Now aren’t trained photographers. We get help on occasion from actual photographers, but for the most part we get by with reporters wielding cell phones. But every so often, even a blind squirrel snaps a good picture. And, of course, we’re grateful for occasional help from people who

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‘Puffs,’ underdog story set in wizarding world, coming to Peninsula High stage

Dec 28, 2022 | By:

When audiences gather in the Milton S. Boyd auditorium for the first play of the 2023 season, the story may seem a bit familiar. However, it will become evident that this one stars an unlikely hero and takes place in a world of its own. Opening night for “Puffs, Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At

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