Alex Lopiccolo is a certified therapist, but for those who see him in both a clinical setting and in their homes, he’s really an expert in play. Alex specializes in helping kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a condition in which information is sent to the brain but does not get organized well enough to create an appropriate response.

Challenges like rough play, anxiety, mood swings, hyperactivity and poor body control or awareness are some of the signs a child might be battling SPD.


Working with kids and teens for the past 10 years, A...

It's easy to feel at ease with Chris and Julie Thomson. In their kindness they offer coffee, take their time to hear about the little things, and in just a few minutes you feel at home. You feel heard. Like they really are listening, giving you attention as if yours are the only words to hear in that moment. Their care is the kind that they practice, every day, with the people in their circle. Even more warming is the heart behind their work in the community; work that stems from love, empathy and experience.


Most people know Chris as the chair...

Gig Harbor resident Danielle DeMott is making an impact here in Gig Harbor. Danielle, who works in the escrow department at Fidelity National Title and is also a model, is living a life dedicated to community service, being involved with nonprofits and raising money for various causes. “Anything I can do to help everyone I can,” she says. Danielle is doing this, and more, through her title as Ms. West Coast.


Though Danielle began her journey in pageantry at age 2, in 2018 she decided to participate in her first adult pageant, which would give h...

Sherri Johnson is one of the many Tacoma area residents working on helping the homeless not only find shelter but a way out of homelessness through employment. She knows their situations better than most, having experienced homelessness at a very young age.


“My roots are buried in poverty. We were homeless and my parents were substance abusers until I was about 7 years old,” Sherri recalled. When her parents decided to get clean, they rented a van and drove to California. Sherri lived in a family shelter for a year, and although her parents did...

This past school year, the name Brody was well-known to just about everyone at Minter Creek Elementary. The Golden Retriever was present every Wednesday, and kids were always excited to see him. Alongside owner Jeff Essayan, the pair was the first pet therapy team to participate in the pilot Tutors with Tails reading program, which pairs certified therapy dogs with children learning to read on the Gig Harbor Peninsula. The pilot program was so successful that Brody will have a little more competition for his attention this coming school year. J...

Stan Stearns has worked with St. Bernards for 50 years, and he knew he had a very special one in ‘Toby.’ “He loved everyone without qualification, he was never shy, never intimidating, and was especially good with kids,” Stan joyfully recalled.

Over his 10-year life, Toby made 900 unique visits, impacting thousands of people not just in Washington but across the nation. He brought joy and comfort to children’s hospitals, those on the autism spectrum, seniors living alone, and those in hospice care. Unfortunately Toby’s life came to an end this p...

Traveling across the U.S is fairly easy and straightforward. You don’t need immigration papers to cross state lines, currency is consistent throughout the varying time zones, and you will have no trouble communicating in English. As you cross the seas, however, traveling on your own can become a bit more challenging, especially if you want to visit many parts of Asia. English is not nearly as prevalent, local customs are often much different, and trying to read non-Latin based language street signage is near impossible. This is why many U.S. tr...

Since its inception more than nine years ago, The Senior Club has been housed in Gig Harbor’s Boys & Girls Club, but with the recent sale of the building to the Peninsula School District, the seniors have now been displaced. With a move-out date set for June 20, area seniors would have nowhere to go.  Fortunately, the tides have turned, as it was recently announced at an update meeting on May 3 that the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation has entered into a fiscal sponsor arrangement with the newly formed Gig Harbor Senior Center (formerly the Senior...

Today more than ever, women are entering the professional workforce armed with college degrees and a willingness to do all it takes to succeed. There are more female CEOs than at any other time in our nation’s history, and working mothers are commonplace at most businesses big and small. While this trend is encouraging, it’s not to say that all things are now equal. According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Washington women make 78 cents to every dollar men make at the same position, ranking 35th in the country when it c...

Ric Hansen could have never predicted the impact a Google search would have.

It was November 2018, and the Gig Harbor-based radio industry veteran was browsing the Internet when something caught his eye. It was about the keto diet—a low-carb, high-fat diet that has recently gained a great deal of attention and a sizeable celebrity following. Included in that following, former NFL quarterback and current Mets outfielder Tim Tebow.

He clicked. From Tebow’s diet, Ric found the Christian athlete’s book, “Shaken.” He bought it. Then, he found Night to...

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