4/27: Ali Bishins, Consultant, Artisan, and Community Leader

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Ali Bishins explains how community connections and a “local first” attitude can help individuals, businesses, and our neighborhoods thrive.

Interview begins at 7:06.


  • The Employment Security Department notes that Mondays are their busiest days for customer support. Tips for new applicants include:
    • watching the tutorial videos when setting up your account at esd.wa.gov/unemployment
    • making sure to enter your name as it appears on your social security card
    • double-checking that your social security number and date of birth are entered accurately
    • and using the checklists and guides available on the website
  • The department also notes that even if applicants have multiple open claims, keep submitting weekly claims.
  • Governor Inslee announced just before air time that a majority of public parks and public outdoor recreation lands will be opening May 5th for daytime use, including hunting, fishing, and golf, as long safe distancing protocols are adhered to and viral cases remain under relative control.
    • Golf on state lands must be limited to pairs, and no dining or beverage service is permitted.
    • Camping, team sports, and public gatherings are still not permitted.
    • More details are expected to be published at governor.wa.gov.


  • University Place Refuse and Recycling Center is now open 6 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, and 6 am to 1:30 pm on Saturdays.
    • The office remains closed
    • No garbage, yard waste, wood, concrete, or appliances are being accepted yet
    • University Place residents can call 253-564-3212 or visit UPrefuse.com for more info
  • Pierce County requests that individuals who are not WIC recipients consider food shopping a few days before or a few days after the first of the month.
    • Recipients of nutrition assistance through WIC receive benefits the first of the month, and may not have flexibility in purchasing essential groceries for young families.
    • The county also asks shoppers to consider not buying items with WIC-approved tags unless absolutely necessary, since WIC recipients are unable to substitute items without the tags.


  • TAGRO will resume residential customer service at its Cleveland Way facility.
    • Pickups are open to residential and commercial customers between 8 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, with a brief closure between 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM.
    • customers must maintain social distancing requirements and all payments should be made by credit card.
    • More details are available at tagro.com or by calling (253) 502-2150