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Heron’s Key, an amenity-rich Life Plan senior living community by Emerald Communities, is underway with wood framing for its independent apartment homes and steel construction for the community’s clubhouse which will include restaurant-style dining venues, fitness center, salon and spa, creative arts studio and library.

Being built on 18 acres of woodlands in the Harbor Hill neighborhood of waterfront community Gig Harbor, Heron’s Key is more than 70 percent reserved.

The first phase will include 194 apartment and cottage homes, 36 assisted living suites and 45 skilled nursing private rooms. In addition, multiple dining venues, a salon and barber shop, massage and day spa, nature walking trails and pond, fitness center and onsite health center will be developed.

A true Life Care Community, the health center will provide residents unlimited access to a continuum of health care, offering the assurance of assisted living, memory care, rehabilitative services or skilled nursing for as long as needed and at a predictable cost well below market rate, providing residents and their families a peace of mind.

The first Life Care community in Pierce County, Heron’s Key is expected to open in Gig Harbor, Wash. In early 2017.

Heron’s Key is the largest project ever to be built in Gig Harbor.

To learn more about the community visit Also, ‘Like’ Heron’s Key on Facebook for healthy aging tips and to learn about all the happenings in the Gig Harbor community,

About Heron’s Key:

Heron’s Key is sponsored by Emerald Communities, a not-for-profit senior housing and service organization. Scheduled to open in 2017, Heron’s Key is situated on nearly 18 acres on woodlands in the Harbor Hill neighborhood of picturesque Gig Harbor, Wash. The community will provide top-notch services and amenities to people ages 55 and older in the aspects of independent, assisted living and skilled nursing. The community will accommodate residents’ changing needs throughout the aging process. For more information about Heron’s Key’s community and services, please visit the website at



Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is back for its sixth year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, located at 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.

Attendees will be able to watch airplane fly-bys, meet pilots, and purchase a spot on a flight aboard a Douglas DC-3 or biplane. Other highlights include a car and hot rod show, and watching Smoke-N-Thunder jet cars as they race down the runway at 300 miles per hour. A schedule of events is available at

“Enjoy a day among historic planes and cool cars and motorcycles,” said Lori Linenko, Tacoma Events Commission board chair and president. “History buffs can also sign up now for an unforgettable flight aboard the vintage Douglas DC-3.”

The event also features food and arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, and a kids’ fun zone and activity center.

Tickets are available in advance at or at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults 18 and older; $10 for seniors and military ID card holders; $5 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children ages 5 and under.

Book a spot on the Douglas DC-3, biplane
The 1-hour DC-3 experience includes a tour of the Historic Flight Foundation’s Douglas DC-3 and an approximately 30-minute flight. Flights will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each flight can hold up to 12 passengers. Additional times may be offered if there is high demand.

The cost is $350 per person, and includes one free pass to Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels with proof of purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seats can be booked at, or by calling Historic Flight Visitor Services at (425) 348-3200.

Spots on the DC-3 may be available the day of Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels. Visitors should check with the Main Admissions Gate.

Rides on a biplane can be purchased onsite the day of the event. Details will be available at the Main Admissions Gate.


Due to the limited parking at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, airport parking will only be available for those who purchase their tickets online before the event. Day-of-event ticket purchasers should use satellite parking at the //,-122.581313,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x5491accc7c7ea111:0xa22bd9e9bf6cc875">St. Anthony’s Family Medicine parking lot at 4700 Point Fosdick Dr. NW in Gig Harbor and take one of the shuttle buses that run to the event every 15 minutes starting at 10:45 a.m. The last bus leaves the airport at 4:30 p.m.

The event is produced by the Tacoma Events Commission. The commission also hosts the Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show on July 4 at the Ruston Way Waterfront.


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As businesses drives more and more traffic online and offer greater and greater functionality on their websites one area that is easy to overlook is security.

Most businesses add online payment processing, content management, login, group function, and other collaborative tools to their website before asking how security is both implemented and maintained.

There are 2 key ways we at Access secure our client’s websites; with Two Factor Authentication and a Ongoing Maintenance Subscription.

Our Ongoing Maintenance Subscription is by far the most critical piece, because technologies change, they always have and they always will. So even the best web security today does not mean a website will be secure in a year or even a few months. A maintenance subscription ensures that a website remains up to date, and it has the added benefit of ensuring the website actually looks nice and functions well on multiple devices.

But Two Factor Authentication is also a very successful security feature. Not only because it prevents hackers from getting into your website backend. It actually prevents them from trying


This is a 2 factor password randomly generated on an automatic rotation pattern for a specific user.  

One of the most successful forms of website attack is called a Brute Force Attack where sophisticated clusters of computers all try and access the backend at the same time eliminating hundreds of thousands of password options in a very short space of time.
This kind of attack can bring a website down for other users and administrators before the attackers have even gotten in to do any damage.

A Two Factor Authentication adds a second, randomly generated, numeric password to the backend login. It's an ingenious idea implemented by Google and most social service websites. 
Below is a screenshot of one of our websites' backend login screen using Two Factor Authentication, as you can see this is a Joomla feature and one of the reasons why we develop on the Joomla platform.

Find out more at 

Paint Gig Harbor Purple


The fight against cancer. What can you do?

Join the Waterfront Farmers Market as we partner with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life to help bring awareness to the fight against cancer.

On Thursday, June 9th, the Waterfront Farmers Market will be painted purple.
The week of June 6th - 12th, show your support by proudly decorating the
exterior of your home or business in purple!

Paint Gig Harbor purple
to honor those affected by cancer.



JulieHeadshot2Local woman entrepreneur recognized for business success and community contributions.

Gig Harbor, WA – May 17, 2016 -- Julie Tappero, President and CEO, of West Sound Workforce, was honored as the 2016 Woman of Achievement for Business & Finance by the YWCA of Kitsap County at their annual event.

In 1998, Tappero founded West Sound Workforce, a full-service staffing and recruiting firm with offices in Kitsap and Pierce Counties.  Since then, the company has placed people in over 6,000 local jobs with employers in both the public and private sectors.

Julie’s award nominator wrote, “Business leaders throughout the region look to her for insights and opinions regarding maintaining a safe, legal, and thriving workplace.”

She was also recognized for her support and involvement in the local community.  Among her activities, she serves as the Chair of the Olympic Workforce Development Council, is Past Chair of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, and Treasurer of the West Sound Human Resource Management Association.  She is also the founder of the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses.  For the last ten years, Tappero has written a popular monthly column on human resources for the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

This isn’t Tappero’s first time receiving accolades for her hard work and contributions to our communities. She was previously recognized as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Pierce County Business Examiner, and in 2009, she was a finalist for the prestigious Nellie Cashman Award from the Women Business Owners in Seattle. 

Her Woman of Achievement nomination said, “Near her computer, she keeps a quote by Tom Brokaw: ‘It’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot harder to make a difference.’ These words neatly sum up what motivates her.  She is constantly driven by the belief that we have an opportunity while we’re here on earth to make a difference.”

Julie Tappero can be contacted at or 360-394-1882.

West Sound Workforce is a full-service temporary and direct hire staffing and recruiting company serving public and private clients in Kitsap, Pierce, Jefferson, Mason and King Counties.  Its team of talented recruiters and human resource professionals have over a hundred years of combined experience successfully matching candidates to positions.  

Go to for more information.