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Well He Looks Happy…I Think…

Phil Lanoue Photography

This alligator was out sunning himself in the swamp on a cold February morning and at a quick first glance I thought maybe he looked happy. But since I wasn’t sure and also was not about to ask him, I’m going with happy. It’s just better for everyone that way… 

Alligator Smiling in the Swamp

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Gems Art News Blog

Due to recent changes etc.  We lost our domain.

The new site will be ready in a couple of months and will be hosted through

Robson Inc. Out of  Canada.  This is our new server.

Please be patient as we are in the process of updating our sites..

Thank you  Smile

Gems artwork fun Smile Open-mouthed smile


Subject: 809 AREA CODE

809 Area Code

We actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. The woman said ‘Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.’ Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809. We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

Do Not

DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876

This one is being distributed all over the US … This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.
Be sure you read this and pass it on.

They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc..

In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.
If you call from the U.S. , you will apparently be charged
$2425 per-minute.

Or, you’ll get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.

The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic .
The charges afterward can become a real nightmare. That’s because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company.

You’ll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.

Use The Bcc option on your email software, this helps stop spammers….  Copy and Paste into an email and send to everyone!




1. 809 Area Code Scam

Are callers lured into placing calls to the 809 area code charged large long-distance fees?  (Answer – Yes)

..809 Area Code Scam Scam: Unsuspecting phone customers are gulled into placing calls to area codes in the Caribbean that result in hefty charges….

…DON’T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809 This one is being distributed all over the US . This is pretty scary especially given the way they try to get you to call….

…Don’t respond to Emails, phone calls, or web pages which tell you to call an “809” Phone Number. This is a very important issue of Scam Busters! If they get you to respond, you pay a hefty price,

be aware of any strange 800 service number that shows up

on your caller ID device….

Tacoma teachers union, district resume contract talks after break

Negotiations between members of the Tacoma Education Association (TEA) and the Tacoma School District resumed Tuesday afternoon, following a break over the long Labor Day weekend.

Dog Eats a Cop Car funny..

Dog Tries to Eat a cop car.. 😀

Two Public Hearings on Billboards (7/12/11 & 7/19/11)

Please be advised of the following two City Council public hearings regarding Billboards:

1. Public Hearing on Billboard Moratorium:

· Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street

· The City Council is seeking public input on whether the 180-day moratorium, enacted on May 17, 2011, per Ordinance No. 27982, should be preserved or withdrawn and, if preserved, whether it should be modified. Potential modifications could include things such as the appropriate duration of the moratorium or the extent of its control.

2. Public Hearing on Billboard Regulations:

· Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street

· The City Council is seeking public comment on potential revisions to the sign code that would prohibit digital billboards, modify certain definitions, change uses and zones buffered from billboards, and change the way nonconforming billboards are addressed.

For more information on either subject, please visit and click on, respectively, “Billboard Moratorium” or “Billboard Regulations.”


Lihuang Wung

Community and Economic Development Department

747 Market Street, Room 1036

Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 591-5682

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