John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

June 5, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Wins National Communication Award

The City of Lakewood has been nationally recognized for its #IamLakewood  social media/community pride campaign. On June 3 at the National Association of Government Communicators  conference in Memphis, the City was one of the winners in the organization’s 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards  , which recognize superior government communication products and those who produce them. Categories cover everything from printed materials to broadcast and online material to public education campaigns. The City of Lakewood won second place in the “Shoestring Budget” category – a new category this year that recognizes the best communication efforts with limited funds – for its #IamLakewood social media/community pride campaign.  This is the first year that the City of Lakewood has entered the prestigious national government communications competition. City, county, state and federal governments from across the U.S., as well as private companies that work with local governments, submitted more than 250 entries for 43 categories. NAGC awarded first, second and Awards of Excellence prizes for each category. The City of Lakewood was the only government –local, state or federal - from Washington to receive a NAGC award this year. Click here for the full story.

May 29, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Officer, Firefighter on 'Oprah'

Did you catch the "Where Are They Now?" piece on the Oprah Winfrey Show recently about Anthony Sukto , who at only 8 years old lost his mother and nearly lost his life at the hands of his father? This story has special meaning here in Lakewood, especially for Police Sgt. Mark Eakes and West Pierce Fire & Rescue's Jeff Colquhoun, who were at the scene that fateful night. But the relationship between Anthony (who's now a senior in high school), Sgt. Eakes and Colquhoun didn't end that night. View the story on the The Huffington Post  and grab a box of tissue. The City is proud of everyone who helped turn this story into a happy one after all.

Lakewood, UP and Pierce County to Develop Chambers Creek Canyon Trail

Leaders of Pierce County and the cities of Lakewood and University Place have agreed to work together to develop a trail through the scenic Chambers Creek Canyon. The two cities have already approved the agreement. With the Pierce County Council’s  unanimous approval on May 26, the three entities agree to collaborate on seeking grants and other funding sources to plan and build a recreational trail. “The property borders our respective jurisdictions, and it would be very expensive for any single entity to construct all on its own, so this resolution allows us to join forces and build something great for our residents,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy . Council Resolution 2015-57  , a bipartisan measure sponsored by Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg  and Doug Richardson  , cites the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan  ; the City of University Place Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan; the City of Lakewood Legacy Plan ; and the county’s Chambers Creek Properties Master Site Plan to support the development of natural recreational opportunities that link local communities. Read the rest of the story here .

May 15, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Celebrates Lancers

On Friday, May 15, some 5,000 people stopped by Fort Steilacoom Park for Military Appreciation Day, celebrating the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The Lancer Brigade is Lakewood's "Community Connector" to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event - which was produced by the City of Lakewood and the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army - offered activities galore for service members, their families, veterans and the entire community. Those included a car show, vehicle displays, vendor booths, a bouncy house, live music and free pizza. The day also featured a crossfit fitness challenge between the Lancer Brigade, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the Lakewood Police Department. There was even a special guest appearance by a Seahawk SeaGal. "This is great," Mayor Don Anderson said. "This is a great way to show support for our military." The City has posted photos from the event on its Facebook page .

May 22, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Farmers Market Returns June 2

It’s back – bigger, tastier and more market-ier than ever before. The Lakewood Farmers Market  returns for its fourth season beginning June 2, and it will run every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Sept. 15. Once again sponsored generously by St. Clare Hospital, the market will take place at Lakewood Towne Center on the plaza at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.  This season promises to be the market’s best yet, as the City welcomes back vendors of some of the freshest produce, flowers, plants and other natural offerings around, as well as great arts, crafts and other goods. And if you’re a foody, the Lakewood Farmers Market is offering the best noms in the South Sound. Several regionally popular mobile food trucks will join the market, including:

For more information, click here .

May 8, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K

The 2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K this Saturday, May 9.

The event benefits the City of Lakewood’s Healthy Start program, which is an after-school program that provides kids with physical activity and nutritious snacks. The program starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After the snack, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games and nutritioun lessons. Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

The Run/Walk starts and ends at Studio Fitness, 11112 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW in Lakewood. Check-in is 9 a.m. Registration is $40. There will be post-race refreshments and raffles.

Visit the event page on Active.com  to register or to learn more information.