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

Jan. 16, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 17

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

January 9, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood YMCA Wins Competitive Grant to Build New Playground

Disney Club Penguin  , along with KaBOOM!  , announced that it is awarding a grant to the Lakewood Family YMCA to build a new playground. Local children helped design the playground of their dreams, which engineers will make a reality.

“We are very excited to be chosen and to be able to provide a high quality play structure for local children to enjoy,” said Clayton DeNault, executive director of the Lakewood Family YMCA. “This new playground will serve as another way we can strengthen our community.”

Several City of Lakewood officials attended Thursday’s announcement at the Lakewood Family YMCA. They included Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi and City Councilmember Mary Moss. City Manager John Caulfield, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Public Works Director Don Wickstrom were also on hand.

For more information: http://goo.gl/A4hgis  

To see our photo album of the event: http://goo.gl/HhZAoX

Dec. 26, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Police Mascot Gets Name: Sergeant LEO Huggs

We have a winner! Well, two actually... Earlier this month, the Lakewood Police Department solicited names for its new mascot with the minds behind the chosen name getting lunch on the Chief. The winning entry: Sergeant LEO Huggs. According to the department's Facebook page  , it was difficult to select one name, so the winning entry is a combination of two submissions, one from Kristin Goodman Paynter's daughter Anna and the other from Chana Mercado. Great job by Anna and Chana, as well as everyone else who entered! And, of course, the City would like to officially welcome Sgt. Huggs to the #IamLakewood family.

Video: Lakewood Officer’s Charity “Shop with an Officer”

On Dec. 21, 2014, the Lakewood Officers' Charity of the Lakewood Police Department held its annual "Shop with an Officer" event. The day involved the officers taking children and youth from 21 area families in need this holiday season to the Lakewood Wal-Mart, where they chose gifts - many of them basic-but-much-needed supplies - for their families. In all, the Lakewood Officers' Charity and the area Wal-Mart raised more than $8,000 for the families in need. This is just one of the many ways throughout the year that the Charity goes beyond its duty to protect and serve.

For more information or to donate, visit the Lakewood Officers' Charity at http://www.lakewoodofficercharity.com  .

You can also check this YouTube video  of the day's festivities. #IamLakewood

Jan. 2, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor, JBLM Commander Make Friendly Wager on Hometown Teams

During the year, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges enjoy a friendly, cordial relationship. The City is JBLM’s host community. Many of the base’s personnel and their families live, shop, attend school and play in Lakewood. The close proximity makes Lakewood and JBLM one big family. But it’s the college football bowl season, and a family feud is brewing.

Mayor Anderson is a native of Coos Bay, Ore., and Col. Hodges hails from Tallahassee, Florida. Recently, Anderson and Hodges met on base - with the JBLM Commander donning FSU’s garnet and gold and the Mayor donning Oregon’s green and yellow – for some friendly banter and to make an even friendlier wager. If the Ducks won, Hodges was to owe Anderson a dinner at The Bistro at Russell’s Landing on base. If the Seminoles won, likewise Anderson would get Hodges dinner at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood.

The Rose Bowl has come and gone—have a nice dinner at The Bistro Mr. Mayor, and congratulations to the Ducks!

To view a video of "The Bet," visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page  .

Dec. 19, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Officers Pack Meals for Families in Need

Usually when police officers are hustling and making split-second decisions in a confined area, it’s to protect the community. But on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at John Dower Elementary School, officers with Lakewood Police Department were doing it to feed the community. Specifically, about 20 officers packed holiday meals for 150 families who are struggling this holiday season.

The Lakewood Officers Charity works throughout the year to support the law enforcement community and the citizens of Lakewood. Donate to future events by going to its website, http://www.lakewoodofficercharity.com/  , and scrolling to the bottom of the screen.

For more details, and photos of the officers in action: http://goo.gl/4cj528.