Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

The 8th annual Lakewood Falle Officer's Food Drive is Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.

New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to initially honor our officers its purpose is to remember all those who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t give on the 29th? Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Starting Saturday (Nov. 18, 2017), WSDOT will conduct final tests on the Point Defiance Bypass  railroad tracks. This route runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and DuPont. Those who cross these tracks should be prepared for minor delays that occasionally will occur as trains pass through intersections over the next several weeks.

Drivers and pedestrians should use extreme caution whenever near the railroad tracks, obeying all signals, pavement markings, and gates to ensure they are not in the path of an oncoming train.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 this train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains traveling up to 79 mph. Trains will travel in both directions and most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

City Hall will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 in observance of Veteran's Day. We will resume normal business hours Monday, Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m.

Please join us Saturday in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for our annual Veteran's Day remembrance ceremony. Local leaders from Pierce County will present the afternoon's program, which begins at 2 p.m.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Thank you to all the veterans out there and their families for your service and sacrifices.

 

Councilman John Simpson will speak Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 to Lakewood United about Veteran's Day. He shared his speech in advance, to educate people about the origins of Veteran's Day -- held each year on Nov. 11.

A Veteran's Day ceremony will be held at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main St SW) Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The program begins at 2 p.m. and will include speeches from South Sound elected officials including U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and members of the Lakewood City Council.

The event will honor the 100-year anniversary of the country's entry into World War I and the 100th anniversary of the formation of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (formerly Camp Lewis).

The Lakewood City Council also recognized Veteran's Day at its regular council meeting Nov. 6, 2017.

 

 

Making a difference: Alvin King and Veteran's Day

By JM Simpson

This Saturday is Veterans’ Day, and it is a day wrapped in history. It is a day set aside to honor all veterans – past and present – in order to remember and thank them for their service.

This history surrounding this day is simple: On the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month in November of 1918, the guns of war fell silent on the Western Front. 

World War I – The Great War – had ended.

On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day Armistice Day in honor of World War I veterans.

“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with - solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory,” said Wilson.

In 1938 Congress made Armistice Day a legal, federal holiday.

Then there was World War II, which left changes – big and small – on our country’s history and on the history of millions of people in our country.

One of those individuals was Alvin J. King. He lived in Emporia, Kansas; he repaired shoes for a living. King and his wife, Gertrude, had raised his nephew, John Eugene Cooper, since he had been orphaned at the age of 2.

Before WWII began, Cooper had enlisted in the Army. He had been assigned to the Emporia-based Company B, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, Kansas National Guard.

On December 23, 1940, Cooper was called to active duty, and on July 4, 1944 – one month after the Landing at Normandy – entered the fight in Europe.

During the Battle of the Bulge – the last attempt by the German army to break out of the allies’ tightening grip around Germany – Cooper was killed on December 20, 1944.

Alvin King experienced the loss of a young man whom he had raised as a son.

In the early 1950s, King began to advance the idea that Armistice Day should not just honor veterans of World War I; the day should honor all veterans. The citizens of Emporia, Kansas agreed with him, and on November 11, 1953, the city observed the first Veterans Day while the rest of the country celebrated Armistice Day.

Representative Edward Rees, who represented Emporia, liked the idea, and he introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

The bill passed the House and the Senate.

President Dwight Eisenhower, who also was from Kansas, signed the bill on June 1, 1954. Invited by the president, Alvin King attended the signing. A man of modest means, King wore a suit that his neighbors had purchased for him.

On November 11, 1954 all of America celebrated Veterans Day, just as Americans will celebrate it this coming Saturday in Lakewood, Washington.

In 2003, Congress adopted a resolution declaring Emporia, Kansas as the “founding city of Veterans Day.”

One man – Alvin King - with the idea to honor all veterans made a difference in our remembrance of our country’s veterans.

Make our festivities your family tradition

We're counting down to Christmas with our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 1, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

Come early to grab the perfect sport along 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center to catch candy and watch the holiday parade (5:45 p.m. start). Santa will make his grand entrance aboard the West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck at 6 p.m.

Once the parade is over join in the celebration at City Hall where we'll have live entertainment inside and out. Clover Park students will sing carols and we'll have a special performance by the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Santa will be ready to greet your child and be part of your family memories with a photo op.

New this year is Candy Cane Lane, where visitors can stroll through boutique vendors with unique items for sale -- a perfect chance to start your holiday shopping early.

Inside City Hall children's Winter Wonderland LEGO creations will be on display. Register your child for the contest .

Enjoy family-friendly activities with "minute-to-win-it" games and arts and crafts.

Starbucks will provide hot drinks and holiday treats. Food vendors, including Stacks Burgers, will have food for purchase.

Own a business? Get in the holiday spirit by entering our Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. (Winners announced Dec. 5.)

Want to join the parade? Register by Nov. 22 .

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Want to have a say in how Lakewood's downtown is developed over time? We have three meetings coming up where you can add your ideas.

These neighborhood open houses are part of a year-long planning process the city initiated to shape the evolution of its central business district - the roughly 300 acres of commercial real estate that includes the Lakewood Towne Center, Colonial Center and East Commercial District.

The goal is to see these areas transformed into pedestrian-friendly commercial areas that include a mix of development like residential, retail, restaurants and entertainment. The city hired BERK Consulting to conduct the planning process, which will rely heavily on public input.

The launch of these public meetings begin next week with three opportunities for people to learn more and offer feedback. Additional public meetings will be held throughout the course of this planning effort. 

  • Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW).
  • Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Be part of interactive discussions, see sketches and give your ideas.
  • Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. See how downtown plans have evolved and help critique them.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments.

Take this online survey to share your ideas.

See more (including a map of the downtown area) here: www.lakewooddowntownplan.org.

The City of Lakewood is currently accepting applications for the use of a 2018 City Day at the McGavick Conference Center.

Please see the policy and application materials .

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified as to the approval or denial of the application by Dec. 15, 2017.

Complete applications can be emailed directly to , or can be delivered in person or via postal mail to Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW Lakewood, WA 98499.

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