Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 •
Communications Manager

Jan. 17, 2018

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, awarded its inaugural Larry Saunders Service Award Tuesday night to Diane Formoso, founder and visionary leader of Caring for Kids. The 2017 award was presented to Formoso, along with a $1,000 check, at the Lakewood CIty Council meeting Jan. 16, 2018.




Jan. 12, 2018

City Hall, and all city services, will be closed Monday in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. City operations will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16, at regular business hours.

Jan. 11, 2018

Join us Monday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lakewood City Hall lobby for our Winter Artist Reception featuring local artist Gail Janes.

The evening includes a meet and greet with the artist and tour of the first and third floors of City Hall where Janes' work is displayed.

Janes grew up in Spokane and received a BA in art education from Whitworth University. She previously taught art at the elementary and high school levels for Tacoma Public Schools for nine years and taught a special gifted program at McCarver Elementary School, in addition to offering private lessons. She also previously worked for the Tacoma Art Museum as its curator of education, giving educational tours, training docents and installing exhibitions in the children's gallery.

She worked for TAM for 12 years before joining MetroParks Tacoma, where she taught drawing and painting classes for adults and children.

Her art has been displayed at invitational exhibitions at Annie Wright School, Gallery VI, Village Art Gallery, Handforth Gallery, White Dove Gallery and Sidney Gallery in Port Orchard. Her work has also been displayed in Olympia, Bainbridge Island, Federal Way, Renton, Cannon Beach, Ore. and the Frye Museum in Seattle.

Janes has received numerous awards in juried art shows throughout the Northwest. She is an active member of the Pacific Gallery Artists organization and supporter of the arts in the community.

Jan. 5, 2018

In 2006 the city of Bauang, one of the municipalities in the province of La Union in the Philippines, became one of Lakewood's sister cities through the Lakewood Sister Cities Association. 

The Mayor of Bauang and city officials have visited Lakewood previously to participate in our annual Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival. Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson visited Bauang with his family last year to attend their Baggak Festival.

Today the residents of Bauang once celebrated their annual Baggak Festival, which means morning star. This annual event recognizes the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul and is celebrated with colorful decorations and attire and lively activities.

Lakewood officials were unable to attend, but sent video messages to congratulate our sister city on yet another wonderful celebration.


Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson


Lakewood Sister Cities Association members


Jan. 12, 2018

On Wednesday (Jan. 10, 2018) Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the City Council sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sound Transit Board chairman Dave Somers urging the permanent suspension of Amtrak rail along the Point Defiance Bypass route in light of the Dec. 18, 2017 Amtrak Train 501 derailment.

The letter was shared with federal, state and local leaders.

Read the letter.

Jan. 9, 2018

From Sound Transit:

Southbound I-5 near Mounts Road will be reduced to a single lane of traffic overnight Tuesday, January 9 through Friday, January 12. Lane closures will be in effect Tuesday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 13. The on-ramp at Mounts Road to southbound I-5 will also be closed.

Sound Transit crews continue to repair metal brackets on the Point Defiance Bypass rail bridge.

Jan. 5, 2018

Hot off the presses, the Winter 2018 Lakewood Connections magazine is here and should hit residents' mailboxes this week (if it hasn't arrived already).

The latest edition is chock full of information, including a look back at some of the city's accomplishments in 2017. 

Inside you'll also find information about:

  • The city's downtown planning efforts
  • A student essay by Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton, first place winner of the city's MLK Essay contest
  • Employee spotlight on Lakewood native Paul Candler
  • New businesses coming to Lakewood
  • Information from our community partners West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Clover Park School District
  • Road construction and park project updates
  • Lakewood Police updates: drone use, third quarter crime stats, recognition of Good Samaritans
  • A complete list of 2018 events
  • Class and program listings for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

Want to read the magazine online? You can view it and past editions here.

Didn't get your magazine in the mail? Extra copies are available at the Lakewood City Hall front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 6000 Main St. SW.



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