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Communications Manager

April 25, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sister Cities Arts Fest

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA  ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities Arts Fest from Friday through Sunday at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

April 18, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District honored Super Bowl champion and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse with a hero's homecoming April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson awarded the Lakewood native a “Key to the City,” as well as declared April 12, 2014, as Jermaine Kearse Day in the City of Lakewood. Some 600 people attended the event, which required collaboration between the City, CPSD, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and others. It also marked the first event in which the City worked directly with its new Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 2-2 Lancer Brigade.

The event generated plenty of psotive media coverage, including all four major television networks in the Puget Sound, The News Tribune and the Seattle Seahawks.

Attendees even got the chance to meet Jermaine, as he attended a meet-and-greet session with elected officials and signed autographs for nearly an hour after the ceremony.

To view the Seattle Seahawks’ official video, visit http://shwks.com/2xed  .

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network named the City of Lakewood one of its Civic Partners, as part of its Corporate/Civic Partner Program. EFN Civic Partners have done three or more of the following within the past year:

  • Food drive
  • Donation drive
  • Donation of $1,000 or more
  • Auction sponsorship
  • Post a link to EFN’s homepage on official website
  • Have an employee serve on the EFN Board or on a committee
  • Other significant contribution of time, knowledge or funding.

The City will be honored at EFN’s Recognition Breakfast on April 16 in Tacoma.

March 21, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

4-2 Raider Brigade Inactivation

On Friday, March 14, the Army conducted the official inactivation ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker)  at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

And with it, Lakewood officially said goodbye to its longtime Community Connector to the base.

The ceremony marked the end of a remarkable relationship between the City and the Raider Brigade. The two were intertwined, as much as a community and brigade could be.

When the 4-2 returned from deployment and rejoined their families and friends, the City celebrated. When they lost a soldier, the City mourned. Lakewood was mentioned multiple times on the official Army video about the Brigade, which can be viewed on the City of Lakewood's hompage  .

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day on Saturday

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse - who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

The community celebration for the Lakes High alum – fittingly – will take place at Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St. SW, Lakewood) at Clover Park High School, the same field where he made countless plays as a Lakes Lancer.

The community celebration begins at 1 p.m., and will highlight Kearse’s K-12 education in Clover Park School District, as well as his high school, college and professional football careers. The Lakewood City Council will also recognize Kearse with a proclamation and a Key to the City. Members of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat, 2nd Infantry Division - Lakewood's official Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - will also be on hand assisting Lakewood Police, CPSD staff and others with the event. Kearse's father was a soldier at JBLM, and he even attended school on base.

The event is free to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to carpool as parking and seating will be limited. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

March 28, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

“Neighborhoods” To Feature Lakewood

With assistance from the sun, the Lakewood community showed off its beauty for the folks from Comcast on Monday.

A crew spent the day in Lakewood filming segments for an upcoming feature on the community for its On Demand show, "Neighborhoods  ." The show is hosted by Sabrina Register.

Trust us. It's going to be a great one.

Comcast customers will be able to watch the segment on Lakewood as early as April 1.To access "Neighborhoods," simply tune to Channel 1 or select On Demand on your Comcast Digital Remote, then:

  • Select Get Local
  • Select Around the Sound
  • Select Neighborhoods

And that's it! Sit back and learn a little bit about the communities in the Puget Sound.

March 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Raider Brigade Honors City at Inactivation

On Friday, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord – conducted its inactivation ceremony. The Brigade thanked our community for its support, particularly during the 4-2’s three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. At a special ceremony, the Brigade recognized the City for organizing the community wide parade honoring the Raider Brigade in 2013.

The relationship between the City and the 4-2 – which lost 58 soldiers under its command – was more than an agreement. It was a living, personal connection that Lakewood will never forget. The City wishes all of the Brigade’s soldiers and their families good luck in whatever objective might await. As Brigade Com. Col. Jody Miller cheered for the last time Friday, “Raiders, to the objective.”

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