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

It has come to the city’s attention that a letter impersonating Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro was recently sent to some residents.

The contents of the letter identify a specific house in the city as a drug house and encourage residents to take a stand against the activity.

This letter is fraudulent. The city of Lakewood and Lakewood Police Department would never send a letter like this.

If you have received this letter, please disregard and take no action based on its contents.

The city does mail information to residents from time to time, but information is always sent using official city letterhead or postcards. If the city needs to get a mass message out to residents it would be on official letterhead and accompanied by social media posts on Facebook and Twitter and would be written in a professional manner.

The city encourages people to report suspicious activity or perceived criminal activity to the Lakewood Police Department tip line at (253) 830-5049.

If residents have a question about the validity of communication from the city, please call City Hall at (253) 589-2489.

Click to see the letter.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday (June 8) from 6 to 7 p.m. to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

The meeting is at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in the Lakewood Towne Center.

Contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847

Lakewood Towne Center is the place to be Tuesdays starting June 6.

Join us this Tuesday for the opening day of the market, including a ribbon cutting at Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations and free canvas tote give aways.

Presented by St. Clare Hospital, the 2017 market will once again set up in the courtyard outside City Hall (6000 Main St. SW).

The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, June 6 to Sept. 12.

New offerings include lavender by Forget me Not Farm, fresh eggs, homemade pasta and vegan and vegetarian food options from new vendor Rawk Star Creations , which makes raw-inspired food like an all organic cilantro-lime collard burrito made from collard greens wrapped around organic seasoned taco “meat” made from soaked walnuts and cashews, cabbage, carrots and dates.

Looking for a little spice? Try Yoli’s Dry Salsa , made by owner Veronica Lopez who has childhood memories of using this recipe to make salsa in her grandmother’s kitchen in Mexico.

Again this year we'll be offering Healthy Bucks, thanks to the support of our market sponsors and partners CHI Fraciscan Health , St. Clare Hospital , WSECU , Click! Cable TV , Farmers Insurance , Whole Foods Market and Pierce County Planning and Land Services .

Children 16 years and under who come to the market will receive a "Healthy Buck" worth $2 of fruits or vegetables. Healthy Bucks can be picked up at the city's market booth. There is a limit of one Healthy Buck per child, per market day.

Farmers will bring fresh produce and hand cut flowers for sale alongside local artists selling things like handmade bird houses. Have a sweet tooth? Try freshly popped kettle corn or homemade treats like breads and pies. Specialty beverages like beer from Four Horsemen Brewery and wine from Lakewood’s own Stina’s Cellars winery will also be available to sample and purchase.

Hungry for lunch? Sit outside and listen to live music on the WSECU stage while enjoying a range of culinary delights form area food trucks, making the market a premier lunch destination.

Stroll the market and soak in the sunshine while you enjoy a variety of ethnic foods like lemon grass chicken from Lumpia World or a burrito from Josefina’s Burrito Boy , Chinese food, Caribbean dishes or Latin American street food from Grit City Grub . Chances are when you’re done you’ll have spotted something you’ll want to take home for dinner – or dessert.

Is your child a budding entrepreneur? Then you’ll want to sign them up for Kid’s Day at the market Aug. 8. That’s when kids take over the market and experience hands-on what it takes to be an entrepreneur. That includes producing items, marketing and selling, interacting with customers and learning finances.

Can your child dance, sing, act or play an instrument? Sign them up to take the stage on Kid’s Day. Fill out a Kid's Day application  by July 30.

Other offerings at the market include blood pressure checks by market sponsor St. Clare Hospital; food desmontraions; and Mark Miller Massag e has your neck and shoulders covered with onsite massages.

Looking for help identifying plants in your yard? Or maybe you want to learn more about Pacific Northwest gardening. Washington State University Master Gardeners will be there to answer questions.

Visit our Farmers Market page for a complete market schedule, including WIC and Senior WIC dates and vendor list. 

And don’t forget to set a reminder on your calendar for Tuesdays at Towne Center.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program information.


H&L Produce has come a long way from its start 25 years ago as a roadside stand.

Fresh produce and plants still dominate the selection of goods, but a recent expansion of the store nearly doubled its retail space.

The added square footage means the store is now a one-stop shop for customers.

“I’m thrilled,” store co-founder and operations manager Brian Lloyd said of the expansion that added space both indoors and out.

Extra room outside means more space for lush hanging baskets. Previously the store could support 130 baskets. That number is now at 500.

The decision to expand the store came after owners debated whether to build a new store in Tacoma – H&L Produce owns the Tacoma Boys store on Sixth Avenue.

“We talked about opening another store up north, but instead we wanted to give back to this community that has supported us for 20-plus years and give them a place to shop,” Lloyd said of Lakewood.

Inside nearly 4,000 square feet of new floor space allowed H&L to add 60 feet of reach-in refrigeration along the back wall.

There shoppers will find prepared foods, as well as a large selection of craft beers from across the Pacific Northwest.

The store also upped its freezer space from six freezers to 21, and underwent a complete overhaul of its meat department.

To the left of the front entrance stretched along the wall is the butcher shop, which includes 36-feet of retail space for meat and seafood.

The shop has a window where meat will be dry aged and available for preorder. Customers can see what’s being cured, order specific cuts and return to pick it up on predetermined pickup days, Lloyd explained.

Looking around the bustling store it’s hard to imagine when it first opened Lloyd worried about how to fill the space.

Watch as Lloyd gives a tour of the recent expansion:


The gravel parking lot near the Waughop Lake Trail and off-leash dog park in Fort Steilacoom Park will close MONDAY (June 5) so crews can begin work to pave the lot.

The off-leash dog area and the lake trail will remain open – but people will need to find alternative places to park. With 350-plus acres at the park, we know that shouldn’t be a problem and appreciate people’s willingness to steer clear of the construction.

The crews have 90 days to do the work, however it is anticipated it won’t take that long.

Thank you for your patience and please remember to use caution when around an active construction

Vouchers are still available for eligible seniors who want to participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The program provides low-income seniors with vouchers to purchase produce from participating farmers markets and roadside stands. Lakewood's Farmers Market is one of the participants in the program.

Eligible applicants must live in Pierce County and be:

  • 60 years old or older (55+ for Native American or Native Alaskan)
  • Able to pick up vouchers in person (Must show government-issued photo I.D.)
  • Low-income (below 185 percent poverty level - for one person that is a monthly income less than $1,859; for two people an income less than $2,504; and three people an income less than $3,148 a month)

When police officers arrive to the scene of an incident they don't always know what they're walking into. Is a person reaching for a cell phone, their identification or a gun?

Officers must make a split-second decision in these cases. You don't realize just how quick that is until you watch law enforcement professionals go through simulated training where they have to decide whether to use a gun, Taser or verbal commands to gain control of a situation.

Lakewood police were given this opportunity this week when a simulated training program was offered for members to brush up on their training. The simulated exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

Participants are given guns and Tasers before the start that are modified to "talk" with the computer system. Instead of shooting when the triggers are pulled the weapons shoot a laser at the screen. A computer tracks where the laser hits so the trainees can see whether their shots hit the target.

The instructor is able to manipulate the situation based on how the trainee is responding. If they are using the correct verbal commands, the instructor can alter the scenario so that all parties leave the scene. The instructor can also alter it so that it escalates to present a high-stress environment for trainees to have to respond.

Chief Mike Zaro noted the benefit of participating in such training gives officers the opportunity to work through real-life situations in a learning environment where no one gets hurt.

Check out the video of Zaro participating in one of the active shooter scenarios.



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