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

 

Lakewood Public Works employees carry on tradition of giving

This week the Lakewood Public Works Department delivered a truckload of toys to the Tillicum Community Center to be given to Tillicum families attending the center’s annual Christmas dinner.

The toys were purchased with money donated by employees of the department, former longtime Public Works director Don Wickstrom (who retired earlier this year), Pro Vac, Brian Fagernes with Cascade ROW Services and other contractors and friends.

The department has done something for the community around the holidays every year for the last decade. It started in 2007 when Public Works employees adopted a mom and her three daughters who were leaving an abusive situation and living in a low-rent apartment with next to nothing.

After learning of their struggles department employees furnished the apartment with everything from new beds and mattresses to a couch and kitchen table and chairs. The also: repaired the rotting deck and damage to the walls; installed a new toilet; purchased  Christmas tree and presents to go under it; and supplied them with clothing and food.

The department’s generosity gave the mom a renewed sense of freedom and the feeling that she could survive the situation she faced.

The following year the department shifted its focus to collection drives – choosing new recipients each year. Over the years that included adopting families and fulfilling their holiday wish lists, collecting food for different food drives, working with LASA to provide a Christmas for children that stay at the facility, donating to a toy drive for foster children, donating 20,000 pounds of dog and cat food to an area animal shelter, a pajama and sock drive and last year donating to Toys for Tots.

“This year we wanted to reach as many children as possible,” said administrative assistant Karen Devereaux, who said she was getting goosebumps just thinking about the amount of toys they were able to deliver.

Devereaux and compliance inspector Diana Halar did the shopping this year. They focused on sales and negotiated prices to get the most bang for their buck. The were able to purchase roughly $1,500 worth of items for $1,000.

“We always get construction themed stuff – that’s our deal,” Devereaux said. “We might make some wishes come true. It’s really fun every year.”

Halar noted being part of the department giving is “a most rewarding endeavor.”

“It really gets the holidays started for me,” she said.

Other departments within the city also found ways to give back this year.

  • Lakewood Municipal Court staff collected a large number of new gloves and hats and donated them to Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare.
  • The city’s Human Resources staff is scheduled to volunteer Dec. 20 at the Emergency Food Network warehouse repacking food items.
  • The Lakewood Officer’s charity will hold its annual Shop with an Officer event Saturday (Dec. 16) at the Lakewood Wal-Mart. Sixteen families were identified who will get to shop with a Lakewood officer and choose items for everyone in their family with funds donated by the charity.

 

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

Fourteen daily passenger trains will travel in both directions, in addition to the Sound Transit Sounder commuter trains that already run through the city. The Sounder trains stop at Lakewood Station, the Amtrak trains will not stop in the city.

Most of the fast trains will pass through Lakewood 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. There are times when trains will pass in both directions, which will prolong the amount of time the railroad crossing arms are down.

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

Here is a schedule of the Sounder and Amtrak trains (times in Blue are Sounder; times in green are Amtrak).

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.

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!

Fresh off your Thanksgiving break we're ready to help you celebrate the holidays this year with our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, happening FRIDAY!

This year's even is sure to impress. We have a parade, visit from Santa, live entertainment, boutique vendors and food for purchase.

Festivities begin at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW) at 5 p.m. 

The parade will travel down 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center, ending at City Hall. Parade starts at 5:45 p.m., but make sure to get here early to line the parade route - you don't want to miss Santa's arrival by West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck at 6 p.m.!

Clover Park students will sing carols and we'll have a special performance by the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Santa can’t wait to meet your child and take a photo.

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.)

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

 

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.

 

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