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

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.

 

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.

 

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, is in the running to bring a 10- to 12-week live music series to Fort Steilacoom Park for Summer 2018.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation , a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, the city and Broadway Center hope to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

Broadway Center submitted the proposal for a concert series in Lakewood. The proposed venue site is Fort Steilacoom Park. The proposal will be posted on the Levitt AMP website  for public voting through Nov. 20.

If selected, the concert series in Lakewood would be the first Levitt-funded concert series in the Northwest.

In order to be successful we need community participation, which means we need to get as many online votes as possible. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects its winners.

Supporters are asked to register and vote online.  Online public voting is open now and ends Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced Jan. 2, 2018.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the Levitt Amp grant,” stated Broadway Center executive director David Fischer, “as this fits perfectly with Broadway Center’s mission to ‘energize community through live performance.’ Fort Steilacoom Park is the perfect setting for what could be the first Levitt concert series in the Northwest.”

Broadway Center and the City of Lakewood ask supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for their proposal.

Learn more at http://levittamp.org .

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.

There are two opportunities to honor our veterans this year in Lakewood.

The first is Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood) as part of the City Council's regular meeting.

The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers.

Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, the official program beings at 2 p.m.

This summer 10-year-old Lakewood resident Malikhi Griffin walked into Lakewood City Hall with a sandwich bag filled with coins. Inside was $21.50.

He met with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and handed the bag over, telling her he was giving the money to the city to buy more plants for the city’s parks.

“I wanted to raise money for the city because I think it’s important to have things like parks and things like that so people can get into nature more,” the fifth grader said.

On Saturday Malikhi will be at Fort Steilacoom Park to help volunteers plant trees around Waughop Lake as part of the national Make a Difference Day event. One of the trees was purchased using his donation.

Malikhi loves the beauty of nature, he said, and wants to see “more plants added” in his community. His donation this summer is the second time he’s given his hard-earned savings to the city to help with beautification efforts.

The city appreciations Malikhi’s generosity and participation in our community events – he helped during Parks Appreciation Day in April, too. We can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young man and his continued involvement with Lakewood.

Want to help Malikhi Saturday? Head to Fort Steilacoom Park to help with tree planting around Waughop Lake or grave site restoration from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Or head to The Little Church on the Prairie for other events requiring less manual labor, including:

  • Operation Christmas Child: Packing boxes to be delivered to children in countries around the world who lack basic items like shoes and socks, and who may have never tasted candy! We will be making an item to send and writing a personal note.
  • LASA Box Wrapping: We will team with the Living Assistance Support Alliance (LASA) here in Lakewood to help them wrap items for the holidays. Their headquarters is a few blocks from the church.
  • Moldova Girls: Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. Help cut fabric (bring scissors!) to be made into necessary items for girls ages 10-18. They will be delivered by the project leader when she goes there on a mission trip in 2018.

Contact Recreation Coordinator Cameron Fairfield at cfairfield@cityoflakewood.us, (253) 983-7827 for more information about how to get involved with the city's tree planting event.

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