The results are in - here's the times for Saturday's triathlon participants. Thank you to all of our athletes and our sponsors for participating in this amazing event. We can't wait to see you again next year! (note: click the results for a larger image)
Lochburn Middle School served as the backdrop for an active shooter training this week for local law enforcement – including Lakewood’s police force.
Trainers included members of the Metro SWAT team, who worked with officers to teach them how to respond to a live, mass shooting incident.
It’s a scenario we hope never plays out in Lakewood, but if it does our officers are ready.
Participants received instruction time before heading into unlit hallways of the now empty school to run through the different scenarios they could face in an active shooter situation.
The day ended with a “live” training that included the exchange of gun fire between police and the “bad guys”. Instead of real bullets officers fired paint-filled bullets from their guns, similar to paintball but with less paint and more impact because the bullets were fired from service weapons.
Our officers receive eight hours of training like this every year - which is more than some agencies offer. This is in addition to simulated training our officers complete as well as other training courses.
Watch Assistant Police Chief John Unfred explain why this type of training is so important for our officers.
The final count is in and Whole Foods Chambers Bay is giving Lakewood's Farmers Market $2,441.34 for its Healthy Bucks program.
The money comes from Whole Foods Market's community giving day, where they dedicated 5 percent of the net sales from June 22 to the city's Healthy Bucks program.
With this money we are able to give children ages 16 and under the opportunity to buy $2 worth of fruits and/or veggies from our market vendors. A recent visit to the market last week saw a number of children lined up to receive their healthy bucks.
But, before we let them walk out of the city's market booth with the free bucks they first have to draw/color their favorite fruits and veggies at our arts and crafts table.
This is a great opportunity to teach youngsters about healthy food choices, as well as provide them with access to fresh fruit grown by local farmers.
Thank you to everyone who shopped at Whole Foods Chambers Bay last month - and thank
you to Whole Foods for supporting healthy eating in our community.
We can't wait to see more children at our market using their Healthy Bucks!
Independence Day is right around the corner, which means some residents will be using fireworks to celebrate the holiday.
According to the Lakewood Municipal Code , fireworks are allowed between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on July 3-5.
In Washington State it is unlawful to sell fireworks to any person under 16 years of age. It is the responsibility of any seller of fireworks to obtain and/or require proof of age of any consumer at time of purchase.
Allowed fireworks include:
- dipped sticks and sparklers
- ground and hand-held sparkling devices
- cylindrical or cone fountains
- ground spinners
- filter sparklers
- smoke devices
- Roman candles
- mines or shells
- illuminating torches
These are not permitted:
- sky rockets
- bottle rockets
- M-80’s, M-100’s or larger cherry bombs
- tennis ball bombs
- pipe bombs
- tampered, altered or homemade fireworks.
Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue want the community to celebrate safely. Each year thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – fires, devastating burns, other injuries, and even death.
The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend a public fireworks display and leave the lighting to the professionals. Here's information about nearby shows on July 4:
- JBLM Freedom Fest at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums : all day event July 3 (for military members and family); July 4 open to public, fireworks at 10 p.m.
- Steilacoom’s Grand Old Fourth of July on Lafayette Street, Downtown – dusk
- Tacoma’s Freedom Fair at the Ruston Way Waterfront – 10:10 pm
Independence Day can raise questions and concerns when it comes to safety. Here are some resources should you need to call someone for assistance.
If there is a code enforcement issue or concern related to fireworks, such as tall grass or improper sales, please contact West Pierce Fire & Rescue (253) 564-1623.
To report the use of illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of the designated dates or times, please contact South Sound 911’s non-emergency dispatch line at (253) 798-4721.
Adult supervision around fireworks is important. Only adults should light fireworks and handle matches and lighters. Set family boundaries and talk with children about celebrating safely. Use care in selecting the area for discharge of fireworks, and the type of fireworks appropriate for that area. Weather conditions make grasses and vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire.
BE PREPARED - Before you light fireworks
- Use legal fireworks, available at licensed stands within the District Store fireworks out of children’s reach
- Keep pets safe indoors
- Always keep water nearby
BE SAFE - When lighting fireworks
- Only adults should light fireworks
- Only use outdoors
- Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
- Protect your eyes
- Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
- Never relight a “dud”
BE RESPONSIBLE - After you finish
- Soak used fireworks in water
- Be considerate – clean up used fireworks
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
Lakewood Police Lt. Jeff Alwine recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, becoming only the second Lakewood officer to participate and complete the rigorous program that includes 3,800 credit hours of coursework and regular physical fitness tests.
Police Chief Mike Zaro also graduated from the academy in 2010.
Based at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, the national academy is a professional course study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers. Attendees must be nominated by their agency directors and must show demonstrated leadership qualities.
To receive a diploma participants are required to complete a 10k obstacle course built by U.S. Marines that runs through campus.
Over the course of the 10 weeks attendees take undergraduate and/or graduate classes focused on law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, forensic science, intelligence theory, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science and health and fitness.
They also participate in a range of leadership and specialized training, allowing them to share ideas, techniques and experiences with each other, resulting in lifelong partnerships that cross state and national borders.
Alwine was one of 228 people to graduate June 7 as part of the 268th session. Classmates included law enforcement from 47 states, 24 countries, seven federal agencies and every branch of the military. One of his classmates also made history when she stepped on stage and received her diploma marking the 50,000th diploma issued by the academy.
We are one week away from SummerFEST – the city’s biggest party of the year!
Spend your Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather and participate in a wide array of events.
The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city via bike until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and traverse the trails to the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participants . Register here .
For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.
Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax.
We'll have live music from Spike and the Impalers, Tacocat and Kuinka, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk. The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass, check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.
Are you a car enthusiast? Then you won’t want to miss our annual car show, as well as a chance to meet BMW PRO3 Driver Lance Richert who will be there with his PRO3 car – no. 35 – signing autographs.
Richert has raced BMWs since 1999 after years of lapping days with the Puget Sound BMW Club. His PRO3 car is one of the first four BMW E30s that raced in the first PRO3 season after it was converted from ITS specs.
By day Richert does residential architectural design, but on the course he is a force to be reckoned with. He held the lap record for PRO3 twice at Pacific Raceways.
So what is PRO3? It is the largest and arguably the most competitive race group in the PNW. It’s a spec racing class for BMW E30s which has an intent to create a restrictive formula for BMW cars that focuses on driver ability instead of design/preparation of the car. Typically 30 or more PRO3 cars compete in the International Conference of Race Car Clubs each year.
Come meet Richert and learn more about PRO3 racing at SummerFEST July 8!
Drivers heading to Tillicum from northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street (Exit 122) will need to plan an alternate route on Wednesday, June 28.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street. The closure is necessary so crews can safely install a repaired storm water pump.
Drivers will be able to turn right onto Jackson Avenue. However, drivers will not be able to turn left or continue forward onto northbound I-5.
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