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Lakewood Police Department's 2014 Annual Report

The Lakewood Police Department posted another banner year in 2014.

Crime rates dropped nearly across the board compared to 2013, and the department was recognized nationally as Agency of the Year in the RISE Awards Competition by TASER International and PoliceOne.com

At the Lakewood Council meeting on March 23, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro delivered the department’s 2014 Annual Report.

Highlights include:

  • Lower crime rates compared to 2013
  • Person crimes were down almost 7 percent
  • Property crimes were down more than 4 percent
  • Total crime was down more 3 percent
  • Aggravated assault cases fell by more than 11 percent; Simple assault and intimidation fell by almost 7 percent
  • Vandalism fell by 9 percent; total larceny fell by more than 8 percent
  • The department received 29 letters of praise from citizens
  • Fewer than 3.8 percent of arrests resulted in the use of force

The latest numbers show a continued downward trend in Lakewood’s overall crime, which is a credit to the hard work of the men and women of the department. Since the Lakewood Police Department’s formation in 2004, the city’s overall crime rate has fallen nearly 27 percent. Since Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996, crime has fallen nearly 45 percent.

For the full 2014 Annual Report from the Lakewood Police Department, visit http://goo.gl/eyPL6a .

 

Re: Parks and Rec Advisory Board Meeting March 24, Future Meetings

On Tuesday, March 24, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board hosted a meeting on behalf of the Lakewood City Council to discuss the idea of creating a performance space or community gathering area at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Due to concerns regarding anticipated weather, the meeting was moved from the shelter at the park to Lakewood City Hall.  Approximately 50 people attended the meeting at City Hall, but several people arrived at the park and waited. Some expressed frustration that the meeting didn’t occur.

Mary Dodsworth, Parks Director, acknowledged that although the meeting change was posted in several locations at the park and through various media channels, the City didn’t provide adequate signage at the park shelter and apologized.  If anyone would like to contact her directly regarding the meeting and future meetings, please do so at (253) 589-2489.

Meeting notes will be posted soon, and the next meeting regarding these ideas will occur following the next Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall.

Harrison Prep School's Grand Opening

The Lakewood community is invited on Thursday, March 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to attend the grand opening celebration for the new Harrison Preparatory School, located at 9103 Lakewood Drive SW in Lakewood.

The event will feature a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments and tours of the school will be available immediately following the ceremony.

Lakewood's first Mayor,  Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison, former commander at Fort Lewis, will be the guest of honor at the ceremony as the school's namesake.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the grand opening of the new Harrison Preparatory School with our community,” said Debbie LeBeau, Clover Park School District superintendent. “Lakewood voters trusted us to complete this project with the passage of the 2010 school construction bond proposal. I’m proud to invite our community to see the new school.”

Lakewood-area voters approved a $92 million bond in 2010 to rebuild and modernize Hudtloff Middle School and build Harrison Preparatory School and Four Heroes Elementary School. Hudtloff Middle School was completed in September 2013 and Four Heroes Elementary School will open in September 2015.

The ground breaking ceremony for the new Harrison Preparatory School was held in August 2012. Students and staff moved into the new school in January 2015. Harrison Prep, which serves students grades six through 12, offers an International Baccalaureate program. The school's completion made Clover Park School District the first school district in Washington to provide the rigorous, college-prep IB program for all grades K through 12.

Attendees should turn onto Redwood Drive SW from Lakewood Drive SW. Signs and parking attendants will indicate where visitors should park.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Clover Park School District’s community relations office at (253) 583-5040.


Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/03/23/3704523/public-invited-to-celebrate-completion.html#storylink=cpy

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 3/30/15

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 30

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Learn basic and advanced steps, techniques and choreography.
  • Mondays, March 9-April 13
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $7
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
  • Traditional yoga poses with a mix of Tai Chi and Pilates, with alternatives to accommodate mobility issues.
  • Mondays, March 9-April 13
  • Members: $28 Non-members: $41 Drop-in: $6

Tuesday, March 31

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Every Tuesday
  • Free!

Wednesday, April 1

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Meet, mingle and knit! If you have a passion for knitting, join this group of beginners and seasoned knitters. Drop in and learn the basics or share your talent and techniques. Grab your yarn and be knotty for a day!
  • First and third Wednesdays of the month
  • Free!

Thursday, April 2

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Grab your photos and supplies and join your friends for an afternoon of scrapbooking. Try something new, explore new techniques and meet new friends. Bring a snack and your creativity.
  • First Thursday of the month
  • Free!

Friday, April 3

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • This computer lab is open for use by older adults who would like to practice what they have learned in classes, work on special projects and get hands-on experiencing using the computer. Volunteers are available each month to share information and answer questions.
  • Fridays
  • Free!
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  

YMCA's New Park, Courtesy of KaBoom!, Disney and the Community

It was billed as a community build day. It undoubtedly delivered.

This past Saturday, March 21, the community – more than 200 volunteers, by some accounts – converged on the Lakewood Family YMCA to build a playground that children and families throughout the community could enjoy.

Despite unpredictable weather conditions, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels scurried to make the playground a reality. Helpers with heart and hard-working hands arrived steadily to move materials, assemble play equipment, snap together lumber and paint vibrant colors. The volunteers included grandparents, parents, parents-to-be, business leaders, personnel in military fatigues, firefighters and anyone else who was willing to work.

The playground is a community project, indeed. Local children helped design the park themselves when KaBOOM! and Disney Club Penguin announced in January the grant that would give Lakewood its newest community playground.

Six hours – yes, six hours - after volunteers begin to move ground and piece together equipment on Saturday, the Lakewood community had itself a new community playground. (Need proof? Check out this video from the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse)

The playground is intended to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play. The Disney Club Penguin-funded KaBOOM! grant provides funding for nonprofit, child-serving organizations to build new playgrounds so that kids, especially those growing up in poverty in America, can get the play they need to thrive.

Through Club Penguin's 8th annual Coins for Change program, players donated their virtual coins to unlock real world funding for a $1 million USD donation to various charitable projects around the world, including the YMCA's new playground. As part of the grant, the YMCA raised additional funds to prepare the site.

On Saturday, volunteers who want to see Lakewood remain a great place for children and families made a difference in their community. It’s one of the reasons we, at the City, are proud to share this motto: #IamLakewood.

You can see our photo album of the volunteers hard at work here: http://goo.gl/v53NkQ

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