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Here's a message from South Sound 911

South Sound 911 was one of many 911 centers in the state affected by the 911 outage earlier today. Service was restored to the communications center around 6:20 a.m.; however, citizens experiencing difficulties calling 911 may call (253) 798-4722 or (253) 798-4721 at any time.

Like many of our partner 911 centers, South Sound 911 is deeply concerned about the outage and the affect it may have had on our citizens.

“An outage of this magnitude, and so widespread, is a serious matter,” Executive Director Andrew Neiditz said. “We share the same concerns as our citizens and we, too, are eager to learn more about what went wrong with the overall system.”

South Sound 911 first became aware of a potential problem around midnight when staff were concerned that call volumes were unusually low. As is standard practice, staff alerted the on-call communications maintenance supervisor, who confirmed the outage with the service provider. The communications maintenance supervisor also confirmed that South Sound 911 equipment was operational.

South Sound 911 is collaborating with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) E-911 Office and other local 911 centers in pursuit of information concerning the outage. At this time, it is unknown how many callers were impacted.

Coffee with the Mayor, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, April 8, 2014  at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center.

Our guest speaker will be Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield who will present The State of the City.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705.  I hope to see you there!


Mayor Don Anderson


No RSVP is needed

WSDOT Tree Removal

(The following message is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

As part of the SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project, contractor crews are removing selected trees along I-5 between SR 510 in Lacey and SR 512 in Lakewood. This work is necessary to install and effectively operate seven new closed-circuit TV traffic cameras to manage traffic flow along I-5 through the JBLM corridor. A clear line of sight is needed for the new cameras to operate properly.

One of our primary goals in any construction project is to preserve as many trees as possible. A team of WSDOT staff, including the Olympic Region Landscape Architect, individually identified and marked each tree to ensure that only trees that posed an obstruction, and no others, will be removed.

After the construction project is complete, WSDOT staff will plant 500 one-gallon-container trees (300 Douglas Firs and 200 Garry Oaks) in other areas throughout the project limits.

To view PDF maps of each location where trees will be removed, please browse the list below:

Thurston County

Pierce County

Hobby Lobby Official Grand Opening

They didn't have to look very far to find the ribbon or the scissors.

Today, Hobby Lobby held its grand opening celebration for its new location in Lakewood, 5401 100th Street SW. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and other City officials attended the ribbon-cutting.

The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way

Once inside, visitors were treated to the new world - at least in Lakewood - of Hobby Lobby's offerings For a taste of what Hobby Lobby is about, click here to view our photo gallery on Facebook.

Bone Marrow Drive on Monday at LPD

The Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler Seddon and others living with leukemia. Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, March 17th, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Questions about the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive on March 17th? Please contact Joanna Nichols at jnichols@cityoflakewood.us or (253) 830-5004. For questions regarding blood and/or bone marrow donation please contact the Puget Sound Blood Center at (206) 292-2543, 800-DONATE-1 ext. 2543 or visit their website at http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm .

Click here to view a flyer for the event.