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Lakewood Can Benefit From U.S. Open Buildup

On the first day that people could sign up to volunteer for the 2015 U.S. Open on Monday, officials saw an "amazing" 3,000 people enlist.

Those volunteers will help organize an event that's expected to bring 235,000 peopole to the South Sound over the week of the championship, June 15-21.

It's numbers like those that make Lakewood and neighborhing communities to Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place poised to benefit from one of golf's biggest events, Director Danny Sink told the Lakewood City Council on Monday night.

One of the ways Lakewood - located only a few miles south of the Pierce County owned course - could be involved with the 2015 U.S. Open is transportation. Specifically, the USGA and Pierce County will likely try and work with Lakewood to allow overflow parking at Fort Steilacoom Park. Those deals are typically signed a year out of the tournament.

Lakewood, however, will only be a small piece of the event's overall transportation plan, which will involve shuttling event-goers from off-site locations to the golf course. On Monday, Sink said officials are considering a "train" option with Sound Transit that would bring visitors from Seattle to Chambers Bay.

In terms of traffic control, Sink estimated abouot 100 traffic "checkpoints" near the golf course that will be coordinated through Pierce County. Lakewood could be asked to help, for example, at the potential Fort Steilacoom Park parking site.

But the biggest benefit to Lakewood could come weeks before the first swing. Sink told the Lakewood City Council that there are opportunities to market the community to workers and volunteers via lodging, dining and other services that they'll need as they help prepare the tournament site.

"Don't focus on the week-of," he said.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

Bridgeport/Custer Road Work Postponed

Weather has pushed back road work that was scheduled to begin this week at Bridgeport Way and Custer Road Southwest into next week.

Puget Sound Energy informed the City of Lakewood that the final restoration work - which was scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday - is now scheduled between Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20.

The work is part of PSE’s gas main replacement project.

Connect To The City Online

Everybody is seemingly connected online these days, including the City of Lakewood.

In case you haven’t noticed, the City has increased its social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. These are great ways to keep up with what’s happening in City Hall and beyond, and they provide a glimpse into the days of the people that serve you.

Plus, you can use social media to reach and interact with the City, whether via your computer or phone. So whether you “Like,” follow or subscribe to us, chances are you’ll be able to connect to the City of Lakewood in a whole new way.

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2015 U.S. Open Volunteer Sign-Up

Lakewood residents won't have to make a championship putt to stake their claim at history at the 2015 U.S. Open, the first in the Pacific Northwest.

The USGA has opened the online application for people who want to volunteer at professional golf's biggest tournament, which will take place June 15-21, 2015 next door at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.

According to Pierce County, approximately 4,500 unpaid volunteers will be needed to fill positions on 24 committees, including hospitality, leaderboards, marshals, merchandise and spectator services. Those assigned to the 2015 U.S. Open will be required to work a minimum of four shifts, of five to six hours each. Volunteer positions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

All volunteers are required to purchase the volunteer package for $165. This package will include apparel specially designed for the 2015 U.S. Open, a credential valid for all seven days of the championship and a meal voucher for each assigned shift. The volunteer apparel will consist of two golf shirts, a wind jacket and a piece of headwear.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

Former Kearse Coach: 'I Jumped Out My Chair"

When Jermaine Kearse twice spun free from tacklers and sprinted into the end zone in Super Bowl XVLII I on Sunday, it was difficult to tell who was more startled – the Denver Broncos or Dave Miller’s grandchildren.

Miller, the head football coach at Lakes High School in Lakewood, recalls how he let loose a championship yell as he watched his former player sprint to the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown, part of the Seattle Seahawks’ historic 43-8 victory.

“It was exciting. I jumped out my chair, and I yelled so loud I scared my grandchildren,” Miller told the City on Tuesday. “To see him cap it off with a touchdown in the Super Bowl, that’s something out of a Hollywood script.”

Miller was one of the many people connected to Lakewood who watched Kearse, a 2008 graduate of Lakes High, help the Seahawks capture the franchise’s first championship in 37 years.

Lakewood is one of two cities in Washington that produced a player on Seattle’s championship roster.

It has been a long journey for the speedy wide receiver. He has gone from a kid catching footballs in grade school for the Lakewood Lumberjacks to making plays at the University of Washington to wowing with his athleticism in front of millions of people with the Seahawks.

Miller recalled that Kearse was the “poster child” for heeding the lessons that coaches, teachers and his parents were taught. Even though Kearse went undrafted out of college, his high school coach knew he’d be making plays in the NFL.

“I always said even if Jermaine won the Heisman or got whatever award possible, he’d be in the weight room the next day. He just has that desire,” Miller said.

Now, his former coach, Lakes High, the Clover Park School District and the entire community of Lakewood are watching as one of their own basks in the Super Bowl limelight.

Congratulatory messages to Kearse are posted throughout Lakewood. The third-floor window of Lakewood City Hall has the following spelled out in large letters: “Go Jermaine #15.”

“It has brought a great deal of pride to the community,” Miller said of Kearse’s contribution to the Seahawks. “It’s been so much fun watching him. There’s such a tie for the kids, to see that someone who walked in their footsteps succeed, it’s just great.”

Now, Lakewood will celebrate with the rest of Seahawk Nation as the team celebrates its title.

Lakewoodians: Are you going to the championship parade Wednesday in Seattle? Share your pics on Twitter, @CityofLakewood , or e-mail them to bchampaco@cityoflakewood.us.