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Lakewood Police Show Seahawks Spirit, Gratitude

Lakewood Police showed its brand of Seattle Seahawks spirit Thursday, and it meant much more than simply hoping the team tops the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVLIII.

Almost 50 blue-and-green-clad members of the department gathered on their front doorstep to show their support for the Hawks, who play Sunday in New Jersey for the Lombardi Trophy.

As Chief Bret Farrar explained, the outpouring of 12th Man spirit was as much gratitude as it was support. When four of Lakewood's officers were murdered in November 2009, the Seahawks organization went out of its way to welcome the department, he said.

The team brought in and honored the fallen officers' families and members of the department during a game, Farrar said.

"We thought, in return for the kindness they showed us, we would show, as a department, our support for the Seattle Seahawks," Farrar said.

Great stuff. Go Hawks.

To read and listed to KIRO Radio's story on Lakewood Police, visit

MLK Celebration Highlights On YouTube

The City of Lakewood has posted highlights of its 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on its YouTube channel .

The performances included music, dance and a performance by the Total Experience Gosepl Choir featuring Pastor Patrinell Wright.

To watch the video highlights, visit

City Council Proclaims Toastmasters Intl. Week

At the regular City Council meeting on January 21, the Lakewood City Council proclaimed the week of February 2 – 8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.

Councilmember John Simpson presented the proclamation to Lakewood Toastmaster member and Area Governor Julie Skaw (Area 13; District 32).

Toastmasters International has more than 12,500 clubs in 113 countries worldwide; with nearly 5,000 members in the state of Washington. The City encourages all citizens and civic organizations to recognize the many accomplishments and opportunities in communication and public speaking Toastmasters International provides.

Lakewood Toastmasters was founded at the City of Lakewood in 2008 for City employee development. The club currently has 29 members and is open to the general public.

Lakewood Toastmasters is hosting an open house on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food will be provided and a regular meeting will be conducted. Lieutenant Governor Marketing William Michael Paul for District 32 will be the guest speaker.

Lakewood Will Apply For LED-Light Grant

The City of Lakewood will apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to convert a majority of its 3,500 or so streetlights to the light emitting diode (LED) variety.

The City Council unanimously voted Monday night to apply for the Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant, which awards some $25 Million in energy efficiency and solar grants to various public agencies.

The grant money would be used to convert approximately 2,000 or so of the city’s streetlights to energy efficient LEDs. That figure is about 1,000 less than the City had originally projected, but Lakewood learned recently that because the remaining lights are "leased" from Tacoma Power and Puget Sound Energy, they would not be covered by the grant.

Still, the City's Public Works Department says the potential cost savings with LED is at least worth exploring. LED's provide benefits such as:

  • Lower energy costs because the lights produce the same light level with less power
  • Lower maintenance costs because LED's can last up to seven times longer than high-pressure, sodium lights
  • Better lighting via higher light quality

If the City wins a grant and chooses to move forward with this project, it would be required financing the outstanding capital costs of about $2 million. A successful streetlight-replacement project is one in which the energy and maintenance savings over 12 years will be able to pay for the project costs.

The City will learn in a few months whether it won the grant, said Public Works Director/City Engineer Don Wickstrom.

MLK Celebration Photo Gallery

Talk about positivity.

On Saturday, the City of Lakewood celebrated its 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College.

A diverse array of performers and speakers educated, entertained and uplifted an audience that was equally as diverse.Dr. Nancy Bristow, African American Studies professor at the University of Puget Sound, shared her knowledge of King's legacy.

One of the highlights of the event was the uplifting performance of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, led by Pastor Pat Wright.

Check out the City of Lakewood's Facebook page for a photo gallery from the event:

You can also check out some video highlights of the event on Viumeo: