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Coffee with the Mayor January 14, 2014

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, January 14, 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 Brent Champaco, Communincations Manager who will present on City Communications: Telling Our Story.

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.

New-Look Newsletter Hits Households

The City of Lakewood’s newsletter underwent an aesthetic and digital facelift for 2014.

This week, residents and online users are experiencing the improved Connections newsletter for the first time. The Winter 2014 issue is scheduled to begin arriving in Lakewood mailboxes Thursday.

In an age of decreased content, Connections readers will notice an increase of news stories and articles compared to previous issues. The Winter 2014 edition includes:

  • A cover story about what the City is doing to help fix Interstate 5’s traffic woes
  • A Q&A with newly elected City Councilmember John Simpson
  • A piece on Lakewood Police celebrating their 10th year
  • Articles on the opening of Hobby Lobby and the relocation of MultiCare

Readers will also find the latest edition of the City’s Recreation guide, which includes information on upcoming events such as the Fairy Garden Tea Party and the Soggy Doggy 5K, as well as registration information for classes and activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Online users will also notice new and improved features for Connections. The newsletter is being published on a new digital platform that will allow users to easily navigate pages, view content and interact with the document. Bonus: The digital edition features a fun video from the City of Lakewood’s Annual Tree Lighting and Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

To view the online edition, scan the QR code on the newsletter or visit http://goo.gl/5gTYg1 .

City Hall Closed New Years Day

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Answers About Winter Air Quality

What’s New with Pierce County Air Quality?

As winter sets in it’s worth remembering that much of Pierce County continues to have an air quality problem during colder months. During the winter, fine particle pollution in much of Pierce County reaches unhealthy levels, causing lung and heart problems for children, seniors, and those with respiratory issues. Although these fine particles come from many sources, wood smoke from residential home heating is the biggest source of this pollution. These pollution levels continue to be high enough that they violate the Federal Clean Air Act. Since 2009, an area called a Smoke Reduction Zone was designated for a large portion of Pierce County, and specific pollution reduction programs have been implemented to improve air quality in our neck of the woods.

Here’s an important update to this program: Starting in September 2015 all old, uncertified wood burning devices will be illegal to use under state law. This means that these uncertified devices must be disposed of or rendered inoperable by September 30, 2015 in the Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone, except those residences that have no other adequate ways to heat their home.

What’s Being Done Now?

Air quality Burn Bans are actively enforced in the Smoke Reduction Zone. These burn bans are different from summer outdoor burning bans and apply to both indoor wood burning and any outdoor burning. Burning wood during a ban may result in a fine of up to $1,000, so it’s wise to pay attention to burn bans to avoid fines.

Along with increased burn ban enforcement, funding will continue to be available to help people change to a cleaner source of heat. Approximately $2.5 million is now available to help residents scrap or replace their old, uncertified wood stoves with a cleaner source of heat and get paid to do it!

How You Can Help

Visit www.airsafepiercecounty.org to learn how you can help:

  • Sign up for burn ban alerts via text or email. Sign up by texting “pierceburn” to 313131.

Receive email alerts by going to the website listed above

  • Apply for the Wood Stove Program – get $350 to scrap your stove or $1500 to replace it. Low income qualified households can get a free upgrade to a cleaner heating source.
  • Print information to share with your neighbors, friends and community organizations

Contact for more information:

Kit McGurn
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

(253)283-2273

Christmas Toys

Here's a special Christmas poem, on behalf of the Lakewood Officers Charity, which delivered more than 150 toys to children in apartments and homes Dec. 19-20:

Twere the days before Christmas, and all through Lakewood
There were children who needed gifts, all of them good
The Lakewood Officers Charity worked to see who was first
District One, District Two, District Three – they were first
The makeshift sled was filled with toys
For the littlest to the biggest – they would surely bring joy!
This year’s goal was mighty, the charity small,
Working with apartment managers, they came one, they came all
Hoping to surprise all of the children along the way
And see their faces light up, this special holiday
Because, the Charity was chosen to be the one indeed,
Who would bring the Christmas spirit to those in need
All was Merry, kids and parents were pleasant
By day’s end, more than 80 boys and girls got special presents
And the Jolly One was there, with laughter abound,
They heard Santa's voice in the distance, almost a faint sound
“’Making A Difference’ is what we do!”
“Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas, to all of you!”

"This event is so much fun, as it is random and the families have no idea that they were selected," said Community Service Officer Dawn McGinnis. "We knock on the door with pre-selected, age-specific toys and the look on their faces is priceless - a lot of tears and heartfelt 'Thank You's' were heard over and over. Love this event."

Kudos, once again, to the Lakewood Officers Charity for making this Christmas special for others!

To see photos from day’s festivities, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA