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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.

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 Shows Support For Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks

Passers-by to Lakewood City Hall might have noticed that the City’s headquarters is sporting some blue-and-green swag.

To show its support for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood is flying a 12th Man flag. It also posted a special message on its third floor window to support Seahawks wide receiver and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse, who grew up in Lakewood and attended school in the Clover Park School District.

The City first Tweeted a photo of Kearse’s message Wednesday night, and since then it has been “Favorited” 52 times and “Retweeted” 26 times, including by the player himself.

“When you’re the hometown of a key player on a team that’s on the cusp of winning it all, there’s plenty of reason to boast,” said Brent Champaco, Communications Manager for the City of Lakewood. “Jermaine is a local guy who attended our schools and succeeded in our community. He’s succeeding on a much bigger stage now, but you can tell he doesn’t forget his roots.”

“He’s such a great role model for Lakewood. We all look up to him. We’re all so proud of him.”

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:

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration

Lakewood Celebrates Its Diversity at 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18

  • WHAT: 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 18
  • WHERE: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood
  • WHAT ELSE: Event will feature entertainment including cultural performances
  • COST: Free

Every day in Lakewood, residents celebrate the spirit of the “I Have A Dream” speech that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered more than 50 years ago.

But they don’t throw parties. They don’t hold rallies. They simply live and work in one of the most diverse communities in the state.

People with an array of ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds call Lakewood home. African American, Korean, Samoan, Latino, Russian - the list goes on. The community’s diversity, residents say, is one of its biggest strengths.

On January 18, the City of Lakewood will celebrate its cultural diversity with the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year’s theme - “The Dream Begins” – commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood.

Dennis Higashiyama, the City’s Recreation Coordinator, says the annual MLK celebration is something in which Lakewood takes plenty of pride.

“It’s a celebration of the diversity of the City,” he says. “It’s also a chance to showcase the talent of that diversity.”

The celebration features an array of cultural performances from Lakewood. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Total Experience Gospel Choir
  • Little Church Prairie Bells
  • Vorece Batchman-Miller
  • Korean Drummers – Chang Hee Suk
  • Life Christian Academy Choir
  • Fly Dancers – Lakewood YMCA
  • Kurt & Kelsey Sample
  • Morris Northcutt
  • Lakes Studio Choir
  • Grace’s Anointed

In addition, the winning Clover Park School District student in the Lakewood Arts Commission Essay contest will read his or her entry.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Bristow, African American Studies professor University of Puget Sound. Bristow – who also works with the Race and Pedagogy Initiative – has written two books and has received several awards for her teaching, including selection as the Carnegie/CASE Washington State Professor of the Year in 2007.

Her Current Research Focuses on Several Incidents of State Violence Against African Americans During the Black Power Era.