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City Hall closed Christmas Day, New Years

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Also, 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.

Lakewood Officers Charity Distribute Holiday Meals

On Thursday, Lakewood Police and volunteers converged on Dower Elementary for a response that required speed, agility and coordination.

But this response wasn’t about crime. They were there because someone needed help, and this time of year, it’s the type of help some Lakewood families need the most.

Coordinated by the Lakewood Officers Charity, about 20 or so volunteers packed holiday meal bags for 150 families in the Lakewood area.

Led again by Officer Ryan Moody - something he has done the past 10 years now - they stuffed bags with everything from canned corn to stuffing to cranberry sauce. Parkland Market Place generously donated all of the food, something that inspired the Charity and that it greatly appreciated.

Amazingly, the goods were sorted, packed and ready for the families within 20 minutes. Afterward, while most of the officeers returned to their shifts or their days off, the families received their meals.

Kudos to the Lakewood Officers Charity for, once again, sacrificing to help others.

Cultural Banners Installed Along South Tacoma Way

Bienvenido. Velkomin. Mabuhay. Welcome.

Whatever language you prefer, the message is the same: Check out the global array of cuisine and shopping in Lakewood's International District.

The City of Lakewood has installed International District cultural banners on light poles along the South Tacoma Way Corridor. Some of the bright, locally designed banners, funded by a lodging tax grant, were hung Thursday, and the remainder will go up Monday, Dec. 16. The banners will provide increased awareness of Lakewood’s large International District - which offers goods from an array of cultures and ethnicities, including Korean, Latino and Vietnamese.

The City plans to complement the banners with a tourism promotion and outreach program in the upcoming months to highlight the many cultural restaurants and shopping opportunities located in this District.

Shop with an Officer

While most kids wish for toys and video games for Christmas, some simply want some kitchen supplies for mom and dad, or some clothes for their brothers and sisters.

That was one of the remarkable things Lakewood Police noticed on Sunday, when the Lakewood Officers’ Charity held its 5th Annual Shop with an Officer event, in which the charity helps 20 struggling families from Lakewood.

With the help of a generous grant from Walmart, the event allowed officers to give back by allowing a child - with the help of a Lakewood Police Officer – to buy items for his or her family. An Officer picked up the child in a police car and drove to Walmart, where the shopping begins.

This year, the shopping began in earnest, according to Sgt. John Unfred, with some of the children prepared with a detailed gift list and others who decided to simply shop on the fly. Each shopper is given a set amount of money to spend on each member of the family. Once they took care of everyone on the list, the children got to visit Santa Claus while their presents were wrapped by volunteer employees from Walmart, who also donated gift bags, snacks and cupcakes for the kids.

But the most amazing thing, Unfred said, is that most shoppers didn’t head directly to the toy aisles when shopping.

“Instead many headed straight to the housewares for mom and dad or to the clothing section for siblings,” he said. “We hope this truly makes a Difference in their lives.”

Coffee with the Mayor Tuesday, December 10th

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 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 Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager/ Community Development who will give a Point Defiance Bypass Update.

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.