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Special game day Sounder trains this season

Sounder trains will serve weekend Mariners and Sounders FC daytime games

Seattle Mariners and Sounders FC fans can leave gridlock behind and take Sound Transit’s popular Sounder commuter rail trains to weekend day games this season. Special Sounder service will operate in addition to regular Link light rail service to and from the stadiums.

Sound Transit will run special Sounder trains to three Sounders FC events beginning Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, July 20. Game day trains will serve 12 Mariners games beginning Sunday, April 14 through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Inbound trains from the south will depart Lakewood at 10:45 a.m. Inbound trains from the north will depart Everett at 11:15 a.m. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the games are over.

Complete game day Sounder train schedules are available at http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Event-services.xml .

Link light rail serves 13 stations in downtown Seattle, SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Tukwila and SeaTac. Link’s Stadium Station is a half block from Century Link Field and Safeco Field.

Regular fares will apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all standing transit passes will be accepted. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card’s E-Purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available at www.orcacard.com .

Lakewood’s Citywide Clean-Up Set for Saturday, May 18th

Keep Lakewood Beautiful is sponsoring it’s 2nd annual city-wide litter clean up event for May 18th and rewards those that register with a free hotdog picnic outside City Hall at noon.

Perhaps sometime as you traveled Lakewood you’ve noticed occasional litter or clutter in the right of way and thought to yourself, “I wish someone would pick that up.” or maybe “Who is ever going to clean-up this mess?".

Well no community has the resources to clean-up every piece of trash or pull every weed. So the best response is to take action as a community, pick it up and pitch in to keep our roadsides and public spaces looking more beautiful, fresh and clean! This year the civic group Keep Lakewood Beautiful is organizing the first annual Lakewood Community Clean-Up Day. The event will be on Saturday, May 18 registration is from 9am to 10am outside Lakewood City Hall. After a couple hours of community clean-up work, participants can return to city hall for a free hot dog picnic as a ‘Thank You’.

This event provides the perfect venue for those who want to join with other citizens to make a difference and take a direct approach to community beautification. Individuals, families and groups from all over the city will be joining forces to clean-up the trash and spruce-up our right-of-ways.

Your family, you as an individual or as part of a business, community, school or neighborhood group simply need to come register at city hall that morning and then you decide for yourself where and exactly what your community clean-up project will be that day. Keep Lakewood Beautiful can provide suggested locations and will also provide work supplies and a central litter disposal location for all the litter collected.

Keep Lakewood President, Malcolm Russell says “First and foremost, we want to encourage everyone, in Lakewood, registered or not, to get out on Saturday May 18th and pick up litter and trash wherever they find it that day.” People that do register at city hall that morning will also have access to free clean-up supplies and a central dumpster for litter disposal. Once finished with your clean-up project, join all your fellow community-improvement warriors for a picnic and hotdogs starting at noon.

Various event activities and entertainment and will be provided. All registered groups and participants will receive a free hotdog coupon and a have the chance to win one of the nice gifts offered in the prize drawing. It is a great way to celebrate your achievements and to honor those who are taking action to keep Lakewood a beautiful community in which to live and to work and to play.

NOTE: Event disposal is for litter only no large items, commercial or household waste will be accepted. You can learn more about it at: www.LetsKLB.org

Preventing Cyber Crime & Business Identity Theft

City of Lakewood Partners with Pierce County to present "Preventing Cyber Crime & Business Identity Theft"

Registration is Required. Register Online

March 20th at Lakewood City Hall

Preventing Cyber Crime & Business Identity Theft Flyer

Alice Bush receives 'Clerk of the Year Award'

Alice Bush, MMC, City Clerk for the City of Lakewood, received the honorary “Clerk of the Year Award” from the Washington Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA) at the groups’ annual conference in Tacoma.

Read the full story at The Suburban Times

Camp Murray to Open New Gate on Friday

Camp Murray will officially open its new gate at midnight on Friday, March 8. The new gate entrance is located at the intersection of Portland Avenue and Boundary Street, and will be the access point for Camp Murray commuters.

The effort to design and build a new Camp Murray gate began several years ago in partnership with the City of Lakewood. The current gate is located at Berkeley Street and Union Avenue and will now be used solely for commercial vehicles during defined hours.

“The new Camp Murray gate will provide a safer avenue to work for our employees, and will lessen some of the current traffic challenges in the surrounding community. We believe the new gate serves the overall best interests of Tillicum and Camp Murray,” said Major General Bret Daugherty, The Adjutant General and Director of the Washington Military Department.

Approximately 1,000 citizen-soldiers, airmen and civilian employees commute to Camp Murray during the week. Camp Murray’s tactical military vehicles and approximately 50 full-time employees are being transitioned over to the Washington Army National Guard’s new Combined Support Maintenance Shop on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. CSMS is the maintenance center for Army National Guard wheeled vehicles in western Washington.

The $2.8 million contract to build the new gate was awarded to Berschauer Construction of Olympia, and was funded with federal money; construction began in October 2011. In addition, the Washington Military Department spent approximately $1 million for traffic calming measures outside of the new gate in the Tillicum community. Tucci & Sons Incorporated of Tacoma, and Berschauer Construction were awarded the contracts to complete the traffic calming measures.