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Coffee with the Mayor - May 21, 2013

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, Classroom A/B, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood. Our guest speaker will be Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro who will give a presentation on the Professional Standards Year End Report.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 983-7702.  I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson

No RSVP is needed

Please Note New Location

Directions to classroom A/B – Go through the main entrance of the hospital. Take an immediate left. Walk down the long hallway past the administrative offices on the left. Classroom A/B will be on the left.

City reminds dog owners to respect leash laws

Ten years ago, the City of Lakewood collaborated with Protect our Pets (POP) and many other organizations to dedicate and fence 22 acres of Fort Steilacoom Park for an off leash dog park. The dog park allows dogs of all shapes and sizes to run unleashed and to socialize with other dogs. This park continues to earn rave reviews including “Best dog park in the South Sound” recognition for the last few years.

As the weather warms up, more people will take advantage of Lakewood’s beautiful parks. The City wants to remind all dog owners to leash their animals anytime they are outside the dog park or in any City Park. Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.330 states that dogs, pets, or domestic animals are not permitted off-leash on any designated swimming beach, picnic area, play areas or any other park area in any city park except in those areas specifically identified with signs posted indicating that animals are permitted off-leash. The city also reminds pet owners about their obligations to clean up after Fido. It is always a good idea to carry a plastic bag or two when walking your pets in the park or down your street.

The City receives occasional complaints from park users about aggressive and unleashed dogs and dog owners who seem indifferent to the law. The City’s animal control and other law enforcement personnel will continue public education efforts and enforcement on leash laws this spring and beyond. The City appreciates everyone’s cooperation in respecting our laws and the rights of all residents to enjoy our parks.

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 .

Volunteer to Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

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