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5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

  • WHAT: Lakewood Police Department 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 26.
  • WHERE: Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.
  • WHO: The Emergency Food Network, as in Police has partnered with the organization that provides food to some 60 food banks

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive at the Lakewood Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served.

In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years.

Jingle Bell Rock ... Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s third annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay afterward for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: 25$ per person. Runners can sign up online at here (https://apm.activecommunities.com/lakewoodparksandrec/Activity_Search/jingle-bell-rock-5k/2602) or call (253) 983-7887.
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Warm up your holiday spirit with the whole family - even pets - on Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. Dress for the weather, as this 5K will run, rain or shine.

It’s going to be another cold one, so remember to rock your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to keep in the body heat and express your holiday sense of humor. The best way to celebrate this ridiculous but beloved holiday tradition? With hundreds of other people, of course.

So dig out that old sweater that you haven’t donned since the Christmas your grandparents gave it to you. Better yet, get together with your friends and decorate your own holiday fashion disaster, er, masterpiece, and wear it on the day of the 5K.

The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell.

"It’s about everyone out there having fun in their Christmas sweaters,” said Arielle Carney, Lakewood Parks and Recreation Coordinator.

Halloween Tips

Photo courtesy of  ChIandra4U (rgbstock.com)The City of Lakewood would like to wish everyone a happy and SAFE Halloween.

To help you out with the "safe" part, we've provided below some great Halloween "Do's and Don'ts" and ideas to help everyone enjoy their trick-or-treating and their loot! They come courtesy of the City’s Community Safety Resource Team.

Here's hoping you can stay as dry and warm as possible!

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS

  • Eat dinner before going out
  • Take your parents or an adult with you
  • Wear a costume made of flame retardant material
  • Make sure costume that doesn’t drag on ground
  • Wear shoes that fit. (Even if they don’t match costume.)
  • Avoid wearing a mask while walking so you can see clearly and to the sides.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
  • WALK!
  • Stay on sidewalks if possible
  • If no sidewalk, walk on left side of road facing traffic
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Do NOT cut across yards or driveways
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
  • Approach only houses that are lit
  • Stay away from animals you don’t know
  • Have your parents inspect candy before eating it (tampering is very rare.)

FOR HOMEOWNERS

  • Clear yard/walkway of ladders, hoses, dog leashes, flower pots, etc.
  • Put pets away
  • Use battery-powered Jack-o-lanterns
  • If using real candles, place pumpkin away from walkway and doorway
  • Make sure paper or cloth decoration can’t blow into a candle flame
  • Pass out single serve, healthy food alternatives to candy:
    •  Crackers
    •  Single-serve boxes of cereal
    •  Fruit rolls
    •  Dried fruit
    •  Packaged microwave popcorn
    • Pass out non-food treats:
    •  Plastic jewelry Pencils/Erasers
    •  Stickers Coins

Public Hearing on Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

The City of Lakewood will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget during the Lakewood City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 3.

The meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

The proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget – which City Manager John Caulfield presented Oct. 6 - is a balanced budget that results in residents getting an increase in services. One example: For the first time in a number of years, this budget increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system, which is a key priority identified by the Lakewood City Council. This budget reflects the City’s commitment to providing quality services and amenities to residents while reestablishing Lakewood’s short- and long-term financial viability.

The budget also includes funding for several new park improvement projects, including upgrades to the Waughop Lake Trail, expansion of Springbrook Park, replacement of playground equipment and new docks at Harry Todd Park, and trail improvements at the Chambers Creek Properties in partnership with the City of University Place and Pierce County.

An essential component of this budget is the City’s allocation of financial resources to establish a proper level of reserves. The 2015-16 budget gradually returns the City to sound financial footing by replenishing General Fund reserves to meet its 12% policy objective by the end of 2016. The reserves are intended to accommodate unexpected operational changes, legislative impacts and other economic events that affect the City's operations.

This balanced and strategic approach has resulted in a spending plan that adapts to the changing needs of our community without compromising our financial future.

In terms of numbers, General Fund operating revenues are projected to grow 3.0% in 2015 and another 1.2% in 2016, which is slightly better than historical trend between 2009 and 2014, when the average growth was closer to 1.2% per year. General Fund operating expenditures are projected to grow 0.4% in 2015 followed by 2.0% in 2016, reflecting the necessary changes to stop using one-time monies and reserves to balance the budget. Simply put, that practice is not sustainable.

The end result of this budget is that the General Fund will be balanced and operating expenditures will not exceed operating revenues, resulting in a positive operating margin in both 2015 and 2016.

The City is dedicated to meeting service demands and providing them to our citizens, both in the near- and long-term. This requires reevaluating the paradigms that have been governing the City for a number of years.

We will be looking to economic development, focusing primarily in our commercial areas, to generate additional property and sales taxes. Locally, we see nothing but opportunity in our key commercial areas such as the Towne Center, Springbrook, Tillicum, and the Pacific Highway South corridor, which is directly adjacent to I-5 with multiple prime properties ready for redevelopment and revitalization. Areas such as the International District and Woodbrook Industrial Business Park area stand ready and available for new investment to create jobs and opportunity for Lakewood and our region.

More Work on I-5, Weather Permitting

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are hoping for no tricks and all treats when it comes to the weather so they can finish an Interstate 5 paving project in Pierce County this weekend. 

Weather permitting, on Friday, Oct. 31, crews will continue their work on southbound I-5 from the Berkeley Street interchange to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate interchange. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Short-term overnight ramp closures will also take place at the JBLM main gate interchange. The lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

As long as the weather cooperates, work will continue overnight on Saturday, Nov. 1 from the JBLM main gate interchange to the southbound I-5 Mounts Road exit in DuPont. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Short-term overnight ramp closures will take place at the JBLM main gate, Steilacoom-DuPont Road and Center Drive interchanges. The lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 2.

As previously experienced, in the event of rain, this work will be rescheduled to a later date. No work is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, due to rain in the forecast.