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West Pierce Fire & Rescue Closes University Place Station

West Pierce Fire & Rescue announced today that it's closing a station in University Place. West Pierce serves both Lakewood and UP. Here is the statement:

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 32, located at 7909 40th Street W, opened its doors over 50 years ago to serve the citizens of University Place long before it ever became a city.  Thousands of emergencies have been responded to over the years from this station.  As of July 29, 2014 this station has been closed and emergency responses will no longer be provided from Station 32.

The crews from Station 32 have been relocated just a few blocks away to Station 31, located at 3631 Drexler Drive West.  There has not been a reduction in staffing and emergency response for that area will not be affected.

Lakewood Asian Film Fest Returns For Second Year

The inaugural Lakewood Asian Film Fest drew hundreds of cultural film-watchers in 2013.

This year, fans can’t wait to see what the second-annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest – set for Aug. 1-3 at the Lakewood Playhouse – will do for an encore.

The cultural film festival is a joint production of the Lakewood Playhouse and the Lakewood Arts Commission.

The film festival will feature four exciting, award-winning films and is free to the public. The Lakewood Playhouse is located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. It can be reached via phone, (253) 588-0042, or online at .

Prior to each film, fans will be treated to colorful entertainment featuring the Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers and the acclaimed Okinawa Taiko Performers, plus a special lobby display by the famous Philippine Scouts Heritage Society.

Don’t miss this wonderful weekend of great entertainment, cultural diversity and community pride.

A complete listing of films and entertainment is below. For more information, contact the Lakewood Playhouse at (253) 588-0042 or Coordinator Phil Raschke, (253) 861-1366. All films are subtitled, and seating is based on a first-come basis. The Playhouse is air-conditioned, the concession stand will be open and parking is free.

The 2014 Asian Film Fest is proudly sponsored by: AM-PAC Tour and Travel, CARR’s Restaurant, Casa Mia Restaurant, Clover Park Rotary, GEICO Insurance, Historical Phil, Kim’s Accounting Firm, Korean Women’s Association, Lakewood Arts Commission, Lakewood Ford, Lakewood Sister Cities Association, Marie Barth/Allen Realtors, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Pierce County Republican Party, RAM Restaurants and Villa Realty.


Film and Entertainment Schedule

  • Friday, August 1: 7 p.m. “Kahanni”, India, 150 min., (PG-13), a hold onto your seat murder thriller and international box office hit beautifully filmed in Kolkata, India. “Best Actress”, “Best Director” awards. Korean Drummers, 7:00 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 2: 7 p.m. “To Live”, 133 min., (PG-13), emotional and spellbinding film considered the Chinese “Gone With the Wind” and Clint Eastwood’s favorite film at the Cannes Film Festival. Stars Gong Li. Korean Drummers, 7:00 p.m., Film 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 3: 2 p.m. “All We Could Carry”, 15 min., (G), “Powerful” documentary on WW II Japanese American interment at Heart Mountain, WY. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Okazaki. Taiko Performers, 2:00 p.m., Film at 2:30.
  • Sunday, August 3: 3 p.m., “The Front Line”, 133 min., (PG-13), sensational Korean war movie involving a ceasefire, friendship and murder. Winner, 2011 Critics Choice “Best Foreign Film”, “Best Director” and “Best Cinematography”. “Best war film ever.” Taiko Performers, 2:00 p.m., “All We Could Carry” 2:30 p.m., Main feature 3:00 p.m.

TPU: Utility Customers Targeted By Scammers

(The following message about utility scammers comes from Tacoma Public Utilities )

Scam calls to Tacoma Public Utilities customers have increased in the past couple of weeks, and the utility wants to help ensure no one loses money.

Scammers have mainly targeted commercial customers, demanding they make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or risk having their service disconnected. Customers are often directed to purchase a Green Dot or Money Pak card.

“We sometimes make courtesy calls to remind customers that they have a payment due,” said Customer Services Manager Steve Hatcher. “We may offer customers the option of paying with a credit card, but we never say they must make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or we will disconnect their services.”

Tacoma Public Utilities has received reports from at least a half-dozen customers today alone who received scam calls. Customers have been asked to call (800) 791-0206 – a number not associated with the utility – to provide prepaid card information. If a customer falls for the scam, it is likely he or she will never get their money back.


What customers can do if they receive a scam call

If you think someone is trying to scam you, check your account status at or contact Tacoma Public Utilities.

  • Remember TPU accepts traditional payment methods of cash, check, credit and debit cards. It is never necessary to buy a separate prepaid card to avoid disconnection.
  • Never give your credit or debit card number or any other personal information to anyone without knowing their true identity.
  • Remember that scammers can make it look like they’re calling or emailing from the utility when they are calling from somewhere else.
  • Report prepaid card scammers to the utility and to the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP. You should also report scammers to MoneyPak at . Click on MoneyPak Help on the home page and then on the “What if I’m aware of a possible scam?” link.

More information about utility scams is available at .

Front Counter Closure Aug. 1

On Friday, Aug. 1, the third floor counter of Lakewood City Hall will be closed. All services will be provided at the front counter of the first floor.

Lakewood City Hall is located at 6000 Main St. SW.

Take The Online Survey, Help Shape Lakewood's Future

The City has launched its page for its Community Vision Plan - a chance for residents of Lakewood to help chart the course of their community.

Lakewood’s visioning process will take into account input received from the community. From this, priorities will be developed and plausible alternatives for Lakewood’s future will be explored. These alternatives will test how decisions made today may drive outcomes in the future and will help expose opportunities and challenges, identify key variables of success, and recommend proactive strategies to achieve a successful outcome. As part of the process, a visioning workshop will be held in September 2014 to bring the community together to build consensus about what the future of Lakewood can and should look like.

There are several different ways to be involved in the Community Vision Plan process.

  • Take the Community Survey: Your answers to these questions will help us identify and prioritize what your Community Vision should address. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Hangul (Korean).
  • Host a Community Meeting: Are you a member of a community organization? If so, a member of the Lakewood Community Vision Team would love to come speak to your group.
  • Attend the Visioning Workshop: This important event is scheduled for early/mid-September 2014. This workshop will provide many interactive ways for you to share your thoughts on the future of Lakewood.

Share your thoughts: submit your comments, thoughts, or questions . Want to talk to a real person? Give Dan Catron a call at (253) 983-7730 to have a conversation about the future of your city.

For more information, visit .