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June 11 Open House on I-5/JBLM Congestion Relief Study

(From the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Commuters, residents and local businesses that rely on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord are invited to comment and learn more about a study on relieving congestion along the I-5 corridor during an informal open house June 11 south of DuPont.

State transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions at the event and discuss options being explored to improve traffic flow through the area. Officials representing the Washington State Department of Transportation, area metropolitan transportation planning organizations, JBLM and the Federal Highway Administration are jointly host the open house at the Eagles Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course.

No formal presentation will be provided, and attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

 

Meeting details

WHAT: Open house on relieving congestion on Interstate 5 near JBLM

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 11

WHERE: Eagles Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course, I-5 at Mounts Road, Exit 116

WHAT ELSE: A free shuttle service will operate from the open house and the two below locations from 3:45 – 5:40 p.m.

  • Lakewood Transit Center, 5719 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood
  • Lacey Transit Center, 610 Golf Club Place, Lacey

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

Click here to visit the state's Interstate 5-JBLM Vicinity Congestion Relief Study webpage .

Leaders Wanted For Lakewood Youth Advisory Council

Attention high school students who live or attend class in Lakewood: your City wants you.

The City of Lakewood is currently recruiting people such as yourself for its Youth Advisory Council. Whether you attend Lakes or Clover Park, the Lakewood Career Academy or simply live in Lakewood but attend class somewhere else, this is a great opportunity for you to develop leadership skills, bulk up your resume for college and gain invaluable experience.

Applications for the Youth Advisory Council will be accepted through July 11. Here are the details:

POSITION: Youth Councilmember to the Lakewood City Council

DATE CLOSED: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

TERM: June 2014 through July 2015

BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of a designated City Councilmember, convey to the City Council issues having city wide impact to youth; research, collect, analyze and compile data and information for inclusion in reports; maintain records and files related to youth issues and youth programs.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: Convey to the Mayor and City Council, through oral and/or written presentations at City Council meetings, issues impacting youths that may have city wide impact; assist other students to become involved in their communities; prepare a variety of correspondence, reports and other materials. Maintain records of all communications between Youth Councilmembers and City Council; provide summary status reports relating to issues presented to Council and resolutions, if any. Organize and coordinate youth forums and activities; communicate with youth throughout Lakewood as well as to citizens, community groups, Human Services Collaboration members and outside organizations. Interact with principals and students of designated public and private schools in person and on the phone. Participate on a variety of City committees, study groups and task forces; attend a variety of meetings as assigned. Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination equivalent to: an entering High School student in good academic standing, including a good attendance record. Past leadership experience and/or involvement in school or community organizations and/or events desired. Must attend a school in Lakewood or reside in Lakewood.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Business and school environment. Able to attend Lakewood City Council meetings on the first Monday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. and Youth Council meetings on the first and third Monday evenings of each month at 6:00 p.m.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Hearing and speaking to exchange information.

TO APPLY: Submit a letter of interest stating a) why you want to be considered and b) any past/present/future involvement in your school (i.e. clubs, student government, etc.) or community to: City Manager’s Office, Attn: Briana Schumacher, Executive Assistant, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-5027 by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Please include your contact information including: address, phone number and email address on the letter.

Video: Lakewood Housing Forum

Did you miss the City of Lakewood's Housing Forum on May 15? The City has posted a highlight video on its YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/RdY-6u8hbZU .

If you'd like details on the presentations, visit /government/departments/economic-development/housing-forum .

Debra Young Receives United Way Leadership Award

Debra Young sees her leadership during the search for the United Way of Pierce County’s new CEO, as well as her tireless work on behalf of the nonprofit, as her biggest accomplishments during her yearlong tenure as Board Chair.

This week, the local United Way recognized Young – the City of Lakewood’s Human Resources Director for 18 years – with its Leadership Award, which recognizes those accomplishments and her leadership.

Young, who recently completed her year as Board Chair, was recognized at the nonprofit’s Annual Community Celebration in Tacoma, an event that drew some 500 people.

“I am extremely honored,” Young said in her Lakewood City Hall office this week. “I thoroughly enjoyed my year representing the Board for United Way. I’m very honored to have played a role in helping United Way with its mission.”

The United Way’s biggest endeavor during Young’s tenure was the six-month national search and eventual selection of CEO Dona Ponepinto in late 2013. The new CEO replaced former United Way CEO Dr. Rick Allen, who retired after 25 years.

The search drew dozens of local and national candidates, which didn’t make the selection easy for Young, the Board and the United Way. In the end, they chose Ponepinto, who came from the Detroit area with some 26 years with the United Way.

Today, Young still serves on the United Way of Pierce County Board, but the new Chair is James McCormick of Messina Bulzomi Christensen in Tacoma.

“We’re passing off the torch to a great, new Board Chair, and I think the new CEO will do extremely well. It’s an exciting time for the United Way.”

Young’s leadership is a big reason why. #IamLakewood

Vacationing This Summer? Remember These Travel Tips

If you're planning on vacationing this summer, City of Lakewood Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger asks you to remember the following before you embark on your summer journey:

Travel within the United States

  • Start with a plan. Read up on the types of issues to which your destination is prone; tornados, severe thunder storms, extreme heat, etc. (www.DisasterAssistance.gov is a good starting point). Having a basic understanding of the causes and effects of different natural disasters will help you become better equipped to handle them. Also, know what the warning sirens mean. In Hawaii it means move to high ground or the roof of your hotel. In Oklahoma it means a tornado is imminent in the area and move to a safe location or if in the path and in your car, get out and lay flat on the ground or in a ditch. Always listen to a local radio station for updates when weather turns bad. Once at your destination read the safety information in the hotel welcome and information book.
  • No matter how far you travel, always keep the following with you as a Travel Emergency Kit:
    • Flashlight with batteries. Keep close to you while sleeping. Find one with a cell charger!
    • First aid kit with medications of all who are traveling. Put in your carry-on if flying.
    • Cash
    • Important medical information, especially for seniors. If the emergency happens at night medical information may not be accessible by phone. Insurance cards!!
    • Basic car essentials and car disaster kit. (found on www.ready.gov )
    • Be sure to leave a travel itinerary and a list of contact and personal information (Passport ID numbers, medical insurance etc.) with a trusted friend or family member. Once you've gotten to your destination, you should designate an easily accessible meeting spot with your travel companions. This way, if you get separated, you won't have to rely on telephones (which may not be working) to find people.
  • Identity Theft: Before you leave, take a few moments to remove anything you won't need from your wallet, such as credit cards you don't plan on using while away. As you're doing that, create an inventory of everything in your wallet — that will make it easier to fill out a report should your wallet get lost or stolen. You can do this the old-fashioned way (with a pen and paper), include the customer service lines of each card. Keep the paper in a safe location while you travel.
  • Stop your mail. A pile of newspapers on your doorstep or an overflowing mailbox isn't just an invitation to burglars; savvy fraudsters can use information in unopened bills and other letters to worm their way into your life. Before you leave town, contact the post office and place a hold on your mail, or ask a neighbor or friend to collect your correspondence until you return.
  • Lock up everything, not just your door. Store any sensitive documents (including the items you just cleaned out of your wallet) in a locked compartment in your home just in case of a burglary. Make sure each electronic device has a strong password set so that a stranger can't easily access your information, and encrypt the drive on the device if you can. If you have an Android device, you can do this by navigating to your settings and clicking on the security option; iOS automatically encrypts your information when your device is locked. Have the capability to wipe your phone, tablet or laptop of any sensitive information should you lose it; both Android and iOS devices can be wiped remotely.
  • Your social media accounts can leave you vulnerable: Take a closer look at your privacy settings! It's important to do an inventory of what information you are posting and is it public or private?. To see who has access to the information you post to Facebook, click on the little padlock icon that appears in the top right-hand corner of your profile. Your Instagram privacy settings can also be managed through Facebook or directly through the mobile app by clicking "Edit Your Profile" and setting your posts to private.
  • In case of fire, know your exit route. When you find your hotel room also find the nearest exit. Count how many doors it is to the exit. This allows you to feel your way to the exit should it be dark in the hallway and you need to evacuate.
  • Stay out of the elevator during a lightning storm…..I know this now due to a recent experience in Florida and getting stuck in the hotel elevator for about 30 minutes before maintenance could get it to move to the nearest floor.

International Travel

  • Register your trip with the State Department at www.Travel.State.gov . Registration will make your where abouts known in case it's necessary to contact you during an emergency, such as an earthquake. In addition, you will receive up to date information on security conditions. I did this for all of the students and myself when we went to Costa Rica for three weeks a few years ago. I also had medical releases (notarized) from their parents, allowing me to made quick medical decisions if necessary……..and it did.
  • Write down important information, and keep it in a secure place. Don't only rely on your cell phone or laptop to store your emergency contact numbers, etc. Keep a hard copy back-up on you. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes.
  • Know the location and how to contact the closest US Embassy or US Consultants. This is where you need to go to get help leaving the country especially if the airports have been closed. After a catastrophic event, is not the time to be asking for directions to the closest US Embassy. Every time you travel into a new region, look up the address and write it down. They may also be able to help with legal trouble.
  • Prepare for National Disasters which occur in that region. Take five minutes to go to www.Fema.Gov/plan and review what you need to do for those specific disasters prior to traveling.
  • Health insurance: Carry your insurance card with you. Inquire about what coverage you have internationally: most likely you will need to take out specialist travel insurance. In some countries, medical costs are very low. However, many overseas hospitals will insist on having payment for services before providing (or continuing) medical care. Having an insurance card may show the hospital that you have sufficient resources to provide medical care, even if you have no money on hand.
  • Join IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers), a nonprofit organization that provides health information and referrals to English-speaking local doctors around the world. There is no fee to join, and membership is valid for one year.
  • Carry money wisely and in multiple forms. Spread out your money, both on your person and in your bags. Furthermore, try to have multiple financial resources available. For example, a budget traveler might take a supply of cash for most ordinary purchases, keep an ATM or debit card for cash withdrawals, and carry a credit card or two for emergencies or to buy airline tickets. Each of these (cash, credit cards, ATM card) can themselves be a separate means of getting money. Keep them in safe places, but split between your bags and your person.
  • Important phone numbers: Carry in your wallet the local phone numbers for emergency services, such as ambulance or police. On GSM phones, the number 112 is guaranteed to connect to emergency services, no matter what country you're in. In a pinch, you can also try 911, which many countries forward to the local number. Travel insurers often have a 24 hour reverse charges helpline. Also carry the phone number of your country's embassy and your credit and ATM card issuer (they may even have a reverse charges number) so that you can report a card stolen or find out why it isn't working.

Travel safe and smart!! Have a fantastic trip!