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City of Lakewood 12th Man Flag Raising

When you’re the hometown of the player who made a historic touchdown catch to send his team to the Super Bowl, you wish the team luck in style.

And that’s exactly what the City of Lakewood is going to do this Friday, Jan. 30, two days before Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse and the Seattle Seahawks attempt to claim a second consecutive Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIX.

At 10 a.m., Friday, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson will lead a ceremonial raising of the 12th Man Flag in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Attendance-goers will also get to hear a message that Kearse offered specifically for the community of Lakewood.

Aside from wishing the Seahawks luck against the New England Patriots, the ceremony will be a chance for the community to show its support for Kearse, the now internationally recognized hometown hero. Kearse caught the game-winning touchdown in Seattle’s improbable comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.

“That catch, that finish, was absolutely amazing,” said Communications Manager Brent Champaco. “For folks here in Lakewood, seeing Jermaine persevere and succeed after such a rough day, you couldn’t help but stand up and scream when he scored that touchdown.”

As several regional and national media have reported, the City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District partnered last year to throw a first-of-its-kind celebration for Kearse after the Seahawks won their first world championship. It was a run that saw him score the go-ahead touchdown in the NFC Championship, then follow it with an unforgettable touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII in which he broke four Denver tackles en route to the end zone.

On April 12, 2014, the Lakes High graduate got his own day, “Jermaine Kearse Day,” from the City, saw his jersey retired and received a ceremonial “Key to the City” from Mayor Anderson.

The public is welcome to attend Friday’s flag-raising ceremony at Lakewood City Hall. With it being the last and most important #TGIBF of the year, feel free to show your pride by wearing your Seahawks gear. Go Hawks!

JBLM Cuts on Northwest Now, Tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The next episode of Northwest Now will discuss the possible cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Northwest Now airs tonight on KBTC at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Don Anderson and Tiffany Speir, program manager of South South Military and Communities Partnership, will be featured on the show.

 

Li'l Firehouse Coffee Fills the Boot

On Jan. 16, Li’l Firehouse Coffee of Lakewood joined forces with the Western Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association to "Fill the Boot" for the coffee shop’s Grand Opening Celebration.

The shop’s employees were joined by Danielle Harada, a client and volunteer of the MDA. Customers were treated to live music and a visit from Sparky the fire dog. The event successfully raised $450 for the MDA.

Li’l Firehouse Coffee is a firehouse-themed coffee shop that is operated by Robin and Ted Dailey of Puyallup, and formerly of University Place. Li’l Firehouse Coffee offers a great variety of coffees, lattes, breves, energy drinks and great food like bagels and muffins. Li’l Firehouse Coffee is located at 8813 Edgewater Dr. Southwest in Lakewood. Their phone number is (253) 212-1796.

Check out more photos of the Grand-Opening Celebration on our Facebook page .

 

Lakewood, Region Sound Off on JBLM Reduction

Although some 500 people packed the standing room-only Army listening session on Jan. 21 in Lakewood, a clear, unified message emerged from the Sharon McGavick Center.

A proposed reduction of 11,000 soldiers and civilian jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would hurt the region in more ways than one.

They came from all parts of the South Sound - Lakewood, Lacey, DuPont, Tacoma, Olympia. They shared how intrinsically tied their cities, businesses and organizations are tied to JBLM.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson told Army leaders in attendance that a drawdown at JBLM would "be bad for soldiers, our Army and national defense."

Anderson added that not only are soldiers integral parts of the local economy, but the identities of the base's neighboring communities, especially the host community of Lakewood, are rooted in the military.

"You don’t have to shake a family tree very hard to have a veteran fall out," he said.

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke about how the state has developed programs, as well as a culture, of helping local soldiers and their families: "We wrap military personnel in our arms in our state."

Other speakers focused on JBLM's economic reach, which according Kristine Reeves, Director of Military & Defense Sector for the State Department of Commerce, rivaled The Boeing Co.

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy: "The reach of what JBLM means to us is greater than Pierce County."

This was the last chance for the public to voice its view on potential drawdown at JBLM, which the Army is proposing in the face of changing strategies and reduced funding.

Several speakers touched on how JBLM is positioned as the Power Projection Platform for the U.S. to the Pacific. Others talked about how cuts now - in light of ongoing investments to improve the base's infrastructure - simply "don't make sense."

One of the most memorable comments came from Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, who channeled his inner 12th Man a little more than a week away from the Seattle Seahawks facing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX when comparing the community's support of JBLM.

"We hope the Seahawks will demonstrate that the true patriots are here in the Pacific Northwest," he said.

To read The News Tribune's coverage of the event, visit http://goo.gl/lyirVQ .

City Hall closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015. 

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.