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Shop at Lakewood Towne Center this Holiday Season

Sure, you could take a chance and buy items, sight unseen, off some website this holiday shopping season.

Sure, you could risk compromising your personal information and having someone steal delivery boxes off your front porch or mailbox.

Sure, you could guess the day that your online orders will arrive at your home, only to find that the clothes don’t fit, or the colors don’t match, or the item is damaged.

Sure, you could chance all of these things, but why would you when you can complete all of your holiday shopping with certainty and in your backyard at Lakewood Towne Center ?

With more than 50 stores, shops, restaurants and one of the region’s most popular and comfortable movie theaters, the shopping center at 5731 Main St. SW has something for everyone on your list.

With stores such as Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports and Target, as well as shops like rue21 and Motherhood Maternity, shoppers will be able to find the perfect gift for almost anyone.

All that shopping can build up an appetite, but don’t worry. Lakewood Towne Center has more than a dozen restaurants where you can grab a bite. And for a little entertainment after a long day of shopping, you can sit back, put your feet up and catch a flick at the AMC Lowes Theatre.

Another benefit of shopping at Lakewood Towne Center is the area is well-lit. You can also be extra cautious by following these simple tips from the Lakewood Police Department:

  • Park your vehicle as close to the doors of businesses as possible and under lights.
  • Place bags in the trunk of the car or hide them under a blanket or something similar.
  • Keep doors locked and windows up.
  • Walk with another person to your car with your purchases if possible.
  • Have your car keys in your hand when walking to your car and be ready to push the car remote panic button if necessary to get attention.
  • Consider carrying high end purchases with you the entire shopping day instead of putting them in the car. Try to buy your most expensive purchases towards the end of your shopping day, so they’re not in your vehicle.

One of the best parts of the holiday tradition is the excitement and fun of shopping for your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else on your list. This year, the place to take care of them all is Lakewood Towne Center.

Happy Holidays!

Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson Sworn Into Office

The Lakewood City Council officially welcomed its newest member to the dais Monday night.

John Simpson was sworn into office with dozens of friends and wife Melanie in the audience.

“I am honored and humbled to serve this City,” said Councilmember Simpson, a former member of the Lakewood Redevelopment Board.

A native of Indiana, Councilmember Simpson is a tenured history professor at Pierce College. He has served as faculty president, and he has won the Outstanding Faculty Award 10 times. Moreover, for the past seven years Simpson has served on the College Cabinet.

Councilmember Simpson is also an award-winning photojournalist for the Ranger Newspaper. He has embedded on eight separate occasions to Iraq and Afghanistan with JBLM and Camp Murray soldiers. In 2007, he was nominated for an Emmy for his coverage, and he has won numerous awards for his reporting and photography.

A retired Air Force officer, Simpson is a life member of the Reserve Officer Association. He also holds memberships in the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Military Officers of America Association, American Legion Post 110 and the Washington Press Association.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

He and wife Melanie have three children.

His term expires December 31, 2017.

Public Hearing on Budget Amendment

Residents can voice their thoughts on a proposed City of Lakewood budget amendment for 2013 tonight during a public hearing at the Lakewood City Council meeting.

The proposed budget adjustment makes the following types of modifications to the current biennium:

  • Revise the beginning fund balance by adjusting the estimated amount used during the original adopted budget process to reflect the final 2012 ending fund balance
  • Housekeeping adjustments to incorporate items previously approved by Council
  • Reflect projects funded by grants and contributions
  • Changing operating trends and conditions
  • New allocations

Washington state law requires cities that are on a biennial budget cycle perform a mid-biennial review and modification of that budget. The review is to occur no sooner than eight months after the start nor later than the conclusion of the first year of the biennium. The proposed budget amendment is focused primarily on year 2013 with related adjustments to year 2014. We are currently reviewing the 2014 budget in greater detail and will submit to Council a more comprehensive budget adjustment request in April 2014.

The Lakewood City Council conducted a study session on the proposed budget amendment November 25. It is scheduled to discuss the proposed amendment tonight and adopt the budget ordinance Dec. 16.

For more information, visit the Finance Department online at /government/departments/finance .

Grant Blinn Selected For Municipal Court Judge

The City of Lakewood has selected Grant Blinn as its next Municipal Court Judge.

His term begins January 1, 2014, when Municipal Court Judge Ernest Heller’s term expires.

Judge Blinn brings more than two decades of legal and public safety experience to the Court, including the past 17 years with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he most recently served as Homicide Chief. Prior to that, he served as a Division Chief, where he supervised 25 deputy prosecutors and staff who prosecuted criminal offenses in Pierce County District Court.

"I am honored at the opportunity to serve as a Judge in my own community,” he said. “The Piece County Prosecutor’s Office taught me the value of hard work, professionalism, and commitment to the community, and I look forward to bringing those values to Lakewood Municipal Court."

Judge Blinn has also served as Judge Pro-Tempore for Thurston County District Court since 2010. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Seattle University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico, where he majored in recreation administration with an emphasis in Parks and Natural Resources Management.

“We are very excited to welcome Judge Blinn to the City,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He brings a fresh perspective that will add value to an already efficient, well-run Municipal Court that our citizens and contracted agencies enjoy.”

Caulfield also thanked Judge Heller, who dedicated more than a decade to the Lakewood Municipal Court, presiding over thousands of misdemeanor cases for Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom.

“Judge Heller is an excellent public servant to whom the community of Lakewood owes a debt of gratitude,” Caulfield said. “Without his dedicated service, the Municipal Court wouldn’t have grown into the department it is today.”

Statement on Anniversary of Lakewood's Fallen Four

The Lakewood Police Department  issued the following statement regarding the four-year anniversary of the loss of our four Lakewood Police Officers:

Friday, November 29th, marks the 4th anniversary of the loss of Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and Officer Ronnie Owens. With this date comes memories of our fallen friends, the lives they led, and the sadness their loss brought. However, as we reflect upon our loss we also stand tall with pride in our resiliency as a family, a Police Department, and a community. We owe it to our fallen to grow, be stronger, and be better in the face of adversity. We have done that with the support of our families and communities and we will be forever grateful for that support. From everyone at the Lakewood Police Department, we offer a sincere “Thank You” for the unending support that has helped us to not only survive this tragedy, but to move forward with a determination to never forget and a renewed commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we encounter every day.