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Southbound I-5 Ramp, Lane Closures April 14

(This message comes courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Drivers on Interstate 5 in Lakewood will see southbound I-5 ramp and lane closures for restriping work next week.

Weather permitting, at 10 p.m. Monday, April 14, the Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close. At that time, the southbound I-5 auxiliary lane between Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street will also close. An hour later at 11 p.m., southbound I-5 in the area will be reduced to one lane.

The ramps and lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. If the contractor is unable to complete all striping work Monday night, the same closures will occur Tuesday night.

Southbound I-5 drivers are advised to expect delays and plan accordingly. During the ramp closures, drivers should plan to use alternate routes.

The work is related to final striping for the new auxiliary lane on southbound I-5 between Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street in Lakewood, which opened in December.

Help prevent highway work zone injuries by slowing down. Avoid a costly mistake. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/brake to learn how to participate in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 2014.

City Crews Clean Bridgeport/Pacific Highway

Thanks to a great effort put forth by the City – Public Works Operations & Maintenance, City Work Crew, and Parks Crew -- the overgrown vegetation and unsightly trash has been cleaned up on the southeast corner of the Bridgeport/Pacific Highway intersection.

It started last Friday with the Work Crew cleaning up and filling a trailer full of trash. On Monday, Public Works went in with its mini-excavator with mower head and knocked everything down. On Tuesday, Public Works and Parks loaded and hauled three truckloads of material away. And finally on Wednesday, a final push was made with Parks and the Work Crew to finish the area by hand and haul away one more full truckload of material. The area is now clean and contributes to a much more welcoming entry into the city.

Great job, everyone! #IamLakewood

Raiders Recognition, Lancers Welcome

This week, the Lakewood City Council closed a significant chapter in the City's history with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as turned the pages on a new one.

4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division - the City of Lakewood's Community Connector to JBLM for nearly a decade  - recognized the community for its help and support throughout the years. The Raider Brigade officially inactivated in March.

Col. Jody Miller, Commander of the Raider Brigade, recognized the City for its support. Miller presented Mayor Don Anderson with the Order of Saint Maurice Award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the Infantry in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates and peers.

Over the years, the Lakewood City Council attended numerous official brigade functions, including Changes of Command, Colors Casing and Uncasing ceremonies and memorial dedications. The Mayor and the Lakewood team personally greeted and thanked the brigades returing soldiers right on the McChord Field tarmac. And of course, the City organized the giant "Welcome Home" parade and community celebration Sept. 15, 2013.

Miller also presented Denise Dhane with the Shield of Sparta Award. which recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of the Infantry and the families of Infantrymen and women, in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipeint's peers.

Dhane, a Steilacoom resident, spearheaded "Operation Make a Soldier Smile," for the Captain Meriweather Lewis Chapeter of the Association of the United States Army. She sent packages to thousands of Soldiers and Infantrymen overseas until postage became prohibitive. Through her tenacity, she assembled more than 4,300 goody bags of community donated goods, valued at approximately $75,000, to welcome returning Soldiers back to JBLM.

Miller called Lakewood "the best Community Connector around."

Click here to see a photo gallery of the ceremonies.

On the same night, the City of Lakewood officially welcomed its new Community Connector - 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, otherwise known as the Lancer Brigade.

Col. Louis Zeisman, Commander for the 2-2, told the City Council how much he is looking forward to becoming an integral part of Lakewood.

City, CPSD to Hold Jermaine Kearse Celebration

He made one amazing catch after another during the Seattle Seahawks’ historic Super Bowl XLVIII run. Now, Jermaine Kearse will return to his hometown so the community can celebrate his accomplishments.

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse - who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

The community celebration for the Lakes High alum – fittingly – will take place at Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St. SW, Lakewood), the same field where he made countless plays as a Lakes Lancer.

The community celebration begins at 1 p.m., and will highlight Kearse’s K-12 education in Clover Park School District, as well as his high school, college and professional football careers. The Lakewood City Council will also recognize Kearse with a proclamation and a Key to the City.

Members of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat, 2nd Infantry Division - Lakewood's official Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - will also be on hand assisting Lakewood Police, CPSD staff and otehrs with the event. Kearse's father was a soldier at JBLM and he even attended school on base.

The event is free to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to carpool as parking and seating will be limited. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Nice Weather Means Boater Safety

It’s getting closer to summer, and that means folks are thinking about breaking out their personal boats and watercraft.

The City of Lakewood would like to advise all boat owners to take the time now to service their boats before heading onto the water. The Lakewood Marine Service Unit gets an increased number of recreational boaters who need assistance because their crafts haven’t been serviced properly, condensation from fuel and water, and other mechanical and electrical issues.

Please take the opportunity to inspect all of the required boating safety equipment. All of the equipment must be onboard, serviceable and readily available for use.

Anyone 59 years old or younger must have a boater’s education card to operate a boat with a motor greater than 15 hp. You must have the card in your possession when operating the boat. Those who need a boater’s education card can complete an online course or attend a class.  A list of area classes can be found by checking out the Washington State Parks website here .