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Influenza on the Rise in Pierce County. Ring in the New Year Flu Free!

Take care, Lakewood residents, influenza has been found actively circulating in Pierce County. Emergency departments are very busy, and surveillance data has shown several alerts for fever and respiratory activity. In the week of Dec. 21–27, 2014, there were 46 hospitalizations for influenza, compared to 7 in the previous week. Two influenza-associated deaths were also reported last week.

Remember, you can be exposed to the flu without even knowing it.  Folks who are going to get the flu can pass it on two days before they have symptoms.

A few health and safety tips:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Doubly important for frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.
  • Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes.

The Center for Disease Control has put out a Cold Versus Flu guide:  

Are you currently showing symptoms of a cold or the flu and not sure which it is?  Take the Flu vs Cold quiz to help find out:     

Stay flu free and have a Happy New Year! May a new door open for you, full of good fortune, a peaceful spirit and fun!


Mayor, JBLM Commander Make Friendly Wager on Hometown Teams

During the year, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges enjoy a friendly, cordial relationship.

The City is JBLM’s host community. Many of the base’s personnel and their families live, shop, attend school and play in Lakewood. The close proximity makes Lakewood and JBLM one big family.

But it’s the college football bowl season, and a family feud is brewing.

On New Year’s Day, the University of Oregon and Florida State University will square off in the Rose Bowl. Under the NCAA’s new college football playoff system, the winner will advance to a national title game for the right to crowned No. 1 in the land.

No need to explain what’s at stake for Anderson and Hodges, though. Anderson is a native of Coos Bay, Ore., while Hodges hails from Tallahassee, Fla. Both men are diehard fans of their respective hometown teams – the No.2-ranked Seminoles and the No. 3-ranked Ducks.

Recently, Anderson and Hodges met on base - with the JBLM Commander donning FSU’s garnet and gold and the Mayor donning Oregon’s green and yellow – for some friendly banter and to make an even friendlier wager.

If the Ducks win, Hodges owes Anderson a dinner at The Bistro at Russell’s Landing on base.

If the Seminoles win, Anderson gets Hodges dinner at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood.

So when the Ducks and Seminoles kick off Thursday, they won’t simply be playing for a shot at the national title. They’ll be playing for something even bigger, at least in the Lakewood-JBLM area: bragging rights for the rest of the year.

To view a video of "The Bet," visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .

Remember to Treecycle this Year!

When you take that mountain of wrapping paper and gift boxes out to the recycle bin, don’t forget the Christmas tree.

What, you didn’t think you could recycle a tree?

That’s right. Lakewood Refuse customers who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

Pierce County’s transfer stations also accept trees for recycling, free of charge. For locations, visit .

How to ‘Treecycle’

To “Treecycle,” remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any nails or staples. Place the tree in your yard waste container for pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day. The tree must fit into the closed container, so cut the tree into pieces if necessary. If your tree isn’t in the cart, you may be charged for the additional pick up.

“All trees collected are composted into Cascade Compost, a beneficial soil amendment that is popular with home and commercial gardeners,” said Sheryl Rhinehart, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator. “The compost created enhances soil quality, saves water, and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers. Treecycling also helps save valuable landfill space.”

For more information about preparing for winter, visit .

"Best of South Sound 2014"

Every year, South Sound Magazine holds its “Best of the South Sound” contest. From the best hike to the best builder, South Sound readers vote where they like to eat, play, stay and more. In 2014, not one, but three Lakewood businesses placed first in their respective categories!

The City of Lakewood would again like to congratulate the AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center theater, Olympus Spa and Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital. Thank-you for being part of our community and representing the Lakewood spirit of business so wonderfully.

From their official “Best of South Sound” listings:

Movie Theater

AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center 12
5721 Main St. S.W., Lakewood
When the latest blockbusters are released from Hollywood, AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center 12 is the South Sound’s favorite destination for catching a flick on the big screen. It’s a first-class theater where guests can purchase tickets ahead of time online and reserve their fully reclining seats before they even step foot in the parking lot.


Olympus Spa
8615 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood
Relaxation and rejuvenation are as simple as walking through the doors at Olympus Spa. Hydrotherapy pools and saunas, along with the spa’s earth energy rooms, provide women with everything they need to relax. Or, indulge in the spa’s many other pamper-centric services. There’s also a location in Lynnwood.


Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital
7210 Bridgeport Way W., Lakewood
South Sound pet owners are serious when it comes to quality care for their furry friends, and Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital provides experienced service they trust and respect.


For the rest of the “Best of the South Sound” list, visit South Sound Magazine’s website .

Video: Lakewood Officers' Charity "Shop with an Officer"

On Dec. 21, 2014, the Lakewood Officers' Charity of the Lakewood Police Department held its annual "Shop with an Officer" event.

The day involved the officers taking children and youth from 21 area families in need this holiday season to the Lakewood Wal-Mart, where they chose gifts - many of them basic-but-much-needed supplies - for their families.

In all, the Lakewood Officers' Charity and the area Wal-Mart raised more than $8,000 for the families in need. This is just one of the many ways throughout the year that the Charity goes beyond its duty to protect and serve.

For more information or to donate, visit the Lakewood Officers' Charity at .

You can also check this YouTube video of the day's festivities.