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Lakewood featured on National TV Program "Today in America" with Terry Bradshaw

Lakewood featured on National TV Program Today in America with Terry Bradshaw

Lakewood showcased as one of “America’s Hidden Gems”

The City of Lakewood is featured on a segment of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw as part of the “America’s Hidden Gems” series. The video can be viewed on the City of Lakewood’s website homepage at or at .

The television show, hosted by former NFL quarterback and television personality, Terry Bradshaw, broadcasts nationally and regionally on many popular television networks. Tucked away between the larger, well-known cities of the U.S. are some of the nation's hidden gems: great places to live, work, play and visit. The segment tells the story of Lakewood’s contributions to the economic fabric of America, and highlights the business community and the outstanding lifestyle benefits of the area.

The show highlights Lakewood’s investments in infrastructure and transportation, as well as its supportive community for youth and the city’s recreational and cultural opportunities. Due to Lakewood’s noteworthy contributions to its economy and community, the Today in America segment draws attention to the city’s great amenities for residents and visitors alike. Many of the local business industries are highlighted in the piece as is Lakewood’s role as the host community for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray.

Filming occurred in August 2012 in key locations throughout Lakewood. Former Mayor Doug Richardson; former city manager Andrew Neiditz; Shawn Gagnon, chair of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce ; Yeh-Hee Han, vice president of brokerage services at CBRE; and Dan Durr, a member of the Lakewood Redevelopment Advisory Board , were all interviewed.

Lakewood is a relatively young city, having incorporated in 1996. There are currently 3,500 businesses and the population can support business growth as personal income within the area is expected to increase to $1.6 billion by 2016. There are four nearby golf courses, five lakes, great city parks as well as a thriving International District and many other recreational and cultural amenities.

“The video emphasizes the fantastic lifestyle and supportive business environment that Lakewood has to offer prospective residents and businesses from around the United States,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Lakewood truly is one of America’s hidden gems.”

Regional Undercover Operation Concluded

Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority’s (WATPA) Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force finishes up six month investigation with multiple arrests

On February 26th, 2013 officers and detectives from the Auto Crimes Enforcement (ACE) Task Force and other assisting agencies in Pierce County served a series of search warrants upon five residences and several vehicles in Pierce and Thurston Counties. This combined effort was the result of a long term undercover investigation involving ongoing property crimes in Pierce County and across Washington State which included auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud. The operation, dubbed “Shiny Penny”, involved a six month undercover store front investigation in Pierce County in which detectives purchased stolen property from local criminals.

Regional resources utilized during service of these warrants included the following SWAT Teams: Pierce County METRO SWAT, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and Thurston County Sheriff’s Department SWAT.

The ACE Task Force agencies involved in this undercover operation included the Lakewood Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Puyallup Police Department, Fife Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, National Insurance Crime Bureau and Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

Operation “Shiny Penny” has produced the following results

  • 26 total suspects identified for felony crimes
  • 21 suspects currently in custody. A number of those were arraigned in Superior Court on 02-27-13.
  • 26 stolen cars recovered. Overall value $250,000 plus.
  • 16 firearms recovered which includes two assault rifles.
  • 4 narcotics violations.
  • 11 other property items recovered that included items such as televisions and laptops.
  • 34 total undercover transactions completed by detectives.

This is the third undercover operation conducted by the ACE Task Force in the last two years. All of these operations resulted in a significant number of stolen cars recovered and suspects arrested. The operation was funded by participating agencies and the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority. The ACE Task Force is dedicated to the pursuit of career criminals committing crimes against persons and property in the greater Pierce County region.

The task force is planning on returning stolen cars and property to victims on March 6th. We will be providing more details on this to allow the media to be on scene to film the event and possibly interview victims.

Please contact Lt. Chris Lawler for additional information.

Lt. Lawler can be contacted at the numbers listed below for more information;
Office (253) 830-5011
Cellular (253) 606-6981
Fax (253) 830-5069

Lakewood Council Appoints City Attorney Wachter as Interim Manager

During a special meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council voted unanimously to appoint City Attorney Heidi Wachter as the interim city manager effective February 24, 2013. Wachter will take over interim duties after City Manager Andrew Neiditz departs to serve as the executive director for the newly established South Sound 911 agency.

Last week, the council approved a motion to hire a Seattle-based executive recruiting firm, the Prothman Company, to conduct search for a new city manager. Such a process typically takes around 3 months.

Ms. Wachter has served as Lakewood’s city attorney since 2002. Before that, she served as an assistant city attorney in Tacoma and as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Snohomish County. She earned a law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Ms. Wachter has been active in her profession, currently serving as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Administrative Law Section and is a Past President of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. She is an active member of the Clover Park Rotary Club and lives in Tacoma with her husband Neil and their three daughters.

Ms. Wachter remarked, “I am excited at this opportunity to serve the council, our citizens and city staff. Andrew Neiditz has developed a strong management team and we will all work together to ensure the next city manager can hit the ground running.”

CONTACT: Jeff Brewster — (253) 983-7761 or

Sound Glass celebrates 30-year anniversary with recognition at City Council meeting this month

Raise your Glass to 30-years of Business in Lakewood

Sound Glass celebrates 30-year anniversary with recognition at City Council meeting this month

Sound Glass recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary since opening in Lakewood, a huge milestone in the company’s ongoing success. Sound Glass opened for business on January 13, 1983 and began to grow immediately. Sound Glass has served over 150,000 homeowners, contractors, businesses since opening.

By the end of the first year in business, the company consisted of nine employees and four service trucks. Since then, Sound Glass has established two additional locations in Tacoma and Bremerton totaling over 60 employees and 30 service vehicles. This year, Sound Glass President Warren Willoughby foresees increased business, particularly in the commercial market due to contracts on the military bases and the upswing in remodeling and building business. This January was the company’s largest month on record.

As a nationally recognized glass and glazing company, Sound Glass has been honored as a Top 50 Glaziers by Glass Magazine over 4 times and as a Top 20 Glazing Contractor by U.S. Glass, Metal & Glazing Magazine.

“I chose to start Sound Glass after sizing-up the competition and deciding I could make a good run with potential to grow the business,” said Willoughby. “Thanks to the support of our customers, we’ve done just that.”

Apart from the company’s bottom line, Sound Glass is committed to giving back to the local community. Sound Glass supports the local YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Broadway Center for Performing Arts and donates various products and services to various charity foundations. Willoughby is also involved with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Rotary, Master Builders Association of Pierce County and the Better Business Bureau.

“Sound Glass is a pillar in the Lakewood business community,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We are looking forward to recognizing Sound Glass’s anniversary at a City Council meeting in February.”

Lakewood’s 11th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Come join us on Saturday, March 2 at Lakes High School for a sweet treat while we celebrate that special bond little girls have with their fathers, uncles, brothers, grandpas and family friends.

The Daddy/Daughter Dance begins at 6pm with dancing, photos and a Black Bear Frozen Yogurt Sundae Buffet; choose from three types of frozen yogurt and lots of toppings. The event finishes up at 8pm; each daughter will leave with a beautiful, fresh red rose from Bed of Roses Florist and each father will receive a professional photo.

Refreshments and dancing the night away are all included in this special event. For more information or to register call (253) 983-7887 or visit us online at . The Daddy/Daughter Dance sells out every year, so be sure to register today!

This event is at a new location, Lakes High School (10320 Farwest Drive SW). The cost is $35 for each daddy/daughter couple and $10 for each additional daughter.

Contact Information: Amanda Richardson, Recreation Coordinator (253)983-7827