City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/18/2013

January 18, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Martin Luther King Celebration on January 19th: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration has been set for Saturday, January 19th at the McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College from 10 am to noon. It will feature a diverse range of performances highlighted by the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Prairie Bells, trumpeter Morris Northcutt and the Clover Park High School Choir. Other featured performers include the Life Christian Chamber Choir and the Grace Chapel Choir. Featured speakers include Sam Mitsui, a World War II member of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Al Knight, COL., USA (Ret) representing the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Joining COL Knight will be former Tuskegee Airman Ed Drummond. The theme for this year's celebration is "WW II, Discrimination at Home, Patriotism Abroad". For more information contact Jo Ethel Smith at (253) 584-4673 or Dennis Higashiyama at (253) 589-2489. Admission and parking are free.
  • Police and HR conduct Entry-Level Police Officer Written Testing: The Lakewood Police and Human Resources Departments conducted an Entry-Level Police Officer written examination on January 16th at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center. There was a great turn out; and the next step in the process will be the Physical Agility Test (PAT) scheduled for Saturday, January 26th. The testing process is the first city-run entry level testing done since 2004.
  • Healthy Start Program: This award-winning program emphasizing nutritious snacks and fun physical activity opened its second site at Oakwood Elementary. Approximately 25 students participate in the program, when the school day ends, with another 30 students joining them at 3:30 pm after they have completed their academics with Communities in Schools. They get to eat healthy snacks while learning what vitamins and minerals are contained and how to keep healthy. Freeze tag, 2-ball soccer, capture-the-flag, speed-stacking and other games and activities that promote physical activity, sportsmanship, strategy development and teamwork are fun ways to be active. Participants from both Oakwood and Tyee Park will be sending students to participate in a regional speed-stacking competition in March. All participants will be invited to attend the inaugural Lakewood Kid’s Marathon in April and the Tacoma Kid’s Marathon in May.