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Special game day Sounder trains this season

Sounder trains will serve weekend Mariners and Sounders FC daytime games

Seattle Mariners and Sounders FC fans can leave gridlock behind and take Sound Transit’s popular Sounder commuter rail trains to weekend day games this season. Special Sounder service will operate in addition to regular Link light rail service to and from the stadiums.

Sound Transit will run special Sounder trains to three Sounders FC events beginning Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, July 20. Game day trains will serve 12 Mariners games beginning Sunday, April 14 through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Inbound trains from the south will depart Lakewood at 10:45 a.m. Inbound trains from the north will depart Everett at 11:15 a.m. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the games are over.

Complete game day Sounder train schedules are available at http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Event-services.xml .

Link light rail serves 13 stations in downtown Seattle, SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Tukwila and SeaTac. Link’s Stadium Station is a half block from Century Link Field and Safeco Field.

Regular fares will apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all standing transit passes will be accepted. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card’s E-Purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available at www.orcacard.com .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/5/2013

April 5, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Staff conducts Robbery/Customer Service Training: Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) CSO Gail Conelly conducted training on robbery and customer service for 25 cashiers and management staff at the newly opened Nisqually Market, located at 11741 Pacific Hwy SW in Lakewood. The robbery portion of the presentation focused on prevention, as well as what to do after the robbery occurs. The customer service portion focused on preventing shoplifting and dealing with escalating/irate customers, as well as how to diffuse the situation and what happens if it all goes wrong. The staff was very pleased with the presentation and had several situations that they had questions about.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Interim City Manager is speaker at Clover Park Rotary and Lakewood United: This week, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter was the guest speaker at the Clover Park Rotary Club and Lakewood United. She gave a presentation on the “State of the City”.
    • Fairy Garden Tea Party: This Saturday, April 6th, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host the 3rd annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. At this event each participant will go through a fairy transformation when they get their wings, they create a beautiful craft and enjoy tea and snacks. A very special visitor will guide the new fairies through the fun activities. This event has sold out every year and we are really excited to once again be able to offer it.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/29/2013

March 29, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • “Today in America”segment featuring Lakewood to air in Salt Lake City: Economic Development staff received notice this week that the Today in America segment that features Lakewood will be aired in the Salt Lake City area market during the month of April.
    • Best of South Sound 2013: Four businesses in Lakewood were voted as Best in the South Sound for 2013. The competition, now in its’ fifth year is voted on by South Sound Magazine readers and followers. The winners are… Harborstone Credit Union as Best Credit Union, Infusion Interior Design as Best Interior Designer, Ann Marie Thiessen/Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital as Best Vet, AND for the third in a row, Fort Steilacoom Off-Leash Dog Park as Best Pet Park. Congratulations and nice job everyone!
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Recognizes Manager of Sage Terrace Apartments: At the monthly Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) meeting, the Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) recognized Shereese who is the manager of Sage Terrace Apartments for her dedication and hard work. Shereese took over managing the apartment complex about two years ago. For years, Sage Terrace has been plagued with high calls for service, gang problems, and drugs. CSRT worked with management to provide training, hold community meetings, and build a solid partnership with the goal of bringing the apartment complex under control. Sage Terrace, for the first time, was not on the top ten lists for calls for service for the month of February 2013. It is a true testament to the dedication of the management team and CSRT that created a community that is now a safer place to live , work and play.
    • CSRT building Partnerships: Recently, CSRT members met with representatives from the Department of Corrections (DOC), Pierce County Housing (PCHA), Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), Associated Ministries (ACESS), Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), Greater Lakes Mental Health (GLMH) and the Lakewood Police Department (NPO). The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all of the agencies that might house people in Lakewood and create a “multi-agency” partnership. The goal of the new partnership is to address problematic multi-family rentals and long term stays at hotels/motels while creating positive changes, accountability, and raising the quality of life standards for customers served. The partnership agreed to hold regular meetings. The next meeting will be scheduled for June.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Puget Sound Energy adjusts billing process: Within the City of Lakewood, electric power is provided by one of three providers. One of those providers, PSE is making adjustments in their billing processes. Lakewood PSE customers will automatically switch over to a new system, and a new 12-digit account number will appear on the next billing statement. No action is needed on the part of the customer. This new system is also designed to provide system improvements on bill management, energy system troubleshooting, outage communications, and future “smart” billing access. For the latest updates and information, please visit <PSE.com/BillUpgrades>.

Lakewood’s Citywide Clean-Up Set for Saturday, May 18th

Keep Lakewood Beautiful is sponsoring it’s 2nd annual city-wide litter clean up event for May 18th and rewards those that register with a free hotdog picnic outside City Hall at noon.

Perhaps sometime as you traveled Lakewood you’ve noticed occasional litter or clutter in the right of way and thought to yourself, “I wish someone would pick that up.” or maybe “Who is ever going to clean-up this mess?".

Well no community has the resources to clean-up every piece of trash or pull every weed. So the best response is to take action as a community, pick it up and pitch in to keep our roadsides and public spaces looking more beautiful, fresh and clean! This year the civic group Keep Lakewood Beautiful is organizing the first annual Lakewood Community Clean-Up Day. The event will be on Saturday, May 18 registration is from 9am to 10am outside Lakewood City Hall. After a couple hours of community clean-up work, participants can return to city hall for a free hot dog picnic as a ‘Thank You’.

This event provides the perfect venue for those who want to join with other citizens to make a difference and take a direct approach to community beautification. Individuals, families and groups from all over the city will be joining forces to clean-up the trash and spruce-up our right-of-ways.

Your family, you as an individual or as part of a business, community, school or neighborhood group simply need to come register at city hall that morning and then you decide for yourself where and exactly what your community clean-up project will be that day. Keep Lakewood Beautiful can provide suggested locations and will also provide work supplies and a central litter disposal location for all the litter collected.

Keep Lakewood President, Malcolm Russell says “First and foremost, we want to encourage everyone, in Lakewood, registered or not, to get out on Saturday May 18th and pick up litter and trash wherever they find it that day.” People that do register at city hall that morning will also have access to free clean-up supplies and a central dumpster for litter disposal. Once finished with your clean-up project, join all your fellow community-improvement warriors for a picnic and hotdogs starting at noon.

Various event activities and entertainment and will be provided. All registered groups and participants will receive a free hotdog coupon and a have the chance to win one of the nice gifts offered in the prize drawing. It is a great way to celebrate your achievements and to honor those who are taking action to keep Lakewood a beautiful community in which to live and to work and to play.

NOTE: Event disposal is for litter only no large items, commercial or household waste will be accepted. You can learn more about it at: www.LetsKLB.org

Alice Bush receives 'Clerk of the Year Award'

Alice Bush, MMC, City Clerk for the City of Lakewood, received the honorary “Clerk of the Year Award” from the Washington Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA) at the groups’ annual conference in Tacoma.

Read the full story at The Suburban Times

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