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Lakewood’s 12th Annual MLK Celebration

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

Connections Newsletter: Corrections

An article in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lakewood Connections newsletter, "Own a pet? You might need a license from the City," missed a word in the first line. It should have read, "The City of Lakewood requires a license for all dogs and cats over the age of 8 weeks." 

Thank-you for your time and understanding.

Top 5 #IamLakewood Stories of the Year

Lakewood enjoyed a big year in 2014. From national awards to groundbreakings to community workshops, Lakewood was the center of the big-news universe and social media ecosphere throughout the year. Before we welcome 2015, here’s a look back at the Top 5 stories over the past year #Iamlakewood

1) Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII; Lakewood Celebrates Hometown Hero Jermaine Kearse

The City declared April 12 "Jermaine Kearse Day" for hometown hero and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Jermaine Kearse. Before he joined the Seahawks, Kearse grew up here in Lakewood and played football at Lakes High School.

For more about the ceremony:

2) Lakewood Police Department Named Agency of the Year

It’s official: Lakewood has one of the  best police departments in the land. The Lakewood Police Department was named “Agency of the Year” in the RISE Awards, sponsored by TASER and PoliceOne.

For more about the award our our police department:

3) Lakewood Holds First-Ever Housing Forum

On May 15, the City of Lakewood held its first Housing Forum - marking one of the first times the City, housing developers, brokers and others with an interest in Lakewood sat down in the same room and discussed opportunities.

For the  details of the forum:

4) Residents Share Vision at Community Visioning Workshop

The City has begun it Community Vision Plan process, which will help shape what the community looks like in the future. As part of the process, the City held a workshop on Sept. 23 to hear directly from residents. Almost 100 community members attended and, using pieces on a map, pieced together how Lakewood should grow and develop.

For a video of the workshop:

5) Another Year, Another Successful Lakewood Farmers Market

It was another successful week at the Lakewood Farmers Market, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday through Sept. 16 outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Check out this video of the St. Clare Hospital cooking demonstration of quinoa tabbouleh:

For more about the Lakewood Farmers Market:

Lakewood Police: Don't Drink & Drive New Year's Eve

Tonight and tomorrow, lots of people will welcome 2015 with a party.

But while Lakewood and the Northwest could be celebrating New Year's, the City of Lakewood would like to remind revelers about the dangers of drinking and driving. More than 10,000 people died in a alcohol-impaired-driving accidents last year.

In Washington  , drivers arrested and convicted for driving drunk face up to a year in jail for a first-time offense, a suspended license for up to a year, a fine of up to $5,000 and other penalties.

With that in mind, Lakewood Police offered some reminders for fans who will be drinking tonight:

  • Know your limits
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Call a friend or taxi
  • Have a designated driver
  • Consider spending the night with your host

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!