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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 .

"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.

Spa

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.

Veterinary

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 .

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 www.piercecountywa.org/treecycle .

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 www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/26/2014

Dec. 26, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Police Mascot Gets Name: Sergeant LEO Huggs

We have a winner! Well, two actually... Earlier this month, the Lakewood Police Department solicited names for its new mascot with the minds behind the chosen name getting lunch on the Chief. The winning entry: Sergeant LEO Huggs. According to the department's Facebook page , it was difficult to select one name, so the winning entry is a combination of two submissions, one from Kristin Goodman Paynter's daughter Anna and the other from Chana Mercado. Great job by Anna and Chana, as well as everyone else who entered! And, of course, the City would like to officially welcome Sgt. Huggs to the #IamLakewood family.

Video: Lakewood Officer’s 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 http://www.lakewoodofficercharity.com .

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

Lakewood Man Receives French Honor for WWII Service

A Lakewood combat veteran was recently honored with one of France’s highest distinctions – an honor that has been decades in the making. Floyd Exeter, 91, fought in World War II and was honored 70 years ago for distinguishing himself in combat. Positioned behind a machine gun during the Battle of the Bulge, he survived a bullet to the helmet and continued to fight valiantly. Exeter was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions that day. The French gave him the Croix de Guerre for a “distinguished act of heroism.”

You can see King 5’s video of the ceremony here: http://goo.gl/BeRJlj

To learn more, check out the News Tribune’s story here: http://goo.gl/5W95I7

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.

For more information: http://goo.gl/v5slPp

City Offices Closed New Year's Day

In observance of the New Year's holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station closed at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and all day Thursday, Jan. 1.

The City would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History month
  • Proclamation recognizing Tracy Fortune, WA State Arts Educator of the Year
  • Proclamation on National Mentoring Month
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Endorsing Pierce Transit to join the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Briefing by the City Manager
  • Review of 2015 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees
  • Review agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Review an amendment to the agreement with WA Department of Commerce for LED streetlights conversions
  • 2015 Council Retreat

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 http://www.lakewoodofficercharity.com .

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

#IamLakewood

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