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City Supports Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks with Flag Raising

Although Jermaine Kearse was 1,000 miles away preparing for the biggest showcase in professional sports, that didn’t stop him from relaying a direct message to his hometown of Lakewood.

On Friday, during one of hundreds of Blue Friday celebrations taking place throughout Western Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood ceremoniously raised its 12th Man Flag in front of City Hall, led by Mayor Don Anderson.

The day was also a chance for the 100 or so people who attended to celebrate Kearse, the Lakes High graduate and Seahawk whose overtime touchdown catch in the NFC Championship punched Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Throughout the crowd, people held up large signs bearing the Sports Illustrated cover that featured Kearse’s now-iconic catch. Others wore his jersey.

And in return, the crowd got to hear a customized message that Kearse himself offered to the City that Communications Manager Brent Champaco read aloud.

“First and foremost, I just want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to not only represent myself and my family, but to be able to represent the City of Lakewood all these years,” Kearse’s message started. “Truly an honor to say I am from the City of Lakewood.”

“Want to thank all my friends and family and all my supporters who believed in me from the get-go, and who continuously have my back, no matter any outcome. Just thankful and appreciative."

Kearse aside, the person who stole the show was the flag-raiser himself. No, not Mayor Anderson, although he did help. Instead, it was the Mayor’s grandson, Luke, who not only helped raise the flag but waved a Seahawk towel, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

To see pictures and videos of the flag-raising, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page .

One more time: #GoHawks #IamLakewood

West Pierce: Explosion, Fire in Lakewood

At approximately 3:30 p.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to an explosion at 112th Street S / Steele Street S.  Multiple reports came in as a large explosion was heard and a fire had broken out at the Pick N Pull vehicle salvage yard, located at 2416 112th Street S.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the buildings on site, as well as multiple storage tanks.  It was reported that a gasoline vendor was there to pull gas out of the storage tank, which is routine. After he disconnected from the tank, a large explosion occurred from the tank behind the one he had previously been connected to. The vendor was blown 60 feet away from the tank and was able to get up and move his truck away from the fire. He was evaluated by medics at the scene and did not require medical treatment.

Crews shut down 112th Street from South Tacoma Way to Steele Street in order to keep drivers a safe distance away and give firefighters room to work. JBLM Fire Department assisted in the operations as well.  The Department of Ecology assisted with spilled materials during the explosion. 

There were no injuries reported during this incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

City of Lakewood 12th Man Flag Raising

When you’re the hometown of the player who made a historic touchdown catch to send his team to the Super Bowl, you wish the team luck in style.

And that’s exactly what the City of Lakewood is going to do this Friday, Jan. 30, two days before Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse and the Seattle Seahawks attempt to claim a second consecutive Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIX.

At 10 a.m., Friday, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson will lead a ceremonial raising of the 12th Man Flag in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Attendance-goers will also get to hear a message that Kearse offered specifically for the community of Lakewood.

Aside from wishing the Seahawks luck against the New England Patriots, the ceremony will be a chance for the community to show its support for Kearse, the now internationally recognized hometown hero. Kearse caught the game-winning touchdown in Seattle’s improbable comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.

“That catch, that finish, was absolutely amazing,” said Communications Manager Brent Champaco. “For folks here in Lakewood, seeing Jermaine persevere and succeed after such a rough day, you couldn’t help but stand up and scream when he scored that touchdown.”

As several regional and national media have reported, the City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District partnered last year to throw a first-of-its-kind celebration for Kearse after the Seahawks won their first world championship. It was a run that saw him score the go-ahead touchdown in the NFC Championship, then follow it with an unforgettable touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII in which he broke four Denver tackles en route to the end zone.

On April 12, 2014, the Lakes High graduate got his own day, “Jermaine Kearse Day,” from the City, saw his jersey retired and received a ceremonial “Key to the City” from Mayor Anderson.

The public is welcome to attend Friday’s flag-raising ceremony at Lakewood City Hall. With it being the last and most important #TGIBF of the year, feel free to show your pride by wearing your Seahawks gear. Go Hawks!

Clover Park School District Releases Overview Video

The Clover Park School District (CPSD) has released a two-minute video that provides an overview of CPSD and its programs, staff and students

The video also features two testimonials from parents whose children currently attend CPSD schools. In addition to the video, interactive video clips in English and Spanish provide answers to frequently asked questions. The video and interactive clips provide useful information for current residents and families new to the Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord communities.

-Clover Park School District

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/23/15

Jan. 23, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Army Listening Session

Although some 500 people packed the standing room-only Army listening session on Jan. 21 in Lakewood, a clear, unified message emerged from the Sharon McGavick Center. A proposed reduction of 11,000 soldiers and civilian jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would hurt the region in more ways than one.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson told Army leaders in attendance that a drawdown at JBLM would "be bad for soldiers, our Army and national defense." Anderson added that not only are soldiers integral parts of the local economy, but the identities of the base's neighboring communities, especially the host community of Lakewood, are rooted in the military. "You don’t have to shake a family tree very hard to have a veteran fall out," he said.

For more on the listening session:

To see our album:

Northwest Now Segment on JBLM

The next episode of Northwest Now will discuss the possible cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Northwest Now airs tonight on KBTC at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Don Anderson and Tiffany Speir, program manager of South South Military and Communities Partnership, will be featured on the show.

Connections Newsletter

The Winter 2015 edition of the City of Lakewood's newsletter and parks and recreation guide is now posted:

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information:

Li’l Firehouse Coffee Fills the Boot

On Jan. 16, Li’l Firehouse Coffee of Lakewood joined forces with the Western Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association to "Fill the Boot" for the coffee shop’s Grand Opening Celebration. The shop’s employees were joined by Danielle Harada, a client and volunteer of the MDA. Customers were treated to live music and a visit from Sparky the fire dog. The event successfully raised $450 for the MDA.

Li’l Firehouse Coffee is a firehouse-themed coffee shop that is operated by Robin and Ted Dailey of Puyallup, and formerly of University Place. Li’l Firehouse Coffee offers a great variety of coffees, lattes, breves, energy drinks and great food such as bagels and muffins. Li’l Firehouse Coffee is located at 8813 Edgewater Dr. Southwest in Lakewood. Their phone number is (253) 212-1796.

Check out more photos of the Grand-Opening Celebration on our Facebook page  .

Lakewood Toastmasters Proclamation

On Jan. 20, the Lakewood City Council recognized the Lakewood Toastmasters 1136371 and proclaimed Feb. 1-7 as Toastmasters International Week. For more on Lakewood Toastmasters 1136371, visit

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

The City of Lakewood congratulates the Seattle Seahawks for their amazing comeback victory against the Packers and trip to Super Bowl XLIV in Phoenix. More importantly, we offer a huge congrats to Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse, who persevered through a tough game and redeemed himself in the eyes of many with the game-winning catch! Not surprisingly, he made the cover of Sport Illustrated. USA Today also wrote an excellent store on Kearse here:

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 26, 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:

  • Overview of CDBG, HOME, NSP and Section 108 programs
  • Review of Substitute Ordinance No. 591 relative to subdivisions
  • Review of Residential Target Areas and proposed amendments to the Tax Incentive Urban use Center boundaries.  
  • Review of Pacific Highway redevelopment fiscal analysis
  • Review of Lakewood Towne Center site development

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 2, 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:

  • 2-2 SBCT presentation – Colonel Louis Zeisman, Commander, 2nd Styker Brigade Combat Team
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt Substitute Ordinance No.  591 relative to subdivisions
  • Approve code amendments re: Planning Commission name change
  • Declare canine Koda as surplus property
  • Approve a Greater Lakes mental health professional contract