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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:

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!


"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.


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.


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 .

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 .

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

Dec. 26, 2014


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 .

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:

To learn more, check out the News Tribune’s story here:

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:

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