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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 .

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 .

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 .

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


City Offices Closed For Christmas Holiday

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will close at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and be closed Thursday, Dec. 25. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 798-4722 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

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.”

On Saturday, Dec. 20, the French consul recognized him again, awarding him its highest decoration—the Chevalier Legion of Honor Medal. About 10,000 former American GIs have received it. It is considered the highest decoration bestowed by France, and must be approved by that country’s president. You can see King 5’s video of the ceremony here: .

During the award speech, the representative of the French consulate said Exeter would “be forever France’s hero.”

Exeter did not think of himself as a hero, but he accepted the consul’s praise humbly.

“It’s quite a significant thing, that to this date they still want to go to all the bother, heaping big honors on me,” he said. “And it is an honor. I’m not going to depreciate, in anyway, what they are trying to do for me.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Exeter sat in the Lakewood home he built himself in 1964 with the News Tribune’s Larry Larue to share his story.

He was drafted into the Army in March 1943. Exeter passed the tests to transfer into the Air Corps, and for five months he trained as a pilot. However, he and his entire group were told the need for pilots was not as great as the need for infantry.

Exeter, a private first class, was transferred to the 63rd Infantry Division and shipped off to France in November 1944. He fought in the Rhineland and Ardennes campaigns.

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/19/14

Dec. 19, 2014


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Officers Pack Meals for Families in Need

Usually when police officers are hustling and making split-second decisions in a confined area, it’s to protect the community. But on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at John Dower Elementary School, officers with Lakewood Police Department were doing it to feed the community. Specifically, about 20 officers packed holiday meals for 150 families who are struggling this holiday season.

The Lakewood Officers Charity works throughout the year to support the law enforcement community and the citizens of Lakewood. Donate to future events by going to its website, , and scrolling to the bottom of the screen.

For more details, and photos of the officers in action:

City Offices Closed For Christmas Holiday

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will close at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and be closed Thursday, Dec. 25. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 798-4722 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Wounded Warrior Project: Albertsons Donation

On Thursday, Dec. 18, Albertsons Northwest awarded the Wounded Warrior Project a check for $50,000 . The money was raised in November through two weeks worth of sales on specially marked items at 104 stores in Washington and Oregon.

The check was given to Wounded Warrior Project representatives at the Albertsons located at
8611 Steilacoom Boulevard SW. In attendance were Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmembers Marie Barth, Paul Bocchi, Mary Moss and John Simpson, as well as City Manager John Caulfield, state Rep. Dick Muri, soldiers from Joint Base-Lewis McChord and Linda Smith, President/CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Attendees had the chance to pose with Wounded Warrior Project and their check, and enjoy a handsome cake.

For photos from the ceremony:

Benning Potoa’e Chosen for U.S. Marines Game, Given City Coin

Lakes High School defensive end Benning Potoa'e credits much of his hard-work ethic to his father, Aleki, a first sergeant in the 5th Battalion, 200th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. On Dec. 16, the same military that served as the foundation for Potoa'e's determination awarded him one of the most prestigious high school football honors in the country, when the United States Marine Corps invited him to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

For more information:

For the video of Potoa’e’s ceremony:

Suburban Times: City Helped Remove “Parking Lot Lake”

Here's more proof that the City of Lakewood is listening to its residents and businesses. In a story published Dec. 16 in the Suburban Times , author Ken Upton wrote about the "parking lot lake" that regularly forms during rainy seasons in front of the Hobby Lobby and Big Lots stores in the 5400 block of 100th Street Southwest. Upton wrote how he contacted the City. Compliance Inspector Diana Halar worked to locate the store's management company, which eventually had the lake pumped and the sediment blocking the drainage removed.

"I applaud and appreciate the effort Diana put forth in just a few days to address and resolve the mystery of the 'parking lot lake,'” Upton wrote, "and I hereby nominate her for 'City Employee of the Month!'

Read the whole story on the Suburban Times website  . It's a good one.

Great job, Diana! #IamLakewood

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Video

Did you miss the City of Lakewood's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting this month? Check out some highlights here:  


It's been a big week for the City on social media! We have surpassed 1,550 likes on Facebook , 700 Twitter followers and 100 Instagram followers. Thanks for all your support, and be sure to follow us #IamLakewood! 

Economic Development

Business Showcase—Lakewood Hardware & Paint

On Monday night, Dec. 15, the Lakewood City Council recognized longtime Lakewood institution Lakewood Hardware and Paint as its Business Showcase for December 2014. Owner Donn Tyler received the award for his store, and announced his recent engagement. Lakewood Hardware and Paint has been part of Lakewood for more than 65 years, ever since Russell Fry opened the first store on Gravelly Lake Drive. The building the community frequents today is actually the store’s third incarnation. Over the years, Lakewood Hardware and Paint has continued to expand and grow. The original store sold hardware, paint and a few plumbing tools. These days, Lakewood Hardware and Paint’s selection includes home appliances, STIHL power tools, home and garden, plumbing, electricity and lumber. It even sells doors. And if customers can’t find what they need, the store will order whatever they request—and keep a stock of it in the future. Tyler says the relationship between customers and employees is the secret to the store’s success.
“For all we’ve added and done, it’s no good without people to support it,” said Tyler, who proudly referred to his current team as “the best staff we’ve had to date.”

For more from the Showcase:

Check out photos of the Business Showcase here:   

Council Meetings

The City Council Study Session of December 22, 2014 is CANCELLED.

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