Letter: Feds, Not Fathers, On How to Roast Marshmallows

Reminiscing about my dad on this National Marshmallow Toasting Day, August 30.

If there was one thing my dad and I looked forward to at the end of a long day traipsing through the forest, clambering laboriously back and forth and up and down switchbacks and bushwhacking our way over and under fallen trees through dense underbrush and other infernal objects that impeded our access to yet another deep dark pool to catch illusive brook trout, it wasn’t toasted marshmallows. [Read more...]

RallyPoint/6 Grand Opening, Sept. 3 at noon

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Pierce County and the South Sound enjoy a special relationship with military services members and their families. RallyPoint/6 opens the state’s largest private connector and integrator resource center.

The nonprofit organization – which supports transitioning service members, National Guard and Reservists, veterans and military families – is now operating in the heart of Lakewood, a city whose identity and culture is intertwined with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Camp Murray, the American Lake Veterans Hospital and Pierce County which has one of the largest concentrated veteran populations in the U.S. at more than 90,000. [Read more...]

Lakewood City Manager’s weekly info bulletin, Aug. 29

Street Work Scheduled For Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September:

  • Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street
    • Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching
    • Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required.

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West Pierce Fire & Rescue rated Class 3

West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating. Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating. [Read more...]

City offices closed for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

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) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Police searching for ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18, and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16. [Read more...]

Letter: Longing for Better Days?

Better Days

Whether past or future given the present is most depressing?

So did Nelson Mandela, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Cicely Saunders, Aung San Suu Kyi, Edith Cavell and Raoul Wallenberg.

All the stories of these individuals just listed are found in the book by Gordon Brown entitled “Courage – Portraits of Bravery in the Service of Great Causes.”

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