By Diane Formoso
Methodist Church Fish Food Bank will be the focus of this month’s takeover at Carrs’ Restaurant. Please come, have fun and enjoy a great meal between 4:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 17, to support this hardworking organization. The monthly takeovers involve four other organizations, including LASA, Clover Park Kiwanis, Caring for Kids and the Lakewood First Lions Club. So mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month to support these organizations. They are all making a big difference in our Lakewood community.
Doug Stoeckicht, Associate Director of Families Unlimited Network, will talk about how families in need are getting help this Christmas, at the Tuesday, December 10 (7 am) Tacoma Narrows Rotary meeting.
The Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows meets weekly at the Fircrest Golf Club for fellowship, breakfast, and an informative and interesting presentation from a guest speaker.
Recently United Ways of Washington, the trade association for 23 local United Way organizations in Washington State, elected new officers for 2014 and hired a new CEO.
Jim Cooper steps into the role of President & CEO to lead United Ways of Washington into the future. Jim has nearly two decades of nonprofit, corporate and government leadership experience working with community organizations, governments and businesses to achieve positive outcomes for people and the environment. He is an Army Veteran, Eagle Scout and currently serves on the Olympia City Council and the Board of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP).
TACOMA – Bates Technical College employees and students will brave cold temperatures during the morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 to help raise funds for Bates students in need at the 22nd annual Holiday Meal Drive.
By Sgt Mooney Christopher C, Apache Company, 1-23 Inf, 3-2 SBCT, I CORPS, JBLM
The ground is cold, covered in frost. From beneath their masks their breath turns into mist, visible to the spectators in the stands. The metal of their markers biting into their hands from the cold. The only thing you will find under those masks is smiling faces, this is the Ninja Kings paintball tournament and these players of all ages have been waiting for just this moment!
Hosted by Carlos Rodriguez and the Seattle Ninjas professional paintball team this event is part of Washington State’s premier paintball series: Ninjaball. Players have been asking for a winter event and Carlos and his crew have provided just that. On December 7th 2013 teams from all over Washington State will gather at Operation Paintball Field to play in this event.
Tacoma Narrows Rotary Long-Term Exchange Student Frauke de Buhr will share photos and stories of her recent trip to Disneyland at the Tuesday, December 3 (7 am) meeting. Don’t forget to invite her to an adventure closer to home. Frauke is eager to pack in every American experience she can during her stay in UP.
The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill two (2) vacancies on the Planning Advisory Board.
DESCRIPTION: The Planning Advisory Board shall assist City staff in preparing a comprehensive plan; provide recommendations to the City Council on land use and zoning regulations and other development regulations; act as the research and fact finding agency of the City in regard to land uses, housing, capital facilities, utilities, transportation and classifications of lands as agriculture, forest, mineral lands, critical areas, wetlands and geologically hazardous areas; and provide an annual progress report to the City Council.
TACOMA – Rebuilding Together South Sound in Tacoma received a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s to complete critical repairs and weatherization and energy-efficiency upgrades for local homeowners this fall. Rebuilding Together South Sound will work with 20 volunteers to make a wide range of modifications and repairs including: repairing/replacing a roof, installing a new faucet, installing new window glass and/or door installation, caulking, sealing existing windows and doors, installing an energy efficient furnace, and performing other home repairs to increase warmth and help reduce overall utility costs in time for winter.
Roger Gruener lives in Gig Harbor, but works in University Place as General Manager of U.P. Refuse. To help make his hometown a bit better, he’s producing calendars to raise money to build a play structure at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Read more about the project at the Peninsula Gateway website.
Caring for Kids is working to provide color books and crayons for kids who come to Lakewood food banks during the Holidays. Please encourage your groups, organizations, churches, family and friends to get involved in our color book drive. You can drop off your donations at Heritage Bank on Gravelly Lake Drive, Clover Park School District main administration building on Gravelly Lake Drive or the City of Lakewood by December 15. You can purchase color books for as little as a dollar at Dollar Tree and Michaels. Our goal is 3,000 or more books! Please help us show these kids that we care. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 279-9777. Caring for Kids is an all-volunteer organization helping kids in need in our community. Facebook: caringforkidsWA Website: carekids.org
By Ken Gibson, Executive Director
I’m writing today to ask for your input on how we’re doing at TACID. Please take a few moments to provide feedback and help TACID improve. This survey will help us understand how you feel about our services and provide you with an opportunity to tell us what is working and what you would like to see different. To take the survey, please follow this link: SURVEY.
By Jenny Weekes, Captain, West Pierce Fire District 2
LAKEWOOD – On Thursday, November 21, 2013, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will be conducting a training burn of a home near 10700 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Residents in that area will see an increase in traffic, as well as smoke in the area until the burn is concluded that afternoon.
For the 11th year, the Lakewood Branch of Heritage Bank has provided financial support to Greater Lakes to fund holiday food baskets for its clients. The bank also continues to support Greater Lakes through the year-round collection of money and food for the Greater Lakes food bank and contributions to benefit the Adopt a Family Holiday program. Heritage Bank and its wonderful staff have been great supporters of our agency, and we applaud their strong community support. Thanks Heritage Bank. For information about ways you can help Greater Lakes, contact Annette Arriola at 253 620-5136, or check out our website at www.glmhc.org.
DUPONT – According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry Data Book, more than 2.2 million complaints about recorded message calls were filed in fiscal year 2012. These days, robocalling spammers use cheap automated dialers to place thousands of calls to random numbers and spoof caller IDs to escape detection. With more people staying indoors near phones during the winter months, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers insight on robocalls.