Lakewood City Manager’s weekly info bulletin 10/24/2014

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Honors Neel Parikh, Market Sponsors, International Students

On Oct. 20, the Lakewood City Council honored and recognized several special individuals. First, the City Council recognized longtime Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh, who is retiring. She was recognized specifically for her leadership in expanding library services and never faltering in the library’s mission to educate and enlighten the community. Second, Councilmember John Simpson recognized St. Clare Hospital, which sponsored this year’s Lakewood Farmers Market, as well as entertainment sponsor WSECU. Finally, the City Council was introduced to this year’s international student exchange program participants at Pierce College. The students, who are attending school and staying with host families, come from all parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and South America. Although each has a different background, they all expressed the same notion: Lakewood is beautiful, and its residents are welcoming and gracious. Great job, everyone! To view a photo gallery of the night, visit the City’s Facebook page.
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Pierce County Drug Court marks 20-year anniversary

On Oct. 21, Pierce County Drug Court celebrated its 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with an awards ceremony and presentation followed by several guest speakers. Judge Edmund Murphy of Superior Court Department 9 presented a historic perspective on Pierce County Drug Court and West Huddleston, Chief Executive Officer of National Association of Drug Courts Professionals, spoke at the event as well. [Read more...]