Highlights from the weekly report (November 14) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Lakewood Officers Deputized by U.S. Marshal: LPD Detective Ryan Larson and Investigator Ralph Rocco met with U.S. Marshal William Hawe on November 5th. As the Chief for the Western District of Washington, he administered the Oath of Office Special Federal Deputation so they can more effectively execute their duties, with limited authority, in association with the Federal “Pacific Northwest Innocence Lost Task Force.” This is a two-year special deputation that Detective Larson and Investigator Rocco will put to use in investigating violation of the Federal Mann Act in association with juvenile prostitution and human trafficking.
- Lakewood Officers assist City Of Orting with Officer Involved Shooting: LPD’s Criminal Investigation Unit assisted the city of Orting with an officer- involved shooting on November 12th. The incident involved a woman who approached officers while holding a firearm. She was hospitalized after eventually surrendering to officers.
- Court Staff attend District Municipal Court Management Association Conference: The annual District Municipal Court Management Association (DMCMA) conference was attended by Court Services Director Kathy Westerdahl and Senior Court Specialist Deana Wright last week. The conference focused on ethics, evaluation and performance management, improving court services to people in poverty, and key ingredients for well-balanced leadership. The conference is attended by court administrators from all over the state.
- Christmas Tree Lighting on December 5th: Santa and his reindeer are coming to Lakewood, and all Lakewood residents are invited to the 13th annual Christmas tree lighting event on Friday December 5th, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall. The holiday festival includes tree decorating and lighting, children’s crafts and holiday music featuring the Lakes High School Choir, the Greater Life Church Choir and Mann Middle School’s Royal Blue Choir. Santa’s reindeer will be on display from 4 to 7 p.m. Lakewood’s Christmas tree will be lighted at 4:30pm and refreshments will be served. Santa arrives at 4:45pm, escorted by Clover Park High School’s Marching Band, and will visit with youngsters from 5 to 7 pm in City Hall.
- Lakewood Senior Center assist with Medicare Sign-Up Day: 52 individuals select the best option for their prescription drug coverage at an event on November 10th at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, hosted by Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), and Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. The selection process can be confusing for seniors, as there are 59 Medicare Advantage plans, 48 Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans and 12 Medigap plans for individuals to choose from. Plans can vary by premium, deductible, coverage gap, co-pay, network and covered drugs and services. The Medicare Sign-Up event was intended to help individuals who lack computer skills.
- Lakewood Senior Activity Center Volunteers Honored: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center honored its ‘Gold Medal’ volunteers at an Olympic themed event on November 13th, and over fifty volunteers participated. They enjoyed food prepared by a chef from the Weatherly Inn and received door prizes donated by 14 local merchants including: Forza Coffee, Robert the Massage Guy, Heart Warming Care, Costco, Cascade Bagel and Deli, Classy Chassis, The Schooner Pub and Galley, Bed of Roses, Casa Mia, Lakewood Hardware and Paint, 100th Street Starbucks, Old Country Buffet, H & L Produce and Panera Bread. Mayor Richardson spoke to the guests and recognized their contribution of volunteer time and its importance in the success of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center and the Lakewood community. Volunteers at the center are involved in registration, event planning, library, book clubs, and facility tours.