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Hidden Heroes: Week 3

Feb. 6, 2023 Local Hero: Zach Banner Zach is a Clover Park School District alum, University of Southern California All-Pac 12 graduate, NFL player and community leader. Zach is currently running his own non-profit, the B3 Foundation, to support underserved students in Tacoma, Seattle, Los Angeles and Guam. Born in Tacoma and raised by a close-knit family, Zach learned at …

City Manager's Weekly Bulletin Feb. 3, 2023

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: Feb. 3, 2023

Lakewood Police Chief named After a highly competitive selection and recruitment process, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield announced today he selected Patrick D. Smith as the next Chief of Police for the Lakewood Police Department. He will join the department March 1, 2023. Smith was one of six finalists introduced to the community in December 2022 at a public meet …

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Lakewood names new police chief

Feb. 3, 2023 After a highly competitive selection and recruitment process, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield announced today he selected Patrick D. Smith as the next Chief of Police for the Lakewood Police Department. He will join the department March 1, 2023. Smith was one of six finalists introduced to the community in December 2022 at a public meet and …

Chief Mike Zaro's Farewell Party, Feb. 6, 2023 from 6-7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW

Wishing farewell to Chief Mike Zaro

Feb. 2, 2023 After nearly 30 years in law enforcement, Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro retires this month. The city is hosting a public farewell party for residents, friends, community organizations, and others help celebrate him. Please join us Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, from 6-7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Light refreshments will …

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Hundreds gather for Chief Leschi Memorial Walk

Feb. 1, 2023 We were honored to participate in the Chief Leschi Memorial Walk Jan. 27, 2023 led and organized by the Nisqually Tribe. A few hundred people gathered at the Oakbrook Plaza under drizzly skies. As they arrived they received bright red long-sleeved shirts handed out by the tribe honoring the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the Medicine Creek Treaty …

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2023 Hidden Heroes: Week 2

Jan. 30, 2023 Local Hero: Rachel Askew Rachel is a local community leader, small business owner and justice advocate with Cities United, a national non-profit charged with reducing violence against young men and boys of color. Rachel is also the founder and managing partner with NEXT Consulting Firm. In her role as founder, Rachel works alongside leaders in education, economic …

Flier for a Chief Leschi Memorial Walk happening Jan. 27, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Oakbrook Plaza in Lakewood, WA

Nisqually Tribe holds Chief Leschi Memorial Walk

Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 the Nisqually Tribe will hold a Memorial Walk in Lakewood to honor Chief Leschi. The walk is held on his birthday, a date with significance for the tribe and one that holds special meaning. The walk will begin from Oakbrook Plaza at a historical stone marker that acknowledges the hanging of Leschi in 1858 not far …

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Public art comes to Motor Ave.

Jan. 25 2023 Under cloudy skies Wednesday and clad in a bright orange jacket, Seattle artist John Fleming installed his “Colonial Plaza Gateway Arch” to the entrance of Motor Avenue. Those passing on Gravelly Lake Drive may have noticed the large crane stationed at the entrance to Motor Avenue as it slowly and carefully lowered the large, steel pieces to …

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2023 Hidden Heroes: Week 1

Jan. 23, 2023 Local Hero: Brandon Elliott Brandon is a senior at Harrison Preparatory School in Clover Park School District. He has built a long resume of achievements with CPSD, now serving as the Harrison Prep student body president where he advocates for a strong school community that is equitable, unified and kind. Brandon serves as part of the Superintendent’s …

Members of the 2023 Daffodil Festival Royal Court stand with the Lakewood City Council holding certificates in the Lakewood Council Chambers.

Celebrating Lakewood’s royalty

Jan. 20, 2023 Three Lakewood youth were recently selected to represent the Clover Park School District, and ultimately Lakewood, on the 2023 Daffodil Festival Royal Court. At its Jan. 17, 2023 regular meeting the Lakewood City Council recognized the young women, congratulating them on the accomplishment that comes with it the responsibility of not only representing the city on this …

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Lakewood police officers recognized with awards

Jan. 18, 2023 The Lakewood City Council celebrated the recognition of Lakewood police officers for outstanding efforts in their field. These awards included life-saving awards, commendations from the Chief, Medals of Meritorious Service, and Medals of Valor. The recognition came as part of the council’s Jan. 17, 2023 regular meeting. Police Chief Mike Zaro presented the awards, sharing the details …

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Lakewood Heroes: Day 7 Our Community

Jan. 16, 2023 Today as we remember, honor and recognize the history, work and progress made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of service we reflect on the many people who make up our community and who embody Dr. King’s message. Our video series “Lakewood Heroes” concludes today with a final look at six people who are …

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Lakewood City Hall, buildings closed

Jan. 16, 2023 Lakewood City Hall and city buildings are closed Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service holiday. Regular operations resume Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. The Lakewood City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, for a regular meeting.

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Lakewood Heroes: Day 6 Martin Olmos

Jan. 15, 2023 Martin Olmos began volunteering when his five children were young. His passion and love for giving back was passed on to his children, who are now grown and volunteer, following in their father’s footsteps. Olmos remembers what it was like when he first came to America and people stepped up to help him. Now he wants to …

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Lakewood Heroes: Day 5 Anthony Veliz

Jan. 14, 2023 Clover Park School District Director Anthony Veliz shares how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message has influenced his life. He shares his passion for helping youth and ensuring the next generation has opportunities to succeed. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service holiday is Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. As we celebrate this year, we honor the …

City Manager's Weekly Bulletin Jan. 13, 2023

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: Jan. 13, 2023

Lakewood Heroes: MLK Video series Every year, the city of Lakewood remembers the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who advocated for justice and equality. This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. As we celebrate the holiday, we honor the theme: Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.  Through a series of …