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Mandatory water conservation starts in Lakewood
Residents required to follow new state rules

Water-saving modern rotar sprinker head.Because of the ongoing drought, the state government is requiring every water department in California, including Lakewood’s, to implement mandatory water conservation rules. At its meeting on July 22, the Lakewood City Council approved a plan to implement the state rules in Lakewood.

The rules technically went into effect immediately after the council’s vote, but the city will enforce them gradually over the weeks ahead as a public information campaign educates residents about the changes.

"We want to help our residents successfully learn and follow the rules, and not be too quick or heavy-handed in our enforcement,” said Jim Glancy, the director of Lakewood’s Water Resources Department. “But we all need to get on board with the new conservation program as soon as possible.” More . . .
Lion meets world
(Lakewood's recreation mascot "Professor Fun" blog post) During my cub years, I spent much of my time learning the ways of life from the travails of one Cory Matthews in the television show "Boy Meets World." Well… OK… I probably learned the lessons from his trusted mentor, Mr. Feeney or from his parents, but I also learned a bit from Corey himself.

Looking forward to this week’s concert, I found myself taking a trip down Memory Lane back to the halcyon days of Corey, Topanga, Eric, Shawn and Feeney. Why? Cause this week is 90’s week!!!! Woooooooo!!!! On July 17th, make sure to stop by Del Valle Park and catch In the Mixx play your favorite 90’s hits. The show starts at 6:30pm, so bring your family for some great, flash-back fun!

‘Vacation check’ program increases safety for homes
Lakewood Station Commander Keith Swensson is encouraging residents to call the station to report anything unusual. “’See something, Say something’ is huge in helping us be proactive in stopping property crimes like home burglaries and people breaking into cars,” says Swensson. “Residents should call the Lakewood Sheriff Station’s 24-hour business line at 562-623-3500 without hesitation to report anything out of the ordinary.”

Swensson also wants residents to call to use the station’s “vacation check" program. “Letting the station know you’ll be gone and what patrol staff should look for is another key way to keep your home and property safe.”

You can request a vacation house-check by calling the Sheriff Station’s 24-hour business line at 562-623-3500 or online at www.lakewood.lasd.org.

Family fun events continue through summer

Lakewood’s long-standing commitment to family fun continues through July as popular “Finally It’s Friday” and “FUN-Tastic Family Night” events continue.

  • July 25 - FUN-Tastic Family Night featuring “Street Beat-Repurposed Percussion” - at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $8 per person includes dinner and show ($5 for children 3 and under). Advance registration is required by 7/22.


Precautions for West Nile virus this summer

Summer’s longer days and warmer nights mean more outdoor activities for you and your family…and more exposure to mosquitoes potentially carrying the West Nile virus. West Nile testing is ongoing throughout the region and some positive mosquito samples have been reported this year.

As of late-June, two human case had been reported this year. Agencies advise continued caution. Although the West Nile disease isn’t severe in healthy individuals, often passing unnoticed, those with weakened immune systems and the chronically sick can be hit with a devastating illness.

New Applebee’s restaurant opens
Lakewood Applebee's
A new eatery has joined the Lakewood Center and nearby Restaurant Row's list of dining establishments. Applebee’s, a national casual dining restaurant, opened Monday, June 23. Applebee’s menu includes steaks, fish, creative salads (like strawberry, avocado and grilled chicken), and value meals like “one appetizer and two entrees for $20.” Check out their menu at www.applebees.com.


Vietnam Wall effort gets boost from video and Supervisor Don Knabe
Click for CityTV video on this community effort.The effort by the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and local veterans groups to bring a traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the chamber's "Summer Stampede" car show in Lakewood this August got some big help—and a big challenge—from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. Click to see a video on this community effort.

Two major park improvements coming to Lakewood
The Veterans Memorial Plaza at the jet plane at Del Valle Park will be renovated and expanded in time for Memorial Day in 2015. And a new pumpkin carriage and expanded Cinderella theme will come to the school-age playground at San Martin Park by the end of 2014.

Free battery collection kits at city hall
Convenient plastic battery collection containers can be picked up at the public works counter in city hall. The free green collection containers can be used to gather spent household single-use and rechargeable batteries ONLY.

They can later be dropped off at city hall and many electronics retailers.


Wed., July 23, 2014
9:00  AM  -  2:00  PM
  Development Review Board (DRB) Meeting
Thu., July 24, 2014
6:30  PM  -  8:00  PM
  Concerts in the Park Series
Fri., July 25, 2014
6:30  PM  -  8:00  PM
  FUN-Tastic Family Night featuring "Street Beat"

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