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Category: General

June
26th

Fife connects with its farming roots, debuts city’s first farmers market

Fife channeled its agricultural roots Wednesday with the debut of the city’s first farmers market.

The market will offer locally grown produce to residents who don’t have access to a major grocery store in the city limits, as well as art, activities, live music and other services.

Mayor Rob Cerqui, who is a fourth-generation vegetable farmer, said the long-awaited market will provide residents and the working population with fresh, local food options every week during the Wednesday lunch hour and also increase visibility for local businesses.

“We’ve got a lot of retail businesses people aren’t aware of,” he

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June
26th

Resident can learn about 2015 U.S. Open planning Thursday

Local residents can learn more about the preparations and planning for the U.S. Open that will be played at Chambers Bay golf course in 2015 during a meeting Thursday, June 27.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Environmental Services Building, located next to Chambers Bay at 9850 64th St. W, University Place.

Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site championship director, will make a presentation. Former County Executive John Ladenburg will make brief remarks about the conversion of the site from a sand and gravel pit to U.S. Open site and park, and county officials

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June
25th

Loss of Lewis-McChord brigade will leave void for Lakewood


The 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crosses “Phase Line: Lakewood” as it enters Kuwait as the last combat unit to leave Iraq in August 2010.
(Courtesy: City of Lakewood)

Tuesday’s announced inactivation of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division also means the coming end of the unit’s strong relationship with the city of Lakewood.

The city is the brigade’s “adopted” community under Lewis-McChord’s community connector program. The program pairs major units at the base with surrounding communities to break down the fence line between the military and civilian populations.

Brigade soldiers have helped out at community

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June
25th

Caulfield accepts terms to become Lakewood city manager

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson said Tuesday that John Caulfield has accepted terms to become the new city manager of Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield, the 48-year-old city manager of Mountlake Terrace, will begin his new job Sept. 3. Caulfield is required to give 60 days of notice to his current employer.

The contract still needs to be drawn up and approved by the full council, and it’s unclear at this time when that would occur. Anderson declined to reveal Caulfield’s base salary because the contract is pending. The council was unanimous in voting to begin contract negotiations with Caulfield.

“I’m

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June
20th

Caulfield is Lakewood City Council’s pick as new city manager

The Lakewood City Council voted Thursday night to enter into contract negotiations with Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield to become the new city manager for Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield, 48, was the last person standing after a recruitment process that drew more than 30 people nationwide and extended interview requests to six finalists. Three finalists withdrew before the interviews, the council whittled the pool down to two after the interviews, and Wednesday’s withdrawal by Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps left just Caulfield.

Council members said Caulfield has the skill set, especially in economic development, financial acumen and

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June
19th

Lakewood left with one finalist for city manager as Phelps withdraws

Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps said Wednesday that he has withdrawn as a candidate for Lakewood city manager, leaving Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield as the lone finalist to lead the daily operations of Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Phelps, who lives in Lakewood, told The News Tribune he notified Mayor Don Anderson of his decision Wednesday morning. He said he had no plans to look for another job at this time, calling the Lakewood position a unique opportunity.

Anderson said the council still planned to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday and he anticipated it would vote to extend

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June
17th

UPDATE 3: Lakewood City Council to hire new city manager Thursday as field narrowed to two

UPDATE, 8:40 P.M.: The Lakewood City Council narrowed to two the number of finalists vying to become the new city manager after five hours of closed-door interviews and discussion Tuesday.

The council will decide between Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield and Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps to run the day-to-day operations of Pierce County’s second largest city when they reconvene at 7 p.m. Thursday. Matthew Fulton, the former city manager of Coon Rapids, Minn., ended up the odd man out.

The council emerged from its closed-door sessions shortly after 8 p.m., and Mayor Don Anderson asked each member

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