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By Lourdrie McNamee, MRP | Agent in Lakewood, CA

Good Morning Lakewood

Your 5-Day Weather Forecast

  Lakewood, CA

Partly sunny and very warm


Partly sunny and very warm

High 81°

Partly cloudy


Partly cloudy

Low 47°

Partly sunny and not as warm


Partly sunny and not as warm

High 68°
Low 49°

Areas of low clouds, then sun


Areas of low clouds, then sun

High 59°
Low 46°

Mostly cloudy, rain beginning


Mostly cloudy, rain beginning

High 58°
Low 45°

Partly sunny with a shower


Partly sunny with a shower

High 61°
Low 42°

HomeGoods opening expected February 17


The opening of the long-anticipated 24,000 square foot HomeGoods store is just weeks away. Primary construction work is wrapping up and expected to be completed soon. An opening is set for Sunday, February 17.

HomeGoods will join its sister-store Marshalls at the renovated Carwood West shopping center. Both stores are part of the TJX Companies family of brands that include T.J. Maxx. HomeGoods offers designer and brand-name home wares and furnishings for up to 60% off department store prices.

HomeGoods says it is committed to the slogan of making customers "HomeGoods Happy" by offering unique, quality merchandise at affordable prices. Merchandise changes weekly.

HomeGoods will follow the opening of the center's equally large Marshalls store last October when over 200 eager fans entered the building after a ribbon-cutting by Lakewood Mayor Diane DuBois.

Carwood West is at the corner of Woodruff Avenue and Carson Street and has experienced continuous upgrades since revamps began in 2010. During that time, long-time tenants Alin Party Supply and Harbor Freight have expanded.

Sprouts Farmers Market opened in July of 2011. The 27,000 square-foot market helps anchor the attractive shopping center. Sprouts is widely known for offering high-quality, all-natural meats and fresh seafood, imported cheeses, bakery items, bulk foods, and a wide selection of grocery items. They also feature a beer and wine selection and a large variety of vitamins and supplements. Their deli counter offers made-to-order sandwiches, party platters and ready-to-eat meals.

A large Smart & Final Extra! gives the shopping spot an additional boost of variety and value. The 32,000 square-foot store is just south of Sprouts and is one of the company’s largest stores. Relocated from across Woodruff Avenue, it offers a new line of 5,000 products that Smart & Final Extra! has in “family-friendly” consumer sizes, as well as an expanded selection of produce, fresh meat, frozen foods, dairy, deli and grocery basics. There are also new sections for baby food and diapers, health and beauty care.

The corner is also home to one of the nation’s busiest Wienerschnitzel fast-food restaurants. The family-owned eaterie has called Carwood Shopping Plaza home for 35 years. In 2012, it moved into newly renovated digs closer to the main intersection.

Presidents' Day city service information
For Monday, February 18, holiday


City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents' Day.

There will be no interruption to trash service.

Street Sweeping
There will be no street sweeping and no make up sweep.

Dash Transit Service
Dash will be operating on a regular schedule.

Service when city hall is closed . . .

Residents can make a non-emergency service request by calling 562-866-9771, and listening to the recorded instructions, or by clicking to the online service request form on Lakewood Online.

If your request is a life threatening emergency, please phone 9-1-1. For other emergency service requests, like downed tree limbs or water main leaks, please phone 562-866-9771, and follow the recorded instructions to page a city emergency staff member.

If you would like to obtain an RV/Trailer permit you can also contact the Lakewood Sheriff's Safety Center at 562-623-3583.

For questions or requests regarding trash and disposal services you may contact EDCO Disposal at 562-531-3054.


 Lakewood Economic Forecast Luncheon tickets on sale now


The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakewood will host the 2013 Economic Forecast Luncheon on Wednesday, February 27, at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Avenue, Lakewood. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start promptly at noon. The event will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

This month on CityTV

State of the CityIn February... tune in to State of the City, Café 5050, and Community Digest. CityTV Channel 31, on Time Warner Cable, FiOS TV and web streaming live 24/7, produces programming each month ranging from local news and entertainment to sports and special events.

Community Digest (3:30, 6 & 10 A.M./P.M. daily)
CityTV’s monthly magazine show spotlights the latest city information and upcoming events.

 In this informative presentation, city officials speak about challenges and goals for the coming year.  

Café 5050
Learn how to prepare gourmet meals. Guest chefs include instructors who teach cooking classes offered by the Recreation and Community Services Department.

City Council (7:30 AM/PM Tues/Sat)
Coverage of the business portion of all regular city council meetings, including Before the Council, an informative talk show about the issues to be discussed at the city council meetings.

Huell Howser (4:00 AM/PM Sun/Thur)
Catch Huell Howser as he uncovers the people, places, and things that make California a wonderful place to live. Featured this month is Visiting with Huell Howser - Vietnamese New Year, Barack Obama's California College Days with Huell Howser, Road Trip – Big Bear, and California's Golden Parks – California Coastal National Monument.

Watch Your Back
CityTV launches a new public safety series in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The short informational segments will air every Tuesday and Saturday at 6:30 a.m./p.m., addressing any immediate needs, warnings, tips or specific requests for help from Lakewood’s public safety partners.

Click here for a complete monthly schedule. The CityTV Channel 31 schedule is available via Time Warner digital cable by pressing the guide button on your remote control. To receive a free monthly schedule by mail, please call 920-9325 and leave your name, address and phone number.

Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame tickets on sale
Starting February 1

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be on sale at Lakewood City Hall starting February 1. The awards banquet is scheduled for Monday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m., at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, and will honor the 2012 Athlete of the Year and more than 25 other deserving athletes and coaches.

If purchased by February 12, discounted tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for students; if purchased between February 13 and 19, ticket prices are $34 and $24 respectively. Call 562-866-9771, extension 2408, for more information or to purchase tickets.

Recreation signups continue for new season

The cover of the 2013 Spring Recreation Catalog features people from all over the city portraying how they "love Lakewood." It also offers over 600 programs and classes planned for February through mid-June. Signups are going on now.
Declutter with bulky item pick ups
Six free pickups per year

If the New Year finds your home awash with holiday debris, the city's bulky item pick up program can help you start the New Year right. It’s a convenient way to get rid of old appliances, electronics and furniture. Also, that pesky Styrofoam that’s so much a part of holiday packaging, it can now be put into your blue recycling cart. Read on or learn more at www.lakewoodcity.org/bulkystuff.
After-school Activity Zone continues

Lakewood parks that offer after-school activities returned to normal schedules following holiday vacation hours. Fun activities include cooking, crafts, and sports instruction. Students will have a variety of activities to participate in while parents can be assured that their children are properly supervised in a safe and creative environment. Program schedules are available online and can be picked up at Lakewood city hall, all parks and city libraries.
Adult sports program signups

Information packets and roster forms are now available at Lakewood City Hall for a variety of adult sports. Please check out www.lakewoodcity.org/sports, or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408, for more information.

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Lourdrie “Lou” McNamee 

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