New candidates Litzow, Maxwell vie for empty House seat

October 7, 2008

As a Mercer Island City Councilman, Steve Litzow deals with residents who want dog leash laws, citizens chomping at the bit to have a stop light in their neighborhood and the island’s ever-burgeoning raccoon problem. An elderly woman who lives near Litzow has been calling for bold action against the pesky varmints.

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Couple throw monster of a fundraiser to build African school

October 7, 2008

A Newcastle couple hopes their Monster Mash raises oodles of cash to build another school in Mali.

Andrew and Jennifer Ting are sponsoring the Building with Books Monster Mash at 7 p.m. at Issaquah’s Pickering Barn. Partygoers will dance the night away to Seattle-based band, The Beatniks, who will provide cover versions of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Kiss. Read more

Local youth performs in ‘Medieval Farces’

October 7, 2008

Ashton Herrild likes to express himself on stage. The 11-year-old Newcastle boy appeared in the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of “Medieval Farces” this summer.

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Hazen, Liberty squads among league leaders

October 7, 2008

Greg Ericksen, Liberty senior running back, eludes Mercer Island senior cornerback Payden Bjornestad, for a 56-yard touchdown run in the Patriots 35-14 win over the Islanders. By Greg Farrar

Greg Ericksen, Liberty senior running back, eludes Mercer Island senior cornerback Payden Bjornestad, for a 56-yard touchdown run in the Patriots 35-14 win over the Islanders. By Greg Farrar

While not as catchy as Muhammed Ali’s title bouts the “Thrilla in Manila” or “Rumble in the Jungle,” the “Battle for Newcastle” is set for Oct. 10. Read more

Bicyclists taking a ride against domestic violence

October 7, 2008

 

Trina Sooy, of Newcastle, was looking for an event to train for next year’s Seattle to Portland bicycle classic. Two months ago, she came across a women’s only, noncompetitive bicycle ride that went through Newcastle and neighboring cities Sept. 21 to raise awareness for a nonprofit organization that helps women and children who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Read more

Cosmonaut helps students look to space from Maywood school grounds

October 7, 2008

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, the first Romanian cosmonaut, gives a presentation about his education, training and flight to space in May 1981. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, the first Romanian cosmonaut, gives a presentation about his education, training and flight to space in May 1981. By Chantelle Lusebrink

How long do you think it takes to reach outer space? 

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School districts assess results of state WASL exams

October 7, 2008

10th-grade science scores show biggest gains

 

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah School District students made big gains in their Washington Assessment of Student Learning exams this year.

The district’s students in fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th grade all went up significantly. In most cases, they went up between 2 and 6 percentage points. Read more

MTV’s ‘Made’ holds auditions at Liberty

October 7, 2008

 

Nearly 20 Liberty High School students got their chance to audition for the famous MTV program “Made” Sept. 18, when it came to the school to shoot preliminary interviews. Read more

Calendar

October 7, 2008

 

Events

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The featured speaker is Don Bressler, president of Renton Technical College. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-888-6922. Read more

Social season in Newcastle

October 7, 2008

Once autumn rolls around, social season will be in full tilt. (Yes, I know we’re not in the Hamptons — I’m not delusional). But, once the weather cools down, our Newcastle calendars fill up with parties and dinners.

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