Editorial: Teacher layoffs will hurt, but parents can help out

April 30, 2009

Issaquah School District administrators announced April 22 they would give layoff notices to 158 teachers. Renton School District has until mid-May to follow suit.

Renton will likely not issue any teacher layoffs, said Randy Matheson, district spokesman. Instead, positions eliminated due to lack of Initiative 728 money, a class-size reduction initiative approved by the public in 2000, will be filled through attrition from teachers retiring and moving to other districts. Read more

The boys on the teams

April 30, 2009

The boys on the varsity teams are almost men. I have known some of the boys on the Liberty High School team since they were in grade school.

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Students walk to stock library shelves

April 30, 2009

Liberty High School’s National Honor Society students at last year's walkathon start the first lap on the school track to raise money for library books for Liberty, and for student-life programs at a school and college in Mumbai, India. Contributed

Liberty High School’s National Honor Society students at last year's walkathon start the first lap on the school track to raise money for library books for Liberty, and for student-life programs at a school and college in Mumbai, India. Contributed

Liberty High School students are hoping you’ll support their addiction to books.

The school’s National Honor Society students will raise money and pledges during the next month for their school walkathon May 22. Read more

Student participates in Aerospace Scholars Program

April 30, 2009

As a small child, Monica Razniewski enjoyed assembling model airplanes. Today, the Hazen High School junior is now designing a tool to be used for the international space station.

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Get great decor without the big price

April 30, 2009

When it comes to home improvement trends, cheap is the new chic. From bargain hunting to making small updates that net big results, there are a host of ways to cash in on the trend and bring home big savings on your home improvements.

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John Dulcich announces candidacy for City Council

April 30, 2009

Councilmembers Jean Garber, Dan Hubbell, Ben Varon yet to decide

Former City Councilman John Dulcich is re-entering politics and running for City Council this year.

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April 30, 2009


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma,” presented by the Hazen Players, is at 7 p.m. May 1, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.  May 2, at Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.

King County Councilman Dow Constantine, a candidate for King County executive, is the featured speaker at the 7 p.m. May 4 meeting of Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics the first Monday of the month at the Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E. Go to www.drinkingliberally.org.

Two Mother’s Day brunches are at 10 a.m. and noon May 10 at the Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Cost is $10 and the public is invited. Reservations are required. Call 453-1508.  

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., May 13 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.  The featured speakers will be Jules Mass, special events producer for the city, and Jaime Greene, director of business and membership at the Lake Heights Family YMCA. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-719-8122.

Red, White and Blue USO Golf Tournament starts at 11 a.m. May 19 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. Join Seattle Seahawk Bryce Fisher for a day of golf in support of military members and their families. Cost is $250, or $50 dinner only. Go to www.usopsa.org.

The new Coal Creek Family YMCA will present two, 10-minute presentations about the facility at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 2 at Sweet Decadence, 12835 Newcastle Way. The event is free.

The Newcastle City Council hosts a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. June 9 at Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Ave. S.E.



The following events take place at the Lake Heights Family YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Call 644-8417 or go to www.lakeheightsymca.org.

  • Basketball clinic registration is under way for children ages 6-12 and youths ages 13-17. The clinic includes four sessions from Aug. 2 to Nov. 22. Cost is $90 with current membership for 6- to 12-year-olds and $110 for ages 13-17.  
  • Mini-Leaguers T-Ball registration is under way for children ages 3-6. Events are held at 9 or 10 a.m. every Saturday until June 13. Cost is $45 with current membership. 
  • Coach Pitch Baseball is a league designed for 7- to 10-year-olds. The league will have weekly practices and Saturday games. The league runs through June 13. Weekly, one-hour practices are from 4-6 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays. Saturday games are from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $55 with current membership.
  • Kids Gym, an interactive class for ages 3-5, offers a variety of group games, including an obstacle course and tumbling exercises. Courses are from 11:15 a.m. – noon Mondays and from 4:15-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $30 with current membership.

Registration is now open for all summer programs, including day camp, specialty programs, Explorers and sports camps. 


The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.

MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15550 Six Penny Lane. Call 206-947-5741 or go to www.newcastlerotary.us.

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238.

An international dinner, sponsored by Bahai Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E. Go to www.drinkingliberally.org. 

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue (not church affiliated). 

Hill’N Dale Garden Club, meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month September through June at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 255-9705.


Library events

The following events take place at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Call 747-2390 or go to www.kcls.org.

  • A basic digital photography class will be at 2 p.m. May 9.  
  • The Newport Way Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. May 18 to discuss “Call of the Wild,” by Jack London.
  • KidsQuest presents Northwest Animal Wildlife at 4 p.m. May 19  for grades four and up. See replica skulls and other exhibits related to Northwest wildlife.
  • Game On! Teens are invited to play Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 and Game Cube at 2:30 p.m. May 27.



Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation-trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to www.angelcarefoundation.org. 



Eastside Bluebills, a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that provides opportunities to help others in need and assist charitable and nonprofit organizations, meets from 10 a.m. – noon the third Wednesday at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. 

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have their own transportation and be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235.


Places to go

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, is a 3,000-acre park with more than 30 miles of trails and the site of the 1880s coalmines. Go to www.metrokc.gov/parks.

Hazen Players put on stage production of ‘Oklahoma’

April 30, 2009

Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the Renton Highlands.

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Renton School Board honors math teacher

April 30, 2009

Paul Muckerheide’s creative approach to teaching won him the secondary teacher of the year honors this year in the Renton School District.



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Teen among region’s top rowers

April 30, 2009

A solid work ethic is paying dividends for Alanah Bell.

The sophomore, who lives in Newcastle and attends Liberty High School, can be found practicing rowing three hours a day, every weekday on Lake Sammamish. For the past 11 months, she’s been competing for the Sammamish Rowing Association.   Read more

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