School board, city council share info, goals

June 5, 2009

Issaquah School Board and Newcastle City Council members met to discuss issues of mutual interest May 14 in Newcastle.

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Newcastle Daze

June 5, 2009

Often, you see a movie character on death’s bed, pale and exhausted, slowly breathing out the final words “Wait, I wasn’t finished…”

While I was not quite finished writing for this paper, politics are potentially about to become a part of our household again – and sometimes, you have to do the right thing (in this case, give up my column) for the one you love. Now, I do not love him quite so much today, but anyone familiar with the design of marriage knows that everything is cyclical. I’ll love him more tomorrow. Read more

nDog event celebrates canines

June 5, 2009

It’s great to be a husky in Newcastle.

It’s also pretty keen to be a golden retriever, a border collie and a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever named Kodi. Read more


June 5, 2009

City’s Fourth of July  fireworks celebration is at Lake Boren Park 

Independence Day festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with family activities and food from Big O’s barbecue. Read more


June 5, 2009


The grand opening of the Terrace Trail is at 9:30 a.m. June 6. The ceremony will take place at the lower trailhead on 144th Place Southeast. Go to

Newcastle Weed Warriors will be removing scotch broom from 1-4 p.m. June 7 at the Highland Trails, located east of Coal Creek Parkway Southeast on Southeast 91st Street. Go to

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

Liberty High School graduation is at 8 p.m. June 9 at Safeco Field, 1200 First Ave. S., Seattle.

Hazen High School graduation is at 12:30 p.m. June 12 at ShoWare Center, 25 W. James St., Kent.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., June 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Former Seattle Seahawk and Newcastle resident Mack Strong is the featured speaker. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-719-8122.



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

  • 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.  
  •  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

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 

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



Lake Heights YMCA Older Active Adult Program meets from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. in Newport Hills.  Activities include community service projects, crafts, pinochle games and field trips. Bridge groups play from 9 a.m. – noon and from noon – 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Sack lunches are available for $3. Reserve one in person early that day. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events are at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted:

  •  Newport Way Library Association meeting is at 7:30 p.m. June 8.
  •  In celebration of Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” the featured “Big Read” book for 2009, the library will give a multimedia presentation about the book at 7 p.m. June 15.
  •  Tiny Tales Story Time features storytelling for toddlers 24 months and younger at 10:30 a.m. June 25.
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities at the library during a meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 16.



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



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, 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

Gloriana serves up country music in Liberty High School cafeteria

June 5, 2009

Liberty High School students were looking forward to lunch May 15 and it wasn’t for the chicken nuggets on the menu. 

Members of the band Gloriana are (from left) Mike Gossin, Rachel Reinert, Cheyenne Kimball and Tom Gossin.  By Jim Feehan

Members of the band Gloriana are (from left) Mike Gossin, Rachel Reinert, Cheyenne Kimball and Tom Gossin. By Jim Feehan

Gloriana, an up-and-coming country band touring with Taylor Swift, performed during lunch in the commons and later signed autographs.

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Puget Sound Energy awards solar power grant to local high schools

June 5, 2009

Next fall, Hazen and Liberty high school students will gain specific renewable energy knowledge through a custom curriculum and a solar panel demonstration project, thanks to a grant from Puget Sound Energy in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

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Patriots’ state run ends in 9-5 loss to Timberline

June 5, 2009

Neither rain, nor lightning, nor change of venue prevented the Liberty High School baseball team from clinching the final state playoff berth.

Troy Colyer, Liberty HIgh School junior, smashes a fifth-inning pitch for a three-RBI homerun, bringing in Eric Etter and Cameron Talley’s courtesy runner Peter Wiggum, and giving the Patriots all of their scoring in a 3-2 victory May 20 against West Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Troy Colyer, Liberty HIgh School junior, smashes a fifth-inning pitch for a three-RBI homerun, bringing in Eric Etter and Cameron Talley’s courtesy runner Peter Wiggum, and giving the Patriots all of their scoring in a 3-2 victory May 20 against West Seattle. By Greg Farrar

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Local runner goes the distance at Boston Marathon

June 5, 2009

After running in a few local marathons, Wayne Pietz wanted to compete in the nation’s most prestigious distance events in the world: the Boston Marathon.

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Local baseball team wins Memorial Day tournament

June 5, 2009

Newcastle Baseball opened the tournament season as 9U champions of the 2009 Eastside Huskies Baseball Club Memorial Day Tournament.  

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