Renton man sentenced for role in identity theft ring

December 31, 2009

Billy Morris Britt, 37, of Renton, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $466,622 in restitution for his role in an identity theft ring based out of a Newcastle post office box.

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Laughing all the way Poor white tile trash in a travertine world

December 31, 2009

When my mother was alive and we’d visit her in her Bellevue home of more than 30 years, we would marvel at how little changed in it. The curtains, the paint, the furniture — all clean, practical and serviceable — remained the same for decades, and she was perfectly content with that. Read more

Karin Blakley named to Planning Commission

December 31, 2009

Outgoing Mayor Ben Varon appointed former City Council candidate Karin Blakley to the Planning Commission in early December. Blakley’s appointment was approved by the City Council with a 6-0 vote. Read more

Hazen High School hosts first invitational dance competition

December 31, 2009

Girls from Hazen High School’s drill team pose for a photo at the first Hazen Invitational Dance Competition Dec. 12. By Tim Pfarr

Girls from Hazen High School’s drill team pose for a photo at the first Hazen Invitational Dance Competition Dec. 12. By Tim Pfarr

Hazen High School in Renton hosted its first invitational dance competition Dec. 12, and dancers from 19 other high schools from across Western Washington attended, including dancers from Liberty High School. Read more

New fund to help pay for Renton schools

December 31, 2009

In August, a group of community volunteers created the Friends of Renton Schools fund, which operates under the Renton Community Foundation.

On Nov. 30, fund co-founder Charlie Connor hosted a kickoff celebration at his home, and civic members, PTA members, community members and officials from the Renton School District attended. Read more

School levies vote is around corner

December 31, 2009

District asks voters to renew three measures

The Issaquah School District is asking for your vote Feb. 9.

School district officials have three measures on the ballot, each a replacement levy that would supplement the schools’ budget with more than $214 million by 2014 if voters approve it.

The measures — a $172.5 million maintenance and operations levy; a $1.7 transportation levy; and a $40.4 million technology and critical repairs levy — would sustain funding in those areas for the next four years. Read more

Calendar

December 31, 2009

Events

Come meet former Gov. Mike Lowry, as he honors local volunteers and celebrates the passage of the King County Open Space Charter Amendment, from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 23. at the Newcastle Professional Center. Some snacks will be provided, courtesy of Puget Sound Energy. Wine, coffee, chocolate and pastries will also be available at Sweet Decadence. If you’d like to be updated regarding other speakers and attendees, e-mail info@openspaceamendment.org.

Youth

The following events take place at the Lake Heights Family YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Get more information by calling 644-8417 or going to www.lakeheightsymca.org.

  • Preschool sports — T-Ball is from 10-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or from 5-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 3- through 4-year-olds; and from 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 5- through 6-year-olds.
  • Kids University is an after-school program that offers children ages 5-12 the opportunity to take classes with a specific focus, such as tutoring, creative writing, storytelling, geography and foreign languages. The schedule is from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Lake Heights Family YMCA for St. Madeleine Sophie School students and from 3-6:30 p.m. at Hazelwood Elementary School for everyone else. The before- and after-school program is from 6:30 a.m. until school starts and from 3-6:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Call 644-8417 or go to www.lakeheightsymca.org for fees.

Clubs

Freethinkers United Network, Newcastle Chapter, meets at 7 p.m. every other Saturday in a Newcastle home environment. Freethinkers, humanists, agnostics and atheists welcome. There will be open discussion of wide-ranging topics of general group interest. Seating is limited, so call 206-228-7925.

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

Atheist Church of Truth meets at 7 p.m. every other Saturday in a Newcastle home environment. Open discussion of wide-ranging topics of general group interest. Seating is limited, so call 206-228-7925.

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 and third Thursday of the month at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 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.

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.

Seniors

Lake Heights Family YMCA Seniors Program has drop-in time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. in Newport Hills. Have lunch, socialize and have fun. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events are at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Register by calling 747-2390. The library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day.

Talk Time — Improve your English-speaking and listening skills, 10 a.m. Mondays

Study Hall — Drop by the meeting room to work on your homework at 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

New — Study Zone Online, for grades K-12. Use a library computer to connect with a Study Zone tutor online at www.kcls.org/studyzone.

Game On! — Play video games at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 and 20

Study Zone — 3 p.m. Jan. 6 and 7

Tiny Tales Story Time, for ages 1-3 with adult, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26

Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5 with an adult, are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Baby Rhyming Times, for newborn-12 months with an adult, are at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Pajama Story Times, for all ages with an adult, are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Young Toddler Story Times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, are at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Computer class: Microsoft Word Level 1, for adults, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9

Computer class: Internet Level 1, for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 21

Newport Way Library Association meeting — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11

Opera preview: “Il Trovatore,” for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Aldersgate Church, across the street from the library

Newport Way book group — “The Physics Book of Deliverance Dane,” by Katherine Howe, for adults, 6 p.m. Jan. 25; join and help choose the book selections for the year

Health

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.

Volunteers

Help homeless and abused animals. Help build a great sanctuary. The King County shelter is closing January 2010 and there is a need for more sanctuary and no-kill shelters. This group is new and needs a lot of help to get up and running. It’s in desperate need of an experienced fundraiser for an upcoming walk. It also needs help for upcoming charity and fundraising events. Call 891-5869 or e-mail storybookfarm01@gmail.com.

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 www.metrokc.gov/parks.

Could Newcastle see a new youth council?

December 31, 2009

In November, City Manager John Starbard met with a student from Hazen High School who suggested city officials create a youth council. Read more

Wolverines hand Patriots tough ending to a triumphant season

December 31, 2009

Chandler Jenkins, Liberty High School junior running back, breaks from the Bellevue defense into the open in the second quarter for 72 yards and the first of the two touchdowns he accounted for in the Patriots’ 17-23 loss. By Greg Farrar

Chandler Jenkins, Liberty High School junior running back, breaks from the Bellevue defense into the open in the second quarter for 72 yards and the first of the two touchdowns he accounted for in the Patriots’ 17-23 loss. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty Patriots came within six points of winning its first state championship in 21 years Dec. 4. However, the Patriots were unable to close the gap, falling to the Bellevue Wolverines, 23-17.

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Hazen girls soccer finds success with its own booster club

December 31, 2009

In September, Hazen High School girls soccer team head coach Ken Matthews decided to create a booster club specifically designed to benefit the girls soccer program at his school. Since its creation, it has raised $5,200. Read more

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