Elementary school principal to leave in June

March 4, 2010

Newcastle Elementary Principal Christy Otley announced Feb. 5 that she will leave the school at the end of the school year. She will become principal at Grand Ridge Elementary School in the Issaquah Highlands, as Grand Ridge Principal Barb Walton plans to retire in June.

Otley, who has been at Newcastle Elementary since it opened, announced the news in a letter. However, she could not be reached for comment. Read more

Hazen student is finalist for National Merit Scholarship

March 4, 2010

Hazen High School senior Julie Vaisarova has been named a National Merit Scholarship program finalist. She is one of 15,000 students across the country to be named a finalist and have an opportunity to receive a scholarship.

To become a National Merit finalist, Vaisarova had to consistently perform well in her classes and on her PSAT, and she had to be endorsed by Hazen Principal John Kniseley. Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Chocolate for charity

March 4, 2010

Many Lights Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Newcastle, hosts an intergenerational chocolate making event from 6-7:30 p.m. March 20 at Sweet Decadence. Many Lights will cover the fees for the event for children, and is asking seniors and parents to make a donation if possible. Chocolate-making participants must make a reservation due to limited space. The purpose is to bring together seniors, foster or adoptive parents, and children between the ages of 9 and 13 who are in kinship and foster care, for a fun activity that promotes communication and positive relationships and to introduce them to people they might not otherwise meet. R.S.V.P. to Helen Lakeru at 246-2647 or helen@manylights.org.


March 4, 2010


Newcastle Goes Green at Earth Day in Lake Boren Park — An organizational meeting for all interested in participating and volunteering for the event is from 7-8 p.m. March 8 and April 12 in the Fire Station 9 Community Meeting Room, 12412 Newcastle Way. All are welcome to attend. Call 228-7927.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting — featuring guest speaker Carmela Ramaglia, owner of Power Within Pilates and resident actress and producer — is from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. March 10 at Tapatio restaurant, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Cost is $20. R.S.V.P. to info@newcastlecc.com.

Beit Tikvah Community Passover Seder is at 6:30 p.m. March 30. Cost is $25 per person; children under 10 are $12.50. Seat reservations must be made before March 25. Call 793-3000 or e-mail office@beittikvah.us.

Public meetings

All public meetings take place at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way. Call 649-4363.

  • Parks Commission — 6 p.m. March 10
  • City Council — 7 p.m. March 16
  • Planning Commission — 7 p.m. March 17


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

  • Adventure Guides: Tahminawi Winter Campout — The Firs at Mount Baker, March 19-21, $85
  • Kids Gym C: Spring — Wednesdays 11:15 – noon, March 17-May 26, $25 – $44
  • Rookies Indoor Soccer League, ages 3-4 and 5-6, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays, March 6 – April 17, $40 – $70

Coal Creek Family YMCA Active Older Adult Program, ages 55 and older, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, 282-1500

  • Open for community service projects, Intergenerational projects, crafts, pinochle games, field trips and fellowship; sack lunches are available for a $3 donation
  • Refresher bridge class, 10 a.m. – noon Thursdays


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


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 Newport Way Library will close April 4 for expansion and remain closed for eight months to a year. A temporary location is being considered. Visit the library blog — http://blogs.kcls.org/newportway — to get updated information regarding programs, classes and events.

Newport Way Library Association Meeting, 7:30 p.m. March 8

Newport Way Book Group, “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout, 7:30 p.m. March 15

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.

Tiny Tales Story Time, for ages 1-3 with adult, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. March 9 and 16

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

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-6 with an adult, 10:30 a.m. March 10 and 17

Baby Rhyming Times, for newborns-12 months with an adult, 9:30 a.m. March 11 and 18

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

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


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.


Start the New Year off right and help homeless and abused animals. Help build a great sanctuary. The King County Shelter is closing this month and there is a need for more sanctuaries and no kill shelters. We are brand new and need a lot of help to get up and running. Presently we are in desperate need of an experienced fundraiser for an upcoming walk. Also need help for upcoming charity and fundraising events. Call 891-5869. Leave message or email 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.

Patriots wrestler takes second place at state

March 4, 2010

Liberty’s Chris Harlin wrestles Mercer Island’s TJ Blackburn at the state tournament. Harlin won the match and eventually took sixth place in the 3A 215-pound weight class. By Tim Pfarr

Wrestler Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, took second place in his division at the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 20 in the Tacoma Dome.

Read more

Local athletes accept college scholarships

March 4, 2010

Liberty High School offensive lineman Coleton Langdon has signed a football scholarship with Portland State University. Through the scholarship, the university will pay for Langdon’s tuition, fees and books. However, Langdon will still need to pay for room and board. Read more

Basketball coach suspended after arrest

March 4, 2010

Girls soccer coach removed

Liberty High School boys basketball coach Jevon Green was suspended for the remainder of his contract after being arrested Dec. 26 for failure to appear in court after driving with a suspended license. Read more

Soccer team goes to state cup

March 4, 2010

Select soccer team Newport FC Diamonds Gu12’s finished its season as one of the eight best select soccer teams in the Washington Youth Soccer’s Commissioner’s State Cup.

It defeated four teams before falling 1-0 to Shoreline FC Blue Flames in the quarterfinals. Read more

Eating for a cause: A dinner for Haiti

March 2, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 2, 2010

McKnight Middle School teacher Dave Black is organizing a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Haitians in the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake.

The event will be from 5-9 p.m. March 5 in the McKnight commons. Tickets are $15 each with children younger than 6 free.

Black teamed up with The Difference Maker Organization — which Newcastle native Mandy Schendel founded when she was a teenager — to produce the dinner and auction.

The event is not affiliated with McKnight or the Renton School District. All proceeds from the event will go to the Red Cross.

“I’m going to give the Red Cross one big, fat check,” Black said. “The fatter the better.”

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