Boy Scout Troop 499 moves meetings to Kennydale

November 5, 2010

Hazelwood-based Boy Scout Troop 499, which held meetings at Hazelwood Elementary School for about 40 years, has moved its meetings to Kennydale Elementary School.

In September, Hazelwood Elementary officials notified troop Scoutmaster Bill Burris that the school no longer had space for the troop on Monday nights, when it typically met.

“Our space is becoming overused and we’ve had to turn away groups every year,” Hazelwood Elementary Principal Cindy Farnsworth said. “We have so many kids who want to use the facility, and we have limited space.”

The troop’s meetings at Kennydale Elementary are now on Tuesday nights, and Burris said about 15-20 percent of the about 45 boys in his troop are unable to attend the meetings because of the change in time and venue.

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Sustainability development becomes salmon-friendly

November 5, 2010

Trails at Newcastle, a sustainability-oriented development to be built east off Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 79th Street and 135th Avenue Southeast, has become the first development in the state to earn Salmon-Safe Residential Development Certification.

Seattle-based nonprofit Stewardship Partners — which works in conjunction with Oregon-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe — gives the distinction in Washington.

Ben Kaufman, owner of GreenWorks Realty, which will construct the development, said the certification is indicative of overarching sustainable practices, as the health of salmon is indicative of the health of the entire ecosystem.

“I’m honored that this project was chosen,” Kaufman said. “We’ve been working on this a long time.”

Kaufman said the development is close to breaking ground, and it will either do so later this fall or next spring.

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Eastside Fashion Blog follows design trends

November 5, 2010

To all of the ladies out there afraid to try anything daring with your outfits in fear of committing a fashion faux pas, meet Newcastle-based blogger Rebecca Klein.

The recent Bellevue High School graduate currently devotes her time to creating special-themed outfits on her Eastside Fashion Blog. She makes mash-ups using photos of clothing and accessories from names such as Whitney Eve, Charlotte Russe, Burberry and Victoria’s.

Rebecca Klein attends the Project Greenlight fashion show at the Bellevue Club on Oct. 1, this year in a special-themed outfit, as she reports on current fashion topics to add to her Eastside Fashion Blog. Contributed

Klein, who created the site over a year ago, said in an e-mail that she has always loved fashion. She started the blog in order to help people in the area know what kind of fashion is “in.”

“When I was little, I used to try and find websites that would help me know what kind of fashion was ‘in,’ but I really couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for,” she said.

For one of Klein’s entries, she did find what she was looking for — in Amy Marie Goetz’s collection.

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Parks Commission may seek more guidance for dog park

November 5, 2010

The Parks Commission dog park subcommittee will recommend to the full commission that it return to the City Council for more guidance regarding a potential off-leash dog park in the city.

The subcommittee — which consists of Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton, Vice Chair Koleen Morris and Commissioner Craig Petersen — met with representatives of the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart Oct. 27 to discuss teaming up to build a park. However, they were unable to reach a solution as to how to move forward.

F.E.T.C.H. representatives Allen Dauterman and M.J. Dobbins said their organization is not willing to financially contribute to an off-leash park at the future sports park, citing the location’s remoteness and lack of amenities. Dobbins said the remoteness also raises safety concerns, and that she would not feel comfortable taking her dogs there if she were the only one using the park.

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Laughing all the way: On the nature of stuff

November 5, 2010

When my sisters and I were children, we moved on an average of every two years. When people used to ask about it, I told them that my father was wanted by the police. He wasn’t really wanted by the police, but he was promoted often, this back in the day when working for a company was like being in the army. You didn’t question it. You just packed and moved. Applying the words “quality of life” to the workplace had yet to occur, except, perhaps, in Quaker Oats marketing meetings.

Having relocated every two years, we were all forced to take serious inventory of what was truly necessary and what wasn’t. After toiling over crates and cartons, you begin to realize that there’s a lot of stuff that you can do without.

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Police blotter

November 5, 2010

Perils of craigslist dating

A man called police just before 12:30 a.m. Sept. 28 when a woman whom he had met on craigslist came to his house, in the 7800 block of 115th Avenue Southeast, in an old white Oldsmobile or Ford and would not leave. She sat outside for a while and finally left, but the man was afraid she was still on his property. Police did a check of the area but did not find her.

Man pulls gun on resident

A man reported that a man with a handgun confronted him while he took his garbage to the dumpster at Coal Creek Apartments, 6810 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., at 9:25 p.m. Sept. 30. The man with the gun had been hiding behind the dumpster, and he shoved the resident and pointed a gun at him. The resident panicked and backed up, fell and hit his head. The man with the gun, who had an accomplice in a nearby parking garage, got in a car and drove away. The resident reported he had seen the two men earlier that day, and they had been hanging around his truck. The resident asked the men why they were looking at his truck, and they responded with expletives. The resident later discovered two large steel snatch blocks, together worth $600, had been stolen from the back of his truck. The resident said the men were black. He said one was about 6 feet, 8 inches tall with an Afro and a script tattoo on his neck, and the other was about 6 feet, 5 inches tall with a heavy build. He also said the men reeked of body odor.

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The cold is coming, the cold is coming!

November 5, 2010

Tips to keep your home warm in colder weather

Cold weather shouldn’t scare you if your house is adequately prepared for fall and winter. However, many homes aren’t prepared, and leaks can make the interior lose heat quickly when the mercury drops outside.

Department of Energy A technician checks the readings from a door blower. The house is sealed and the blower sucks out air, revealing any leaks elsewhere in the home.

Northwest Homecrafters Inc. owner Wayne Apostolik said the key to plugging leaks and keeping your house warm is sealing first and insulating second.

Apostolik has worked in construction for 18 years, specializing in home remodeling. His company is based in Seattle, but is a member of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and had a booth at the Earth Day celebration in Lake Boren Park in April.

He said it is crucial to seal a home before insulating, and he used an analogy of a sweater and a windbreaker.

Adding insulation is like putting on a sweater, he said; the wind will blow right through it. However, sealing is like putting on a windbreaker. Together, the combination is effective and helps keep a person warm. However, without sealing, the insulation acts as nothing more than a filter.

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Learn to appreciate gray in winter

November 5, 2010

They, whoever they are, are telling us that the winter will be wetter and cooler than usual. Most of us feel we paid our dues when we skipped summer. If this is global warming or La Niña, I don’t like either one.

Every winter, the gray colors seem to cover us like a shroud. All the gardeners I know like flowers, the brighter the better, so winter hits us especially hard.

I noticed that no colors are bright in winter except for maybe school buses and some Volkswagens. Most colorful objects reflect the low light, creating glare as opposed to color. The next time you’re driving, notice how monochromatic all of the cars are. Even the red ones are mostly gray. The shinier they are, the grayer they appear, because they shine with the color of the road, the sky and the surroundings.

Also, wet surfaces shine, and boy do we have wet surfaces. Water can make the ground, streets, sidewalks, decks and patios turn gray like the sky. It’s my hope that we keep our gardeners here, and that they learn to see the beauty of the gray winter landscape.

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Tips for winterizing summer cottages and vacation homes

November 5, 2010

It’s getting to be that time of year. Amica Insurance reminds everyone to make sure cottages and vacation homes are secured properly and offers some tips if you are leaving your summer home.

Here are a few tips for preparing your property:

  • Unplug all appliances.
  • Drain the water system to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Inspect your property for openings and remove all food to keep out rodents.
  • Adjust the thermostat. In colder climates, thermostats set at 55 degrees will help to prevent pipes from freezing. In warmer climates, air conditioning should be turned on to prevent humidity damage.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and trim dead tree limbs.

It’s also important to make your home look lived in, Melton said. Empty houses are often targeted by thieves and vandals. To help make your house appear occupied:

  • Put interior and exterior lights on time sensors.
  • Suspend mail and newspaper service.
  • Hire someone to clear snow from your driveway.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety also offers additional tips for protecting your home at

Liberty wins first district title to qualify for state

November 5, 2010

Liberty girls’ cross country team members run with other 3A Sea-King District teams Oct. 28 at Lower Woodland Park. By Michael Smith

A promise is a promise. Liberty High School cross country coach Michael Smith kept his Oct. 28 after the Patriots’ girls team captured the 3A Sea-King District title.

Smith, with some help from the Liberty team, did a dive into Green Lake. Scoring wise, the dive wasn’t a perfect 10 because he was pushed into the lake. But he kept his promise.

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