Rotary Club honors student of the month

December 2, 2010

Virginia Wanjiku, a senior at Hazen High School, was recently honored by the Rotary Club of Renton as its student of the month for November.

Virginia Wanjiku

Wanjiku has a 3.7 GPA. She’s been involved in Link Drew, Ignite, Earth Corps, Key Club, ASB drama, volleyball and tennis. She has received an academic achievement, varsity volleyball letter, a most inspirational award in tennis, a scholar athlete honor, a Hazen Pride Award, a Diversity Award, Outstanding Junior and Spirit Highlander awards.

Wanjiku volunteers with Birthday Dreams for homeless children.

She plans to attend medical school to become a nurse or doctor. She hopes to work with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations.

Cost of Newcastle Days: $11

December 2, 2010

This year’s Newcastle Days cost the city $11, as vendor fees and donations from citizens and local businesses paid for $18,203 of the $18,214 in expenses.

Vendor fees and donations also funded $5,675 of the $9,970 bill for Concerts in the Park and $7,750 of the $15,002 bill for the Fourth of July celebration.

The city entirely funded Arbor Day and Earth Day, and the events cost the city $148 and $165, respectively.

Recycle appliances for free at e-cycle

December 2, 2010

Have a broken refrigerator, an old stereo or a neglected bike clogging the garage?

Bring it to a free recycling event, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Briarwood Market Place Parking Lot, Southeast 128th Street and 164th Avenue Southeast, Renton.

Proceeds from the recycled raw materials benefit local charities, homeless shelters and food banks. The recycling program is provided by 1 Green Planet and organized by the Liberty High School PTSA.

Go to www.1greenplanet.org to learn which products are recyclable.

Youth helps give trail signs a makeover

December 2, 2010

Users of the city’s trail system will probably notice some changes to signs across the city.

Newcastle resident Neil Chakravarty — a freshman at Liberty High School and member of Newcastle-based Boy Scout Troop 499 — took inventory of city trail signposts and sign plates, replaced those that were damaged or missing, and installed new signs on the city’s newer trails, all as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The project began in June and did not conclude until October, and Chakravarty ultimately installed nearly 20 new wooded signposts and mounted nearly 80 new aluminum sign plates. The project also included chamfering the sign plates and insetting them into the signposts.

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City awaits paperwork for Newcastle Library

December 2, 2010

The city is waiting for the King County Library System to submit updated versions of its site plan and engineering review permit applications for the Newcastle Library, and after KCLS submits the documents, construction can begin.

City Manager Rob Wyman said approving the updated documents should be quick, and construction could start about a week after the city’s approval.

State to handle city business licensing, allow online renewals

December 2, 2010

The state Department of Licensing will soon handle city business licensing for Newcastle.

The change will make licensing more consolidated and give business owners the option to apply and renew their licenses online. The city historically distributed city business licenses itself; the change will take place early next year.

Through the new system, businesses will be able to file for numerous licenses through a master application with the department’s Master Licensing Service, which also allows businesses to pay all pertinent fees in one payment.

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Parks Commission to hold dog park public hearing, make recommendation

December 2, 2010

The Parks Commission chose primary and secondary locations for a potential off-leash dog park in the city, and will hold a public hearing at its Dec. 8 meeting.

The commission chose the southwest corner of Lake Boren Park as its primary location, and the grassy field atop the mound at the site of the future sports park — to be off Southeast 95th Way — as its secondary location.

Although the commission had previously narrowed potential locations for an off-leash dog park to the north end of Lake Boren Park and the future sports park, the commission began considering alternative locations after a commission subcommittee met in October with representatives from the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart.

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Liberty High School students donate blood

December 2, 2010

More than 60 Liberty High School students donated blood to the Puget Sound Blood Center Sept. 15.

The blood center received 50 pints of blood from the students, 26 of whom were first-time donors.

The blood was tested and divided into three separate components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. In the coming weeks, 150 patients may benefit from the Liberty students.

The next Liberty blood drive is March 1.

Christmas shopping: Just say ‘slow’

December 2, 2010

I hate shopping.

I know that statement might be hard for you to accept given my frequent comments on these pages about loving Bartell Drugs or about having a house chock full o’ stuff, but my trips to Bartell are for necessities only (plus the occasional frivolous bath oil and/or packaged nut purchase), and having a houseful of stuff has more to do with the number of years that we’ve lived here and not the quantity of items that we’ve purchased.

Allow me to illustrate how much I hate shopping:

Around the time that this paper arrives at your home, my two younger sisters and I will be at The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie for our traditional pre-Christmas champagne breakfast. We’ve been doing this for more than 25 years. It began as my mother’s gift to us, and we’ve continued it since she passed away. After eating (and drinking) breakfast, we shop at The Country Store on the Salish premises.

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City approves new subdivision off Southeast 89th Place

December 2, 2010

The City Council unanimously voted to approve the Eden Grove subdivision north of Southeast 89th Place. Eden Grove is 9.44 acres, and it will accommodate 32 homes. Some of the property is on wetlands. The neighborhood will have two pocket parks that the homeowners association will maintain.

The development also has space for storm water retention facilities and utilities, and it will also have trail access for hikers. The Coal Creek Utility District will provide sewer and water for Eden Grove.

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