Letter to the editor:

February 4, 2011

Thank you to all who helped F.E.T.C.H. make a local dog park a reality

Lake Boren Park is centered in our community, our commons for community and recreational activities, a central hub linking our trails system to our community. A popular destination for many that walk our trails with dogs, Lake Boren Park has seen supervised dogs run off leash for decades. With off-leash activity growing, it has become evident that Newcastle should consider designating a central off-leash area. With the history and growing demand at this central location, an off-leash area at Lake Boren Park appears most logical.

Recently, the Parks Commission chose to restrict an off-leash area to the future sports park, ignoring the needs of many residents with a message to stop using trails and drive to a remote location completely disconnected from our trail system. A message that Newcastle families with children and dogs who wish to spend an afternoon in the park with their dog off leash must to go to a barren and isolated location without playground equipment, and fails to meet recreational needs for families with children. The choice is a retreat from the challenge to find a quality solution designed to enhance Lake Boren Park.

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State budget ideas are just starting

February 4, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire has presented a long list of possible cuts for Washington to balance a $37 billion, two-year budget. Legislators convened this week to begin sorting the ideas and adding their own.

All of the governor’s ideas have merit, some more than others:

  • Gregoire and the state employees’ unions have agreed to take a five-hour-per-month furlough, reducing pay by 3 percent. It’s not enough. The goal should be 5 percent.
  • The idea of creating a new ferry district may get the tax-supported transportation monkey off the state’s back, but it only creates another level of government and taxation. We can’t imagine the voters supporting this one.
  • Combining all of the many authorities that oversee education from early childhood through universities is an idea worth pursuing for the sake of a better education system, but it isn’t likely to be done this year. Can the idea receive further study without an added expense?
  • Other department combinations have been suggested for efficiency and reduced overhead. We like it, but we hope the Legislature will still budget by existing departments to give direction as to its preferences in spending.
  • We’ve come to expect the new state Route 520 bridge to be tolled. We’re glad the federal government has agreed for the state to toll the Interstate 90 bridge as well. The state should, in turn, create a lesser toll for both I-90 and state Route 520 — only until the new bridge is paid for. We fear the congestion on interstates 90 and 405 that will result from commuters seeking to avoid the toll on one.
  • Eliminating state support for programs for children, the disabled and mental-health patients is not acceptable. Those most vulnerable will only cause added costs in other areas if they are not cared for. Pay now or pay later? That is the question.
  • It may take a tax increase to make things better. The voters pulled back the tax on candy and bottled water, and the governor is committed to no new taxes. But let’s get real, people: We need to pay taxes if we want services. The biggest stumbling block will be whether the two parties are willing to combine forces for the two-thirds majority vote needed to approve any tax increase.

City approves signal at 129th, Newcastle Way

February 4, 2011

UPDATED — 10:50 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

The City Council approved the traffic signal to be installed at the corner of 129th Avenue Southeast and Newcastle Way, near what will be the entrance to the Newcastle Library.

The council approved the signal with a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Rich Crispo dissenting and Councilman Sonny Putter absent.

Crispo cited concerns with the overhead rate off the project, which he said was three times higher than is typical in private industry.

City adopts state energy code

February 4, 2011

UPDATED — 11:15 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

The City Council unanimously voted at its Jan. 18 meeting to adopt the 2009 Washington State Energy Code, which is mandated by state law.

The code sets efficiency requirements for new and remodeled buildings.

The new code requires that ducts be tested for efficiency when a furnace is replaced, that certificates of energy features are posted near electrical panels for new buildings and that air leakage is tested in new homes. It also sets requirements for insulation installed in floors and attics in new homes.

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Police Blotter

February 4, 2011

MySpace attackers

Police responded to Southeast 88th Street and 116th Avenue Southeast just before 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. A man had jumped from a moving white, four-door Toyota Corolla and been pepper sprayed. The man said he had met two women on MySpace and met them at a Bellevue mall. Together they drove to Newcastle, and the women stole the man’s cell phone — worth $21 — and told him they were going to kill him. As the car slowed, the man jumped from the car, and one of the women got out and sprayed the man in the face. Witnesses came to help the man, and the women drove away.

Jewelry thieves

A man reported that two men approached him in the 7900 block of 119th Court Southeast at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 26 and asked for the time. When he looked down at his wrist, one of the men ripped off his bracelet, which was 24-karat gold with a rectangular panel worth $500. After taking the man’s bracelet, the two men took off running down the street and out of site. The man reported that the suspects were black, 18 or 19 years old and about 165 pounds each.

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Calendar

February 4, 2011

Events

Registration for Newcastle baseball season is open. Register at https://nbcl.d4sportsreg.com. Assessment dates (with locations yet to be determined) are as follows:

  • Pony and Bronco players — 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 5 and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 6
  • Mustang players — 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 13

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 9 at Tapatio’s, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Cost is $20. R.S.V.P. to info@newcastlecc.com. Mayor John Dulcich will give a State of the City address.

The Newcastle Weed Warriors next blackberry weed removal projects are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19 at Lake Boren Park. Download a volunteer form at www.newcastleweedwarriors.org/ projects.html.

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Scout clears brush, builds stairs at church for Eagle project

February 4, 2011

Five members of Boy Scout Troop 499 completed their Eagle Scout projects between August and December.

“That’s as many as we’ve had in that amount of time, probably ever,” Scoutmaster Bill Burris said.

John Osmond

Among them was Newcastle resident and Liberty High School senior John Osmond, who cleared brush, built stairs and layered bark in August to create a nature path behind Newport Presbyterian Church, 4010 120th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

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Laughing all the way: The Church of the Sainted One

February 4, 2011

We had a second home on Whidbey Island, and for six years I wrote for the Whidbey Marketplace, a bi-monthly tabloid. The first time I did a reading there, a man came up to my husband and introduced himself. My husband shook his hand and said, “Hi. I’m Fred Canada,” and the column reader frowned and said, “Funny. I always thought your first name was ‘The.'”

I’m not alone in using a nickname for my husband in a column. When I attended the Erma Bombeck writer’s conference in Ohio, I found that most columnists used them: The Mechanic, The Terminator, Mr. Beer Man, Barbecue Bob. When they asked me about The Sainted One, someone said, “He must be pretty bad with a name like that. You’re being sarcastic, aren’t you?”

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Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson

February 4, 2011

Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson, of Newcastle (and formerly of Issaquah), died peacefully Jan. 16, 2011, in Issaquah. She was 95.

Friends are invited to a luncheon in Mary’s memory at noon Feb. 12 at the Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton.

Mary was a New Year’s Day baby, born Jan. 1, 1916, in Black Diamond, to Frank and Mary Ceteznik, who immigrated from and are of Slovenian decent. The family soon moved to Benson Hill, where they kept a few farm animals and maintained a large garden.

Mary went through the Renton school system and is a class of 1934 Renton High School graduate. Mary then married Mark Paterson in 1940 and they had two children. Mary worked for Clinton Betz at Betz Floral (now Cugini’s) in Renton, and in 1958 moved to Issaquah and purchased and operated the Issaquah Floral shop until 1969.

Mary and Mark then moved to Sequim and wintered in Arizona for several years. Strong roots and family then returned them to Renton, where they managed the Tyee Mobile Manor Park in Renton (now Newcastle) until Mark’s passing in 2001.

Mary also enjoyed her friends. Her greatest moment was being able to grow copious amounts of flowers, and live next door to her daughter Pat Dana and husband Buzz, and grandson Donny on Lake Washington, where she was able to live out the remaining eight years of her life.

Also surviving is her son Robert Paterson, of Newcastle.

Remembrances may be made to Evergreen Hospice, 12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

James Delzon Simpkins

February 4, 2011

James Delzon Simpkins, of Bellevue, died peacefully Jan. 6, 2011. He was 78.

James Delzon Simpkins

A celebration of Jim’s life was Jan. 16.

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