Renton Landing Red Robin to host fundraiser April 20

April 19, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. April 19, 2011

The Renton Landing Red Robin, 719 N 10th St., Renton, will host a fundraiser for cancer research from 5-10 p.m. April 20. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from the night to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine and officer Steve Kajihiro are training for an ironman half-triathlon and a marathon, respectively, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Kajihiro is assisting in promoting the fundraiser at Red Robin.

Police Blotter for April 19

April 19, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 19, 2011

Car break-in

A woman reported that her 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was broken into between 10 p.m. April 6 and 7:30 a.m. April 7 while it was parked at Newport Crossing Apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The front driver’s side window had been smashed, but it had not collapsed. The back driver’s side window was shattered. Both doorframes were bent, seemingly from prying. She reported the only missing item to be her car’s registration, worth $25, although she estimated the damage to her car to be about $1,000.

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Liberty High School garage sale cancelled

April 18, 2011

UPDATED — 1:40 p.m. April 22, 2011

Liberty High School cancelled its garage sale scheduled for April 23 due to lack of interest and donations. It would have been the school’s first garage sale.

Associated Student Body Activity Coordinator and Dean of Students Michelle Munson said the school will try to hold the event next year.

The sale was to be in honor of Maple Hills Elementary School teacher Steve Birdsall, who died of multiple system atrophy in February. School officials planned to donate proceeds from the sale to Shy-Drager, an organization that offers support to families affected by the disease.

Police Blotter for April 16

April 16, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2011

Teen climbs May Creek bridge

Police responded to the corner of Coal Creek Parkway and Southeast May Valley Road where a teenage boy was walking near the edge of the May Creek bridge just before 1 p.m. March 25. Passing motorists called 911 because they thought the boy was going to jump. The boy was upbeat and told police he had been suspended from Hazen High School that day. He said he was not allowed to call for a ride from school and was told to walk home. He said he was bored, so he walked along the edge of the bridge on his way home.

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New immunizations required for sixth-graders

April 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 15, 2011

Students entering the sixth grade in fall 2011 have two new immunization requirements.

– Varicella: The school must have the date of vaccine or the date when the student had the disease, also known as chickenpox, on file.

– Tdap: The school must have the date of the vaccine, and proof the student was at least 11 years old when he or she received it.

Washington allows exemption from these vaccines for medical, personal or religious reasons. Notify the school nurse about these vaccines to ease the transition to middle school.

Enter educational video contest

April 14, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 14, 2011

The Washington State Board of Education invites students to make films about the importance of math, science, technology or Career and Technical Education courses for its second annual video contest.

Each entry should be between 5 and 10 minutes and fall into the categories of documentary or creative (fiction or nonfiction). All entries will be placed on the State Board of Education’s YouTube Channel and will be used during its meetings and outreach sessions.

The first and second place prizes for each category are a $75 and $25 gift certificate, respectively.

Entries are due May 2. Learn more at

Hazen High School to host family night April 13

April 13, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 13, 2011

Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton, will host its first family night from 5:30-9 p.m. April 13. The evening will start with a taco bar dinner and games. A talent and pageant show will take place from 7-9 p.m., and it will include the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Highlander. Tickets are $5.

King County assessor to speak at April 13 chamber luncheon

April 12, 2011

NEW — 4:50 p.m. April 12, 2011

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon at 11 a.m. April 13 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway Southeast.

Hara will discuss issues related to property assessments and valuations.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch costs $20. RSVP to

Councilman Sonny Putter to retire

April 11, 2011

UPDATED — 4:10 p.m. April 13, 2011

Councilman Sonny Putter announced April 11 that he will not seek re-election this year, ending his 17-year stay on the City Council.

Sonny Putter

Putter was elected to the council in 1994, and he was re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. He also served as mayor from 2000-2001. Putter sits in Position 4 on the council.

Putter said he decided not to run for re-election based on the direction the council is taking the city.

“We’ve got a less collegial, more corrosive atmosphere on the City Council,” he said. “Going forward, I didn’t think I could make a difference.”

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Clean streets, remove invasive plants Saturday

April 7, 2011

NEW — Noon April 7, 2011

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout Troop 499 and Cub Scout Troop 497 for the semiannual Newcastle Street Cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 9. Volunteers will meet at Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave. S.E.

Organizers will bring equipment, but they encouraged volunteers to bring gloves and reflective vests.

The cleanup typically yields between 20 and 30 bags of garbage, organizers said.

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