Local students graduate from UW

July 1, 2011

The following students from the Newcastle area graduated from the University of Washington in June.

Alexandra Bucci, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Bikram Cheema, Bachelor of Arts, political science; Simran Gill, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Lisa Gould, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Victoria Hupf, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (accounting); Kenneth Ishikawa, Bachelor of Arts, Japanese; Monica Ledford, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (finance); Meng-Ching Liang, Bachelor of Arts, interdisciplinary studies (media and communication); Tami Mason, Bachelor of Arts, urban studies; Vincent Nguyen, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (human resources management); Paul Nichols, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Laura Pattison, Bachelor of Science, psychology; Svetlana Petkova, Bachelor of Science, math-comprehensive option and economics; Sydney Safley, Bachelor of Arts, history (communication); Dennis Tat, Bachelor of Science, biology (general); Sam Trautman, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (accounting); Cynthia Truong, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (finance); Mika Tsuboi, Bachelor of Arts (English); Naeem Uddin, Bachelor of Science, computing and software systems; Ipreet Virk, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Lisa Wan, Bachelor of Arts, geography; and Heather Yasui, Bachelor of Arts, linguistics.

Hazen track athletes, Liberty golfers go to state

July 1, 2011

Hazen High School track and field athletes and Liberty High School golfers advanced to their respective state tournaments this spring.

Liberty High School junior Krysta Dawson finished 20th in the 3A state golf tournament in May with a two-day score of 175. By Greg Farrar

At the state track and field championships at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School on May 28, Hazen senior Kyle Martin took third in the pole vault with a jump of 14 feet. In the girls 100-meter dash preliminaries, senior Starr Williams took ninth with a time of 12.82 seconds.

Williams did not advance to the finals, finishing .05 seconds behind the eighth place finisher.

Liberty golfers Krysta Dawson, Alex DuVall and Molly Culwell took to the state golf tournament at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane May 24 and 25.

Dawson shot an 86 on the par-70 course, taking 18th place the first day and advancing to the second round. DuVall and Culwell shot 96 and 97 to finish 50th and 52nd, respectively. DuVall and Culwell did not advance to the second round.

In the second round, Dawson shot an 89, bringing her two-day score to 175 for a 20th-place finish.

Rotary Club of Renton honors Josh Viles as teacher of the month

July 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Renton selected Josh Viles as one of its Teachers of the Month for May.

Viles is the choral music teacher at Hazen High School.

Josh Viles

Josh Viles

Viles attended Western Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and choral conducting. In addition to teaching, he has been involved in the Soundview Region Music Educators Association and has served as president.

Viles is also part of the Washington Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and serves as the repertoire and standards chairman for the men’s choirs.

Viles has been a teacher in Renton for seven years.


Newcastle resident takes gold medal at Special Olympics

July 1, 2011

Newcastle resident Kevin McCarthy, 20, took home a gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the Special Olympic Summer Games at Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 4.

Kevin McCarthy proudly displays his ribbon after receiving it during the Special Olympics Summer Games awards ceremony June 4. McCarthy took first in the 100-meter dash. Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

McCarthy — a 2010 Liberty High School graduate— was one of nine athletes on the Issaquah Eagles team, which took home 18 medals during the two-day event.

Coach Jiff Searing said McCarthy worked in practice on keeping his pace throughout the entire sprint.

“He did all that stuff, and it was pretty thrilling. He really kept his pace up,” Searing said. “This particular heat was very close.”

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Light up the Newcastle night sky

July 1, 2011

Fireworks will light up the night sky over Lake Boren Park at 10 p.m. July 4. By Kaylen Kinney

Don’t miss the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Lake Boren Park. The festivities start at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

The evening will include music from Seattle band Shelley and the Curves, and food vendors. The new playground will be open for children.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket to spread on the grass.

Lake Boren Townhomes contributed $10,000 to sponsor the event.

City website shows who has door-to-door permits

July 1, 2011

City staff members recently added information about what businesses and individuals are permitted to sell items door to door in Newcastle.

See who is permitted at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us. Click “Peddlers/Solicitors Licenses Issued in Newcastle” under the “What’s New?” section.

Permits are free and valid for two weeks at a time, but applicants must have a city business license, which costs $45 per year. Applicants are also subject to a background check before receiving permits.

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Watching the world change

July 1, 2011

Centenarian Harriet Clark reminisces as her 100th birthday approaches

Harriet Clark will celebrate her 100th birthday Aug. 9.

Newcastle resident Harriet Clark, who turns 100 on Aug. 9, shares memories from her long life.

Newcastle resident Harriet Clark, who turns 100 on Aug. 9, shares memories from her long life. Contributed

The Newcastle resident, who lives with her daughter Eileen Clark and grandchildren Alexis and Max Clark, can still see, hear and walk. She has feathery white hair, an aura of warmth and kindness, and a sharp memory, despite what she says.

“My memory is bad,” she said, after taking a moment to remember the number of years she worked as a secretary. Minutes later, she recalled the story of her brother’s birth. That was 94 years ago.

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Laughing all the way: Garden of heedin’

July 1, 2011

I tried to clean a spot of sunlight off the kitchen floor the other day.

Pat Detmer

Pat Detmer

Because of the work being done in our home, I’m hyper-aware of primer and paint and other goopy stuff showing up where it doesn’t belong, so when I saw it, I armed myself with a wet dishrag and gave it a swipe, only to realize that what I was seeing was far more uncommon than construction goop: It was a slice of sun streaming through the windows.

To say that this year has been sun-free is like saying that Charlie Sheen has a little problem with self-control: We all know it, and it’s such a given that it’s almost not worth talking about anymore. Almost. Read more

Police Blotter

July 1, 2011

Car break-ins

– A man reported that his 2011 Lexus RX 450h had been broken into at the Red Town Trailhead, 15500 Newcastle Golf Club Road, between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. May 19. The burglar smashed the rear driver’s side window, causing $1,000 in damage. The man reported the stolen items to be a gym bag worth $50, a pair of dress pants worth $50 and a pair of sandals worth $100.

– A man reported that his 1988 Subaru GL had been stolen from the Cougar Mountain Trailhead in the 10100 block of Renton-Issaquah Road Southeast between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. May 22.

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Woman crashes car into house

July 1, 2011

A 38-year-old Newcastle woman crashed her 1999 Lexus sedan into the back of a house in the 7400 block of 117th Avenue Southeast just before 1:35 p.m. June 23.

The woman turned left into a private driveway and then accelerated, smashing through a fence, racing down an embankment and crashing into the house, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart said.

The crash did not break through the wall of the house, but it still caused significant damage, he said.

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