Downtown development rules altered

October 9, 2011

Property owner Martin Seelig has grown weary of people telling his family how their property — currently home to the Newcastle Fruit & Produce stand — should be developed in the future.

“The eight of us don’t know what we’re going to do with that site,” he said. “It’s interesting to hear what people say they’re going to do with it.”

That’s why he spoke in favor of increased flexibility for property owners to develop their land in a way that fits for them — and the community — at a Sept. 20 public hearing about changes to the city’s downtown code.

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Laughing all the way

October 9, 2011

Born to walk

By the time you read this, the Newcastle Days 5K will be over. Winners will have been crowned, and times posted. This year, the Sainted One and I signed up for it.

Let me pre-face this by saying that I am not a natural runner. I believe in “nature” as well as “nurture,” and I think that some people have it in their nature to run, while others — like me — with a low center of gravity, extra weight and a distinct lack of desire, just don’t have it in them to move faster than an occasional trot. On the other hand, I have a little sister that shot out of the womb wearing tennis shoes, and she ran everywhere: to the bathroom, to school, out the door, down the hall.

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Police blotter

October 9, 2011

Car stolen

A man reported his 1991 red Volkswagen Golf was stolen from his driveway in the 12100 block of Southeast 75 Place on Aug. 26. The theft was believed to have occurred at about 4:15 a.m., and the car was worth about $1,500.


Assault arrest

A 35-year-old woman was arrested for fourth-degree assault Aug. 29 at her Coal Creek Parkway apartment after she reportedly bit and hit her male roommate. The incident was reported at about 12:30 a.m.

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Police seek information about Hazelwood burglaries

October 9, 2011

After several burglaries and an attempted burglary in the Hazelwood neighborhood in September, Newcastle police are reaching out to residents for information assisting in their investigations of the crimes.

According to a news release from Police Chief Melinda Irvine, there are multiple burglary groups breaking into homes on the Eastside, including in Newcastle and surrounding jurisdictions.

The attempted burglary took place Sept. 11 in the 7000 block of 122 Avenue Southeast.

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Recycling is not just for aluminum cans, newspaper

October 9, 2011

Jeff Gaidjiergis, who owns and operates Mr. Scrappy Recycling, shows some of the items he’s collected from residents that are waiting to be broken down and taken to a recycling facility. By Christina Lords

If residents are looking to replace used pots and pans, old garden tools or aging aluminum ladders, Jeff Gaidjiergis will take them all — and then some.

Gaidjiergis, more affectionately known to some Newcastle residents as Mr. Scrappy, said most people have scrap metal, electronic waste and countless other odds and ends items that have been collecting dust around the house and they don’t even know they can be recycled.

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Weeping conifers add focal point for landscapes

October 9, 2011

Modern landscapes tend to be on the smaller side, and most people would like to concentrate on smaller-scale specimen plants as focal points in a small garden.

The benefits of conifers in winter in particular add to the focal point options in landscapes by adding structure, texture and color with interesting shapes and colors.

Weeping trees are often not very tall. They will usually stay at whatever height the lead is or where the crown is no longer supported and begins to weep downward as they grow.

However, do not underestimate how wide any weeping tree may get, and give them room to fulfill their potential.

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Enduring another La Niña

October 9, 2011

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, Jeff Renner tells us we are in for another La Niña.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not moping around, crazy mad about the weather. Every little ray of sunshine and every little tinge of warmth have been appreciated to the max by me. But still, I’m unable to come to grips with the big picture. The issue of global climate change is huge, impacting much more than just gardening, making it hard to comprehend.

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Riders excel at equestrian triathlon

October 9, 2011

Newcastle resident Alexandra Ahearn, 15 (left), won second place in the Jr. Novice B class on her German sport horse Mai Baum, also known as Lexus, at an equestrian triathlon at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, Mont. Contributed

A season for riders from the Napoleon Limited Equestrian Center can begin as early as January and last well into October or November, depending on how many events they attend each year.

But every season each rider knows that come July, their focus will be on doing well at one major competition — The Event at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, Mont.

Among Olympian and world-class riders and thousands of spectators who attended the event, three local riders excelled at this year’s competition held July 21-24.

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Newcastle woman honors father in Seattle Brain Cancer Walk

October 9, 2011

Kelly Dowell (left) celebrates Christmas with her mother and father, the year before he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Contributed

Kelly Dowell’s father was healthy.

He ran marathons at age 60.

He worked and traveled around the world for The Boeing Co. for 30 years.

He had just traveled home to Newcastle after receiving his marine surveying license in Florida.

But in 2008, Dowell got a call she can’t erase from her mind.

Come home immediately, her mother told her.

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Area students named to UW dean’s list

October 9, 2011

The following students from Newcastle were recently named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter of 2011 at the University of Washington:

Matthew Betsch, Tiffany Chau, Lauren Colyer, Shahrzad Dow, Bernard Ellouk, Stephen Heppler, Kenneth Ishikawa, Jessica Kim, Rebecca Lau, Mary Lebeau, Kendrick Lentini, Jessica Li, Jiaqi Liang, Tami Mason, Paul Nichols, Brandon Nudelman, Svetlana Petkova, Zachary Adam Pritchett, Rebecca Queitzsch, Sydney Safley, Teodora Stoica, Nathan Tat, Diem To, Sam Trautman, Mika Tsuboi and James Wang.

To qualify, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5.

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