Library group to approve bylaws, elect officers

April 5, 2012

An important Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. April 7 at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue.

The meeting will lay the groundwork for the library and elected officer positions that will form the Friends group. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include approving of the group’s official bylaws, electing the group’s officers, viewing updated plans of the Newcastle Library and planning for the Newcastle Library’s opening-day activities.

Learn more at or like the library on Facebook.

Former Seahawk is raising funds for TEAM-WORKS

April 5, 2012

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to meet Mack and Zoe Strong from 4-6 p.m. April 28 at the Newcastle Professional Center.

A portion of the event’s profits will go toward the TEAM-WORKS Academy, a program of the Washington Chapter of HOPE worldwide.

HOPE worldwide is a faith-based relief and development organization founded in 1991 that is dedicated to serving the poor and needy.

File Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong (right), with wife Zoe, are hosting a fundraiser April 28 for TEAM-WORKS Academy.

After 15 years in the NFL as a Seattle Seahawks fullback, Mack and his wife Zoe run the Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Academy to help disadvantaged and at-risk kids.

The Strongs were named Washingtonians of the Year by Lt. Governor Brad Owen in 2011.

The couple resides in Newcastle with their young children.

The Washington Chapter of HOPE worldwide provides services to at-risk individuals in the Puget Sound region through seasonal days of service and its signature program, the Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Academy. The program was founded in 2002, growing out of the volunteer work of the Strongs.

Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon has offered to donate 10 percent of sales during the two-hour period to TEAM-WORKS Academy.

“You can support a local business, support a local charity and meet an NFL Allstar Fullback all in one afternoon,” event organizer John Jensen said. “Mack and Zoe are an inspiration to children through TEAM-WORKS Academy, and they are role models for those who want to give back to their community. They are a treasure right here in Newcastle.”

RSVP for the event by emailing Jensen at or going to the TEAM-WORKS Academy Mack Strong “Meet and Greet” Facebook page.

Words escape me

April 5, 2012

I consider myself a wordsmith, and yet when speaking, appropriate words leave me as often as a brainless Twitter post leaves a Kardashian. In my gray matter — and I’ll admit to periodic synapse misfires up there — if an object name does not fit the thing that it refers to, then the word simply does not exist in my world.

This might explain why I’ve called flashlights “fire hammers” for the past 20 years, although I’m not sure why I decided that “fire hammer” made more sense.

It’s possible that this propensity is genetic, because my mother fumbled for words as well. She didn’t create new words like I do; she just used “doomaflidger” for anything that she couldn’t remember, from safety pins to car batteries.

She also called slippers “pusskins,” claiming that it was a word derived in part from our German heritage. As a result, we all use “pusskins” to this day, even though a trip to the Internet underbelly on a definition search has convinced me that it’s a good time to look for a substitute.

It also used to make me crazy when Mother would tell a story and find it necessary to verbally scroll through the name of every acquaintance she’d had since 1947 to get to the right person, i.e., “So then Carol said … I think it was Carol. No. Deborah. Anne. Barb? Sue? Christa?”

Listening to her in my 30s, I would feign drooling and rolling my eyes back in my head while promising myself that I would jump off the nearest cliff if I ever got that bad.

Well, guess what? I am now 61 and should probably avoid any hikes up DeLeo Wall.

These thoughts occur to me because when we had the family over for dinner the other day, something was spilled on the floor and I said that I had to go to the garage and retrieve the “swipinta.” What’s a “swipinta?”

Well, for some reason, the words “dust” and “pan” together have just never worked for me. Rarely is it dust that you’re sweeping up, and the thing never looked like a “pan” to me, so it became the “sweep-into,” and then shortened and morphed into “swipinta.”

And if that’s not bad enough, I often forget the name for the broom (it was, briefly, the “indoor rake”) so the broom periodically becomes the “swipinta with.”

When I started writing this column, I thought these slips were pretty funny. But re-reading it, I’m feeling a little uneasy and wonder if it’s time for me to make an appointment for a trip through a people silver tube radar thing.

You know what I mean … that patient tube scanner X-ray doohickey? The one that takes indoor pictures of your skull?

You know: The doomaflidger.

Reach Pat Detmer — whose husband The Sainted One claims to understand every verbal aberration that she’s ever come up with — at

Select chamber chorale celebrates sacred music

April 5, 2012

After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music and making a more than 40-year career out of conducting, playing and composing, music has given Bob Ingalls a way to live.

Now the longtime Newcastle resident says he’s at a stage in life where he’s compelled to give something back.

“The ability to help people is an important thing,” Ingalls said. “The ability to create concerts — not just good concerts, but fabulous concerts — is an important thing to me.”

Contributed Bob Ingalls (center), Newcastle resident and Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale Artistic Director, kneels before the chorale’s full ensemble in December.

Ingalls incorporated the Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale in January 2011. The select choir with 12 core members formed to celebrate sacred music as well as serve as an avenue to benefit the people and environment around us.

Through the performance of traditional music, Ingalls said he hopes the chorale will connect with people on a musical and spiritual level while its performances serve as benefit concerts for various volunteer or nonprofit groups.

“The goal was to put together a very small, very elite group and establish an audience,” Ingalls said, “and then use that audience as a source to be able to do benefits when the timing was right … It ended up far surpassing my own thoughts about what this was going to be. It’s sensational.”

Ingalls has spent his career performing as a clarinetist for the New York State Opera, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and conducting for the St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church Choir in Bellevue and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Choir in West Seattle.

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Parks commissioners seek feedback on goals

April 5, 2012

The city of Newcastle is seeking feedback on a plan for the city’s parks, trails, recreation and open space. Parks commissioners are seeking input on goals they have drafted to be included in a portion of the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s main guiding document.

The information you provide will be used to update, modify or create additional goals. View the Parks Commission’s proposed goals and current goals at

Comments are due by April 9. Email them to Michael Holly, parks program manager, at

Elle Nadya Bajsarowicz

April 5, 2012

Janusz Bajsarowicz and Trisha Pollara welcomed daughter Elle Nadya Bajsarowicz to their Newcastle home March 5, 2012.

She was born in Renton, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 19.25 inches.

Elle Bajsarowicz

Elle joins sister Paige Anya, 6, and brother Jacob Thomas, 2.

Grandparents are John and Jan Pollara, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Krystyna and Wojciech Bajsarowicz, of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Janusz is an environmental manager at Topsoils Inc. Trisha is a physician at Newcastle Primary Care.

Renton bond back before voters in April 17 special election

April 5, 2012

Measure would provide funding for a Newcastle middle school

The Renton School Board voted Feb. 29 to rerun a $97 million building improvement bond that would fund a new middle school in Newcastle among other projects.

The bond, which originally came up two points shy of the 60 percent needed to pass in the Feb. 14 special election, will run again April 17.

Citizens for Renton Schools Chair John Galluzzo said a major setback to gathering enough support for the bond the first time was not giving residents a clear picture of what the bond would mean to them financially.

The election was about 335 votes short of the ballots needed to approve the bond, he said.

“We are confident that once we explain in further detail and do a better job of what that cost will be that people will jump at it,” he said.

The bond measure’s proposed bond collection rate would be an increase of about 18 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value, or about $46 per year for the average homeowner, according to district officials. That rate includes funding from all past voter-approved bond measures plus the new bond measure.

The proposed rate for those living in the district would increase to $5.39 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013, up from $5.21 per $1,000 per assessed value in 2012.

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$219 million Issaquah bond could revamp Liberty, Apollo schools

April 5, 2012

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District $219 million bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and other elementary schools in the district would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Apollo and other schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of the schools.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley Elementary are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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Students experience salmon’s ‘miracle of life’

April 5, 2012

By Greg Farrar Jerry Pearson and his grandson Dylan Pearson, 5, release salmon fry into Issaquah Creek March 21 under the Northwest Sammamish Road crossover.

Five-year-old Dylan Pearson took extra care as he crept his way across the rocks under the watchful eye of his PeePah to the edge of the creek to release the young salmon fry swimming at the bottom of his plastic cup.

The youngster and his grandfather joined third-graders from Apollo Elementary School on March 21 to release more than 230 small coho salmon that were raised from eggs in their classroom into Issaquah Creek behind Pickering Barn.

Participating in the life cycle of the salmon was an important lesson that Dylan’s grandfather, Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, wanted to teach his grandson. Pearson can still remember the salmon spawning in Lewis Creek near his home when he was the same age as his grandson.

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Scholarship application available for RSD students

April 5, 2012

Soroptimist International of Renton is accepting applications for its Rosalie Evans Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

Applicants must have completed their first year of college or vocational training-continued college level coursework and have permanent residency within the Renton School District.

Request an application by contacting Del Mead at Soroptimist International of Renton, P.O. Box 681, Renton, WA 98057.

Deadline for the scholarship submissions is May 15.

The scholarship will be awarded in June.

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