Chamber hires part-time executive director

January 31, 2013

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce has a new look in 2013 with new leaders, more networking opportunities and increased dues.

The chamber officially moved away from its previous all-volunteer model in January when it hired Imelda Dulcich as its executive director.

The executive director is responsible for implementing the policies of the chamber’s board of directors and administering the approved budget.

Dulcich is also expected to provide more opportunities for Newcastle businesses to market their companies.

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Biography out about late U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn

January 31, 2013

The late Jennifer Dunn, a long-serving representative in Congress for Issaquah and other Eastside communities, is the latest subject in The Legacy Project, a state oral history program.

The book “A Woman First: The Impact of Jennifer Dunn” documents the trailblazing Republican’s career, life and legacy.

The biography is available as a hardcover book for $25 or as a free PDF at The Legacy Project website, www.sos.wa.gov/heritage. (The hardcover book was printed with private funds.)

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Renton unveils proposed boundaries for new middle school

January 31, 2013

All Renton School District middle school students that reside in Newcastle will attend the new middle school when it opens in 2016, based on preliminary boundaries released by the district.

Construction of the new middle school, on the site of the current Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave. S.E., means boundary changes for the district’s three other middle schools as well.

Contributed by Renton School DistrictMap of new proposed middle school boundary lines to be effective in the fall of 2016: The heavy black lines show current middle school boundaries (which are also high school boundary lines that will not change); the blue area is the boundary for the new middle school and the pink area is the new boundary for McKnight Middle School.

Contributed by Renton School District
Map of new proposed middle school boundary lines to be effective in the fall of 2016: The heavy black lines show current middle school boundaries (which are also high school boundary lines that will not change); the blue area is the boundary for the new middle school and the pink area is the new boundary for McKnight Middle School.

With the proposed boundary changes, more than 1,100 middle school students will change schools when the new one opens in 2016. More than 750 of those students will be moving from McKnight Middle School to the new middle school.

The boundaries work to populate the new school, while also reducing the number of students and creating more uniformity in the numbers of students attending each middle school.

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Laughing all the way

January 31, 2013

Les Miserables

It entered the house on Christmas Eve. There were 19 possible carriers. I’m betting on the baby. We ate, we drank, we hugged, we kissed, we exchanged gifts and germs, and then went out and infected everyone else we knew as well.

We were sick for a week and a half and then went back to work, congratulating ourselves on our general hardiness. Then, we relapsed. This time, it took us down like a pride of starving lions takes down a feeble wildebeest. Gone was a long-planned trip to Palm Springs, our appetites, our ability to breathe, our dignity and any misguided notion that we had control of anything in life. This is what I learned:

  • You can lose weight on an I-Can’t-Taste-Anything, Food-Has-Lost-Its-Meaning Diet, but I wouldn’t advise it.

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‘Dr. Golf’ has the cure for a poor showing on the links

January 31, 2013

Peggy Conley, or Dr. Golf as she is known to her students, enjoys a good project.

So, when it comes to her students, the instructor at The Golf Club at Newcastle prefers the ones whose golf games leave little to be desired.

“I particularly like people that are really bad and that have played for a long time, because, for example, I can cure a slice in just 10 minutes,” she said of the shot that often haunts amateur golfers.

ContributedFormer professional golfer Peggy Conley (right) helps Dr. Phil Young perfect his golf swing during a lesson at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

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Former professional golfer Peggy Conley (right) helps Dr. Phil Young perfect his golf swing during a lesson at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Conley is no stranger to the ups and downs of a golf game, having played the sport nearly her entire life. Several of those years were spent as a professional on the LPGA Tour and the European Tour.

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Police blotter

January 31, 2013

Icy, muddy mess

During a regular check of Lake Boren Park, 13000 S.E. 84th Way, police found a truck parked on the field, tearing up the wet and icy grass in the early hours of Jan. 5. The driver was not in the truck and upon inspection of the park, no one was in the park at all.

 

Smashed

An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger side window of a car parked in the 8000 block of 118th Court Southeast, causing $300 in damage, on Jan. 5. An iPod and a briefcase were also stolen from the car.

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Engagement: Leischow, Zike

January 31, 2013

Leischow, Zike engaged

Samantha Leischow, of Newcastle, and Shane Zike, of Yakima, announced their engagement to be married Aug. 3, 2013, at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, in Yakima.

Leischow, Zike

Leischow, Zike

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Richard and Mary Leischow, of Newcastle, is a 2002 graduate of Hazen High School. She works at Qualstar Credit Union.

The future groom, son of Steve and Darla Zike, of Yakima, is a 2014 graduate of Perry Technical.

Speed leads the way at Newcastle Pinewood Derby

January 31, 2013

Turtles are not among the fastest animals on the planet. The cute, shell-bearing reptile is not likely to win a foot race, unless the opponent was a mischievous hare.

Yet at Newcastle Cub Scout Pack 738’s 2013 Pinewood Derby, a tortoise-themed car made some noise with its lightning-quick moves.

By Christina Corrales-ToyAudience members eagerly watch as derby cars race down the track at Newcastle Cub Scout Pack 738’s 2013 Pinewood Derby.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Audience members eagerly watch as derby cars race down the track at Newcastle Cub Scout Pack 738’s 2013 Pinewood Derby.

Arkin Rao’s reptile-inspired derby car was one of the faster cars at this year’s Jan. 11 event at Newcastle Elementary School. While it did not take first place, the car, named “The Not Car,” won for it’s sheer creativity.

The idea for the unique car came from a simple Internet search, Arkin said.

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Calendar

January 31, 2013

Events

City Hall is closed Feb. 18 for the President’s Day holiday.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker Bill Swartz, of “Sports With Swartz,” awarding winning radio, sports and news reporter. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

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Hazen High School breakdancing club makes all the right moves

January 31, 2013

By Christina Corrales-ToyTwo members of Hazen High School’s Breakdancing Club perform back handsprings at the club’s Jan. 17 meeting.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Two members of Hazen High School’s Breakdancing Club perform back handsprings at the club’s Jan. 17 meeting.

Every Monday and Thursday after school, a group of 10 or so Hazen High School students, and an energetic Spanish teacher, get together to relieve a little bit of stress after a long day.

Their particular stress release doesn’t involve meditation or sports competition, though; rather, it’s through dance that they chase away the anxiety of a grueling school day.

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