Notes from Newcastle

February 28, 2013

It’s never too late to follow your dreams

This month’s issue featured two people who stand as prime examples of the old adage that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

Newcastle musician Italene Gaddis and artist Dan Meredith lived full lives before they even began pursuing their passions.

Gaddis was a homemaker and the primary breadwinner once her husband passed away, while Meredith toiled as a carpenter for several years.

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Editorial

February 28, 2013

Interstate 90 toll targets Eastside drivers

When tolling on the Evergreen Floating Bridge was first considered, this newspaper believed it should extend to the Interstate 90 bridge as well, to generate funds for the bridge at a quicker pace and to keep the cost down for any one group of commuters.

However, two years have passed and the notion of extending tolling on I-90 feels more like the Eastside is being picked on.

If Seattle commuters and visitors are asked to help pay for a new bridge, shouldn’t it extend to all, including those coming and going along the Interstate 5 corridor and state Highway 99?

One reason cited for having tolling on only the Evergreen/520 bridge was that it was at maximum capacity and the toll would help drivers find another less-traveled path. Slapping tolls on I-90 would undercut that rationale.

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Future uncertain for Newcastle 5K Run/Walk

February 28, 2013

Lee Strom and his son co-founded the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk four years ago. Since, the yearly event has raised more than $20,000 to benefit high school running programs and provide scholarships to college-bound seniors.

The future of the popular September marathon is in jeopardy, though, as Strom can no longer shoulder the brunt of the work that it takes to direct the race due to work commitments.

“It’s just hard to spend the time, both doing what I do and also being the race director for the event,” he said.

The sheer amount of work Strom does to put on the event is staggering. He has a significant hand in every aspect of the race, from the registration details and marketing to the participant prizes and refreshments.

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Issaquah hires from within for new superintendent

February 28, 2013

It’s been a little more than a month since the Issaquah School District found out it needed to go shopping for a new superintendent but it’s already found one: Ron Thiele.

The school board unanimously voted Feb. 13 to hire the district’s associate superintendent to succeed outgoing Superintendent Steve Rasmussen when he retires June 30.

Ron Thiele

Ron Thiele

“Thank you very much. That was a little bit strange and surreal for me,” Thiele said. He had been sitting in the school board meeting, he later explained, wondering if his job application was about to be publicly rejected or accepted. “I am truly humbled by an amazing opportunity that you are providing me with and the confidence you are showing in me, and I am really appreciative.”

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Friends website goes live

February 28, 2013

The King County Library System has launched an informational website for the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

The site lists news and important events, and provides more information surrounding the workings of the Friends group. The website is at www.kcls.org/newcastle/friends.cfm.

The group also continues to welcome donations of gently used books, CDs and DVDs. They are particularly seeking children’s books and foreign language materials. Magazines or textbooks more than three years old will not be accepted.

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City Council to host presentation on Interstate 90 tolling March 5

February 28, 2013

NEW — 1:40 p.m. March 5, 2013

A representative from the state’s Department of Transportation will give a presentation about a proposal to toll Interstate 90 at the Newcastle City Council’s March 5 meeting.

The agency is considering a proposal to toll the highway on the 7-mile stretch between Interstate 5 in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

The state plans a $4.1 billion project to replace the 49-year-old floating state Route 520 bridge across Lake Washington and overhaul the 12.8-mile corridor between I-5 in Seattle and state Route 202 in Redmond.

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What makes a place

February 28, 2013

Newcastle has been our home for 22 years, and if you drew a 5-mile diameter circle with our house at the center, it would encompass all of the services and recreation that our lives require: medical center, dentist, groceries, the Y, car mechanic, restaurants. We brag to friends about how quickly we can be in downtown Seattle or at the airport, or how close we are to wilderness if we head in the other direction.

File Dennis Yarnell and Beth Widseth, the owners of the Newcastle Shell, organized the station’s first golf tournament in 2012 to raise money for U.S. military veterans and the Fisher House Foundation.

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Dennis Yarnell and Beth Widseth, the owners of the Newcastle Shell, organized the station’s first golf tournament in 2012 to raise money for U.S. military veterans and the Fisher House Foundation.

But something occurred recently that reminded me of what truly makes a place special. It’s the people: the folks who check you out at the store, the restaurant owners who greet you, the waitresses who seat you, the librarian proud to be in a new home, the faces you see again and again as you go about the business of living. When you’ve been in one place for a long time, these human beings become woven into the fabric of your life, and in early February, that fabric was torn.

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Police blotter

February 28, 2013

Stolen car

Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 4, a red Honda Prelude was stolen from the parking lot of the Walkers Run Condominiums, 7453 Newcastle Golf Club Road.

 

Construction site theft

An extensive amount of copper wire, a ladder and a toolbox were stolen from a storage facility construction site in the 7000 block of 132nd Place Southeast between Feb. 1 and Feb. 4. Police were able to collect fingerprints at the scene.

 

Off-roading

A vehicle described as a truck or an off-road type car drove on the grass area at Beit Tikvah, 7935 136th Ave. S.E., damaging the grass and a decorative plant Feb. 2. The description of the vehicle was based on tire tracks left at the scene. The church secretary said that it is common for cars to come onto the property and race in the afternoon or evening.

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Liberty grad finishes USC film school

February 28, 2013

Alexander Bell, son of Alex and Jayne Bell of Newcastle, graduated Cum Laude in December 2012 from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cinematic arts, film and television production.

alexander bell

alexander bell

Bell, a 2009 graduate of Liberty High School and former Newcastle Diamond Award winner and Eagle Scout, was named to the dean’s list all semesters he attended USC and was able to graduate in 3 1/2 years. He is the second Liberty alum to graduate from the USC Film School in the last three years.

Mural brings paradise to Regency Newcastle

February 28, 2013

Walk into the pool room at Regency Newcastle and you are immediately transported to paradise.

An elaborate mural painted by artist Dan Meredith brings occupants to a rich, sand-covered beach, a tropical cantina and a peaceful courtyard with a solitary water fountain, all within the confines of four walls at the luxurious independent and assisted living facility.

Residents, staff members and visiting Newcastle City Council members have raved about Meredith’s little slice of paradise. What makes the feat even more remarkable is the fact that the mural is the Renton artist’s first large-scale piece.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Artist Dan Meredith stands by a courtyard scene he painted on one wall of the pool room at Regency Newcastle.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Artist Dan Meredith stands by a courtyard scene he painted on one wall of the pool room at Regency Newcastle.

“I would have never thought of doing something like this,” Meredith said. “I began this with some trepidation, but it’s been a wonderful experience and I’m hoping to do more of them.” Read more

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