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February 28, 2013

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The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is Rod Brooks of PEMCO Insurance. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Newcastle Weed Warriors needs volunteers to remove blackberries from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way. Learn more at www.newcastleweedwarriors.org.

The Weed Warriors is having a poster making party for Earth Day on March 30 at the Newcastle Library. Learn more at www.newcastleweedwarriors.org.

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Newcastle musician publishes first book at the age of 87

February 28, 2013

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis may be 87 years old, but if you ask her, she doesn’t feel any older than she did as a child growing up in the South.

“You’re not a number,” she said. “People say ‘Are you really 87?’ and I say ‘No, not really, I’m Italene.’”

With her charming Southern drawl, the poet, musician and songwriter captivates with her quick wit and sunny disposition. She’s an endless source of encouraging words, uplifting songs and positive affirmations.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

Gaddis already shares her inspirational songs and poems, performing weekly at senior centers and retirement homes around the area, but now she plans to motivate the entire world with the publication of her book of poems, “From My Heart to Yours.”

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Students entertain at Hazelwood talent show

February 28, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazelwood Elementary School student Jade Hopkins does her best Alicia Keys impression, belting out the singer’s ‘Girl on Fire’ at the school’s talent show.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazelwood Elementary School student Jade Hopkins does her best Alicia Keys impression, belting out the singer’s ‘Girl on Fire’ at the school’s talent show.

Before Hazelwood Elementary School third-grader Jayda Brown prepared to take the stage at the school’s 2013 talent show, she was calm and collected.

“I’ve been practicing for about five months to do the talent show, so I’m not nervous,” she said.

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Liberty High School’s Kind Club says no to bullying

February 28, 2013

Liberty High School students Autumn Patten and Jessica Pickering were left fundamentally changed after watching the anti-bullying documentary “Finding Kind” at Issaquah High School last year.

The film explores the “mean girl” phenomenon in schools across the country and shows girls they are not alone should they find themselves feeling bullied or isolated.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Liberty High School Kind Club share their highs and lows of the week at a recent meeting of the group that promotes positivity and compassion among high school students.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Liberty High School Kind Club share their highs and lows of the week at a recent meeting of the group that promotes positivity and compassion among high school students.

“Saying the documentary changed my life, it sounds really cliché, but it’s the only way you can express it,” Pickering said.

Just halfway into the viewing of the film, the friends turned to each other and made the decision to do something about the bullying and negativity that plagues schools. The result was the formation of Liberty High School’s Kind Club.

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Hazen PTSA hosts practice exam

February 28, 2013

Students deciding whether to take the SAT or ACT can take a practice exam that will determine which test best suits their strengths thanks to a partnership between the Princeton Review and the Hazen High School PTSA.

The assessment is open to all students from any school district, homeschooling or grade level. The test will be administered at 9 a.m. March 16, but the registration deadline is March 5.

The test comes with a $20 fee. Registration forms can be found on the Hazen PTSA website at www.rentonptsa.org/Local%20Units/Hazen/index.htm.

Email Michele Skinner at dmktskinner@comcast.net for more information.

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Liberty, Hazen swimmers leave their mark at state

February 28, 2013

By Greg Farrar Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, cuts through the pool, en route to repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

By Greg Farrar
Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, cuts through the pool, en route to repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

As Liberty High School senior Raymond Ha approached the starting block to swim in the final 100 breaststroke race of his high school career, the sounds of Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” blasted from the King County Aquatic Center’s speakers.

The participant with the top-qualifying time in each event gets to choose which song is played as the swimmers walk onto the pool deck to compete in the final race. Surprisingly, Bieber was Ha’s artist of choice.

“I like to do it to psych people out, to get them off their serious edge, so I get an advantage,” he said of the song selection.

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Patriots’ wrestlers leave state battered, but better

February 28, 2013

Hazen sends three grapplers, down from eight last year

By Greg Farrar Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore, complete with nosebleed, is declared the 10-5 winner over Centralia’s Jenna Gillaspie in her first-round, 137-pound bout during the state 3A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore, complete with nosebleed, is declared the 10-5 winner over Centralia’s Jenna Gillaspie in her first-round, 137-pound bout during the state 3A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.

 

Her face was caked in sweat, her shoulders had mat burns and her nostrils were leaking red. And yet, Joanna Moreira could not stop smiling.

The Liberty High School wrestler had just defeated Angelica Vaschenko, from Franklin Pierce High School, in the second round of consolation at the state tourney in Tacoma. The win, a 12-8 tussle of wills, assured that the 137-pound Patriot from São Paulo, Brazil, would finish better at state than in 2012.

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Hazen, Liberty athletes officially sign with colleges

February 28, 2013

A handful of Hazen High School seniors will officially take their athletic talents to the collegiate level, after six students gathered for a special signing day ceremony in the school’s activities room Feb. 6.

Hazen athletes Zach Cable, Dee Dee Green and Cody Moorhead signed letters of intent to play for Division I schools, while Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly and David Hughes made commitments to play for Division III schools.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School athletes (from left) Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly, Dee Dee Green, Zach Cable, Cody Moorhead and David Hughes made their college decisions official on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School athletes (from left) Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly, Dee Dee Green, Zach Cable, Cody Moorhead and David Hughes made their college decisions official on Feb. 6.

Zach Cable, an all-league linebacker for the Hazen football team, will attend the University of Idaho. The linebacker follows in the footsteps of his father, Tom Cable, who played and coached at the school.

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Bartell Drugs collects teddy bears for children

February 27, 2013

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Feb. 27, 2013

Bartell Drugs is seeking donations of new or gently used teddy bears that will be used to help comfort children in stressful or traumatic situations.

The donation drive is part of the store’s “Teddy Bear Patrol” campaign, in association with Warm 106.9 FM, which runs through March 30.

The campaign puts teddy bears in the hands of community police departments, hospitals and emergency response teams so they may give bears to children involved in challenging situations.

If customers buy an official “Bartell Bear” for $7 at the store, Bartell Drugs will donate a second bear to the campaign.

The store has donated more than 74,000 bears through the drive over the years.

Newcastle’s Bartell Drugs store is at 6939 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

King County seeks input on stormwater management program

February 22, 2013

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Feb. 22, 2012

The King County Water and Land Resources Division is seeking public input as it reviews and updates the 2013 stormwater management program.

The draft program describes actions the county is taking to avoid, reduce and repair damage caused by the amount and quality of stormwater runoff in unincorporated areas.

Stormwater runoff is the top source of toxic pollution to Puget Sound and the region’s rivers and streams.

The public can view a series of short videos describing stormwater management issues, take an interactive online survey and view other supporting documents on the county’s website, www.kingcounty.gov/stormwater. Read more

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