Community spotlight

May 1, 2013

Contributed A volunteer helps spruce up the Newcastle Cemetery during a spring cleaning in 2010.

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A volunteer helps spruce up the Newcastle Cemetery during a spring cleaning in 2010.

Newcastle residents are invited to join the effort to remove downed trees and groom the walking trail inside the Newcastle Cemetery as volunteers spruce up the historic site with a good, thorough spring cleaning.

There will be two community work parties from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 and 25. The cleanup is a cooperative effort between the Newcastle Weed Warriors and the city of Newcastle.

Volunteers can munch on hot dogs, courtesy of the Weed Warriors. The city will provide gloves and tools. All ages are welcome to participate and students can earn community service hours.

The Newcastle Cemetery is at 7810 129th Ave. S.E. Learn more at www.newcastleweedwarriors.org.

Weeds & Trails

May 1, 2013

It’s now legal if you only have an ounce of it, but if you ask Grace Stiller, there’s weed everywhere: noxious and invasive English ivy and Himalayan blackberries and Japanese knotweed, to name just a few that you might recognize. Grace and her group — The Newcastle Weed Warriors — have been taking a stand against these nuisances in the local woods for years. If you’ve visited the Newcastle Cemetery when they’ve had the gates open, you can thank them for clearing it of ivy and restoring the natural habitat.

DetmerColumn 20130500I noticed a knotweed patch in our backyard greenbelt last year and contacted Grace for help. She pointed me in the right direction, and King County personnel came out and killed it. It’s hardy stuff, though, and she’s urged me to keep my eyes peeled for shoots. If you think you have a knotweed infestation but aren’t sure, go to www.newcastleweedwarriors.org, where you can view pictures of patches and see what her group is up to. It’s not the ugliest plant that you’ll ever see, but it’s one of the most insidious. Don’t let its heart-shaped leaves, sprays of white flowers and bobbing habit seduce you. This plant is not our friend.

I didn’t spot any stands of weeds on a recent hike that The Sainted One and I took, trying out the soon-to-be-completed May Creek Trail extension. We’d hiked the western part of the trail before (or “run” it, if you want to include the amble that we did at the back of the Newcastle 5K pack last year.) The new segments were charming, with bubbling streams, a footbridge and supporting rockwork. Going East to West, the first part is all downhill, but the uphill was made manageable by gentle switchbacks and well-placed viewpoints.

Through the Newcastle Trails organization, Peggy Price and the members and volunteers have carved out this trail and many others that we all enjoy. Or should enjoy. If you’ve not muddied up your tennis shoes lately, I suggest that you go to newcastletrails.org, print out a map and put some local miles on.

After Dennis Yarnell passed away, I wrote an article about what makes a place. Peggy and Grace and their members and volunteers make this place as well. When you pass a weed-free open space or walk to downtown Newcastle on a trail, think of Grace and Peggy and the people who work with them.

And please note that I once spent a morning with Peggy working on the northern terminus of the Olympus Trail, so you can think of me as well when you walk on that, but only for a nanosecond.

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You can reach Pat Detmer — who hates a bad weed and loves a good trail — at patdetmer@aol.com.

 

Calendar

May 1, 2013

Events

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is Cmdr. Donald Leingang, executive director of United Service Organizations Puget Sound. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. RSVP by emailing monthlylunch@newcastle-chamber.org.

The Newcastle Weed Warriors is spring cleaning the Newcastle Coal Miners’ Historic Cemetery from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 and 25 at 7810 129th Ave. S.E. All ages are welcome to participate; children can earn community service hours. Learn more at www.newcastleweedwarriors.org.

Public meetings

All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444.

  • City Council meeting — 7-10 p.m. May 7 and 21
  • Community Activities Committee meeting — 6-8 p.m. May 8
  • Economic and Community Development — 8-9 a.m. May 14
  • Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. May 15

The Newcastle Trails board meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Learn more at www.newcastletrails.org.

YMCA

The Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages. Get a complete schedule by calling 282-1500 or go to www.seattleymca.org/Locations/CoalCreek/Pages/Home.aspx.

Parents’ Night Out at the Y: Choose Your Own Adventure, for ages 3-11, 5-9 p.m. May 6, $30 for members/$35 for nonmembers

“Kids Create: Mother’s Day Surprise,” 5:30-6:15 p.m. May 8, for ages 4-10, $5 for members/$10 for nonmembers

Friendship Fire, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 12, families welcome. Join us for a family campfire with songs, skits and s’mores. Free!

Family Movie Night: 6:30 p.m. May 17. Come watch “Wreck it Ralph” with the family. Free!

  • Tumbling: Mommy/Daddy & Me, for ages 1-3, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, $5 for members/$9 for nonmembers
  • Diabetes Prevention Program, for ages 18 and older, call for times or to sign up
  • Swimming lessons, for ages 3 and older, $54, call for age group times and dates
  • Tae Kwon Do, for ages 5 and older, through May 23, $28-$54, call for age group times and dates

Library events

The Friends of the Newcastle Library meets from 7-9 p.m. May 22, at the Newcastle Library.

The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way. The following programs are offered the rest of the month:

Computer class: “Internet Level 1,” 10 a.m. May 4. Call 255-0111 to register.

Computer Class: “One-on-One Assistance,” for adults, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. May 9, 13 and 23. Call 255-0111 to register.

Download magazines with Zinio, 10 a.m. May 11. Bring your iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet or laptop to learn to set up your Zinio account and get hundreds of popular magazine titles.

Drop-in to learn about ebooks, 10:45 a.m. May 11

Janet Wong: “Developing the Author Within,” 7 p.m. May 13. Wong will discuss various paths to publication and tips for self-publishing.

Friends of the Newcastle Library book sale, 5 p.m. May 16, members only, open to the public all day May 17 and 18.

Teen Advisory Board, for teens, 7 p.m. May 20

Newcastle Library Book Group discusses “Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love, and War,” by Annia Ciezadlo, for adults, 7 p.m. May 23.

“Date or Hate: Speedbooking,” 3:30 p.m. May 29. Spend a minute with a book and take what you love, leave what you hate. Books are free for you to share with family and friends or keep for yourself.

Toddler Story Time, for ages 1 to 3 with adult, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Monday May 6 and 13

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5 with adult, 1:15 p.m. Monday May 6 and 13

Study Zone, Tuesdays 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. For grades kindergarten through fifth grade, drop in homework help.

Study Hall, 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, the meeting room is open for studying. No study hall May 20 and 27, and study hall starts at 5 p.m. May 22.

Clubs

East Shore Singles, a social group for single adults older than 45, sponsors monthly activities and special events on the Eastside. New members are welcome. Call 433-0558 for a monthly bulletin go to www.eastshoresingles.org or www.meetup.com/eastshore-singles.

The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.

MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 891-8149.

An international dinner, sponsored by Baha’i Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Go to www.drinkingliberally.org.

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Go to www.eastsidemothersandmore.org.

Hill ’N’ Dale Garden Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday September through May at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 747-2953.

Health

Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation-trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to www.angelcarefoundation.org.

Volunteers

The Coal Creek Family YMCA Seniors Program needs volunteers for intergenerational opportunities, including rocking and comforting infants, teaching children to play bridge and reading to kindergartners. Call 282-1506.

Newcastle Trails — trail advocates and builders for Newcastle: The group has built and maintained miles of trails for the public throughout the city, and has regular meetings and work parties. Call 453-9292, ext. 110. Learn more at www.newcastletrails.org.

Hazen students teach lessons about big-budget decisions

May 1, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School sophomore Shiva Prasad (center) is surrounded by Nelsen Middle School students as they make real-world financial decisions during a simulation that teaches kids about budgeting.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School sophomore Shiva Prasad (center) is surrounded by Nelsen Middle School students as they make real-world financial decisions during a simulation that teaches kids about budgeting.

Adulthood comes with its perks, including a long-awaited sense of freedom, but it also brings to light the inevitable financial, familial and personal responsibilities that go with it. Read more

Student waste watchers honored for service to the environment

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

By Greg Farrar
Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are doing big things to help reduce waste on the planet, and they were honored for their efforts at the city’s 2013 Earth Day celebration.

All of the hours spent rifling through trash cans, collecting juice pouches and teaching others about recycling and composting paid off when the students received Earth Day Hero Awards. Read more

Local students earn collegiate honors

May 1, 2013

Northwestern University

Michael Payant, of Newcastle, made Dean’s list at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for the fall and winter quarters of the 2012-2013 school year.

The requirement is a 3.85 grade point average or higher. Payant is a freshman at Northwestern and graduated from Liberty in 2012. Read more

Students to participate in NASA aerospace scholars program

May 1, 2013

Four Hazen High School students have been accepted into Phase One of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at the Museum of Flight.

Affiliated with NASA and the University of Washington, the program is a free, competitive, science, technology, engineering and mathematics program for high school juniors.

This year’s participants are Isabel Giang, Evan Howe, Nancy Molina and Christina Tang.

The students are among the 285 student applicants from 117 public, private and home-school organizations who applied earlier this year. They are among 218 students still participating in the program. Having already completed five online lessons, they will spend the next three months continuing to compete for one of the 160 slots available in a Summer Residency session held at The Museum of Flight in June and July.

Applications for the 2013-14 program will be available late summer at www.museumofflight.org/was. Participants must be high school juniors, United States citizens and Washington state residents with a 3.0 minimum grade point average.

Hazen seniors earn scholastic honors

May 1, 2013

Vicki Tang named Washington Scholar

Vicki Tang

Vicki Tang

Hazen High School’s Vicki Tang was named a Washington Scholar for the 11th Legislative District by the Washington Student Achievement Council.

The designation is a prestigious recognition reserved for only the state’s most exemplary high school students. Tang will attend Stanford University, where she hopes to major in biology or math and to continue on to medical school, where she can achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.

 

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Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

UPDATED: The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue. Read more

Liberty Lacrosse Club forms new Eastside youth program

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar LacrosseClubLHS 20130424 Max Batali (20), Liberty freshman defender, and Wyatt Johnson (14), junior defender, go after the ball against Tahoma attacker Blake Lucky (left) and midfielder Dakoda Barger in a lacrosse match April 24 at Maywood Middle School.

By Greg Farrar
Max Batali (20), Liberty freshman defender, and Wyatt Johnson (14), junior defender, go after the ball against Tahoma attacker Blake Lucky (left) and midfielder Dakoda Barger in a lacrosse match April 24 at Maywood Middle School.

The Liberty Lacrosse Club has garnered enough interest to expand its program to include players younger than high school on the Eastside. Read more

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