Newcastle Running Club announces scholarship winners

May 30, 2013

NEW — 5:05 p.m. May 30, 2013

Three high school seniors have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the nonprofit Newcastle Running Club.

Awards were given to Liberty High School student Jessica Basi; and Hazen High School students Mikayla Muratore and Fiona La. All three students demonstrated a willingness to give back to their communities and all are college bound to further their education.

Basi will attend the University of Washington; Muratore is going to Western Washington University; and La will enroll at the University of Pennsylvania.

Winners were chosen based on equal parts of community involvement, grade point average, SAT or ACT test scores, financial need and an essay.

To qualify for the scholarships, the high school seniors must live in Newcastle or attend Hazen or Liberty high schools.

The $3,000 in total scholarships was made possible from proceeds resulting from the 2012 Newcastle 5K Run/Walk during Newcastle Days.

Public Health hosts free child car seat workshop

May 30, 2013

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 30, 2013

Public Health – Seattle & King County wants to make sure a traveling parent’s precious cargo remains safe and secure with a free child car seat check-up event.

Parents and caregivers can have their child safety seat checked by a certified technician at the Coal Creek Family YMCA May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children up to two years old in rear facing seats or until they have reached the maximum height and weight limits of the car seat.

Child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than one year old and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, according to national research.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Library book sale nets more than $2,000

May 30, 2013

NEW — 12:05 p.m. May 30, 2013

The Friends of the Newcastle Library raised $2,180 during its three-day book sale, and an extra $247 in cash donations alone.

The organization collected donations of books throughout the year, accumulating more than 130 boxes filled with materials that were briskly sold at the sale.

The money raised from the sale will allow the group to fund extra programs at the Newcastle Library for the next year.

Learn more about the Friends of the Newcastle Library on the group’s Facebook page at