MMA champ calls Newcastle home

October 31, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Anthony Hamilton, of Newcastle, is the Maximum Fighting Championship’s heavyweight champion.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Anthony Hamilton, of Newcastle, is the Maximum Fighting Championship’s heavyweight champion.

All it took was 12 seconds.

Well, 12 seconds, a swift kick to the face, and moments later, Newcastle resident Anthony Hamilton hoisted a gilded belt above his head, cementing his worth as one of the world’s top heavyweight fighters.

Hamilton bested opponent Smealinho Rama in a Maximum Fighting Championship match in Canada on Oct. 4, earning the league’s title of heavyweight champion of the world.

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Ghoulish decorations

October 31, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Ghoulish decorations Zombie heads and ghosts hang eerily from a tree in the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s Newcastle home. Her Halloween decorations attract visitors from as far as Auburn and West Seattle. See story, Page11.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Zombie heads and ghosts hang eerily from a tree in the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s Newcastle home. Her Halloween decorations attract visitors from as far as Auburn and West Seattle.

Development plans unveiled at Town Hall

October 31, 2013

Lake Boren development, Mutual Materials site headline discussions

About 100 Newcastle residents got their first look at development plans for the Mutual Materials site, and proposals for Lake Boren Park improvements, at the city’s annual town hall meeting Oct. 22.

Representatives from AvalonBay Communities Inc., the firm chosen to purchase the 52-acre Mutual Materials site, met with Newcastle residents for the first time, presenting their conceptual plan for the property.

Brian Fritz, vice president of development, told attendees that the plan for the property comes directly from the city’s Comprehensive Plan which envisions the site as a “mixed-use center attracting local and regional residents alike.”

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Diamond Awards get glitzy to honor top community contributors Nov. 13

October 31, 2013

The Golf Club at Newcastle is set to literally roll out the red carpet for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards Nov. 13.

The annual ceremony that recognizes top community contributors will be an evening affair, emulating a glamorous Hollywood award show, with elements of elegance, formality and fun.

Previous Diamond Awards events have taken place during the day as luncheons.

“We wanted to put together an evening, red-carpet style event to really celebrate and recognize these extraordinary community members in a more visible way,” said Christina Mason, Diamond Awards chairwoman.

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Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board

October 31, 2013

Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.

Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.

Alison Meryweather

Alison Meryweather

Lisa Callan

Lisa Callan

Meryweather has lived in Issaquah for more than 25 years, and she has served with various Parent Teacher Student Association groups for nearly half that time. She has spent time in Olympia as a PTSA advocacy representative, and was part of education reform efforts in 2009. That led to the McCleary decision that is currently revamping the state’s funding of basic education.

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Ed Crow named state’s assistant principal of the year

October 31, 2013

Hazen High School Assistant Principal Ed Crow has been named Washington state’s Assistant Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals.

Crow was selected based on his strong educational leadership, commitment to the needs of his students and his skill in engaging the community in the learning process.

Ed Crow

Ed Crow

The recognition is also based on his ability to create a school climate where students thrive, cultivating a focused team of teachers and building relationships with students, parents and staff.

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Local man seeks familial connections in Newcastle Cemetery

October 31, 2013

There is no denying the feeling that one gets upon setting foot in the historic Newcastle Cemetery.

All at once, there’s a sense of peace, reverence and historical significance emanating from the quiet hillside location.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Dave Abernathy studies a headstone in the Newcastle Cemetery, where he is trying to compile family trees of its occupants.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Dave Abernathy studies a headstone in the Newcastle Cemetery, where he is trying to compile family trees of its occupants.

Each detailed headstone represents a significant piece of Newcastle’s history, and now, a local man is hoping to put faces and families to those buried in the cemetery.

Dave Abernathy, a Newcastle Historical Society member, is creating a record of the families in the cemetery, working to compile genealogic trees of each person who calls it his or her final resting place.

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Dunn and Song square off in County Council District 9 race

October 31, 2013

Two candidates are vying for King County’s District 9 County Council seat in this election.

Incumbent Reagan Dunn faces Shari Song for the large district that encompasses Newcastle and areas south and southwest of Issaquah.

While the position remains nonpartisan, last year Dunn lost a bid for Washington Attorney General, running under the Republican banner. Meanwhile, Song has received an endorsement from the King County Democrats and a number of campaign contributions from Democratic groups.

“King County wants to be this massive regional government,” Dunn said. “We’re not focusing on our constituents like we should.” Read more

Letters

October 31, 2013

Lisa Callan has the best interests of district

When Lisa Callan told me she planned to run for a position on the Issaquah School Board, I was excited both for the Issaquah School District and for Lisa. Lisa has realistic, implementable, and compelling ideas; she is a collaborative team player; and she is dedicated to having a positive influence on this district and the education it provides. Lisa brings skill, thought, intelligence and integrity to every table; her glass is always half full.

Lisa Callan has a knack for putting new ideas into action. As vice president of programs for the Grand Ridge PTSA, Lisa implemented two new programs: Grizzly Guys, a group of fathers and men who encourage male participation in school activities; and the Cultural Diversity Council, a group of multicultural parents who create and implement a weekly cultural curriculum for Grand Ridge students. Lisa also brought the Bellevue Art Museum’s Art of Discovery Project to Grand Ridge. This traveling exhibit showcases art pieces created by Northwest artists and provides a corresponding curriculum for elementary-aged students.

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Editorial

October 31, 2013

Lisa Callan for school board seat

Issaquah School District voters are fortunate to have two excellent choices for school board director seat 4. Both Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan applied for the vacancy last spring when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature.

The school board members struggled with the appointment, first split evenly between the two women. Eventually, Meryweather got the appointment.

Meryweather does have more lobbying experience and her confidence and knowledge makes her a leader in that arena. But community comes first.

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