Election ballots are due Nov. 5

October 31, 2013

The general election is Nov. 5. Mailed ballots require first class postage and must be postmarked by Nov. 5. Voters can return their ballots without a stamp at a 24-hour drop box.

Newcastle’s closest drop box is in Renton, at the King County Elections building, 919 S.W. Grady Way. The box closes at 8 p.m. on election day.

Follow the directions on the ballot envelope for quick accounting. Place the ballot in the security envelope, seal all envelopes and sign the outer envelope, before depositing it in the drop box.

Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

Public Health hosts enrollment events

October 31, 2013

Beginning this fall, Newcastle residents will have a new way to find, compare and enroll in affordable health insurance coverage.

King County Public Health’s Washington Healthplanfinder is a part of the county’s effort to ensure all residents who are newly eligible for health coverage are enrolled.

All health plans offered through Washington Healthplanfinder include basic benefits like doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, maternity care and preventive care.

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Judge appointed to superior court

October 31, 2013

Newcastle resident Julia Garratt was sworn in as a King County Superior Court judge Oct. 23.

Friends, family, neighbors and a slew of elected officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Sheriff John Urquhart, gathered in Seattle for the ceremony.

Inslee appointed Garratt to replace retiring judge Patricia Clark.

 

Revival center hosts recycling bin

October 31, 2013

Seattle Revival Center has joined forces with nonprofit Northwest Center to give back to the community by hosting a convenient drop-off bin for textile recycling.

Residents are encouraged to donate reusable clothing, linens, towels, shoes and other household textiles by dropping off bagged items at the collection bin at 12636 S.E. 89th Place.

The bin will be a permanent addition to the church’s property.

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Police Blotter

October 31, 2013

No permit, no door bell

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person soliciting door-to-door in the 7500 block of 129th Place Southeast Sept. 27. The man was selling magazines and had a reseller permit, but not a city door-to-door permit. The officer gave the man a warning, telling him to get a city permit.

 

Drunken disturbance

Oct. 1, two females were reportedly arguing about driving drunk in the parking lot of the Newcastle Crossing Apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The police contacted an intoxicated resident who said she had been arguing with her mother earlier. The woman agreed to call it a night and go to sleep, so police left.

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Jim Price nominated for Community Leadership Diamond Award

October 31, 2013

Jim Price has lived in Newcastle’s Windtree neighborhood since 1986, before Newcastle was reincorporated as a city. Price was active in the incorporation effort, he attended planning meetings, calling and visiting neighbors, and supporting the incorporation vote with six other active incorporation supporters.

Newcastle Diamond Awards 2013 Nomination for Community Leadership: Jim Price The Community Leadership Award: A community leadership award winner is an individual who demonstrates uncommon initiative and caring, setting an example in the community.

Jim Price

In the early days of the city, Price was asked to head up a review of the county zoning ordinance to fit the concept of a new city. He was a charter member of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, helping write the charter and incorporating the Chamber. Later, he served several terms as a board member and chairman of the chamber. He is still a member of the Chamber.

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Newcastle home goes big for Halloween

October 31, 2013

Long before the calendar flipped to October, and months before stores began selling Halloween candy, Kim Alhadeff was ready for Oct. 31.

It’s her favorite holiday, and if you didn’t already know it, you’d simply have to take a look at the elaborate Halloween decorations of her China Creek neighborhood home.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Tombstones and cobwebs litter the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s Newcastle home.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Tombstones and cobwebs litter the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s Newcastle home.

“We’ve always decorated,” Alhadeff said. “It’s just gotten bigger and bigger every year. All the kids in the neighborhood just expect us to do it now, so we do.”

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Maywood science teacher Marla Crouch heads to sea

October 31, 2013

Study of pollock provides classroom lessons

Contributed Marla Crouch, a Maywood Middle School teacher, handles a fish she’s never seen before, a lumpsucker, during her NOAA Teacher at Sea trip in June.

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Marla Crouch, a Maywood Middle School teacher, handles a fish she’s never seen before, a lumpsucker, during her NOAA Teacher at Sea trip in June.

Maywood Middle School science teacher Marla Crouch is a morning person. She’s at her best waking up at the crack of dawn, preparing to greet the day as it comes.

So, imagine the challenge that came with a 12-hour, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift she managed as a visiting crew member aboard the Oscar Dyson in Alaska, studying pollock, a type of a fish.

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Hazelwood students get visit from Subway’s Jared Fogle

October 31, 2013

As Jared Fogle stood in front of a room of students at Hazelwood Elementary, and unfurled a pair of pants he wore when he weighed 425 pounds, a chorus of “Wows” filled the gym.

Students were amazed that the famous Subway spokesman once required pants with a 60-inch waistband.

It’s the same reaction Fogle gets when he visits schools across the country, doing his part to curb the childhood obesity epidemic.

By Greg Farrar Jared Fogle, the famous advertising spokesman for Subway, is welcomed with a homemade poster by Hazelwood Elementary School students during his Oct. 25 visit. He showed them a pair of jeans with a 60-inch waist that he wore 15 years ago before he changed his diet, exercised and dropped to a 34-inch waist.

By Greg Farrar
Jared Fogle, the famous advertising spokesman for Subway, is welcomed with a homemade poster by Hazelwood Elementary School students during his Oct. 25 visit. He showed them a pair of jeans with a 60-inch waist that he wore 15 years ago before he changed his diet, exercised and dropped to a 34-inch waist.

“By you guys learning a little bit more about my story, it can actually help each and every one of you guys make sure you’re making the healthiest and best decisions to keep yourselves physically active,” Fogle told the students.

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Renton Rotary honors students of the month

October 31, 2013

Elaine Nguyen, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for September.

She maintains a 3.9 grade point average, and is involved in various class officer positions and gymnastics.

Elaine Nguyen

Elaine Nguyen

Nguyen has received a scholar athlete honor and the Pride Award in gymnastics and track and field.

She works part time at Best Pho & Thai Restaurant, and volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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