Newcastle Library helps you save money for vacation

January 2, 2014

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014

Once upon a time, you dreamed of taking that Hawaiian vacation in the middle of February. Alas, you had no extra money to fund your sun-seeking trip. How do all those other February travelers save up enough money? Look no further than your local library to help you save toward that goal!

We researched the spending habits of average Americans and found people spend quite a lot on items you can get from your library for free. Let us tantalize you with a few examples of how we can help put money back in your pocket.

Hopefully you are aware of the tremendous variety of books, DVDs and music in our library, but do you know what we offer online? From the comfort of your home, office or anywhere in the world, you can access www.kcls.org using your computer, smartphone or tablet and your library card. From there you can: Read more

King County deputy arrested in Newcastle

January 2, 2014

UPDATED — 12:40 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014

Police arrested an on-duty King County Sheriff’s deputy in Newcastle Dec. 31, after a citizen called to report the officer was passed out in his parked patrol car.

The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the Starbucks parking lot at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway. The officer was not a member of the Newcastle Police Department, according to an email from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, and wasn’t working overtime in the city.

Three King County deputies, including a sergeant and captain, arrived on the scene and were able to wake the deputy. The officer showed “signs of impairment but alcohol was not suspected,” according to a release from King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West. Read more

Hazelwood hosts annual pancake breakfast and book fair

January 2, 2014

Students, neighbors and family members are invited to get a belly full of pancakes at Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA’s annual pancake breakfast Jan. 11.

The all-you-can-eat affair is from 8-11 a.m. and features mounds of pancakes, as well as sausage, fruit and beverages, all cooked by PTSA volunteers.

File Richard Blakely (right) adds fresh pancakes for Jim Tintinger to deliver to volunteer servers at the annual Hazelwood pancake breakfast in 2012.

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Richard Blakely (right) adds fresh pancakes for Jim Tintinger to deliver to volunteer servers at the annual Hazelwood pancake breakfast in 2012.

The pancake breakfast will again be held in conjunction with the school’s book fair, where signed copies of Newcastle resident Dana Sullivan’s book “Ozzie and the Art Contest” will be available for purchase. Read more

Calendar

January 2, 2014

Events

Newcastle Boy Scout Christmas Tree pickup, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4, place Christmas trees on curbs by 9 a.m., donations accepted in envelopes attached to trees, learn more at bit.ly/1h1OQ8j

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, 206-618-5641. This month’s topic is “Discover treasure in Newcastle.” Regency Newcastle introduces two of its valuable residents to talk about their personal history. Their presentations will be followed with an interactive question-and-answer segment. Paul Reynolds will also present tips and tools for preparing for life in the senior years.

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County library system director steps down

January 2, 2014

Bill Ptacek, longtime director of the King County Library System, announced Dec. 19 that he would step down to take a similar position in Alberta, Canada.

Ptacek, who has led KCLS since 1989, will leave to become CEO of the Calgary Public Library on Feb. 1.

Bill Ptacek

Bill Ptacek

During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek’s vision for technology and collection management kept the library system in the forefront of public libraries nationally.

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Renton unveils new school designs

January 2, 2014

NAC Architecture Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building. Below, the school’s site plan shows how the architect envisions the layout of the school.

NAC Architecture
Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building. Below, the school’s site plan shows how the architect envisions the layout of the school.

The Renton School District unveiled the latest designs of its future Newcastle middle school at a Dec. 5 open house.

One of the major changes made to the layout since the district’s July 18 Newcastle open house was the decision to move the bus drop-off to 116th Avenue Southeast. It was previously situated along Newcastle Way.

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Maywood student goes above and beyond for a good cause

January 2, 2014

A whole lot of families will eat well this holiday season, thanks to Maywood Middle School’s annual food drive benefitting Northwest Harvest.

Students took the challenge seriously to bring in as much canned and nonperishable food as possible, collecting about 3,500 pounds of donations.

Contributed Sam Catherall, a Maywood Middle School eighth-grader, stands among the 576 pounds of canned and nonperishable food he collected for his school’s annual food drive.

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Sam Catherall, a Maywood Middle School eighth-grader, stands among the 576 pounds of canned and nonperishable food he collected for his school’s annual food drive.

One student in particular, though, went above and beyond in his quest to bring needy families a dash of holiday cheer.

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Freshman phenoms take center stage

January 2, 2014

By Greg Farrar Freshmen varsity athletes (from left), swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country runners and twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans, ‘We Are One.’

By Greg Farrar
Freshmen varsity athletes (from left), swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country runners and twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans, ‘We Are One.’

Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.

Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.

Liberty sports teams found a lot of success this fall, due in no small part to these budding stars.

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Pool boys

January 2, 2014

 New Northwest Water Polo Club features Newcastle residents

The temperature couldn’t have been higher than 32 degrees.

Puddles of water turned to ice outside the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club, and signs warned visitors to watch their step.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Water polo buddies (from left) Blair Voorhees, Peyton Thomas and Jacob Hepp brave freezing Nov. 21 temperatures to get a workout in at the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club’s outdoor pool.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Water polo buddies (from left) Blair Voorhees, Peyton Thomas and Jacob Hepp brave freezing Nov. 21 temperatures to get a workout in at the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club’s outdoor pool.

And yet there they were, a group of water polo enthusiasts practicing in the facility’s outdoor pool as steam emanated from the water.

“It’s worth it because the game is really fun,” said Newcastle resident Jacob Hepp, 14, a member of the newly founded Northwest Water Polo Club.

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Hazen wrestlers tackle pancreatic cancer

January 2, 2014

Highlanders host annual fundraiser

From the moment wrestlers step onto the mat, a match becomes a one-on-one battle of skill between opponents.

It may seem like the ultimate individual sport as the athlete approaches the mat alone, but that couldn’t be farther from the case — just ask the Hazen High School wrestling team.

Contributed Rory Magana (second from left), Hazen High School wrestling coach, stands with his wife Alyssa, mother Susie and brother Kyle at last year’s Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer event.

By Rob Nichols
Rory Magana (second from left), Hazen High School wrestling coach, stands with his wife Alyssa, mother Susie and brother Kyle at last year’s Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer event.

“We all need each other in this sport, even if it’s an individual sport,” said Hazen senior Jairo Barahona. “In the end, we all depend on each other.”

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