Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off the field

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior, has taken no prisoners while on the fastpitch mound during her prep career, but as a giving youth volunteer is as kind off the field as she is aggressive on.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior, has taken no prisoners while on the fastpitch mound during her prep career, but as a giving youth volunteer is as kind off the field as she is aggressive on.

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle. Read more

Hazen’s Dominic Green signs with UW

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Hazen senior Dominic Green goes for the score in the Highlanders win over Liberty. Green recently switched his pledge from ASU to UW.

By Greg Farrar
Hazen senior Dominic Green goes for the score in the Highlanders win over Liberty. Green recently switched his pledge from ASU to UW.

Once Dominic Green secured his release from the scholarship he signed last November with Arizona State University, the record-breaking Hazen High School star knew he wanted to continue his basketball career close to home.

After an informal visit to the University of Washington at the end of April, the 6-foot-7 small forward became intrigued about joining its stellar 2015 incoming freshman class that’s ranked second in the Pac-12 and ninth nationally by Scout.com. Read more

Hazen’s Graham Manson takes second at 5K

April 30, 2015

Contributed Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

Contributed
Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

Newcastle runner Graham Manson posted a career finish at the Mercer Island 5K on March 22.

Manson, a 16-year-old Hazen High School junior, earned second place overall. He outran 833 competitors and was first in his age group, finishing the race in 18 minutes, 57 seconds. Read more

Run with the fuzz

April 30, 2015

Contributed Newcastle Police Department officers Steve Kajihiro (second from left), Scott Yamamoto (fourth from left) and Chief Melinda Irvine (second from right) join their friends, including Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon (far right), for a pre-race photo at the Seahawks’ 12K/5K run at The Landing in Renton on April 17.

Contributed
Newcastle Police Department officers Steve Kajihiro (second from left), Scott Yamamoto (fourth from left) and Chief Melinda Irvine (second from right) join their friends, including Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon (far right), for a pre-race photo at the Seahawks’ 12K/5K run at The Landing in Renton on April 17.

Trails club announces scholarship opportunity

April 25, 2015

NEW — 11:30 a.m. April 25, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.

This year’s topic: Participate in one hike sponsored by the trails club (see schedule at issaquahalps.org) and one trail work party through the Washington Trails Association or the Mountains to Sound Greenway. (Trail work parties are listed on their respective websites; some are also listed on the trails club website.) Read more

Coal Creek Family YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

April 22, 2015

NEW — 11:30 a.m. April 22, 2015

On Saturday, April 25, the Coal Creek Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as Rugged Warrior Challenge, rock climbing wall, family boot camp, free helmet sizing and giveaway, free youth fingerprinting and ID for parents, photobooth and much more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

Celebrated at nearly 1,300 YMCA’s across the country, Healthy Kids Day aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Read more

Candidate workshops set for April 24-25

April 15, 2015

NEW — 10:55 a.m. April 15, 2015

Election season is right around the corner, and the King County Elections Office wants to help citizens get the most out of their candidacies.

King County Elections is hosting two free candidate workshops April 24 and 25. The two-hour sessions cover the ins-and-outs of becoming a candidate for public office, including important filing deadlines, campaign sign regulations and basic public disclosure information.

Both the April 24 (2-4 p.m.) and April 25 (10 a.m. to noon) workshops are held at the King County Elections Office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton. RSVP by email to election.operations@kingcounty.gov. Workshops will be cancelled if enrollment is low.

The terms for four Newcastle City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 1 (Lisa Jensen), council position No. 2 (Carol Simpson), council position No. 3 (Steve Buri) and council position No. 4 (Gordon Bisset). Read more

Newcastle Earth Day kickoff is Thursday

April 13, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. April 13, 2015

All those planning to exhibit, volunteer or attend Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration are invited to a special kick-off event two days before the big festival.

This month’s Newcastle Chamber of Commerce after-hours networking event is dedicated to a social kickoff of the April 18 Earth Day event. Earth Day enthusiasts are encouraged to mingle with those that will be working the event on Saturday.

“Meet others that you normally don’t have time to meet while tending your booth,” Newcastle Earth Day Chairwoman Grace Stiller said in an email. “We’ll reminisce of the first Earth Day celebrations – hippie style!”

Light refreshments and a no-host bar will be available at the April 16 event held at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. It goes from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Learn more about the Newcastle Earth Day festival here.

Bartell Drugs collects ‘bear hugs’ through May 2

April 8, 2015

NEW — 4:40 p.m. April 8, 2015

Bartell Drugs is helping to give “bear hugs” to children in stressful or traumatic situations as the Puget Sound area drugstore chain teams up again with Warm 106.9 FM in the annual Teddy Bear Patrol campaign through May 2.

In addition, Bartell and Warm 106.9 have teamed up for special collection events at Bartell locations with the station’s on-air personalities and fire and police personnel on hand to personally accept donations for the drive.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Bartell Drugs’ 60 stores in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties are designated locations for teddy bear donations. Purchase an official “Bartell Bear” for $8 and Bartell will donate a second bear to the campaign.

The Newcastle store is at 6939 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Learn more about the program at www.bartelldrugs.com.

Chamber hosts presentation about Shared Work program

April 7, 2015

NEW — 10:35 a.m. April 7, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Chad Pearson, of the state’s Employment Security Department, at its April 8 luncheon.

Pearson will present information about how the state’s Shared Work Program can prevent layoffs and keep skilled staff when business slows.

The Shared Work Program offers businesses an alternative to laying off workers. Instead, employers may reduce the work hours for permanent employees, and the workers can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.

This allows businesses to weather downturns without losing skilled employees. It also gives workers an opportunity to keep their jobs part time while collecting unemployment benefits for time they are not working.

The April luncheon begins at 11 a.m. April 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

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