Energize Eastside, traffic calming, dominate town hall

July 2, 2015

Speed bumps and power lines were the hot topics of conversation at the city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting June 16.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

During the meeting’s second hour, the Newcastle City Council fielded audience questions, with a sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street using the time to express concerns about speeding on the street. Read more

Laughing all the way — Grounded

July 2, 2015

Most of our friends are world travelers, people who fill up their passports and have to get fresh ones before their expiration date, folks with high-six-figure frequent flier miles who go to Singapore for a weekend of shopping and lead tours to Italy, Argentina and South Africa to enjoy food and wine. These friends have family abroad, think nothing of flying over the pole and visit Kenyan orphanages after starting nonprofits to benefit them.

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On the other hand, The Sainted One and I are quite excited about our summer vacation. We’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and my 65th birthday with a road trip through Eastern Oregon and Washington, with stops at the Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds and a microbrewery festival in La Grande. We’ll spend two nights in Joseph and our last night in Wenatchee. As our virgin passports gather dust at home, we’ll be making dust of our own, following thin dotted lines on maps in search of something interesting, visiting small town bars and chatting with the regulars, searching for geocaches, and because we’re Vacation Book Bingers, plowing through two or three books apiece. Read more

Liberty students win big at History Day contest

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School students took home a slew of top awards at the 2015 Washington State History Day competition May 2.

This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The school sent 16 students to the contest at Green River Community College, and eight of them qualified for the national competition by placing in the top two of their categories.

Vincy Fok, Lorrin Johnson and Issabelle Hayden’s project about Edward R. Murrow earned first place in the senior group exhibit category.

Carlyn Schmidgall, Lauryn Hepp and Sally Rim earned first place for their group website about John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read more

Newcastle students graduate from college

July 2, 2015

Newcastle students graduate from college

  • Luc Charbonneau, of Newcastle, graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, with a Bachelor of Arts in geology.
  • Alexander Hopper, of Newcastle, graduated May 28, with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University, in New Orleans.
  • Cassandra Beck, of Newcastle, graduated June 20 from Marylhurst University, in Marylhurst, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Science in business management.
  • Reid Fredrickson, of Newcastle, graduated May 24, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of San Diego, in San Diego, California.

Did you or your child make the dean’s list, graduate or receive a special collegiate honor? Email your college news to newcastle@isspress.com and we’ll publish it in an upcoming issue.

Fourth of July kicks off summer schedule

July 2, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

Renton School Board honors Hazen seniors

July 2, 2015

Twelve Hazen High School students were recognized as outstanding seniors by Renton School Board members at their May 12 meeting.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

The honorees were Jesse Choi, Pauline Mogilevsky, Lina Li, Sarah Sherrod, Sablena Milinganyo, Eddie Garcia, Connor Broughton, Connor Garrels, Ryan Howe, Shelby Mathison, Tudi Le and Spencer Chin.

Editorial — Don’t leave kids, dogs to die in hot cars

July 2, 2015

It must be horrible to be trapped in a very hot, small space, yearning for water, gasping for air and begging to be released.

Despite the fact that scenario will horrify most readers, every single summer, police get calls about children and dogs trapped in hot cars.

Temperatures have been in the 80s in recent days and it’s not midsummer yet.

On average, 37 children across the country have died each year since 1998 from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles, according to www.noheatstroke.org. Read more

Italene Gaddis joins artists at day of music

July 2, 2015

Musician Italene Gaddis has no problem traveling across Western Washington, performing daily at various sites.

Luckily for her, she won’t have to travel far for a special July 25 gig.

The 90-year-old Newcastle resident’s commute will be just minutes when she performs at the Newcastle Library’s day of music.

Gaddis’ performance is just a small part of a day dedicated to music education, music crafts and music programs for all ages.

The “Music Space” event starts at 10 a.m. At that time, attendees can take advantage of three hands-on activities. Read more

Newcastle students make dean’s list, honor roll

July 2, 2015

Newcastle students make dean’s list, honor roll

  • Lindsey Kranz, of Newcastle, was recently named to the Gonzaga University president’s list for the spring 2015 semester.
  • The following Newcastle students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2015 semester: Carolyn Aibinder, Nicole Aibinder, Rachel Atwood, Shannon Heric, Ryan Maio, Stacey Quach, Alexandra Stuj and Brandon Yan.
  • Molly Gallagher, of Newcastle, was named to the spring 2015 semester dean’s list at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho.
  • Emily Franceschina, of Newcastle, was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list, Carroll College, in Helena, Montana.

Did you or your child make the dean’s list, graduate or receive a special collegiate honor? Email your college news to newcastle@isspress.com and we’ll publish it in an upcoming issue.

 

Local athletes commit to colleges

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony in April.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Read more

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