An open apology to what’s your name

November 7, 2014


I know that you told me your name. I probably repeated it as we shook hands, and I likely nodded as if I was embedding it into my gray matter. But my gray matter is slippery. I forgot. It’s what I do. Read more

Newcastle teen shares first in international competition

October 3, 2014

PianoProdigyMaxMa 20140700Newcastle’s own Max Ma shared first prize in The Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz One-Piano, Four Hands Ensemble in the seventh annual New York International Piano Competition. Read more

Son of Cargo Pants

October 3, 2014

DetmerColumn 20141000This is a sad time of year for The Sainted One, and it’s not because he’s turning 75. He’s melancholy because he will no longer be wearing his beloved cargo shorts. Read more

Dazzlin’ Newcastle Days

October 3, 2014


Local students make dean’s lists

October 3, 2014

Washington State University

Chelsea Aleesha Moorhead and Alexandra Stuj, of Newcastle, made the president’s honor roll for the 2014 summer semester at Washington State University in Pullman.

Azusa Pacific University

Nathan Gibson, of Newcastle, made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif. for the 2014 spring term. Read more

Newcastle native inspires PEMCO’s newest Northwest Profile

August 29, 2014

PEMCO Insurance introduced audiences to Sandals & Socks Guy, Goat Renter Guy and First Snowflake Freakout Lady through its offbeat advertising campaign highlighting Northwest Profiles.

Now, you can add Nothing Between Me and My Tan Man to the list of quirky Northwest characters, thanks to inspiration from Newcastle native Alex Bell.

Bell, a 2009 Liberty High School graduate, won a PEMCO video contest in 2012, as the company sought new profiles for its “We’re A Lot Like You. A Little Different.” advertising campaign. Read more

September calendar

August 29, 2014


Newcastle Days, food, games and music by the lake, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 10, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker King County Sheriff John Urquhart, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at

Chamber Networking Breakfast, guest speaker Beth A. McDaniel presents “Taking Care of Business: the six most important documents,” 7:15-8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, free, register at

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The Great Bishop’s Weed War of 2014

August 29, 2014

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I loved my grandfather’s garden when I was a child. There were brick walkways under grape arbors, a fish pond surrounded by waving grasses and weathered little outbuildings. It was a magical place to play. I have fond memories of the Bishop’s Weed that was captured between the driveway and the house foundation. Please note that word: “captured.” And not only was it captured, but its roots were regularly frozen solid during the harsh Illinois winters. Read more

Wife of former councilman dies

August 29, 2014

Ann Marie Putter, the wife of longtime Newcastle City Councilman Sonny Putter, passed away Aug. 14.

Ann Marie was a graduate of Sammamish High School and the University of Southern California, where she studied music and music therapy.

Sonny served as a council member for 17 of the city’s 20 years, retiring from his post at the end of 2011. In 1994, he was elected to a 20-month term on the interim City Council. He was re-elected for four more consecutive terms.

Ann Marie is survived by her husband Sonny and son Yoni. A service was held in her honor in Shoreline on Aug. 17.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Jewish Federation, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Kline Galland Home or a charity of your choice.

HomeStreet Bank raises $50,000 at golf club

August 29, 2014

HomeStreet Bank and law firm Davis Wright Tremaine raised $50,000 for two Seattle nonprofits at the second annual charity golf tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle July 9.

Bellwether Housing and YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish will each receive $25,000.

Bellwether Housing provides affordable rental housing for low-wage working people and their families and for low-income seniors. YWCA Seattle-King Snohomish works to combat racism and empower women in local communities, moving women and families out of crisis and into safe and independent living environments and lifestyles.

The event was a sell-out, with 288 golfers participating on the China Creek and Coal Creek courses. Golfers included HomeStreet management and directors, DWT lawyers, clients, event sponsors and other members of the greater Puget Sound community.

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