Laughing all the way — Check me out

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:41 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Beginning in October, microchips will be embedded in our credit cards like they are in the rest of the known universe, and instead of swiping them, we will be inserting them into a slot and pulling them back out. In the near future, you still may need to sign your name, but at some point in time that will no longer be necessary.

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Graduates — University of Washington, spring 2015

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:37 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The following Newcastle students graduated in the spring quarter at the University of Washington:

Katelyn Mellinger, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Hannah Won, Bachelor of Arts, interdisciplinary visual arts; Jeffrey Kimmel, Bachelor of Science, biology; Brandon Willis, Bachelor of Arts, political science; Dragos Puscalau, Bachelor of Science, bioengineering; Troy Colyer, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, marketing; Nathanael Rollins, Bachelor of Science, chemical engineering; Julian Li, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration; Brandon Song, Bachelor of Arts, international studies; Ky To, Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering; Angela Liu, Bachelor of Arts, interactive media design; Alexander Lindahl, Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering; Yongmin Yoo, Bachelor of Design, interaction design; Bernard Ellouk, Bachelor of Arts, psychology and political science; Daniel Elworth, Bachelor of Science, materials science and engineering; Alex Song, Bachelor of Arts, international studies; Joshua Trager, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, marketing; Mihai Ion, Bachelor of Science, biology; Richa Bharadwaj, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, accounting; Marika Tindall-Ralph, Bachelor of Arts, sociology; Isaac Hill, Bachelor of Arts, mathematics; Shayna Waldbaum, Bachelor of Science, microbiology; Lisa Pesin, Bachelor of Arts, media and communication studies.

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.

Dean’s list — University of Washington, spring 2015

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The following Newcastle students made the University of Washington spring quarter 2015 dean’s list:

Tyler Bauer, Taylor Cates, Neil Chakravarty, Jacky Cheung, Roland Deex, Parisa Emam, Nathanael Jones, Min Kim, Jeffrey Kimmel, Jason Lee, Stephanie Lee, Julian Li, Brian Luu, Jordan Metz, Nickolas Nagel, Logan Nishioku, Anna Pendleton, Jonathan Pendleton, Tia Riley, Kayla Shaffron, Simerjot Singh, Diem To, Nicholas Turner, Kendall Watanabe, Hannah Won, Yongmin Yoo

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.

Honor roll — Washington State University

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:33 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The following students were named to the Washington State University honor roll for the 2015 summer semester:

Newcastle: Stacey Quach

Renton: Jordan Beck, Harrison Diemert, Evan Fiore, Jenna Hamilton and Jennifer Harmon

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.

Next Back2WorkNow session is Sept. 30

September 21, 2015

NEW — 3:07 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015

Reinvigorate your job search with a five-session boot camp.

Back2WorkNow is a program designed to help unemployment insurance recipients who are exhausting or have already exhausted their funds to gain employment.

The program helps job seekers look at ways to approach their search differently and gives attendees the confidence to get back to work.

The next session is 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at WorkSource Renton, 500 S.W. Seventh St., Suite 100, Renton.

Contact Jan Herrin at Jan.Herrin@kingcounty.gov for more information.

Laughing all the way — Paradise Lost

September 4, 2015

NEW  — 10 a.m. Sept. 4, 2015

I mentioned in a recent column that we would be road touring the vast and empty spaces of southeastern Oregon and jumping the borders between Washington and Idaho before heading home. It was a great trip. The vistas were endless, and road signs that declared “No service for the next 45 miles” were abundant. It was paradise.

DetmerColumn 20150800But here’s what was not paradise: the fact that we’d planned the trip as a series of one-night stands. It seemed like a great idea when we looked at the map, but in practice, we realized that the Wake Up/Pack Up/Leave model was not for us. From the start, it was clear that this was going to be a trip to the Land of the Lost. Witness:

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‘Broadway at Boren’ kicks off Newcastle Days

September 4, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2015

Max Willoughby needed to get in character.

So, the 10-year-old Newcastle resident let out a repeated “ribbit.” He was, after all, playing a frog in one of the numbers at the upcoming musical revue, “Broadway at Boren.”

By Christina Corrales-Toy Candace Larson, a choreographer for the ‘Broadway at Boren’ musical performance, leads local actors through rehearsal at the Seattle Revival Center on Aug. 29. ‘Broadway at Boren’ is at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Lake Boren Park.

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Candace Larson, a choreographer for the ‘Broadway at Boren’ musical performance, leads local actors through rehearsal at the Seattle Revival Center on Aug. 29. ‘Broadway at Boren’ is at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Lake Boren Park.

Willoughby joined five other local performers at the Seattle Revival Center on Aug. 29 for rehearsal of the show at Lake Boren Park. A cast of community members will dance and belt out tunes from various hit musicals in the hourlong “Broadway at Boren” spectacular at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Read more

Laughing all the way — Pedal faster! And provide TMI!

August 7, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 7, 2015

On July 8, I turned 65. I made my usual trip to the Y and headed to an elliptical machine, deciding  to commemorate the first time that I put my new age into the program by taking a picture of it. I punched it in and started moving, but looking through the phone viewfinder, I realized that I was bouncing up and down too much, so I stopped. By the time I focused and clicked, the message had changed from a benign “65” to a blinking and insistent “Pedal Faster!” in red capital letters. An excellent mantra! I think I’ll have a T-shirt made.

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Newcastles of the world

July 27, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 27, 2015

A funny thing appeared in my inbox this morning.

NewcastlesoftheWorldThe email’s subject read, “Newcastles of the World,” and asked if I was interested in learning about other towns and cities that share the Newcastle name.

Attached was a newsletter entitled “Newcastles News,” not to be confused with our Newcastle News.

Newcastles News chronicles happenings at Newcastles across the globe. With a simple perusal, I went on an international tour of Newcastles and learned some really fascinating things — for example: 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

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