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.

Community spotlight

July 31, 2014

Contributed Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The bland plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The band plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series continues in August, starting with Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, on Aug. 6. Read more

Newcastle plans National Night Out events

July 31, 2014

Newcastle will join cities across the country to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 5.

The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.

National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.

The Donegal Park neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E. Neighbors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and food for grilling on the park’s barbeque, said event coordinator Lorinda Ecklund. Read more

Laughing all the way

July 31, 2014

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Jack and the ice cream man. Uh, woman. Truck. Small open vehicle.

I recently wrote an article about the overhyped tests that you can take to find out how old you really are. Who needs a test? While watching my 32-month-old grandnephew Jack a few weeks ago, I easily found out how old I really am, and discovered the same about him.

I am 8. Jack is 52.

Jack is a very smart, thoughtful and cautious child who went directly from observant silence to sentences like, “Mom, did you play with dollhouses when you were a little girl?” and who often begins conversations with, “Mom, I have an idea …”

I watch him every Tuesday for a few hours, and on that day several weeks ago, the stars aligned, the Summer Gods smiled and the ice cream truck came to our neighborhood while I had him. Jack was at the kitchen table eating blueberry yogurt when I heard the unmistakable sound of summer treats approaching. I popped up from my chair and cried, “The ice cream man! The ice cream truck!” Jack looked up from his yogurt. “Jack! The ice cream man is coming! The truck is on the way! Can you hear it?”

Jack heard something all right: me, yelling at full volume from three feet away.

Grabbing some money and heading out the door, I asked The Sainted One to keep an eye on our charge. I ran down our steep driveway and looked up the street. The truck was stopped at a cul-de-sac north of us, and our Good Neighbor to the West and her Lovely Daughter were paying for their purchases. I ran back up the hill, grabbed Jack from the porch where he was now waiting, and tugged him towards the street, but before we could get there, the truck took a tight turn and puttered away from us.

Hearing my wail of dismay, Lovely Daughter chased it up the street and around the corner but had no luck finding it. At the same time, The Sainted One was backing down the driveway to go to the store. Or so he thought. His new mission was to follow the sound of the truck and bring it back.

Jack and I hurried up to the main street so that we wouldn’t be bypassed, with me jabbering the whole way about summer and ice cream men and trucks. Within minutes, the truck slowly approached us with my husband in the car behind it, pushing it along like a sheepdog herding Merino sheep. Jack solemnly held my hand as the parade approached. I could almost hear his thoughts:

“I’m pretty sure that’s not a truck. I can’t define precisely what it is, but it is not a truck.”

“That is not a man. I distinctly remember hearing ‘ice cream man,’ but that is a woman.”

“That is not ice cream as I know it. Where is the ice cream? I see only frozen treats.”

Because Jack remained mute, I followed the suggestion of the ice cream woman and bought him a cartoon character Popsicle featuring bulging blue jawbreaker eyes that scared the hell out of him. He wouldn’t touch it. The next Tuesday, I chopped it up, put it in a bowl and gave it to him with a spoon. He liked it just fine.


You can reach Pat Detmer — who also used to get very excited when Santa came by in the fire truck — at


Concerts in the Park start in July

July 2, 2014

By Amy Coppersmith Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

By Amy Coppersmith
Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off in July, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band, on July 23. Read more

Movin’ to Movies & Musicals

July 2, 2014

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By Greg Farrar
Girls in the Creative Movement 2 class perform the dance piece ‘Rainbow Connection’ to music sung by Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie.’

Cornerstone Studio’s annual dance recital June 22 revolved around ‘Movies and Musicals,’ at the Newport High School Performing Arts Center. Three shows featured two-dozen dance, ballet and tap numbers representing the music genres from classic and pop to hip-hop and rock. View the full slideshow from the event here.


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