LifeWire hosts annual gala, auction

April 3, 2014

LifeWire, the state’s largest domestic violence service provider, will host its 2014 benefit gala and auction May 3.

The funds from the World of Hope Gala and Auction provides services in east and north King County to victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The money collected also assists the organization in preventing domestic violence through advocacy, education and support.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

April 3, 2014

Hop to Lake Boren Park for April 19 egg hunt

After a brief hiatus, the Lake Boren Park Easter egg hunt returns April 19.

Contributed A Newcastle family poses with the Easter bunny at the 2011 egg hunt. The popular Easter egg hunt returns to the Earth Day lineup this year.

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A Newcastle family poses with the Easter bunny at the 2011 egg hunt. The popular Easter egg hunt returns to the Earth Day lineup this year.

In the past, the hunt was a pre-Newcastle Earth Day festivity. Volunteers from the Olympus Homeowners Association hid about 500 eggs at the 2011 event.

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Not a very pretty picture

April 3, 2014

You might come to believe by reading this column that my life consists primarily of going to parties, drinking, and then doing something that I regret, and honestly, you would pretty much be right.

This particular column has to do with a recent “Paint and Sip” adventure. You may have heard of these: “paint and sip” or “paint and pour” or — my favorite moniker — “Arts & Carafes,” where a group of people recreate a painting under the tutelage of an artist and under the influence of alcohol.

For Christmas, my nephew gifted my sister Barb with tickets for one of these evenings, paying also for myself and our other sister Susie. It had all the elements for potential fun/disaster: my sisters, alcohol and a task best done sober, Jackson Pollock notwithstanding.

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Renton Technical College student earns prestigious honor

March 6, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. March 6, 2014

Nicklaus Madison

Nicklaus Madison

Nicklaus Madison, a student at Renton Technical College, has been named the state’s 2014 New Century Scholar.

Only 51 community college students from the United States, Canada and American Samoa have received this honor.  Madison and the other award recipients will split a total of $102,000 in scholarship funds. Read more

At last

March 5, 2014

I don’t consider myself to be unlucky, but I also don’t think of myself as someone who wins a lot. In fact the only thing that I can remember winning was in grade school: an Easter bunny cake that the nuns raffled off to benefit poor people in China. I was thrilled when my name was chosen, but less thrilled when I realized what a month on display in the sunshine atop the radiator does to a bunny cake. The coconut fur was the consistency of steel wool, and you needed a circular saw to carve yourself a piece.

In time I became familiar with defeat, and always attempted to be gracious and magnanimous, so I feel especially comfortable in Seattle, the bridesmaid but never the bride, close but no cigar, loud but no Lombardi. The Sonics left, the Mariners disappoint and the Seahawks … well, the Seahawks …

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In the spotlight

March 5, 2014

Chamber of Commerce hosts local sports reporter

Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio host Bill Swartz will be the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s featured speaker at its March 12 luncheon.

Swartz will talk about all things Seattle sports, from the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win to an early outlook on the Mariners’ chances in 2014.

File Bill Swartz, Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio personality, seen here covering the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club, will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s March 12 luncheon.

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Bill Swartz, Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio personality, seen here covering the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club, will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s March 12 luncheon.

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Teen shares love of cooking and healthy eating through blog

March 5, 2014

With a passion for cooking delicious and healthy food, Newcastle teen Madeline Dalton started a blog as a place to share recipes with other people her age.

Dubbed Teens Can Cook, Too, the website is an online cookbook where teens can find food to make for themselves. Dalton, a student at Seattle’s The Bush School, started the blog in November 2010. She now posts recipes about once a week.

Contributed A page from Madeline Dalton’s food blog ‘Teens Can Cook, Too,’ talks about making your own caesar salad.

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A page from Madeline Dalton’s food blog ‘Teens Can Cook, Too,’ talks about making your own caesar salad.

Many of the recipes are vegetarian and gluten-free, foreign combinations in the stereotypical teenage diet of soda and potato chips. In the United States, 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese, a number that has tripled since 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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City to honor volunteers at Feb. 27 event

February 6, 2014

Mack Strong headlines speaking program

A strong culture of volunteerism is one of Newcastle’s greatest points of pride.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours to make the city a better place, and signs of that can be seen everywhere.

It’s there in the trails that were built by Eagle Scouts and maintained by the Newcastle Trails group; it’s in City Hall, where volunteer commissions meet to give their best recommendations to the City Council; and it’s certainly evident in the smiling faces of the families enjoying their time at the city’s volunteer-coordinated summer events.

The city will honor its approximately 300 volunteers at a special appreciation event Feb. 27. Read more

Dog gone

February 6, 2014

When we moved to Olympus almost 24 years ago, our Good Neighbors to the South (the GNS) were already ensconced in their brand new home. Randomly Loud Son was a toddler, and Lovely Daughter was yet to be born. And sometime in the early 2000s, there was another addition: a puppy, a black Corgi mixed with Some Other Brand. His name was Lenny.

Lenny was the only dog in a string of three homes that included the GNS, ourselves and the GNN (Good Neighbors to the North.) He was generally a benign addition. I can’t remember ever chasing him from the yard, or replacing an upended plant or shoveling up his leavings.

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Chamber’s February events highlight Newcastle

February 6, 2014

The city of Newcastle will play a prominent role in the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s February events.

City Manager Rob Wyman and newly elected Mayor Steve Buri will give an update on all the city’s happenings at the Feb. 12 luncheon at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

The lunch, sponsored by Newcastle Jewelers, begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.

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