City honors its volunteers

February 6, 2014

After a year packed with successful community events and valuable projects enhancing neighborhoods, the city is honoring the volunteers who made them happen with a Feb. 27 celebration.

Contributed Volunteers plant trees at Newcastle’s Arbor Day celebration Oct. 26.

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Volunteers plant trees at Newcastle’s Arbor Day celebration Oct. 26.

Whether you worked on several events throughout the year, or donated just a few hours, the city wants you to know the community wouldn’t be the same without you.

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‘This one’s for you, Denny’

January 27, 2014

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Jan. 27, 2014

Dennis Yarnell

Dennis Yarnell

Newcastle Shell station owner, and avid Seattle Seahawks fan, Elizabeth Widseth knew this football season was going to be special.

She knew it long before Russell Wilson took the first snap of the season; long before the Hawks earned a 13-3 record; and long before the victorious team boarded its plane to New Jersey.

Widseth knew good things were in store for the Hawks, when she looked at the calendar and noticed that the Super Bowl was on Feb. 2, exactly a year after her husband, popular Newcastle Shell owner Dennis Yarnell died. Read more

Newcastle Library helps you save money for vacation

January 2, 2014

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014

Once upon a time, you dreamed of taking that Hawaiian vacation in the middle of February. Alas, you had no extra money to fund your sun-seeking trip. How do all those other February travelers save up enough money? Look no further than your local library to help you save toward that goal!

We researched the spending habits of average Americans and found people spend quite a lot on items you can get from your library for free. Let us tantalize you with a few examples of how we can help put money back in your pocket.

Hopefully you are aware of the tremendous variety of books, DVDs and music in our library, but do you know what we offer online? From the comfort of your home, office or anywhere in the world, you can access www.kcls.org using your computer, smartphone or tablet and your library card. From there you can: Read more

Hazelwood hosts annual pancake breakfast and book fair

January 2, 2014

Students, neighbors and family members are invited to get a belly full of pancakes at Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA’s annual pancake breakfast Jan. 11.

The all-you-can-eat affair is from 8-11 a.m. and features mounds of pancakes, as well as sausage, fruit and beverages, all cooked by PTSA volunteers.

File Richard Blakely (right) adds fresh pancakes for Jim Tintinger to deliver to volunteer servers at the annual Hazelwood pancake breakfast in 2012.

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Richard Blakely (right) adds fresh pancakes for Jim Tintinger to deliver to volunteer servers at the annual Hazelwood pancake breakfast in 2012.

The pancake breakfast will again be held in conjunction with the school’s book fair, where signed copies of Newcastle resident Dana Sullivan’s book “Ozzie and the Art Contest” will be available for purchase. Read more

County library system director steps down

January 2, 2014

Bill Ptacek, longtime director of the King County Library System, announced Dec. 19 that he would step down to take a similar position in Alberta, Canada.

Ptacek, who has led KCLS since 1989, will leave to become CEO of the Calgary Public Library on Feb. 1.

Bill Ptacek

Bill Ptacek

During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek’s vision for technology and collection management kept the library system in the forefront of public libraries nationally.

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Laughing all the way – Life of Pie

January 2, 2014

During the holidays, I make pies. When my mother — an excellent baker — passed away, I inherited Christmas Eve and pies. I don’t how that happened, but my sisters are nearly as useless as I am when it comes to food and domesticity, so it may be that as the eldest I felt a misplaced sense of responsibility.

Knowing that we all sucked at it, 20 years ago we videotaped Mother in the kitchen making pies. I transcribed the session after the fact so that we would have 3×5 recipe cards for reference. In doing so, I literally wrote out exactly what Mom said as she did her demo, thinking it funny and assuming that we would remember what it meant. “After adding the water,” she said (and I carefully hand-printed on the cards) “Go like this.” The videotape has long been lost, and so whatever “this” is has been lost as well.

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Cornerstone Studio’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is its biggest ever

December 10, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Cornerstone Studio students use the mirror to watch their movements as they rehearse for the dance school’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Cornerstone Studio students use the mirror to watch their movements as they rehearse for the dance school’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

The classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” is infamous for its Tchaikovsky-scored elegance and timeless story.

The show is performed in studios across the country, punctuated by extravagant sets, glamorous costumes and opulent choreography.

Cornerstone Studio’s production includes all of the grace and style of the original, but it is also likely the only one that mixes in a break-dancing scene or two. Read more

Santa Claus makes annual return trip to Newport Hills

December 4, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to the Newport Hills neighborhood Dec. 14.

Led by a Bellevue Fire Department engine, he’ll tour the neighborhood, hand out treats and collect canned food for those in need.

Contributed Santa tours the Newport Hills neighborhood at a previous December event.

Contributed
Santa tours the Newport Hills neighborhood at a previous December event.

The tour begins at 9 a.m. departing from the fire station on Newcastle Way. After snaking through the community, the tour will end at the Newport Hills Community Shopping Center at 1 p.m.

Santa’s visit is sponsored by the Newport Hills Community Club and local merchants.

View a map of Santa’s route, and learn more about the event at http://bit.ly/newporthillssanta.

 

Chamber member wins national award

December 4, 2013

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce member Brenda Nunes was one of five Realtors nationwide to receive the 2013 EverGreen Award.

Nunes, an Eastside real estate agent, was nominated for the annual award based on her commitments to the green industry, as well as her work within the community.

She serves as an advocate, educator and mentor for green real estate topics, and has been a National Association of Realtors Green instructor since 2008. She has learned green industry skills and has made a commitment to the advancement of the green building industry.

Locals perform in PNW Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

December 4, 2013

Few things signify that it’s the holiday season in the Northwest more than a trip to Seattle’s McCaw Hall to dazzle in the magical experience that is the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the local production, and three Newcastle children are part of it.

Glory Burford, Caitlin Buri and Celena Fornell will all take the stage for the show’s 2013 season.

Performances began Nov. 30 and continue through Dec. 29. Tickets range in price from $25 to $140 and can be purchased online at www.pnb.org, in person at 301 Mercer St. in Seattle or by calling 206-441-2424.

 

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