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November 3, 2011

Events

Close to My Heart Santa Workshop is at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Make fun cards for friends and families. Cost is $10. Get location by RSVPing to lisa@lisasargent.net or calling 255-3731.

The Newcastle Weed Warriors next project is maintenance and restoration work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Lake Boren, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Childhaven and the Seattle Seahawks team up for their 10th annual dinner and auction Nov. 14, to benefit Childhaven, a 102-year-old organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. The “Evening of Healing, Hugs & Hope” starts at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Grand Ballroom. Go to www.childhaven.org/auction or call 206-957-4896.

 

Public meetings

All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4363.

  • Parks Commission — 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9
  • City Council — 7-10 p.m. Nov. 15
  •  Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16

Newport Way Library Association Meeting — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue

The Newcastle Trails board meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road.

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Newcastle couple named Washingtonians of the Year

October 9, 2011

Retired Seahawks fullback Mack Strong and the executive director of HOPE worldwide Washington, Zoë Higheagle-Strong, were honored as recipients of the Association of Washington Generals’ annual “Washingtonian of the Year” award.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen emceed the Sept. 17 event at Seahawks headquarters to celebrate the married couple’s accomplishments.

The award recipients are residents of Newcastle.

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Mack Strong, Zoë Higheagle-Strong named Washingtonians of the Year

September 12, 2011

NEW — 2:20 p.m., Sept. 12, 2011

Retired Seahawks fullback Mack Strong and Executive Director of HOPE worldwide – Washington Zoë Higheagle-Strong will be honored as recipients of the Association of Washington Generals’ annual Washingtonian of the Year award.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen will emcee the Sept. 17 event at Seahawks headquarters to celebrate the couple’s accomplishments.

Strong and Higheagle-Strong are residents of Newcastle.

The reception will start at 5 p.m. at the Seahawks Headquarters/Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Along with featuring the Washingtonian of the Year and highlights of AWG projects, the event will include tours of the VMAC, Blue Thunder Drum Line, Sea Gals, refreshments and a barbecue.

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Former NFL star stresses the need to mentor youth

July 3, 2009

Mack Strong tells Chamber of Commerce  about his foundation, TeamWorks Academy

By Jim Feehan
One positive, healthy influence in a child’s life can do wonders. For former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong, of Newcastle, that came from his high school football coach.
During his freshman year, Strong told his coach he didn’t like getting hit on the football field and that he was going to try out for the basketball team.
The coach took him aside and asked Strong if he wanted to attend college and not pay for it.
“Stick with football,” the coach said. “Mack, I’ve seen you play basketball.”
Strong stuck with football. He went on to become the second leading rusher in Georgia high school history (second only to Herschel Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy and later played in the NFL). Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Georgia, Strong played his entire 15-year career with the Seahawks. Strong was selected to the Pro Bowl twice in his career, in 2005 and 2006.
During a speech before the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce on June 10, he stressed the importance of mentoring youngsters.
“My high school coach was arguably the most important person in my life growing up,” he said.
Two years ago, Strong announced his intention to retire due to a neck injury.
“It was really a no-brainer, my decision to retire,” he said after suffering a herniated disc and having his spine fused. “I then had to start living a real life instead of living a make-believe life as a pro athlete.”
Since retiring from football, he’s gone into broadcasting with Fox Sports Northwest and radio station KJR. He also founded TeamWorks Academy with his wife, Zoe, which mentors and tutors American Indians on the Tulalip and Muckleshoot reservations.
The couple is also active with Childhaven. In April, the Strongs received the Mark Matthews Service to Children Award at Childhaven’s centennial celebration. The award is presented in honor of the Rev. Mark Matthews, who founded the Seattle Day Nursery in 1909. The name was changed to Childhaven in 1985.
The Strongs also participated in last fall’s Tackle Child Abuse, a fundraising event involving the Seahawks and benefiting Childhaven.
Strong said he always appreciated the mentors in his life. He encourages children to work hard, invest in relationships and never give up.
As an undrafted free agent in 1993, Strong said he learned a great deal from veteran teammates.
“I appreciated having someone taking me under their wings,” he said. “When I played football, I played to win. Every kid can be a winner if he works hard, invests in friends and never gives up.”
One positive, healthy influence in a child’s life can do wonders. For former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong, of Newcastle, that came from his high school football coach. Read more

Newcastle residents Mack and Zoe Strong to be honored at Childhaven centennial luncheon April 23

March 24, 2009

NEW — 2:10 p.m. March 24, 2009

Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong and his wife Zoe will receive the Mark Matthews Service to Children Award at Childhaven’s centennial celebration luncheon April 23.

The Mark Matthews Service to Children Award is presented in honor of the Rev. Mark Matthews, who founded the Seattle Day Nursery in 1909. The name changed to Childhaven in 1985.

 

Zoe and Mack Strong

Zoe and Mack Strong

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