Regency Newcastle honored

July 1, 2011

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies has awarded Regency Newcastle with its annual innovation award.

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies awards Regency Newcastle with its annual innovation award.

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies awards Regency Newcastle with its annual innovation award.

To receive the award, the facility needed to be a NARA member, demonstrate new practices with tangible outcomes — such as customer satisfaction — and serve as a model to other rehab businesses.

NARA recognized Regency Newcastle in June for its exercise and physical therapy classes, which it offers through its partnership with Renton-base Summit Pacific Rehabilitation’s outpatient services.

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Columnists Pat Detmer wins national newspaper award

July 1, 2011

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in May recognized Newcastle News columnist Pat Detmer for her monthly column “Laughing All the Way,” awarding her an honorable mention for best humorous columnist in a newspaper with a distribution of less than 50,000 copies.

Pat Detmer

The honor was given as part of the organization’s annual awards. Three columnists from across the country were nominated for the top prize; Detmer was the only honorable mention named in the category.

“It made me feel good,” she said, adding that she was very pleased when she heard the news. “My heart skipped a little beat.”
She sent the organization three columns that appeared in Newcastle News in 2010, and she said cartoonist Dana Sullivan — whose sketches accompany her columns — helped her get noticed on the national scale.
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American Heart Association honors Valley Medical Center

June 3, 2011

For the second year in a row, the American Heart Association awarded Valley Medical Center, which has a clinic in Newcastle, with the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement.

The award recognizes the medical center’s success in treating heart failure patients.

About 85 percent of heart failure patients treated at Valley Medical Center are compliant with their treatment to American Heart Association core standards for two years, according to a news release.

“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Dr. Lee Schwamm, chairman of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee.

“The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like Valley Medical implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients,” he said.

Patriots’ drama program earns award nominations

June 3, 2011

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” — a stage production based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished murder mystery — garnered Liberty High School performers a half dozen nominations in the annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater.

The high school’s company, called the Patriot Players, earned nods for Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Program Design and Outstanding Performance by a Chorus. Tucker Goodman and Paige Fabre also received acting nominations in the statewide competition.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” also earned the Patriot Players honorable mentions in the Outstanding Overall Musical Production and Outstanding Direction categories. Overall, Liberty earned nominations in most major categories.

The theater announced the nominees Tuesday. The honor is considered as a kind of high school Tony Award and is meant to celebrate exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2010-2011 school year. The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6 at Benaroya Hall.

Nominated students and schools perform excerpts from nominated shows at the ceremony before a packed audience expected to reach 2,400 people. Local elected officials, and arts and media personalities, present the awards.

Liberty, a perennial performance powerhouse, last year earned 10 nominations and received awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast for ”Into the Woods.”

Washington is the most bicycle-friendly state

June 3, 2011

Washington is the Most Bicycle Friendly State again.

The ranking from the League of American Bicyclists honors a strong commitment to bicycling through policies and programs. The honor marks the fourth consecutive year the Evergreen State has clinched the No. 1 spot.

“Public support is strong for making biking safer and more convenient for children, commuters and recreational users,” state Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond said in a statement. “WSDOT works closely with regional and local agencies to increase the number of walkers and bikers, while also improving safety to reduce the number of bicycle- and pedestrian- related collisions.”

The league rates states based on bike-friendly legislation, policies and programs, education, places to ride and planning. Washington scored consistently high in all ranking evaluation categories.

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Newcastle man helps win debate championship

May 6, 2011

Newcastle man Samuel Pizelo helped lead Bellevue College to a national championship in the Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association competition in Gresham, Ore., in March.

The team — now in its second year — also earned superior marks in speaking.

Pizelo, the team’s president, thanked the Bellevue College faculty for its support, as its last-minute, out-of-pocket donations funded the team’s trip. The donations came in just 24 hours before the competition.

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Local woman named top business student

March 11, 2011

Beauty industry business training company Nuts and Bolts named Newcastle resident Tamanda Nyasulu one of the top business students in esthetics in North America. The awards were presented at the International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 30.

Nyasulu was named the No. 3 esthetic student of the year based on her GPA, sales and visual presentation. Students from 74 beauty schools in the U.S. and Canada competed for the awards.

Nyasulu — an African emigrant — attends Evergreen Beauty College in Bellevue and recently accepted a job offer from a local branch of Beauty Works Salon and Beauty store.

Parks Commission welcomes new member

February 4, 2011

City Clerk Bob Baker swore in new Parks Commissioner Jesse Tam at the Jan. 12 Parks Commission meeting.

Tam will serve until Sept. 1, 2014.

Mayor John Dulcich appointed Tam to the position.

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Renton’s Mary Alice Heuschel is nominated for national superintendent of the year

February 4, 2011

Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel was named a finalist for the national superintendent of the year. The winner will be announced Feb. 17 in Denver. Contributed

There are success stories in public education, and Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel wants to spread the word.

In her district, graduation rates have risen to an all-time high of 93 percent, math teachers that were once few are now plentiful and community organizations continue to lend their support to keep the district moving forward.

For being at the helm and leading the district, the American Association of School Administrators named Heuschel as one of the four finalists for Superintendent of the Year in the U.S.

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State seeks outstanding employees for service honor

February 2, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Feb. 2, 2011

Evergreen State leaders need help from residents to honor outstanding state employees.

The state Productivity Board has asked the public and state workers to nominate public employees for the Extra Mile Award.

The honor is awarded to individuals or groups of public employees each year for surpassing expectations and providing exemplary public service. In order to receive the honor, recipients must demonstrate at least one of the following attributes: executing an innovative solution, improving efficiency, exhibiting visionary thinking, overcoming great odds or disadvantages, or demonstrating personal valor or bravery.

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