Hazen marching band is back after more than 30 years

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

When Chris Coy interviewed for a teaching position at Hazen High School several years ago, it was clear administrators were looking for someone with a particular set of skills.

“The first question they asked me was what did I know about marching bands,” Coy, now the school’s director of bands and orchestra, said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

Coming from Ohio, a mecca for marching band enthusiasts, Coy knew quite a lot. In addition to marching himself in high school and college, he also taught students to march and play. Read more

Star of Hope Centre fundraiser is July 11

July 9, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. July 9, 2015

Dana Sullivan’s annual dance benefiting the Star of Hope Centre orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya, is July 11.

The Newcastle author and illustrator’s sixth annual fundraiser collects money for the orphanage that inspired his book “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari.”

The Star of Hope Centre was originally developed as an orphanage for children who lost their parents through the rise of HIV/AIDs, armed conflict, malaria and other diseases, or have been abandoned by teenage parents unable to care for them.

The facility’s mission has expanded to include a primary school to the local community. It currently serves about 150 children (including those residing in the orphanage). Read more

Star of Hope Centre fundraiser is July 11

June 4, 2015

Dana Sullivan’s annual dance benefiting the Star of Hope Centre orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya, is July 11.

The Newcastle author and illustrator’s sixth annual fundraiser collects money for the orphanage that inspired his book “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari.”

The Star of Hope Centre was originally developed as an orphanage for children who lost their parents through the rise of HIV/AIDs, armed conflict, malaria and other diseases, or have been abandoned by teenage parents unable to care for them.

The facility’s mission has expanded to include a primary school to the local community. It currently serves about 150 children (including those residing in the orphanage). Read more

Chief justice, Hazen grad to headline fundraiser breakfast

April 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barbara Madsen is no longer headlining the annual breakfast. Instead, Seahawks digital media host, and Newcastle resident, Tony Ventrella will headline the April 27 breakfast.

The Friends of Renton Schools will host its sixth annual benefit breakfast, headlined by speaker Barbara Madsen, the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court, on April 27.

Madsen, a 1970 graduate of Hazen High School, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington before going on to Gonzaga University School of Law.

After earning her law degree, Madsen worked as a public defender in King and Snohomish counties. She was first appointed to a bench in 1988, when then-Seattle Mayor Charles Royer added her to the Seattle Municipal Court, where she served as presiding judge.

Voters elected her the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and re-elected her in 1998, 2004 and 2010. She began her second term as the 55th chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court after colleagues unanimously elected her Oct. 31, 2012. Read more

Mack Strong hosts annual charity golf tournament

July 2, 2014

Former Seattle Seahawk, and Newcastle resident, Mack Strong will host his annual charity golf tournament and dinner auction July 16 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event, in its seventh year, supports Strong’s TEAM-WORKS Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Zoe to empower at-risk youths toward a better future.

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Charity golf tournament helps underprivileged youths

May 1, 2014

Showtime for Stars, a mentor youth program created by former National Football League player Reggie Jones, will host a charity tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle on May 31.

All proceeds from the event go to the organization, which promotes youth development through mentoring, apprenticeship, team activities and college preparation.

The event includes a day of golf, a welcome reception, banquet dinner and silent auction. Learn more at http://birdeasepro.com/showtimeforstars.

Eating for a cause: A dinner for Haiti

March 2, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 2, 2010

McKnight Middle School teacher Dave Black is organizing a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Haitians in the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake.

The event will be from 5-9 p.m. March 5 in the McKnight commons. Tickets are $15 each with children younger than 6 free.

Black teamed up with The Difference Maker Organization — which Newcastle native Mandy Schendel founded when she was a teenager — to produce the dinner and auction.

The event is not affiliated with McKnight or the Renton School District. All proceeds from the event will go to the Red Cross.

“I’m going to give the Red Cross one big, fat check,” Black said. “The fatter the better.”

Meeting for communitywide Haiti fundraiser is tonight

February 9, 2010

UPDATED — 4:19 p.m. Feb. 9, 2010

McKnight Middle School teacher Dave Black is organizing a March 5 communitywide spaghetti dinner and silent auction in the McKnight commons to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

However, he needs volunteers, and he is hosting a meeting in the McKnight commons at 7 p.m. tonight for anybody interested in helping out.

Black said he needs volunteers to seek items for the silent auction and help the night of the event.

The dinner is not affiliated with the school. Tickets will be $15 each, although children younger than 6 are free. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

Call Black at 425-221-7149 or e-mail him at doitallnow@comcast.net for more information about how to volunteer.