Little penguin inspires local author’s first children’s book

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:32 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Writing a book was never in Lillian Reinys’ life plans.

That is, until the longtime Newcastle resident met a little penguin that stole her heart on a 2008 expedition to the Antarctic region.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Lillian Reinys, of Newcastle, tells the story of Sebastian, a wayward penguin trying to find his way home, in her first book ‘Sebastian’s Journey.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Lillian Reinys, of Newcastle, tells the story of Sebastian, a wayward penguin trying to find his way home, in her first book ‘Sebastian’s Journey.’

Reinys fondly remembers an excursion that took the group to an area filled with penguins on the once-in-a-lifetime trip made possible by a niece’s invitation. Read more

Progress continues on new middle school

September 21, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015

NAC Architecture Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

NAC Architecture
Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

Construction on the new Renton School District middle school is on time and on budget. Read more

April blotter

April 30, 2015

Presidential detail

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Newcastle Chase Bank, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., March 26. The Bellevue man, who appeared to be a transient with mental issues, police said, went into the bank and asked for coffee before going on a rant about how the bank had “raped” him in the past. Later, when police approached him at a Newcastle bus stop, he said he used to be the Bellevue Fire chief and that he knew former President George H.W. Bush.

Newcastle Police encountered the man again April 2, after a Metro bus driver called about an agitated passenger. The man claimed police gave him drugs, and added that he owned the FBI and worked for the CIA. Based on his statements and some made to the bus driver, police requested an ambulance for involuntary commitment. Read more

Hazelwood PTSA offering college scholarships

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. March 15, 2015

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high-school seniors who attended the Newcastle primary school.

Former Mustangs who are part of the class of 2015 and hold at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply for the awards. The $1,000 scholarships are applied toward the winners’ first-year tuition at any accredited university.

Required application materials, due April 17, include a high-school transcript, letter of recommendation and more.

Application materials are available here and in the counseling offices at Hazen, Lindbergh, Newport and Renton high schools.

Tracey Naylor takes over at Hazelwood

February 6, 2015

When Hazelwood Elementary School students returned from winter break, a new face greeted them at the door.

Tracey Naylor officially began her duties as the school’s new principal Jan. 5, replacing interim-Principal Judy Busch. Busch came out of retirement while the district found a permanent replacement for Principal Cindy Farnsworth, now at Meadow Crest Early Learning Center.

Tracey Naylor

Tracey Naylor

Naylor, a graduate of Columbia University and American University, comes to Hazelwood from Campbell Hill Elementary School, where she served as the assistant principal. Read more

2014 was a year of change for Newcastle

January 2, 2015

In 2014, the city of Newcastle celebrated a birthday, lost an icon and set the stage for the future. Here are some of the top stories of the year, in no particular order:

Newcastle pioneer Milt Swanson passes away

Family, neighbors and community leaders gathered Jan. 25 to honor the life of Milt Swanson, a titan of Newcastle history and a man with an unceasing, warming smile.

The Newcastle pioneer, born and raised in this community, spent all of his 95 years in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead. Read more

New principal named at Hazelwood Elementary School

January 2, 2015

Hazelwood Elementary School has a new principal.

Tracey Naylor will take over the position currently held by interim-Principal Judy Busch.

Naylor, a graduate of Columbia University and American University, comes to Hazelwood from Campbell Hill Elementary School, where she served as the assistant principal.

Tracey Naylor

Tracey Naylor

Prior to serving in the Renton School District, she taught in Arizona and Louisiana as well as served as an instructional coach, principal in residence and director of instruction in Louisiana, New York and Washington, D.C., respectively. Read more

New principal named at Hazelwood Elementary

December 19, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Dec. 19, 2014

Tracey Naylor

Tracey Naylor

Hazelwood Elementary School has a new principal.

Tracey Naylor will take over the permanent position currently held by interim-Principal Judy Busch.

Naylor, a graduate of Columbia University and American University, comes to Hazelwood from Campbell Hill Elementary School, where she served as the assistant principal. Read more

And the 2014 Diamond Awards go to…

December 4, 2014

By Greg Farrar Diamond Award winners for 2014 are (from left) Chris Ware, Margaret Strong, Christina Corrales-Toy, Jaime Greene, David Vaisar, Mary Elworth, the Coal Creek YMCA represented by Sara Biancofiori and David Harris.

By Greg Farrar
Diamond Award winners for 2014 are (from left) Chris Ware, Margaret Strong, Christina Corrales-Toy, Jaime Greene, David Vaisar, Mary Elworth, the Coal Creek YMCA represented by Sara Biancofiori and David Harris.

Whether it’s his suave British accent, his kind, carefree attitude or the shoulder-length hair, something about David Harris just says “rock star.” Read more

Elementary School Fall Festivals

November 7, 2014

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