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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Chiropractic office will offer community classes

February 4, 2011

Newcastle-based chiropractor Dr. Melinda Maxwell has spent the past 26 years practicing medicine, helping her patients as well as taking a leading role in community education.

She began pro bono work with The Rotary Boys & Girls club in Seattle, and she then began offering a slew of courses and seminars at businesses, community colleges, high schools and her clinic.

This month, that clinic — Chiropractic Wellness Center — will begin free monthly workshops and activities in Newcastle.

Beginning Feb. 19, the clinic will host Super Saturdays, in which members of the community will be treated to a free breakfast at Chiropractic Wellness Center and a walk on a local trail. Super Saturdays will be from 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month.

Beginning Feb. 23, the clinic will hold Wellness Workshops at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., which will include meet and greets, health discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. The workshops will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month.

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Local moving company receives recognition

January 7, 2011

National van line Mayflower recently recognized its affiliate, Newcastle-based Rainier Moving Systems Inc., at the annual Mayflower convention for the affiliate’s exceptional professional performance, according to a news release.

Rainier Moving Systems was one of Mayflower’s highest revenue producers in 2009.

Mortgage broker named professional of the year

January 7, 2011

The Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals recently named Evergreen State Mortgage broker Jeffrey Lorsch the mortgage broker of the year.

Lorsch was given the award for how he interacts with members of the community and his customers, and how well he upholds the ethics and ideals of the industry, according to the Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals.

Jeweler makes his bling sing

January 7, 2011

Porter Jensen Jewelers pioneers interactive Tekno Charms

Porter Jensen Jeweler co-owner Joe Waldmann is continually on the hunt, searching for new realms in which to expand his business.

In 2003, he developed and patented mechanical titanium T3 rings, which are reconfigurable and allow for different elements to be threaded onto a base band. This fall, the co-owner of the Newcastle business bred jewelry with digital media, creating silver charms that can trigger an iPhone to break into song.

Joe Waldmann, Porter Jensen Jeweler co-owner and Tekno Charm creator, demonstrates how to scan the charm with an iPhone. By Tim Pfarr

The name: Tekno Charms.

The 1 3/8-inch by seven-eighths-inch sterling silver charms are placed on bracelets and necklaces, and by scanning a charm with an iPhone barcode scanner, the phone connects to the Tekno Charm website and launches into a short, animated music video.

Joe Waldmann and his wife Nancy Waldmann — with whom he co-owns the business — launched their first set of charms in late November, synching a set of Christmas-themed charms with a techno-pop version of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

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Chamber of commerce names officers for 2011

January 7, 2011

Angela Wingate, municipal liaison manager for Puget Sound Energy, will take over as chairwoman of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

Angelica Buri — owner of Angelica Buri Designs — will take the role of vice chair once again, while Larry Betsch takes over as treasurer and Coal Creek Utility District Commissioner Doug Kunkel takes over as secretary.

Wingate will replace Nick Sooy, who served as chairman for the past two years.

“I am very excited and honored to represent the chamber as chairman for 2011 and plan on continuing Nick’s efforts in bringing the community, city and businesses together in order to support economic development in Newcastle,” Wingate said. “It is critical, now more than ever, to support our local businesses so we can sustain the Newcastle community.

“Please join me this year in finding ways to strengthen businesses by supporting chamber-sponsored events — such as the Newcastle Days sidewalk sale — in order to keep Newcastle thriving.”

Sooy will still serve as a chamber of commerce board member.

“It’s been very rewarding and a lot of work and a lot of fun,” Sooy said about serving as chairman. “I think Angela is the perfect person to pass on the baton to. I think very, very highly of her, and I think she’ll do exceptionally well in this position.”

State to handle city business licensing, allow online renewals

December 2, 2010

The state Department of Licensing will soon handle city business licensing for Newcastle.

The change will make licensing more consolidated and give business owners the option to apply and renew their licenses online. The city historically distributed city business licenses itself; the change will take place early next year.

Through the new system, businesses will be able to file for numerous licenses through a master application with the department’s Master Licensing Service, which also allows businesses to pay all pertinent fees in one payment.

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