A year gone by

August 1, 2013

I cannot believe it is true, but on Aug. 6, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary with Newcastle News.

It seems like just yesterday that I had my first hot chocolate at Sweet Decadence, and now I can’t get enough.

I still remember the nerves I had as I walked into my first Newcastle City Council meeting, but now, I look forward to spending every other Tuesday evening with Rich Crispo, Lisa Jensen, Carol Simpson, John Dulcich, Steve Buri, Gordon Bisset and Bill Erxleben.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

I will never forget the first time I visited The Golf Club at Newcastle and took in that breathtaking view. That will never get old. Read more

Graduation tears

July 5, 2013

I’ll admit it. Every time I hear Vitamin C’s “Graduation,” Green Day’s “Good Riddance” or good old-fashioned “Pomp and Circumstance” at a graduation, I am going to cry.

It won’t be a full-on bawl. No, I can hold myself together; but I can’t guarantee that my eyes won’t subtly leak at least a couple of times during the ceremony.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

Such was the case last month when I attended Hazen High School’s graduation June 13 and the Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary school fifth-grade promotions June 18. Staff photographer Greg Farrar handled the Liberty High School duties.

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Notes from Newcastle: A tribute to Katie

May 2, 2013

Katie Tinnea

Katie Tinnea

Wearing the color purple will never mean the same to me again.

When I throw on a purple sweater or a lavender scarf, I will know from this day forward that this color is special.

Purple is the color of royalty. It is the color of courage. It is the color of a fighter. Purple is Katie Tinnea’s color. Read more

Music is worth the investment

April 4, 2013

The first article I ever wrote for Newcastle News was a 2011 feature about the Renton School District’s after-school music program, East Hill String Lessons.

I was a journalism student at the University of Washington at the time, and little did I know, I would get the opportunity to become the paper’s full-time reporter a year later.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

That story about a group of Hazen orchestra students that tutor young students from the district, has always stuck with me, though.

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Notes from Newcastle

February 28, 2013

It’s never too late to follow your dreams

This month’s issue featured two people who stand as prime examples of the old adage that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

Newcastle musician Italene Gaddis and artist Dan Meredith lived full lives before they even began pursuing their passions.

Gaddis was a homemaker and the primary breadwinner once her husband passed away, while Meredith toiled as a carpenter for several years.

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Notes from Newcastle

January 3, 2013

Newcastleite? Novocastrians? What should city residents call themselves?

People from the United States of America are known as Americans. People from Washington state go by Washingtonians. People from Seattle are Seattleites. But what do people of Newcastle call themselves?

Christina Corrales-Toy

Based on a highly informal survey of Newcastle residents, there doesn’t appear to be a clear consensus when it comes to identifying the people who live in this community.

The exercise is made all the more difficult thanks to the pesky vowel at the end of the city’s name. Sure, Seattle ends with an ‘e’ as well, but Newcastleite just doesn’t roll off of the tongue like Seattleite does. Newcastleans and Newcastleonians don’t sound much better.

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