Allstate donates $20,000 to Newcastle schools

July 1, 2011

Allstate Insurance Co. donated $10,000 each to Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools in June as part of its Cash for Your Class program.

Through the program, Allstate donated $100,000 to 10 public schools in Western Washington, allowing its customers to vote online for what schools should receive the award.

The 10 schools with the most votes received $10,000 each. Newcastle Elementary will donate its award to the Issaquah School District to support its new science curriculum, which the district will adopt in the fall.

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Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic / June 27, 2011

June 28, 2011

Refining the leaders of tomorrow

June 3, 2011

Woman’s nonprofit provides mentors for high school girls

Newcastle resident Danna Johnston operates a nonprofit organization that helps teenage girls and a company that addresses skin care issues specific to people with dark skin. By Tim Pfarr

When children reach high school, they often start learning from those outside the home. That was the case for Danna Johnston.

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Former Seahawks’ head coach brings celebrities to Newcastle

June 3, 2011

Who would’ve ever thought Newcastle would be a place to catch of glimpse of professional sports’ biggest stars? Come June 27, it will be.

Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora, founder of the Jim Mora Count on Me Foundation, will bring the Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic to The Golf Club at Newcastle this month.

Shannon Mora, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin and Jim Mora (From left) enjoy the festivities surrounding the 2010 tournament. By Chris Clark

This year marks the second time Newcastle has hosted the tournament, which will boast 30 celebrities, such as local greats Bill Russell, Lenny Wilkens and Warren Moon, and out-of-towners Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp. Newcastle resident and former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong will also be on hand.

The tournament’s proceeds will benefit numerous charities, including the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Jim and his wife Shannon Mora — both Washington natives — started the foundation in Georgia in 2005 while Jim was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. Jim Mora said his wife is a driving force behind the foundation.

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Newcastle cops hit the ground running for cancer research

May 6, 2011

UPDATED — 5 p.m. May 6, 2011

Newcastle cops don’t sit around eating doughnuts, and Police Chief Melinda Irvine and officer Steve Kajihiro can attest to that.

This spring, Irvine and Kajihiro teamed up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training to get in peak physical condition while raising money for cancer research.

Irvine — who completed two ironman triathlons and a half-ironman triathlon in the last three years — is mentoring athletes aspiring to compete in half-ironman triathlons this year. She is aiming to raise $4,000 this year to add to the more than $10,000 she raised training for the half-ironman triathlon.

Contributed Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine runs in the Baker Lake 50K run in Baker Lake in October 2010.

As of Newcastle News’ deadline May 3, Irvine had raised $1,500.

Kajihiro — who competed in the Seattle Half Marathon in November 2010 and the Honolulu Marathon in December 2010 — is training to compete in the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon, both in June.

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Local 10-year-old donates $500 in pet supplies to humane society

May 6, 2011

For Sydney Dalry, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commercials were too much to handle. The sad faces of the cats and dogs made the Apollo Elementary School fourth-grader want to make a difference.

“I saw the animals, and I wanted to help them,” she said. “Some animals just don’t quite make it.”

She wanted to volunteer at the Seattle Humane Society, but was told she was too young. Her next idea was to collect donations instead of gifts for her 10th birthday in February. Her mother, Andrea Dalry, suggested she do a community outreach project instead, because it would allow her to reach beyond her friends.

Sydney Dalry, 10, collected and donated about $500 worth of pet supplies and donated them to the Seattle Humane Society. Contributed

Sydney collected cat and dog food, toys, towels, brushes and leashes during the first three weeks in February, using a Facebook page to spread the word.

In all, Andrea Dalry estimated Sydney collected about $500 worth of pet supplies. Sydney also held a work party with her friends to create catnip toys out of baby booties.

Sydney said she loved seeing the smiles on the faces of those who donated and knowing she made a difference.

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Hazelwood Elementary School seeks volunteers for bicycle safety courses

May 6, 2011

Hazelwood Elementary School is seeking volunteers to assist in bicycle safety courses this month.

Thanks to a grant from the county, the school received 30 bicycles and helmets for most of the month, as well as a basic curriculum that teaches students to ride safe and smart.

The school’s fourth- and fifth-graders will use the bikes during physical education from 1:30-3:10 p.m. on select days through May 20. The school is seeking two to four volunteers to help students learn to ride and fix helmets, and understand the curriculum.

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Renton Landing Red Robin to host fundraiser April 20

April 19, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. April 19, 2011

The Renton Landing Red Robin, 719 N 10th St., Renton, will host a fundraiser for cancer research from 5-10 p.m. April 20. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from the night to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine and officer Steve Kajihiro are training for an ironman half-triathlon and a marathon, respectively, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Kajihiro is assisting in promoting the fundraiser at Red Robin.

Liberty High School garage sale cancelled

April 18, 2011

UPDATED — 1:40 p.m. April 22, 2011

Liberty High School cancelled its garage sale scheduled for April 23 due to lack of interest and donations. It would have been the school’s first garage sale.

Associated Student Body Activity Coordinator and Dean of Students Michelle Munson said the school will try to hold the event next year.

The sale was to be in honor of Maple Hills Elementary School teacher Steve Birdsall, who died of multiple system atrophy in February. School officials planned to donate proceeds from the sale to Shy-Drager, an organization that offers support to families affected by the disease.

Celebrities to come to Newcastle in June for golf tournament

April 1, 2011

UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. April 1, 2011

A crew of celebrities will take to The Golf Club at Newcastle June 27 for the fifth-annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic, event organizers announced in March.

The Jim Mora “Count On Me” Family Foundation is organizing the event, which raises money for Special Olympics Washington, the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue and other local children’s charities.

The 2010 tournament raised more than $211,000, and the money benefited 17 charities.

Celebrities who attended last year’s event included Super Bowl champion football Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Faulk; five-time NBA MVP Bill Russell; NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens; former Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner; former NBA players Detlef Schrempf and Slick Watts; and Hall of Fame NFL player, five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin.

The tournament is free and open for the public to attend, although those who wish to participate must pay a fee. Organizers will announce this year’s list of attendees in early May.

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