Liberty welcomes Japanese visitors

April 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Japanese cultural exchange students and the Liberty High School families hosting them get together for a group photo, appropriately among Japanese cherry trees in bloom, at a welcoming ceremony March 22 in Redmond.

By Greg Farrar
Japanese cultural exchange students and the Liberty High School families hosting them get together for a group photo, appropriately among Japanese cherry trees in bloom, at a welcoming ceremony March 22 in Redmond.

Alex Tachiyama, a Liberty High School senior, was lucky. He got to partake in a Thanksgiving dinner twice in the past six months.

He celebrated the gluttonous holiday in November with the rest of the nation, but he also munched on helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes again in March.

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At last

March 5, 2014

I don’t consider myself to be unlucky, but I also don’t think of myself as someone who wins a lot. In fact the only thing that I can remember winning was in grade school: an Easter bunny cake that the nuns raffled off to benefit poor people in China. I was thrilled when my name was chosen, but less thrilled when I realized what a month on display in the sunshine atop the radiator does to a bunny cake. The coconut fur was the consistency of steel wool, and you needed a circular saw to carve yourself a piece.

In time I became familiar with defeat, and always attempted to be gracious and magnanimous, so I feel especially comfortable in Seattle, the bridesmaid but never the bride, close but no cigar, loud but no Lombardi. The Sonics left, the Mariners disappoint and the Seahawks … well, the Seahawks …

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In the spotlight

March 5, 2014

Chamber of Commerce hosts local sports reporter

Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio host Bill Swartz will be the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s featured speaker at its March 12 luncheon.

Swartz will talk about all things Seattle sports, from the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win to an early outlook on the Mariners’ chances in 2014.

File Bill Swartz, Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio personality, seen here covering the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club, will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s March 12 luncheon.

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Bill Swartz, Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio personality, seen here covering the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club, will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s March 12 luncheon.

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Mariners stars to appear at DJ’s Sportscards

September 13, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2009

Seattle Mariners’ center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and former Mariner Julio Cruz will sign autographs at DJ’s Sportscards in Renton from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday.

Gutierrez has played in 129 games this season, batting an average of .285 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI. His will charge $15 for his autograph.

Cruz played for the Mariners from 1977 to 1983. In his career, he played in 1,156 games and had 916 hits. He will not charge for his autograph.

DJ’s Sportscards is at 1630 Duvall Ave. N.E.