School district eyes keeping land near Lake Boren

September 3, 2008

Hazen High School upgrades one of first projects from passage of construction bond measure

The Renton School District has decided to keep, for now, this 10-acre tract of undeveloped land it owns west of Lake Boren. Photo by Jim Feehan

The Renton School District has decided to keep, for now, this 10-acre tract of undeveloped land it owns west of Lake Boren. Photo by Jim Feehan

A Renton School District representative has suggested that officials hold onto a Read more

Council splits on May Creek parcel purchase

September 3, 2008

The City Council agreed to allow city officials to move forward with negotiations to purchase a tract of land that would serve as the entrance to May Creek Park. Read more

City to discuss sports park options at meeting

September 3, 2008

The city will hold its third public meeting later this month to discuss the future of a proposed sports park in southwest Newcastle. Read more

Editorial: State’s high school algebra decision was as easy as pi

September 3, 2008

The State Board of Education put two and two together recently and came up with a pretty obvious choice – more algebra is needed for our teenagers and future generations. Read more

Letters to the editor

September 3, 2008

Here’s to the new style and character of the City Council
I‘ve watched the Newcastle City Council for five years. In the past, it often appeared that council members came to the meeting with their minds made up. The public comments and council discussion seemed to have minimal impact on their decision.

The recent 4-3 decision regarding the May Creek entrance parcel was more than a close vote. It could be a new style and character for the council. Congratulations to Newcastle Trails and especially to Garry Kampen and Peggy Price for their ongoing efforts. And thank you to citizens who took the time to speak and to the council for doing their job.

It’s encouraging to see the willingness of some council members to adjust to changing conditions. That will be important as the city faces other challenges ahead.
John Jensen

Initiative 1000 ensures that life ends with ‘purpose and decency’
Ms. Tosch’s letter (“Death with Dignity initiative devalues life” in the August edition of Newcastle News) in opposition to Initiative 1000 displays some common misunderstandings about the measure.

First, rather than “devaluing life,” my right to die without unnecessary pain only underscores my belief that my life should end as I have lived it – with purpose and decency. The measure in no way infringes anyone else’s right to die in any manner that accords with their beliefs.

Second, rather than adding to the government’s power, I-1000 would redress the present situation in which the law makes me a criminal for deciding that, since I am dying anyway, I will abbreviate my suffering.

Again, I-1000 imposes no duty on those who wish to experience every last second of torment on their way to the grave.

Third, Oregon’s 10 years of experience with a virtually identical law has shown that it does not “open the door for abuse.”

By requiring the consent of two doctors to let the dying person self-administer the lethal drugs, I-1000 ensures that only the sufferer can choose if and when to perform the final act. Far from requiring others to “give our blessing” to anyone’s decision, I-1000 removes the power of others to control my decision on how much suffering I deserve.

Lastly, I-1000 is a solution for those who believe in a loving God. Surely, he who made this wonderful world and gave us life to enjoy it cannot want our exit from it to be a prolonged misery that tortures both patients and the loved ones who care for them.

As the many clergy who support I-1000 realize, this measure is necessary to ensure that those in need can use their God-given free will to choose the peaceful end we all would wish for.
Sue Beverly

Chamber of Commerce behind the success of Newcastle Days
I am so proud to see that Newcastle Days has become such a successful community event. Hard-working volunteers, primarily from the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, planted the seeds for this event in 1994.

We shared the vision of creating a sense of community in our newly formed city, and worked hard to make it happen. Each year, the event grew larger, and live entertainment was always a key element.

Eventually, Newcastle Days grew too large for volunteers to manage and the city took over planning by 1998. It keeps getting better year after year, and has grown into its present-day format. Amazing!
Ron Todd
Former Newcastle mayor, now living in Shalimar, Fla.

Concerns about lighting at Renton Academy
My wife and daughter are concerned with the overall appearance of the old Hazelwood School and why all the exterior/security lights are off at night. Do you think that Hazelwood is just so far out in the hinterlands that the buildings are forgotten by downtown?
Glen Young

Local candidate leads in Superior Court judge race

September 3, 2008

Newcastle resident Julia Garratt is leading in her primary election race for an open seat on the King County Superior Court. Read more


September 3, 2008


The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sept. 9 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The featured speaker is Carmela Ramaglia, of Power Within Pilates. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-888-6922.

The YMCA groundbreaking ceremony is from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 9 at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. RSVP by calling 425-637-2034 or e-mailing

Village Theatre presents “Saint Heaven,” a passionate tale of courage, faith and coming home, Sept. 17-Nov. 23 at Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah. Tickets are $22-$58 and are available through the Box Office by calling 392-2202, or online at


The Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn offers dance classes at 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton. Go to

Walk for Life is a free, ongoing program to exercise safely and effectively. Meet friends, learn information and advice, and get monitoring from on-site expert staff members every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. at Bellevue Square Mall. Enter at Skybridge No. 4. Call 206-645-3673.


Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle offers meditation for people of all faiths from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at 14702 S.E. 80th St. Call 430-8047.


Youth Eastside Services invites the public to a Celebration of Kids and Families from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 26 at 999 164th Ave. N.E. Festivities include games, activities, music and refreshments. Call 747-4937 or go to


The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.
MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15550 Six Penny Lane. Call 206-947-5741.

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238.

An international dinner, sponsored by Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E. Go to

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets the second Tuesday and third Wednesday (without children) from 7-9 p.m. in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue (not church affiliated). Go to


Lake Heights YMCA Older Active Adult Program is at Newport Hills Community Church, 5833 119th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Activities include community service projects, crafts, pinochle games and birthday bingo once a month, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sack lunches are available for $3. Reserve one in person early that day. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events take place at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Call 747-2390 or go to

The Newport Way Book Group will discuss “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

Five free sessions will be offered to help students prepare for all sections of the SAT. The courses will be offered at 2 p.m. Sept. 27, and Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Students will receive a copy of the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide. Registration is required online, or call 747-2390.


Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to


Eastside Bluebills, a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that provides opportunities to help others in need and assist charitable and nonprofit organizations, meets from 10 a.m. – noon the third Wednesday at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847.

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have their own transportation and be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235.

Places to go

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, is a 3,000-acre park with more than 30 miles of trails and the site of the 1880s coalmines. Go to

New Hazen High School principals ready for new year

September 3, 2008

John Kniseley, (left) principal, and Giovanna (Gia) San Martin, assistant principal, make up part of the new administration at Hazen High School.

John Kniseley, (left) principal, and Giovanna (Gia) San Martin, assistant principal, make up part of the new administration at Hazen High School.

As a small boy, John Kniseley dreamed of being a Navy pilot. Read more

Gymnasts go green to raise some green

September 3, 2008

Liberty High School gymnasts (from left) Miranda Jones, Hannah Bergam, Cammie Fuentes and Michelle Vanderheyden pose with the two styles of canvas bags for sale through their team’s fundraiser. Photo contributed Liberty High School gymnasts (from left) Miranda Jones, Hannah Bergam, Cammie Fuentes and Michelle Vanderheyden pose with the two styles of canvas bags for sale through their team’s fundraiser. Photo contributed


Liberty High School’s gymnastics team is in a bind.

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New principal at Maywood Middle School

September 3, 2008




The Issaquah School District made some changes in the weeks leading up to the start of school Sept. 3.
Patrick Murphy, principal at Maywood Middle School, left his position to take an administrative post at the district level. Read more

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