Candidates for director of elections come to Newcastle for forum

January 19, 2009

NEW — 5:59 p.m. Jan. 19, 2008

Nearly 50 people came out early Saturday morning to meet six candidates running for King County director of elections.

The candidate forum was held at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

This is the first time citizens here have ever voted for an elections chief, and the first time all ballots have been mailed for a county election.

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Newcastle resident serves double duty for ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

January 14, 2009

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Jan. 14, 2008

Nancy Horner, of Newcastle, not only sings in the chorus of Lyric Opera Northwest’s upcoming performance of “The Marriage of Figaro,” she’s also the principal costume designer.

Last year, Horner, a mezzo-soprano, was the costume designer for Lyric Opera Northwest’s production of “Hansel and Gretel.”


Nancy Horner

Nancy Horner

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Local father and son to attend inauguration

January 9, 2009

NEW — 2:38 p.m. Jan. 9, 2008

Making a campaign contribution to Obama’s campaign: $25.

Attending a 2007 Seattle fundraising reception for Obama: $500.

Spending father-son time at Obama’s inauguration: priceless.

Next week, a Maywood Middle School student and his father will make a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., to capture a glimpse of history in the making.


Rob Sargent with President-elect Barack Obama at a June 1, 2007, fundraising reception at the Seattle Westin Hotel. — By Debora Spencer Photography

Rob Sargent with President-elect Barack Obama at a June 1, 2007, fundraising reception at the Seattle Westin Hotel. — By Debora Spencer Photography

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Elementary report cards changed

January 2, 2009

Elementary report cards may look a bit different then they have in the past. For the past three years, school district officials have been

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Hazen student to meet Obama through youth program in March

January 2, 2009

A Hazen High School student has been selected to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate Youth Program this

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Rotary clubs honor students of the mont

January 2, 2009

The Renton and Issaquah Rotary clubs recently honored the following pupils as their

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Renton School Board wants applicants for position representing Newcastle

January 2, 2009

Want to apply?

Go to to see a timeline for the process and download an application, or call 204-2345.


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Schools foundation director to step down

January 2, 2009

After nearly 10 years, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is looking for new leadership.

Robin Callahan, the foundation’s executive Read more


January 2, 2009

Celebrate new year by helping others

Things are tight, but most Newcastle residents still had some presents under the tree or near the menorah last month. Now is the time to remember those in greater need. 

The New Year is a good time for establishing resolutions. One such resolution can be to think about sharing with those who need a helping hand. That can come in the form of cash or food donations. It can also come in the form of volunteering. 

Newcastle residents as a whole are among those families in a position to share, and many have and will continue to do so. Few have been on the receiving end of charitable gifts — but this year might be different.

One Newcastle woman called Issaquah Church and Community Services for assistance two days before Christmas. The snow had kept her from work for a week and now she didn’t have enough to pay the rent. And the cupboards were bare.

The Hopelink food bank in Redmond and the Renewal Food Bank near Factoria are both available to Newcastle families in need.

Newcastle families are still living a good life, relatively speaking. We have no doubt that most are generous with what they have. For Newcastle families making donations, the only real question is which charity to support, which one can make a real difference in the lives of others.

These agencies do good work helping others help themselves. We recommend local tax-deductible donations to:

Hopelink — Food, shelter, homelessness prevention, child development, transportation and adult literacy education. Donate online at Mail checks or drop off food donations to 16225 N.E. 87th St., Suite A-1, P.O. Box 3577, Redmond, WA 98073. 

Renewal Food Bank — Established in 1998, Renewal Food Bank serves the hungry in East King County. Since its opening, Renewal has fed more than 100,000 people and continues to feed about 175 families each week. Mail checks or drop off donations to 2015 Richards Road, Bellevue, WA 98005.

The majority of Newcastle residents may not need the food banks often, but they exist for those who do. We hope Newcastle residents will take a few minutes to count their blessings and consider a year-round gift to community agencies nearby.

Letters to the editor

January 2, 2009

Many thanks to our letter writers

As your community newspaper, we do our best to keep you informed. Many times, however, the process works in Read more

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