Newcastle teacher surprised in classroom with radio station award

September 30, 2011

NEW — 3:05 p.m., Sept. 30, 2011

Kate Ingalls has won STAR 101.5’s Teacher of the Week award for the week of Sept. 30.

The radio station’s afternoon show host Corine McKenzie made a surprise visit to Ingalls’ second grade Hazelwood Elementary School classroom in Newcastle to announce the award on Friday.

Each student in Ingalss’ class received a goody bag full of prizes from Applebee’s, Washington State Employees Credit Union, Dairy Farmers of Washington and other sponsors.

Ingalls received a personalized plaque from Issaquah Trophy and Awards, a $100 check from Washington State Employees Credit Union and $100 Applebee’s gift certificate.

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Liberty hires new baseball coach

September 27, 2011

NEW 2:35 — Sept. 27, 2011

Liberty High School athletic director Stark Porter announced Sept. 26 John Martin has been hired to be the Patriots’ new baseball coach.

Martin was a pitching coach at Liberty for several seasons and was on the staff when Liberty won the 3A state title in 2003.

Among his prized pitchers that season was future Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

Martin has spent the last several years as an assistant coach at Auburn Mountainview. He has also coached summer select baseball teams.

Martin replaces Steve Darnell, who directed Liberty to a 6-8 record last season, when the Patriots were knocked out in the first round of the KingCo Conference 3A tournament.

Newcastle man sentenced for immoral communication with minor

September 21, 2011

NEW — 6:10 p.m., Sept. 20, 2011

Gil Furman, a 39-year-old Newcastle man charged with two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, received a one-year suspended jail sentence in King County Superior Court.

The suspension comes under the conditions that he spend 60 days in jail work release and complete 720 hours of community service within one year.

Furman, who was sentenced by Judge Mariane C. Spearman on Sept. 16, was also sentenced to two years of probation. He must register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with the victim or her family.

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September 21, 2011

Volunteers needed for Arbor Day tree planting

September 21, 2011

NEW — 11:40 p.m., Sept. 21, 2011

Volunteers are needed to plant 250 trees from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 along the new East May Creek Trail.

Interested participants will meet at the access road on 89th Place, west of Coal Creek Parkway. Follow the signs to parking.

Construction of the East May Creek Trail began several months ago in cooperation with the city of Newcastle, Newcastle Trails, Weed Warriors, the Boy Scouts and a group of volunteers.

The Arbor Day tree planting offers a preview to the trail that takes walkers down the canyon to May Creek.

The city of Newcastle will supply the trees, gloves and shovels.  Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes.

Get more information by calling Newcastle’s Public Works Director Mark Rigos at 425-649-4444.

‘Do not pass’ sign to be added to Newcastle Way bus stop

September 15, 2011

NEW — 3:20 p.m., Sept. 15, 2011

New “do not pass” street signage will be added within the next two weeks near the bus stop on Newcastle Way near the Coal Creek Parkway intersection in an effort to warn drivers not to pass buses loading and unloading passengers there.

The Newcastle City Council voted Sept. 6 to add the sign after members of the community, the council and the city’s public works department expressed concern about drivers performing the dangerous, illegal lane changes.

The sign will be installed in the landscape strip on the north side of Newcastle Way before the bus stop.

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Newcastle police seek information on burglaries

September 13, 2011

NEW —5:40 p.m., Sept. 13, 2011

After three burglaries in the Hazelwood neighborhood in the last two weeks, and another resident reporting an attempted burglary, the Newcastle Police are reaching out to residents for information assisting in their investigations of the crimes.

According to a news release from Police Chief Melinda Irvine, there are multiple burglary groups breaking into homes on the Eastside, including in Newcastle and surrounding jurisdictions.

The entry or attempted entry in these instances was often made to a back window by cutting or prying screens open, according to the release.

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Newcastle man wins catch of the week award with 14-pound coho

September 13, 2011

NEW — 2:10 p.m., Sept. 12, 2011

Kenji Nishimura of Newcastle landed a 14 pound, 14 ounce coho on Sept. 10, winning the Westport Charter Boat Association’s catch of the week award.

Nishimura is on the derby board for the largest coho of the season and is in the running for the association’s $1,500 prize.

Salmon season will be closed on the ocean Sept. 18, but there will still be salmon fishing inside Grays Harbor.

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Hazen football coach selected as Seahawks Coach of the Week

September 12, 2011

Hazen High School football coach Drew Oliver was selected Sept 3. for the Seattle Seahawks’ High School Coach of the Week award for its week 1 winners after Hazen defeated Blaine 35-32 in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.

Senior running back Cody Taylor was also selected as the Seattle Times’ 3A Player of the Week award for the same game.

Each week during the high school football season, the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington State Football Coaches Association select two high school football coaches for the award.

John Peterson of Willapa Valley High School was also awarded week 1 honors.

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Community network seeks volunteer board member

September 12, 2011

NEW — 3:20 p.m., Sept. 12, 2011

The Issaquah Community Network is seeking applicants for its volunteer board of directors. Applicants should reside or work within the Issaquah School District boundaries.

The Issaquah Community Network is a state-sponsored organization that supports healthy youth, family and community.  The network has recently focused on youth suicide prevention, decreasing depression and risky behaviors among young people, increasing availability of family counseling services and using data from the Healthy Youth Survey to improve community health efforts. The Issaquah Community Network is developing a partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to help extend DVR services to youths with disabilities.

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