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Mayor: State of the city is fiscally sound By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo assured residents that the city is in relatively good shape, with people clamoring to live in the quaint community, during his 2013 State of the City address. “We are the most popular place on the Eastside right now to live,” he said. “You look around and you find houses for sale, there aren’t many.” The speech, given before residents and the business com-

munity at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s April 10 luncheon, addressed the city’s financial health, community events and Rich Crispo the council’s new Community Activities Commission. The city is in good financial

shape, with a balanced operating fund and a healthy reserve fund, Crispo said. Newcastle will also spend about $3 million this year on capital projects, including sidewalks and road maintenance. “Not too many cities can say that when you consider we’re a city of just under 10,500,” he said. “So, we’re doing really well from a financial perspective.” A financially healthy city pays dividends for its residents in the form of fewer taxes, he said. “That means we’re not jump-

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By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the state Legislature to increase the gas tax in order to cover the $1.4 billion shortfall for the project to replace the state Route 520 floating bridge. The resolution, passed at the April 2 council meeting, offered an alternative to the proposed tolling of Interstate 90 as a means to finance the rest of the 520 bridge replacement. “My mind is, we tell

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ing out raising taxes. We don’t have a utility tax. We don’t have a business and occupation tax,” he said. “That’s not only a good thing for us as residents, but also for the businesses, because you don’t have to deal with that and you don’t have to pass those costs on to your customers.” The city has also become an attractive locale for developers, the mayor said, mentioning in particular the Mutual Materials

Judy Clibborn and the state Legislature to get on the stick and do what they should do, and pass a 10-cent gas tax and pay off the $1.4 billion that way and forget the tolling on I-90,” Councilman Bill Erxleben said. The City Council passed the resolution, 6-0, with Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen excused. The state Legislature is currently considering a proposal to increase the gas tax by 10 cents over five years to help See TOLLING, Page 9

Election will bring change to City Council makeup By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Earth Day fish tales Aiden Marriott (left), 5, and his brother Iain, 4, crawl inside and look out the mouth of a large salmon replica April 20 at Lake Boren Park during the annual Newcastle Earth Day celebration.

The Newcastle City Council will have at least one new face in 2014. Councilman Bill Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election this spring, guaranteeing that there will be one open seat during November’s election. Two other sitting council members could be challenged as well. “I believe that two terms is enough for any council mem-

ber,” Erxleben wrote in a letter to the editor. Erxleben was first appointed to the Newcastle City Council in 2002. He was elected to the council in 2003. After a few years away from local government, he was elected to the council again in 2009. In addition to Erxleben, Mayor Rich Crispo and Councilman John Dulcich will see their current terms expire

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Council approves purchase of maintenance equipment, before state grant expires By Christina Corrales-Toy With just a few months before a state Department of Ecology grant expires, the Newcastle City Council authorized the Public Works Department to use the funds to purchase a $100,000 piece of equipment that will benefit the city’s storm water management. The trailer-mounted hydro-excavator will be used for quick response to spills and storm pipe cleaning, though Public Works Director Mark Rigos admitted he was not sure how often the city would use it. “Honestly, I look at this as kind of a nice-tohave, not a requirement,” he said. “I do have some concerns on how much, honestly, we’re going to use this equipment. If this was solely coming out of Newcastle coffers, I would not bring this to you.” Rigos said the equipment would allow for quick responses to hazardous spills, such as paint spills, and help keep the catch basins around the city clean. He estimated the city would use the hydro-excavator two or three times a year for spills and about 10 to 15 times a year to jet wash catch basins. In 2010, the city received a Department of Ecology grant for more than $96,000. In 2012, the

city was awarded an additional $50,000. The grant is set to expire at the end of June. City Manager Rob Wyman warned the council that failure to use it would limit the city’s ability to secure future awards. “We applied for the grant to acquire equipment to help us with our storm water program,” he said. “For us to go back to Ecology and say ‘We don’t need the money,’ we do damage our credibility in future applications for grants.” Questions about the extent of the equipment’s usage, and the fact that there was little time to consider alternatives before the grant expired, concerned some of the council members. “This one is really troublesome to me,” Councilman Bill Erxleben said. “We’re coming up to a deadline date to spend some money, and so the maintenance folks have come up with a toy that they think would be helpful.” Erxleben and Councilman Gordon Bisset suggested the city partner with the Coal Creek Utility District to perform some of the same duties the new equipment is expected to perform. The district is not sufficiently staffed, however, to manage the city’s 2,000 catch basins, Wyman said. The City Council ulti-

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City secures sponsor for Fourth of July event Traffic, safety concerns still need to be addressed By Christina Corrales-Toy The city of Newcastle’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration will go on as planned, despite initial funding concerns and worries about public safety. Mayor Rich Crispo brought the discussion of city events to the council’s April 16 meeting to seek input about the feasibility of the Fourth of July event. Crispo’s main concern was public safety after last year’s event attracted between 3,500 and 5,000 people. “It was wall-to-wall people,” he said. “There was no place to put a blanket, a chair, anything … We had two policemen there. They weren’t really enough. There weren’t enough facilities there for people to use. The lines out of the bathroom were long. In my opinion, there were safety issues.” Councilman Steve Buri said he has attended the event with his family, but has never felt uncomfortable. “I’ve never felt unsafe over there. It’s a great amenity for our residents,” he said “It’s a service we should provide.” The larger impediment, however, was funding for the event. The Fourth of July celebration is expected to cost about $3,000

more than last year due to the increased cost of the fireworks display and the procurement of more police officers. The point became moot moments later when Councilman John Dulcich announced that he had secured a $10,000 commitment from Continental Properties, the developer of Lake Boren Townhomes, to sponsor the event. “We are sponsoring as a thank you to the community for helping us make Lake Boren Townhomes a great success,” Claudio Guincher, of Continental Properties, wrote in an email. “We have really enjoyed working in the Newcastle community, and hope that we have provided a positive addition to the community.” Securing a sponsor does not make the public safety concerns go away, though, and Councilman Bill Erxleben suggested the staff look into them before the event. “We’ve got concerns about traffic, we’ve got concerns about safety. They need to be addressed responsibly,” he said. “Let’s toss the ball back to the staff to do that.” With a sponsor secured, Councilwoman Carol Simpson said she saw no reason to cease offering the event.

“If we have a sponsor, I think we should step up and do this event, and continue to seek more sponsorships and more donations to offset some of our costs, and some volunteers to direct traffic,” she said. Finding volunteers is becoming an increasing problem, though, as the city continues to see a decline in residents willing to lend a hand, Crispo said. “We have not been doing very well on volunteers so far this year. Last year, we did have about 125 volunteers that worked within the city of Newcastle,” he said. “But, it has been difficult at the beginning of this year to find volunteers for events, to find volunteers even for the Community Activities Commission.” Last year, the city of Bellevue had more than 6,000 volunteers, Erxleben said, adding that Newcastle should seek guidance from its neighbor to attract more residents to get involved in the community. “We talk about volunteerism in the city of Newcastle being one of our strengths, but we’re having problems with it recently,” he said. “Maybe it’s a combined problem of volunteerism falling off a little bit … but, it’s also the marketing.”


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mately approved the purchase, 4-3, at the April 15 meeting, but members were generally dissatisfied with how the grant money was handled. Council members Carol Simpson, Bisset and Erxleben dissented. “It’s not an ideal model of efficiency in government, but I appreciate the risk of not taking and using the grant money,” Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen said. “I think once we have equipment like that in-house, you will probably find more uses for it.” Wyman acknowledged that the grant money could have been managed better. “We have backed you into a corner a little bit here by bringing this to you so late and not having other options,” he said. Mayor Rich Crispo supported the purchase, but noted that it was more of a vote of confidence for Rigos than anything. “I’m also going to support this, but I don’t like the way this was done,” he said. “If he tells me that he checked this out and he believes this is of value, I accept that position.” Bisset questioned the initial logic of securing the grant without a firm plan for its dispersal. “The question is why did we ask for the grant in the first place if we weren’t darn sure what the heck we were going to use it for?” he asked.

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hear him speak,” said Pam Lee, Newcastle Historical Society member. The group dedicated to preserving Newcastle’s history celebrated its most valuable member at its April 4 meeting, with a birthday party in Swanson’s honor.

Born March 29, 1918, in the area now occupied by the Coal Creek Family YMCA, Swanson said he distinctly remembers hearing the whistle of the trains as they traveled through town toward Seattle. “I must’ve been only 3 or 4 years old and I vividly remember standing behind the picket fence, looking through it and seeing the steam engines running up and down on the railroad tracks,” he said. Swanson has spent all of his 95 years living in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead. “Like I like to say, I couldn’t find any place

better,” he said. “I’ve done quite a bit of traveling and I never found any place I’ve liked better than this.” At 95 years old, Swanson said he doesn’t get around as easily as he used to. “It really feels like 95 sometimes,” he joked. The Newcastle historian is still as sharp as they come, Lee said, and his ability to remember minute details of his life and the history of the city is a marvel to Newcastle Historical Society members. “Whether it’s about his boyhood or his greatgrandmother being at the cemetery, his story is Newcastle’s story,” Lee said. “It just seems so real, and I think that’s pretty special.”

for efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant. It is the sixth year in a row that Newcastle has been recognized as a Tree City. Washington celebrated Arbor Day on April 10. There were events in communities throughout the

state during the month of April to celebrate Arbor Day. To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community

forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day. Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees by going to the International Society of Arboriculture website at

By Christina Corrales-Toy No one knows more about the history of Newcastle than Milt Swanson. That’s because he lived it. He watched as the trains weaved in and out through the city; he worked in the mines as his father and grandfather did before him; and he understands how the coal mining industry shaped the city into what it is today. When Swanson talks at the monthly Newcastle Historical Society meetings, people listen as he tells stories about what it was like to grow up in Old Newcastle. “His vivid memory just makes the history come alive for the people that

Newcastle named a Tree City USA The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has recognized 82 cities — including Newcastle — that have been chosen for designation as a Tree City USA

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Newcastle historian Milt Swanson cuts into a piece of carrot cake at a celebration of his 95th birthday during the Newcastle Historical Society’s April 4 meeting at City Hall.

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While flowers begin to bloom around the city and customers file into the Newcastle Fruit and Produce Stand, it can only mean one thing: Spring is officially here. That also means that election season is right around the corner, and the terms for three Newcastle City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year. If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Newcastle, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 17. City Council incumbents Rich Crispo and John Dulcich announced that they will seek re-election. Bill Erxleben, on the other hand, has decided against filing for re-election; so far, Parks Commission Chairman John Drescher and Newcastle citizen Mark Greene have said they will seek Erxleben’s seat. Candidates must be registered voters at the time of filing and have at least one year of Newcastle residency on Election Day, according to state law. Candidates should also possess a willingness to dedicate several hours to numerous meetings and a strong resolve to serve the city and its residents. The issues sure to be hot topics in City Council races this year include Newcastle’s future financial health and the direction of development within the city limits, particularly the ongoing progression with the Mutual Materials site. The topic of the city’s sustainability is also likely to get rehashed. Newcastle residents will also have the opportunity to get involved with the local school boards, as the terms for both director districts that encompass the city are set to expire in 2013. Marnie Maraldo currently represents Newcastle on the Issaquah School Board, while Pam Teal does the same for the Renton School Board. It is unknown if either will file for re-election. Elected office is the ultimate volunteer job. While Newcastle City Council positions come with pay, the pay is nominal — far less than minimum wage. All council positions are considered part-time, and council members often have employment apart from the city. It’s not a job for the faint of heart. Candidates must be passionate about their community and willing to dedicate the next four years to Newcastle, if elected. The idea of running a campaign may seem intimidating, especially against incumbents, but the community really is best served when every position has challengers. Prospective candidates can file in-person at the King County Elections Office or online beginning May 13 until May 17. Candidates can file by mail, though they will not be accepted earlier than April 29 or later than May 17, irrespective of postmark. Learn more about filing for the upcoming election at www.

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affluent, fertilizers and animal feces to migrate into the lake. A study was authorized and contracted by the city of Newcastle. As a result, the city recognized the importance of this condition and has taken steps to install a control gate and weirs that will stabilize the surface water height. During the review process, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Fisheries Division, supported by the Department of Fisheries, have listed demands and insist on further studies that virtually make it impossible for the city to proceed with this important project. The city just does not have, nor ever will have, a budget that will support their demands.

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A tribute to Katie

Wearing the color purple will never mean the same to me again. When I throw on a purple sweater or a lavender scarf, I will know from this day forward that this color is special. Purple is the color of royalty. It is the color of courage. It is the color of a fighter. Purple is Katie Tinnea’s color. Never was that more evident Kate Tinnea than April 21, when friends, family, students and staff gathered to celebrate the life of the beloved Newcastle Elementary School teacher. Tinnea, a first-grade teacher at the school, passed away April 4 after she was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2011. The Bellevue church was awash in a sea of purple, as nearly every attendee heeded the call to honor Tinnea by displaying his or her “purple power,” instead of wearing black. Friends and colleagues remembered Tinnea for her strength, humor and genuine, inherent kindness. They told stories of her bravery in the face of a difficult diagnosis and recalled the signature laugh that resulted in a reprimand from nurses as she sat through her chemotherapy appointments. “Katie taught me how to laugh,” one of her colleagues said at the memorial.

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That’s not a surprise to those who knew her. Tinnea was literally born to teach, following in the footsteps of her mother. Even as a child, she knew she was destined to become an educator. Tinnea was described as a calm, positive presence in the classroom who cared deeply about her students. Her diagnosis could not keep her from the school, and she remained in the classroom, passionately teaching her pupils. The Newcastle Elementary School community came out in force to celebrate Tinnea, with dozens of her students in attendance, and several elaborate poster displays filled with letters to Tinnea’s young daughter from a mourning school. In those posters, fittingly decorated in purple, was the perfect juxtaposition of two of Tinnea’s main passions — teaching and family. Tinnea was also known as an avid Seahawks fan, a superb gift-giver, and an inspirational advocate of early detection and finding a cure for colon cancer. One of the many letters Newcastle students wrote may have summed up the popular teacher best, saying to her daughter Kennedy, “Your mom was a fighter.” At just 30 years old, Tinnea was taken from us far too soon, but her passion for life and her valor is something we can all learn from. Next time you wear the color purple, take a moment to think of the courageous teacher who meant so much to the Newcastle community, and honor her through your daily actions. I know that I will. In lieu of flowers, donations in Katie’s name can be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

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Schools foundation prepares for 15th annual luncheon By Peter Clark

With an eye on arts funding and book rooms, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is preparing to host its annual Nourish Every Mind luncheon on May 9. Development Director Lynn Juniel was eager to share information about the upcoming event, but did not want to show every card in the foundation’s hand. One tidbit she happily shared was the name of the host. After filling in at the last minute in 2012, KIRO news anchor Dave Ross will return as the master of ceremonies. “He’s a great guy,” Juniel said. “He cares a lot about the arts and it’s great to have that connection with him.” He will not carry the hosting duties alone, however. Juniel said that he will share the stage with Issaquah High School sophomore Alaya Carr. Juniel praised Carr’s enthusiasm for arts funding, citing her performing background with Village Theatre. The foundation is looking to create a $100,000 rotating fine arts fund, which would support everything from the purchase of new instruments to art supplies. “Each year, a different area will have it to spend,” Juniel said. “The amount that we have to spend is all depending on the money we raise.” Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski pointed to the multiple ways in which the Issaquah Schools Foundation has helped the district. In addition to arts funding, she said money raised from the founda-

If you go Nourish Every Mind luncheon q 11 a.m. May 9 q Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. q Reserve a seat by emailing Michelle Weldon at q Learn more by calling 391-8557. q Bid in the online auction at tion’s luncheon would help fund book rooms that elementary schools are trying to establish for students. “These are specific research-based books that are specifically tailored to be of interest to students to improve literacy,” she said. “A lot of elementary schools are trying to build book rooms to help students.” From yearly teacher grants to larger projects, like the Tiger Mountain Community High School teen center, Niegowski said that the foundation has consistently been a boon to the schools. “People just care so much about the schools and that gave birth to the foundation,” she said.

“They allow us to expand our services and to help all kids, from stragglers to the very advanced, get the most out of their school experience.” Washington schools found themselves in a perilous position, according to Juniel. It is the 43rd state in the nation for school funding, and the Issaquah School District is 266 out of the state’s 295. Despite the placement, she said the district continues to offer advanced, comprehensive electives like computer science, Web design and finance. “These are programs that we really can’t do without outside support,” Juniel said. As the foundation prepares for the luncheon, its biggest fundraiser of the year, part of the festivities are already under way. One of the bigger changes made this year is placing the silent auction online. Juniel said it was a matter of capacity. “The event has grown so tremendously that we need the space,” she said. “Last year, we had over 1,000 attendees and this year, we expect to have between 110 and 115 tables.” The auction went live online on the morning of April 26 and Juniel said she was pleased to see that it has already been very active.

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contacted Grace for help. She pointed me in the right direction, and King County personnel came out and killed it. It’s hardy stuff, though, and she’s urged me to keep my eyes peeled for shoots. If you think you have a knotweed infestation but aren’t sure, go to, where you can view pictures of patches and see what her group is up to. It’s not the ugliest plant that you’ll ever see, but it’s one of the most insidious. Don’t let its heart-shaped leaves, sprays of white flowers and bobbing habit seduce you. This plant is not our friend.

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It’s now legal if you only have an ounce of it, but if you ask Grace Stiller, there’s weed everywhere: noxious and invasive English ivy and Himalayan blackberries and Japanese knotweed, to name just a few that you might recognize. Grace and her group — The Newcastle Weed Warriors — have been taking a stand against these nuisances in the local woods for years. If you’ve visited the Newcastle

Cemetery when they’ve had the gates open, you can thank them for clearing it of ivy and restoring the Pat Detmer natural habitat. I noticed a knotweed patch in our backyard greenbelt last year and

I didn’t spot any stands of weeds on a recent hike that The Sainted One and I took, trying out the soon-to-be-completed May Creek Trail extension. We’d hiked the western part of the trail before (or “run” it, if you want to include the amble that we did at the back of the Newcastle 5K pack last year.) The new segments were charming, with bubbling streams, a footbridge and supporting rockwork. Going East to West, the first part is all downhill, but the uphill was made manageable by gentle switchbacks and wellplaced viewpoints. Through the Newcastle Trails organization, Peggy Price and the members and volunteers have

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Group hosts first book sale at the library City By Christina Corrales-Toy The reading habits of people across the world have changed dramatically in the past decade. More people are staring at the screen of an ebook reader, rather than a page from a book as they read their favorite novel. There is still nothing quite comparable to physically holding the spine of a hardback book in the palm of your hands, though, and the Friends of the Newcastle Library are banking on the fact that the experience is still a valued one as they prepare to hold their first large book sale. “It is a tactile experience, and it’s a very simple one once you’ve mastered that basic skill of reading,” said Julia Hunter, president of the Friends group. “People still like books. They don’t crash, they don’t lose memory and

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the screen can’t crack.” The Friends book sale will offer more than 5,000 items for purchase over a three-day period in May. The materials, which include books, DVDs and CDs, were compiled through a steady stream of

gently used donations accumulated since last year. “We will have contemporary novels, kids books, music, nonfiction. You name it, we’ve probably got it,” Hunter said. The sale begins the evening of May 16 with a special preview for paid members of the Friends group. Anyone is invited to walk in, but only members will be allowed to purchase books that night. Memberships will be available at the door. The sale is open to everyone May 17 and 18. The funds raised from the book sale will allow the Friends group to sponsor programming at the Newcastle Library. The King County Library System offers a base level of programming for all of its locations, but anything on top of that must get funded locally, Hunter said. “One of the things that people probably don’t real-

ize is that the reason that this library has had as much programming as it had since it opened in December is because the library system has supplemented more programs than would normally be their share, which won’t always be the case,” she said. Items will be priced reasonably, Hunter said, with many books going for just $1. The Friends group would ideally like to raise about $6,000 to $8,000 to fund programs in the coming year. Programs could include everything from reading-readiness classes for kids to seminars on aging issues for seniors. The Friends of the Newcastle Library gladly accept donations of gently used books throughout the year. Simply bring them to the library’s front desk. They also have an ongoing book sale where patrons can purchase materials for just $1 every day.

Chiropractic Wellness Center hosts Newcastle Community Wellness Day By Christina Corrales-Toy Chiropractic Wellness Center will host the first Newcastle Community Wellness Day on June 1. The educational fair is aimed at empowering locals to take control of their fitness by providing a variety of fun activities geared toward health, safety, environmental and financial wellness. “It’s a way that we can hopefully educate people to personally take responsibility for their health and actually being part of the solution,” said Dr. Melinda Maxwell of the Chiropractic Wellness Center. The three hour event will feature programs about car and bicycle safety, internet safety, identity fraud protection, financial literacy, drug and alcohol awareness and senior services. Health screenings will also be available. The event is free, but Maxwell hopes to raise $25,000 through vendors and sponsorships to support the Newcastle Weed Warriors and MOMentum, an organization that installs fitness equipment near playgrounds so that moms can work out while keeping a watchful eye on

their kids. “When I saw the first MOMentum installation, I was just amazed. What a great idea,” Maxwell said. “The kids are doing their thing and then the moms can be at like a world-class outdoor gym.” The Bellevue Fire Department, Valley Medical Center and Apple Physical Therapy are just a few of the organizations that will attend, but the list is expected to continually expand through May. Chiropractic Wellness Center is currently seeking volunteers to help with the event, but it has not been easy attracting people. “We need volunteers for this and we’re not getting a big response, but that’s what everyone is experiencing,” said Lucie Pezzner, one of the event organizers. “I’m not exactly sure why that is because I think that Newcastle is filled with people that have the time and are eager to help.” Maxwell and the Chiropractic Wellness Center were chosen from a variety of local clinics to host the first Community Wellness Day. It has been a lot of work to organize

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site. In November, it was announced that AvalonBay Communities Inc. will purchase and redevelop the 52-acre site of the former brick plant. The company’s website says it “is in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing high-quality apartment communities in the high barrierto-entry markets of the United States.” Crispo did not have much of an update about the site’s development, since it is still in the very early planning stages, but he did note that the city will work closely with the developer. “We have great hopes that they’re going to do something really well, and we’re working with them right along to make sure that they’re aware of what the residents here would like to see, and try to match that with whatever profit motives they may have,” he said. While the increased development is mostly positive, Crispo mentioned that it does have its down side, likely resulting in increased public safety costs. “When you have a lot more people coming in, the strains on your police force, the strains on your fire department go up

and also your cost of doing it goes up, because frequently, our bill is based upon the number of people that they serve,” he said. The mayor also took time to address the changes to the city’s former Parks Commission, now the Community Activities Commission, and encourage residents to volunteer for the advisory board. “We’re always looking for people to participate and that’s tough,” he said. “I’m not sure if you realize this, but kind of over the years, the amount of volunteerism has kind of dropped.” He encouraged residents and businesses to assist with city events, such as Newcastle Days and Concerts in the Park. “We really could use help along that line, help with sponsorships, help with volunteerism to really make these things work very well for all of the residents that are here,” he said.

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USO Happy Hour honors veterans By Christina Corrales-Toy Five years ago, Newcastle resident John Jensen set out to create an event that would let local veterans know that they are appreciated. It seemed like a no brainer, he said, to simply buy a drink for a person who put his or her life on the line to protect this country’s freedom. Years later, the Regency Newcastle USO Happy Hour is still going strong, bringing nearly 100 veterans and supportive community members together to celebrate the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed services. “We started it as a local way to say thank you,” Jensen said. “What we didn’t realize was how appreciative the veterans would be of this very simple recognition.”

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The fifth annual event is set to take place May 20 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in partnership with Regency Newcastle. Each veteran will receive two free drinks as a small

token of appreciation. “People have asked, ‘How do you know if they are a vet or not?’ and we say, ‘It’s on the honor system.’ That’s never an issue with these guys,” Jensen said. The event will feature a special guest speaker in Col. Robert P. Dickerson, the commander of the 3,300-person 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Dickerson played football for the Black Knights. He served as a professor of military science at Tulane University and recently completed a senior fellowship at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, and a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. “The event is an oppor-

Sweet Decadence hosts Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS meet and greet

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to partake in a night of football, chocolate, wine and charity at a special TEAMWORKS event May 9. Locals are invited to visit Sweet Decadence from 5-7 p.m. to meet former Seahawk Mack Strong, who will be available to talk football and sign autographs. Sweet Decadence will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to TEAMWORKS, an organization founded by Mack and Zoe Strong to empower at-risk youths toward a better future. TEAM-WORKS partners with entities in the Northwest to offer mentoring services for disadvantaged youths and their families in indigenous, minority and impoverished communities. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to encourage kids to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character. “I really appreciate the vision that Mack and Zoe have,” said Sandra Wixon, the owner of Sweet Decadence. “I think supporting kids is amazing.” The event also doubles as a kickoff to make local residents aware of the July

tunity for the military people to be in the same room and re-engage across generations, and it’s also a chance for people who have never been in the military to see real people that have been there,” Jensen said. Veterans are asked to RSVP for the event by emailing Jensen at john@ with name and military branch. As each veteran confirms his or her attendance, Jensen posts a photo and summary of where, when and which branch of the military each attendee served to the Newcastle USO Happy Hour Facebook page. “Our ability to be unaware of the sacrifice of the veterans is because of the sacrifice of our veterans,” Jensen said. “It’s just so easy to forget all that they do for us. They’re a special group.”

Police blotter Beneath the bushes A good Samaritan turned in an Apple MacBook she found underneath the bushes in the 7300 block of 126th Place Southeast on March 29. She was cleaning her yard when she noticed something shiny underneath a shrub.

Drink responsibly Two suspects took more than $200 worth of liquor from the Newcastle Safeway store, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on March 31. The suspects reportedly drove away in a black Dodge Charger.

Check the glove box Between April 6 and 8, an unknown suspect entered into a car parked in the 14200 block of Southeast 83rd Street, and rifled through the contents of the glove box. The suspect did not take anything from the car, and it is unknown how entry was gained.

Abercrombie & larceny An unknown suspect shattered a car window and stole about $250 worth of clothing, including an Abercrombie & Fitch

sweatshirt, from a vehicle parked at Parterra Condos, 13301 S.E. 79th Place, between April 7 and 8. Damage to the window was estimated at $300.

Spa day gone wrong An unknown suspect broke a glass table in the Cedar Rim Apartments community room, 7920 110th Ave. S.E., on April 10. The suspect also placed all of the furniture in the room in one pile and threw an umbrella into the spa. The damage to the table was estimated at $400.

Left ajar Police responded to a suspicious circumstances call at the site of the Coal Creek Apartments, 6820 Coal Creek Parkway, on April 12. A security guard noticed a door left slightly ajar, though nothing appeared to be missing. The building is under construction, so it was unknown if construction workers left it open or if someone else entered the facility.

Kicked in An unknown suspect caused about $200 worth of damage while kicking in a door at Walkers Run Condominiums, 7453 Newcastle Golf Club Road, on April 13. The suspect also stole a laptop valued at $150.


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ball signed by Mack Strong. Those who sign up by May 17 are ensured discounted, early-bird pricing. All proceeds directly support TEAM-WORKS programs. “In a city like Newcastle, that’s relatively affluent, everybody looks for a way to give something back and sometimes when you write a check, you don’t know how effectively the money is being used,” Jensen said. “I can put $5 out there in a lot of different ways, but I know when I do it with TEAMWORKS, it’s going to do something meaningful.” Adults and children alike are welcomed to the May 9 meet and greet.

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fund maintenance and transportation projects across the state. The council’s resolution suggests increasing the tax further to help offset the $1.4 billion shortfall. The council also urged the state to complete a full environmental impact statement of all potential tolling projects to ensure that the consequences and traffic diversion are fully considered, prior to the tolling of any highway in the Puget Sound region. “All we are asking in this is to ask the state to really evaluate this,”

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Councilman John Dulcich said. “There’s a common sort of thought that the decision on this has sort of already been made … We’re just asking to say slow down and look at this holistically.” The state Department of Transportation is conducting an environmental assessment to evaluate possible effects of tolling I-90, but an environmental impact statement would delve further into the potential impacts of tolling, including economic factors. “I think this is the direction the state is going anyway,” Councilman Steve Buri said. “Well, let’s encourage them to do the EIS, because it’s important and this is a big decision

to be made.” The environmental impact statement would also allow for additional public comment, something that is important as residents begin to realize the impact that tolls could have on their wallets, Buri said. “If they really took on what this meant for their pocket book, the room would be full right now,” he said, referring to the attendance at the council meeting. “So, let’s do an EIS, allow for some additional public input in the process, and let everyone talk about the alternatives.” Council members Gordon Bisset and Carol Simpson, concerned about the economic impact that tolling could have on


Newcastle residents, both supported the resolution. Initially, the resolution only encouraged the state to conduct the comprehensive study, but the part about the gas tax was added after Erxleben’s suggestion, and Dulcich’s strong support. “I just think if you want to address the problem, we should address the solution, which is where does the money come from,” Erxleben said. Mayor Rich Crispo, who grew up on the East Coast, where he said nearly every Northeastern state has toll roads, supported the resolution. “I’m not a proponent of tolls necessarily, but I am a proponent of, if you need to do some work,

you’ve got to raise the money somehow,” he said. “I don’t like saying no to something without giving an alternative. This is an alternative.” The Department of Transportation is at work on a $4.1 billion project to replace the 49-year-old state Route 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington and overhaul the 12.8-mile corridor between Interstate 5 in Seattle and state Route 202 in Redmond. The floating bridge is scheduled to open for traffic by early 2015. Though the project is estimated to cost $522 million less than the initial $4.65 billion estimate, transportation officials still need to raise $1.4 billion in funding for

“All we are asking in this is to ask the state to really evaluate this. There’s a common sort of thought that the decision on this has sort of already been made … We’re just asking to say slow down and look at this holistically.” — John Dulcich Newcastle city councilman the bridge replacement effort. State lawmakers asked the Department of Transportation to study tolling along the I-90 corridor as a way to generate revenue for the project.





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Events The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is Cmdr. Donald Leingang, executive director of United Service Organizations Puget Sound. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. RSVP by emailing

Public meetings All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444. q City Council meeting — 7-10 p.m. May 7 and 21 q Community Activities Committee meeting — 6-8 p.m. May 8 q Economic and Community Development — 8-9 a.m. May 14 q Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. May 15 The Newcastle Trails board meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Learn more at www.

YMCA The Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages. Get a complete schedule by calling 282-1500 or go to www. Pages/Home.aspx. Parents’ Night Out at the Y: Choose Your Own Adventure, for ages 3-11, 5-9 p.m. May 6, $30 for members/$35 for nonmembers “Kids Create: Mother’s Day Surprise,” 5:30-6:15 p.m. May 8, for ages 4-10, $5 for members/$10 for nonmembers Friendship Fire, 6:30-7:30

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Volunteers needed for spring cleaning at the cemetery Newcastle residents are invited to join the effort to remove downed trees and groom the walking trail inside the Newcastle Cemetery as volunteers spruce up the historic site with a good, thorough spring cleaning. There will be two community work parties from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 and 25. The cleanup is a cooperative effort between the Newcastle Weed Warriors and the city of Newcastle. Volunteers can munch on hot dogs, courtesy of the Weed Warriors. The city will provide gloves and tools. All ages are welcome to participate and students can earn community service hours. The Newcastle Cemetery is at 7810 129th Ave. S.E. Learn more at

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p.m. May 12, families welcome. Family Movie Night: “Wreck it Ralph” 6:30 p.m. May 17, free Tumbling: Mommy/Daddy & Me, for ages 1-3, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, $5 for members/$9 for nonmembers Diabetes Prevention Program, for ages 18 and older, call for times or to sign up Swimming lessons, for ages 3 and older, $54, call for age group times and dates Tae Kwon Do, for ages 5 and older, through May 23, $28-$54, call for age group times and dates

Library events The Friends of the Newcastle Library meets from 7-9 p.m. May 22, at the Newcastle Library. The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way. The following programs are offered the

rest of the month: Computer class: “Internet Level 1,” 10 a.m. May 4. Call 255-0111 to register. Computer Class: “One-onOne Assistance,” for adults, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. May 9, 13 and 23. Call 255-0111 to register. Download magazines with Zinio, 10 a.m. May 11. Bring your iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet or laptop to learn to set up your Zinio account and get hundreds of popular magazine titles. Drop-in to learn about ebooks, 10:45 a.m. May 11 Janet Wong: “Developing the Author Within,” 7 p.m. May 13. Wong will discuss various paths to publication and tips for self-publishing. Friends of the Newcastle Library book sale, 5 p.m. May 16, members only, open to the public all day May 17 and 18. Teen Advisory Board, for

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teens, 7 p.m. May 20 Newcastle Library Book Group discusses “Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love, and War,” by Annia Ciezadlo, for adults, 7 p.m. May 23. “Date or Hate: Speedbooking,” 3:30 p.m. May 29. Spend a minute with a book and take what you love, leave what you hate. Books are free for you to share with family and friends or keep for yourself.

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Obituary Katie Nicole Tinnea Katie Nicole Tinnea, 30, of Snoqualmie, passed away peacefully April Katie Tinnea 4, 2013, after courageously fighting cancer for two years. She is survived and will be missed by her husband Ryan, daughter Kennedy, parents Tony and Jocelyn Aldridge, and many extended family members and friends. She will be remembered for her love, positivity, grace, energy and humor. Katie was an inspiration to many as a well-respected teacher at Newcastle Elementary School, and as a spokesperson for colon cancer prevention, research and awareness. Her passions included her family, her students, holidays, the Seahawks and shopping! A public memorial service to celebrate Katie’s life was April 21. In lieu of flowers, donations in Katie’s name can be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

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Study Hall, 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, the meeting room is open for studying. No study hall May 20 and 27, and study hall starts at 5 p.m. May 22.

Clubs East Shore Singles, a social group for single adults older than 45, sponsors monthly activities and special events on the Eastside. New members are welcome. Call 433-0558 for a monthly bulletin go to www.eastshoresingles. org or eastshore-singles. 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

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Hazelwood area. Call 2550895. Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 891-8149. An international dinner, sponsored by Baha’i 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 p.m. the first and third Thursday at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Go to Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Go to Hill ’N’ Dale Garden Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday September through May at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 7472953.

Volunteers The Coal Creek Family YMCA Seniors Program needs volunteers for intergenerational opportunities, including rocking and comforting infants, teaching children to play bridge and reading to kindergartners. Call 282-1506. Newcastle Trails — trail advocates and builders for Newcastle: The group builds and maintains miles of trails Call 453-9292, ext. 110. Learn more at


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Hazen students teach lessons about big-budget decisions By Christina Corrales-Toy Adulthood comes with its perks, including a long-awaited sense of freedom, but it also brings to light the inevitable financial, familial and personal responsibilities that go with it. As everyone matures through life, they are undoubtedly saddled with a multitude of decisions, including whether or not to buy a home, which health care provider is best for their family and determining what auto insurance is best for the family car. Members of the Hazen High School DECA chapter had the opportunity to guide more than 80 Nelsen Middle School students through these very real financial responsibilities when they visited the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Auburn on April 3. In the daylong simulation, each middle school student was assigned a card that outlined his or her life situations for the day. One student could be a 32-year-old, single mother earning $23,000 a year working in a retail store, while another could be a 35-year-old CEO of a bank. Based on the parameters of their salaries, occupations and family arrangements, students had to decide how they would pay the bills, and they found out it wasn’t so easy. “I hear a lot of them saying, ‘Oh, now I know what it’s like to be an adult,’ or ‘Now, I know when I ask my mom for something at the store, why I’m being told I can’t have that,”’ Nelsen Middle School teacher Allison Matthews said. “They’re getting an idea of how money works, and they’re also really starting to connect it to their own life.”

The Hazen DECA students assisted the Nelsen students at every turn, directly applying the principles of budgeting and investment taught in business classes. “For us, it really teaches that leadership ability,” Hazen junior William Hancock said. “We also get the chance to apply what we’re learning at Hazen and pass it on to the middle schoolers.” Many students said they wished they had the chance to go through the beneficial exercise when they were in middle school. “Looking back to when I was in middle school, I thought money was just something you spend and it had kind of a never-ending cycle, but as I grew up, I figured out what money really is,” Hancock said. “It’s something that you work for, and you save up to build a better future for yourself.” The partnership among Hazen, Nelsen and Junior Achievement allows students to get exposed to the realities of financial planning at a younger age, said Ray McCabe, Hazen’s DECA advisor and a marketing teacher at the school. The process is a fun and interactive one as students travel around the Finance Park visiting the Quadrant Homes kiosk to pick out their new house, or the Russell Investments and U.S. Bank stock exchange to check on their portfolio. The main takeaway from the event, though, is the importance of education as students work to achieve their career and personal goals, McCabe said. “That’s why school matters, so that you can get the career that you want and lead the life you desire,” he said. “That’s the value of an exercise like this, to give them that practical knowledge.”

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Above, Shiva Prasad, a Hazen High School sophomore, (center) is surrounded by Nelsen Middle School students as they make realworld financial decisions during a simulation that teaches kids about budgeting. At left, Daniel Snitkovskiy, a Hazen High School junior, (right) helps a Nelsen Middle School student decide whether or not he should invest in the stock market during a simulation that teaches kids about budgeting at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Auburn.

Student waste watchers honored for service to the environment By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event on April 20.

Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are doing big things to help reduce waste on the planet, and they were honored for their efforts at the city’s 2013 Earth Day celebration. All of the hours spent rifling through trash cans, collecting juice pouches and teaching others about recycling and composting paid off when the students received Earth Day Hero Awards. More than 50 students

from both schools gathered on the stage at Lake Boren Park to receive their certificates, distributed by Newcastle’s Mandy Schendel, 2012 Miss Washington and a Hazelwood alumna herself. “All of these kids do a great service for the environment, so it’s our pleasure to acknowledge their earth-friendly efforts,” said Grace Stiller, the Newcastle Earth Day chairwoman. At Hazelwood Elementary, a team of students collects thousands of juice pouches at lunches to

close the recycling gap and encourage reuse of items. The school also has a community garden, coordinated by teacher Kate Ingalls, which encourages sustainability and environmental education. At Newcastle Elementary, a group of about 100 students known as the Waste Watchers dedicate their time to sorting through trash cans to properly recycle and compost items. They also teach their peers about the merits of correctly disposSee HONOR, Page 13

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Hazen seniors earn scholastic honors Hazen High School’s Vicki Tang was named a Washington Scholar for Vickie Tang the 11th Legislative District by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The designation is a prestigious recognition reserved for only the state’s most exemplary high school students. Tang will attend Stanford University, where she hopes to major in biology or math and to continue on to medical school, where she can achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Jonathan Fortescue is a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the Jonathan nation’s Fortescue highest honors for high school students. Fortescue was selected from a pool of more than 3,900 seniors across the country. He will be honored with a Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House ceremony in June.

During his visit to the nation’s capitol, he will meet with government officials and acclaimed educators, authors, musicians and scientists. Dale Schrock was awarded a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship with a Marine Dale Schrock option to San Diego State University. The highly competitive scholarship is awarded to applicants based on SAT scores, GPA, extracurricular activities, essays, community service and physical fitness. “I come from a family with a history of military service,” Schrock said in a statement. “I’m honored that the Marine Corps chose me for this great opportunity to serve my country.” At San Diego State, Schrock will major in economics and minor in political science, while also taking the required military science courses and participating in Navy ROTC activities. Upon completion of the program, Schrock will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

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Students to participate in NASA aerospace scholars program Four Hazen High School students have been accepted into Phase One of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at the Museum of Flight. Affiliated with NASA and the University of Washington, the program is a free, competitive, science, technology, engineering and mathematics program for high school juniors. This year’s participants

Local student makes dean’s list Michael Payant, of Newcastle, made the dean’s list at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for the fall and winter quarters of the 2012-13 school year. The requirement is a 3.85 grade point average or higher. Payant is a freshman at Northwestern and graduated from Liberty in 2012.

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are Isabel Giang, Evan Howe, Nancy Molina and Christina Tang. The students are among the 285 student applicants from 117 public, private and homeschool organizations who applied earlier this year. They are among 218 students still participating in the program. Having already completed five online lessons, they will spend the next three months continuing to

compete for one of the 160 slots available in a Summer Residency session held at The Museum of Flight in June and July. Applications for the 2013-14 program will be available late summer at was. Participants must be high school juniors, United States citizens and Washington state residents with a 3.0 minimum grade point average.

grade point average. Newcastle: Jacob Zimmer. Renton: Lisa Aaker, Kelly Apperson, Jennifer Ciriaco, Nolan Fiedler, Leah Francis Fox, Teresa Harmon, Brian Hinnenkamp, Chanelle Huffman, Tatyana Volodymyrovna Lats, Elias Lunsford, Tyler Mays, Jon Meis, Victoria Melton, Anna Patti, Abigail Person and Amanda Rablin.

Henry Kohm, Lauren La Fontaine, Paige Lane, Ryan Maio and Chelsea Moorhead. They were named to the president’s honor roll by achieving a grade point average of 3.75 while enrolled in at least nine graded hours in a semester or by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 based on at least 15 hours of graded work.

ing of waste. “They volunteer their time, giving up their recess or social time to work in the lunch room,” said Kathy Keegan, a teacher at Newcastle Elementary School. “It’s kind of dirty and stinky, but it really empowers them.” It was a special moment for many of the students, who beamed with pride as they received their certificates and shook Miss Washington’s hand. Keegan, who works and lives in the Newcastle community, said it was important for the city to honor the efforts of its environmentally minded kids. “It is super exciting,” she said. “It’s a big honor for the students. It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s a big deal for them to make a difference in our school and our community.”

Local students make Local students make SPU dean’s list WSU honor roll The following students made the Seattle Pacific University 2013 winter quarter dean’s list. Students on the dean’s list have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.5 or higher

The following Newcastle residents made the president’s honor roll at Washington State University for the fall 2012 quarter: Jake Alger, Michaela Calderon, Kelsey Fletcher,

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Liberty Lacrosse Club forms new Eastside youth program By Joe Grove The Liberty Lacrosse Club has garnered enough interest to expand its program to include players younger than high school on the Eastside. The expansion includes young players from the east side of Issaquah, Renton Highlands and Newcastle. Previously, young Eastside players have played in Issaquah Youth Lacrosse. The club is part of the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League, which organizes and governs lacrosse on the Eastside from as far

If you go All teams of the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League will be playing May 4 at Liberty High School starting at 1 p.m. north as Woodinville and Bothell all the way down to Tahoma in Maple Valley. “Every community on the Eastside has a program these days,” Brian Rinkenberger, youth director for the Liberty Club, said. The Liberty Club started

four years ago as a high school club, but this is the first year for a youth program. “We got to the point where we had enough kids for the sport in our area, and enough parents who would be willing to take on a volunteer role and help us launch a youth program, so we have done it this spring,” he said. “For our youth program, we draw from the Liberty, and Hazen school communities and all the way into Newcastle, because Newcastle area does not See LACROSSE, Page 15

By Greg Farrar

Max Batali (20), Liberty freshman defender, and Wyatt Johnson (14), junior defender, go after the ball against Tahoma attacker Blake Lucky (left) and midfielder Dakoda Barger in a lacrosse match April 24 at Maywood Middle School.

Draw keeps Liberty unbeaten Hazen clinches Seamount League championship

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Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus collide while trying to gain control of the ball. shutout. It was a particularly physical game between the two conference foes. The official issued at least three yellow cards and Liberty’s senior captain Jared Bales was nursing an injury at the end of the game. “I thought the referee let it get too physical and get a little bit borderline out of control,” Tremblay said. “The safety of the kids, that’s their first priority, and their coach agreed that it just got a little bit ugly.” Despite the tie, the Patriots are still where they need to be in the league standings as the final week of the regular season gets underway. At press time, Liberty sat atop the KingCo 3A/2A Conference with an 11-0-3 record. It’s likely that the KingCo 3A/2A champion will be determined May

2 when Liberty travels to Snoqualmie, but the results were not available at press time. “We want to try and wrap things up before we travel to Mount Si,” Tremblay said. “We don’t want to be just a game up heading to their place, on their senior night, because that could be tough. That place is tough to play in.” It’s been a successful season for the Patriots, ranked third in the state, according to Score Czar. Score Czar offers computer rankings based solely on numbers. The ranking is based on results through April 28. “Right now, it doesn’t mean much. It’s just a ranking,” Tremblay said. “We know we have a target on our back, but these guys have played consistent all year. We haven’t had a letdown game.”

After about 75 minutes of scoreless play in the Hazen High School soccer team’s April 26 contest against Kennedy Catholic, senior Devin Sando was sitting on the bench with a bloody nose. Just a few spots next to him sat freshman Reyes Garcia, on the sidelines because of a yellow card. As the Highlanders were about to approach the game’s final minutes, Hazen coach Ken

Matthews was forced to put Garcia and Sando back in to spell some of the other players. It would prove to be an ingenious decision. In the 79th minute, Sando connected on a corner kick from Garcia for the goal that crowned Hazen the Seamount League champions for

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The Liberty High School boys soccer team has gone toe to toe with Mercer Island twice this season, both games resulting in draws. It’s an admirable feat against an Islander team that placed second at state last year, but that has little bearing on the leagueleading Patriots’ minds as they prepare to wrap up the regular season. “We’re hoping it’s our year,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said after the Patriots’ earned a scoreless draw against Mercer Island April 26. As the Liberty players left the Mercer Island field with nothing but zeroes on the scoreboard, their faces carried a marked look of disappointment after an intense, hard-fought 90 minutes of play, including overtime. “We’re frustrated because we feel like we were the better team,” Tremblay said. “We had a lot of shots, a lot of opportunities, but everything we hit went right to their keeper. Give him credit though, he’s good, and we knew that.” Mercer Island senior keeper Sam Miller put together a dominant performance against the Patriots, making several impressive saves to thwart Liberty’s offensive attack. Liberty goalkeeper Nate Mak was credited with the

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the season starts before Daylight Savings, and we compete with everyone else for practice space,” he said.

have a club until you get down to Factoria.”

Originally an East Coast sport When asked about the history of the sport, Rinkenberger and Johnson agreed it has its beginnings with American Indians. Rinkenberger said lacrosse has historically been an East Coast institution found in prep schools. He said as these prep-school kids graduated from college and came here seeking their fortunes, they brought the sport with them, and it is gaining momentum here. “When I graduated from high school in Mercer Island in 1994, we had to travel far and wide to find teams to play,” he said. “Nowadays, every high school has a club affiliated with it.” He said the thing that brings kids to the sport is that it is fun to play. “We are not taking aim at any other sport, but if you ask a kid, ‘Do you want to go stand around on a baseball diamond for nine

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Nearly 100 players now Rinkenberger said the program started as a Liberty High School club four years ago, and now has four teams and is pushing 100 players. Janna Johnson, club president, said the high school club has grown so that it now has a JV club. “Our club goes from fifth grade through high school,” Johnson said. “Next year, we hope to expand to what is called the Lightning League, which is younger kids, second- through fourthgraders.” Lacrosse is not a sanctioned public school sport and operates through a club structure. When the practice season starts in March, finding practice space is a scramble, Johnson said. “The tough part is getting fields that are lit as

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on our varsity roster and everyone that we had in the stands, they’re going to remember that the rest of their lives.” It was the ideal exclamation mark to what has been a nearly perfect season for the playoff-bound Highlanders. At press time, Hazen had an 11-13 record with the only blemish a nonleague loss to Interlake. Days after the memorable game, coaches, players and fans still couldn’t help but smile when talking about the match, Matthews said. “As their fan, not necessarily their coach, just to see that happen for them, just for them to be able to pull that off and get that win against Kennedy, it’s phenomenal,” he said. “Anytime you can clinch a league championship and do it in that dramatic of a fashion, it’s very rewarding.” Hazen is among the top teams in the state, ranked sixth in the 3A classification according to Score Czar, based on results through April 28. Score Czar offers computer rankings based solely on numbers.

innings, or do you want to come out here where you are moving nonstop, and you have a stick in your hands, you get to throw, pass and run into other kids?’ most kids say, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” he said. The honor of the game “It is the fastest game on two feet, and it is the fastest growing sport in America,” Johnson said. “It is so fast paced, the kids have sticks and they wear pads, almost like football. It is an honorable sport, and one of the main things we talk about in lacrosse is the honor of the game. You honor the refs, you honor the players, you honor the other team. “We try to keep it so that the fans, the players, everybody stays in control, and that really is what we are striving to do, so that there is not nastiness on the sidelines. “We have field managers at every game, and they go around to spectators who are yelling at the players, coaches or refs and ask them to stop,” Johnson added. “If a spec-

tator gets out of hand, it can cause their team to get a penalty, or the ref can ask the spectator to leave the game.” For those not yet familiar with the sport, Rinkenberger said it is a contact sport played on a field about the size of a soccer field. It is similar to hockey in terms of the amount of contact allowed and the flow of play. There is a goal at each end of the field. The players have a stick with a net on the end. With this net, they catch and pass a ball to move it down the field. “The first skill a player has to master is how to catch and throw the ball with the stick,” Rinkenberger said. The ball is about the size of a baseball only heavier and denser. “It is go, go, go all the time.” “I had heard about lacrosse, but I had never seen a game,” Johnson said. Her son started with baseball, “but, then he played lacrosse, and we have never looked back at baseball, because it is so much fun.”


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This year’s league championship is a little sweeter than last year’s, after the league slightly altered the way points were calculated to determine the winner, Matthews said. “We feel like we earned this one. This one, in my opinion, is so much better,” he said. The senior leadership on

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Election From Page 1 at the end of 2013. Both Crispo and Dulcich have announced plans to file for re-election. Crispo announced his intentions at the

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