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Newcastle teen takes control of spiraling life By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle teen Terrence Neese should have worn a cap and gown on June 13, 2013. He was supposed to embrace his parents as he emerged from the Kent ShoWare Center with a Hazen High School diploma. Terrence was there to watch his classmates that day, but with insufficient credits to graduate, he was sitting in the stands, not on the floor. “These are the kids I grew up
with,” he said. “How did I get to a point where they are all going on in their lives without me? How did that happen?” It happened because he was more concerned with partying than schoolwork and more likely to sleep through the day than go to class, he said. Terrence went to the graduation ceremony to support his friends, but he left the arena with a much-needed wakeup call. “When he went to that grad-
uation it was very, very hard on him,” Terrence’s mom Tammy said. “I don’t think he was prepared for how far he had gone off track until he was sitting there in that auditorium.” Terrence looks upon that June day as the turning point, when he said enough is enough, and attempted to take back his life. Less than a year later, the previously unmotivated teen has now dined with four-star generals and hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy, thanks to a
local program that just wouldn’t let him fail. Washington Youth Academy Terrence’s academic challenges began during middle school, Tammy said, making for an overall frustrating school experience. He did OK during his freshman year at Hazen. He was passing his classes, but as time went on, she and her husband could tell he was burnt out and heading toward a future as a high-
school dropout. An opportunity arose for Terrence to visit India for half of a school year, and the family saw it is a chance for him to regroup. “It kind of had the opposite result,” Tammy said. “He did fabulous in India, experienced successes right and left, but when he came back, he was now really far behind in school.” Terrence knew he would have
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Upgrades to infrastructure needed By Christina Corrales-Toy When Newcastle neighbors Larry Johnson and Dave Edmonds peer into the backyards of their Olympus homes, transmission lines and power poles greet them. It’s not the best view, but residents have learned to live with the 60-foot beams that carry 115 kilovolt power lines. The infrastructure has been there since long before the city was incorporated 20 years ago. Those poles could get a lot taller, with lines that carry even more power, if Puget Sound Energy upgrades that corridor as part of its Energize Eastside project. “What we have now is
not great,” Edmonds said. “We’ve got power line poles 30 feet from people’s homes. We want something better than what we have, not worse.” Energize Eastside The project will bring higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside, Andy Wappler, PSE’s vice president of corporate affairs, explained in an April 1 presentation to the Newcastle City Council. The exact route the lines will take is yet undecided. Proposed path Route M goes through Newcastle. The region’s growth is straining the transmission
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The first person to officially climb the stairs of Little Rhody Park’s new playground was, surprisingly, not a child. It was Corin Carper, one of the neighbors who volunteered his time to help build the community’s new slide and play structure at an April 12 work party. Carper has children that will benefit from the new playground, but they will never get to say they were the first ones on it. His childlike excitement was evident as he bounded up the still-unfinished stairs of the structure on Southeast 80th Street in the city’s west end. “Let it be known, I was the first,” he said. The project was a culmination of more than a year’s work after Newcastle Public Works Director See PARK, Page 5
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From Page 1 to make up credits when he returned, but he wasn’t ready for the true impact of being so behind his peers. The frustration of school led to drug and alcohol experimentation, he said. Terrence would often skip class and hang out with a rough crowd. “Once you distance yourself from people who want success, you’re left with people who are going to bring you down, and that’s what happened with me,” he said. On the verge of dropping out of school, Terrence enrolled at the Renton School District’s new Secondary Learning Center, which offers a more flexible study program to accommodate students’ challenges. It was there that he met
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Terrence Neese talks at Renton’s Secondary Learning Center about the benefits of the Washington Youth Academy. instructor Erin Bristow, who saw something in him that he had yet to see in himself. “He was a young man without a center or grounding. He showed sparks of greatness, and then would fade off into peer pressure, fun and games,” Bristow said. “He
was one of those students you can imagine doing great things, if only he could find his way.” After Terrence expressed an interest in future military service, it was Bristow that suggested the Washington Youth Academy to him. The sixmonth intense program
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imbeds at-risk teens in a military boot-camp atmosphere. The recruits take classes, earn high-school credits and get the opportunity to “get back on track,” while military leaders coach them in discipline, life skills and personal responsibility. It’s six months away from friends, family and society’s vices. The teens must leave their electronics at home and only commit to the no-cost program based in Bremerton if it is truly what they want. “They want you to want to be there, because without you wanting to be there, you’re not going to succeed,” Terrence said. ‘Why care about us?’ Terrance attended the program’s orientation just weeks after watching his classmates graduate without him. He was weary, especially after seeing how physically demanding the program was, but it was an experience that he knew he needed. From the moment the cadets arrived, leaders worked to mentally strip them down, before methodically building them
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back up, Terrence said. The first two weeks were the acclimation phase in which the teens were given a rude awakening into the military lifestyle of discipline. “The way we said it was ‘embrace the suck,’” Terrence said of the intense training. “It’s going to suck, but that’s just life.” There were times when Terrence would stand just feet away from the gate, steps from freedom, as he seriously contemplated leaving. If he left, though, he knew he wouldn’t be welcomed back, and his second chance would be squandered. Terrence endured the six months of training, leadership classes and team-building exercises, thanks mostly to an academy staff that wouldn’t let up on him, he said. “They really care about these cadets and it’s crazy, because these are just a bunch of random at-risk kids. Why care about us? But they do, and they make us succeed. They don’t let us fail,” he said. When he returned to Newcastle in December, Terrence was a different person, both physically and emotionally. He had confidence, goals and purpose, things he lacked before he left, Tammy said. He has since become a poster child of sorts for the great good the academy can do. ‘How great he could be’ Terrence was invited to Washington, D.C., at the end of February and he met with generals and congressional leaders to talk about how the academy changed him. He also played piano at a gala to support the National Guard Youth Foundation, which backs programs such as the Washington Youth
Academy. Today, he’s working toward his goal of attending West Point. Terrence has one class to finish at the Secondary Learning Center before he receives his high school diploma this June. He’s already working on a college degree, too, simultaneously attending classes at Seattle Central Community College. He hopes to eventually transfer into the University of Washington’s ROTC program, before applying to West Point. “If there’s one thing the academy taught me, is that I can do it,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work, and it’s not going to be easy, but I can do it.” Bristow will have to contain herself when she sees Terrence receive his high-school diploma. The Secondary Learning Center instructor calls him her “Superstar,” and is not at all surprised at his transformation. “I feel confident that Terrence will make a difference in our world, and most importantly, can see that he believes in himself,” she said. “That is the stuff teachers live for.” Terrence’s mom gets emotional when talking about her son’s renewed state of mind. She remembers searching high and low for some sort of program that would keep him “above water.” Tammy wishes she had known about the academy sooner, but now that she does, both she and Terrence are committed advocates of the program, telling anyone they can about its benefits, she said. “He never saw how great he could be,” she said, “so it is incredibly humbling as a mother, that these people were able to bring that to the surface for him.”
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care,’” Johnson said. The Olympus Homeowners Association board recently expressed its worry, saying the “Olympus neighborhood is very concerned over the potential expansion of PSE capacity through Newcastle without better understanding the alternatives.” Edmonds thinks PSE will choose Route M. Johnson said he isn’t ready to surrender. “When I talk to people from L and Somerset, and I hear what they say, they’re almost totally convinced that it’s going to happen through their neighborhoods,” Johnson said.
From Page 1 system, Wappler said; by 2017 or 2018, demand for power will exceed capacity, making power outages more likely. “It’s really like any kind of machine — if you’re running it past its capacity, if you’re running it hard day after day, it begins to have problems,” he said. Newcastle is expected to grow by about 2,500 people within the next few decades, essentially doubling its population at incorporation, Wappler said. Conservation is not enough of a remedy; significant infrastructure upgrades to a system that hasn’t been enhanced since the 1960s are also necessary, he said. PSE’s solution is building about 18 miles of 230 kilovolt transmission lines from Redmond to Renton. That corridor west of Lake Sammamish is where the demands of the electric system are heaviest, according to PSE. There are 16 route segments that can be configured in 19 ways. Any that connect the north to the south “gets the job done,” Wappler said, adding that PSE doesn’t have a preferred route, just a preferred outcome — that the company keeps delivering reliable power. Route M through Newcastle is from Southeast 95th Way to Newcastle Way, west of the Eden’s Grove subdivision and east of the Olympus and Hazelwood communities. Route concerns In the most well-attended Newcastle City Council meeting in the past two years, about 50 neighbors packed City Hall to voice their concerns about the project April 1. They asked questions and many expressed misgivings about high-voltage power lines through their community. A petition to the council, by a local coalition of
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neighbors dubbed Citizens for Sane Eastside Energy, outlined their main concerns, among them health issues, property values, safety and view obstruction. There was debate at the meeting between residents and PSE representatives about the true nature of health concerns related to the electromagnetic fields connected to high-voltage lines. Wappler said nearly 3,000 studies show no conclusive link between electromagnetic fields and health issues. But Johnson pointed to a 2002 California Department of Health Services study that notes electromagnetic fields could cause cancer. “Are we going to be the guinea pigs to find out if this is true or not?” Johnson asked. Neighbors are also concerned about the affect the lines will have on property values and aesthetics. “I really take offense when people say, ‘Oh it’s just because you don’t
want it in your backyard,’” Johnson said in an April 13 interview. “I think that’s a legitimate thing. No one wants it in their backyard.” A consideration unique to Newcastle residents is the gas pipeline along the corridor. Edmonds, who represents the Olympus neighborhood on PSE’s Community Advisory Group about the project, said the Olympic Pipe Line Co. also has concerns about Route M, regarding building along lines that supply jet fuel to SeaTac Airport. Wappler said PSE has worked with Olympic, and understands the concerns, given that PSE had the same worries as construction along the Alaskan Way viaduct occurs along its own pipeline. Alternatives One of the community’s requested alternatives is underground power lines. Underground lines limit the visual impact, but are far more costly than overhead lines, Wappler said.
At left, a growing Eastside, especially the area west of Lake Sammamish, is putting a strain on the region’s electric system, as seen in this future growth map. Above, PSE’s solution to the region’s growing power demand is to build about 18 miles of 230 kilovolt transmission lines from Redmond to Renton. PSE estimates the construction and engineering for underground lines is about $20 million to $28 million per mile, compared to $3 million to $4 million per mile for overhead lines. Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission regulations require the local jurisdiction or customer group requesting underground transmission lines to pay the difference between overhead and underground costs. “At a minimum of $22 million a mile, that’s just not possible,” Edmonds said. Citizens for Sane Eastside Energy is looking into challenging the regulation. Residents also wonder why PSE can’t just use an existing Seattle City Light corridor from Redmond to Renton. Rebuilt, it could accommodate the Eastside’s growing power needs. But PSE doesn’t own the corridor, and Seattle City Light has told the company it is not
available for its use. However, neighbors are skeptical, Johnson said, because PSE cannot provide written documentation from Seattle City Light. The Seattle company has declined to do so when asked, Wappler said at an April 21 public forum. Rallying neighbors Not all of the estimated 50 Olympus homes affected are united in opposing the project, Edmonds said. It’s a stark contrast to those along Route L, a segment along Lake Washington, who have been very vocal in their opposition. “If people in M don’t oppose it, whereas people in L are throwing every piece of garbage they have, we are going to get it by default, because they’ll say, ‘Well, Olympus doesn’t
What’s next? PSE is using this year to gather public comment about the project, while its Community Advisory Group, made up of citizens and civic groups, collects information to recommend a route. PSE doesn’t anticipate filing for any permits until early 2015. “We want to work with the community and get as much input as we can, but ultimately, in terms of choosing the route, we have the responsibility to deliver the energy, so we will ultimately have to choose where that route goes,” Wappler said at the council meeting. After Wappler gave his presentation April 1, Johnson asked the council if he could give one of his own about citizen concerns over the project. Johnson, an Olympus Homeowners Association board member, will get that opportunity at the May 6 Newcastle City Council meeting. “My chief goal for May 6 is to pry loose any notion among City Council members and our neighbors that they simply can take PSE’s word for things,” he said.
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New power line is bad for the community
The impacts of the state losing its No Child Left Behind waiver are unlikely to be profound locally, but they are still an embarrassment — an embarrassment that could easily have been avoided. Washington, along with 42 other states, was operating under a waiver that allows the state to essentially ignore some portions of the federal law. But that waiver was revoked last week. We are in this mess because the state teacher’s union and Democrat members of the Legislature were unwilling to allow test scores to be a factor in teacher evaluations. Both groups point to the federal No Child Left Behind law as a failure, and say that it is at fault. They’re not entirely wrong. No Child Left Behind mandates that, as of this year, 100 percent of students must meet their grade-level standard in reading and math, and prove they can by passing a test. It doesn’t take an expert in testing theory to realize this is foolish. If everyone passes a test, then the test is too easy. Some people are just on the left side of the bell curve. Certainly, schools have an obligation to try and educate lower-performing students to their full potential. However, it serves no one to pretend that all people have the same potential — some people are just smarter, while others, well, aren’t. But focusing on the failings of the underlying law deflects the blame. Whether or not the carrot of waivers and the stick of No Child Left Behind is a good system, that’s the system we are working under. Now, because of the intractability of the union and the members of the Legislature who follow their lead, school districts will have to spend money on federally mandated fixes, instead of being able to tailor solutions to problems of each district. Teacher’s unions have resisted using test scores for years, saying they are not a fair way to measure a teacher’s skill. But dozens of other states, including some with Democrat-controlled Legislatures, have found ways to implement a teacher evaluation system that meets federal muster. Washington needs to do the same.
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pollutants around power lines has been linked to an increase in free radicals and many adverse health effects, such as cancer. q interference with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. q power line noise. q aesthetics. q impact on views. q All of the above contribute to significantly reduced residential property values. Overhead power line supporters say studies of electromagnetic fields on health have been inconclusive. Studies of tobacco smoke were also inconclusive for decades before undeniable links to cancers and other serious health conditions were identi-
fied. The EPA and the EU have developed recommendations and regulations for limiting exposure to EMF, as have 29 forward-looking nations and several states in the US. They would not do that unless EMF was of serious concern. Power line “M” runs in the same easement as 50-year-old fuel pipelines to SeaTac. This easement goes through dense residential developments. An accident when replacing the current H-poles with the proposed taller steel monopoles would be catastrophic. See LETTERS, Page 5
Notes from Newcastle
For once, I’m not the only one at meeting I’m used to being the only one at Newcastle City Council meetings. I sit there, alone, as the council conducts its business in front of an audience of one. It can get lonely, I’ll admit, watching council members deliberate as I sit surrounded by a sea of empty chairs. Imagine what a thrill it was for me, then, when City Hall was packed for the April 1 City Council meeting. There must have been about 50 residents there, mostly from the Olympus neighborhood, to hear what Puget Sound Energy representatives had to say about its Energize Eastside project. It was the most well-attended council meeting I have ever been to in my nearly two years with the paper. It was so packed that reinforcements were
brought in, in the form of extra chairs I had never seen before. There was also a buzz and anticipation in the room I had never encounChristina tered. It was Corrales-Toy refreshing to see neighbors interact before the meeting and exciting, for me, to have someone to strike up a conversation with as I sat in the audience. I understand that hot-button topics, such as the one that night, naturally attract more of a crowd, but it’s a shame that a constituent-packed council chamber doesn’t occur more often.
I’ll be the first one to admit that council meetings aren’t the most exciting affairs, especially at 7 on a weeknight. They’re not all bad, though. The council deals with important business, and along the way, you get to learn a thing or two about the people you elected. For example, did you know that Councilman Gordon Bisset and his wife Diane recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary? You would if you went to a meeting. So, come out to a meeting and see council members Lisa Jensen, Carol Simpson, John Drescher, Steve Buri, John Dulcich, Rich Crispo and Bisset in action. They meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at City Hall. While you’re there, say hi to this lonely reporter, too!
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Letters From Page 4 The average dollar/ square-foot home value in Newcastle is higher because people paid more for homes with views of the Cascades and Mount Rainier. The proposed taller monopoles and wires will destroy these views for more homes, which will drive down the values of those homes and also affect the average dollar/ square foot. Declining home values are the beginning of community decline. Assuming PSE’s demand forecast for this area is realistic and not driven by other motives, I request the increased capacity be met with communityfriendly solutions rather than the 230kV (and even higher voltage later) overhead line, which will destroy the quality of life and property values of Newcastle residents. A. Roosme Olympus neighborhood
Community made Big Book Sale a big success The Friends of the Newcastle Library wish to thank everyone in our community, and the surrounding areas of Bellevue and Renton, who helped to make our second Big Book Sale a resounding success. The donors who gave thousands of books and the buyers who were happy to find and purchase them each contributed greatly. A small but dedicated group of volunteers made the connection between donors and buyers possible. Over the three and a half days of the sale, we were able to raise almost half of our annual budget. Every cent that we raise is dedicated to support programs at the Newcastle Library. Our second annual meeting is coming up May 28. We will celebrate a year of solid accomplishments, topped by having received our official nonprofit 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Please join us in the meeting room at the Newcastle Library, starting at 7 p.m. Again, a big thank you to the reading and learning community that we serve! Julia Hunter, president Friends of the Newcastle Library
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Neighborhood volunteers and city staff construct the new Little Rhody Park playground April 12.
Park From Page 1 Mark Rigos approached the neighborhood about the underutilized space. The community pooled donations of its own before the Newcastle City Council allocated $60,000 in its 2014 budget for the park’s development. “It is more than we ever thought possible in our neighborhood when we started this process two years ago,” said Danny Finan, a local resident. “As an added bonus, Mark Rigos and the city did an amazing job expediting the timeline to ensure the playground gets in as the weather is getting nicer,
which everyone appreciates.” The parcel’s naming process went through the city’s Community Activities Commission earlier this year, where they, and the neighborhood, decided on Little Rhody Park, a tribute to the nearby rhododendron farm. Finan said the entire community, parents and children alike, are excited to try the new playground, which, as of press time, was still not officially open while city staff waits to put down wood chips. “I can tell you that the kids are very excited with the structure just being in place,” he said. “In fact, just about every day since the installation, I’ve seen kids coming down to see if it is open yet.”
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In September, we rented a large houseboat on Lake Roosevelt with my sister Susie and her husband. After taking possession, we cruised up the lake and found a perfect spot for the night: a protected little bay, embraced by wooded peninsulas. The Sainted One ran the boat on shore and we tied up. That was the night the Seahawks game was delayed due to a freak windstorm, and to get to Qwest Field, it had to get across Eastern Washington — and Lake Roosevelt — first. It was hot and still when we retired early, so I was pleased when a breeze blew through the open stateroom window until that breeze grew into something less appealing. Staggering out of our
staterooms, we had to hold onto the walls to keep from hitting the deck. We turned on our phones and they began Pat Detmer simultaneously ringing: High wind warning, the messages from the marina said. Batten down the hatches, because something wicked this way comes. It was so bad, in fact, that we actually did a Sitcom Couch. In sitcoms, three or four people will end up sitting on a couch together because it’s the only way to frame a shot that captures everyone, but really, have you ever
seen that happen in real life? Well, it happened that night. The four of us sat shoulder to shoulder, eyes wide, as the Good Ship Vacation was battered by wind and waves. We ended up sideways on the beach, and the next day it took us an hour to extricate ourselves. Early March, same group, different place: the Anza Borrego Desert on a guided overnight trip. The tents were mesh so that you could watch the stars crawl across the sky. The mesh was not as nifty when the windstorm came out of nowhere, because it acted as a sieve. Only the very finest sand fell through the tent roofs and blanketed everyone and everything underneath it. It was a mighty wind, and another mighty
wind (we had stopped for Mexican food before the trip, and it included refried beans) blew beside me. When we emerged the next morning, I expected our guides to dismiss the storm and call us city slickers for our worry, but they were amazed and — almost literally — blown away. They ‘d slept outside, and their cots had been lifted into the air. It was wild and unexpected, and they’d never seen anything like it in their 30 combined years of guid-
ing. Then I wondered ... is it us? Is it me? I thought of other vacations: In Albuquerque, gazing out the hotel window at a cloudless night sky as the outdoor furniture by the pool is picked up by the wind and pushed to one corner; Galena, watching tornado warnings on TV; dodging more tornados on a trip to Missouri and southern Illinois; at Westport, where the wind was so strong that we couldn’t see the beach for the sand whipping, knee-
high, around our feet. Am I a force of nature? Is the Sainted One? Whatever the reason, true to my sales and marketing consulting background I’ve decided to monetize this, so for a small fee, we will provide you with our vacation itineraries for 2014 and 2015 so that you can avoid blowing in the wind. You can reach Pat Detmer — who will be blowing into a vacation spot to be named later — at patdetmer@ aol.com.
Bellevue P.D. concludes investigation into New Year’s Eve incident The Bellevue Police Department has completed its investigation into a King County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested in Newcastle last New Year’s Eve. Police arrested the deputy in Newcastle Dec. 31, after a citizen called to report an officer was passed out behind the wheel in a parked patrol car. The deputy was placed under arrest for physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal equivalent of a DUI when no driving is
observed. The officer was not a member of the Newcastle Police Department, according to an email from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, and wasn’t working overtime in the city. A certified drug recognition expert conducted the three-month investigation and showed the deputy was impaired by prescription medications, according to a release from Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.
A search warrant was obtained to draw the deputy’s blood at the time of the incident, after which he was processed and released by Bellevue police, according to an earlier press release from King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West. The Bellevue Police Department received toxicology results from the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Lab on Feb. 12. The report indicated “none detected” for the standard screening conducted.
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Those findings were inconsistent with observations of the deputy and statements made by him that he took prescription medications during his shift. The Washington State Patrol Toxicology Lab did not have the ability to screen for these other drugs, Iafrate said, so blood samples were sent to labs in Pennsylvania for further testing. Bellevue received those results March 31. The King County sheriff and prosecuting attorney’s offices were notified that the deputy’s blood analysis had returned a positive result for presence of multiple prescription drugs. All have impairing qualities and contain warnings
about operating machinery or vehicles. The case has been submitted for review to prosecutors; charging decisions are up to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. The findings of the investigation were also released to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The Bellevue Police Department now considers the case closed. The officer, a 46-yearold deputy, has worked for the sheriff’s office for 15 years and was assigned to Southeast King County. The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Starbucks parking lot at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway.
Three King County deputies, including a sergeant and captain, arrived on the scene and were able to wake the deputy. The officer showed “signs of impairment but alcohol was not suspected,” West said in an earlier release. The Bellevue Police Department was asked to handle the criminal investigation, while the sheriff’s office conducted an administrative investigation. The sheriff’s office investigation into policy violations is still open, according to Iafrate. The deputy is currently on “light duty” status, which means he has no police power but is performing clerical duties.
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Annual town hall meeting is June 3 The city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting will be held in June this year, instead of October. The date was changed so the City Council can get the benefit of citizen input earlier on in the budget process. Town hall meetings are a chance for residents to tell representatives what they’d like to see happen in their city. Electronic polling devices will be used to gather opinions, and this year’s event will feature additional time for residents
to speak. The town hall meeting is from 7-9 p.m. June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.
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The Issaquah School District announced that 10 of its schools received Washington Academic Achievement Awards, the top honor for schools in the state. Apollo Elementary School, Newcastle Elementary School and Liberty High School were among the winners.
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Library disturbance Police responded to the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, on April 2 after a Newcastle mother reported her teenage son refused to come home and was instead watching pornography on the library computers. Police were eventually able to escort him home in a patrol car.
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Events Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 14, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, 206-618-5641 Chamber Networking Breakfast, speaker Calvin W. Goings, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, 7:15-8:30 a.m. May 28, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, free, register at newcastlechamber.org
Public meetings All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444. q City Council meeting — 7-8 p.m. May 6 q Finance Committee Meeting — 4-5 p.m. May 12 q Community Activity Commission meeting — 7-8 p.m. May 14 q Economic and Community Development Committee meeting — 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 20 q City Council meeting — 7-8 p.m. May 20 q Planning Commission — 7-8 p.m. May 21 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.newcastletrails.org. Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting, 7 p.m. May 28, 12901 Newcastle Way
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Mr. Smith goes to Newcastle
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon.
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Adam Smith at its May 14 luncheon. Smith represents the state’s 9th Congressional District, an area that stretches from Bellevue to Tacoma and includes Newcastle. Redistricting moved the city into Smith’s 9th District in 2013. Newcastle was in U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s 8th District prior to that. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. May 14 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP or pre-pay for the luncheon at http://bit.ly/QtKo7g.
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p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, $50/facility members, $75/program members Parents Night Out At the Y: Games Galore, ages 3-10, 5-9 p.m. March 15, $30/facility members, $40/program members Kids 5K Training, ages 5 and older, Saturdays 9 a.m., to May 17, $35 Community Excursions ages 50 and older: q Maltby Café and Flower World Nursery, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7, $12/community participants and program members, $10/facility members q Weyenhauser Bonsai Garden and Art Exhibit, 9:301:30 p.m. May 20, $10/community participants and program members, $8/facility members
q Benaroya Hall Organ Concert and Tour, lunch at Pike Place Market before the tour, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 2, $10/community participants and program members, $8/facility members Adult Pickleball, 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. Sundays, free to facility members Table Tennis, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 4-9 p.m. Fridays, free to facility members Club Tyee, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, grades six through eight, free to Tyee Middle School students Power Volleyball, experience required, 8-9:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Gym 1, free to facility
members, ages 14 and older Senior bridge and pinochle, 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays Tumbling-Mommy/Daddy and Me, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, ages 10 months to 3 years, $5/class for facility members, $9/class for program and community members Table Tennis, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Thursdays and 2:30-5 p.m. Sundays, free to facility members Open Volleyball, 7:30-9:45 p.m., Thursdays, free to facility members, 14 and older Friday Flicks, 6 p.m., May 16, free to program members Badminton, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Saturdays and 8-11:45 a.m. See CALENDAR, Page 11
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Library events The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way. The following programs are offered the rest of the month: Young Toddler Story Times, ages 12-24 months, 10:15 a.m. May 5, 12 and 19 Toddler Story Times, ages 2-3, 11:30 a.m. May 5, 12 and 19 Russian World Language Story Time, ages 3 and older, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays Study Zone, for grades K-12, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays Talk Time, improve your English skills, 7 p.m. Tuesdays Family Story Times, ages 3-5, 6:30 p.m. May 7, 14 and 21 Preschool Story Times, ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. May 7, 14 and 21 Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor Counseling, adults, 10 a.m. May 2, free, register at 206-6245633, ext. 4301 Volunteer Fair for teens, 2 p.m. May 10 Teen Leadership Board, 6:30 p.m. May 19 Start to Fitness: Introduction to Break Dancing, 2 p.m., May 31 Drop-In to Learn About eBooks, for adults, 1:30 p.m. May 5 Circulo de Lectura en Español, for adults, 7
p.m. May 15 Computer Class: one-on-One Assistance, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 5, 12 and 19 Newcastle Library Book Club: ‘Yellow Birds,’ by Kevin Powers, for adults, 7 p.m. March 27 Master Gardeners Clinics, adults, 10 a.m. Saturdays Learn About Native Edibles, sponsored by Newcastle Community Wildlife Habitat Program, 10 a.m. May 17 Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting, 7 p.m. May 28 Genealogy Research: Using Ancestry, 10:30 a.m. May 30, register
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Showtime for Stars, a mentor youth program created by former National Football League player Reggie Jones, will host a charity tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle on May 31. All proceeds from the event go to the organization, which promotes
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Hazelwood hosts first career fair By Christina Corrales-Toy
The imaginary fire in the Hazelwood Elementary School cafeteria never stood a chance against first-grader Chloe Brousseau. “Aww, in your face,” the aspiring firefighter shouted as she peeked out from an oversized helmet and brandished an impressive, yet waterless, fire hose. Once her work was done, it appeared that Eastside Fire & Rescue found a new recruit at the school’s first career fair. “Wimpy handshakes” were forbidden at Hazelwood on April 3, as students met with realworld professionals and explored a series of career paths. Before they visited booths manned by librarians, nurses, scientists and pastry chefs, students got a hands-on lesson about the importance of a handshake from Hazelwood parent Diana McMillen. “I just think it’s good for them to know how to do a proper handshake and make eye contact and use a clear voice,” she said. “Meeting someone and first impressions are important, so to start off on a good foot is always a plus.” With the all-important skill in hand, students traveled through the cafeteria, where they met professionals with expertise in landscaping, sales, finance, realty, science, media and website design. About 90 percent of the professionals were Hazelwood parents who volunteered their time, said Laska Whiteaker, the event co-chairwoman.
Prior to the event, students took surveys to determine possible career interests. The results were interesting, Whiteaker said, as fourth graders trended toward more creative career paths, while fifth graders were overwhelmingly technicalminded. “What was really cool was about 50 percent of the kids surveyed wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “So, we have some Hazelwood teachers manning a booth throughout the day. They all gave their planning period to come and teach the kids about education.” Many of the stations had hands-on tools of the craft for kids to try. Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner’s booth was among the busiest. Castner was sweating as he helped a line of students get in and out of an oversized firefighter’s uniform, complete with an out-of-service helmet, hose and oxygen tank. “Oh my God, that was fun,” Chloe bellowed as Castner removed the heavy uniform. Eastside Fire & Rescue enjoys doing fairs like these, Castner said, because they offer early insight into the profession for those who are truly interested, and remind kids to employ safe practices. It’s not easy to become a firefighter, Castner told the students. It requires academic skills, physical skills and an ability to adapt. It took him nearly 10 years of testing. “It’s rewarding, it’s exciting, it’s fun and sometimes it’s heartbreaking, so it covers the full
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Above, at left, Chloe Brousseau, Hazelwood Elementary School first-grader, gets a huge kick out of wearing a child-sized set of bunker gear and holding a fire hose nozzle as Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner adjusts her helmet on Career Day. At left, pastry chef Kaylie Whitmore shows Hazelwood Elementary School first-graders how she makes a pink flower on a cupcake with the tip of an icing bag.
gamut,” Castner said of his job. “But these guys, I think if they can see at this level, all of the different aspects of the job, it’s really a great job.”
Chloe would certainly agree, declaring she now wants to be a firefighter after visiting Castner’s station. That’s exactly the sort of
enthusiasm Whiteaker said she was hoping for in the school’s first career fair, a tradition that Hazelwood now expects to continue annually.
Apollo students learn real-life lessons in Rocket City By Christina Corrales-Toy
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Anne Moore, Issaquah School Board member (left), makes a purchase from Rocket City merchant Ishan Misro during Apollo ’s Classroom City simulation.
About a dozen little heads peered out from a row of oversized cardboard boxes, directing their attention toward a classroom door at Apollo Elementary School. Moments later, a line of third-graders from a visiting class entered the room, and the quiet anticipation was quickly replaced with the busy wheeling and dealing of a marketplace. Such is life in Rocket City, a bustling simulated town, marked by card-
board shops and led by an elected student mayor in Lauren Molnar’s thirdgrade class. “The students get creative and it’s fun to see their engagement level, because they spend so much time preparing,” Molnar said of the sixweek simulation. The Classroom City unit gives Molnar’s students a hands-on practicum of the inner workings of government and commerce. They elect leaders, set laws, craft a business plan and sell their wares
to visiting classmates, referred to as “tourists,” in their little town. As the visitors file into the classroom they are given a “wallet” full of blue and green currency. Student merchants sit patiently in their cardboard boxes, while “customers” peruse through the city businesses. The goods, crafted by the students themselves, vary from jewelry and bookmarks to pillows and key chains. Hannah Ward, already a savvy business associate at
the age of 9, stood beside her Pretty Paper Crafts “company” and handed out business cards. It’s all about supply and demand, she said when asked how she sets the prices of her handmade paper crafts. Business owners often negotiate with their “customers” and diligently record their sales in an effort to keep a balanced book. As most of the students do, Hannah, of Newcastle, has to pull double duty, See APOLLO, Page 13
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Rotary clubs honors top seniors Renton Malcolm Mitchell, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of Malcolm the Month Mitchell for April. He maintains a 3.81 grade point average, and is involved in DECA, National Honor Society, and the swim and crosscountry teams. Mitchell has received awards for DECA, Letters of Achievement, the Unity Award and the swim team MVP Award. He works part time at the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club, but also finds time to volunteer with the Newcastle Weed Warriors and the girls swim team. Mitchell plans to attend a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in business. He hopes to become a CEO or president of an environmentally responsible company.
Apollo From Page 12 acting as a City Council member and a business owner. It’s tough to juggle the two roles, she said, but she’s learning a valuable lesson about citizenship. “We’re learning how to be a good citizen and to vote, and make a good decision, depending on what you think, not what your friends think,” she said of the city experiment. The first person visitors see when they enter is Rocket City Mayor Anjali Dixit. Anjali, 9, occupies a piece of prime real estate next to the entrance because she has an important job — she must greet the tourists. Anjali, of Newcastle, was elected by her peers after giving a rousing campaign speech, she said. “I promised I would help people if they needed it,” she said. “I would keep Rocket City safe and make sure there’s no littering.” So far so good, Anjali said of her performance as mayor. April 15 was an important day for the
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Rocket City leader as she entertained two special guests in State Rep. Steve Bergquist and Issaquah School Board member Anne Moore. Bergquist and Moore joined the other tourists as they traveled through the classroom city and left with a bag full of goodies from the student merchants. Moore’s own children, now high schoolers, went through the unit as elementary school students,
which made her all the more eager to visit Rocket City, she said. “When I told my kids I was coming here today, they went, ‘Oh my gosh, can I come too?’” she said. “This was one of the most memorable parts of third grade, in getting to take part in this experience of Classroom City.” Classroom City is an annual tradition for the school’s third-grade enriched academic pro-
Hazen senior is Merit finalist Hazen High School senior Emma Tuschhoff is a National Merit Scholarship finalist. She was selected based on her academic record, leadership abilities and her exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in critical reading, mathematics and writing. She is among 15,000 finalists who made it to this round of the scholarship competition, representing less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors. Emma plans to study biology at the University of Kansas, the alma mater of her parents, Stephanie and Jeffrey Tuschhoff. She also plans to continue her studies to obtain a doctorate in biology and eventually work studying wildlife in the Amazon.
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gram, Molnar said. Known as MERLIN, which stands for Mind Education Right Left Integration, the advanced class follows the same general curriculum, but goes deeper into the content and at a quickened pace. This Classroom City unit works in concert with the class’ studies on citizenship and economics. “It’s a great experience to learn what the real world is like,” Moore said.
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PAGE 13 Eva Hartman was honored as a semifinalist in Washington’s 2014 Letters About Literature contest. Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world. Eva wrote her letter to “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” author Rick Riordan.
lenged to influence friends and other teens to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs by submitting video “commercials” two minutes in length or less. Herrild’s two-minute video encouraged teens to “live for the nights you won’t forget,” rather than the “nights you won’t remember.” Watch the video at http://youtu.be/5tQDtsbqYuI.
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Liberty High School student Ashton Herrild, of Newcastle, took the grand prize in the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition’s Influence the Choice student video contest. Contestants were chal-
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Former Hazen star now roams Liberty sidelines By Christina Corrales-Toy
Sam Bunnell, Liberty High School’s new assistant soccer coach, is no stranger to the school’s turf field. In fact, he’s played on it quite recently. He just wasn’t playing for the home team at the time. Bunnell suited up for the rival Hazen Highlanders, where just last year he starred on a team that won the Seamount League championship and earned a state tournament berth. Shortly after, the 2013 Hazen graduate earned a slew of postseason accolades anointing him as one of the best soccer players in the state. “That was a fun team,” he said of the 2013 Highlanders. “Really, we just did it all for each other. We’re all really good friends and we treat each other like family. It was amazing to go out like that for everyone, not just me.” A year later, he now roams the sideline of the “enemy” as an assistant with the Patriots, but despite some early razzing from former teammates, Bunnell said it’s been a smooth transition. After graduation, Bunnell starred for a semester on the Southern Virginia University soc-
cer team earlier this year, before returning home to Newcastle in anticipation of a two-year Sam mission for Bunnell his church. He came back to look for work and earn money for his mission, which is how he found the Liberty opening. Hazen soccer coach Ken Matthews even served as one of his references for the opening. “All my former Hazen teammates know I’m at Liberty now,” he said. “At first, I mean obviously there is a bit of joking around, but they’re all happy for me. Ken said he was glad I was doing it.” Bunnell is the head coach of Liberty’s C-team and also offers extensive support to the varsity and junior varsity teams. It’s harder, he said, standing on the sidelines, rather than suiting up and getting in on the action on the field. “It’s tough to transition from the field to the bench, but it’s cool to be the mentor instead of the mentee,” he said. “I’m able to train these guys and groom these guys and help them develop into the players they’re going to be.”
He’s not the type of coach that is hard on his players, and he doesn’t yell during games, Bunnell said, but he does make sure that he keeps his team moving during practice. Bunnell models some of his teaching techniques after his former Hazen soccer coach, he said. “One of the biggest things I’ve taken from Ken, and there have been a lot of things, but the main thing is his pregame warm-up, and the reason I took that was because we started a certain tradition last year with our warmups and we didn’t lose with them,” he said. Prior to the first practice, Bunnell expected to catch some grief from his players because of his Hazen roots. It’s been nothing but smooth sailing, though, and the Liberty athletes treat him just like any other coach. Liberty head coach Darren Tremblay said that so far, Bunnell fits right in with the staff and has been a great addition. “Sam was the most qualified of the applicants,” he said. “He’s young, but he’s real mature for his age, and he’s a great player, we know that. He just loves the game.” Bunnell plans to return to college after his mis-
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sion, and continue his collegiate soccer career. In the meantime, he’s keeping his own skills sharp while playing for Inter United
Football Club, a semiprofessional team based in Tukwila. “It’s been fun playing at a different kind of level,”
he said of the experience. “The play is a little bit different than college and definitely a lot different than high school.”
Hazen hires new football coach
Collin Olson will run for the Redhawks
Liberty High School senior Collin Olson (right), of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year. He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall. Olson was named first-team all-league in cross-country this season, along with Gonzagabound teammate Aaron Bowe. He will run for coach Trisha Steidl at Seattle University. Olson plans to major in engineering.
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Sam Bunnell (20), now a Liberty High School soccer coach, plays in 2011 during his Hazen High School sophomore year against Liberty’s Nick Turner.
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baseball, basketball and soccer. Camps will be held at Lake Boren Park or Hazelwood Elementary School. Registrations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full. Skyhawks is a nationwide organization established in 1970. Its goal is to teach life skills through sports. Register for a camp at www.skyhawks.com.
Hazen High School hopes to capture some of the Bothell football team’s “Blue-Train” magic with the hire of its new football coach. David Kilpatrick-White will lead the Highlanders, after spending the past three years on the coaching staff at Bothell High School. He replaces outgoing coach Drew Oliver, who announced at the end of February that he would leave to take the helm at his alma mater, Newport High School. “Thanks to the hard work of coach Oliver and the dedicated staff at Hazen High School and the amazing kids, the Highlanders are on a solid foundation,” KilpatrickWhite said in a news release. “We are very
excited to get to the work of becoming great under way.” Kilpatrick-White inherits a team that went 4-2 in league last year and 5-4 overall. He has some returning talent to work with, led by star defensive back Marquise Lee, and all-league performers center Parker Trewett and quarterback Nolan Hoover. Hazen’s new coach worked with the freshman wide receivers at Bothell, his alma mater. He graduated from the school in 2003 and played for longtime coach Tom Bainter all three years. Before his time on the staff at Bothell, KilpatrickWhite spent two years at Ballard High School, where he was the varsity quarterback and defensive back coach. After Oliver took over
the program in 2009, Hazen returned to the state playoffs during the 2011 season for the first time since 1993. Ed Crow, Hazen assistant principal and athletic director, said Kilpatrick-White is eager to build on Oliver’s progress. “Coach KilpatrickWhite is an excellent fit for Hazen,” he said in the news release. “His desire for his team to exhibit excellence both on the field and in the classroom is exactly what we are looking for in a head coach in all of our sports. “He understands and embraces that his role is to be a teacher of both the game itself but more importantly be a teacher of each young man in the program. We believe he’ll be an innovator on the field and motivator of our student athletes.”
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Above, a locally owned Tesla Roadster that says ‘Shocking News… Electric Cars Kick Gas!’ is displayed on the Lake Boren Park lawn with other zero-emission cars owned by members of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association. Below, Eric Walker (left) and Patrick Sowers, King County employees with the Noxious Weed Control Program, hold a garlic mustard plant, a Class A noxious weed and invasive species new to western Washington they seek to eradicate.
The eager line of 3-and-younger youngsters and their parents (above) wait for the start so they can race across the lawn at Lake Boren Park April 19 at the Olympus Homeowners Association Easter Egg Hunt.
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At right, Patagonian cavy Superman sits on a lawn under the Animal Encounters tent for Earth Day. Children also met Zuki the Spanish turkey and Mr. Pickles the Barbados blackbellied lamb.
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Above, Chaos, a Barbary falcon, perches quietly on the leather-gloved hand of Shannon Dalan, with the Raptor House Rehab Center in the Yakima area, as he teaches young visitors about the organization’s mission. At right, Nicholas Razi, a 17-month-old Olympus neighborhood resident, recycles his plastic eggs after his first Easter egghunting experience.
Madelyn Wilson (right), 4, shows off the toy from one of her plastic eggs after she and her brother Nathanael, 2, look through what they gathered in their sporty Easter baskets during the egg hunt.
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