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  • Oct 9, 2008
In a three-year span

Support group helps to declutter

Susan Fakkema has a clutter problem. Her Renton house isn’t dirty. It’s just full of stuff. Cluttered.

  • Oct 9, 2008
In a three-year span

Out & About in Renton | Oct. 7

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  • Oct 7, 2008
Sherry Kuzan

Valley Medical Center gives scarves for survivors of breast cancer

Valley Medical Center’s scarf project started small. Give a scarf a week to a breast-cancer survivor during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Then the scarves started coming in. Enough for a scarf an October day to a survivor. Now enough for a scarf to every breast cancer survivor who comes into Valley Medical Center during October. And then some.

  • Oct 7, 2008
Sherry Kuzan
Norma Cugini

Renton’s Citizen of the Year Norma Cugini sees a need, then acts

The 2008 Citizen of the Year Norma Cugini has deep roots in Renton. Her great-grandfather, Thomas Rowe, came to Renton from Cornwall, England, in 1903 or 1904. He worked in Renton’s coal mines. The grandparents of Cugini’s husband Alex came to Renton in 1900 from Italy. His grandfather worked in a brick-making factory. Norma and Alex were both born in Renton. They met at Renton High, married and moved to their home on Renton Hill, where they’ve lived 53 years.

  • Oct 3, 2008
Norma Cugini

Out & About in Renton | Oct. 4

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  • Oct 3, 2008
Becky Nickels

2008 OUTSTANDING CITIZEN, BECKY NICKELS: Stalwart in schools, an active volunteer

Becky Nickels, 62, worked in Renton School District 21 years. She began as a non-teacher substitute, then served as the principal’s secretary at Dimmitt Middle School. She was executive assistant to the district superintendent her last 15 years. Nickels retired from Renton School District in 2001.

  • Oct 3, 2008
Becky Nickels
Bob Bridge

2008 OUTSTANDING CITIZEN, BOB BRIDGE: Community leader, owner of dealership

Bob Bridge, 60, has been in the automobile industry 40 years. He has owned Bob Bridge Toyota Scion since 1981. He bought the company after the beginning of a series of Boeing employment cuts.

  • Oct 3, 2008
Bob Bridge
Left to right: Hans Altwies stars as Athos
Left to right: Hans Altwies stars as Athos

Out & About in Renton | Oct. 1

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  • Sep 30, 2008
Craig Riggs of Renton will participate in the Start! Puget Sound Heart Walk in Seattle

Renton heart-attack survivor to walk in Start! Puget Sound Heart Walk

Heart disease runs in the family for Craig Riggs of Renton. His father and mother both died from heart attacks, his father at 59 and his mother at 61. His brother has had five angioplasties (heart-repair surgeries).

  • Sep 30, 2008
Craig Riggs of Renton will participate in the Start! Puget Sound Heart Walk in Seattle
Bernice Hoggard retired as director of the Renton Senior Center in 1986.

RENTON THEN AND NOW, BERNICE HOGGARD: For senior center director ‘people always came first,’ says her successor

Bernice Hoggard was “born to be a senior center director,” says Shawn Daly, who worked for her for five years before he took over her job at the Renton Senior Center.

Bernice Hoggard retired as director of the Renton Senior Center in 1986.
Rev. Kirby Unti

RENTON THEN AND NOW, Kirby Unti: God discovered in lives of Renton’s people

With 100 congregation members, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church was on life support in 1980. That’s when Kirby Unti, now 56, became pastor. Twenty-eight years later, the Highlands church on Edmonds Avenue has more than 1,000 members. Programs have expanded from Sunday services and the occasional mid-week activity to seven days a week.

  • Sep 27, 2008
Rev. Kirby Unti
Phillip Levine stands next to his sculpture

RENTON THEN AND NOW, Phillip Levine: Pedestrians the inspiration for ‘Interface’

It was a day in the 1960s and Phillip Levine was sitting in his car in downtown Seattle waiting for the light to change. Pedestrians crossed in front of his car from both sides of the street, gliding in that smooth walking style people have.

  • Sep 27, 2008
Phillip Levine stands next to his sculpture
Today’s modern motorcycle officer

RENTON THEN AND NOW: Ernie the ‘talking’ motorcycle gave safety tips; what hasn’t changed are the drivers’ excuses

Much has changed since Mike Weisz joined Renton Police Department in 1989. Speeding excuses aren’t among those changes.

  • Sep 27, 2008
Today’s modern motorcycle officer
June St. Clair

Fairwood Library workshop helps women share their life stories

You don’t have to be a Nobel Prize winner or a reformed mass murderer to write an autobiography. You can be an ordinary Renton resident who wants to share her life with family.

  • Sep 26, 2008
June St. Clair

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 27

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  • Sep 26, 2008
David  Nelson  has a volunteer position as public information officer for Fire District 20 and a dispatcher job with a private ambulance company.

RENTON THEN AND NOW, David Nelson: Lessons learned at Hazen still pay off

Growing up, David Nelson could see Hazen High School from his neighborhood. So, why, he wondered back in the mid-1990s, would he go across town to school, at Renton High.

David  Nelson  has a volunteer position as public information officer for Fire District 20 and a dispatcher job with a private ambulance company.
Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman stands in front of VMC’s new main entrance

RENTON THEN AND NOW, Rich Roodman: Valley Medical has put up some big numbers

Valley Medical Center was less than 400,000 square feet when Rich Roodman became CEO on Jan. 1, 1983. The non-profit public hospital on South 43rd Street will grow to 1.6 million square feet when the new emergency department tower opens in late 2009 or early 2010.

  • Sep 26, 2008
Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman stands in front of VMC’s new main entrance
Attorney Mark Prothero
Attorney Mark Prothero