Life

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

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

Out & About in Renton | Oct. 1

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  • Sep 30, 2008

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 27

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  • Sep 26, 2008

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.

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

RENTON THEN AND NOW: Louis Fote Jr.: Thanks for Jones Park equipment

In 1985, Louis Fote Jr. was a sixth grader at Lakeridge Elementary School and had nowhere to play. Playgrounds were too far from his north Renton home. His overprotective parents didn’t help. So he collected more than 100 student signatures, pleaded his case at a year’s worth of City Council and Parks Board meetings, (fighting ornery adults along the way) and got his playground built, at downtown Renton’s Jones Park, between the Cedar River and Wells and Main avenues.

  • Sep 26, 2008

‘Renton Red’ grows in popularity

Greenfresh Market co-owner and wine steward David L. Allen was looking for a local, signature wine for under $10. He came up with a blend called “Greenfresh Market Renton Red.”

  • Sep 24, 2008

MS Association of King County: Hydrotherapy helps sufferers of prevalent MS

Washington state has the one of highest occurrences of multiple sclerosis, or MS, in the nation. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people are affected by MS in King County, according to Merrill Ringold, executive director of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County.

  • Sep 23, 2008

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 24

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  • Sep 23, 2008

SIX COURSES, THE WINE for DESSERTS: Three wines for the three desserts

Today’s challenge is to find a wine that suits a three-part dessert consisting of a Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, a Petite Chocolate Pot of Crème… Continue reading

State, Seattle to collect sockeye in Renton for Landsburg hatchery broodstock

Thousands of sockeye will end their journey up the Cedar River to spawn this fall almost under the bridge that carries Interstate 405 over the river.