December 2 2016 - 2:00PM The week that was: Nov 26-Dec 2 | photos Local NewsfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments The week that was: Nov 26-Dec 2 | photos THE surfer bitten by a great white shark south of Forster says it was his first encounter with a shark in 54 years of surfing. Red-eared slider turtles are easily identified by the distinctive red marking on the side of their heads. Another specimen has been captured on the Central Coast, and authorities are concerned. Picture: Supplied.Kassidy Waters, of Newcastle, performs a reflective piece on The 7 Stages of Grieving at the 2017 Civic Theatre season launch. Picture: Marina NeilA delighted Paul Lennon with the one-metre flathead he caught in the Port Stephens harbour near Karuah. SEVERAL Hunter pubs, including the Sydney Junction Hotel, are applauded at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence. It's the mansion on the hill that has set tongues wagging across the city. LOOKING ELSEWHERE: Urth Energy director Richard Hermens says his business cannot afford to worry about Wickham's parking problems. Picture: Brodie OwenDuring his illustrious career as an auctioneer, Anthony Merlo has put countless homes under the hammer. But it will be someone else holding the gavel when his prized residence on Bruce Street in Cooks Hill sells next month. A MAN is facing serious driving charges after he allegedly crashed into a brick wall whilst drunk, badly injuring a backseat passenger. FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The Carrington grain silos will follow other landmarks, including Sydney Town Hall and Melbourne's Federation Square, which lit up last year to mark the International Day of People with Disability. The Rebound Race in Newcastle at the weekend. Pictures: Simone De PeakChampion: Peter Gogarty outside the church where Catholic child sex offender priest Jim Fletcher presided. Mr Gogarty will give evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday about the need for laws to charge people who protected child sex offenders. MORE than 1200 Santa Clauses of all ages, shapes and sizes have come to town and transformed Newcastle’s foreshore into a sea of red to help Hunter children with rare illnesses. TOUGH TIMES: Mark Jones shows his disappointment after the Jets' 2-0 loss to Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images For a person living with dwarfism, the act of stepping out in public means humiliation - from people taunting her within earshot to laughing and taking photographs. CHARRED: Firefighters mopping up after a serious fire and explosion in the backyard of a home on Minmi Road, Maryland, on Friday afternoon. Picture: Marina Neil DEDICATION: Sand Dune Adventures tour guide Ray Edgerton and lead guide Scott Newlin. Picture: Sam Norris MAMOTH TASK: Looking north west towards the Pacific Highway from Karuah Bridge. In the distance is the Pacific Highway. Picture: Marina Neil PUPPY LOVE: Debbie Jones with Barney and Dusty, the puppies that will offer support at Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services. GREEN CREDENTIALS: Oyster farmer Rob Diemar and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald with the more environmentally-friendly plastic racks. Spiderman and Captain America stunned the crowd with their rooftop arrival to the Wyee Roundup, in the grounds of Wyee Public School, on Friday night. SPEAKER: David Wood, the site director for the Lake Mac Outdoor Recreation Centre, at Balcolyn, and new president of Bonnells Bay Progress Association, will outline the recreation centre's redevelopment plans for 2017. Picture: Supplied HUNTER: Lola Omotosho, 4, is looking forward to learning about agriculture at next year's paddock to plate themed Maitland Show. Picture: Marina NeilHUNTER: Incidence of asthma across Maitland up at an alarming rateHUNTER: Carrie's Place CEO Jan McDonald with state member for Maitland and shadow minister for the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault Jenny Aitchison, holding the white dress made for Molly Goodbun. HUNTER: Swim legend John Mudd of Rutherford cools off. PICTURE: Marina Neil.HUNTER: Hay, it's Christmas! The Viola family have decorated their front yard with a hay-bale Santa, Rudolph and elf minions. L-R Ethan 5yrs, James 8yrs and Andrew 7yrs. Picture: MARINA NEILHUNTER: Singleton Council says it will cost $5000 to clean up John Street tyre marksHUNTER: Muswellbrook P2 driver Kiera Bastick, 18, believes changes to mobile phone use laws are positive.HUNTER: Markets helps raise money for an upgrade of Scone Grammar School's facilitiesHUNTER: Great Cessnock Christmas Elf Challenge is on again for 2016HUNTER: A program aimed at building stronger and more resilient teenagers using horses is making a difference in DungogTweetFacebook of facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsFollow us Comments Discuss "The week that was: Nov 26-Dec 2 | photos" Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.