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City of Newcastle to host Fourth of July spectacular

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 30, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more »

Sports

Liberty, Hazen tennis players medal

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao needed a little time to get warmed up, but once they did, opponents were on alert.

By Greg Farrar Marek Pierepiekarz (left), Liberty High School junior, hits a volley as teammate Matthew Cao, senior, gets ready in the backcourt for a return during their quarterfinal 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29 at the UW in a 6-0, 6-0 win against Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley of Squalicum.

By Greg Farrar
Marek Pierepiekarz (left), Liberty High School junior, hits a volley as teammate Matthew Cao, senior, gets ready in the backcourt for a return during their quarterfinal 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29 at the UW in a 6-0, 6-0 win against Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley of Squalicum.

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Schools

Committee approves $518 million bond proposal for Issaquah schools

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

The final item to be added to the proposal is a big one: $120 million for a fourth comprehensive high school. The school would likely be built for a core population of 1,500 – smaller than Skyline and Issaquah high schools, but bigger than Liberty, which finished an expansion and modernization project last year.

Another $148.5 million would go toward building a new middle school and two new elementary schools. That would give the district a total of six middle schools and 17 elementary schools. Read more »

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