Letters to the editor

October 7, 2008

The time is right to buy the May Creek entrance parcel

While neighboring cities have been busy expanding their parks, trails and open space, Newcastle has allowed trails to close and parks to shrink.   Read more

Editorial: Death with Dignity initiative promotes a humane choice

October 7, 2008

In June, Initiative 1000, Death with Dignity, was submitted to the state for inclusion on the state ballot. I-1000 didn’t just get the necessary signatures, its volunteers gathered 320,000 signatures, 50 percent more than was necessary.

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An eyewitness to rock ’n’ roll history

October 7, 2008

World-renowned drummer Alan White calls Newcastle home

Imagine a legendary drummer living in Newcastle. It’s easy if you try. Read more

Back to the small future

October 7, 2008

City looks at  cottage housing

With available land to build on dwindling in Newcastle, city officials are looking at a century-old model for housing. 

Cottage housing is a throwback to the bungalow courtyard, a design that appeared in the 1920s, before traditional, single-family tract housing gave form to postwar suburbia. Read more

Service above self exemplifies new Rotary president

October 7, 2008

Peter Zevenbergen remembers a special gift he received from a Bellevue neighbor while trick or treating as a child. The parents of former Mariner John Olerud lived two doors down. 

The neighborhood children were in for a surprise when they rang the Oleruds’ doorbell in the early 1990s, Zevenbergen said. Read more

City budget faces $843,000 shortfall

October 7, 2008

Slowing home construction, rising fuel prices and a sluggish economy have punched an $843,000 hole in the city’s revenue projection for the year.

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Creator of signature candy visits local chocolate shop

October 7, 2008

Jo Cool knows candy is dandy, but fine chocolate and truffles are divine.

The Nebraska woman behind the signature chocolate confection at Sweet Decadence paid a visit to the Newcastle chocolatier last month. Cool, that’s here real name, was impressed to see her photo on the wall at the chocolate shop and the fact that her homemade recipe has been such a hit. Read more

Baker looks to unseat incumbent Jarrett in state’s 41st District

October 7, 2008

State spending needs to be reigned in when the Legislature convenes in January, according to candidate Bob Baker.

Baker, an Alaska Airlines pilot for the past 12 years and a former Navy pilot, is running for the state senate in the 41st District. Read more

New candidates Litzow, Maxwell vie for empty House seat

October 7, 2008

As a Mercer Island City Councilman, Steve Litzow deals with residents who want dog leash laws, citizens chomping at the bit to have a stop light in their neighborhood and the island’s ever-burgeoning raccoon problem. An elderly woman who lives near Litzow has been calling for bold action against the pesky varmints.

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Couple throw monster of a fundraiser to build African school

October 7, 2008

A Newcastle couple hopes their Monster Mash raises oodles of cash to build another school in Mali.

Andrew and Jennifer Ting are sponsoring the Building with Books Monster Mash at 7 p.m. at Issaquah’s Pickering Barn. Partygoers will dance the night away to Seattle-based band, The Beatniks, who will provide cover versions of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Kiss. Read more

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