Expect traffic delays Thursday and Friday on Coal Creek Parkway

October 7, 2009

NEW — 6:50 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

Construction crews will work on the Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway intersection Thursday and Friday.

City officials said this would cause lane closures during the day in both directions of Coal Creek Parkway.

Drivers should expect delays on both roads.

Newcastle men annihilate Frisbee world record

October 7, 2009

Protestors attend City Council meeting

October 7, 2009

UPDATED — 1:44 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

More than a dozen protestors from the Seattle Solidarity Network came to City Hall for Tuesday’s council meeting to protest the staffing practices of Lorig Associates, a developer Newcastle has worked with extensively.

The protestors said Lorig discriminated against Patricia Perkins-Milton, a black woman who worked for the developer for 11 years. They said she was one of two black people working for the company during most of that time, and that she was denied promotions.

They said that although she filled in at a normally higher-paying position for five months, she was forced to train an inexperienced white worker who would permanently take the position.

Protestors line up outside City Hall before Tuesday night's City Council meeting. — By Tim Pfarr

Protestors line up outside City Hall before Tuesday night's City Council meeting. — By Tim Pfarr

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Leaping to Newcastle Days

October 7, 2009

Skyler Fuller catches air on the bouncy slide during Newcastle Days Sept. 13 at Lake Boren Park. For a look at the festival.  By Greg Farrar

Skyler Fuller catches air on the bouncy slide during Newcastle Days Sept. 13 at Lake Boren Park. For a look at the festival. By Greg Farrar

Lake Boren water quality stable over past decade

October 7, 2009

Residents say winter quality is another story

In a January 2009 report, the King County Lake Stewardship Program said Lake Boren’s water quality appears to be stable over the past decade. However, residents who live near the lake said they are concerned about the lake’s water quality in the winter months, when large volumes of storm water flow into the lake, bringing silt and potentially bacteria with it. Read more

City revenue looks ‘very gloomy’ for 2010 forecast

October 7, 2009

On Sept. 1, Newcastle Director of Finance Christine Olson presented the City Council with her 2010 revenue forecast. She predicts the city will bring in $5.91 million in 2010, only about $62,000 more than the city will collect this year. Read more

City updates zoning code, would allow new stand-alone library

October 7, 2009

In a 7-0 vote, the Newcastle City Council voted to exempt building projects funded by publicly approved levies from the city’s floor-area-ratio requirement. As a result, the Newcastle library may be built as a stand-alone structure if the KCLS/Lorig Associates agreement to build a mixed-use building containing a library and apartment units dissolves. Read more

Kandy Schendel looks to collaborate constructively on City Council

October 7, 2009

Kandy Schendel has a background of bringing people together. She said she doesn’t want to see the city move backward and that she wants to see residents live, work and play, all in Newcastle. Read more

Former Councilman Bill Erxleben hopes to balance city budget

October 7, 2009

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Bill Erxleben

Bill Erxleben, a 10-year resident of Newcastle and former city councilman, is concerned about the city’s financial situation. He’s also concerned with the amount of new development city officials are planning in the current economic situation, and he said they need to balance the budget and live within the city’s means. Read more

Letters to the editor

October 7, 2009

Pam Teal has dedication needed for Renton School Board

As a Newcastle resident and parent in the Renton School District, please join me in electing Pam Teal for the Renton School Board.

Pam has lived in the district since 1985 and has two sons who have attended Renton schools for their entire public education. Pam was appointed to a vacancy on the Renton School Board on Feb. 3. She is now running for election for a full four-year term. Read more

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