City installs new park signs

December 7, 2009

City officials worked with the sign company Trade Marx to install 41 new parks signs (left) in the city. The signs were distributed across five parks, including China Creek Park, which received a green entrance sign. By Tim Pfarr

City officials worked with the sign company Trade Marx to install 41 new parks signs (left) in the city. By Tim Pfarr

 The signs were distributed across five parks, including China Creek Park, which received a green entrance sign. By Tim Pfarr

The signs were distributed across five parks, including China Creek Park, which received a green entrance sign. By Tim Pfarr

During the course of a few rainy November days, workers from the sign and display company Trade Marx installed 41 new signs across five of the city’s parks: Lake Boren Park, Donegal Park, Windtree Park, China Creek Park and Highlands Park. Read more

Newcomers, familiar face elected

December 7, 2009

Rich Crispo, Bill Erxleben and John Dulcich were elected to the Newcastle City Council in the Nov. 3 general election.

Crispo defeated Karin Blakley for Position 5 with 65 percent of the vote. It was the first time either had run for City Council. Read more

Library shifts building plans

December 7, 2009

Building plans for the Newcastle library have changed.

The structure will now be built in two phases, allowing the King County Library System to construct the library portion of the building before private developer Lorig Associates constructs its portion of the project, which consists of apartment units. Read more

Changes to city code to affect storm water runoff systems

December 7, 2009

The City Council recently passed changes to its municipal code that affect how storm water runoff must be managed on new plats being developed in the city.

Residents will be most affected by this through the addition of a portion of city code titled “conditional discharges,” concerning water pollution. Read more

Court OKs state’s unequal school funding formula

December 7, 2009

The state Supreme Court unanimously decided Nov. 12 that inequities resulting from state funding formulas don’t violate the state’s constitution.

In the Federal Way School District No. 210 v. State decision, Justice Jim Johnson said, “The Legislature’s use of the staff unit allocation system to fund education with differing salary allocations to school districts with historically disparate average salaries does not violate article IX, section 2, although there remains a slight gap between the highest and lowest salary funding statewide.” Read more

Letters to the editor:

December 7, 2009

Pamela Teal thanks voters

I’d like to thank Renton School District citizens for their support and trust in electing me to the Renton School Board of Directors. I am honored and humbled by your vote of confidence, and vow to work hard for all of the district’s students, teachers and staff, as well as their families and communities.

Since being appointed to the position, I have learned a lot about the responsibilities of a school board member. My years of school and community involvement have prepared me for the rigors of school board work. However, I’ve learned over the past months that no one has a monopoly on good ideas. I look forward to partnering with all of you to provide the best possible education for our students.

During my campaign, I

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was asked by many, “Why would you work so hard to be elected to a volunteer position?”

My answer is I feel compelled to give back to my district and my community. Renton teachers and support personnel are tremendous educators, capable and dedicated to providing the district’s 14,000 plus students with a quality education.

The Renton School District is a great place to learn. Good things are happening every day, and there are improvements that continue be made. I look forward to working with you as we celebrate the successes and address the needs. Thank you again for allowing me to continue my work to make the Renton School District a place where we “Launch Learning to Last a Lifetime.”

Pamela Teal

Renton School Board

Good Samaritans appreciated

The wind had blown our yard recycler down and across the street about one block down from the end of our driveway. It was on a steep embankment and I thought I could reach and pull it up, but for every step I took forward I went back two, a man pulled off the road and helped me.

He was able to pull the recycler up, but I fell further down as it was very steep. What stopped me was a patch of blackberries. Two more cars stopped to help and the drivers were able to boost me out and lift me out of this steep embankment. I did not get any names — one man drove a white convertible, two had KOMO jackets on and the fourth lived on 116th and is a Scout leader (In fact, his Scouts have been picking up garbage on Southeast 76th Street.)

I could not thank them enough and they all disappeared. The only person I really talked to was the Scout leader; he walked up the street with me and then went back to bring the recycler back to our yard. As for me, all I have are a few scratches from the blackberry bushes and a lesson well-learned there are some things you cannot do alone. A big thank you to the good Samaritans.

Laura L. Pratt

Newcastle

Editorial: Early signs from county exec are encouraging

December 7, 2009

In the weeks since King County voters picked Dow Constantine as the next county executive, the new leader has taken several steps to include Newcastle and Eastside voices in the transition. Read more

Sportscaster Tony Ventrella plays Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 7, 2009

Tony Ventrella has been a familiar face in Western Washington for more than 20 years, covering sports for all four television stations. He now works full-time as digital media host for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders. Read more

Survey: Fire, emergency spending should be city’s highest priority

December 7, 2009

Councilwoman Carol Simpson created a survey in September, the Newcastle Financial Future Survey, which was hosted on the Web site Survey Monkey, and distributed to her list of about 230 constituents.

Simpson also advertised the survey at a City Council meeting, encouraging any interested individuals to participate. She received about 100 responses. The survey is still on Survey Monkey, and Simpson said she would likely keep it available through mid-December or mid-January. Read more

Liberty installs solar panels; Hazen’s in by end of December

December 7, 2009

The installation of Liberty’s new solar panels is nearly complete, and the school will likely adopt new sustainability curriculums into its science classes next semester.

Liberty High School’s solar panels have been installed just behind the reader board at the entrance to the school’s parking lot. The panels await final hookups and inspections before they become operational.  By Tim Pfarr

Liberty High School’s solar panels have been installed just behind the reader board at the entrance to the school’s parking lot. The panels await final hookups and inspections before they become operational. By Tim Pfarr

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