Lacrosse club hosts throw-arounds

June 21, 2010

NEW — 3:55 p.m. June 21, 2010

The Issaquah School District women’s lacrosse club will host throw-arounds on Wednesday nights for returning players or girls new to lacrosse.

The event is open to girls entering grades nine through 12 at Liberty High School, Issaquah High School or Skyline High School, and who are interested in playing lacrosse next season. Throw-arounds are from 5-7 p.m. and start June 23 at the Central Park fields in the Issaquah Highlands.

E-mail Lauren Mincin at mincinlauren@aol.com.

KeyBank to be main sponsor for Fourth of July; promotional poster chosen

June 18, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m., June 18, 2010

Key Bank has agreed to be the main sponsor for the city’s Fourth of July celebration and donate $6,000. Valley Medical will be the chief sponsor of the Newcastle Days festival.

The city will spend the entirety of its $10,000 community events budget on the Fourth of July Celebration. Resident Shel Neufeld also donated $1,000 toward the event.

At its monthly meeting June 9, the Parks Commission picked out the winning poster from the Fourth of July poster competition. Resident Rick Olson designed the winning poster, and it will be printed and distributed throughout the city next week to promote the celebration.

Hazen’s graduation Tuesday

June 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 13, 2010

Congratulations, graduates!

Hazen High School’s graduation is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at ShoWare Events Center in Kent. Graduating seniors Thunderstorm Vue, Brian Palma and Grace Bradford will speak.

Only students may purchase tickets to the ceremony.

Hazelwood Trail Ribbon Cutting June 5, 2010

June 11, 2010

Mobile phone law now in effect

June 11, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m. June 11, 2010

From interstates to county roads to Newcastle streets, law enforcement officers have started enforcing a state ban on a distracted-driving law meant to prod motorists to hang up — or at least go hands-free — and drive. The law went into effect yesterday.

Drivers now face a $124 fine if officers catch them texting, or with a mobile phone pressed against their ears. The state will require hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth earpieces, for callers talking and driving. Moreover, drivers younger than 18 cannot use wireless devices at all, except in emergencies.

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Liberty’s graduation Friday

June 10, 2010

NEW — 3:10 p.m. June 10, 2010

Congratulations, graduates!

Liberty High School’s graduation is at 2 p.m. Friday at Safeco Field. Graduating senior Ashley Turnidge is the valedictorian, and graduating seniors Alexis Court and Jann Longman will speak.

Purchase tickets to Liberty’s graduation in advance through the school’s bookkeeper or at Safeco Field the day of the ceremony.

Lake Boren Park playground public hearing tonight

June 9, 2010

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 9, 2010

The Parks Commission will host a public hearing regarding the new Lake Boren Park playground equipment at its monthly meeting at 6 tonight.

If you are unable to attend, you may e-mail your comments to City Clerk Bob Baker at bobb@ci.newcastle.wa.us by 4 p.m. today.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to speak about the playground equipment, including the timeline of its construction and the features it should include.

City selects band for Fourth of July celebration

June 8, 2010

NEW — 9:50 a.m. June 8, 2010

The city selected the cover band Shelley & The Curves to perform at the city’s Fourth of July celebration in Lake Boren Park.

Members of the band have played with acts such as Yes, Heart and Tom Jones. Visit the band’s website here.

The band will perform from 8-10 p.m. with fireworks shortly after.

Lake Washington Boulevard almost slides again

June 3, 2010

Vehicle traffic drives in the 7200 block of Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast May 27, at the repaired site of a burst pipe that threatened to create a sinkhole. By Greg Farrar

In early May, city maintenance workers discovered that a pipe running under Lake Washington Boulevard just north of Southeast 74th Street had collapsed, causing water to seep into the surrounding soil and erode the underside of the road.

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Budget report reveals encouraging finds

June 3, 2010

City staff released the first-quarter budget report for 2010, which shows an increase in development that may be indicative of a coming economic recovery.

However, sales tax is down, and Director of Finance Christine Olson said some of the first-quarter results are not indicative of a city’s overall financial health, as major expenses, such as public safety, have not been paid, and major revenues have not yet been collected.

Development revenue in the first quarter was almost $113,000, 52 percent of what the city had budgeted for the year. In 2009, the city collected only about $22,000 in development revenue in the first quarter.

Building-permit revenue was also off to a great start this year, with first-quarter revenue at almost $47,000, 72 percent of the amount budgeted for the year.

Also, revenues exceeded expenditures.

“Spending is really controlled right now,” Olson said. “We’re being very cautious.”

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