Select baseball team to host tryouts

August 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The Cannons Baseball Club — a club of select baseball teams — will host tryouts for its 15-year-old and younger Micky Mantle teams from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 15, 21 and 22 at Liberty High School.

Call club General Manager Jeff Reeve at 206-227-2920 or e-mail the club at CannonsBC@comcast.net for more information.

State Rep. Judy Clibborn earns top honors from construction group

August 11, 2010

UDPATED — 12:15 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The statewide trade association for the commercial construction industry has named state Rep. Judy Clibborn as Legislator of the Year.

Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and former Mercer Island mayor, represents Talus, southwest Issaquah and Cougar Mountain communities as part of the 41st Legislative District.

Gene Colin, government affairs council chairman for Associated General Contractors, said Clibborn “gets it.”

“She understands that an efficient and adequate transportation system is good for the economy and the environment,” Colin said in a news release.

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Police Blotter for Aug. 11

August 11, 2010

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 2010

Mail theft

A woman reported that five outgoing checks were stolen from her mailbox, in the 13000 block of Southeast 95th Way, between 9 a.m. July 16 and 9 a.m. July 19. A suspect altered a check for $28 and cashed it for $480.

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Final four city manager candidates announced; interim City Manager Rob Wyman is among them

August 6, 2010

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Aug. 6, 2010

Mayor John Dulcich announced the names of the city’s final four city manager candidates this morning. The final candidates are interim City Manager Rob Wyman; former Lakeport, Calif., City Manager Garold (Jerry) Gillham; former Gig Harbor City Administrator Mark Hoppen; and former Sheridan, Ore., City Manager Michael Sauerwein.

A public reception is tentatively scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at a location to be determined. Final interviews are scheduled to take place Aug. 16 with a decision soon after.

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City employees glitter when the Payroll Princess arrives

August 6, 2010

Payroll and accounting specialist Maria Lindberg (right) delivers a pay stub to Assistant City Engineer Jed Gonzales July 21. By Tim Pfarr

Newcastle city employees get a little something extra on payday. Twice a month for the past eight years, Payroll & Accounting Specialist Maria Lindberg has put on a tiara and become the Payroll Princess, distributing paychecks and paycheck stubs to her co-workers, and thanking them for working at the city.

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City budget surplus turns into a deficit

August 5, 2010

The nearly $53,000 budget surplus the City Council created earlier this year through cuts has turned into a nearly $44,000 deficit due to unanticipated expenses, according to the city’s second-quarter budget report.

The report estimates the city will have a $100,000 budget shortfall by the end of the year.

The city’s largest financial problem continues to be sales tax, which is down almost $65,000 from last year.

Retail and construction, respectively, are typically the two largest producers of sales tax revenue. In comparing the first six months of this year to last year, sales tax revenue increased from about $53,000 to about $58,000, but construction revenue plummeted from almost $59,000 to about $2,000.

However, revenue from building permits and the time the city charges to review them have already surpassed budgeted amounts. Permit fees have brought in more than $72,000, 111 percent of the budgeted amount for the year, and the time charged for their reviews has brought in more than $60,000, 144 percent of the budgeted amount.

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Police Blotter

August 5, 2010

Going for a scenic drive

Police responded to a scene at 11:55 p.m. July 3 where several people witnessed a large brown motor home crash through the fence of U-Store Self Storage, 16610 S.E. 128th St., and travel east on Southeast 128th Street before crashing at Southeast 143rd Street and 196th Avenue Southeast, hitting several fences and telephone poles. Two male suspects in hooded sweatshirts fled, and one had a Sony DVD player in a box under his arm, although he left the box behind a telephone pole nearby. The suspects cut the fence to the storage grounds and crawled through sticker bushes to get inside. Several other motor homes were easier to get to, but were not touched. The suspects started the motor home with a key and cut a hole in the windshield to see. The owner said no keys were left in the motor home.

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Newcastle Days returns with new and classic activities for all

August 5, 2010

Several months ago, the fate of this year’s Newcastle Days celebration was up in the air. The city had little money for community events, and without a special-events producer on staff to collect sponsorships, the city was in a pinch.

However, thanks to extra effort from city staff members and volunteers, Newcastle Days — which this year marks the city’s 16th anniversary of incorporation — will be a two-day celebration featuring a sidewalk sale and festivities in Lake Boren Park.

The celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. Sept. 10 with a sidewalk sale in Newcastle’s downtown area. Those who purchase items at surrounding businesses will be entered into a raffle to be held at Sweet Decadence later that evening.

“Now, it really becomes ‘Newcastle’ Days,” said Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon, as the sidewalk sale expands the celebration beyond Lake Boren Park. “Friday’s going to be a great kickoff for Saturday.”

She said the sale will also help residents get better acquainted with the local business community.

The festival picks up again at 11 a.m. the next morning in Lake Boren Park with classic Newcastle Days festivities, including live music, face painting, massive inflatable bouncy houses and pony rides. This year will also feature a pet parade, which Newcastle Days has not had before, and a beer and wine garden, a common attraction years ago.

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Search forges on for new city manager

August 5, 2010

The application period for the city manager position ended July 18, and the city received 65 applicants from 11 different states.

Among the applicants is interim City Manager Rob Wyman.

Next, the City Council will work with recruiter Greg Prothman, whom it hired to handle its search, to find the best candidates. Final interviews are slated to take place mid-month, and the council may select its new city manager before the end of the month.

Former City Manager John Starbard was fired at the Jan. 12 City Council meeting. That night, the City Council hired former Community Development Director Rob Wyman to take over as interim city manager.

Parks Commission looks to fill staff vacancies

August 5, 2010

The Parks Commission will have four vacancies as of Sept. 1.

Themis Boaventura’s, Suzi O’Byrne’s, Peggy Price’s and Tony Peacock’s terms all expire at the end of the month. However, Boaventura resigned last month.

Price said she will seek another four-year term on the commission, but O’Byrne will not, Parks Program Manager Michael Holly said. Peacock has not given notice of whether he will seek reappointment.

Mayor John Dulcich will appoint new members to the commission, and the City Council will confirm his decisions. To apply, submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way, by 5 p.m. Aug. 20.

Get an application at City Hall or on the city’s website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us in the documents section.

Call Holly or City Clerk Bob Baker at 649-4444 for more information.

The Parks Commission consists of nine members and meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month.

The commission serves as a review and advisory body to the City Council for city-owned park planning, design, and construction; park and facility development; renovation; trails and paths; recreation programs; and special community events.

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