Letters to the Editor

October 4, 2010

Help support the Issaquah Schools Foundation in its support of students

Our kids have unlimited potential, but their future is impacted by the education we provide them. The Issaquah Schools Foundation helps unlock the possibilities for success.

The foundation does so much to support the schools in the Issaquah School District that would otherwise be unavailable to our students — targeted, specific programs that allow them to succeed. I know children who struggle that find hope with the After-School Homework Labs funded by the foundation. I’ve been touched by struggling students sharing their stories of how their VOICE mentor helped not only with their academic growth, but also with their self confidence and problem solving, genuinely impacting their everyday lives.

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Calendar

October 4, 2010

Events

Newcastle Story Time, for ages 2-5 with an adult, is at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Call 282-1500.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting is from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Oct. 13 at Tapatio’s, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is Glenn Froehlich of My Knowledge Matters. Cost of $20 at the door includes program, lunch, tax and gratuity. RSVP to info@newcastlecc.com.

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Family photo scares the Halloween card competition

October 4, 2010

Being a parent can be hard, as any mother or father will tell you. Newcastle resident Tina Palmer got reminder of that Oct. 31, 2008, when she had her then-3-year-old son Jack and 1-year-old daughter Kate put on their costumes and sit next to each other on the front porch for a photo.

It didn’t go so well, and Kate began to yell. As she screamed, Jack covered his ears.

“I was like, ‘Come on, guys. Can’t you just sit normal for a second?’” Tina said.

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Designer picked for playground

October 4, 2010

The City Council has authorized City Manager Rob Wyman to sign a contract with the company Worthy & Associates for the design of the new Lake Boren Park playground.

The council authorized the contract with a unanimous vote at its Sept. 21 meeting.

The company will work with the city throughout the design and construction process, slated to last until March.

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Locations narrowed for city dog park

October 4, 2010

Lake Boren, future sports park are two remaining choices

The Newcastle Parks Commission has cut the Madison Lane and Lake Boren Esplanade from its list of possible off-leash dog park locations, leaving only Lake Boren Park and the future sports park to be located on Southeast 95th Way and Lake Boren Park as potential locations.

Through consensus, the commission decided the sports park would be the preferred location for the park.

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Correction

October 4, 2010

In the September issue, the Rapid Response answers listed as those from Thomas Tan were incorrectly attributed. The responses were those of Newcastle resident Cheng Su.

City pushes pavement repairs back to 2011

October 4, 2010

The City Council unanimously voted at its Sept. 21 meeting to delay until next year the city’s pavement overlay projects scheduled for this year.

The projects for the year listed five priority projects, as well as three additional projects in case funding was available.

The council made its decision following a recommendation from city staff to push the projects back because bids for the work were substantially more expensive than had been anticipated.

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City joins the fight to reduce teen smoking

October 4, 2010

Mayor John Dulcich announced at the Sept. 21 City Council meeting that the council would declare the second week in September as King County Quits! Week, and that the council would support the effort to reduce teen smoking by 50 percent by 2020.

Other cities across King County, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the Washington Health Foundation made the same declaration.

City Hall hosts food drive

October 4, 2010

City Hall is hosting a food drive for the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County through Oct. 13.

Those who wish to help can bring nonperishable food items to the City Hall lobby, where there is a collection box.

If you come by after hours, Administrative Assistant Aleta Phillips said you can put your donation by the door and a city staff member will bring it inside the next business day.

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Golf Club at Newcastle to host candidate forum Oct. 16

October 4, 2010

The Golf Club at Newcastle will host a free forum from 9 a.m. – noon Oct. 16 for citizens to hear from candidates running for congress in the state’s 8th District, and those running for state Senate and House of Representatives in the 41st District.

The forum will be held in the Saint Andrews Ballroom.

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