King County seeks feedback for intersection improvements near Liberty High School

June 13, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. June 13, 2012

The King County Road Services Division will make safety improvements at two key intersections in South King County in the coming months. The county received federal grant funding to complete the projects located east of Renton and near Auburn.

At the intersection of 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 128th Avenue Street – located north of Liberty High School – the county will restripe the two westbound lanes to provide a left-turn-only lane and a single through lane. The existing traffic signal will be changed to provide a left-turn signal, and the pedestrian facilities will be improved.

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Residents have chance to meet, mingle with law enforcement

June 12, 2012

UPDATED — 1:30 p.m. June 13, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office will explore the world of law enforcement with Newcastle residents at Police Day in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23 at Lake Boren Park.

Residents will be able to check out tools used in law enforcement, meet patrol officers and special investigations deputies and interact as a family to learn how to solve crime via a CSI Newcastle demonstration, where kids of all ages can search for clues.

There will be K9 and marine unit demonstrations, members of search and rescue and members of the 911 communication center on hand.

The AFIS unit, or the fingerprinting unit, will also be available for residents.

Legislator to hold telephone town hall meeting with residents

June 6, 2012

NEW — 3:55 p.m. June 6, 2012

State Sen. Steve Litzow of Mercer Island encourages residents of the 41st Legislative District, including those in Newcastle, to join him for a telephone town-hall meeting  at 7 p.m. June 13.

The one-hour forum will be largely question-driven by constituents who will have the opportunity to discuss issues debated and actions taken during the 2012 legislative session.

Residents will receive a call inviting them to join as the meeting begins and may stay on the line to participate. They also have the option to call in toll-free by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and entering the code 110085.

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Liberty High School drama program picks up statewide honors

June 5, 2012

NEW — 10:50 a.m. June 5, 2012

Liberty High School performers — and a scene-stealing, man-eating plant — snapped up more awards than any other high school drama program in a statewide competition Monday.

The school received four honors for a recent production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards to recognize musical theater at high schools across the Evergreen State. The honor is akin to a Tony Award for student performers and productions.

“Little Shop of Horrors” garnered awards for Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and the top honor, Outstanding Overall Musical Production.

Jeremy Dodd earned the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role honor for a turn as a floral shop proprietor in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Overall, the awards program included 191 nominations and 99 honorable mentions. Liberty performers garnered 13 nominations for “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Statewide, 93 productions representing more than 9,000 students applied for consideration in the annual awards.

Liberty started participating in the awards program in 2005. “Seussical” in 2006 received 11 nods, the most nominations a Liberty show received before “Little Shop of Horrors.”

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Motorcyclist suspected of recent Newcastle, Bellevue burglaries

June 1, 2012

A man riding a motorcycle is suspected of recent burglaries in Newcastle and Bellevue, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a release June 1.

The motorcycle is described as a black and cream cruiser style bike with a lot of chrome on it, according to the release.  It reportedly does not have a loud exhaust.

The male driver was seen dressed all in dark clothing.

The driver, who was reportedly wearing a yellow helmet is suspected of burglarizing a home at 2 p.m. June 1 in the Lake Washington Ridge neighborhood.

A similar burglary occurred at 11:45 a.m. May 29 in the 8600 block of 138th Place S.E.

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Concerts in the Park lineup announced

June 1, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. June 1, 2012

The schedule for the 2012 free outdoor concerts at Lake Boren Park is set.

Live performances will be Wednesday evenings from July 18 and through Aug. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Crowds often begin gathering as early as 6 p.m. for community picnicking. Food vendors, including Buns gourmet natural burgers and Tastyz kettle corn and shaved ice, also will be on site.

Seatown Rhythm and Blues, The Mainstreet Band, Threshold and the Fabulous Roof Shakers are the bands scheduled to perform.

Outdoor concerts are provided for families every summer at Lake Boren Park.

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