Newcastle waste collection to be affected by Teamsters Local 117 strike

July 25, 2012

NEW— 2:10 p.m. July 25, 2012

Newcastle residents should continue to place their garbage and recycling materials at the curb according to their regular Waste Management collection schedule, despite a workers strike by the Teamsters Local 117 union announced July 25.

If materials are not collected by the end of the regular collection day, residents are asked to bring them back inside and and Waste Management will collect a double load on the next collection day. Newcastle residents can check the Waste Management website for daily collection information at www.wmnorthwest.com.

Waste Management provides the city of Newcastle with curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard/food waste for residents and local businesses. The Teamsters Local 117 represents about 16,500 workers at more than 200 employers throughout the Puget Sound.

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City looks to fill two Planning Commission vacancies

July 25, 2012

 NEW — 9:55 a.m. July 25, 2012

The city of Newcastle is accepting applications for two positions on the Planning Commission due to two commissioners’ upcoming expiration of term.

Planning Commission volunteers help shape the future of Newcastle by making recommendations to the City Council on items like the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.

Interested Newcastle residents should submit an application, letter of interest and resume by 5 p.m. Aug. 10.

Applications are available on the city’s website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.

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Voters to decide dollars for juvenile justice center

July 23, 2012

NEW — 3:20 p.m. July 23, 2012

King County voters could decide next month to increase the property tax rate in order to prepare the criminal justice system for the decades ahead.

The ballot measure Proposition 1 asks voters to approve a $200 million property tax levy to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

“We have a fairly good court system. We have a good prosecution office. We have good sheriff’s deputies. But this facility is the leak in the pipeline,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a July 13 interview. “For criminal justice to work effectively — especially with the increase in crime we’re seeing right now — all aspects of that pipeline need to be operating effectively.”

Dunn is Newcastle’s representative on the council.

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Select baseball club with Newcastle roots to hold tryouts for new players

July 19, 2012

NEW — 12:05 p.m., July 19, 2012

The Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club is recruiting players for their 13 and under, 14 and under and 15 and under teams for 2013.

The Warriors team was organized by several parents from Newcastle in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

Players may not be older than 15 of May 1. Players who are younger and have advanced baseball skills and physical development may try out for all of the teams.

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Concerts in the Park series opens tonight at Lake Boren Park

July 18, 2012

 

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The Fabulous Roof Shakers perform from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Lake Boren Park

The schedule for the 2012 free outdoor concerts at Lake Boren Park is set as Seatown Rhythm and Blues take the stage for the first installment of the community event tonight at 7 p.m.

All live performances will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 18 to Aug. 8 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.

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Concerts in the Park returns to Lake Boren

July 18, 2012

The schedule for the 2012 free outdoor concerts at Lake Boren Park is set as Seatown Rhythm and Blues take the stage for the first installment of the community event tonight at 7 p.m.

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The Fabulous Roof Shakers perform from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Lake Boren Park.

All live performances will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 18 to Aug. 8 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.

View the schedule and each of the bands’ websites by going to the city of Newcastle website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us and click on the provided link.

City seeks feedback on Newcastle Golf Club Road landslide repair project

July 16, 2012

NEW — 1:10 p.m. July 16, 2012

Residents have an opportunity to provide feedback on a project that aims to stabilize Newcastle Golf Club Road after a December 2010 landslide caused significant damage to the major arterial that connects Newcastle, Bellevue and Issaquah.

The city of Newcastle is seeking to convert Bellevue Parks property to a Newcastle right-of-way to facilitate the repairs required after the landslide.

The project requires improvements and maintenance of a slope north of the roadway which is located in the city of Bellevue’s Coal Creek Natural Area.

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Newcastle’s Night Out to generate support for anti-crime programs

July 13, 2012

NEW — 11:50 a.m. July 13, 2012

Newcastle will celebrate the 29th annual National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 7.

The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness,  generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, NNO estimates more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2012.

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, Newcastle celebrates with a variety of neighborhood events such as small informal gatherings, block parties, cookouts and visits from local officials and law enforcement.

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Newcastle resident to compete at 2013 Miss America Pageant

July 11, 2012

NEW — 10:50 p.m. July 11, 2012

Amid many hopeful contenders, Miss Eastside Mandy Schendel, a Newcastle resident, was crowned as Miss Washington on July 7 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. She’ll be off to Las Vegas in January where she hopes to bring back the coveted title of Miss America.

Twenty two girls from across the state competed in the swim suit, evening gown, interview and talent categories. Schendel’s singing performance, along with her poise and beauty contributed to her win.

She was also awarded the best interview and evening gown competition. An additional scholarship of $1,000 was bestowed to her direct from the Miss America organization for her community service.

Her platform is Do Something: “Enriching Youth, Cultivating Leaders.” She has also authored a book on the same subject.

Schendel is 22 years old and is a senior at Azuza College.

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