Newcastle police seek owner of stolen boat motor

September 6, 2012

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department is looking for the owner of a boat motor stolen in June 2012.

The item was recovered when a police department in a different jurisdiction arrested an individual for theft. Among the items in his possession was a boat motor he said he stole in Newcastle in June 2012.

If you had a boat motor stolen around that time, contact the Newcastle Police Department. The best route is to email a description of your motor to police@ci.newcastle.wa.us.  You may also call the police department at City Hall, 649-4444.

Newcastle Library will feature 35,000 new books

September 6, 2012

The Newcastle Library is on track to open in late October, according to Greg Smith, the director of Facilities Management Services with the King County Library System.

Much of the work completed in August consisted of electrical work and installing the glass windows as they began to arrive. Workers also began installing sod on the library’s green roof.

Smith said the plan is to start moving furniture and shelving in late September, in preparation for the opening.

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City Council tackles expected revenue shortfall

September 6, 2012

Consolidating with Bellevue a topic discussed at annual budget retreat

At the city’s annual budget retreat in June, Newcastle City Council members sat down to discuss the options available to tackle an ominous financial forecast.

Among the topics discussed to remedy an expected revenue shortfall included staff reductions, imposition of a utility tax, outsourcing more city services and annexation into the city of Bellevue.

As the city begins to finalize its 2013 budget, City Manager Rob Wyman said potential shortfall fixes would be discussed at City Council meetings in the months of September and October.

At the June retreat, Finance Director Christine Olsen presented a six-year financial forecast, showing increasing deficits in the city’s general fund.

Wyman stressed that the forecast presented at the retreat was preliminary and an updated revenue forecast is coming Sept. 18, but he does expect to see a shortfall.

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‘Return to Newcastle’ at Newcastle Days

September 6, 2012

Organizers of this year’s Newcastle Days hope to bring a historical flavor to the 2012 event.

The theme of the annual celebration commemorating Newcastle’s incorporation as a town is Return to Newcastle, according to Koleen Morris, the chair of the committee organizing the event.

“We are celebrating our 18th year as a city and we are calling it Return to Newcastle, and we’re trying to put the coalminer’s spin on a couple of things,” Morris said. “For example, we’ve named the beer garden this year the Newcastle Saloon.”

Mayor Rich Crispo has gathered historical trivia about Newcastle, which will be dispersed throughout the vendor booths at the event. Visitors can receive prizes for correct answers.

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Newcastle man dies in motorcycle accident

September 6, 2012

A motorcyclist who died after colliding with a guardrail on Newcastle Golf Club Road on Aug. 10 was identified as Adam Taylor Romero, according to officials from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office

Romero was traveling eastbound on Newcastle Golf Club Road when he came upon a left-hand curve in the road, failed to navigate it and struck the guardrail, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

West said Romero was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center.

Contributed
Adam Taylor Romero, 22, died on Aug. 10 in a motorcycle accident on Newcastle Golf Club Road. Romero is pictured here in an undated photo contributed by his girlfriend, Nicole Lynch.

Romero, originally from Taylorsville, Utah, had recently moved to the Newcastle area after getting work in construction, according to his girlfriend Nicole Lynch.

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Dentist’s license suspended 10 years

September 6, 2012

State health officials have suspended the license of Newcastle dentist Gil Furman for 10 years, according to an Aug. 3 Washington State Department of Health release.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission charged Furman with unprofessional conduct in June and immediately suspended his license. Furman did not respond to the charges, so the 10-year suspension ends the legal proceedings.

In September 2011, Furman was convicted in King County Superior Court on two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, gross misdemeanors. Furman molested a child from the time she was 13 years old until she was 15, according to Department of Health documents.

Between 2009 and 2010, Furman allegedly prescribed narcotic and non-narcotic medications to three people who weren’t his patients, and didn’t keep records for treating them.

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Garbage service returns to normal

September 6, 2012

Newcastle garbage service returned to normal after Teamsters Local 117 voted to accept a new contract with Waste Management on Aug. 2.

The agreement effectively ended a weeklong strike that disrupted garbage and recycling removal for commercial and residential customers in the Puget Sound area.

In Newcastle, City Manager Rob Wyman said the city was prepared in case the strike went on a week longer.

“There was a lot going on behind the scenes to try and get Waste Management to settle,” he said. “If it had gone the rest of that week, the week that they ultimately settled, we had some plans in place to set up mobile recycling and garbage drop-offs.”

Newcastle residents saw their garbage pile up during the strike. Recycling, in particular, accumulated as the heart of the strike fell on a collection week. Waste Management collects garbage weekly, but recycling is collected every other week in Newcastle.

Wyman said he understood residents’ frustration over the lack of garbage and recycling collection.

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Newcastle seeks to fill vacancy for director of community development

September 6, 2012

The city of Newcastle is in search of a new director of community of development after current director Steve Roberge completed his last day Sept. 4.

Roberge, who has been with the city for more than five years, will head to Istanbul, where his wife received a fellowship.

At the Aug. 21 City Council meeting, councilmembers and City Manager Rob Wyman offered their thanks to Roberge.

“I’d just like to thank Steve for his just over five years of service and dedication to the city of Newcastle,” Wyman said. “He will definitely be missed.”

“I would like to say to Steve Roberge that we are really going to miss him,” said Councilman Bill Erxleben. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for a transcultural experience and it’s one of the great cities in the world. So, congratulations.”

Roberge said he was proud of the projects he worked on during his time with the city, in particular the opening of the Coal Creek Family YMCA and the long-anticipated Newcastle Library.

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Planning Commission seats remain unchanged

September 6, 2012

Jon Simpson and John Drescher will remain on the Planning Commission after the City Council confirmed their appointments at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting.

Five people applied for Planning Commission positions 3 and 4, which were set to expire July 31. Applicants were interviewed by Mayor Rich Crispo, Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen and Rob Lemmon, chairman of the Planning Commission.

“After listening to all five, and they were all very qualified, we decided unanimously to offer the positions to the incumbents,” Crispo said.

Crispo, Jensen and Lemmon were very impressed by the applicants that were not chosen.

“All three of us were very pleased with the answers that they gave and I would hope that they can stay associated with the city in some other capacity,” Crispo said.

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Rapid Response

September 6, 2012

Would you be in favor of Newcastle being annexed into the city of Bellevue? Why/Why not? 

Negative, Bellevue is full. There’s enough consolidation going on in America. Let’s keep this individuality as long as we can. We can start with our own ZIP code!

— Dave Martinez

 

Having our own city of Newcastle is probably best for us. We are one the best “small” cities of the country and we can set our own direction.

— Jesse Tam

 

I’d like to not have to be annexed to any other city, but Bellevue would be my choice if we absolutely saw no other way to keep Newcastle as a city. Bellevue has many more resources to be favorable for us.

— Jackie Foskett

 

I would like to see a study done on what efficiencies could be gained by annexation. Assuming efficiencies exist then yes I would be in favor. We would still be a unique neighborhood within Bellevue making this place still every bit as nice to live.

— Peter Zevenbergen

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