More than 100 attend town hall

November 1, 2012

About 115 residents armed with electronic voting clickers responded to real-time poll questions at the annual town hall meeting held Oct. 29 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

City Manager Rob Wyman presented information about the 2013 preliminary budget and development in the city, then Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine offered information on community safety and crime prevention.

The evening ended with a question-and-answer session, where topics discussed included annexation to Bellevue, how the City Council prioritizes the city’s capital projects and the development of the Mutual Materials site.

The meeting was well attended, with nearly every seat full. In fact, the city ran out of clickers to hand out to residents.

Find out more about the meeting and see results from the poll questions at

Newcastle college students graduate

November 1, 2012

Daniel Brown, a Newcastle resident, earned his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University for the summer 2012 quarter. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Marcia Nobuyama, a Newcastle resident, earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University for the summer 2012 semester. Nobuyama received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Rapid Response

November 1, 2012

What are you most looking forward to when the Newcastle Library opens Dec. 8?

An award-winning book and media selection that’s only minutes away. Not to mention, meeting rooms! Various clubs and HOAs would greatly appreciate that service.

— Dave Martinez


A great place to simply look at physical books, research and commune with others in our great Newcastle!

— Jackie Foskett


What capital projects or priorities would you like to see the City Council pursue as the 2013 preliminary budget is unveiled?

Carving bus turnouts to Newcastle Way and other streets that would benefit. Enough said.

— Dave Martinez

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Litzow, Maxwell for state representatives

November 1, 2012

Newcastle voters face some clear choices in the legislative races on the Nov. 6 ballot. If you haven’t yet voted, here is more food for thought.


State Senate — Steve Litzow

Republican Steve Litzow was elected to represent the 41st District just 22 months ago. Already, Litzow has shown leadership on diverse issues — education reform and same-sex marriage among them — and the capacity to ably represent his constituents. Most notably, Litzow played a key role in bringing together both political parties to agree on a state budget. He has demonstrated his ability to work across the aisle for the good of his district. He deserves the opportunity to return for a full term.

Opponent Maureen Judge is an articulate, intelligent candidate, and we encourage her to seek public office again in the future.


State House of Representatives,

Position 1 — Marcie Maxwell

Democrat Marcie Maxwell serves her district well by acting as a genuine community representative. Residents in Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle and other cities throughout the district are as apt to meet her at community functions as residents in her hometown, Renton. Every district should be so lucky as to have an elected official that has the time to devote to community outreach and understanding.

Challenger Tim Eaves wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his commitment to serve, but Maxwell is the better choice.

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November 1, 2012

Joining Bellevue is a good idea

Please let it be known as a resident of Newcastle, the facts remain that this city cannot survive unless it raises taxes on the people of Newcastle. I cannot and will not support this!

The people who want to stay the city of Newcastle should give their own money to the city. I do not agree that Newcastle needs its own chief of police! We do not have a fire chief.

In these hard times, joining the city of Bellevue would be the best for all; we already have their fire department services, which have been great.

Kraig Kurata

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Newcastle teacher is rated among the top professors in the nation

November 1, 2012

On the popular website, college students have the opportunity to anonymously evaluate their instructors based on criteria including clarity and helpfulness.

It can be a useful tool as fellow students determine which classes to take, but with the anonymous nature of the site, many students don’t hold back when assessing a particular teacher. It’s not uncommon to see a long list of negative reviews by a professor’s name.

But upon inspection of Newcastle resident Dan Mitchell’s profile on the site, visitors won’t find a single antagonistic comment. Visitors will see more than 10 pages of student comments praising the Bellevue College instructor and his classes.

Dan Mitchell

The chemistry instructor was recently named one of the nation’s top professors in the country, according to the site. Mitchell came in at No. 16 on the site’s list of the top 25 highest rated professors.

Mitchell was the only instructor in Washington state named to the list.

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Chamber member Karen Pike dies

November 1, 2012

Longtime Newcastle Chamber of Commerce member Karen Pike passed away in early October. Pike was an active member of the chamber and was engaged at every event with her Arbonne products.

Representatives from the chamber are asking the community to join in contributing to a college fund to support Pike’s teenage daughter, whose father passed away several years ago.

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce members (from left) Karen Pike, Joani Glasser and Jackie Foskett man the chamber’s 2012 Newcastle Days booth.

Donations can be brought to HomeStreet Bank at 6949 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Mention the “Pike College Fund” and the bank employees will be able to assist.


Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries

November 1, 2012

Prepare to fall back as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 4.

Set clocks one hour behind before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Local public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.

The daylight saving time period lasts until March.

During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.


Police Blotter

November 1, 2012

Stolen iPhone

An iPhone 4 was stolen from a locked car in the parking lot of the Castle Creek Apartments, 7000 132nd Place S.E., on Oct. 3. Someone smashed the driver’s window to gain entry into the car.


Drug use

Police responded to reports of narcotic activity by a man parked in the parking lot of QFC, 6940 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on Oct. 4. Police found an uncapped syringe and other drug paraphernalia in the car. The man was read his rights and then said he had injected heroin and there were no narcotics left. A subsequent search yielded nothing.


Home break-in

An unknown suspect broke into a secluded home for sale in the 11000 block of Southeast 76th Street between Oct. 4 and 6. The suspect reportedly entered the residence through a bathroom window, but did not take anything.

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Firm selected to purchase Mutual Materials site

November 1, 2012

Mutual Materials has chosen AvalonBay Communities Inc. to purchase and redevelop the 52-acre site of the former Mutual Materials brick plant, according to City Manager Rob Wyman.

AvalonBay Communities Inc.’s plans for the site were not immediately available, but its website says the company “is in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing high-quality apartment communities in the high barrier-to-entry markets of the United States.”

Wyman said he expected to meet with the buyer and representatives from Mutual Materials in early November to discuss plans for the site.

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