Ice skating fundraiser will benefit Newcastle Elementary School

December 31, 2012

NEW — 11:05 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012

Relish in the wintry holiday season with a family visit to Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagen Ice Arena and support the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA at the same time.

From Jan. 7-13, visit the ice rink, mention you are with Newcastle Elementary School and a $3 donation will be made to the PTSA for each paid rink admission.

The ice rink is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-9 p.m.; Wednesday from 1-9 p.m.; Friday from 3-11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the dates listed above.

Admission is $10 including skate rental.

The Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagen Ice Arena is sponsored by Bank of America and is at 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue.

Newcastle Elementary School PTSA makes snowflakes for Sandy Hook

December 20, 2012

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Dec. 20, 2012

The Newcastle Elementary School PTSA is doing its part to ensure students of Sandy Hook Elementary School are greeted with a winter wonderland when the students are relocated to their new building.

Students and families are encouraged to get creative and make snowflakes that will be sent to help decorate the school.

The PTSA will be collecting snowflakes and sending them to Connecticut. To ensure your snowflakes are included, send them in an envelope and drop them off at the PTSA office, once school is back in session, no later than Friday, Jan. 4. Read more

Hazen High School weapon rumor not a ‘credible threat’

December 20, 2012

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Dec. 20, 2012

Attendance at Hazen High School was down Dec. 20, after a rumor that there may be a weapon brought to the school came to administrators’ attention.

It was not known if the absences were directly related to the rumor, since it was also the last day before winter break and many students may have left early for holiday vacations.

The chatter was a rumor, not a direct threat, and upon further investigation it appeared to be unsubstantiated, district spokesman Randy Matheson said. Read more

Hazen remains alert after weapons rumor

December 20, 2012

NEW — 7:55 a.m. Dec. 20, 2012

Hazen High School is expected to operate normally today after a rumor that there may be a weapon brought to the school came to administrators’ attention, according to district spokesman Randy Matheson.

The chatter was a rumor, not a threat, and upon further investigation it appeared to be unsubstantiated, Matheson said.

“The rumor was uncorroborated,” he said. “We talked to a bunch of students and any staff who may have heard something and what we learned was that somebody heard something that someone else may have heard.” Read more

Issaquah schools will start late Tuesday

December 18, 2012

NEW — 5:20 a.m. Dec. 18, 2012

All Issaquah School District schools are delayed two hours Dec. 18 because of snow and icy conditions that blanketed the area early Tuesday morning.

Buses are on snow routes and the delay also means that morning activities, Headstart, preschool, morning school-aged care and morning and afternoon kindergarten are canceled.

Newcastle Library Opens / Dec. 8, 2012

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Police respond to incident near Castle Creek Apartments

December 6, 2012

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 2012

Personnel from the Bellevue and Newcastle police departments, as well as the King County Sheriff’s Office responded to a family disturbance incident that originated in Bellevue, but ended in Newcastle just before 9 a.m. Dec. 6.

While the incident originated in Bellevue, the person involved then traveled to Newcastle, where he was surrounded by police near the Castle Creek Apartments, 7000 132nd Place S.E., said Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The person was then taken into custody.

Witnesses reported they saw a helicopter hovering above, and several police cars at the site at around 9 a.m. this morning.

No further details were immediately available.

Former Hazelwood educator named Renton’s interim superintendent

December 6, 2012

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Dec. 6, 2012

Vera Risdon, Renton School District’s assistant superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent when Mary Alice Heuschel transitions to her new position as Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s chief of staff in January.

Risdon will serve during the expected months-long search for a new superintendent.

The Renton School Board voted unanimously to name Risdon, who has been an educator in Renton for 46 years, to the post.

Risdon began her career with the district as a teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School, and she went on to teach at five different Renton schools from 1966 to 1982, including McKnight Middle School. Read more

Newcastle Library opens Dec. 8

December 6, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Library assistant Andy Akada places books on the shelves ahead of the library’s Dec. 8 grand opening.

It’s been several years in the making, but the time has finally arrived. The Newcastle Library will open its doors to the community the morning of Dec. 8.

Patrons won’t be able to avoid the new book smell as the shelves in the 11,000-square-foot building will be filled to the brim with more than 40,000 new items on opening day.

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Friends group can’t wait for library opening

December 6, 2012

The Newcastle Library’s Dec. 8 opening could not come soon enough for members of the Friends of the Newcastle Library group.

The group’s secretary, Sue Beverly, likened the anticipation to an eager child waiting to open presents the day before Christmas.

“Every time I think about it I just get the giggles,” she said.

Friends groups are common in the King County Library System. There are currently more than 35 Friends groups, according to the KCLS website. The groups hold ongoing book sales and collect membership dues to raise funds to support special projects and activities for their local libraries.

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