April 12, 2012
NEW — 12:10 p.m. April 12, 2012
Encompass, an independent and non-profit children’s and family-services organization established in 1966 with a mission to nurture children, enrich families and inspire community, is looking for volunteers for two spring fundraisers, including one in Newcastle.
The organization’s “Dream with Me” Spring Gala will be held April 21 at The Golf Club at Newcastle and its SipFest fundraiser will be held May 18 at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah.
April 11, 2012
NEW — 5:30 p.m. April 11, 2012
A 30-member task force unanimously agreed to recommend that new school sitings in King County be done in urban areas and rural towns, not in areas designated as rural.
King County officials announced the decision April 11.
“These are thoughtful recommendations that will help deliver educational excellence for our children without sacrificing the environment of our rural areas,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a press release.
April 10, 2012
NEW — 3:15 p.m., April 10, 2012
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is recognizing 83 cities — including Newcastle — that have been chosen as a Tree City USA for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant. It is the fifth year Newcastle has been recognized as a Tree City.
Washington celebrates Arbor Day on April 11. There are events in communities throughout the state during the month of April to celebrate Arbor Day.
To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day.
April 9, 2012
NEW — 4:50 p.m. April 9, 2012
Reagan Dunn, Newcastle representative on the King County Council, outlined additional tools Monday to combat gang-violence.
The proposed legislation calls for establishing anti-criminal street gang emphasis areas and allow judges to prohibit people convicted of gang-related crimes from entering areas of high gang activity.
In 2011, officials recorded 802 gang-related incidents countywide.
“Illegal gang activity is on the rise and has put our communities at risk,” Dunn said in a statement. “These ordinances will give law enforcement another tool to use against those suspected of gang-related activity. It’s a giant step in the right direction and I urge my colleagues to support its immediate adoption.”