Newcastle’s Mandy Schendel places in top 10 at Miss America Pageant

January 31, 2013

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By Joe Whiteko
Miss Washington, Mandy Schendel, of Newcastle, accepts her award as winner of the Lifestyle and Fitness category after modeling a strapless white Catalina swimsuit at the Miss America pageant.

 

What young girl hasn’t dreamt of being a fairy princess or a beauty pageant queen? For most, they settle for the opportunity to shake the hand of one at a theme park or watch them as they wave in a parade.

This is not the case for Newcastle’s own Mandy Schendel, a 2008 Hazen High School graduate. She has gone the distance and lived out those dreams.

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Council begins with a retreat

January 31, 2013

City Council retreat discusses budget, Parks Commission

The Newcastle City Council met for its annual beginning-of-the-year retreat at The Golf Club at Newcastle on Jan. 24.

The City Council was not allowed to take any action during the retreat, but council members used the five hour meeting to discuss city business in a more informal setting, with City Manager Rob Wyman and Sara McMillon, the city clerk, as the only other city officials in attendance.

The topics ranged from a brief exploration of police level of service, to discussion of the city’s pavement management policies. A proposal to restructure the Parks Commission and talk about the city’s budget policies dominated most of the discussion at the meeting, though.

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Culvert project will cause lane reductions on parkway

January 31, 2013

A city of Bellevue project to replace an aging culvert underneath Coal Creek Parkway will reduce a portion of the busy arterial to one lane in each direction, beginning at the end of April.

The culvert will be replaced with a 39-foot-wide bridge that is expected to protect the roadway, improve public safety, provide a new pedestrian walkway and improve fish passage, project engineer Bruce Jensen said in a Jan. 15 presentation to the Newcastle City Council.

The project requires two phases of construction during which Coal Creek Parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction between just south of Forest Drive and just north of Southeast 60th Street.

During the first phase, April to November 2013, crews will build the west half of the bridge and relocate underground utilities.

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City contracts for development review

January 31, 2013

The Newcastle City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the city to contract with a consultant that will provide development engineering review for the year.

The Public Works Department, in particular Assistant City Engineer Kerry Sullivan, is expected to bear the brunt of what will be a busy 2013.

With an increased pavement rehabilitation program, two sidewalk projects and an anticipated need for more development engineering review in 2013, Public Works Director Mark Rigos requested the extra support to assist with the department’s workload.

City Manager Rob Wyman and Rigos interviewed three candidates to provide part-time development engineering review, settling on Bruce N. Johnson, a professional engineer, as the preferred choice.

 

 

City Council hosts special guests

January 31, 2013

The Newcastle City Council will welcome King County Councilman Reagan Dunn and Miss Washington Mandy Schendel to its Feb. 5 meeting.

Dunn, the county council’s representative for Newcastle, will deliver his annual state of the county address at the meeting.

The City Council will honor Newcastle’s Schendel with a proclamation recognizing her performance at the Miss America competition on Jan. 12.

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Man robs KeyBank branch

January 31, 2013

The Newcastle branch of KeyBank was robbed at about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The suspect robbed the bank branch at 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Contributed by Crime StoppersThis unidentified man is suspected of robbing Newcastle’s KeyBank at 2:36 p.m. Jan. 16.

Contributed by Crime Stoppers
This unidentified man is suspected of robbing Newcastle’s KeyBank at 2:36 p.m. Jan. 16.

He is described as a 5-foot, 5-inch to 5-foot, 7-inch, 180-pound black man in his 30s or 40s.

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Longtime parks commissioner resigns

January 31, 2013

After nearly nine years of service as a member of the Parks Commission, Andrew Shelton resigned from his post at the group’s Jan. 9 meeting.

Shelton’s term was set to expire in September 2013, but the resignation is effective immediately after he seized a new job opportunity that will transport his family to Billings, Mont.

Andrew Shelton

Andrew Shelton

“You know, we will certainly miss Newcastle,” he said. “My wife grew up in Newcastle way back before it was Newcastle and I grew up in Kirkland, so we are locals. I just didn’t have the luxury of time to serve out the remainder of the term, unfortunately.”

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Both Newcastle school districts seek new superintendents

January 31, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen intends to retire June 30 after leading the Issaquah School District for six years.

He announced the decision Jan. 9 to the Issaquah School Board.

Steve Rasmussen

Steve Rasmussen

“I have been lucky in life and have been able to do what I chose to do, and that is being a teacher,” Rasmussen said after the board accepted his resignation. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you.”

Rasmussen’s retirement caps off a 40-year career in public education in Washington that has included teaching, coaching and leading three school districts.

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Rapid Response

January 31, 2013

Are you concerned about the traffic impact that Bellevue’s construction of a new bridge replacing an aging culvert under Coal Creek Parkway, may cause and why?

Yes, I’m very concerned about the impact this will cause. Coal Creek Parkway already gets congested in the morning and evening commute times. This will seriously bring more congestion and I’ll personally look for alternative routes.

— Jackie Foskett

 

Yes. A backup beyond Factoria due to a lane closure for a truck problem at the same location; other bypasses being congested.

— Peggy Price

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Editorial

January 31, 2013

Public input critical in superintendent searches

Selecting a new superintendent is easily one of the most important decisions a school board can make. The superintendent sets the tone and direction for staff members and students across the district.

In a strange turn of events, both school districts that serve Newcastle students are in search of new district leaders, after Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced plans to retire at the end of the school year.

The Renton School District is already deep into its own search for a new superintendent after Mary Alice Heuschel left to take a position in Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.

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