Chamber finds Newcastle’s best cookie recipes

February 28, 2013

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Feb. 28, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Elee and Kevin McCarthy’s ‘Peanut Butter Chocolate Comfort Cookies’ are displayed at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 21 after-hours social event.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Elee and Kevin McCarthy’s ‘Peanut Butter Chocolate Comfort Cookies’ are displayed at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 21 after-hours social event.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce set out to find the city’s best cookie recipe, and in the end, the organization emerged with three. Read more

Youth Poetry Slam set for Saturday

February 28, 2013

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Feb. 28, 2013

The third annual Issaquah Poetry Slam is from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Skyline High School Black Box Theater.

Hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, the event offers teens from the Issaquah School District the chance to present their original poetry in front of their peers and a panel of judges.

The board hopes the event will help ignite a socially conscious spirit and activism in Issaquah’s youth, and said in a recent statement that a poetry slam is an excellent opportunity for teens to display their writing muscle.

Email your poem(s) to issaquahpoetryslam@yahoo.com.

Community mourns iconic business owner

February 28, 2013

Dennis Yarnell

Dennis Yarnell

Family, friends, employees and loyal customers gathered to remember the life of Newcastle Shell owner Dennis Yarnell in a Feb. 10 ceremony at Maple Valley’s Lake Wilderness Lodge.

At the two-hour ceremony, Yarnell was remembered as a loving father and husband, devoted friend and passionate business owner.

Yarnell, 33, passed away after his car crashed into a utility pole Feb. 2, authorities said.

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State of the county address given at City Council meeting

February 28, 2013

UPDATED — 11:05 p.m. March 6, 2013

Editor’s note: Councilman Reagan Dunn misspoke at the Feb. 5 meeting. The route has a potential to be reduced, not necessarily eliminated. Thus, the City Council decided at its March 5 meeting to not send a letter to Metro Transit. The city will continue to monitor the situation.

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn delivered his State of the County address at the Feb. 5 Newcastle City Council meeting, dropping news that King County Metro Transit bus route 240 could be eliminated once a grant that makes it possible expires in June.

Route 240 spans from Bellevue to Renton, passing through Newcastle. Its cancellation would be a major blow to local commuters who travel by bus.

“That’s the lifeblood of this area here,” Mayor Rich Crispo said at the meeting.

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Parks Commission set for major overhaul

February 28, 2013

The Newcastle Parks Commission is about to undergo a significant makeover, starting with a name change to the Community Activities Commission.

The Newcastle City Council passed a series of motions that promise to change the makeup of the commission, add a temporary council member liaison and redefine or clarify the group’s duties.

City staff members will now craft the changes into an ordinance and bring it back to the council for passage at its March 5 meeting.

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Car crashes into Zoëyogurt

February 28, 2013

The teenage driver of a minivan crashed into the storefront of Newcastle’s Zoëyogurt at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18, according to witnesses.

No one was injured in the crash, but the storefront glass was shattered and will have to be replaced, store owner Tom Hudson said. Damage to the inside of the store was minimal, he added.

By John Jensen Newcastle Police respond to the scene of a crash at Zoëyogurt  on Feb. 18. No one was injured when a minivan drove into the storefront.

By John Jensen
Newcastle Police respond to the scene of a crash at Zoëyogurt on Feb. 18. No one was injured when a minivan drove into the storefront.

One customer reportedly had a sore leg after the incident, Hudson said, but other than that, there were no serious injuries.

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City Council honors Miss Washington

February 28, 2013

The Newcastle City Council presented Mandy Schendel with a proclamation recognizing her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition at its Feb. 5 meeting.

Schendel, Miss Washington 2012, finished in the top 10 at the Jan. 12 Miss America pageant. She was the beneficiary of a surprise twist the night that allowed judges to choose one more semifinalist to continue in the competition after the original 15 had been announced.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Mayor Rich Crispo reads aloud a proclamation at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting honoring Mandy Schendel for her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Mayor Rich Crispo reads aloud a proclamation at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting honoring Mandy Schendel for her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition.

The panel of judges, including Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and dancer Cheryl Burke, chose Schendel, a 2008 Hazen High School graduate, and she made the most of the second chance, advancing through both the swimsuit and eveningwear portions of the show.

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Test your Newcastle history knowledge (Part 2)

February 28, 2013

At the 2012 Newcastle Days celebration, the city’s rich history was celebrated with the festival’s theme, Return to Newcastle. One of the components of the celebration was a trivia activity put together by Mayor Rich Crispo.

Crispo compiled a list of 120 questions that highlighted the history of Newcastle. Each vendor booth had a question, and prizes were awarded for correct answers at the end of the day.

Rich Crispo

Rich Crispo

In our October issue, we printed 16 of those questions. Below we’ve printed 10 more of the questions, which bring forth interesting facts about the history of the Newcastle community.

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Planning Commission begins Comprehensive Plan updates

February 28, 2013

The city of Newcastle’s volunteer Planning Commission is reaching out to residents for feedback as it looks to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan — a document that outlines the city’s vision and goals for the future.

A statute requires cities to update their comprehensive plans by June 2015. Newcastle last completed its Growth Management Act-mandated update in 2003.

It is just the beginning of what is expected to be a more than 20-month process to update the plan, but the Planning Commission wants it known from the start that public input is vital in working to shape a vision for the city’s next 20 years.

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Letter

February 28, 2013

Dear friends and families:

For many years, the need for preserving the history and memorabilia of Newcastle has been felt. At last, a small group is reorganizing its historical society in the hopes of restoring interest in this city’s coal mining heritage of more than 100 years. So much has already been lost with the passing of our pioneers.

In order to begin serious work on our project visions, it is necessary to have funds. We have plans for establishing a website where we can share the history of

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Newcastle, and a newsletter to share stories and events. We would also like to have some small exhibits within the community for each of you to enjoy. We invite your interest, your stories and ancestral ties to this important former coal mining town.

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