Tropical Paradise Mural at Regency Newcastle / March 2013

March 14, 2013

Renton narrows superintendent search to six candidates

March 13, 2013

NEW — 4:00 p.m. March 13, 2013

The Renton School Board has narrowed its list of candidates for the vacant superintendent position to six applicants.

An advisory panel of community members and district staff, led by Renton School Board members, will now conduct public interviews over a three-day period beginning March 18 at the district’s administrative offices, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton.

The panel will see two candidates each day in a preliminary interview process that will pose questions about the candidates’ leadership qualifications. Read more

41st District lawmakers host town hall meeting March 16

March 12, 2013

NEW — 11:10 a.m. March 12, 2013

State Sen. Steve Litzow and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Marcie Maxwell will host a March 15 town hall meeting in Newcastle.

State Sen. Steve Litzow and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Marcie Maxwell will host a March 16 town hall meeting in Newcastle.

Reps. Marcie Maxwell and Judy Clibborn and Sen. Steve Litzow invite 41st Legislative District residents to attend an upcoming town hall meeting in Newcastle on March 16.
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Maxwell receives Legislative Advocate of the Year Award

March 11, 2013

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 11, 2013

Contributed Olympia High School counselor Kim Reykdal presents Marcie Maxwell with the Washington School Counselor Association’s Legislative Advocate of the Year award.

Olympia High School counselor Kim Reykdal presents Marcie Maxwell with the Washington School Counselor Association’s Legislative Advocate of the Year Award.

The Washington School Counselor Association honored state Rep. Marcie Maxwell with the Legislative Advocate of the Year Award for her “tireless advocacy” to improve public education. Read more

Newcastle Earth Day set for April 20

March 8, 2013

NEW — 1:35 p.m. March 8, 2013


By Greg Farrar
A Newcastle Earth Day attendee stops by an information booth at the 2012 event.

Mark your calendars, Newcastle. The city’s annual Earth Day celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. April 20 at Lake Boren Park. Read more

Change your smoke alarm batteries when you “spring forward”

March 8, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. March 8, 2013

As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 10, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

When you change your clocks, take time to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,” said State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy.

Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely. Plan, discuss and practice escape routes with your household members. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives.

Learn more about fire safety on the State Fire Marshal website —

Dunn proposes memorial for fallen deputies

March 6, 2013

NEW — 5:10 p.m. March 6, 2013

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn proposed legislation today to honor the 15 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have been killed in the line of duty since the County’s creation in 1852.

There is currently no memorial in the County recognizing the deputies’ sacrifices. Dunn’s proposal suggests creating one within the King County Courthouse.

“Honoring the memories of the King County Sheriff’s Department who have lost their lives protecting the public is the right thing to do. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made on our behalf,” Dunn said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Sheriff Urquhart and the King County Police Officers Guild to make this memorial a reality.” Read more

Newcastle students ‘Cartwheel for a Cause’

March 5, 2013

NEW — 11:20 a.m. March 5, 2013

Newcastle Elementary School second graders Hannah Wand and Karina Fluegge have teamed up to  enter the Cartwheels for a Cause video contest in hopes of winning the grand prize of $5,000.

Inspired by their first grade teacher, Katie Tinnea, the girls created a short video in which they do cartwheels while reciting important facts about colon cancer.

The makers of the video that garners the most votes will receive a $5,000 donation to the cause of their choice, plus a personal prize of $1,000. If Hannah and Karina win, they plan on donating the $5,000 to the Colon Cancer Coalition, and giving the $1,000 award to Tinnea’s family. Read more

March is music month

March 1, 2013

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 1, 2013

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $50,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible.

The fundraising goal of $50,000 will provide money directly to school music programs to buy instruments, repair instruments and purchase sheet music.

Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to donate as much, or as little, as they can on the Friends of Renton School Foundation’s secure website,

A donation of $10 would purchase two woodwind recorders, while a $300 donation could go toward a new trumpet.

The community is also invited to see the schools’ music programs in action when Hazen High School and McKnight Middle School musicians perform a concert at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Hazen High School auditorium, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton.

Newcastle Library hosts discussion about American Indians in cinema

March 1, 2013

NEW — 10:25 a.m. March 1, 2013

Just three months after the Newcastle Library’s grand opening, its program offerings continue to expand with exciting opportunities for the community to get together and learn more about a variety of topics.

March will be no different, with multiple events already scheduled, highlighted by a discussion about the portrayal of Native Americans in cinema.

The event, “American Indians in Cinema: A Conversation to Challenge Our Perceptions,” will center on a discussion led by cinema scholar Lance Rhoades as he prompts participants to address the role cinema has played in producing, perpetuating and challenging perceptions of American Indians.

The March 6 talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

See a list of the library’s event offerings for the entire month of March on our calendar.

The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way.

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