Patriot Players perform ‘The Wizard of Oz’

April 26, 2013

NEW — 6:30 p.m. April 26, 2013

By Katherine Simmons Taylor Schadt, as the Cowardly Lion, Maddy Daly, as Dorothy, and Sedrik Spradling-Reim, as the Scarecrow, play with Toto.

By Katherine Simmons
Taylor Schadt, as the Cowardly Lion, Maddy Daly, as Dorothy, and Sedrik Spradling-Reim, as the Scarecrow, play with Toto.

Seattle’s lush greenery may lend itself to its Emerald City nickname, but fans of Dorothy, and her little dog too, know that the true Emerald City is a magnificent metropolis inhabited by a powerful wizard, situated at the end of a yellow brick road.

Audiences young and old are invited to take that long, winding journey from Kansas to Oz with the Liberty High School Patriot Players, as they break in the school’s new theater with a musical performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” Read more

Preliminary construction begins on Coal Creek Parkway culvert

April 23, 2013

NEW — 12:10 p.m. April 23, 2013

Preliminary work on a city of Bellevue project to replace an aging culvert underneath Coal Creek Parkway is set to start this week, beginning with off-peak lane closures.

The Bellevue portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 60th Street and Forest Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, as Puget Sound Energy utility crews complete work.

The work began the week of April 22 and is expected to continue for about two weeks, according to the city of Bellevue website. Initial work is being done at night to minimize impacts to drivers. All four lanes will be open during the day, until bridge construction begins at the end of May. Read more

Dulcich will run for re-election

April 23, 2013

NEW — 11:20 a.m. April 23, 2013

Councilman John Dulcich announced that he will file for re-election this spring.

Dulcich began serving on the City Council when the city incorporated in 1994. He retired from his post in 2007. After a few years away from local government, Dulcich was elected to the council in 2009. He served as the mayor for two terms from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2011.

He currently occupies position No. 7 on the council. His current term is set to expire at the end of the year.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

John Drescher announces candidacy for City Council

April 23, 2013

NEW — 11:20 a.m. April 23, 2013

Newcastle resident John Drescher announced that he will run for a City Council position in the upcoming election.

Drescher was appointed to the Newcastle Planning Commission in 2010 and currently serves as the advisory board’s chairman.

“At the urging of friends and family, and because I care deeply about helping to make Newcastle a great place to live and raise a family, I have decided to run for the Newcastle City Council this year,” he said in a statement.

Drescher will file for position No. 6 on the council, which is currently occupied by Councilman Bill Erxleben. In the April Newcastle News, Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

Registration open for Skyhawks summer camps

April 18, 2013

NEW — 1:35 p.m. April 18, 2013

Newcastle will facilitate Skyhawks sports camps this summer for children ages 4-12.

From July through August, beginner to intermediate players can develop their skills in soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, flag football or cheerleading.

Two to three sports are incorporated into the multisport program and for the mini-hawk program, youths learn the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer.

Camps will be held at Lake Boren Park or other local parks and facilities. Registrations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full, up to seven days before the start date.

Skyhawks is a nationwide organization established in 1970. Its goal is to teach life skills through sports.

Get additional information or register for upcoming camps at www.skyhawks.com. Each participant enrolled receives a T-shirt and merit award.

Three locals ran in Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

NEW — 11:00 a.m. April 16, 2013

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 EST on April 15, reportedly killing three and injuring upwards of 150 depending on the source.

Three entrants in the race listed Newcastle as their city of residence: Read more

Memorial service scheduled for beloved teacher Katie Tinnea

April 15, 2013

NEW — 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2013

Katie Tinnea Obit

Katie Tinnea

A memorial service for beloved Newcastle Elementary School teacher Katie Tinnea will take place at 2 p.m. April 21 at Bellevue’s First Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E.

Tinnea, a first-grade teacher at the school, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2011. She passed away on April 4.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple, instead of black. All ages are welcomed and a reception will follow the service at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Katie’s name can be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

Mark Greene announces candidacy for City Council

April 15, 2013

NEW — 4:50 p.m. April 15, 2013 

Newcastle resident Mark Greene announced that he will run for a City Council position in the upcoming election.

“The importance of keeping our unique stature as a city is a major reason of why I decided to run, though not the only,” he said in a statement. “If elected to the council this year, I will focus on infrastructure, safety and environmental issues.”

Greene will file for position No. 6 on the council, which is currently occupied by Councilman Bill Erxleben. In the April Newcastle News, Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

OFA hosts event at Newcastle Library

April 15, 2013

NEW — 4:20 p.m. April 15, 2013

Organizing for Action (OFA) invites the community to the event, “How will the Affordable Care Act affect you?” at 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the Newcastle Library Meeting Room.

  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Meeting and action to reduce gun violence in our community;
  • 7:00 – 7:40 p.m. – Presentation by Mr. Chewon Lee, the Office of Insurance Commissioner’s Health Insurance Benefit Advisor; and
  • 7:40 – 8:00 p.m. – Questions & Answers with Mr. Lee.

About 805,000 Washington residents will qualify for the new expanded free Medicaid and subsidized Exchange insurance plans. By Jan. 1, 2014, all insurance will have to cover doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room and prescriptions; the insured might be able to get financial help to pay for a health insurance plan; insurance plans cannot deny coverage for a pre-existing condition; and all insurance plans will have to show costs and what is covered in simple language.

OFA is a nonprofit, non-electoral, social welfare 501(c)(4) organization. RSVP is not required but requested at www.barackobama.com/events or send an email to: sandra.castell@gmail.com

The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way.

Newcastle selected as a Tree City USA community for sixth straight year

April 12, 2013

NEW — 3:30 p.m. April 12, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has recognized 82 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 sixth year Newcastle has been recognized as a Tree City.

Washington celebrated Arbor Day on April 10. 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.

Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees by going to the International Society of Arboriculture website at www.treesaregood.com.

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