Beloved Newcastle teacher passes away

April 5, 2013

UPDATED — 4:25 p.m. April 11, 2013

Newcastle Elementary School announced today that beloved teacher Katie Tinnea has passed away.

Tinnea, a first-grade teacher at the school, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2011.

In an email to Newcastle families, the school said that additional staff would be onsite today to support the needs of students, staff and family members.

The school is offering counselors for both parents and students throughout the day. Parents who wish to speak with a counselor can go to the school’s library where they can share memories, seek guidance on how to talk to children about her death, and find resources that address grief and loss.
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State of the City address set for April 10

April 5, 2013

NEW — 10:55 a.m. April 5, 2013

As a part of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon series, Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo will deliver the State of the City address at 11 a.m. April 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Crispo will talk about the city’s financial health, current developments within Newcastle, summer events, sponsorships and working with the new Community Activities Commission. There will also be time for questions and answers.

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn will also join the lunch to update attendees on the levy and tax increases with state and county government.

Lunch for chamber members is $20, and $25 for nonmembers. The lunch includes food, tax and gratuity.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by emailing