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 or send an email to:

The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way.