Coal Creek Family YMCA celebrates Healthy Kids Day

April 12, 2013

NEW — 1:10 p.m. April 12, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, the Coal Creek Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event to get more families moving, learning and living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y, features fun, educational activities, obstacle courses, archery, tumbling, rock climbing and more. Group Health, Youth Eastside Services, Usborne Books, Waste Management, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cummins Chiropractic and Hope Heart Institute will be in attendance.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Kim Von Wald, Family Programs director at the Coal Creek Family YMCA. “But it’s not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.” Read more

Liberty students explore history’s newsmakers

April 12, 2013

NEW — 12:40 p.m. April 12, 2013

Liberty High School freshman Tania Nambo-Escobar could literally talk for hours about the history of Che Guevara.

“I love presenting about Che Guevara in general,” she said. “Ask me a question and, whether you like it or not, I will give you a full speech about it.”

Nambo-Escobar knows a lot about the subject, after she spent months researching and putting together an exhibit to enter into the local History Day competition.

At the end of March, Nambo-Escobar and a handful of her classmates took their projects to the regional competition at Green River Community College. Eight student projects did well enough to advance to the state contest held at Bellevue College in May. Read more

Katie Nicole Tinnea

April 11, 2013

Katie Tinnea ObitKatie Nicole Tinnea, 30, of Snoqualmie, passed away peacefully April 4, 2013, after courageously fighting cancer for two years.

She is survived and will be missed by her husband Ryan, daughter Kennedy, parents Tony and Jocelyn Aldridge, and many extended family members and friends.

She will be remembered for her love, positivity, grace, energy and humor. Katie was an inspiration to many as a well-respected teacher at Newcastle Elementary School, and as a spokesperson for colon cancer prevention, research and awareness. Her passions included her family, her students, holidays, the Seahawks and shopping!

A public memorial service to celebrate Katie’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004, on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.

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

Mayor delivers State of the City address

April 11, 2013

NEW — 1:00 p.m. April 11, 2013

Rich Crispo

Rich Crispo

Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo assured residents that the city is in relatively good shape, with people clamoring to live in the quaint community, during his 2013 State of the City address.

“We are the most popular place on the Eastside right now to live,” he said. “You look around and you find houses for sale, there aren’t many.”

The speech, given before residents and the business community at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s April 10 luncheon, addressed the city’s financial health, community events and the council’s new Community Activities Commission. Read more

Crispo will run for re-election

April 11, 2013

NEW — 12:50 p.m. April 11, 2013

Mayor Rich Crispo announced that he will file for re-election this spring, when he addressed the audience at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s April 10 luncheon.

“I am going to run again,” he said. “I really like the people in the city, I really do. I’m involved in a lot of stuff and I meet a lot of folks and I just love it.”

Crispo was elected to the Newcastle City Council in 2009. He became the mayor in 2012.

He currently occupies Position No. 5 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.

Council says gas tax should fund 520 budget shortfall

April 9, 2013

NEW — 4:25 p.m. April 9, 2013

The Newcastle City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the state legislature to increase the gas tax in order to cover the $1.4 billion shortfall for the project to replace the state Route 520 floating bridge.

The resolution, which was passed at the April 2 council meeting, offered an alternative to the proposed tolling of Interstate 90 as a means to finance the rest of the 520 bridge replacement.

“My mind is, we tell Judy Clibborn and the state legislature to get on the stick and do what they should do and pass a 10-cent gas tax and pay off the $1.4 billion that way and forget the tolling on I-90,” Councilman Bill Erxleben said. Read more

Renton School Board selects new superintendent

April 9, 2013

NEW — 11:40 a.m. April 9, 2013


Dr. Merri Rieger

Just a week after she spent a day in the district, meeting with staff and community members, the Renton School Board chose Dr. Merri Rieger as the district’s new superintendent.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Merri Rieger as our new superintendent,” said Board President Lynn Desmarais in a statement. “Merri has the depth of experience and sense of vision that make her a perfect fit for the Renton School District.” Read more

Newcastle residents race for Renee

April 8, 2013

NEW — 3:30 p.m. April 8, 2013

Washington State Patrol Trooper Renee Padgett doesn’t live in Newcastle, but with a storied history that includes the successful creation of a program to put photos of missing children on blank semi trucks, it’s no wonder that locals have stepped up to support her as she courageously fights cancer.

In May 2012, doctors diagnosed Padgett with a rare cancer called multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white-blood cell present in bone marrow.

“It’s not a curable cancer, but she is one of the most positive people I know,” said Marcella Egan, Padgett’s friend and caretaker. “I wouldn’t be able to go through what she’s going through. She doesn’t let anything get her down.” Read more

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

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