Newcastle QFC hosts community shred

May 31, 2013

NEW — 12:20 p.m. May 31, 2013

The Coal Creek Parkway QFC will host a community shred-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted personal documents for shredding to help curb identity theft, which is the fastest growing form of consumer fraud.

It will cost $5 to shred a grocery bag full of documents, or $10 for an archive box of materials. All of the proceeds will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Last year, the hospital provided $113.7 million in uncompensated care to families in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

The Newcastle QFC is at 6940 Coal Creek Parkway.

Newcastle Running Club announces scholarship winners

May 30, 2013

NEW — 5:05 p.m. May 30, 2013

Three high school seniors have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the nonprofit Newcastle Running Club.

Awards were given to Liberty High School student Jessica Basi; and Hazen High School students Mikayla Muratore and Fiona La. All three students demonstrated a willingness to give back to their communities and all are college bound to further their education.

Basi will attend the University of Washington; Muratore is going to Western Washington University; and La will enroll at the University of Pennsylvania.

Winners were chosen based on equal parts of community involvement, grade point average, SAT or ACT test scores, financial need and an essay.

To qualify for the scholarships, the high school seniors must live in Newcastle or attend Hazen or Liberty high schools.

The $3,000 in total scholarships was made possible from proceeds resulting from the 2012 Newcastle 5K Run/Walk during Newcastle Days.

Public Health hosts free child car seat workshop

May 30, 2013

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 30, 2013

Public Health – Seattle & King County wants to make sure a traveling parent’s precious cargo remains safe and secure with a free child car seat check-up event.

Parents and caregivers can have their child safety seat checked by a certified technician at the Coal Creek Family YMCA May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children up to two years old in rear facing seats or until they have reached the maximum height and weight limits of the car seat.

Child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than one year old and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, according to national research.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Library book sale nets more than $2,000

May 30, 2013

NEW — 12:05 p.m. May 30, 2013

The Friends of the Newcastle Library raised $2,180 during its three-day book sale, and an extra $247 in cash donations alone.

The organization collected donations of books throughout the year, accumulating more than 130 boxes filled with materials that were briskly sold at the sale.

The money raised from the sale will allow the group to fund extra programs at the Newcastle Library for the next year.

Learn more about the Friends of the Newcastle Library on the group’s Facebook page at

Newcastle Historical Society elects officers

May 28, 2013

The Newcastle Historical Society elected a new board to lead the organization at its May 2 meeting.

Russ Segner will serve as the group’s president, Vicki Olson is the vice president, Ila Hemm is the secretary, Rich Crispo is the treasurer and Malcolm Lawrence is an added board member.

It is all a part of the group’s effort to increase its presence in the community. The board members will plan new programs for regular meetings and work to educate local residents about the city’s vast, rich history.

The Newcastle Historical Society meets the first Thursday every month at 4 p.m. at City Hall. Learn more at

King County urges caution on lakes, rivers over the long Memorial Day weekend

May 24, 2013

NEW — 3:20 p.m. May 24, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summertime outdoor recreation season, and King County officials are urging everyone to use caution when around open water.

County officials expressed heightened concern about swimmer safety, given that 24 preventable drowning deaths were recorded in King County in 2012 – up from an average of 17 per year over the previous four years.

“We know that many of these tragic drowning deaths could have been avoided by simply wearing a personal flotation device and using common sense,” said Sheriff John Urquhart. “We have already performed numerous emergency rescues on the water this year, because people were either ill-prepared for conditions or overestimated their ability to avoid dangerous situations.” Read more

Hazen, Liberty athletes earn all-league honors

May 21, 2013

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. May 22, 2013

As the spring sports season comes to a close, local athletes are being honored for their athletic achievements with the unveiling of the all-league teams. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually. Email additional all-league honors to

Note: Only athletes from Hazen and Liberty are listed.




Coach of the Year — Ken Matthews, Hazen

Athlete of the Year — Sam Bunnell, Hazen Read more

City announces Concerts in the Park lineup

May 21, 2013

NEW — 11:00 a.m. May 21, 2013

The city of Newcastle unveiled the lineup for the 2013 Concerts in the Park series and this summer, residents can look forward to a variety of music genres emanating from Lake Boren Park.

Whether it is soul, rock, dance or even Celtic violin music, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the free summer concert series.

Concerts in the Park presents the following lineup at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way:

– July 24 — Randy Oxford Band (soul, funk, blues)

– July 31 — Geoffrey Castle (high energy Celtic violin)

– Aug. 7 — Shelley & The Curves (dance, pop)

– Aug. 14 — Shaggy Sweet (pop, rock, blues) Read more

Hazen soccer advances in state tournament

May 16, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. May 16, 2013

The Hazen High School soccer team did not have their best stuff as state tournament play opened on May 15, but it was just good enough to defeat Mountain View, 3-2.

Senior midfielder Casey Guay put Hazen on the board first, scoring a quick goal, just four minutes into the game.

The lead would be short-lived, because just three minutes later, Mountain View responded with a goal of their own.

The Highlanders took the lead back in the 17th minute, when junior midfielder Luis Puga scored what would be the first of his two goals. Read more

Newcastle business offers free massage for military members

May 16, 2013

NEW — 1:45 p.m. May 16, 2013

Puget Sound-area Massage Envy centers will salute active military members and their spouses with its “Massage for Military” event, beginning May 20.

The weeklong event offers free one-hour therapeutic massage sessions to active-duty military personnel and their spouses to recognize everything that these men and women do for our country, each and every day, according to a release.

The event allows local clinic honors owners to honor each community’s military heroes and their families by providing beneficial stress relief through therapeutic massage. Read more

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