Stay cool as the temperature rises this week

June 28, 2013

NEW — 5:35 p.m. June 28, 2013

The mercury could reach 90 degrees in the days ahead, and as temperatures rise, so do the risks for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

State public health officials recommend people seeking relief from high temperatures to visit air-conditioned places, such as public libraries, shopping malls or movie theaters. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help people stay cooler once they get back into the heat.

State Department of Health officials remind people to stay indoors and in air-conditioned environments as much as possible, and to drink plenty of fluids — but not beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.

For residents headed outside in the heat, plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day, before the temperature rises. Remember to take frequent breaks when working outdoors. Read more

City alters Concerts in the Park lineup

June 26, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. June 26, 2013

The city announced a change to its 2013 Concerts in the Park lineup. Violinist Geoffrey Castle will perform Aug. 7, instead of July 31, switching places with Shelley & The Curves.

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 — Shelley & The Curves (dance, pop)

– Aug. 7 — Geoffrey Castle (high energy Celtic violin)

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

Friends group hosts evening of cookies and conversation

June 24, 2013

NEW — 1 p.m. June 24, 2013

The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host an evening of cookies and conversation at its June 26 meeting.

The informal social gathering will allow visitors an opportunity to share ideas for future programs, and offer suggestions about ways the Friends group can enhance the library experience.

A Newcastle librarian will make a brief presentation, and the Friends group will spend a few minutes completing routine business, prior to the social.

“The main event is getting to know our members,” Friends group secretary Sue Beverly wrote in an email.

The two-hour event begins at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way. Learn more about the Friends group at www.facebook.com/FriendsOfNewcastleLibrary.

Registration open for summer sports camps

June 21, 2013

NEW — 2:35 p.m. June 21, 2013

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

From July 2 to Aug. 17, 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.

Chamber sets date for 2013 Diamond Awards

June 19, 2013

NEW — 5:20 p.m. June 19, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy The 2012 Diamond Award recipients pose with their new hardware at The Golf Club of Newcastle Nov. 14.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The 2012 Diamond Award recipients pose with their new hardware at The Golf Club at Newcastle Nov. 14.

The date is set for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Diamond Awards, and attendees can expect to see a few differences at this year’s annual celebration. Read more

King County hosts transportation town hall tonight

June 19, 2013

NEW — 11:35 a.m. June 19, 2013

The public is invited to an open house and town hall meeting June 19 with elected leaders from cities and the county to learn more about critical infrastructure needs for roads, bridges, highways and transit service.

The state Legislature continues to seek common ground on transportation funding. Without a solution, cuts loom for local roads, bridges and Metro bus service – potentially worsening congestion and delaying improvements needed to keep the region moving, according to a press release from the county.

An open house and comment period is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a moderated panel discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. Read more

Hazen’s dean of students takes position in Sammamish

June 18, 2013

NEW — 1:45 p.m. June 18, 2013

Sena Camarata, the dean of students at Hazen High School, will be joining the staff at Skyline High School in Sammamish as an assistant principal on July 1.

Camarata recently earned her principal certification and a graduate degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington.

Skyline Principal Lisa Hechtman said Camarata has been “instrumental in coordinating and leading professional development, helping teachers make their lessons more accessible and rigorous for all students.”

Camarata also teaches science at Hazen. She spent several years working as a biochemist and teaching advanced science classes.

Camarata will replace Andrea McCormick, who is taking the principal’s job at Issaquah High School.

Hazelwood students explore the city

June 18, 2013

NEW — 9:30 a.m. June 18, 2013

Contributed Hazelwood Elementary School second graders get a tour of Bellevue Fire Department's Station Nine during an exploration of the city.

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Hazelwood Elementary School second graders get a tour of Bellevue Fire Department’s Station Nine during an exploration of the city.

Hazelwood Elementary School students got a first-hand look at all that Newcastle has to offer, when the second graders went on an exploratory field trip through the city June 11.

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Massage therapist accused of sexual misconduct fired from Issaquah clinic

June 17, 2013

UPDATED — 2:05 p.m. June 17, 2013

Days after state health officials suspended the license of Newcastle massage therapist Matthew E. Usher, his current employer, Elements Therapeutic Massage Issaquah, terminated him from its staff.

A charge of sexual misconduct with a patient at Newcastle’s Massage Envy led the state agency to immediately suspend his license.

Usher was criminally charged in King County Superior Court with indecent liberties, after he allegedly reached under the draping and touched a patient’s breast during a December 2012 massage treatment. He pleaded not guilty and a subsequent hearing is scheduled for July 11.

Usher began working at the Elements Therapeutic Massage in January, according to owner Glenda Sue Poletti. At the time of hiring, Usher was properly insured and licensed, she said. Read more

Massage therapist’s license suspended for sexual misconduct

June 13, 2013

NEW — 2:50 p.m. June 13, 2013

State health officials have suspended the license of Newcastle massage therapist Matthew E. Usher, according to a June 12 Washington State Department of Health release.

A charge of sexual misconduct with a patient at Newcastle’s Massage Envy led the state agency to immediately suspend his license.

Usher cannot practice massage in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to ask for a hearing.

Usher was criminally charged in King County Superior Court with indecent liberties, after he allegedly reached under the draping and touched a patient’s breast during a massage treatment.

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