Renton business holds school fundraiser

June 6, 2013

NEW — 1:45 p.m. June 6, 2013

Kim’s Tae Kwon Do will host a community yard sale to benefit the Communities in Schools of Renton organization from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8.

Each year, the Renton business joins forces with three other local martial art schools to raise money for the nonprofit that supports and empowers local students to stay in school. Last year, the four schools raised $15,000 for the organization.

In addition to the yard sale, hot dogs and soda will be offered for $1 each. Kim’s Tae Kwon Do is at 4602 N.E. Sunset Blvd. in Renton.

Contact Josh Henkel at 254-3526 or kimstkd@att.net for more information.

No surprises as candidate filings pass

June 6, 2013

King County’s weeklong candidate filing period ended May 17 without any local surprises.

Three City Council positions are up for election in November, but only one seat elicited more than one candidate.

John Drescher and Mark Greene both filed to run for Position 6 on the council. Councilman Bill Erxleben currently occupies the seat but said earlier this year that he would not file for re-election.

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4th of July celebration kicks off summer schedule

June 6, 2013

The city of Newcastle will offer its full array of summer activities this season, beginning with the Fourth of July celebration at Lake Boren Park.

The annual fireworks show will go on as planned, despite initial funding concerns and worries about public safety. Councilman John Dulcich secured a $10,000 commitment from Continental Properties, the developer of Lake Boren Townhomes, to sponsor the event in April.

“We are sponsoring as a thank you to the community for helping us make Lake Boren Townhomes a great success,” Claudio Guincher, of Continental Properties, wrote in an April email. “We have really enjoyed working in the Newcastle community, and hope that we have provided a positive addition to the community.”

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Aegis eyes Newcastle for new, unique retirement community

June 6, 2013

A unique retirement community is coming to the shores of Lake Boren within the next few years.

Aegis Living, a Redmond-based company that offers senior housing, is set to build Aegis Gardens, an assisted living and memory care residence geared toward the Asian community.

The company already has a similar facility in Fremont, Calif., but Aegis Gardens of Newcastle will be the first of its kind in the state of Washington.

Courtesy of Aegis Living An artist rendering shows plans for a unique retirement community inspired by the Asian culture that is set to open on the shore of Lake Boren in a few years.

Courtesy of Aegis Living
An artist rendering shows plans for a unique retirement community inspired by the Asian culture that is set to open on the shore of Lake Boren in a few years.

“The Fremont location is one of our most successful communities with occupancy almost always at 100 percent,” said Jennifer Hall, Aegis Living’s director of marketing. “We felt that after the number of years of having the community there, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, that it might be time to do another community elsewhere.”

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Newcastle dog survives bobcat attack

June 6, 2013

A Newcastle family received quite a scare the morning of April 24, when their 12-year-old bichon frise, Hannah, narrowly escaped the grips of a bobcat.

Myron Thomas and his son Peyton, 12, were in the kitchen eating breakfast, when they heard a loud yelp emerge from the backyard of their China Creek home in The Terrace development.

“All I saw was the little brown tail of a bobcat just walking away, and then I saw Hannah walking up the deck all bloody,” Peyton said

Contributed Hannah, a 12-year-old bichon frise, recuperates from hours of surgery after being attacked by a bobcat April 24.

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Hannah, a 12-year-old bichon frise, recuperates from hours of surgery after being attacked by a bobcat April 24.

As soon as Myron opened the back door, the bobcat got scared and ran off, but the damage had already been done.

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Construction begins on Coal Creek Parkway

June 6, 2013

Work finally began on a city of Bellevue project that will replace an aging culvert underneath Coal Creek Parkway.

The Bellevue portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 60th Street and Forest Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction for 24 hours a day until December.

To mitigate the expected bottleneck, the city of Newcastle is changing the timing of some traffic signals. Ultimately, though, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, especially during the morning and evening commutes.

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Test your Newcastle history knowledge — Part 3

June 6, 2013

At the 2012 Newcastle Days celebration, the city’s rich history was celebrated with the festival’s theme, Return to Newcastle. One of the components of the celebration was a trivia activity put together by Mayor Rich Crispo.

Crispo compiled a list of 120 questions that highlighted the history of Newcastle. Each vendor booth had a question, and prizes were awarded for correct answers at the end of the day.

In the October issue Of Newcastle News, we printed 16 of those questions, and in March we printed 10 more. We’ve selected a few additional questions, which bring forth interesting facts about the history of the Newcastle community.

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Bus stop moved

June 6, 2013

The city has temporarily relocated the Metro Transit bus stop located at the intersection of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway to assist with traffic flow on the busy arterial during the Bellevue bridge construction.

By Christina Corrales-Toy The city has temporarily relocated the Newcastle Way bus stop. It is now directly across from City Hall.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The city has temporarily relocated the Newcastle Way bus stop. It is now directly across from City Hall.

The stop was moved just west on Newcastle Way and now sits directly across the street from City Hall, where city staff members have erected an interim bus shelter.

The move is expected to stay in place through the duration of the city of Bellevue’s construction project to replace an aging culvert on Coal Creek Parkway.

 

Letters

June 6, 2013

Push forward to find solutions to fireworks, volunteer problems

In reading the recent article recounting the City Council meeting, which included discussion on future Fourth of July celebrations at Lake Boren, I seriously question Mayor Crispo’s ability to find creative solutions to issues facing our city.

My family attended last year’s event for the first time, and we were pleased to find it a warm and inviting atmosphere. Crispo’s perception that the event was too crowded with inadequate police presence couldn’t have been further from our experience. At no point did I feel my family’s safety was in question. I’m curious to know how many reports were received by the police department regarding concerns about safety at the event.

Addressing the concern with restroom access — there are many companies that provide portable toilets for such events, which easily mitigates that concern. Problem solved.

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Editorial

June 6, 2013

Boy Scouts of America makes right decision

Boy Scouts have played a big role in Newcastle, as well as shaped numerous boys and young men to be better citizens.

Local Scouts provide numerous community service hours of good deeds, from food drives to litter cleanup, to the many Eagle Scout projects that provide new amenities around town today.

However, the Boy Scouts of America have not led by example, choosing to discriminate against gays. Last week, BSA’s National Council voted by secret ballot to change the rules to open their ranks to openly-gay members. It’s a good step, but a tiny one.

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