High schools honor class of 2013 today

June 13, 2013

NEW — 8:30 a.m. June 13, 2013

By Greg Farrar Alexis McGinnis sings the National Anthem as the Safeco Field scoreboard welcomes the Liberty High School Class of 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Alexis McGinnis sings the National Anthem as the Safeco Field scoreboard welcomes the Liberty High School Class of 2012.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2013 with the annual commencement ceremonies. Read more

Small fire causes $6,000 in damage

June 12, 2013

NEW — 8:40 p.m. June 12, 2013

Just two days after a kitchen fire caused $200,000 in damage, displacing four people, firefighters were called out to Newcastle again to respond to a separate incident.

At 3:45 a.m. June 12, firefighters responded to a reported porch fire at a home in the 12600 block of Southeast 75th Place, according to a release from the Bellevue Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes and extinguished a small exterior fire. The fire had started in a wastebasket near the rear corner of the home.

According to the homeowner, the fire spread to the exterior of the home and damaged the porch area before it was stopped, the release said. Contents inside the house had some smoke damage. Read more

Four people displaced by Newcastle kitchen fire

June 11, 2013

NEW — 1:10 p.m. June 11, 2013

A residential fire in Newcastle caused about $200,000 worth of damage and displaced four people the evening of June 10.

The Bellevue Fire Department arrived to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the kitchen area of a home in the 8800 block of 122nd Court Southeast.

The fire was first reported at 7:33 p.m. and was determined “under control” at 7:52 p.m. Crews used a quick and aggressive attack to extinguish the fire, according to a release.

One occupant was asleep inside the home, but a neighbor quickly came to awake and steer the person clear of harm. The owner was not home at the time of the fire, but arrived after it had been extinguished. Read more

Maywood Middle School teacher heads to sea

June 9, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. June 9, 2013

The last time Maywood Middle School science teacher Marla Crouch traveled Alaskan waters, she was on a cruise ship. She headed north once again June 8, but this time she will be living aboard a different vessel.

Crouch joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program, allowing her to spend about three weeks aboard the Oscar Dyson, where she will study Pollock, a type of fish, alongside NOAA scientists.

“Just living and working with these scientists, I expect to get a great deal of information I can share with my students when I return,” she said.

Crouch will assist the crew as it completes a survey of the Alaskan Pollock. The Pollock, a member of the cod family, is the most valuable fish crop in the world. Products made from the fish were valued at $1 billion in 2010, she said. Read more

Newcastle Fruit and Produce hosts free workshop

June 7, 2013

NEW — 10:35 a.m. June 7, 2013

The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is hosting a free container-gardening workshop from 8-11 a.m. June 9.

It will begin with a short lecture, followed by an opportunity to work hands on with the containers.

Space is limited. Register at the stand, 13013 Newcastle Way.

Staff from the popular Newcastle establishment offered their gardening tips in the June issue of the Newcastle News.

Carol R.C. White reminded gardeners to step away from the pesticide at the first sign of garden insects, while  Susan J. Rabago offered her own container-gardening tips.

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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