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.



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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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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Lemonade, Inc.

June 6, 2013

I am a sucker for a lemonade stand. If I spot one, I’ll buy a glass. Rarely do I drink it all. I’m generally not a fan of lemonade unless there’s alcohol involved, but I stop anyway because I know that in doing so I’m aiding a budding sales representative or a nascent entrepreneur, and I also know that someone in the house behind the stand was brave enough to suggest it and to allow a sticky mess in the kitchen, much like my mother did when we were young.

Had my mother been born in a different time, she might have been the CEO of a corporation. She was a natural, and she taught us much of what we know today about sales and marketing. She continued those lessons with my nephew Zack, now in his early 20s. He had his first lemonade stand at her house when he was 4 years old, and she put him through her patented Lemonade Stand Boot Camp.

She gave Zack the same instructions that we had been given in our youth: Be polite. Smile. Look people in the eye. Speak distinctly. Take care with sanitation.

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Historical Society elects officers

June 6, 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.

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Beautiful, delicious combos can come in containers

June 6, 2013

Container gardens are great in small spaces, and on patios and decks.

Place containers in the sunniest location to create a focal point in your garden. Grow food without dedicating the lawn to an edible garden.

Get creative with your plant combinations; mix fruits, vegetables and herbs.

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At first signs of insects, don’t reach for the pesticide

June 6, 2013

Shriveled leaves? Discolored or spotted leaves? Chewed and dying leaves? Insect infestation! If your first course of action is grabbing the pesticide and spraying a fog of killer clouds throughout your garden, stop!

Many insecticides can indiscriminately harm or kill a broad range of insects — some of which do no harm to plants. (Not to mention the allergies and irritations pesticides can cause to humans and animals.)

Aphids, thrips and mites are the most common intruders, which suck the juices from plant stems and blossoms. Often, insecticide sprays will miss direct contact with the “bad bugs” because of their ability to hide under leaves and in tight spaces between plant stems.

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June 6, 2013


The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 12 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

The Networking Education Breakfast is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. June 26 at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. It’s sponsored by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. Email to RSVP.

The Weed Warriors is removing blackberries at 9 a.m. June 8. Meet at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way. Learn more at

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