Concerts in the Park series continues with Shelley and the Curves

July 30, 2013

NEW — 3:05 p.m. July 30, 2013

Contributed Shelley & the Curves, specializing in dance and pop music, will perform at Lake Boren Park July 31.

Shelley & the Curves, specializing in dance and pop music, will perform at Lake Boren Park July 31.

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More Coal Creek Parkway lane closures coming mid-August

July 29, 2013

NEW — 2:30 p.m. July 29, 2013

Coal Creek Parkway lane closures, in addition to the one happening due to the Bellevue culvert construction, are coming mid-August.

The city will repave four travel lanes and several intersections of a nearly one-mile segment between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way. The work will require partial, and possibly full, street closures during weekdays and/or weekends. Exact times and dates of the closure are not yet available.

The city announced in October that a portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way was showing signs of “premature failure,” and needed repairs.

A grant from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board will fund roughly half of the street’s repairs.

KeyBank celebrates its third anniversary

July 28, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. July 28, 2013

The Newcastle KeyBank branch will celebrate its third anniversary with a community barbecue July 29.

KeyBank will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, treats and refreshments at its branch from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

The bank’s mascot KeyToon, will also be on hand for the celebration. KeyBank staffers will be available to answer all of your banking questions, too.

The bank is at 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Coal Creek Family YMCA to close for regular maintenance

July 26, 2013

NEW — 1:05 p.m. July 26, 2013

The Coal Creek Family YMCA will be closed from July 27 to Aug. 2 for its annual facility-improvement week.

During that time, staff will clean and replace some of the fitness equipment, thoroughly clean the pool, spa and locker rooms and refinish the gym floors and the wellness studio.

The branch will reopen at 7 a.m. Aug. 3.

While the facility undergoes improvements, regulars are encouraged to visit other YMCA locations in the greater Seattle area.

The closest YMCA location is the Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue.

Ex-UW football player Luther Leonard accused of Newcastle bank robbery

July 23, 2013

NEW — 5:30 p.m. July 23, 2013

Fingerprints found on a discarded water bottle led police to arrest two men on Monday who had been dubbed the “Big Top Bandits” in connection with a series of take-over style bank robberies, according to a probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the men.

King County District Court Judge Mark Chow on Tuesday set bail at $1 million for Jeffrey Pool, 48, a Texas fugitive who fled to the Seattle area after committing armed robberies in that state. Chow ordered Pool to be held on investigation of five counts of first-degree robbery and on a fugitive warrant from Texas.

Pool’s alleged accomplice, Luther Ray Leonard, 23, was ordered held on one count of investigation of first-degree robbery, with Chow setting his bail at $100,000. Leonard is a former University of Washington football player, according to the probable-cause statement. Read more

Concerts in the Park series begins Wednesday

July 23, 2013

NEW — 11:55 a.m. July 23, 2013

Contributed The Randy Oxford Band, specializing in soul, funk and blues, will perform at Lake Boren Park July 24.

The Randy Oxford Band, specializing in soul, funk and blues, will perform at Lake Boren Park July 24.

The first show in the city of Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series begins Wednesday with the Randy Oxford Band. Read more

Bank robbery suspects arrested

July 22, 2013

NEW — 9:55 a.m. July 22, 2013

“Big Top Bandits” arrested

The two men who allegedly robbed the Newcastle Bank of America in July have been arrested, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a statement.

One of the two may have been the same person that robbed the Newcastle KeyBank at the beginning of the year. That man is believed to be responsible for three additional bank robberies.

“Our praise to the FBI for their great work; we appreciate their efforts,” Irvine said in a statement.

The suspects were taken into custody in Renton this morning, thanks to the work of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, with the help of the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

Celebrate National Night Out Aug. 6

July 19, 2013

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 19, 2013

Newcastle will join cities across the country in celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Night Out Aug. 6

The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.

National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.

The Olympus neighborhood will host a block party from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 6, though setup begins at 4:30 p.m. The party will be located at 128th Avenue Southeast near the intersection of Southeast 80th Way. Read more

School designs to be unveiled July 18

July 16, 2013

The Renton School District will present schematic designs for the future Newcastle middle school at a July 18 community meeting.

The open house is expected to be a dialogue between the community and the district’s design team. Citizens can use the meeting as an opportunity to offer feedback that will contribute to the design process.

This will be the first presentation of the school designs, which will include schematic site and floor plans.

“It is really important to get public input during this phase of the project because going forward, as the design advances, changes suggested later are much harder to make,” said Councilwoman Carol Simpson, a member of the middle school’s steering committee. Read more

Council holds budget retreat Tuesday

July 15, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. July 15, 2013

The Newcastle City Council will hold an all-day budget retreat July 16, replacing the regularly scheduled evening meeting.

Staff will prepare a revenue and expenditure forecast for 2014, giving the City Council an early look at what to expect in the upcoming budget. The Council will also be presented with a long-range forecast for 2015-2019.

The retreat goes from noon to 6 p.m. July 16 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.

The Council will meet again July 30 at noon in the Council Chambers for a short special meeting, essentially replacing the canceled July 16 evening meeting.

The Aug. 6 Council meeting has been canceled so that council members may attend National Night Out block parties.

The next regular Council meeting is Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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