Newcastle Concerts in the Park / July 24, 2013

August 1, 2013

A year gone by

August 1, 2013

I cannot believe it is true, but on Aug. 6, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary with Newcastle News.

It seems like just yesterday that I had my first hot chocolate at Sweet Decadence, and now I can’t get enough.

I still remember the nerves I had as I walked into my first Newcastle City Council meeting, but now, I look forward to spending every other Tuesday evening with Rich Crispo, Lisa Jensen, Carol Simpson, John Dulcich, Steve Buri, Gordon Bisset and Bill Erxleben.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

I will never forget the first time I visited The Golf Club at Newcastle and took in that breathtaking view. That will never get old. Read more

Former Husky named bank robbery suspect

August 1, 2013

Prints from discarded water bottle leads to arrest of Luther Leonard

 

Contributed A suspect robs the Newcastle KeyBank branch at gunpoint Jan. 16.

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A suspect robs the Newcastle KeyBank branch at gunpoint Jan. 16.

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.

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Newcastle Days lineup takes shape

August 1, 2013

Newcastle will celebrate its 19th year as an incorporated city Sept. 7 with the annual Newcastle Days festival.

The daylong event held at Lake Boren Park will look decidedly different, though. The car show and a large portion of the vendor tents from last year’s festival have been scrapped.

The freed up space will be replaced by an array of attractions from entertainment supplier Clowns Unlimited, including an obstacle course, a climbing wall and a swing chair ride, according to Newcastle Days organizers Diane Lewis and Mayor Rich Crispo.

“Rich and I had heard from people that they thought a lot of Newcastle Days was boring, and we wanted to have something that will bring more people in,” Lewis said.

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Renton unveils new middle school designs

August 1, 2013

The Renton School District and NAC Architecture released initial designs for a future middle school in Newcastle at a July 18 open house, giving locals a first glance at the plans for a two-story building.

The school will occupy the 11-acre site of the Renton Academy, next to Hazelwood Elementary School. Middle school sites normally sit on a space of about 15 acres, so it was up to the architects to get creative with the design, said Steve Shiver, the project manager with NAC Architecture, based in Seattle.

“I think the largest challenge we have is the size of the site,” he said. “We had to design a building that was as compact as possible.”

NAC Architecture Initial designs for the middle school’s main entry show the architect’s vision of transparency, utilizing glass to allow natural sunlight.

NAC Architecture
Initial designs for the middle school’s main entry show the architect’s vision of transparency, utilizing glass to allow natural sunlight.

The result was a two-story building with upper mezzanines and a central common area. Most importantly, however, the construction of the new middle school will not affect the popular east baseball fields.

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Lea Lo nominated for education award

August 1, 2013

Cornerstone Dance Studio owner and director Lea Lo inspires dedication, pursuit of excellence and passion for the arts in Newcastle’s youth.

More than 40 students from Newcastle, plus many more from Renton, Bellevue and other areas receive exceptional class instruction from expert instructors at Cornerstone. Cornerstone’s exhibition and competition teams have won nearly 100 awards this year in local dance competitions.

Lea Lo

Lea Lo

They amaze and delight the community with annual Nutcracker ballets, spring shows and participation in local events such as Newcastle Days, Newport Hills Fourth of July celebration and Seattle Center’s Winterfest.

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National Night Out returns Aug. 6

August 1, 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.

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Editorial

August 1, 2013

CNN Money Magazine selected Newcastle as the 18th best place to live in the nation in 2011, highlighting, in particular, the city’s culture of volunteerism.

“The volunteer spirit is alive and well in this former coal-mining town,” wrote the magazine. “Despite serious budget cuts that threatened the city’s summer 2011 events, local businesses and citizens offered time and cash to keep the community’s concerts and fireworks afloat.”

Fast-forward two years and the picture is a bit different. Sure, Concerts in the Park is still going strong, and Newcastle Days will continue as usual, but it is getting harder and harder for organizers to attract volunteers.

“Last year, we did have about 125 volunteers that worked within the city of Newcastle,” Mayor Rich Crispo said at an April council meeting. “But it has been difficult at the beginning of this year to find volunteers for events.”

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Police & Fire

August 1, 2013

Peeping photographer

An unknown male knocked on the door of a house in the 15500 block of Southeast 79th Place June 30 and said he was hired to fix cracks on the exterior of the house. The homeowner did not hire the man to do anything and asked him to leave. Before the man left in a black SUV, he took several photos of the house. The homeowner was advised to contact the police if the subject returned.

 

Sound the alarm

An unknown suspect entered a home in the 8500 block of 135th Avenue Southeast July 1, but was startled when an audible security alarm went off, and he ran away. The suspect pried open a window screen causing $60 in damage, but left before taking anything.

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Newcastle’s Rep. Marcie Maxwell takes position with state offic

August 1, 2013

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office July 9 to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser.

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement.

Marcie Maxwell

Marcie Maxwell

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat, brings a background in education policy and funding to the new leadership role focusing on K-12, early learning and higher education policy in the state.

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