City looks to fill commission vacancy

August 30, 2013

The city of Newcastle is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Community Activities Commission, after current commissioner Craig Belcher resigned from his post.

Seven Newcastle residents serve on the commission, facilitating events and programs in the city.

Applicants must be Newcastle residents, at least 18 years of age and have an interest in community events, city parks and recreational programs. Mayor Rich Crispo said he would like to see more young people on the city’s volunteer commissions.

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Bellevue FD receives re-accreditation

August 30, 2013

Bellevue Fire Chief Michael Eisner and Battalion Chief Bruce Kroon accepted the fire department’s re-accreditation at the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference held in Chicago.

The city of Newcastle contracts with the Bellevue Fire Department for its fire services.

“Accreditation is an essential tool for improving upon the high level of performance established by the Bellevue Fire Department,” Bellevue’s Acting-City Manager Brad Miyake said. “It ensures that the public is getting great value for their tax dollars in the form of quality services.”

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Annual town hall set for October

August 30, 2013

The city of Newcastle will host its annual town hall meeting in October, though a specific date had not yet been established at press time. One date under consideration is Oct. 3.

As in the past, the event will be held at The Golf Club at Newcastle, and residents will get the chance to provide feedback to city staff and City Council members about a number of issues.

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Old habits die hard

August 30, 2013

Recently I had my nails done for the first time ever, but because of a Midwestern grade school background that included lots of nuns, it was most likely a one-time event.

I’ve long been a devotee of what I call “Nun Nails”: short, clean and unadorned, like those of my Catholic grade school teachers. My schoolmates and I had innocent crushes on the young parish priests, but the nuns were regarded with an anxious mixture of fear, respect, fascination, fear and fear.

 

My holier-than-thou friends and I spent lots of time hanging around the church campus. Every Saturday we’d ride our bikes to the rectory where we would spend all morning folding the Sunday bulletins, and after school on Monday we would be there again, tasked with opening the Sunday collection envelopes and marking the weekly tithe in a massive leather-bound book that weighed almost as much as my Catholic guilt.

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Register to vote by Oct. 7

August 30, 2013

Election Day is not until Nov. 5, but citizens should prepare now to make sure their voice counts by registering to vote.

Oct. 7 is the deadline for mail-in registration, address change and other updates.

More information about registration — by mail or online — is available at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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Local Miss Washington’s reign comes to an end

August 30, 2013

With the simple placement of a crown upon her head, Newcastle resident Mandy Schendel embarked on a yearlong reign as Miss Washington on July 7, 2012.

During that time, she visited schools, made speaking appearances and competed for the Miss America title on national television.

“It was so much, so fast and it basically doesn’t stop for 365 days,” she said. “It has been a very, very good year.”

File The reign of Newcastle’s own Miss Washington, Mandy Schendel, came to an end in July, after she passed her crown on to Miss Washington 2013, Reina Almon.

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The reign of Newcastle’s own Miss Washington, Mandy Schendel, came to an end in July, after she passed her crown on to Miss Washington 2013, Reina Almon.

Exactly a year later, Schendel’s journey came to an end when she passed the torch to Miss Washington 2013 Reina Almon, but the 2008 Hazen High School graduate reflected fondly on her year representing the state.

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Calendar

August 30, 2013

Events

Rosh Hashanah celebration (Jewish New Year), 7 p.m. Sept. 4, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave. S.E., www.beittikvah.us

Newcastle Days, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way

Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education, late registration closes at 8:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 8, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, register at http://bit.ly/16iUZlF, $30/adults, $20/students, $15/kids

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Celebrate best of the city at Newcastle Days

August 30, 2013

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

The daylong event at Lake Boren Park will look a bit different, though. The car show and many of the vendor tents have been scrapped, replaced by a large pay-for-play area featuring a climbing wall, obstacle course and more.

File Newcastle Days attendees play with a vintage hand cranked corn mill at the 2012 event.

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Newcastle Days attendees play with a vintage hand cranked corn mill at the 2012 event.

The celebration still has old favorites, including displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden.

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Alan White is set to rock Newcastle Days

August 30, 2013

At first glance, Alan White is just like any other Newcastle resident.

He enjoys walks at Lake Boren Park, attends city events such as Newcastle Days or Concerts in the Park, and even finds time to hit the links at The Golf Club at Newcastle from time to time.

Jerry & Lois Photography Alan White, the longtime drummer for ‘Yes,’ brings his band ‘White’ to Newcastle Days.

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Alan White, the longtime drummer for ‘Yes,’ brings his band ‘White’ to Newcastle Days.

What sets White apart from other residents, though, is the fact that he is a bona fide rock star, having played alongside industry legends, including John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker.

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Police blotter

August 30, 2013

Stolen car

A vehicle parked in the garage of a home in the 12000 block of Southeast 93rd Street was stolen between the evening of July 31 and the morning of Aug. 1. As was her practice, the vehicle owner left the car doors unlocked and the keys on the dashboard after parking the car, but a family member forgot to close the garage door that evening.

 

Patriot plumbing

Several plumbing and bathroom fixtures were stolen from the construction site at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., between July 29 and Aug. 2.

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