Comment on street name change at tonight’s Council meeting

November 5, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. Nov. 5, 2013

The City Council will take public comments about a potential street name change at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 during its regular meeting at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200.

A 1.5-mile stretch of road in the south end of the city could get rebranded as May Creek Park Drive after the Newcastle City Council discussed it at its Aug. 20 meeting.

The street that begins off of Coal Creek Parkway as Southeast 89th Place actually changes names six times along its route, making it difficult to give directions, said Councilman Bill Erxleben, who suggested the name change.

The name change would add a certain prestige to the road, eliminate the confusion that comes with multiple street names and add a directional element since the road goes to the entrance of May Creek Park, Erxleben said. Read more

Reminder: Election ballots due Nov. 5

November 4, 2013

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Nov. 4, 2013

The general election is Nov. 5. Mailed ballots require first class postage and must be postmarked by Nov. 5. Voters can return their ballots without a stamp at a 24-hour drop box.

Newcastle’s closest drop box is in Renton, at the King County Elections building, 919 S.W. Grady Way. The box closes at 8 p.m. on election day. View a list of other drop boxes here.

Follow the directions on the ballot envelope for quick accounting. Place the ballot in the security envelope, seal all envelopes and sign the outer envelope, before depositing it in the drop box.

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Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries

November 1, 2013

NEW — 12:50 p.m. Nov. 1, 2013

Prepare to fall back as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 3.

Set clocks one hour behind before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Local public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.

The daylight saving time period lasts until March.

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