Test your Newcastle history knowledge — Part 4

December 4, 2013

The city of Newcastle is home to a rich coal-mining history that is celebrated at every Newcastle Days.

In 2012, Mayor Rich 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.

Below, we’ve printed a few of the questions, which highlight interesting facts about the history of the Newcastle community.

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City Council changes street name

December 4, 2013

A 1 1/2-mile stretch of road in the south end of the city is about to get one mouthful of a new name.

Effective Jan. 1, drivers traversing the Southeast 88th Street corridor will officially be traveling along Southeast May Creek Park Drive.

The City Council approved the name change at its Nov. 5 meeting, setting one continuous name for the street that begins off Coal Creek Parkway as Southeast 89th Place and actually changes names six times along its route.

“This goes back to 2002, when the council then first decided that for its major directional roads that rather than have multiple street numbers, that we have a name for the entire section to provide clear directions to people,” Councilman Bill Erxleben said in August when he suggested the change.

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Donate to toy drives

December 4, 2013

Bartell Drugs is collecting holiday gifts for children in need during the 10th annual Salvation Army Toy ‘N’ Joy drive.

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youths the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at local stores through Dec. 14. The Newcastle store is at 6939 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

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December 4, 2013

Shop Small, Shop Local in Newcastle

A sticker at the entrance of Sweet Decadence Chocolates reads, “I shop Newcastle. It’s home.”

Even though the popular chocolate shop is set to relocate to Renton shortly, the phrase never rang truer as the nation celebrated Small Business Saturday Nov. 30.

The annual promotion, initiated by American Express in 2010, encourages holiday shoppers to patronize the storefronts right in their own hometown.

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December 4, 2013

Sorry, CCUD, for the incorrect statement at meeting

This is an apology to Robert Russell, general manager of the Coal Creek Utility District.

The Coal Creek Utility District cares about the quality service they provide to Newcastle and the surrounding area. At the recent Town Hall meeting, I misspoke when I said it didn’t care about how it bills for streetlights. I apologize.

The district does care. It has been working diligently this past year, checking all 90 streetlighting districts to make sure that every customer is billed correctly. It found 51 customers had been left off the lists, out of the more than 1,700 customers who pay for streetlights.

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Little Rhody Park gets second life

December 4, 2013

A public land parcel in the west end of the city will get some kid-friendly park improvements in 2014.

The City Council allocated $60,000 in its 2014 budget for the development of Little Rhody Park, at Southeast 80th Street and 113th Avenue Southeast intersection.

“It means a lot to the residents on that side of the city,” said Newcastle Public Works Director Mark Rigos, who worked closely with neighbors to craft a vision for the park.

The land is currently little more than dirt and shrubs. Improvements will come in the form of a playground geared toward children ages 5-12.

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Police blotter

December 4, 2013

You’re a star

A black van with a star logo was stolen from the parking lot of Newport Crossing apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway, between the evening of Oct. 26 and the afternoon of Oct. 27. The car had been locked and legally parked.


Nothing to be found

An unknown suspect rummaged through two vehicles parked in the 8800 block of 125th Place Southeast between the evening of Nov. 4 and the morning of Nov. 5. Nothing was damaged or taken from the vehicles.

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The Play’s the Thing

December 4, 2013

Plays loom large in our family background. We’ve produced skits on Thanksgiving Day for years, terrifying orphan invitees and leading a grandson to sing in loud and crowded karaoke bars today.

I was introduced to the joys of acting in the second grade, when we were barely able to string together decent sentences or walk without tripping. In spite of this, our teacher — who had clearly chosen the wrong profession — had us onstage in powdered wigs and long dresses, reciting lines of dialogue and doing the minuet.


Although the acting part was fun for me, I was most taken with the process of creation. Because of my naturally overbearing and bossy nature, I started directing my sisters in plays that we put on for our parents and anyone in the neighborhood that we could entice with free ice cream and cake.

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Troop 499 to collect Christmas trees for annual fundraiser

December 4, 2013

Newcastle’s Boy Troop 499 will begin circulating through local neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 to collect Christmas trees from homes for disposal.

The group will go through neighborhoods several times, until 2 p.m., for its annual fundraiser.

Homeowners may place their trees at the curb of their home for pickup. Donations for the Scouts are accepted by placing a Ziploc bag and envelope addressed to Troop 499 at 8042 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, WA 98056, on the tree. Donations can also be mailed to that address.

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Santa Claus makes annual return trip to Newport Hills

December 4, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to the Newport Hills neighborhood Dec. 14.

Led by a Bellevue Fire Department engine, he’ll tour the neighborhood, hand out treats and collect canned food for those in need.

Contributed Santa tours the Newport Hills neighborhood at a previous December event.

Santa tours the Newport Hills neighborhood at a previous December event.

The tour begins at 9 a.m. departing from the fire station on Newcastle Way. After snaking through the community, the tour will end at the Newport Hills Community Shopping Center at 1 p.m.

Santa’s visit is sponsored by the Newport Hills Community Club and local merchants.

View a map of Santa’s route, and learn more about the event at http://bit.ly/newporthillssanta.


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