Newcastle business shares 20th anniversary with city

March 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Jewelers team, celebrating its 20th anniversary along with the city, is a tight-knit group led by (from left) owners Wayne and Joan Underwood and staff member Sylvia Mauerman. Mingo the poodle serves as a trustworthy watchdog.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Newcastle Jewelers team, celebrating its 20th anniversary along with the city, is a tight-knit group led by (from left) owners Wayne and Joan Underwood and staff member Sylvia Mauerman. Mingo the poodle serves as a trustworthy watchdog.

The new business cards still had the warmth of a fresh printing when husband and wife Wayne and Joan Underwood decided to open a jewelry store along Coal Creek Parkway in 1994.

The cards read “Highlands East Jewelers,” but the name was shortly scrapped when the city of Newcastle was incorporated. Thus, Newcastle Jewelers was born.

“It was a new city, and we thought we’d support them with this name,” Joan said.

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Issaquah schools levies pass handily

March 5, 2014

Three Issaquah School District levy proposals passed with flying colors, according to elections results.

Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.

The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy passed with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.

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Mayor touts ‘small-town feel’ of city

March 5, 2014

The Newcastle mayor made his annual visit to the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and for the first time, it was newly elected Mayor Steve Buri who spoke to the audience of residents and local business leaders Feb. 12.

In an approximately 20-minute address, Buri talked about his love of Newcastle’s sense of community, and he updated citizens about improvements to Lake Boren Park, development of the Mutual Materials site and a potential new project to expand the May Creek Trail.

Buri, who assumed the mayor’s role in January, introduced himself before discussing city matters. He moved to Newcastle in 1998, he said, where he and his wife quickly fell in love with the city.

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Former Newcastle resident has ducks, and Seahawks, in a row

March 5, 2014

As the Seattle Seahawks paraded through city streets Feb. 5, basking in the glow of the organization’s first Super Bowl win, one image stood out among the rest.

The visual of Skittles-munching running back Marshawn Lynch sitting on the hood of a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle brought a smile to fans’ faces.

File Mikie Coffman, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, was instrumental in helping to transport the Seahawks through Seattle during their celebratory Super Bowl parade.

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Mikie Coffman, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, was instrumental in helping to transport the Seahawks through Seattle during their celebratory Super Bowl parade.

The Seahawks employed Ride the Ducks, a service that provides fun, scenic tours of Seattle, to usher the players across the parade route. It’s a company that also happens to bear a Newcastle connection.

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Back tracking: an ongoing series about the history of Newcastle

March 5, 2014

Courtesy of the Issaquah History Museums, 97-15-32 A 1921 Newcastle baseball team poses for a team picture. Baseball was the company sport during that time. Each mine had at least one baseball team. They played against other mines as far north as Nanaimo, British Columbia, and as far east as Roslyn.

Courtesy of the Issaquah History Museums, 97-15-32

A 1921 Newcastle baseball team poses for a team picture. Baseball was the company sport during that time. Each mine had at least one baseball team. They played against other mines as far north as Nanaimo, British Columbia, and as far east as Roslyn.

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2014

Get a start on fitness at your local library

Not long ago, I found myself walking up a moderate incline of a driveway, realizing my heart was beating a little faster and my breath was a little harder to catch than the situation warranted. My first thought — “Hmm, maybe an iron deficiency?” It didn’t take but another step or two for me to recognize that, nope, I’m simply out of shape.

Vicki Heck

Vicki Heck

I’ve always considered myself a fit person. I eat right, do yoga and walk. But, on closer inspection of my days, I see my life has changed. I sit at work, my senior dogs don’t go as fast or as far on our walks and my gym membership has lapsed. Busy days make it tough to squeeze in one more thing, so how am I going to get motivated?

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Orville McDonald fills Planning Commission vacancy

March 5, 2014

The Newcastle City Council has appointed resident Orville McDonald to fill the Planning Commission vacancy left by Deputy Mayor John Drescher.

McDonald is a senior product manager at Microsoft, and has background in acquiring and managing rental properties, as well as land development.

Orville McDonald 2013

Orville McDonald

“Having lived in a variety of places, what drew my young family and I to Newcastle is the sense of community and how well it has been laid out,” he wrote in his application.

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Street becomes a drive

March 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Street becomes a drive The Southeast 88th Street corridor was officially rebranded as Southeast May Creek Park Drive, after city staff installed 15 to 20 new signs along the street at the beginning of February. The City Council approved the name change in November, setting one continuous name for the street that begins off Coal Creek Parkway as Southeast 89th Place and actually changed names six times along its route.

By Christina Corrales-Toy

The Southeast 88th Street corridor was officially rebranded as Southeast May Creek Park Drive, after city staff installed 15 to 20 new signs along the street at the beginning of February. The City Council approved the name change in November, setting one continuous name for the street that begins off Coal Creek Parkway as Southeast 89th Place and actually changed names six times along its route.

 

 

Friends group hosts book sale

March 5, 2014

The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host its annual book sale March 26-29.

The sale begins March 26 for paid members of the Friends group. Only members will be allowed to purchase books that day, from 3-9 p.m. Memberships will be available at the library door.

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March. File

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March.
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It continues through Saturday with sales open to the public. The sale begins at 10 a.m. the three remaining days, but wraps up at 9 p.m. March 27, at 6 p.m. March 28 and at 5 p.m. March 29.

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County voters to decide on tax, fee hikes for roads, buses

March 5, 2014

King County voters will decide in April on a $60 car-tab fee and a tenth-of-a-cent sales-tax increase for roads and buses.

On Feb. 24, the Metropolitan King County Council also passed a 25-cent fare increase for bus riders starting in 2015. Peak one-zone fares are $2.50 now, and peak-two-zone fares are $3.

The increases make up a funding package county officials pulled together to save King County Metro Transit from threatened service cuts of as much as 17 percent. County leaders hoped the state Legislature would act to save the bus system, but it didn’t.

The ballot measure would raise $130 million per year, $50 million of which would go to cities around the county to fix their streets. The rest would go toward restoring Metro service and fixing county-maintained roads.

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