Chamber to host local sports reporter March 12

March 10, 2014

NEW — 9:55 a.m. March 10, 2014

Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio host Bill Swartz will be the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s featured speaker at its March 12 luncheon.

Swartz will talk about all things Seattle sports, from the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win to an early outlook on the Mariners’ chances in 2014.

A longtime resident of Newcastle and a familiar voice at KOMO radio for 18 years and KIRO radio for 10 years, Swartz is now with CBS radio sports station in Seattle, 1090 AM The Fan. Swartz and Steve Sandmeyer co-host the only local talk show on The Fan, weekdays from 3-6 p.m.

Lunch begins at 11 a.m. at Tapatio Mexican Grill, and costs $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonchamber members.

Daylight saving time ends March 9

March 7, 2014

NEW — 5:15 p.m. March 7, 2014

Remember to set your clocks forward one hour when daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. March 9.

The AllStateBlog recommends using the occasion to performing other seasonal home maintenance, including:

  • Replace smoke/carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
  • Flip or rotate your mattress.
  • Schedule a furnace inspection.
  • Call a chimney sweep.
  • Drain your water heater. (Energy.gov suggests doing this every three months.)

Police seek witnesses of March 5 incident

March 6, 2014

NEW — 4:25 p.m. March 6, 2014

Newcastle Police are looking for contact information for anyone who was fundraising door-to-door in the 12500 block of Southeast 70th on March 5, between 4:45-6:45 p.m.

They are not suspects in any crime, wrote Chief Melinda Irvine in a city e-alert, but they may be witnesses to an incident that occurred in the area.

If you live in that area and were contacted by anyone during the listed period, please contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at Christy.Marsalisi@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9140.

Whenever you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to call 911 or the police non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, and have an officer respond to investigate. If possible, write down a license plate number if there is a vehicle and get a good description of those involved.  Read more

Renton Technical College student earns prestigious honor

March 6, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. March 6, 2014

Nicklaus Madison

Nicklaus Madison

Nicklaus Madison, a student at Renton Technical College, has been named the state’s 2014 New Century Scholar.

Only 51 community college students from the United States, Canada and American Samoa have received this honor.  Madison and the other award recipients will split a total of $102,000 in scholarship funds. Read more

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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