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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Newcastle News goes around the world!

March 5, 2014

Catia Magalhaes, Dolce Vita Salon nail technician, took Newcastle News home to Portugal over the holidays to show off the photo of the salon team featured in the Who’s Who section.
Going somewhere? Take a copy of the Newcastle News with you, snap a photo, send it to newcastle@isspress.com and we’ll feature it in an upcoming issue!

Contributed Newcastle News goes around the world! Catia Magalhaes, Dolce Vita Salon nail technician, took Newcastle News home to Portugal over the holidays to show off the photo of the salon team featured in the Who’s Who section. Going somewhere? Take a copy of the Newcastle News with you, snap a photo, send it to newcastle@isspress.com and we’ll feature it in an upcoming issue!

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Editorial

March 5, 2014

Be the 12th man while doing some good

Congratulations, Seahawks and Seahawks fans. The 43-8 Super Bowl win against Denver makes us proud to be Northwest residents. And kudos to the Seahawks organization for the way it has embraced the 12th man concept — saying we fans are part of the team.

Online sports columnist Art Thiel (www.sportspressnw.com) said the number 12 seems to have significance for the Seahawks.

“If you’re into sports numerology, Seattle scored 12 seconds into the first half, and 12 seconds into the second half,” he wrote. “For the long-suffering 12s, the symbolism goes beyond coincidence.”

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Newcastle Chamber sets date for 2014 Diamond Awards

March 5, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce has selected a date for the 2014 Newcastle Diamond Awards.

“We’re rolling out the red carpet again for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at The Golf Club at Newcastle,” Imelda Dulcich, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce executive director, said in a statement.

This will be the second year the Diamond Awards takes place in the evening at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Based on last year’s successful event, the chamber board determined that it would continue with the evening time frame and format in 2014.

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At last

March 5, 2014

I don’t consider myself to be unlucky, but I also don’t think of myself as someone who wins a lot. In fact the only thing that I can remember winning was in grade school: an Easter bunny cake that the nuns raffled off to benefit poor people in China. I was thrilled when my name was chosen, but less thrilled when I realized what a month on display in the sunshine atop the radiator does to a bunny cake. The coconut fur was the consistency of steel wool, and you needed a circular saw to carve yourself a piece.

In time I became familiar with defeat, and always attempted to be gracious and magnanimous, so I feel especially comfortable in Seattle, the bridesmaid but never the bride, close but no cigar, loud but no Lombardi. The Sonics left, the Mariners disappoint and the Seahawks … well, the Seahawks …

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Chamber president steps down

March 5, 2014

A job opportunity is pulling Paul Reynolds, Regency Newcastle’s sales and marketing director, away from the area, forcing him to step down as president of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

Sara Biancofiori

Sara Biancofiori

The announcement was made at the chamber’s Feb. 12 luncheon. Chamber Vice President Sara Biancofiori will take over the role of president. Biancofiori is the Coal Creek Family YMCA’s associate executive director.

Former chamber president Angela Wingate will fill the vacant vice president position.

Calendar

March 5, 2014

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 12, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker is Bill Swartz, of Sports with Swartz, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, 206-618-5641

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce After Hours Social, 5-7 p.m. March 20, RSVP or learn details as they become available by calling 206-618-5641

Chamber Networking Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m. March 26, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, free, call 206-618-5641

Friends of the Newcastle Library book sale: 3-9 p.m. March 26 (members only); 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 28 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29 (open to public); Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

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