City’s town-hall meeting is June 3

May 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2014

The city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting will be held June 3.

The event, normally held in the fall, was moved up this year so the City Council can get the benefit of citizen input earlier on in the budget process.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from its citizens, so there will be a period for open audience questions, and the city will also solicit feedback through electronic voting devices again.

The meeting is an opportunity to meet up with neighbors, participate in city government and find out what’s going on in Newcastle.

The town hall meeting is from 7-9 p.m. June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.

Hazen band to perform at dance fundraiser

May 27, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. May 27, 2014

Fish out your vintage clothes and dancing shoes, and join the Hazen High School jazz band for a night of dancing May 29.

The band will take over the Rocking Horse Dance Barn for a family-friendly dance party to benefit the school’s band program.

It all starts at 7 p.m. with dance lessons, showing attendees how one cut-a-rug during the big-band swing days. The Hazen band will then perform tunes by swing-era greats from 7:45 -9:30 p.m.

Admission is $5, but donations to the Hazen band program are encouraged. All ages are invited. Read more

DJ’s Sportscards hosts Seahawks punter Jon Ryan

May 23, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. May 23, 2014

Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan will sign autographs from 7-8 p.m. May 28 at DJ’s Sportscards in the Renton Highlands.

Ryan will begin his seventh season with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in 2014. Ryan has set many NFL punting records and his deep punts have been key in pinning opponents deep in their territory and contributing mightily to Seahawks victories.

Visitors can bring their own items for Ryan to sign, or purchase photos at the store.

Autographs are free, and only one per person, though patrons are encouraged to contribute a voluntary donation to Shepherd’s Crook. The nonprofit ministry finds adoptive homes for special needs children from across the world. Read more

Chamber hosts Small Business Administration official

May 22, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. May 22, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host speaker Calvin W. Goings, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, at its May 28 breakfast.

As regional administrator, Goings leads the Small Business Administration’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. He will talk about how the U.S. Small Business Administration helps small businesses start, grow and succeed.

The breakfast, held at Regency Newcastle (7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road), is free to members and first-time attending guests. Arrive at 7:15 a.m. to network and register. It starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m.

Learn more about the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce at www.newcastle-chamber.org.

Newcastle City Council roundup — May 20

May 21, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. May 21, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its second meeting of the month May 20. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here and listen to the meeting audio here.

Neighbors call for speed bumps

A sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street used the first public comment period to express their concerns about speeding on that roadway.

“Our street has become a dragway,” one resident said. Read more

Marijuana, disc golf and more on May 20 City Council agenda

May 19, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. May 19, 2014

The Newcastle City Council will have its hand full with a loaded agenda featuring everything from marijuana legislation to a grant application for a disc golf course at its May 20 regular meeting.

The evening will begin with a presentation by a representative from A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH). Arthur Sullivan will talk about emergency shelter and daytime services for homeless.

In one of the more noteworthy agenda items, the council will review an ordinance imposing a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses and medical marijuana collective gardens within the city.

Before that, they’ll consider a applying for a grant for the construction of a disc golf course on a property located north of Southeast 95th. Also known as Frisbee golf, it involves throwing flying discs at a target. Read more

Our hero, our friend

May 15, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. May 15, 2014

By Autumn Koepp Mayor John Dulcich stands with hundreds of mourners as they watch a procession of more than 450 police vehicles drive through Newcastle in honor of fallen Deputy Richard Herzog in 2002.

By Autumn Koepp
Mayor John Dulcich stands with hundreds of mourners as they watch a procession of more than 450 police vehicles drive through Newcastle in honor of fallen Deputy Richard Herzog in 2002.

May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, part of National Police Week, which recognizes the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. In honor of the day, we went through our archives and found this guest editorial penned by then-Newcastle Mayor John Dulcich in the July 12, 2002 Newcastle News issue. It is reprinted below in recognition of Deputy Rich Herzog’s sacrifice to the Newcastle community. Read more

Mayor, County Council recognize National Police Week

May 12, 2014

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 12, 2014

Rich Herzog

Rich Herzog

The Metropolitan King County Council and Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri today joined municipalities across the country in recognition of National Police Week, which occurs May 12–18.

National Police Week recognizes the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty, a sacrifice the city of Newcastle understands firsthand.

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog gave his life in service to the community while protecting the citizens of Newcastle during the apprehension of a suspect in 2002.  Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses. Read more

Chamber to host Rep. Adam Smith

May 10, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. May 10, 2014

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon. By Christina Corrales-Toy

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon.
By Christina Corrales-Toy

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Adam Smith at its May 14 luncheon. Read more

Reminder: Newcastle Library hosts volunteer fair

May 9, 2014

NEW — 2:20 p.m. May 9, 2014

Teens with a desire for lending a hand can explore a multitude of opportunities at the Newcastle Library’s May 10 teen volunteer fair.

Representatives from local community organizations that could use some volunteers will staff booths.

The event, from 2-4 p.m. at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, is sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

The fair is the result of an idea cultivated by the local teen leadership board. The board, which began as two separate entities affiliated with the Newcastle Library and Coal Creek Family YMCA, meets monthly to talk about things they’d like to see in the community.

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