Energize Eastside, marijuana and more on July 1 City Council agenda

June 30, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. June 30, 2014

The Newcastle City Council is in for what appears to be a busy night as it meets July 1 for its first meeting of the month.

The evening begins with a citizen presentation about Energize Eastside. The Olympus Homeowners Association will offer its thoughts on the Puget Sound Energy project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, slated to bring new, higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The council will hold a total of five public hearings on the night, attached to five corresponding ordinances.

One of the more noteworthy ordinances involves consideration of a moratorium on marijuana business activity. At the city’s town hall, a majority of residents polled said they are not in favor of marijuana processing, production or retail establishments in Newcastle. Read more

Fireworks to light up the sky for Newcastle’s Fourth of July

June 25, 2014

NEW — 11:40 a.m. June 25, 2014

Fireworks will again grace the Newcastle skies this Fourth of July, and this time for more than a few minutes.

Attendees at last year’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Boren Park will remember that technical difficulties shortened what was supposed to be a 12-minute fireworks display.

The Olympia-based company Entertainment Fireworks Inc. took full responsibility for the problems, City Manager Rob Wyman said last year. Newcastle will contract with the company again for its 2014 fireworks show, with assurances the issues won’t occur again.

“I have spoken with the owner multiple times on the phone and he has assured me 200 percent that we will not have the problem again,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle’s community activities liaison. “They’ve got a very, very experienced pyrotechnician that’s going to be working with us.” Read more

Richard Mellish named Newcastle Elementary principal

June 23, 2014

NEW — 2:45 p.m. June 23, 2014

The lions have a new leader.

Richard Mellish will take over as Newcastle Elementary School’s principal, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced in an email to the school community.

Mellish comes to Newcastle from the Mercer Island School District, where he served as principal of West Mercer Elementary School.

“If there is one core value that I would share initially, it would be the value of community,” Mellish said. “I believe that for students to grow and learn at their best, strong collaboration and partnerships among the staff team and with our families is critical. Read more

County to host meeting about efforts to keep May Creek clean

June 20, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. June 20, 2014

King County employees will host a public meeting June 23 to discuss their work over the last few months to design roadside bioretention swales.

The swales will help keep May Creek clean, as officials look to improve water quality in the May Creek watershed for the benefit of all.

At the 6 p.m. June 23 Renton meeting, employees will discuss how the locations were chosen, how roadside bioretention swales help clean stormwater runoff and how the project could affect May Creek-area residents.

The meeting is at the Lord of Life Church, 12819 160th Ave. S.E., Renton.

For more information, to request special accommodations, translation or interpreter services, contact Claire Jonson, 206-477-4720 or claire.jonson@kingcounty.gov.

Hazen and Liberty High School Graduations / June 2014

June 18, 2014

Newcastle’s Tony Ventrella stars in ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’

June 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2014

Newcastle resident Tony Ventrella will star as the title character in a local production of “Tuesdays with Morrie” June 20-21 at Redmond’s Evergreen Family Theatre.

The play, based on the Mitch Albom memoir, chronicles Albom’s 14 Tuesdays getting reacquainted with his beloved sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, all while Schwartz slowly succumbs to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Ventrella, who plays Schwartz, has three remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. June 20-21 and 2 p.m. June 21. Tickets are $12-$14. The Evergreen Family Theatre is housed in the RedWood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road.

Learn more at www.evergreenfamilytheatre.org.

Three public hearings on June 17 City Council agenda

June 16, 2014

NEW — 3:30 p.m. June 16, 2014

The Newcastle City Council will meet at City Hall for the first time this month June 17, with a regular meeting agenda that calls for three public hearings.

The first public hearing is attached to discussion of the city’s 2015-2020 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP is a state-required planning tool that ensures each city maintains advanced plans toward carrying out a coordinated transportation program.

The second public hearing is connected to discussion of the city’s transportation impact fee update and the third is in conjunction with a talk about the city’s parks impact fee.

Impact fees are a comprehensive grouping of charges based on new development within a local municipality. These fees are assessed to pay for capital facility improvement projects necessitated by new development. Read more

Learn about native edibles June 21

June 13, 2014

NEW — 4:45 p.m. June 13, 2014

What did Pacific Northwest natives eat before Safeway and McDonald’s dotted the landscape?

They relied on everything that the surrounding nature and forests had to offer.

Newcastle resident Reed Ingalls will share his knowledge of nutrient rich edible plants found in local forests and fields in a 10 a.m. June 21 presentation at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

Ingalls, an avid hiker and backpacker, is the Weed Warriors’ secretary, and is a team member with the National Wildlife Federation’s effort to certify Newcastle as a Wildlife Habitat Community.

Newcastle Police catch car prowler

June 11, 2014

NEW — 5:10 p.m. June 11, 2014

A 23-year-old Renton man will be charged in connection with eight car prowls and one shed break-in that occurred in Newcastle May 30-June 2, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Detective Christy Marsalisi caught the man when an observant employee saw him checking vehicles in a business parking lot, Irvine said.

“He later confessed to additional crimes,” she said. “In his confession, the man told us he threw some items he did not want in the bushes.”

Residents are encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch at 206-296-3311 if they find any property of value. Also, if you had items stolen from your car and did not report it, call the non-emergency number, or file a report online at www.reporttosheriff.org. Read more

Liberty basketball team hosts 3-on-3 tourney June 14

June 11, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.

Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.

Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.

“I was so thankful for everybody’s generosity,” Liberty basketball coach Omar Parker said. “I looked out at all the people there to support Liberty basketball, and I got a little emotional.” Read more

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