Public works director leaving for North Bend

June 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Mark Rigos, outgoing Newcastle Public Works director, with his son Alexander, speaks at the May Creek Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Mark Rigos, outgoing Newcastle Public Works director, with his son Alexander, speaks at the May Creek Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.

Newcastle Public Works Director Mark Rigos has only worked with the city for three years, but his impact on the community is so great that when he announced his resignation, at least one resident became emotional at the thought of losing him. Read more

Summer events lined up

June 5, 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

D-Day flyover scheduled for anniversary

June 5, 2014

Four P-51 Mustangs from the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field will do a flyover of Newcastle’s Lake Boren Park on June 6, the anniversary of D-Day.

They’re not unlike the ones Regency Newcastle resident Roy Alldritt flew as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

In fact, Alldritt, a fighter pilot, was there June 6, 1944, among the 13,000 aircraft supporting the invasion that experts call the beginning of the end of World War II.

“I got in on the invasion and there was just a lot of action,” he recalled. “You just didn’t have any relaxation or anything.” Read more

Hazen’s new principal comes home

June 5, 2014

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When new Hazen High School Principal Kate O’Brien officially begins her duties July 1, she certainly won’t need a tour of her workplace.

O’Brien knows the Hazen halls very well, because she roamed them as student, having graduated from the school in 2000.

“There’s no hiding from me, I know where you all are. I know all the spots,” she joked when talking about her familiarity with the school. Read more

Candidates file for public office, August primary

June 5, 2014

Local voters will have to choose candidates in an August primary.

King County candidate filing week ended May 16 with more than two applicants in a race for the local Congressional representative.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) seeks re-election against three challengers, one of which should be very familiar to Newcastle voters.

Former Newcastle resident Mark Greene, who last year unsuccessfully ran for Newcastle City Council, is one of the candidates who hope to unseat Smith. Greene now lives in Federal Way. Democrat Don Rivers and Republican Doug Basler also filed for the 9th Congressional seat. Read more

Police blotter

June 5, 2014

Mailbox damage

An unknown suspect tore a mailbox from its post and pried open the door in the 8000 block of 116th Avenue Southeast on May 2. It is unknown if there was any mail stolen.

Seedless and sweet

A watermelon was among the items taken from a car parked in the 7400 block of Newcastle Golf Club Road between May 3 and 4. An unknown suspect also caused $1,500 in damage to the car’s rear passenger window and door. Read more

Liberty PTSA hosts recycling drive

June 5, 2014

Newcastle residents can donate unwanted items at the Liberty High School PTSA electronics recycling drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 at Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., Renton.

Accepted items include working and broken electronics, appliances, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, batteries, fitness equipment, medical equipment, lawnmowers and barbecues. Computers, laptops, printers, scanners and other computer parts are also accepted.

A suggested donation of at least $10 is encouraged. The money raised will go toward senior events for the Liberty class of 2016.

Newcastle at 20

June 5, 2014

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Trails club to celebrate National Trails Day June 7

June 5, 2014

Newcastle Trails will celebrate National Trails Day on June 7, with a special walking tour of the May Creek Trail from 10 a.m. to noon.

Prior to the walk, sponsored by Newcastle Trails and Weed Warriors, a speaker will talk about native edible plants along the trail. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the Lake Boren Park map kiosk near the restrooms, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Jim Price joined Garry Kampen, Giles Velte and other trail enthusiasts in 2002 to form Newcastle Trails, and his wife Peggy Price joined soon after. Since, Newcastle has become a “trail city” with a network of trails that provides access throughout the city and connects to trails in Bellevue, Renton and Issaquah.

Issaquah Press Inc. General Manager Joe Heslet to speak at chamber

June 5, 2014

Joe Heslet, general manager of Issaquah Press Inc., will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s June 11 luncheon.

Heslet oversees operations of The Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News. He will talk about how to create advertising retention with top-of-mind awareness.

Before joining Issaquah Press Inc. in October 2013, some of his more noteworthy career experiences include his tenure as director of sales and advertising at the Puget Sound Business Journal, general sales manager for Fisher Communications’ KOMO and KVI stations, and founding and leading his own research firm.

The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. June 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP for the luncheon at http://bit.ly/1lb7n0c.

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