Notes from Newcastle: The Prices of city trail maintenance

July 2, 2014

As the pleasant summer months approach, there is no better time to explore the city’s vast trail network under blue skies and warm temperatures.

You can find longtime Newcastle residents Jim and Peggy Price on the trails in rain or shine, though.

The husband-and-wife team is very active when it comes to preserving and expanding Newcastle’s walking trails. They were among the founders of the Newcastle Trails organization and continue to remain deeply involved in the nonprofit.

Peggy had a direct hand in designing, routing and building the Terrace Trail and the eastern portion of the May Creek Trail. She now spends a large portion of her weeks working on the CrossTown Trail, which will span from Coal Creek Parkway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Read more

Concerts in the Park start in July

July 2, 2014

By Amy Coppersmith Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

By Amy Coppersmith
Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off in July, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band, on July 23. Read more

Movin’ to Movies & Musicals

July 2, 2014

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By Greg Farrar
Girls in the Creative Movement 2 class perform the dance piece ‘Rainbow Connection’ to music sung by Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie.’

Cornerstone Studio’s annual dance recital June 22 revolved around ‘Movies and Musicals,’ at the Newport High School Performing Arts Center. Three shows featured two-dozen dance, ballet and tap numbers representing the music genres from classic and pop to hip-hop and rock. View the full slideshow from the event here.


Newcastle City Council roundup — July 1

July 2, 2014

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The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month July 1. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here and listen to the full meeting audio here.

Energize Eastside

Energize Eastside was back on the agenda for the first time since Puget Sound Energy’s April 1 presentation to the City Council.

This time, a citizen group had the chance to offer their own presentation about the project, in response the region’s growing power demands, which will bring new, higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside. Read more

Fireworks to light up city sky for the 4th

July 2, 2014

The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is set for Friday at Lake Boren Park.

Residents can start filing into the park at 6 p.m. July 4. Vendors will serve hot dogs, kettle corn and more. Soul Siren, a band whose appearance is sponsored by The Golf Club at Newcastle, will take the park stage from 8-10 p.m.

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Newcastle Library looking for ‘The Voice’

July 2, 2014

Winner to sing at library’s first naturalization ceremony

O say, can you sing “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

If so, the Newcastle Library wants to test your patriotic pipes at its July 12 singing competition.

“The Voice of the Newcastle Library” contest will crown a local crooner, who will then get the honor of singing the national anthem at the library’s first naturalization ceremony July 23.

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City gets pulse of its citizens at town hall

July 2, 2014

Feedback given on marijuana, work  at Lake Boren Park

About 130 residents armed with electronic voting clickers responded to poll questions at the city’s annual town hall meeting held June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Unlike the town hall in October, this meeting was less presentation-based and more about soliciting resident feedback on a variety of topics, including marijuana and Lake Boren Park improvements.

The electronic voting devices allowed residents to offer real-time responses, and gave City Council members and staff a better idea of their citizens’ priorities.

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Mack Strong hosts annual charity golf tournament

July 2, 2014

Former Seattle Seahawk, and Newcastle resident, Mack Strong will host his annual charity golf tournament and dinner auction July 16 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event, in its seventh year, supports Strong’s TEAM-WORKS Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Zoe to empower at-risk youths toward a better future.

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YMCA to close for annual facility improvements

July 2, 2014

The Coal Creek Family YMCA will close July 18-25, for annual cleaning and improvements.

Projects planned include intensive cleaning of the pools, spa and locker rooms; resurfacing the parking lot; and deep cleaning all carpet areas.

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Citizen groups to present about Energize Eastside

July 2, 2014

Andy Wappler, Puget Sound Energy’s vice president of corporate affairs, spoke about the company’s Energize Eastside project at the April 1 Newcastle City Council meeting.

Now, it’s the citizens’ turn to give their own presentations about the project. Newcastle resident Keith Hargis and the Olympus Homeowners Association offered their thoughts at the July 1 meeting.

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