Newcastle Days 2014

August 29, 2014

Wastewater system repair to close parkway lane Sept. 2

August 29, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2014

Bellevue utilities crews will close the outside, northbound lane on Coal Creek Parkway at Forest Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The closure is necessary to make repairs to the sidewalk, manhole and wastewater system. If crews find repairs are going to take longer than one day, the lane closure may last multiple days.

For questions on the road closure, call Bellevue Utilities Operations and Maintenance at 452-7840.

Newcastle Days celebrates 20 years

August 29, 2014

The city of Newcastle officially turned 20 this year.

While the area is home to a century’s worth of coal-mining history, it was only in 1994 that the city became the Newcastle it is today. There were 7,000 residents in the city at the time of incorporation, a number that has grown to more than 10,400.

And as with any birthday milestone, it’s time for a celebration, and it comes in the form of the city’s annual Newcastle Days festival Sept. 6.

“Really, when you think about it, 20 years isn’t old for even a tree, but there’s been a huge amount of change here in Newcastle in the last 20 years,” said Community Activities Commission Chairwoman Diane Lewis, one of the festival’s organizers. Read more

Historical Society preps for busy September

August 29, 2014

Historical Society 2014

The Newcastle Historical Society is in for a busy September with programming at Newcastle Days, the Newcastle Library and the Renton History Museum. Read more

Newcastle teen hailed as ‘future of flight’

August 29, 2014

Jordan Fletcher

Jordan Fletcher

In the June 2014 issue of Alaska Airlines magazine, the company’s vice president of human resources wrote that she has seen the future of flight, and it is indeed very bright.

Tammy Young was talking specifically about 14-year-old Jordan Fletcher, a smart, deep-thinking Newcastle teenager with his eyes perpetually toward the skies.

Jordan already has his future aviation career planned out, and he hasn’t even entered high school. It begins with a specialized education at the prestigious Raisbeck Aviation High School, followed by a stint in the Air Force Academy. Read more

City’s 20 years come full circle in festival performance

August 29, 2014

Contributed Gil Rene, whose band played at the city's incorporation, returns to perform at the 20th anniversary.

Gil Rene, whose band played at the city’s incorporation, returns to perform at the 20th anniversary.

When 2014 Newcastle Days performer Gil René looks in the mirror, it doesn’t quite reflect the image of himself that he has built in his mind. Read more

Newcastle native inspires PEMCO’s newest Northwest Profile

August 29, 2014

PEMCO Insurance introduced audiences to Sandals & Socks Guy, Goat Renter Guy and First Snowflake Freakout Lady through its offbeat advertising campaign highlighting Northwest Profiles.

Now, you can add Nothing Between Me and My Tan Man to the list of quirky Northwest characters, thanks to inspiration from Newcastle native Alex Bell.

Bell, a 2009 Liberty High School graduate, won a PEMCO video contest in 2012, as the company sought new profiles for its “We’re A Lot Like You. A Little Different.” advertising campaign. Read more

Newcastle in line for Lake Boren grant

August 29, 2014

The city of Newcastle is in line to receive a $225,000 King County Flood Control District grant that will help ease flooding at Lake Boren.

The district’s executive committee recommended Aug. 18 that Newcastle receive a portion of $2.6 million in grants available from a newly created program aimed at reducing the impact of local flooding.

“This grant funding will allow the city of Newcastle to address longstanding flooding issues dating back prior to the city’s incorporation,” Reagan Dunn, King County Councilman representing Newcastle and chairman of the King County Flood Control District, said in a news release.

The city of Newcastle’s Lake Boren flooding mitigation project will receive $255,000 to improve the outlet channel by clearing and removing any overflow blockages at Boren Creek. Read more

Nominations continue for 2014 Diamond Awards

August 29, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards will be an elegant evening affair, hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Nominations are already coming in for the Nov. 20 ceremony that honors Newcastle’s top community members. Get to know one of the nominees below, and be sure to cast your nominations at

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Chamber to host King County sheriff

August 29, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host King County Sheriff John Urquhart at its September luncheon.

Urquhart will give an update on all that’s happening at the King County Sheriff’s Office, and answer audience questions. The city of Newcastle contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 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

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