Notes from Newcastle: Celebrate 20 years of community

August 29, 2014

In honor of Newcastle’s 20th anniversary, we asked Councilman John Dulcich, a member of the city’s original council, to write this month’s Notes from Newcastle column.

It has been an honor and a privilege to be involved as a leader in Newcastle over the past 20 years.


John D. Dulcich

Although our city officially incorporated in 1994, Newcastle was actually founded in 1869 as a coal-mining town. The coal carried from Newcastle helped spur early development in the region and was instrumental in making the Port of Seattle the dominant West Coast seaport that it is today. Read more

Police blotter

August 29, 2014

Astro van

A neighbor in the 7300 block of 134th Avenue Southeast reported seeing a suspicious red 1980s Astro van casing the neighborhood the early morning of Aug. 1. She saw the van park next to a neighbor’s Honda Civic for 10 minutes. It was later found that the Civic was broken into and had items missing.

License larceny

License plates were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 7400 block of Newcastle Golf Club Road between July 22 and Aug. 2.

Third time’s the charm

The same vehicle, a 1997 Honda Civic, was stolen between Aug. 2 and 3 from the Coal Creek Park Condominiums, 13209 Newcastle Way, for the third time in the last eight months. Read more


August 29, 2014

Why did our city commissioners vote to support illegal drug dealers?

The recent announcement that our city commissioners voted to prohibit consideration of the possible establishment of state-monitored and state-taxed retail outlets for marijuana constitutes a vote to continue the monopoly of the illegal dug trade.

Despite the democratic vote of the public to legalize limited recreational use and sale of marijuana under controlled conditions designed to protect the public and our children, our commissioners voted to act against the public’s will by placing a moratorium on considering retail outlets in Newcastle.

This appears to be a misguided intention to keep marijuana out of Newcastle. Read more

Editorial: School begins with need for volunteers

August 29, 2014

On Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah and Renton school districts will walk their children to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.

Finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee.

But wait, your school needs you. The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

But the best volunteer jobs may be working directly with students. Parents, grandparents and other citizens are always welcome to just listen to children read. For a bigger role, ask about becoming a mentor, helping guide a child in his or her social development and studies — or sometimes just to be there to listen. Read more

September calendar

August 29, 2014


Newcastle Days, food, games and music by the lake, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 10, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker King County Sheriff John Urquhart, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at

Chamber Networking Breakfast, guest speaker Beth A. McDaniel presents “Taking Care of Business: the six most important documents,” 7:15-8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, free, register at

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The Great Bishop’s Weed War of 2014

August 29, 2014

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I loved my grandfather’s garden when I was a child. There were brick walkways under grape arbors, a fish pond surrounded by waving grasses and weathered little outbuildings. It was a magical place to play. I have fond memories of the Bishop’s Weed that was captured between the driveway and the house foundation. Please note that word: “captured.” And not only was it captured, but its roots were regularly frozen solid during the harsh Illinois winters. Read more

Wife of former councilman dies

August 29, 2014

Ann Marie Putter, the wife of longtime Newcastle City Councilman Sonny Putter, passed away Aug. 14.

Ann Marie was a graduate of Sammamish High School and the University of Southern California, where she studied music and music therapy.

Sonny served as a council member for 17 of the city’s 20 years, retiring from his post at the end of 2011. In 1994, he was elected to a 20-month term on the interim City Council. He was re-elected for four more consecutive terms.

Ann Marie is survived by her husband Sonny and son Yoni. A service was held in her honor in Shoreline on Aug. 17.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Jewish Federation, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Kline Galland Home or a charity of your choice.

HomeStreet Bank raises $50,000 at golf club

August 29, 2014

HomeStreet Bank and law firm Davis Wright Tremaine raised $50,000 for two Seattle nonprofits at the second annual charity golf tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle July 9.

Bellwether Housing and YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish will each receive $25,000.

Bellwether Housing provides affordable rental housing for low-wage working people and their families and for low-income seniors. YWCA Seattle-King Snohomish works to combat racism and empower women in local communities, moving women and families out of crisis and into safe and independent living environments and lifestyles.

The event was a sell-out, with 288 golfers participating on the China Creek and Coal Creek courses. Golfers included HomeStreet management and directors, DWT lawyers, clients, event sponsors and other members of the greater Puget Sound community.

Schools welcome new principals in changing of the guard

August 29, 2014

Students and staff members will notice some new faces roaming the halls when the 2014-2015 school year kicks off in September.

Both Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools will welcome new principals, while Hazen High School welcomes back a familiar face to lead its students.

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Rich Mellish will take over for outgoing Principal Marla Newton, who secured a position in the Federal Way School District.

Judy Busch will come out of retirement to temporarily assume the Hazelwood principal spot left open by Principal Cindy Farnsworth, who is now at the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Read more

Meet the 2014-2015 class officers

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Hazen High School Associated Student Body executive board officers are (from left) Katie Dunn, Highlander Club Girls; Nolan Hoover, Highlander Club Boys; Annie Dang, vice president; Kyle Hanis, president; Johnny Le, secretary; Paul Charbonneau, treasurer; and D.J. Anderson, historian. View the full slate of photos from both Liberty and Hazen at

By Greg Farrar
Hazen High School Associated Student Body executive board officers are (from left) Katie Dunn, Highlander Club Girls; Nolan Hoover, Highlander Club Boys; Annie Dang, vice president; Kyle Hanis, president; Johnny Le, secretary; Paul Charbonneau, treasurer; and D.J. Anderson, historian. View the full slate of photos from both Liberty and Hazen at

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