City looks to fill commission vacancies

September 26, 2014

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Sept. 26, 2014

The city of Newcastle is looking for a few good volunteers to serve on the Community Activities Commission.

Two seats are available after the terms of longtime Commissioner Angela Ursino and Commissioner Vicki Hupf expired, and they elected to no longer continue on with the board.

Seven Newcastle residents serve on the commission, facilitating events and programs in the city. The city is looking for enthusiastic candidates, ready to enhance the quality of life in Newcastle.

“Commissioners are an important part of making Newcastle unique due to their involvement in projects that improve the city’s extensive trail system, create awareness of Newcastle’s historical and cultural heritage and provide opportunities for people to volunteer,” city staff wrote in a press release. “The work of this Commission directly contributes to the distinguishing characteristics of this city that lead Money magazine to name Newcastle one of the best small towns in America.” Read more

DJ’s Sportscards hosts Seahawks’ Robert Turbin

September 25, 2014

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014

Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin will sign autographs from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at DJ’s Sportscards in the Renton Highlands.

The Seahawks drafted Turbin in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Utah State product has since played a valuable role as the backup to Marshawn Lynch. He scored his first career touchdown in the Seahawks’ 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Visitors can bring their own items for Turbin to sign, or purchase photos at the store.

Autographs cost $10, though 100 percent of the proceeds go to Shepherd’s Crook. The nonprofit ministry finds adoptive homes for special needs children from across the world. Read more

Sign up now for 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy

September 17, 2014

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 17, 2014

Learn about the internal workings of the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center at the 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy.

The one-day class will be held at the Regional Communications Center, 3511 N.E. Second St. in Renton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Space is limited; turn in applications by Sept. 24.

Learn about the role 9-1-1 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare in case you ever need to call 9-1-1.

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Historical Society hosts speaker at library Sept. 17

September 15, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 2014

The Newcastle Historical Society will host guest speaker Marilyn Tharp Clise at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

Clise’s bloodlines are steeped with Newcastle history. Her great-grandfather came to Newcastle in 1870 and went on to serve in the second Legislature of the state of Washington.

His son, and Clise’s grandfather, John Henry McKnight, was born in Newcastle and went on to become the Renton pioneer that inspired McKnight Middle School’s name.

Newport Hills hosts Community Faire

September 10, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 10, 2014

The Newport Hills community will host its annual Community Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13.

Craft vendors will sell their goods at the event. There will also be food, kid-friendly activities and live music.

The community is introducing a new feature to this year’s event — the “Trading Post.” Residents can bring whatever they desire to see if they can make a swap with a neighbor.

The event will be held at the Newport Hills Shopping Center at the corner of 119th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 56th Street in Bellevue.

Learn more here and on the community’s Facebook page here.

Newcastle Days 2014

September 9, 2014

Chamber to host King County sheriff

September 6, 2014

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Sept. 6, 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

Newcastle Days is Sept. 6

September 4, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 4, 2014

Newcastle will celebrate its 20th year as an incorporated city Sept. 6 with the annual Newcastle Days festival at Lake Boren Park.

The festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a small parade featuring bands, dance troops, cheer squads and Scouts as they make a loop through the park.

The celebration will see the return of old favorites, including the car show, and displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden.

The festival wraps up at 7 p.m. after a performance by headlining band White, starring Newcastle resident/Yes drummer Alan White.

Look for maps, articles and schedule information for this year’s event in the 2014 Newcastle Days guide here.

Police seeking Chase Bank robber

September 3, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 2014

Contributed Newcastle Police are looking for this suspect who robbed the Chase Bank Sept. 2.

Newcastle Police are looking for this suspect who robbed the Chase Bank Sept. 2.

The Newcastle Chase Bank branch was robbed at 1:55 p.m. Sept. 2, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine. Read more

Local businesses to hold Seahawks kickoff tailgate party

September 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks officially open the 2014 regular season Sept. 4, and two local businesses are ready to celebrate in style.

Newcastle’s HomeStreet Bank and B & E Meats and Seafood are throwing a community tailgate party on gameday.

The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at HomeStreet Bank, 6949 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. There will be free food, drinks and prizes, as B & E Meats and Seafood employees grill up their best creations.

The Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

Learn more here.