From ant to zebra

February 6, 2015

Newcastle author illustrates the ABCs for a good cause

By Christina Corrales-Toy By Christina Corrales-Toy Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore Jan. 22.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore Jan. 22.

Newcastle resident Dana Sullivan doesn’t always wear bunny rabbit slippers in public, but when he does, it’s for a gaggle of adorable children. Read more

City Council approves controversial building buy

February 6, 2015

The Newcastle City Council officially authorized City Manager Rob Wyman to go ahead with the controversial purchase of a Coal Creek Utility District-owned building at the Jan. 20 regular meeting.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay $250,000 for the 129th Avenue Southeast building appraised at about $750,000. In addition, the city will agree not to assume the utility for the next 10 years.

The purchase has been surrounded by controversy since the council first approved it in a 4-3 vote Sept. 16. Deputy Mayor John Drescher, Councilman Gordon Bisset and Councilman Rich Crispo voted against the deal then, and did it again Jan. 20.

Former and current council members alike have raised questions about the agreement’s legality, feasibility and the logic behind giving up the city’s right to take over the district for the next decade. Read more

From coal mines to golf

February 6, 2015

File Scaffolding and landscaping equipment sit in front of the clubhouse March 1999 as opening day approaches for The Golf Club at Newcastle.

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Scaffolding and landscaping equipment sit in front of the clubhouse March 1999 as opening day approaches for The Golf Club at Newcastle.

As you line up your approach shot to the par-3 fourth hole on Coal Creek, did you ever wonder how The Golf Club at Newcastle came into being? Read more

YMCA kicks off Annual Campaign in support of community needs

February 6, 2015

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is doing its part to ensure money isn’t an obstacle when it comes to taking advantage of the facility’s program and services.

The local Y has launched its “2015 Annual Campaign,” a charity movement geared toward making sure that every community member has access to the nonprofit’s healthy-living resources, regardless of financial barriers.

“Through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, your contribution helps us provide program support and financial assistance to families who need it in our community,” Coal Creek Family YMCA Associate Executive Director Sara Biancofiori wrote in an email. “Only by working together can we give more kids the opportunity to grow in spirit, mind and body.” Read more

City to honor volunteers Feb. 26

February 6, 2015

The city of Newcastle will honor its nearly 300 volunteers at an event Feb. 26.

Anyone who has given his or her time to the city of Newcastle, whether it be volunteering at a summer event or helping with various trail projects, is invited.

Volunteers from Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Historical Society, Weed Warriors, the Planning and Community Activities commissions, and local Boy Scout troops will be among those honored at the celebration.

The event is from 6:30-8 p.m. in The Golf Club at Newcastle’s Prestwick Terrace. It will start with a social, featuring free desserts and beverages, followed by a speaking program headlined by Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri. Read more

Newcastle Police seeking copper wire thieves

February 6, 2015

The Newcastle Police Department is looking for witnesses, after a copper wire theft caused city streetlights to go out.

Between Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, suspects stole a large amount of copper wire along Coal Creek Parkway. Thieves entered the electrical panels in the sidewalk and cement barrier to gain access.

The areas hit were at Southeast 81st and Coal Creek Parkway, and multiple locations between Southeast May Creek Park Drive and May Valley Road.

If you saw any activity, such as a truck or people working in the area in the past week that were not using marked Newcastle vehicles, contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 649-4444 and refer to case 15-026666. You can also submit an anonymous tip at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm. Read more

Seahawk sushi

February 6, 2015

Contributed Newcastle resident and sushi chef Harutaka Imai’s Seahawks-themed sushi roll gained national attention Feb. 1, when ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted the Newcastle News’ photo of the food to his more than 560,000 followers.

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Newcastle resident and sushi chef Harutaka Imai’s Seahawks-themed sushi roll gained national attention Feb. 1, when ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted the Newcastle News’ photo of the food to his more than 560,000 followers.


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Trails group annual meeting is Feb. 23

February 6, 2015

Newcastle Trails’ annual meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Newcastle Library.

The public meeting is open to all. It begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, maps and handouts.

The official meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group will discuss its 2014 accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year.

Lorrie Peterson, program manager for Bellevue’s Parks and Community Services Department will be the guest speaker.

Peterson will talk about Bellevue’s greatly improved Coal Creek Trail, which now has better connections to Newcastle.

The group will also elect officers and hold an open discussion. Read more

January police blotter

February 6, 2015

Olivia Pope approved

About $500 worth of goods, including six bottles of red and white wine, was stolen from a storage locker in the 6800 block of 132nd Place Southeast between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5.

Dump and run

An unknown suspect dropped a bunch of assorted mail by a home in the 8400 block of 116th Avenue Southeast between Jan. 1 and 2. In all, there were 37 pieces of mail, all belonging to different Newcastle residents.

It happened again at the corner of Newcastle Way and 112th Avenue Southeast between Jan. 1 and 2. The homeowner collected the mail and gave it to City Hall. Read more

Holly Eileen (Goodman) Hewitt

February 6, 2015

Holly Eileen (Goodman) Hewitt passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 53 after battling cancer.

Holly worked at the Coal Creek Safeway for 27 years. She will be missed by her co-workers and many loyal customers she could call by name.

A celebration of her life was held Jan. 31.

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