Newcastle Fruit and Produce almost open for business

March 31, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 31, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is set to open April 4.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is set to open April 4.

It isn’t really spring in Newcastle until a familiar red-and-white tent stands at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway. Read more

Apply by April 13 for ISF scholarship

March 30, 2015

NEW — 3:10 p.m. March 30, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has created a new scholarship to help Issaquah School District juniors and graduating seniors continue their educational journey.

The foundation’s new Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays about the ways foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.

The Impact Scholarship will be awarded in two categories. Entries to the Written category will be judged on answers to two essay questions. Students who enter under the Presentation category will be judged on a five-minute oral presentation of their written essays.

Winning students may be given the opportunity to tell their story at the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 or second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20. Read more

Newcastle man celebrates National Kidney Month by helping others understand the disease

March 25, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. March 25, 2015

By C.B. Bell Newcastle residents Alan Hoshino and his wife Cheryl Hoshino are sharing their story to raise awareness about kidney disease.

By C.B. Bell
Newcastle residents Alan Hoshino and his wife Cheryl Hoshino are sharing their story to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Alan Hoshino knew for years he had kidney issues, but he was mostly able to avoid serious medical problems, thanks to his own vigilance about his health and great medical monitoring. Read more

Issaquah schools seek student art for calendar

March 23, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. March 23, 2015

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2015-2016 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Melissa Johnson at with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, school, and teacher, as well as parent name and email in your message. Make sure your digital pictures are taken straight on (eye level, not crooked) and without flash/lighting irregularities.  Read more

Newcastle woman charged with immigrant-investor fraud

March 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 18, 2015

Authorities on Tuesday arrested a Newcastle woman on charges she and her former husband fraudulently obtained EB-5 immigrant-investor visas to enter the United States and laundered money from China to buy a home on the Eastside.

Shilan Zhao, 51, and her ex-husband Jianjun Qiao, 51, knowingly made false statements to get visas through the federal program, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

When the divorced couple applied for the investor visas, officials allege, they falsely claimed they were married and declared that the $500,000 they invested through EB-5 was obtained lawfully. Officials allege that Qiao embezzled the money from a Chinese grain warehouse he directed in Henan province.

Zhao appeared in federal court in Seattle on Tuesday and was held without bond, officials said. Qiao, also known as Feng Li, is being sought by U.S. authorities. If convicted, they could be sentenced to federal prison. Read more

Hazelwood PTSA offering college scholarships

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. March 15, 2015

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high-school seniors who attended the Newcastle primary school.

Former Mustangs who are part of the class of 2015 and hold at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply for the awards. The $1,000 scholarships are applied toward the winners’ first-year tuition at any accredited university.

Required application materials, due April 17, include a high-school transcript, letter of recommendation and more.

Application materials are available here and in the counseling offices at Hazen, Lindbergh, Newport and Renton high schools.

Local legislators to host town-hall meeting March 14

March 11, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. March 11, 2015

Residents can join local legislators to discuss the ongoing session in Olympia at a town hall meeting in Bellevue this Saturday.

Meet state Sen. Steve Litzow and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn — 41st Legislative District lawmakers — at the March 14 meeting.

The legislators, all three from Mercer Island, will provide an update on the legislative session and take questions from constituents.

Litzow, Clibborn and Senn will visit Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, 14100 Somerset Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon. Read more

Waste Management’s David Della to speak at chamber luncheon

March 10, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 10, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Waste Management at its March luncheon.

David Della, Waste Management’s public sector manager for the region, will talk about the company’s public outreach efforts. Waste Management is responsible for collecting the Newcastle community’s waste every week.

The company is a regular sponsor of Newcastle Chamber and city of Newcastle events. Most recently, Della awarded the Newcastle Chamber Diamond Award trophy for Education to Margaret Strong.

The March luncheon begins at 11 a.m. March 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

Winter Sports Championships

March 9, 2015

What Goes, and What Stays

March 5, 2015

When you drive over the hill toward 405 and see the VMAC, do you still feel blue blue about the Seahawks? Fear not.

There was another “Boom” in Seattle before the “Legion of.” It was the “Sonic Boom,” and I signed up for for a decade of fanaticism. I’d moved to Seattle in ’72 from small-town Illinois, where basketball was king, where winters were so harsh and bleak that the best option for entertainment was to be packed into frigid cinder-block gyms in the dead of January to watch sons of farmers play the game. I transferred my basketball fan punchcard to Seattle and started listening to Bob Blackburn on the radio, and daily scanned the sports pages for stories about the SuperSonics in all three newspapers. Yes. Three.


I was ecstatic when they began to win and make the playoffs, and I committed myself completely to the journey. In my saved box of Sonic history are newspaper clippings, a poem of mine that had been published (“Goodbye, Marvin; No Hard Feelings!”) and a front-page picture of myself and friends holding up a banner during the Denver playoff series (“We Got ‘em by the Nuggets!”). Read more

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