City Council election starts to take shape

April 30, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will have at least one new face in 2016.

City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen announced April 23 that she will not file for re-election this spring, guaranteeing that there will be one open seat during November’s election. Three other council members could be challenged as well.

“I first ran for office because the city budget was out of control and a majority on the council had lost touch with the people they represented,” Jensen wrote in a letter to the editor.

“In the last eight years we have made the necessary changes to budget in a way that allows us to live within our means. We also have a city manager and staff that make customer service a priority and recognize everyone at City Hall is there to serve the community.” Read more

Energize Eastside scoping meetings begin

April 30, 2015

A slew of Eastside cities are ready to take the next step in exploring Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project.

Led by the city of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton and Newcastle will work together to provide an environmental review of PSE’s proposal to build about 18 miles of high-capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond.

The Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement is a legally mandated process that will critically evaluate potential significant environmental impacts associated with the project and project alternatives.

It begins in earnest this month with a 45-day comment period, highlighted by five community scoping meetings where residents are invited to share their thoughts about Energize Eastside. Read more

Get Granny on Fallon

April 30, 2015

Movement starts to get Newcastle resident on ‘The Tonight Show’

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis had a dream. Read more

The law comes to Newcastle

April 30, 2015

After watching western movies and TV shows, one might believe that justice in the “Old West” (Tombstone or Dodge City) of the 1880s was meted out by stints in territorial prison, hangings, or gunfights with marshals Wyatt Earp or Matt Dillon.

The process of law was very different in Newcastle, however.

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The mining community of the early 1880s had a well-established legal process of constables, courts and justices of the peace, as well as a practical system of crime and punishment based on fines rather than imprisonment. A coal miner in that period might make only $2 or $3 a day and the loss of those earnings was a big motivator to follow the law. Read more

Fire destroys Newcastle home

April 30, 2015

A fire destroyed a Newcastle home in the 10900 block of Southeast 66th Street on April 13.

All five tenants in the two-story rental home at the time escaped without injuries thanks, largely, to working smoke detectors that alerted some of the sleeping occupants, according to a Bellevue Fire Department news release.

Bellevue firefighters responded to a 911 call at about 8:15 p.m. When the first crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames that could be seen from Interstate 405 and Mercer Island. Callers also reported hearing multiple explosions.

Investigators determined the fire started in a barbecue located on a porch on the north side of the house, said Lt. Richard Burke, community liaison officer with the Bellevue Fire Department. Read more

City seeking Newcastle Days parade participants

April 30, 2015

The city of Newcastle will host its annual Newcastle Days celebration Sept. 11-12.

Part of the festival includes a parade through Lake Boren Park opening the event on Saturday, Sept. 12.

This year’s festival coincides with the National Day of Service and Remembrance, so the organizing committee is inviting veterans to participate in the second annual Newcastle Days Parade.

The parade serves as the official kickoff to the Sept. 12 event featuring music, activities, food and more. The exact time of the parade is yet to be determined, though it will likely begin at either 10 or 10:30 a.m., depending on the number of participants. Read more

Friends group hosts May book sale

April 30, 2015

The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host a book sale May 14-16.

The group will take over the library lobby, where it will sell hundreds of books and media materials for all ages in a wide-ranging selection of genres, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16. The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way.

The group will also host a members-only presale from 5-9 p.m. May 14.

The Friends of the Newcastle Library sponsors additional library programs through its book sales. It gladly accepts donations of gently used books throughout the year. Bring them to the library’s front desk. Read more

April blotter

April 30, 2015

Presidential detail

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Newcastle Chase Bank, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., March 26. The Bellevue man, who appeared to be a transient with mental issues, police said, went into the bank and asked for coffee before going on a rant about how the bank had “raped” him in the past. Later, when police approached him at a Newcastle bus stop, he said he used to be the Bellevue Fire chief and that he knew former President George H.W. Bush.

Newcastle Police encountered the man again April 2, after a Metro bus driver called about an agitated passenger. The man claimed police gave him drugs, and added that he owned the FBI and worked for the CIA. Based on his statements and some made to the bus driver, police requested an ambulance for involuntary commitment. Read more

Say ‘cheese!’

April 30, 2015

It’s time for a new picture.

I’ve had newspaper columns for nearly 15 years, and I’ve always promised myself that I would try to keep the picture accompanying it fairly current. This the result of having won a charity auction get-together with a columnist and being surprised by the lined face of the person I saw at lunch versus the smooth face that I saw in the paper at breakfast.

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Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls up for international award

April 30, 2015

Bob Ingalls

Bob Ingalls

Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls describes his version of “Ave Maria” as an experience.

The eight-minute piece, written for choir and strings, brings the music to its listeners, as three sopranos stand embedded in the audience. Read more

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