City’s annual town hall meeting is June 16

June 4, 2015

It’s that time again to get answers to those burning questions about Newcastle city operations.

Want to know where your tax dollars go? Need an update on local crime trends or new development? Want to meet the Newcastle City Council?

You can get answers to these questions and more at the city’s annual town-hall meeting June 16, held again at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Described in a news release as an effort to “facilitate good communication between residents and our government,” the town hall is the city’s ultimate outreach tool. Read more

Renton School District’s superintendent resigns

June 4, 2015

The Renton School District is back on the market for a new district leader.

Less than two years after she took office, Superintendent Merri Rieger announced her resignation, and the Renton School Board accepted it at its May 13 meeting.

Merri Rieger

Merri Rieger

Rieger’s resignation is effective June 30. In order to ensure a smooth transition for the interim superintendent, Rieger will step aside from the daily superintendent duties immediately, according to a statement from the district. Read more

‘Cache’ a few nuggets of Newcastle history

June 4, 2015

Newcastle’s trails are among the city’s most desirable amenities and now residents are invited to explore them like never before.

In honor of National Trails Day, Newcastle Trails and a slew of local organizations are hosting a unique geocaching event across the city’s trail network June 6.

Part scavenger hunt, part exploration, geocaching sends participants on a quest to different waypoints, where they will usually find a small prize or object.

In this case, the “prize” waiting at each waypoint is education. Read more

Coal Miners Cemetery — Part 1

June 4, 2015

Did you know there is a cemetery in the city of Newcastle?

File Newcastle’s Historic Coal Miners Cemetery was established in 1878.

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Newcastle’s Historic Coal Miners Cemetery was established in 1878.

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‘Shocked’ Newcastle composer wins international award

June 4, 2015

A greater power was at work when Bob Ingalls presented his stirring “Ave Maria for Choir & Strings” at a recent international music competition.

Contributed Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls encourages the crowd to applaud the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Galician Academic Chamber Choir after they performed his award-winning ‘Ave Maria for Choir & Strings’ in Ukraine May 10.

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Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls encourages the crowd to applaud the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Galician Academic Chamber Choir after they performed his award-winning ‘Ave Maria for Choir & Strings’ in Ukraine May 10.

The Ukraine concert featuring the work of all 12 finalists in the International Sacrarium Sacred Music Competition fell on May 10 — Mother’s Day. Read more

High wire act

June 4, 2015

By Public Works Director Jeff Brauns About 100 people attended the fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings May 28 in Newcastle. The meeting provided an opportunity for commenting on environmental impacts of the Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and about 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond, through Newcastle. Learn more at www.energizeeastsideEIS.org.

By Public Works Director Jeff Brauns
About 100 people attended the fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings May 28 in Newcastle. The meeting provided an opportunity for commenting on environmental impacts of the Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and about 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond, through Newcastle. Learn more at www.energizeeastsideEIS.org.

USO golf classic is June 12

June 4, 2015

The USO Northwest Red, White & Blue Golf Classic is June 12 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The annual golf tournament and auction benefits the USO and local military families. Join more than 300 golfers and spectators, local celebrities and military heroes from all five service branches for a world-class golf event spanning two courses.

Included in the festivities will be an 18-gun salute from the U.S. Marines, a special performance of the national anthem, an aircraft flyover, delicious food and more.

Learn more at usonw.org/golf.

Police blotter

June 4, 2015

Slow down

A resident complained to police about excessive speeding in the 13000 block of Southeast May Creek Park Drive on May 5. The resident said he reported it dozens of times but “officers do nothing.”

Shutterbug

An anonymous caller reported seeing a suspicious man taking pictures of a water tower near Southeast 75th Street and 136th Avenue Southeast May 7. Read more

Newcastle company brings rock star flair to your home

June 4, 2015

What’s more “rock star” than having a drum bursting out of your wall?

“Nothing,” contends Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

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Lions and tigers and bears — oh deer

June 4, 2015

Three weeks ago, a cougar was spotted in Kennydale. Not long after that, a bear was seen strolling up our very own street. I long ago accepted the wild kingdom that is our backyard and greenbelt: Raccoons who roll up our grass like old carpeting while looking for grubs, rabbits whose warren holes are just large enough to be a tad unnerving when I walk by them, snakes on the front stoop, bobcats on the fence, skinks in the garage, frogs in the family room, chipmunks in our rockeries, bear scat on the path. Live and let live, I say.

But this year … oh, deer.

Pat Detmer

Pat Detmer

If you live in Newcastle, I know you’ve had the deer experience. You learn to adapt. I only grow Hosta and Huechera in pots on the deck and fully expect fresh tulips to be beheaded before sunset. I finally gave up and pulled out a plant that had served as their salad bar for so many years that I could no longer ID it. California Lilac? Yum! Lemon Cypress Tree? Our compliments to the chef! I always ask the helpful garden folks at Newcastle Fruit & Produce if plants are deer-resistant before I buy them, but lately they just laugh. I understand why. If our local deer are hungry enough, there’s nothing they won’t eat. Except, unfortunately, Bishop’s Weed. Read more

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