City Council cancels meeting for National Night Out

July 31, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. July 31, 2015

The regular Aug. 4 Newcastle City Council meeting is canceled, so council members can visit community National Night Out parties.

National Night Out events heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts and send a message that local neighborhoods are organized and won’t stand for crime.

Newcastle is joining forces with more than 16,000 communities nationwide to celebrate. National Night Out events involve more than 38 million people throughout the United States.

Contact your homeowners association to find out if your neighborhood has a gathering planned.

More than 300 without power in Newcastle

July 31, 2015

NEW — 10:40 a.m. July 31, 2015

More than 300 people are without power in Newcastle, according to Puget Sound Energy’s outage map.

The outage’s start time was just before 10 a.m. Friday. Crews are dispatched and the company estimates a noon restoration time.

The cause of the outage is currently unknown.

Get the latest outage updates on the company’s outage map here.

Aegis breaks ground on region’s only Chinese-focused retirement community

July 30, 2015

NEW — 9:12 p.m. July 30, 2015

History is one of Newcastle’s greatest assets.

The Eastside suburb’s story dates back more than 150 years, when it was the second largest town in King County. During that time, coal was king, and Newcastle had plenty of it.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region's first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region’s first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

That history was at the forefront of attendees’ minds July 30, when nearly 300 people gathered in Newcastle to celebrate the groundbreaking of a unique Aegis Living retirement community. Read more

Fire, explosion rocks Newcastle neighborhood

July 30, 2015

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 30, 2015

Nerves were rattled, but no one was hurt, when a pickup truck loaded with compressed gas cylinders caught fire, setting off explosions in a Newcastle neighborhood Wednesday night.

Credit: Bellevue Fire Department A U-Haul rental pickup truck filled with compressed gas cylinders caught fire and erupted in a Newcastle neighborhood July 29.

Credit: Bellevue Fire Department
A U-Haul rental pickup truck filled with compressed gas cylinders caught fire and erupted in a Newcastle neighborhood July 29.

The fire spread to both the north and south side of the road in the 1800 block of Southeast 84th Street, damaging yards, a deck support post, fence, trailer and cedar tree, said Lt. Richard Burke, community liaison officer with the Bellevue Fire Department. Read more

Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

The closures will extend from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, state Route 520 or state Route 522. Read more

SolTerra breaks ground on Newcastle apartment building

July 29, 2015

NEW — 5:45 p.m. July 29, 2015

Developers moved the first pieces of dirt today at a site that will soon house a 98-unit, six-story apartment building in Newcastle.

SolTerra, a fast-growing design, build and services firm with the mission of creating sustainable, livable and innovative buildings, broke ground on Atlas, its first apartment project in the state.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the SolTerra team break ground on Atlas, a new LEED Platinum-designed mixed-use apartment building in Newcastle.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the SolTerra team break ground on Atlas, a new LEED Platinum-designed mixed-use apartment building in Newcastle.

Read more

Concerts in the Park series continues with Off the Hook

July 28, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. July 28, 2015

Contributed Off the Hook will play Newcastle's Concerts in the Park on July 29.

Contributed
Off the Hook will play Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park on July 29.

Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series continues Wednesday when Off the Hook, a classic funk and soul band, brings its brand of “old skool kool” to Lake Boren Park. Read more

Newcastles of the world

July 27, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 27, 2015

A funny thing appeared in my inbox this morning.

NewcastlesoftheWorldThe email’s subject read, “Newcastles of the World,” and asked if I was interested in learning about other towns and cities that share the Newcastle name.

Attached was a newsletter entitled “Newcastles News,” not to be confused with our Newcastle News.

Newcastles News chronicles happenings at Newcastles across the globe. With a simple perusal, I went on an international tour of Newcastles and learned some really fascinating things — for example: Read more

Video — Italene Gaddis performs at Newcastle Library

July 27, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. July 27, 2015

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.

Local musician, poet and author Italene Gaddis brought her brand of feel-good music to the Newcastle Library last Saturday. Read more

Council approves speed humps for Southeast 75th Street corridor

July 23, 2015

NEW — 3:25 p.m. July 23, 2015

Neighbors living on the Southeast 75th Street corridor are getting their speed humps.

The Newcastle City Council instructed staff to initiate the installation of the speed humps to reduce speeds on the street.

It’s a win for a neighborhood that pleaded with the city to do something about unsafe speeds on their streets for quite some time.

In the past, residents said they have concerns about letting their children play in yards, and are concerned about the effect the speeds have on a nearby bus stop as students wait for and exit the vehicle. Read more

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