Newcastle Library’s ‘Music Space’ is Saturday

July 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2015

Musician Italene Gaddis has no problem traveling across Western Washington, performing daily at various sites.

Luckily for her, she won’t have to travel far for a special July 25 gig.

The 90-year-old Newcastle resident’s commute will be just minutes when she performs at the Newcastle Library’s day of music.

Gaddis’ performance is just a small part of a day dedicated to music education, music crafts and music programs for all ages.

The “Music Space” event starts at 10 a.m. At that time, attendees can take advantage of three hands-on activities. Read more

Council to discuss traffic calming at July 21 meeting

July 20, 2015

NEW —  4:15 p.m. July 20, 2015

A subject that dominated discussion at Newcastle’s town hall meeting last month is on the agenda for the City Council’s second meeting of July.

The council is set to talk about traffic calming measures on Southeast 75th Street in its first general business item of the evening.

Last month, neighbors used the town hall forum to express concerns about speeding on the street.

They also came to last year’s town hall meeting and at least one Newcastle City Council meeting in 2014 to ask the city for traffic-calming measures on the street. Read more

‘Broadway at Boren’ auditions are July 29

July 16, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. July 16, 2015

The city’s premier summer event is stretching to two days this year. Save the date for Newcastle Days, Sept. 11-12.

The day before the main Sept. 12 festival, the city will host “Broadway at Boren,” a theater production on the stage at Lake Boren Park, followed by a family fun concert featuring ’50s, ’60s and ’70’s music.

“Broadway at Boren” is meant to be a true community event, with Newcastle residents making up the onstage talent.

The city will host auditions for the Sept. 11 concert. Come prepared with a one-minute song from any Broadway show. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key; accompanist will be provided. No recordings or a cappella singing.

“We’re looking for groups, duets and solos,” Kirchner said. “Sing your favorite piece for auditions and maybe we’ll include it in the show.” Read more

Concerts in the Park series starts next week

July 13, 2015

NEW — 3:50 p.m. July 13, 2015

Later this month, the city’s slate of summer events continues with its annual Concerts in the Park series.

For the second straight year, The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band featuring artists from Seattle, Detroit and San Francisco, will kick off the concert series July 22.

Off the Hook, a classic funk and soul band, brings its brand of “old skool kool” to the park July 29, followed by vocalist Kellee Bradley on Aug. 5 and Soul Purpose, a soul and classic rock band, Aug. 12.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but attendees should get there early to take advantage of food vendors selling their offerings.

All concerts last about an hour and a half, and are at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Star of Hope Centre fundraiser is July 11

July 9, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. July 9, 2015

Dana Sullivan’s annual dance benefiting the Star of Hope Centre orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya, is July 11.

The Newcastle author and illustrator’s sixth annual fundraiser collects money for the orphanage that inspired his book “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari.”

The Star of Hope Centre was originally developed as an orphanage for children who lost their parents through the rise of HIV/AIDs, armed conflict, malaria and other diseases, or have been abandoned by teenage parents unable to care for them.

The facility’s mission has expanded to include a primary school to the local community. It currently serves about 150 children (including those residing in the orphanage). Read more

Energize Eastside, traffic calming, dominate town hall

July 2, 2015

Speed bumps and power lines were the hot topics of conversation at the city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting June 16.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

During the meeting’s second hour, the Newcastle City Council fielded audience questions, with a sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street using the time to express concerns about speeding on the street. Read more

Laughing all the way — Grounded

July 2, 2015

Most of our friends are world travelers, people who fill up their passports and have to get fresh ones before their expiration date, folks with high-six-figure frequent flier miles who go to Singapore for a weekend of shopping and lead tours to Italy, Argentina and South Africa to enjoy food and wine. These friends have family abroad, think nothing of flying over the pole and visit Kenyan orphanages after starting nonprofits to benefit them.

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On the other hand, The Sainted One and I are quite excited about our summer vacation. We’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and my 65th birthday with a road trip through Eastern Oregon and Washington, with stops at the Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds and a microbrewery festival in La Grande. We’ll spend two nights in Joseph and our last night in Wenatchee. As our virgin passports gather dust at home, we’ll be making dust of our own, following thin dotted lines on maps in search of something interesting, visiting small town bars and chatting with the regulars, searching for geocaches, and because we’re Vacation Book Bingers, plowing through two or three books apiece. Read more

Liberty students win big at History Day contest

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School students took home a slew of top awards at the 2015 Washington State History Day competition May 2.

This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The school sent 16 students to the contest at Green River Community College, and eight of them qualified for the national competition by placing in the top two of their categories.

Vincy Fok, Lorrin Johnson and Issabelle Hayden’s project about Edward R. Murrow earned first place in the senior group exhibit category.

Carlyn Schmidgall, Lauryn Hepp and Sally Rim earned first place for their group website about John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read more

Newcastle students graduate from college

July 2, 2015

Newcastle students graduate from college

  • Luc Charbonneau, of Newcastle, graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, with a Bachelor of Arts in geology.
  • Alexander Hopper, of Newcastle, graduated May 28, with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University, in New Orleans.
  • Cassandra Beck, of Newcastle, graduated June 20 from Marylhurst University, in Marylhurst, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Science in business management.
  • Reid Fredrickson, of Newcastle, graduated May 24, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of San Diego, in San Diego, California.

Did you or your child make the dean’s list, graduate or receive a special collegiate honor? Email your college news to and we’ll publish it in an upcoming issue.

Fourth of July kicks off summer schedule

July 2, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

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