Newcastle Days 2015

September 2, 2015

Calendar — September 2015

September 2, 2015

NEW — 5:07 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

Events

All libraries and government buildings will be closed Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.

Newcastle Days, ‘Broadway at Boren,’ UC7 Band, car and truck show, parade and more, 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, 649-4444

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch with guest speaker Representative Tana Senn, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., catch up with Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Networking Education Breakfast, ‘Stress Relief Tools to Keep Your Day Running Smoothly’ with Jackie Foskett, 7:15 a.m. Sept. 23, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastle-chamber.org Read more

Editorial — Consider volunteering in the classroom

September 2, 2015

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

Newcastle parents whisked their children off to school this week, symbolically bringing an end to the long summer nights.

After dropping the kids off at school, you might feel the urge to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time. You deserve it after a long summer keeping the young ones entertained.

But wait! The schools need you. The volunteer jobs are endless. The playgrounds need monitors, the libraries can use assistance, the front offices might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s offices are often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

But the best volunteer jobs may be working directly with students. Parents, grandparents and other citizens are always welcome to just listen to children read. Read more

To the Editor — September 2015

September 2, 2015

NEW — 4:48 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

Reject the proposed School Woods plan

I am writing this to express my opposition to the proposed plan for the School Woods.  Beyond the loss of trails, the increased residential and “cut-through” traffic through two established neighborhoods, and the violation of existing wetlands, it is a shame to have lost a potential open space and park area.

This is especially true in a city having the least park land of any in the area  (4.7 acres of park acreage per 1,000 residents in Newcastle, compared to Renton’s 12.7 acres and Bellevue’s 21.2).

Further, the proposed development shows a complete lack of imagination and respect for the land. The site plan as it stands is in the perfect image of California practice:  Flatten for building pad, drop, flatten for building pad, drop again, flatten for building pad, drop again, etc., extending over the entire site. This is a forced, high-density housing development that shows little or no sympathy and respect for existing neighborhood ambiance. Read more