New principal named at Hazelwood Elementary

December 19, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Dec. 19, 2014

Tracey Naylor

Tracey Naylor

Hazelwood Elementary School has a new principal.

Tracey Naylor will take over the permanent position currently held by interim-Principal Judy Busch.

Naylor, a graduate of Columbia University and American University, comes to Hazelwood from Campbell Hill Elementary School, where she served as the assistant principal. Read more

City hires new public works director

December 18, 2014

NEW — 4:25 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Newcastle City Manager Rob Wyman announced that the city has hired Jeffrey Brauns as its new Public Works director.

Brauns comes to Newcastle from the city of Sammamish, where he served as city engineer and the senior transportation program manager.

Prior to that, he worked for various private sector engineering firms as well as the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Wyman said Brauns is very plugged in with other cities and regional organizations and currently serves as the American Public Works Association’s Transportation Committee chairman.  Read more

Community Advisory Group makes Energize Eastside route recommendation

December 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

The Community Advisory Group working on Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside transmission line upgrade project has made its final route recommendations and both include lines through Newcastle.

The panel – comprised of neighborhood, business and civic leaders – selected routes Oak and Willow at their final meeting Dec. 10. The advisory group’s final recommendation is based on its work over the last year, including discussion of community feedback collected throughout 2014.

Of the 20 advisory group members and residential alternates present at the meeting, 17 supported the final recommendation. Of those 17, eight expressed preference for the Oak route and five expressed preference for the Willow route, while four supported either route.

Three advisory group members had a dissenting opinion and supported none of the routes. One of those was Olympus resident Sue Stronk. Read more

Prepare now for potential windstorm

December 10, 2014

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2014

Puget Sound Energy encourages residents to download its mobile app to report outages and check restoration times ahead of a windstorm.

Puget Sound Energy encourages residents to download its mobile app to report outages and check restoration times ahead of a windstorm.

The Puget Sound region is bracing for a damaging windstorm set to cause havoc on Thursday. Read more

Electrical customers to receive a credit from Puget Sound Energy

December 9, 2014

NEW — 2:05 p.m. Dec. 9, 2014

Puget Sound Energy customers will receive a one-time credit on their December and January electrical bills. The average electrical customer should receive about $40.

The credit comes from the sale of PSE’s assets in Jefferson County in 2010.The total amount to be paid to PSE customers will be $59.2 million. That includes interest that has accrued.

All 1.1 million electrical customers, business and residential, in Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom counties will get the credit that will appear automatically on their power bills.

Because of different billing cycles, most customers will see a portion of the credit on their December statement and the remainder on their January bill. Read more

And the 2014 Diamond Awards go to…

December 4, 2014

By Greg Farrar Diamond Award winners for 2014 are (from left) Chris Ware, Margaret Strong, Christina Corrales-Toy, Jaime Greene, David Vaisar, Mary Elworth, the Coal Creek YMCA represented by Sara Biancofiori and David Harris.

By Greg Farrar
Diamond Award winners for 2014 are (from left) Chris Ware, Margaret Strong, Christina Corrales-Toy, Jaime Greene, David Vaisar, Mary Elworth, the Coal Creek YMCA represented by Sara Biancofiori and David Harris.

Whether it’s his suave British accent, his kind, carefree attitude or the shoulder-length hair, something about David Harris just says “rock star.” Read more

Council passes 2015 budget, taxes to rise

December 4, 2014

Newcastle homeowners can expect to see a rise in their property taxes, after the Newcastle City Council made changes to, and then adopted, the 2015 budget Nov. 18.

In a 4-2 vote, with Deputy Mayor John Drescher absent, the council elected to take an annually allowable 1 percent increase in property tax and a 3 percent banked property tax increase.

The move will bring the city more than $150,000 in revenue, with an eye toward using it to pay for an additional police officer, said Councilman John Dulcich, who made the motion proposing the increase.

“It fixes a lot of problems and it funds a police officer,” Dulcich said. Read more

Newport Woods community concerned about proposed development

December 4, 2014

Newcastle resident Rick Bell is questioning his commitment to the city of Newcastle for the first time.

The longtime Newport Woods resident is an active community member, who donates much of his free time cleaning up city parks and trails with the Weed Warriors organization. He poured thousands of dollars into remodeling his Newcastle home, rather than buying a new one, because, as he puts it, “We love the people and the quietness of the location.”

But a proposed multifamily, mixed-use development along Newcastle Way, just beside City Hall, has him and his neighbors wondering how much longer the city will remain the quaint Newcastle they fell in love with.

“We’re not against development,” he said. “But we never thought it would be a monster like this.”

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System Pavers donates patio, stairs to Newcastle community

December 4, 2014

Contributed Workers from Rios Brick Pavers make way for the donation of a new paved patio at Newcastle’s Habitat for Humanity community.

Contributed
Workers from Rios Brick Pavers make way for the donation of a new paved patio at Newcastle’s Habitat for Humanity community.

Newcastle’s Habitat for Humanity community now has a new paved patio, complete with safer steps, and it was all free. Read more

Police blotter

December 4, 2014

License revoked

A Newcastle patrol officer pulled over the driver of a speeding white truck in the 7600 block of Coal Creek Parkway Southeast Nov. 2. The driver, who said he was late for an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, was driving while his license was suspended for unpaid tickets.

 

Shattered glass

Police responded to a reported assault at Castle Creek Apartments, 6900 132nd Place S.E., Nov. 3 after a woman said someone threw a small glass object near her patio. The shattered glass did not injure the woman, and she said she didn’t know who threw it or where it came from. Read more

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