Retail Properties of America, Inc. buys Coal Creek Marketplace

August 27, 2015

NEW — 4:48 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Retail Properties of America, Inc. is the new owner and operator of Newcastle’s Coal Creek Marketplace.

The company announced today that it acquired the 56,000 square foot property anchored by QFC for approximately $17.6 million.

“Coal Creek Marketplace is a dominant grocery-anchored center that serves an affluent Eastside trade area with significant barriers to entry,” Michael Hazinski, vice president, director of investments, western division said in a statement.

Coal Creek Marketplace is the company’s fifth Seattle-area acquisition in the past 18 months, Hazinski added. The company’s Seattle footprint is now more than 1.2 million square feet. Read more

City hit with rash of car break-ins

August 25, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The city of Newcastle experienced an influx in car break-ins this past week, according to an Aug. 25 e-alert from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The thefts occurred at night at various apartment and condominium complexes. The thief entered the vehicles by prying doors or breaking windows.

Almost all of the items stolen from vehicles had been left in plain sight, Irvine said.

“Remember, your duffle bag of dirty gym clothes looks like a bag with potential valuables to someone with criminal intent,” she said. Read more

Questions needed for Newcastle candidate forum

August 21, 2015

NEW — 7:29 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

Lake Washington Boulevard blocked

August 20, 2015

NEW — 4:21 p.m. Aug. 20, 2015

A broken-down semitruck and trailer is causing delays on Lake Washington Boulevard.

The truck, which has a large crane on the top, is stalled at the hairpin turn on Lake Washington Boulevard between Denny’s and the Newcastle Shell Station.

The road was partially blocked with traffic control as of 4 p.m. Thursday, according to an e-news blast from the city.

It will be fully blocked later tonight though, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. as workers clear the roadway.

The city says to avoid the area, if possible.

Brown Bear to offer free car washes Aug. 27

August 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 58th anniversary with free car washes Aug. 27

Brown Bear will give away free “Beary Clean” car washes at 21 of its automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area.

For the past nine years, the Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear has provided more than 225,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event generated 26,437 complimentary washes.

This year, one lucky customer will also win free car washes for a year. Enter to win by taking a photo of your newly washed vehicle Aug. 27 and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay. Read more

Packed Aug. 18 council meeting includes Energize Eastside presentations

August 17, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 17, 2015

If you want to get a seat at Tuesday’s Newcastle City Council meeting, you better get there early.

Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project is on the Aug. 18 agenda, and whenever that’s the case, it always draws a large crowd.

Puget Sound Energy and the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy will both give presentations about the proposed plans to include a new electric substation and higher capacity transmission lines through Newcastle, Redmond, Bellevue, Renton and Kirkland.

Those presentations begin at 6 p.m., an hour before the regular council meeting begins. Read more

Coal Miners Cemetery — Part 3

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

This is the third history feature installment about the historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery, on 129th Avenue Southeast, south of the Newcastle Library.

Every cemetery has many stories to tell. Some are sad, some are heartwarming and some help us remember how we have grown as a people.

BackTrackingAt the time of the first burial in 1878, it was unheard of for whites and blacks to be buried in the same cemetery. Chinese would also be excluded. The Newcastle Miner’s Cemetery has both ethnic groups, though there is a distinction.

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Soul Purpose wraps up Concerts in the Park series

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

The fourth and final show of Newcastle’s 2015 Concerts in the Park series is Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Contributed Soul Purpose will wrap up Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series this Wednesday.

Contributed
Soul Purpose will wrap up Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series this Wednesday.

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Two candidates vie for council Position No. 1

August 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015

The city’s election lineup is set, and while there are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, only one race includes more than a single candidate.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will compete to fill the seat being vacated by City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen.

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Incumbents Gordon Bisset and Carol Simpson will each run unopposed to retain their seats. Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman initially drew a challenger for Position No. 3, but Rob Lemmon withdrew. Read more

Groundbreaking times two

August 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 7, 2015

Aegis Gardens, Atlas bring one-of-a-kind communities

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 Greg Farrar Breaking ground on Aegis Gardens July 30 are (from left) Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri; Aegis Living founder and CEO Dwayne Clark; former U.S. ambassador to China, Washington state governor and King County Executive Gary Locke; and current King County Executive Dow Constantine.

By Greg Farrar
Breaking ground on Aegis Gardens July 30 are (from left) Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri; Aegis Living founder and CEO Dwayne Clark; former U.S. ambassador to China, Washington state governor and King County Executive Gary Locke; and current King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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

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