City of Newcastle to host Fourth of July spectacular

June 30, 2015

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 30, 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

Keep your pet safe in hot weather

June 25, 2015

NEW — 3:35 p.m. June 25, 2015

With temperatures soaring into the 90s, Seattle Humane reminds pet owners to keep their furry friends safe from the heat.

Do not leave your pet in your vehicle. Even at 70 degrees, the interior of a car can rise to 160 degrees in less than five minutes. Parking in the shade with the windows cracked is also dangerous.

Your pet’s footpads contain sweat glands that help keep him cool, and the feet are particularly vulnerable to hot surfaces. Sidewalks, pavement, sand and especially black asphalt can reach blistering temperatures in direct sunlight and cause nasty burns on your pet’s feet.

Signs of burned footpads include: Read more

Mack Strong’s annual charity golf tournament is July 1

June 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2015

Former Seattle Seahawk, and Newcastle resident, Mack Strong will host his annual charity golf tournament and dinner auction July 1 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event, in its eighth year, supports Strong’s TEAM-WORKS Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Zoe to empower at-risk youths toward a better future.

TEAM-WORKS partners with entities in the Northwest to offer mentoring services for disadvantaged youths and their families in indigenous, minority and impoverished communities. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to encourage kids to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character. Read more

Construction to cause lane closures, traffic delays

June 17, 2015

NEW — 11:50 a.m. June 17, 2015

Newcastle drivers should be aware of a few upcoming traffic impacts connected to various construction projects.

First, Lakemont Boulevard Southeast will be closed between Forest Drive Southeast and 155th Avenue Southeast starting at 5 a.m. June 20. It will reopen at 5 a.m. June 22 with alternating one-way traffic.

Drivers will be detoured onto Forest Drive Southeast, Coal Creek Parkway or Newcastle Golf Club Road, depending on where they are coming from. View the full detour map here.

While Lakemont Boulevard is not in Newcastle, many residents use it as an alternate way into the city, especially those coming from Issaquah. The closure is necessary to complete a city of Bellevue roadway improvement project. Read more

Local author/artist Dana Sullivan hosts classes

June 15, 2015

NEW — 12:55 p.m. June 15, 2015

Newcastle News readers see local author/illustrator Dana Sullivan’s work featured monthly in a cartoon accompanying Pat Detmer’s column.

Now, you can learn from the man himself in two upcoming classes.

The first is a picture book illustration class offered June 23-July 28 at the Kirkland Arts Center. The six-week intensive boot camp that will leave you with a finished book dummy suitable for submission. Need not be an artist, just a willingness to work and stretch your imagination. Learn more here.

The second class is geared toward teens. Sullivan will take students step-by-step through the process of turning your original idea into a graphic novel. Drawing skills are not necessary, but imagination is a must, Sullivan said.  Read more

High schools celebrate class of 2015

June 10, 2015

NEW — 12:20 p.m. June 10, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy A 2014 Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap at the Highlanders graduation ceremony last year. Both Liberty and Hazen students will receive their diplomas June 12.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A 2014 Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap at the Highlanders graduation ceremony last year. Both Liberty and Hazen students will receive their diplomas June 12.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2015 with the annual commencement ceremonies. Read more

Chamber to host Police Chief Melinda Irvine

June 8, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. June 8, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine at its June luncheon.

Irvine will provide the latest on what’s going on in the Newcastle Police Department and answer any audience questions.

The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. June 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $22 for chamber members and $27 for nonmembers. RSVP for the luncheon at http://newcastle-chamber.org.

Candidate filings set up one City Council race

June 4, 2015

The 2015 general election ballot will tell a different story, but there’s really only one contested Newcastle City Council race.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will face off for council Position No. 1, currently held by Councilwoman Lisa Jensen, who announced she would not file for re-election.

But only Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman will actively run for Position No. 3, despite the fact that Rob Lemmon’s name will appear alongside his.

Lemmon, a former planning commissioner who resigned in December, said “logistical issues” prevented a successful attempt to withdraw his name from the race. He filed to withdraw before King County Elections’ deadline, though, he said. Read more

City’s annual town hall meeting is June 16

June 4, 2015

It’s that time again to get answers to those burning questions about Newcastle city operations.

Want to know where your tax dollars go? Need an update on local crime trends or new development? Want to meet the Newcastle City Council?

You can get answers to these questions and more at the city’s annual town-hall meeting June 16, held again at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Described in a news release as an effort to “facilitate good communication between residents and our government,” the town hall is the city’s ultimate outreach tool. Read more

Renton School District’s superintendent resigns

June 4, 2015

The Renton School District is back on the market for a new district leader.

Less than two years after she took office, Superintendent Merri Rieger announced her resignation, and the Renton School Board accepted it at its May 13 meeting.

Merri Rieger

Merri Rieger

Rieger’s resignation is effective June 30. In order to ensure a smooth transition for the interim superintendent, Rieger will step aside from the daily superintendent duties immediately, according to a statement from the district. Read more

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