Newcastle man celebrates National Kidney Month by helping others understand the disease

March 25, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. March 25, 2015

By C.B. Bell Newcastle residents Alan Hoshino and his wife Cheryl Hoshino are sharing their story to raise awareness about kidney disease.

By C.B. Bell
Newcastle residents Alan Hoshino and his wife Cheryl Hoshino are sharing their story to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Alan Hoshino knew for years he had kidney issues, but he was mostly able to avoid serious medical problems, thanks to his own vigilance about his health and great medical monitoring. Read more

Issaquah schools seek student art for calendar

March 23, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. March 23, 2015

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2015-2016 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Melissa Johnson at with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, school, and teacher, as well as parent name and email in your message. Make sure your digital pictures are taken straight on (eye level, not crooked) and without flash/lighting irregularities.  Read more

Newcastle woman charged with immigrant-investor fraud

March 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 18, 2015

Authorities on Tuesday arrested a Newcastle woman on charges she and her former husband fraudulently obtained EB-5 immigrant-investor visas to enter the United States and laundered money from China to buy a home on the Eastside.

Shilan Zhao, 51, and her ex-husband Jianjun Qiao, 51, knowingly made false statements to get visas through the federal program, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

When the divorced couple applied for the investor visas, officials allege, they falsely claimed they were married and declared that the $500,000 they invested through EB-5 was obtained lawfully. Officials allege that Qiao embezzled the money from a Chinese grain warehouse he directed in Henan province.

Zhao appeared in federal court in Seattle on Tuesday and was held without bond, officials said. Qiao, also known as Feng Li, is being sought by U.S. authorities. If convicted, they could be sentenced to federal prison. Read more

Hazelwood PTSA offering college scholarships

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. March 15, 2015

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high-school seniors who attended the Newcastle primary school.

Former Mustangs who are part of the class of 2015 and hold at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply for the awards. The $1,000 scholarships are applied toward the winners’ first-year tuition at any accredited university.

Required application materials, due April 17, include a high-school transcript, letter of recommendation and more.

Application materials are available here and in the counseling offices at Hazen, Lindbergh, Newport and Renton high schools.

Local legislators to host town-hall meeting March 14

March 11, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. March 11, 2015

Residents can join local legislators to discuss the ongoing session in Olympia at a town hall meeting in Bellevue this Saturday.

Meet state Sen. Steve Litzow and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn — 41st Legislative District lawmakers — at the March 14 meeting.

The legislators, all three from Mercer Island, will provide an update on the legislative session and take questions from constituents.

Litzow, Clibborn and Senn will visit Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, 14100 Somerset Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon. Read more

Waste Management’s David Della to speak at chamber luncheon

March 10, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 10, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Waste Management at its March luncheon.

David Della, Waste Management’s public sector manager for the region, will talk about the company’s public outreach efforts. Waste Management is responsible for collecting the Newcastle community’s waste every week.

The company is a regular sponsor of Newcastle Chamber and city of Newcastle events. Most recently, Della awarded the Newcastle Chamber Diamond Award trophy for Education to Margaret Strong.

The March luncheon begins at 11 a.m. March 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

Elite basketball academy to call Newcastle home

March 5, 2015

Jasen Baskett and his Emerald City Basketball Academy were homeless.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Pacific Courts, a new gym featuring two full-sized basketball courts, is set to open in Newcastle on March 9. The facility will serve as a headquarters for the Emerald City Basketball Academy.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Pacific Courts, a new gym featuring two full-sized basketball courts, is set to open in Newcastle on March 9. The facility will serve as a headquarters for the Emerald City Basketball Academy.

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Chamber Executive Director Imelda Dulcich to step down

March 5, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is losing a key administrative member.

Executive Director Imelda Dulcich announced publicly Feb. 11 that she is resigning from the chamber to focus more on the clients of her public relations firm.

Imelda Dulcich 2015

“I am privileged to have worked with so many wonderful members of the community in my work as executive director,” she said in a news release. “My joy has been working with the chamber board to help our members succeed by providing opportunities to build connections, increase visibility and learn through our educational events.” Read more

Coal Creek Utility District approves building sale

March 5, 2015

Coal Creek Utility District commissioners unanimously approved a deal Feb. 25 to sell its former operations building to the city of Newcastle.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay the district $250,000 for the 129th Avenue Southeast building appraised at about $740,000. In addition, the city will agree not to assume the utility for the next 10 years.

The deal has been surrounded by controversy since the Newcastle City Council first approved it in a 4-3 vote Sept. 16. Council members approved it again, by the same vote, Jan. 20.

CCUD Commissioners Pam Martin, Ric Anderson and Doug Kunkel approved the deal after holding a required public hearing on the subject Feb. 11. Read more

Remembering historian Milt Swanson and his stories

March 5, 2015

Whether Newcastle residents know it or not, March 29 is a significant date in the city’s history. On that day, in 1918, Ernest Milton Swanson was born. Milt, as he was known, was born and raised in Newcastle, and is single-handedly responsible for protecting the city’s history.

A founder of the Newcastle Historical Society, Swanson knew more about Newcastle’s history than anyone, because he actually lived it. Swanson died at the age of 95 in January 2014. In this month’s history feature, Newcastle City Councilman, and history buff, Rich Crispo recalls his favorite Swanson stories. Read more

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