Fabulous Roof Shakers kick off Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park

July 22, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. July 22, 2014

Contributed The Fabulous Roof Shakers perform from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Lake Boren Park.

The Fabulous Roof Shakers perform from 7-8:30 p.m. July 23 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off on Wednesday, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band. Read more

King County deputy found asleep in patrol car is fired

July 17, 2014

NEW — 12:45 p.m. July 17, 2014

King County Sheriff John Urquhart has fired a deputy who was arrested in Newcastle on New Year’s Eve.

The deputy, who was found on-duty and asleep in his patrol car, had prescription drugs in his system, according to a previous report from the Bellevue Police Department.

No details were released on the termination this week of Deputy Whitney Richtmyer, pending the release of paperwork outlining the findings.

Urquhart said he fired Richtmyer after meeting Tuesday with the deputy in a so-called Loudermillhearing, where deputies are allowed a final opportunity to plead their case. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — July 15

July 16, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. July 16, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its second meeting of the month July 15. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Energize Eastside

For the second straight meeting, the Newcastle City Council had a full audience, as neighbors gathered to hear another presentation about Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project.

This time, the citizen group Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy (CENSE) had the chance to offer its own presentation about the project. Read more

Weeklong traffic snarl starts Friday on I-90

July 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 16, 2014

One westbound lane will close for seven days

Drivers of westbound Interstate 90 should ready themselves for significant delays due to a $1.6 million construction project that begins July 18.

Westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way for seven days as the Washington State Department of Transportation replaces the expansion joints on the East Channel bridge, which connects Mercer Island to Bellevue over a small channel of Lake Washington.

Prepare for traffic backups June 18-25 as workers repair two 92-foot-long expansion joints that  are deteriorating on Interstate 90 near Mercer Island.

Prepare for traffic backups June 18-25 as workers repair two 92-foot-long expansion joints that are deteriorating on Interstate 90 near Mercer Island.

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County report, Energize Eastside and more on July 15 City Council agenda

July 14, 2014

NEW — 5 p.m. July 14, 2014

If you want a seat at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, you’d better make it down to City Hall early.

Council chambers will likely be packed for the second meeting in a row, as the Newcastle City Council hears a citizen presentation about Energize Eastside.

The Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy (CENSE) will offer its thoughts on Puget Sound Energy’s project and what it means for the community.

At the July 1 meeting, the Olympus Homeowners Association spoke about the project and encouraged the Newcastle City Council to stay engaged in the process. Read more

King County prepares for weekend heat wave

July 11, 2014

NEW — 4:25 p.m. July 11, 2014

The mercury could reach 90 degrees in the days ahead, and as temperatures rise, so do the risks for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

State public health officials recommend people seeking relief from high temperatures to visit air-conditioned places, such as public libraries, shopping malls or movie theaters. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help people stay cooler once they get back into the heat.

State Department of Health officials remind people to stay indoors and in air-conditioned environments as much as possible, and to drink plenty of fluids — but not beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.

For residents headed outside in the heat, plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day, before the temperature rises. Remember to take frequent breaks when working outdoors. Read more

Newcastle Library seeking ‘The Voice’

July 9, 2014

NEW — 2:05 p.m. July 9, 2014

Contributed Newcastle librarian Vicki Heck models the prize package for 'The Voice' competition.

Newcastle librarian Vicki Heck models the prize package for ‘The Voice’ competition.

O say, can you sing “The Star-Spangled Banner?” Read more

Chamber hosts Rep. Judy Clibborn

July 8, 2014

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 8, 2014

Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-41

State Rep. Judy Clibborn will be the featured speaker at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s July 9 luncheon.

The Mercer Island Democrat is the chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and also sits on the Health Care and Wellness Committee.

She lists her legislative priorities on her website as creating a sound transportation system that protects trade-dependent businesses throughout the state and keeps Washington’s economy globally competitive; continuing to increase job opportunities for working families; and ensuring adequate health care coverage is accessible to all Washingtonians. Read more

PSE to answer Energize Eastside questions July 7

July 6, 2014

NEW — 2:55 p.m. July 6, 2014

Puget Sound Energy will answers questions about its Energize Eastside project at a July 7 forum in Redmond.

The project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently undecided. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood, and many residents attended the April 1 and July 1 Newcastle City Council meetings to voice their concerns about the project.

The segment of concern for Newcastle is Route M, which is located from Southeast 95th Way to Newcastle Way. The corridor is on the westside of the Eden’s Grove subdivision and on the eastside of the Olympus and Hazelwood communities.

The question-and-answer session goes from 6-9 p.m. at the Redmond Marriott Town Center, 7401 164th Ave. N.E.

Wanted: Newcastle Fourth of July photos

July 4, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. July 4, 2014

The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is set for Friday at Lake Boren Park.

Residents can start filing into the park at 6 p.m. July 4. Vendors will serve hot dogs, kettle corn and more. Soul Siren, a band whose appearance is sponsored by The Golf Club at Newcastle, will take the park stage from 8-10 p.m.

The fireworks show starts shortly after it gets dark, or at about 10 p.m.

The city’s annual Independence Day celebration is able to continue this year, thanks to title sponsor AvalonBay Communities Inc.

Newcastle News wants to see your photos from the Newcastle Fourth of July celebration. Email photos or video of your patriotic fun to newcastle@isspress.com, tweet them to @NewcastleNewsWA or post them on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewcastleNewsWA.

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