Reminder: PSE to answer questions about Energize Eastside April 21

April 19, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. April 19, 2014

It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives.

They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton Technical College cafeteria, 3000 N.E. Fourth St.

The Energize Eastside 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 Newcastle City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the project. Read more

Newcastle celebrates Earth Day, Easter this weekend

April 17, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. April 17, 2014

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.  By Greg Farrar

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.
By Greg Farrar

Earth Day is officially April 22, but Newcastle will celebrate the green holiday April 19 with its sixth annual community festival. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — April 15

April 16, 2014

NEW — 2:55 p.m. April 16, 2014

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

Impact fees

Prior to the regular meeting, council members reviewed an analysis of the city’s traffic and parks impact fee rates.

Impact fees are a comprehensive grouping of charges based on new development within a local municipality. These fees are assessed to pay for capital facility improvement projects necessitated by new development. Read more

Historical Society hosts April 26 cemetery cleanup

April 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2014

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

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The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

The Newcastle Historical Society will host an April 26 work party to clean and spruce up the city’s iconic cemetery. Read more

Impact fees and ordinances on April 15 City Council agenda

April 15, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. April 15, 2014

The Newcastle City Council will hold its second meeting of the month April 15.

Prior to the regular meeting, the council will hold a study session about traffic and parks impact fees.

Impact fees are a comprehensive grouping of charges based on new development within a local municipality. These fees are assessed to pay for capital facility improvement projects necessitated by new development.

The study session is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and go until the general meeting begins at 7 p.m.

During what appears to be a rather light regular meeting, the council will hear a report about the Lake Boren water quality and review two ordinances. Read more

PSE to answer questions about Energize Eastside

April 11, 2014

NEW — 11:05 a.m. April 11, 2014

It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives.

They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton Technical College cafeteria, 3000 NE Fourth St.

The Energize Eastside 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 Newcastle City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the project. Read more

Men attempt to lure child in Newcastle Highlands neighborhood

April 10, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. April 10, 2014

Newcastle Police said two men attempted to lure a young boy into their truck on Wednesday evening.

Police said two men inside a small, white, unmarked pickup truck with an attached black trailer filled with what looked like landscaping tools approached a boy walking his dog in the 14200 block of Southeast 92nd Street between 6:20 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

The driver ordered the boy to get into the truck. The boy then ran to safety.

The car was described as having constant, heavy exhaust, and a visible dent on the driver’s door.

Police said the driver and passenger looked very similar, possibly related. They are described as thin or average-sized white or Hispanic males, aged 25-30. The passenger also had ear spacers in his earlobes. Read more

Newcastle is named a Tree City for seventh year

April 9, 2014

NEW — 4:10 p.m. April 9, 2014

Contributed Volunteers plant trees at Newcastle’s Arbor Day celebration Oct. 26.

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Volunteers plant trees at Newcastle’s Arbor Day celebration Oct. 26.

Newcastle was named a Tree City USA for its seventh straight year in honor of Arbor Day April 9. Read more

Bellevue PD concludes investigation into New Year’s Eve incident

April 9, 2014

NEW — 1:45 p.m. April 9, 2014

The Bellevue Police Department completed its investigation into a King County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested in Newcastle last New Year’s Eve.

Police arrested the deputy in Newcastle Dec. 31, after a citizen called to report the officer was passed out behind the wheel in his parked patrol car. The deputy was placed under arrest for physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal equivalent of a DUI when no driving was observed.

The officer was not a member of the Newcastle Police Department, according to an email from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, and wasn’t working overtime in the city.

A certified drug recognition expert conducted the three-month investigation and showed the deputy was impaired by prescription medications, according to a release from Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate. Read more

Newcastle Earth Day event needs volunteers

April 8, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. April 8, 2014

The organizers of the Newcastle Earth Day festival are seeking volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to set up tables, direct parking, assist with kids activities and help with clean up after the event.

Students can earn community service hours for their time, and those that volunteer four hours or more will receive a special event T-shirt.

Newcastle Earth Day goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Sign up for volunteer shifts here, and learn more about Newcastle Earth Day here.

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