Friends of Renton Schools fundraiser set for April 28

April 24, 2014

NEW — 10:50 a.m. April 24, 2014

The Friends of Renton Schools will host its fifth annual benefit breakfast, headlined by speaker Randy Gardiner, on April 28.

Gardiner is the president, CEO and chairman of the locally based Red Dot Corp., the leading manufacturer of heaters and air conditioners for commercial and military vehicles.

The benefit is the main fundraiser for the school foundation that provides supplemental funding to support the Renton School District. This year, donations will go toward the new funding priorities in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The breakfast is free, although there is an opportunity to donate. Donations to the organization are 100 percent tax deductible. Read more

Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 22, 2014

NEW — 10:50 a.m. April 22, 2014

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons. Read more

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

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