Local issues, national candidates in Nov. 4 general election

October 30, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014

The Nov. 4 general election has several incumbent legislators, both national and local, up for re-election.

The ballot also features initiatives seeking voter input on the future of K-12 classroom size and the enforcement of background checks for gun purchasers.

Here’s a quick look at the candidates and initiatives. Learn more by reading the complete voters’ guide online.

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Liberty soccer team hosts Down syndrome awareness night

October 27, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 2014

On April 29, 2002, Melissa Wyman and husband Kevin won what she calls, “the ticket of a lifetime.”

It was the day the Liberty High School soccer coach welcomed her son, Campbell, now a sports-loving, determined 12-year-old that just happens to have Down syndrome.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. You don’t know what to expect,” Wyman said. “You hear people say he’s not going to be able do this or that, but I sure wasn’t about to let someone tell me what or who my son should be. He will be Campbell.”

Inspired by Campbell, Wyman, who coaches the Patriots’ C team, and sister-in-law Demaree Kieburtz, who coaches Issaquah’s C team, worked together to create an event that raises awareness about Down syndrome. Read more

Newcastle PD warns public about phone scam

October 23, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014

A phone scam seen throughout the nation and, more locally, at the county level, has recently targeted Newcastle residents, according to a news release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

During the fraudulent call, the caller states he or she is from the King County Sheriff’s Office and goes on to report that the resident has a warrant our for his or her arrest due to a missed jury duty. Sometimes the caller says that the targeted resident’s child or grandchild is in police custody.

“The caller tells the victim that they need to either provide information or go to a store and get a Green Dot cash card, then provide that information to the caller in order to clear the warrant,” Irvine said. “They tell the victim they will be arrested and thrown in jail if they do not cooperate.”

This is a scam, Irvine said. The King County Sheriff’s Office does not call people asking for money to avoid arrest. Never release personal information over the telephone to any unknown caller. Read more

Cold and flu season is here

October 22, 2014

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Oct. 22, 2014

Thorough hand washing is your best defense. Now is the time to review good hand washing practices with children, and if your diligence has slipped, it is time to recommit.

The common cold and the flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses, but they share similar symptoms. Both can cause cough, sore throat, sneezing, fever, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, it can be difficult even for doctors to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

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City to unveil 2015 preliminary budget at Oct. 21 meeting

October 20, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2014

Newcastle Finance Director Christine Olson will present the 2015 preliminary budget at the City Council’s Tuesday meeting, according to the Oct. 21 agenda.

It also represents the first of three public hearings, giving residents a chance to comment on the document. According to a preliminary budget calendar, the council will also hold public hearings on Nov. 4 and 18.

The budget is slated for adoption Dec. 2, though dates are subject to change.

Mayor Steve Buri is also expected to make an appointment to the Community Activities Commission. The city is still seeking applications for a spot on the advisory board, since more than one seat was vacant. Learn more here.

The Tuesday City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 12385 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. View the full agenda here.

Register now to vote in Nov. 4 election

October 18, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 2014

People need to be registered by Oct. 27 to vote in the Nov. 4 general election in King County.

To register, you have a choice of going to Renton or Seattle.

The King County Elections Office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Seattle Voter Registration Annex is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. It’s in the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 440, Seattle.

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City celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday

October 17, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014

The city of Newcastle will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting event Oct. 18.

From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will dig and plant several honorary trees at Donegal Park on the corner of 123rd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 74th Street.

The city will provide refreshments, tools and gloves. Volunteers can earn community service hours.

Arbor Day is in April, but the city celebrates it now due to better planting conditions. The city’s annual celebration is one of the reasons the Washington State Department of Natural Resources recognizes Newcastle as a Tree City USA community.

City still seeking to fill commission vacancy

October 14, 2014

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Oct. 14, 2014

The city of Newcastle is still looking for a volunteer to serve on the Community Activities Commission.

Seven Newcastle residents serve on the commission, facilitating events and programs in the city. The city is looking for enthusiastic candidates, ready to enhance the quality of life in Newcastle.

“Commissioners are an important part of making Newcastle unique due to their involvement in projects that improve the city’s extensive trail system, create awareness of Newcastle’s historical and cultural heritage and provide opportunities for people to volunteer,” city staff wrote in a press release. “The work of this Commission directly contributes to the distinguishing characteristics of this city that lead Money magazine to name Newcastle one of the best small towns in America.”

Applicants must be Newcastle residents, at least 18 years of age and have an interest in community events, city parks and recreational programs. Read more

Notes from Newcastle: Library sightings confirmed

October 10, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 10, 2014

When you go to the library, you expect to see friendly librarians skittering about. However, during the summer there were Newcastle Librarians turning up all over the community.

What type of events drove these librarians out of their natural habitat? Librarians were spotted conducting story times at the YMCA, attending City Council meetings and Chamber luncheons (with members of the Teen Leadership Board), and piloting the shiny, new bright red Mobile Learning Lab at the YMCA summer camp and Lake Boren.

Rest assured that you can still find your favorite librarians within the Newcastle Library walls eagerly waiting to assist you in finding your next great read or providing guidance on KCLS resources for your next research project. We also have many exciting programs to look forward to this fall, especially if you are a middle school or high school student. Read more

Seattle task force seeks Rent Money Bandit

October 6, 2014

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2014

Contributed Police are seeking this man connected to a string of bank robberies in Issaquah, Bellevue and Newcastle.

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Police are seeking this man connected to a string of bank robberies in Issaquah, Bellevue and Newcastle.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue. Read more

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