Newcastle Fruit and Produce to host tree-lighting ceremony

November 24, 2014

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Nov. 24, 2014

Contributed This 20-foot tree will make a valiant appearance at the Newcastle Fruit and Produce's holiday event Nov. 26.

Contributed
This 20-foot tree will make a valiant appearance at the Newcastle Fruit and Produce’s holiday event Nov. 26.

 

The Newcastle Fruit & Produce stand will host the community’s second annual tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 29. Read more

And the 2014 Diamond Awards go to…

November 20, 2014

NEW — 9:45 p.m. Nov. 20, 2014

The 2014 Diamond Awards winners show off their new hardware Nov. 20.

The 2014 Diamond Awards winners show off their new hardware Nov. 20.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce received a whopping 44 nominees for the 2014 Diamond Awards, celebrating top community members, and the winners were announced at a lavish celebration at The Golf Club at Newcastle Nov. 20. Read more

Newport Way book sale this weekend

November 20, 2014

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Nov. 20, 2014

Didn’t get your fill of books at last week’s Newcastle Library book sale? No worries, a neighboring library has you covered.

The Newport Way Library Association’s used book sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. The library is at 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue.

The sale includes a huge assortment of gently used books spanning several genres with most costing only $1. Proceeds benefit the Newport Way Library.

Learn more about the Newport Way Library here.

Newcastle Diamond Awards ceremony is Thursday

November 15, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 15, 2014

The Golf Club at Newcastle will literally roll out the red carpet for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards Nov. 20.

This will be the second year the Diamond Awards ceremony takes place in the evening at the golf course. Based on last year’s event, the chamber board determined that it would continue with the evening time frame and format in 2014.

The Newcastle Diamond Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes community members who do good things in the greater Newcastle area. The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on his or her contribution to the community.

Winners and nominees demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done. Read more

Friends group hosts Nov. 15 book sale

November 13, 2014

NEW — 4:40 p.m. Nov. 13, 2014

The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host a mini book sale Nov. 15.

The group will take over the library lobby, where it will sell hundreds of books for all ages in a wide-ranging selection of genres, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way.

The group sponsors additional library programs through its book sales. It gladly accepts donations of gently used books throughout the year. Bring them to the library’s front desk.

Learn more about the Friends of the Newcastle Library at www.facebook.com/FriendsOfNewcastleLibrary.

Newport Woods community concerned about proposed development

November 11, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 11, 2014

Newcastle resident Rick Bell is questioning his commitment to the city of Newcastle for the first time.

The longtime Newport Woods resident is an active community member, who donates much of his free time cleaning up city parks and trails with the Weed Warriors organization. He poured thousands of dollars into remodeling his Newcastle home, rather than buying a new one, because, as he puts it, “We love the people and the quietness of the location.”

But a proposed multifamily, mixed-use development along Newcastle Way, just beside City Hall, has him and his neighbors wondering how much longer the city will remain the quaint Newcastle they fell in love with.

“We’re not against development,” he said. “But we never thought it would be a monster like this.”

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City Council combs over 2015 budget

November 7, 2014

The Newcastle City Council began reviewing City Manager Rob Wyman’s 2015 preliminary budget at its second October meeting.

The proposed budget places emphasis on public safety, setting the groundwork for an additional police officer in 2016, and outlines a robust capital investment program.

“I truly feel that the budget presented here provides a great value for the residents of Newcastle while reflecting the appropriate priorities, such as public safety,” Wyman wrote in the budget’s introduction.

The city could spend upward of $2.5 million on transportation projects if the budget is approved as is. In addition to the $550,000 the council commits annually to a pavement overlay program, residents could see projects such as pedestrian improvements to Southeast 73rd Place and the installation of flashing left-turn signals along Coal Creek Parkway in 2015. Read more

Biden hails Renton Tech as vital path to reviving middle class

November 7, 2014

By Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times Vice President Joe Biden (left) holds a machined object as he talks to instructor Adam Pohlman during a tour of Renton Technical College.

By Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times
Vice President Joe Biden (left) holds a machined object as he talks to instructor Adam Pohlman during a tour of Renton Technical College.

Vice President Joe Biden toured a Renton Technical College job-training program Oct. 9, promoting the federal grants that support it as a way to help the middle class regain its footing. Read more

Diamond Awards are Nov. 20

November 7, 2014

The Golf Club at Newcastle will literally roll out the red carpet for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards Nov. 20.

This will be the second year the Diamond Awards ceremony takes place in the evening at the golf course. Based on last year’s event, the chamber board determined that it would continue with the evening time frame and format in 2014.

The Newcastle Diamond Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes community members who do good things in the greater Newcastle area. The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on his or her contribution to the community.

Winners and nominees demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done. Read more

October police blotter

November 7, 2014

Abducted Acura

A 1999 Acura parked in the 6800 block of 132nd Place Southeast was stolen between Oct. 1 and 2.

Precious jewels

More than $1,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home in the 8000 block of 116th Avenue Southeast on Oct. 3.

Trailhead treachery Read more

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