Historical Society hosts speaker at library Sept. 19

September 15, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 2014

The Newcastle Historical Society will host guest speaker Marilyn Tharp Clise at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

Clise’s bloodlines are steeped with Newcastle history. Her great-grandfather came to Newcastle in 1870 and went on to serve in the second Legislature of the state of Washington.

His son, and Clise’s grandfather, John Henry McKnight, was born in Newcastle and went on to become the Renton pioneer that inspired McKnight Middle School’s name.

Newport Hills hosts Community Faire

September 10, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 10, 2014

The Newport Hills community will host its annual Community Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13.

Craft vendors will sell their goods at the event. There will also be food, kid-friendly activities and live music.

The community is introducing a new feature to this year’s event — the “Trading Post.” Residents can bring whatever they desire to see if they can make a swap with a neighbor.

The event will be held at the Newport Hills Shopping Center at the corner of 119th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 56th Street in Bellevue.

Learn more here and on the community’s Facebook page here.

Chamber to host King County sheriff

September 6, 2014

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Sept. 6, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host King County Sheriff John Urquhart at its September luncheon.

Urquhart will give an update on all that’s happening at the King County Sheriff’s Office, and answer audience questions. The city of Newcastle contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP for the luncheon at http://newcastle-chamber.org.

Newcastle Days is Sept. 6

September 4, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 4, 2014

Newcastle will celebrate its 20th year as an incorporated city Sept. 6 with the annual Newcastle Days festival at Lake Boren Park.

The festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a small parade featuring bands, dance troops, cheer squads and Scouts as they make a loop through the park.

The celebration will see the return of old favorites, including the car show, and displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden.

The festival wraps up at 7 p.m. after a performance by headlining band White, starring Newcastle resident/Yes drummer Alan White.

Look for maps, articles and schedule information for this year’s event in the 2014 Newcastle Days guide here.

Police seeking Chase Bank robber

September 3, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 2014

Contributed Newcastle Police are looking for this suspect who robbed the Chase Bank Sept. 2.

Newcastle Police are looking for this suspect who robbed the Chase Bank Sept. 2.

The Newcastle Chase Bank branch was robbed at 1:55 p.m. Sept. 2, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine. Read more

Local businesses to hold Seahawks kickoff tailgate party

September 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks officially open the 2014 regular season Sept. 4, and two local businesses are ready to celebrate in style.

Newcastle’s HomeStreet Bank and B & E Meats and Seafood are throwing a community tailgate party on gameday.

The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at HomeStreet Bank, 6949 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. There will be free food, drinks and prizes, as B & E Meats and Seafood employees grill up their best creations.

The Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

Learn more here.

Wastewater system repair to close parkway lane Sept. 2

August 29, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2014

Bellevue utilities crews will close the outside, northbound lane on Coal Creek Parkway at Forest Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The closure is necessary to make repairs to the sidewalk, manhole and wastewater system. If crews find repairs are going to take longer than one day, the lane closure may last multiple days.

For questions on the road closure, call Bellevue Utilities Operations and Maintenance at 452-7840.

Newcastle Days celebrates 20 years

August 29, 2014

The city of Newcastle officially turned 20 this year.

While the area is home to a century’s worth of coal-mining history, it was only in 1994 that the city became the Newcastle it is today. There were 7,000 residents in the city at the time of incorporation, a number that has grown to more than 10,400.

And as with any birthday milestone, it’s time for a celebration, and it comes in the form of the city’s annual Newcastle Days festival Sept. 6.

“Really, when you think about it, 20 years isn’t old for even a tree, but there’s been a huge amount of change here in Newcastle in the last 20 years,” said Community Activities Commission Chairwoman Diane Lewis, one of the festival’s organizers. Read more

Historical Society preps for busy September

August 29, 2014

Historical Society 2014

The Newcastle Historical Society is in for a busy September with programming at Newcastle Days, the Newcastle Library and the Renton History Museum. Read more

Newcastle teen hailed as ‘future of flight’

August 29, 2014

Jordan Fletcher

Jordan Fletcher

In the June 2014 issue of Alaska Airlines magazine, the company’s vice president of human resources wrote that she has seen the future of flight, and it is indeed very bright.

Tammy Young was talking specifically about 14-year-old Jordan Fletcher, a smart, deep-thinking Newcastle teenager with his eyes perpetually toward the skies.

Jordan already has his future aviation career planned out, and he hasn’t even entered high school. It begins with a specialized education at the prestigious Raisbeck Aviation High School, followed by a stint in the Air Force Academy. Read more

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