Concerts in the Park series continues Off the Hook

July 28, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. July 28, 2015

Contributed Off the Hook will play Newcastle's Concerts in the Park on July 29.

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Off the Hook will play Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park on July 29.

Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series continues Wednesday when Off the Hook, a classic funk and soul band, brings its brand of “old skool kool” to Lake Boren Park. Read more

Video — Italene Gaddis performs at Newcastle Library

July 27, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. July 27, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

Local musician, poet and author Italene Gaddis brought her brand of feel-good music to the Newcastle Library last Saturday. Read more

Council approves speed humps for Southeast 75th Street corridor

July 23, 2015

NEW — 3:25 p.m. July 23, 2015

Neighbors living on the Southeast 75th Street corridor are getting their speed humps.

The Newcastle City Council instructed staff to initiate the installation of the speed humps to reduce speeds on the street.

It’s a win for a neighborhood that pleaded with the city to do something about unsafe speeds on their streets for quite some time.

In the past, residents said they have concerns about letting their children play in yards, and are concerned about the effect the speeds have on a nearby bus stop as students wait for and exit the vehicle. Read more

Newcastle Library’s ‘Music Space’ is Saturday

July 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2015

Musician Italene Gaddis has no problem traveling across Western Washington, performing daily at various sites.

Luckily for her, she won’t have to travel far for a special July 25 gig.

The 90-year-old Newcastle resident’s commute will be just minutes when she performs at the Newcastle Library’s day of music.

Gaddis’ performance is just a small part of a day dedicated to music education, music crafts and music programs for all ages.

The “Music Space” event starts at 10 a.m. At that time, attendees can take advantage of three hands-on activities. Read more

Council to discuss traffic calming at July 21 meeting

July 20, 2015

NEW —  4:15 p.m. July 20, 2015

A subject that dominated discussion at Newcastle’s town hall meeting last month is on the agenda for the City Council’s second meeting of July.

The council is set to talk about traffic calming measures on Southeast 75th Street in its first general business item of the evening.

Last month, neighbors used the town hall forum to express concerns about speeding on the street.

They also came to last year’s town hall meeting and at least one Newcastle City Council meeting in 2014 to ask the city for traffic-calming measures on the street. Read more

‘Broadway at Boren’ auditions are July 29

July 16, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. July 16, 2015

The city’s premier summer event is stretching to two days this year. Save the date for Newcastle Days, Sept. 11-12.

The day before the main Sept. 12 festival, the city will host “Broadway at Boren,” a theater production on the stage at Lake Boren Park, followed by a family fun concert featuring ’50s, ’60s and ’70’s music.

“Broadway at Boren” is meant to be a true community event, with Newcastle residents making up the onstage talent.

The city will host auditions for the Sept. 11 concert. Come prepared with a one-minute song from any Broadway show. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key; accompanist will be provided. No recordings or a cappella singing.

“We’re looking for groups, duets and solos,” Kirchner said. “Sing your favorite piece for auditions and maybe we’ll include it in the show.” Read more

Concerts in the Park series starts next week

July 13, 2015

NEW — 3:50 p.m. July 13, 2015

Later this month, the city’s slate of summer events continues with its annual Concerts in the Park series.

For the second straight year, The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band featuring artists from Seattle, Detroit and San Francisco, will kick off the concert series July 22.

Off the Hook, a classic funk and soul band, brings its brand of “old skool kool” to the park July 29, followed by vocalist Kellee Bradley on Aug. 5 and Soul Purpose, a soul and classic rock band, Aug. 12.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but attendees should get there early to take advantage of food vendors selling their offerings.

All concerts last about an hour and a half, and are at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Star of Hope Centre fundraiser is July 11

July 9, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. July 9, 2015

Dana Sullivan’s annual dance benefiting the Star of Hope Centre orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya, is July 11.

The Newcastle author and illustrator’s sixth annual fundraiser collects money for the orphanage that inspired his book “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari.”

The Star of Hope Centre was originally developed as an orphanage for children who lost their parents through the rise of HIV/AIDs, armed conflict, malaria and other diseases, or have been abandoned by teenage parents unable to care for them.

The facility’s mission has expanded to include a primary school to the local community. It currently serves about 150 children (including those residing in the orphanage). Read more

Energize Eastside, traffic calming, dominate town hall

July 2, 2015

Speed bumps and power lines were the hot topics of conversation at the city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting June 16.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

During the meeting’s second hour, the Newcastle City Council fielded audience questions, with a sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street using the time to express concerns about speeding on the street. Read more

Fourth of July kicks off summer schedule

July 2, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

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