Friends group to host book sale March 7

February 26, 2015

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015

The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host a mini book sale March 7.

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 5 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.

Liberty girls basketball team wins district title

February 23, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 23, 2015

It’s official.

The Liberty High School girls basketball season is starting to feel mighty similar to one Cinderella-type playoff run the school witnessed in 2013.

After the underdog Patriots knocked off No. 3-ranked White River in the District 2/3 tournament Feb. 18, the parallels to the Liberty soccer team’s state-winning run are hard to miss.

It’s not quite the statement the Patriots’ soccer squad made when it sent home undefeated, No. 1-ranked Columbia River, but the 62-52 win over White River similarly opened eyes across the state and made people take notice of the Patriots. Read more

Liberty, Hazen athletes ready for big weekend at state

February 19, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2015

Athletes from across the state will descend on the Tacoma Dome this weekend to compete in both the Mat Classic XXVII and the state gymnastics meet.

Liberty and Hazen will both be well-represented at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 20-21. The Highlanders will send five athletes, while the Patriots will send three.

For the Patriots, Conner Small (170), Romney Noel (182) and Joanna Moreira (135) each qualified for the Mat Classic.

The Highlanders will send Anthony Scott (106), Tyson Mowrey (113), Nik Vargas (132), Derek Nichols (138) and Raven Svenson (155) to the Dome. Read more

Trails group annual meeting is Feb. 23

February 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 18, 2015

Newcastle Trails’ annual meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Newcastle Library.

The public meeting is open to all. It begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, maps and handouts.

The official meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group will discuss its 2014 accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year.

Lorrie Peterson, program manager for Bellevue’s Parks and Community Services Department will be the guest speaker.

Peterson will talk about Bellevue’s greatly improved Coal Creek Trail, which now has better connections to Newcastle. Read more

RSD development agreement, Newcastle 2035 on Feb. 17 council agenda

February 14, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Feb. 14, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will hold its second meeting of the month Feb. 17.

There are only two items listed under the evening’s general business, but both are vital components to the city’s future.

First, the council will consider a development agreement with the Renton School District pertaining to construction of the new middle school.

The agreement proposes relief to the 30-feet height restriction in that particular zoning area. It would allow the district to construct the school building to a maximum of 45-feet, if approved. Read more

City Council to hold annual retreat Saturday

February 12, 2015

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Feb. 12, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will hold its annual goal-setting retreat on Valentine’s Day.

A review of city goals, an analysis of city strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, and strategic priorities are among the agenda items. View the full agenda here.

The all day affair goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Golf Club of Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. The retreat will take place in the Muirfield Room, located on the second floor of the main clubhouse.

The meeting is open to residents, but the council will not provide a public comment period.

Chamber Executive Director Imelda Dulcich to step down

February 11, 2015

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Feb. 11, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is losing a key administrative member.

Executive Director Imelda Dulcich announced publicly Feb. 11 that she is resigning from the chamber to focus more on the clients of her public relations firm.

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“I am privileged to have worked with so many wonderful members of the community in my work as executive director,” she said in a news release. “My joy has been working with the chamber board to help our members succeed by providing opportunities to build connections, increase visibility and learn through our educational events.” Read more

Mayor will give State of the City address Feb. 11

February 10, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 10, 2015

File Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

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Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

Mayor Steve Buri will give his update on all things Newcastle at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon Feb. 11. Read more

From ant to zebra

February 6, 2015

Newcastle author illustrates the ABCs for a good cause

By Christina Corrales-Toy By Christina Corrales-Toy Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore Jan. 22.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore Jan. 22.

Newcastle resident Dana Sullivan doesn’t always wear bunny rabbit slippers in public, but when he does, it’s for a gaggle of adorable children. Read more

City Council approves controversial building buy

February 6, 2015

The Newcastle City Council officially authorized City Manager Rob Wyman to go ahead with the controversial purchase of a Coal Creek Utility District-owned building at the Jan. 20 regular meeting.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay $250,000 for the 129th Avenue Southeast building appraised at about $750,000. In addition, the city will agree not to assume the utility for the next 10 years.

The purchase has been surrounded by controversy since the council first approved it in a 4-3 vote Sept. 16. Deputy Mayor John Drescher, Councilman Gordon Bisset and Councilman Rich Crispo voted against the deal then, and did it again Jan. 20.

Former and current council members alike have raised questions about the agreement’s legality, feasibility and the logic behind giving up the city’s right to take over the district for the next decade. Read more

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