Bellevue Police arrest Newcastle postal worker for assault

October 3, 2014

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Oct. 3, 2014

Bellevue Police arrested a 55-year-old postal worker from Newcastle for assault Oct. 3.

Police responded to the reported assault on 160th Avenue Southeast, in front of Phantom Lake Elementary School, at 11:15 a.m., according to a Bellevue Police Department release.

When officers arrived, they learned a postal worker, driving a marked postal-service vehicle, intentionally hit an individual with the postal vehicle she was driving.

The incident started when the victim allegedly saw the postal worker yelling obscenities at another citizen. The victim became concerned about the postal worker’s behavior, and decided to take a photo of the vehicle in order to file a complaint with the postal service. Read more

‘Little giant’ makes history come to life

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Rich Crispo, Newcastle councilman, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson's coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native's contributions to preserving the city's history. The Renton History Museum's Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

By Greg Farrar
Rich Crispo, Newcastle councilman, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

The first thing visitors see upon walking into the Renton History Museum’s Newcastle exhibit is, appropriately, a tribute to a man that means so much to the city’s history. Read more

City looks to add youth voice

October 3, 2014

Newcastle teen leads charge to get peers involved in city government

The Newcastle City Council explored the possibility of adding a youth voice to its government structure at its Sept. 16 regular meeting.

The discussion comes after Newcastle teen James Ricks approached Mayor Steve Buri about the feasibility of creating a youth advisory board to the council.

“I want youth to care about Newcastle,” Ricks said. “Whether that’s evident in service projects, involvement in planning activities or tutoring, I want youth to be involved because they care about the city they live in.” Read more

Newcastle receives $255,000 Lake Boren grant

October 3, 2014

The city of Newcastle received a $255,000 King County Flood Control District grant that will help ease flooding at Lake Boren.

The district’s executive committee recommended Aug. 18 that Newcastle receive a portion of $2.6 million in grants available from a newly created program aimed at reducing the impact of local flooding. That recommendation was approved Sept. 29.

“This grant funding will allow the city of Newcastle to address longstanding flooding issues dating back prior to the city’s incorporation,” Reagan Dunn, King County Councilman representing Newcastle and chairman of the King County Flood Control District, said in a news release.

The city of Newcastle’s Lake Boren flooding mitigation project will receive $255,000 to improve the outlet channel by clearing and removing any overflow blockages at Boren Creek. Read more

Newcastle boy stars in local commercial

October 3, 2014

Contributed Newcastle resident Max Willoughby, 9, stars in his first TV commercial, a promotional ad for the upcoming Seattle Auto Show.

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Newcastle resident Max Willoughby, 9, stars in his first TV commercial, a promotional ad for the upcoming Seattle Auto Show.

Newcastle resident Max Willoughby is a performer. Read more

Budget season calendar unveiled

October 3, 2014

It’s that time of year again, as the Newcastle City Council works to set the city’s 2015 budget.

Finance Director Chris Olson unveiled a preliminary budget calendar at the City Council’s Sept. 16 meeting. The outlined plan shows that the City Council will receive the preliminary budget document Oct. 11.

Residents then have three opportunities to offer comments about the budget. The City Council will hold public hearings during its regular meetings at City Hall, 12385 Newcastle Way, Suite 200, on Oct. 21, and Nov. 4 and 18.

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

Renton Tech named to national top 10 list

October 3, 2014

Renton Technical College was named among the top-10 two-year colleges in the nation, earning the chance to compete for a $1 million prize.

The Aspen Institute first recognized the school as one of the nation’s top 150 in January. The school learned in early September that it was one of the 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges. The winner will be announced in early 2015.

“This is a tremendous honor that recognizes the extraordinary contributions of RTC’s faculty and staff to the success of our students,” Renton Technical College President Steve Hanson said in a statement.

Newcastle at 20

October 3, 2014

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Police blotter

October 3, 2014

Loony letter

Newcastle staff alerted police Sept. 2 after receiving a suspicious letter at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. The letter, titled “Nuclear war is in bible prophecy,” contained odd ramblings about the bible, Satan and the “mark of the beast.” Police reviewed the letter, with a return address from California, and determined there were no explicit threats.

Comb caper

A man was banned from the Bartell Drugs store, 6939 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., after attempting to steal a $2.49 comb Sept. 3.

Anonymous assault

Two women were assaulted by a group of unknown suspects while walking in the 13300 block of Southeast 95th Way between 10:30-11:30 p.m. Sept. 5. The two sisters said a group of people started punching, kicking and pulling their hair. Police met the duo, who said they couldn’t identify any suspects and wouldn’t assist with prosecution, at Overlake Hospital. Read more

Bellevue Fire Department hosts Oct. 4 open house

October 1, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 2014

The Bellevue Fire Department, which contracts with the city of Newcastle, is kicking off Fire Prevention Week with open houses at its facilities Oct. 4.

All nine fire stations, including Newcastle’s Station 9, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents can meet the firefighters who protect their neighborhoods, watch fire-extinguisher demonstrations and try on firefighter gear.

The Newcastle station is at 12412 Newcastle Way.

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