Rainworks piece pops up at Lake Boren Park

September 25, 2015

NEW — 12:42 p.m. Sept. 25, 2015

City of Newcastle photo The Rainworks team created one of its rain-activated, positive message art installations in Lake Boren Park.

City of Newcastle photo
The Rainworks team created one of its rain-activated, positive message art installations in Lake Boren Park.

The Rainworks team left a little piece of magic at Newcastle’s Lake Boren Park. Read more

Aurora Bridge crash triggers emergency call for blood donors

September 24, 2015

NEW — 2:42 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal to blood donors to help meet critical needs in the wake of today’s Aurora Bridge bus accident.

“With up to 40 people with injuries, we are responding quickly to additional orders for blood components from multiple hospitals receiving people injured in the crash,” said James P. AuBuchon, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “We need to meet this emergency demand and also to replenish supplies so that we can continue to meet normal patient needs.”

“To avoid a crisis for the local blood supply we’re asking donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment as soon as they can at one of our twelve centers, or to find a mobile drive in their community close to where they live or work,” AuBuchon said. “There is a special need for O-positive and O-negative blood types.” Read more

Property values mailed to area residents

September 23, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

The office of King County Assessor Lloyd Hara mailed the 2015 property valuation notices for Area 64 — Newcastle.

Residential properties increased 12 percent in Area 64; however, individual property values may vary.

The Assessor’s Office sets property valuations. It does not set taxes and there is not a dollar-to-dollar correlation between property value increase and future property taxes. King County taxpayers who need advice and assistance with property tax-related matters, including appeals, should call 206-477-1060 or email taxadvisor@kingcounty.govRead more

Progress continues on new middle school

September 21, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015

NAC Architecture Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

NAC Architecture
Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

Construction on the new Renton School District middle school is on time and on budget. Read more

Prepare for Newcastle Golf Club Road closure

September 17, 2015

NEW — 4:25 p.m. Sept. 17, 2015

A portion of Newcastle Golf Club Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning Sept. 21.

Construction on the AvalonBay project requires an around-the-clock one-lane closure of the road segment just west of the Coal Creek Family YMCA.

A portable signal will guide drivers, allowing traffic to alternate in each direction.

Flashing signs on the road indicate the lane closure will last until Oct. 21, but the city says it will more likely be a three-week closure. Read more

Weed Warriors to host Saturday knotweed workshop

September 15, 2015

NEW — 6:11 p.m. Sept. 15, 2015

Newcastle Weed Warriors, the city of Newcastle, King Conservation District and the King County Noxious Weeds Program will show residents how to combat invasive knotweed at a Sept. 19 workshop.

The workshop will address how to use herbicide injections to control and eradicate knotweed, which is invading parks and open spaces across King County.

Sign up for the workshop by contacting Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller at 206-795-5783 or gracestiller@comcast.net.

The workshop will use the best management practices as outlined by the Washington State Noxious Weeds Program. It goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Fire Station No. 9, 12412 Newcastle Way.

Marijuana, Quadrant Homes proposal and more on Sept. 15 council agenda

September 14, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 14, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will hold a regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The evening’s main agenda item is council consideration of a Quadrant Homes plat application. Plans for the proposed area, more commonly known as the school woods property, have drawn the ire of residents concerned about traffic, drainage and protection of trails.

The council will also discuss recent marijuana legislation adopted after the city extended its marijuana moratorium in June.

The regular Newcastle City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200.

View the agenda here, and the full agenda packet here.

Questions needed for Newcastle candidate forum

September 12, 2015

NEW — 7:53 p.m. Sept. 12, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

Find maps, schedules and more in Newcastle Days guide

September 11, 2015

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Sept. 11, 2015

The 2015 Newcastle Days guide is your official source for this year’s festival. Find maps, schedules and more to help guide you through another successful Newcastle Days. 

Newcastle Days is Sept. 11-12

September 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 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 that starts at 7 p.m.

The next day will kick off at 10 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. Read more

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