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.

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


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.

City looks to fill commission vacancies

September 26, 2014

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Sept. 26, 2014

The city of Newcastle is looking for a few good volunteers to serve on the Community Activities Commission.

Two seats are available after the terms of longtime Commissioner Angela Ursino and Commissioner Vicki Hupf expired, and they elected to no longer continue on with the board.

Seven Newcastle residents serve on the commission, facilitating events and programs in the city. The city is looking for enthusiastic candidates, ready to enhance the quality of life in Newcastle.

“Commissioners are an important part of making Newcastle unique due to their involvement in projects that improve the city’s extensive trail system, create awareness of Newcastle’s historical and cultural heritage and provide opportunities for people to volunteer,” city staff wrote in a press release. “The work of this Commission directly contributes to the distinguishing characteristics of this city that lead Money magazine to name Newcastle one of the best small towns in America.” Read more

DJ’s Sportscards hosts Seahawks’ Robert Turbin

September 25, 2014

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014

Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin will sign autographs from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at DJ’s Sportscards in the Renton Highlands.

The Seahawks drafted Turbin in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Utah State product has since played a valuable role as the backup to Marshawn Lynch. He scored his first career touchdown in the Seahawks’ 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Visitors can bring their own items for Turbin to sign, or purchase photos at the store.

Autographs cost $10, though 100 percent of the proceeds go to Shepherd’s Crook. The nonprofit ministry finds adoptive homes for special needs children from across the world. Read more

Sign up now for 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy

September 17, 2014

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 17, 2014

Learn about the internal workings of the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center at the 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy.

The one-day class will be held at the Regional Communications Center, 3511 N.E. Second St. in Renton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Space is limited; turn in applications by Sept. 24.

Learn about the role 9-1-1 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare in case you ever need to call 9-1-1.

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