Coal Miners Cemetery — Part 3

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

This is the third history feature installment about the historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery, on 129th Avenue Southeast, south of the Newcastle Library.

Every cemetery has many stories to tell. Some are sad, some are heartwarming and some help us remember how we have grown as a people.

BackTrackingAt the time of the first burial in 1878, it was unheard of for whites and blacks to be buried in the same cemetery. Chinese would also be excluded. The Newcastle Miner’s Cemetery has both ethnic groups, though there is a distinction.

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Soul Purpose wraps up Concerts in the Park series

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

The fourth and final show of Newcastle’s 2015 Concerts in the Park series is Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Contributed Soul Purpose will wrap up Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series this Wednesday.

Contributed
Soul Purpose will wrap up Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series this Wednesday.

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Two candidates vie for council Position No. 1

August 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015

The city’s election lineup is set, and while there are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, only one race includes more than a single candidate.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will compete to fill the seat being vacated by City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen.

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Incumbents Gordon Bisset and Carol Simpson will each run unopposed to retain their seats. Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman initially drew a challenger for Position No. 3, but Rob Lemmon withdrew. Read more

Groundbreaking times two

August 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 7, 2015

Aegis Gardens, Atlas bring one-of-a-kind communities

History is one of Newcastle’s greatest assets.

The Eastside suburb’s story dates back more than 150 years, when it was the second largest town in King County. During that time, coal was king, and Newcastle had plenty of it.

By Greg Farrar Breaking ground on Aegis Gardens July 30 are (from left) Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri; Aegis Living founder and CEO Dwayne Clark; former U.S. ambassador to China, Washington state governor and King County Executive Gary Locke; and current King County Executive Dow Constantine.

By Greg Farrar
Breaking ground on Aegis Gardens July 30 are (from left) Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri; Aegis Living founder and CEO Dwayne Clark; former U.S. ambassador to China, Washington state governor and King County Executive Gary Locke; and current King County Executive Dow Constantine.

That history was at the forefront of attendees’ minds July 30, when nearly 300 people gathered in Newcastle to celebrate the groundbreaking of a unique Aegis Living retirement community. Read more

July police blotter

August 6, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Tip jar crook

A Newcastle man stole a donation bin from the Newcastle McDonald’s, 13049 Newcastle Way, on June 29. Earlier that morning, the same man stole the donation bin from a Maple Valley McDonald’s. He wasn’t done, though. The same man reportedly stole the tip jar at the Newcastle Starbucks, 6977 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on June 30.

Up in smoke

An anonymous caller reported three suspicious males smoking something in a car near the intersection of Southeast 79th Drive and 144th Avenue Southeast June 30. The three men denied doing drugs and told police they were smoking cigarettes. Read more

Council approves speed humps for Southeast 75th Street corridor

August 6, 2015

NEW — 2:36 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Newcastle resident Jo Ann Pancheri often sits in her home, peering out the window, clutching her phone and waiting for the worst.

Her house sits at the intersection of Southeast 75th Street and 125th Place Southeast, a corridor where neighbors have repeatedly asked for traffic-calming measures.

Pancheri has an unobstructed view to the speeding and near-miss accidents that community members say plague the neighborhood.

“I wait every day with my phone waiting to call 911,” she told the Newcastle City Council on July 21, illustrating her fear of witnessing a major accident. Read more

Newcastle Days takes shape

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The bright lights of Broadway are coming to the Lake Boren Park stage this September.

A cast of community members will dance and belt out tunes from various hit musicals in the hourlong “Broadway at Boren” spectacular 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

“It’s some singing, some dancing. Just a variety of whatever talent we happen to get,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison.

“Broadway at Boren” represents the opening act of the city’s expanded 2015 Newcastle Days celebration. Read more

Concerts in the Park series continues with Kellee Bradley

August 4, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series continues Wednesday when vocalist Kellee Bradley takes the Lake Boren Park stage.

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

After Bradley’s performances, there is only one concert left. Soul Purpose, a soul and classic rock band, takes the stage Aug. 12.

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

City Council cancels meeting for National Night Out

July 31, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. July 31, 2015

The regular Aug. 4 Newcastle City Council meeting is canceled, so council members can visit community National Night Out parties.

National Night Out events heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts and send a message that local neighborhoods are organized and won’t stand for crime.

Newcastle is joining forces with more than 16,000 communities nationwide to celebrate. National Night Out events involve more than 38 million people throughout the United States.

Contact your homeowners association to find out if your neighborhood has a gathering planned.

More than 300 without power in Newcastle

July 31, 2015

NEW — 10:40 a.m. July 31, 2015

More than 300 people are without power in Newcastle, according to Puget Sound Energy’s outage map.

The outage’s start time was just before 10 a.m. Friday. Crews are dispatched and the company estimates a noon restoration time.

The cause of the outage is currently unknown.

Get the latest outage updates on the company’s outage map here.

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