‘Shocked’ Newcastle composer wins international award

June 4, 2015

A greater power was at work when Bob Ingalls presented his stirring “Ave Maria for Choir & Strings” at a recent international music competition.

Contributed Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls encourages the crowd to applaud the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Galician Academic Chamber Choir after they performed his award-winning ‘Ave Maria for Choir & Strings’ in Ukraine May 10.

Contributed
Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls encourages the crowd to applaud the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Galician Academic Chamber Choir after they performed his award-winning ‘Ave Maria for Choir & Strings’ in Ukraine May 10.

The Ukraine concert featuring the work of all 12 finalists in the International Sacrarium Sacred Music Competition fell on May 10 — Mother’s Day. Read more

High wire act

June 4, 2015

By Public Works Director Jeff Brauns About 100 people attended the fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings May 28 in Newcastle. The meeting provided an opportunity for commenting on environmental impacts of the Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and about 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond, through Newcastle. Learn more at www.energizeeastsideEIS.org.

By Public Works Director Jeff Brauns
About 100 people attended the fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings May 28 in Newcastle. The meeting provided an opportunity for commenting on environmental impacts of the Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and about 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond, through Newcastle. Learn more at www.energizeeastsideEIS.org.

USO golf classic is June 12

June 4, 2015

The USO Northwest Red, White & Blue Golf Classic is June 12 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The annual golf tournament and auction benefits the USO and local military families. Join more than 300 golfers and spectators, local celebrities and military heroes from all five service branches for a world-class golf event spanning two courses.

Included in the festivities will be an 18-gun salute from the U.S. Marines, a special performance of the national anthem, an aircraft flyover, delicious food and more.

Learn more at usonw.org/golf.

Police blotter

June 4, 2015

Slow down

A resident complained to police about excessive speeding in the 13000 block of Southeast May Creek Park Drive on May 5. The resident said he reported it dozens of times but “officers do nothing.”

Shutterbug

An anonymous caller reported seeing a suspicious man taking pictures of a water tower near Southeast 75th Street and 136th Avenue Southeast May 7. Read more

‘Cache’ a few nuggets of Newcastle history

June 2, 2015

NEW — 2:45 p.m. June 2, 2015

Newcastle’s trails are among the city’s most desirable amenities and now residents are invited to explore them like never before.

In honor of National Trails Day, Newcastle Trails and a slew of local organizations are hosting a unique geocaching event across the city’s trail network June 6.

Part scavenger hunt, part exploration, geocaching sends participants on a quest to different waypoints, where they will usually find a small prize or object.

In this case, the “prize” waiting at each waypoint is education. Read more

Liberty baseball team makes state’s final four and other high-school sports notes

May 28, 2015

NEW —6:50 p.m. May 28, 2015

Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.

The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.

Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.

Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more

Energize Eastside scoping meeting comes to Newcastle May 28

May 27, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. May 27, 2015

The fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings comes to Newcastle Thursday night.

The meetings are a part of the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement, a legally mandated process that will critically evaluate potential significant environmental impacts associated with the project and project alternatives.

It began in earnest this month with a 45-day comment period, highlighted by five community scoping meetings where residents are invited to share their thoughts about Energize Eastside.

“I view it as one of the most, if not the most, critical projects on the radar for Newcastle,” said Tim McHarg, Newcastle’s director of community development. “So we’re hoping that a broad cross-section of folks will come and attend.” Read more

Renton teachers to hold after-school walkout Thursday

May 26, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 26, 2015

Renton School District teachers will join colleagues across the state in protesting lawmakers’ failure to fully fund public education, but they’ll do it outside of regular school hours.

The district announced today that teachers voted to hold an after-school one-day walkout May 28.

“Teachers in the Renton School District are dedicated to the success of every student. They display that dedication every day in every classroom, and they did so again when union leaders from every school voted to hold one-day walkouts at a time that doesn’t affect classroom learning,” the district said in a statement.

Teachers and supporters will gather at the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Airport Way and the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Grady Way to wave signs at about 3 p.m. Thursday. Read more

Cemetery open for tours on Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2015

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

File
Newcastle’s Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery is open to the public on Memorial Day.

The community is invited to tour one of Newcastle’s hidden gems May 25. Read more

Renton superintendent resigns

May 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 21, 2015

RiegerSupe

Merri Rieger

The Renton School District is back on the market for a new district leader.

Less than two years after she took office, Superintendent Merri Rieger announced her resignation, and the Renton School Board accepted it at its May 13 meeting.

Rieger’s resignation is effective June 30. In order to ensure a smooth transition for the interim superintendent, Rieger will step aside from the daily superintendent duties immediately, according to a statement from the district.  Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »