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

Aegis breaks ground on region’s only Chinese-focused retirement community

July 30, 2015

NEW — 9:12 p.m. July 30, 2015

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 Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region's first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region’s first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

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

The origins of the China Creek name

April 2, 2015

Within Newcastle we have the China Creek and China Falls neighborhoods, China Creek Golf Course, and of course, China Creek itself. Did you ever wonder how those names came to be?

When the original mining town of Old Newcastle was established in 1863, the primary source of drinking water was a little creek to the south that began up on Cougar Mountain and emptied into what is now Lake Boren.

It was normally a gentle flow of water, but during heavy rains the creek would overflow and created a large flood plain to the north of the current lake. The lake was bigger and deeper than it is today, and also was swampy on the Eastside.

Chinese workers came into the area in the early 1870s, primarily to work on the railroads, but some came to Newcastle and worked for the mining company. Read more

Neighbor reports suspicious women in China Creek area to police

May 8, 2012

A Newcastle woman took this picture of two women suspected in a home burglary in the China Creek neighborhood around 12 p.m. May 8.

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. May 9, 2012

An alert neighbor spotted a suspicious truck and two women she did not recognize at her neighbor’s house around 12 p.m. May 8 in the China Falls neighborhood, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The neighbor reported that she saw the women leave the house carrying items and called 911 and took photographs.

Residents are encouraged to call Newcastle Police at 649-4444 if they recognize them or had any contact with them this morning.

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City moves forward with Lake Boren flooding mitigation plan

June 3, 2011

The City Council has directed city staff members to move forward with a plan aimed at mitigating flooding from Lake Boren.

The lake’s water level rises in winter, flooding residents’ basements and yards on the north end of the lake.

China Creek roared into the north end of Lake Boren in December 2010 with heavy rain, flooding residents’ properties and dumping a slew of gravel and sediment on their lawns. By Tim Pfarr

City staff members presented a draft scope of work at the May 13 council meeting, seeking feedback regarding how to proceed with the project. The staff members proposed collecting data from the lake and identifying ways to mitigate the lake level.

In addition to addressing flooding on the north end of the lake, the draft said the project would also include exploring ways to make the north end of the lake more accessible.

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Suspicious man arrested in China Creek

September 14, 2010

UPDATED — 10:11 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Police arrested a man in China Creek around 3:45 p.m. Sept. 13 after a resident called to report three suspicious people in the 8300 block of 147th Avenue Southeast.

Residents saw the group knock on a home’s front door, and then enter the back yard after there was no answer, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.

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Help the homeless at China Creek garage sale Saturday

September 11, 2009

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Sept. 11, 2009

China Creek is hosting a communitywide garage sale from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Residents can donate items to the sale at 14220 S.E. 79th Drive, across from China Creek Park.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Center to feed the homeless.