YMCA holds Thanksgiving food drive

November 9, 2012

NEW — 5:00 p.m. Nov. 9, 2012

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is hosting a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit families in the community.

Newcastle residents can help provide a wholesome, nutritious Thanksgiving meal for local families by dropping off nonperishable donations at the Coal Creek Family YMCA on Nov. 13 between 9-11 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

The organization is seeking the following items: Canned fruit or vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned cranberries, nonperishable pie crust and filling, Bisquick and Jam.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is located at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Free car seat safety checks offered at YMCA

June 28, 2012

NEW — 3:30 p.m. June 28, 2012

In an effort to support parents and caregivers to make sure a child fits securely in a car seat, Public Health – Seattle & King County is hosting free child car seat check-up events — including one in Newcastle— in east and south King County.

The Newcastle event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Road.

Attendees should bring their car, car seat and child/infant to learn how to properly install the car seat. The event will be an opportunity for parents or soon-to-be parents to have their child safety seat checked by a certified child safety seat technician for safe installation.

Educational materials will be available as well.

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Get free blood pressure, glucose screenings

May 3, 2012

The Bellevue Fire Department will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks during Heart Week.

Screenings will be from 10-11:30 a.m. May 5 and 8, and from 5:30-7 p.m. May 9, at the Coal Creek YMCA. The same services will be offered from 1:30-3 p.m. May 10 at the Newcastle City Hall in the Newcastle Professional Building.

During Heart Week, firefighters will provide screenings for high blood pressure or high blood glucose, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a nonemergency situation, according to the department.

Fire deparment to offer blood pressure, blood sugar checks in Newcastle

April 24, 2012

NEW — 5:10 p.m. April 24, 2012

The Bellevue Fire Department will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks during “Heart Week” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 and May 8 at the Coal Creek YMCA. It will also offer the same services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9 and the Coal Creek YMCA and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Newcastle City Hall in the Newcastle Professional Building.

During “Heart Week,” firefighters will provide screenings for high blood pressure or high blood glucose, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a non-emergency situation, according to the department.

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YMCA encourages healthy lifestyles, physical activity at Healthy Kids Day

April 19, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. April 19, 2012

Children and parents alike are encouraged stop by the Coal Creek Family YMCA for a free community event  April 28. The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, which is the nation’s largest health day for families, will center around the theme “Play, Learn, Connect.”

The event aims to inspire healthy lifestyles and physical activity year-round, a commitment to educational activities over the summer and closer connections in the community for local families.

“Healthy Kids Day opens families to all the activities the Y has to offer to keep them moving during our rainy, blustery seasons and to prevent learning loss during the summer,” Regional Executive Marcia Isenberger said. “We strive to keep kids and families physically and intellectually active throughout the year.”

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Fighting back against multiple sclerosis

March 2, 2012

Newcastle woman combats debilitating disease with regular exercise at YMCA 

Kim Scott’s left leg was completely numb.

She got up. She took a shower. She thought, “Why is it that my hip to my knee felt like there was Novocain put in there?”

She had gone Christmas shopping the day before. Surely that was the cause of the problem.

By Christina Lords Kim Scott, a Newcastle resident of 20 years, works out at the Coal Creek Family YMCA. Scott, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, uses exercise as a way to fight the debilitating disease.

After a coworker asked her why she was dragging her left foot, the 55-year-old Newcastle resident of 20 years took off her shoe to reach down to touch her skin.

She could see she was touching her body, but she couldn’t feel it.

It wasn’t a pinched nerve affecting her mobility. It wasn’t stress. And it wasn’t healing on its own.

After seeing a neurologist and going through five MRIs, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — a chronic disease that attacks the body’s central nervous system. The affects of the disease can cause numbness in limbs, loss of coordination, paralysis, pain, organ dysfunction and loss of vision.

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Climb to Fight Breast Cancer discussion to be held at YMCA

February 8, 2012

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012

Join the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer’s Kent Henneuse for a discussion on the gear and fundamentals required to climb Washington’s volcanoes at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Coal Creek Family YMCA in Newcastle.

Since 1997, climbers associated with Climb to Fight Breast Cancer have  raised more than $5.5 million to fund critical research conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Individuals and teams from all regions of the United States can join the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. All expeditions are guided by professional guide services and climbs are available for first-time climbers and experienced mountaineers.

Learn more about the presentation by calling 282-9059, going to www.fhcrc.org/climb or emailing cfbc@fhcrc.org.

Letters

May 6, 2011

Veteran Newcastle councilman to retire in December

I am writing to announce that after 17 years of community service, I will not be running for re-election to the Newcastle City Council.

I am proud of how far our community has come. When we struggled to incorporate the city of Newcastle, the then-Chair of the King County Council echoed Gertrude Stein’s opinion of Oakland, saying “There is no there there.”

Since incorporation in 1994, we encouraged the location of the prominent Golf Club at Newcastle on the site of an old landfill. We provided incentives for the location of a full-service YMCA — now overflowing with active users — and an 11,000-square-foot King County library, now under construction.

We encouraged the funding and construction of two new elementary schools in the city. We leveraged Newcastle’s small capital resources over this period to construct major street, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, like the $55 million Coal Creek Parkway project and the $4 million Newcastle Transit Center.

All these amenities have attracted a highly diverse population of new residents and the construction of a large number of new, high-valued homes. Since incorporation, our population has grown by almost 50 percent to its current 10,300 residents.

Newcastle is now “on the map.” It has become a highly desirable place to live, all the while maintaining the green canopy of parks and open spaces that characterize our community. Newcastle residents feel a sense of place, a sense of belonging to a real community of neighbors. Now, when we tell people that we live in Newcastle, they often respond “Oh, you live in Newcastle,” with eyebrows raised in admiration.

I hope the future leaders of our community will safeguard this legacy and sustain our community’s vision into the future.

Sonny Putter

Newcastle City Council

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Letters to the editor

April 1, 2011

UPDATED — 4:45 p.m. April 1, 2011

Hit-and-run driver needs to admit wrong

My name is Vivian Bae and I have been a resident of the Newcastle/Cougar Mountain area since June 2001. I am writing to ask for your help and I will compensate you for your time.

I was involved in a hit-and-run collision on Tuesday, Feb. 22, on my way home from work. It happened during the beginning of a snowstorm and the snow had just started falling. As I was driving toward Bellevue on Newcastle Golf Club Road — past the YMCA — I came to a stop due to a car stopping in front of me.

While I was waiting for this car to start moving, an oncoming vehicle lost control and slid into me. Given the weather conditions, I didn’t think twice as the driver started to drive away.

I wrote down the license plate number, thinking that we would address the matter once the weather and road conditions improved. When I got home, I contacted the police to file a report. The officer advised me he would get in touch with the other party and try to give him/her the opportunity to resolve the issue without filing a report and I agreed.

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Newcastle Golf Club Road now open

December 13, 2010

UPDATED — 11:50 a.m. Dec. 16, 2010

Newcastle Golf Club Road — which closed Monday between 136th Avenue Southeast and 155th Avenue Southeast due to a landslide that extended to the road — opened to traffic in both directions Wednesday evening.

The road had been closed because a gas line runs through the area, and city maintenance workers, Puget Sound Energy workers and construction contractors dumped about 1,000 tons of rocks on the slope Tuesday to stabilize the hillside. Engineers cleared the road prior to its reopening.

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