Hazen marching band is back after more than 30 years

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

When Chris Coy interviewed for a teaching position at Hazen High School several years ago, it was clear administrators were looking for someone with a particular set of skills.

“The first question they asked me was what did I know about marching bands,” Coy, now the school’s director of bands and orchestra, said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

Coming from Ohio, a mecca for marching band enthusiasts, Coy knew quite a lot. In addition to marching himself in high school and college, he also taught students to march and play. Read more

Band Fishwives joins Fourth of July lineup

July 1, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. July 1, 2011

Cover band Fishwives has joined the Fourth of July lineup, City Manager Rob Wyman said. The band will play from 6-7:30 p.m., opening for Shelley and the Curves, which takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Vendors at the celebration will be Tastyz Kettle Corn, Charlie’s Buns ‘n’ Stuff — which serves burgers and hotdogs — and Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Wyman said.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Neighborhoods plan for National Night Out

July 1, 2011

Newcastle neighborhoods have started planning for National Night Out. The Aug. 2 event is a nationwide drug- and crime-prevention event from 7-10 p.m. that evening.

The Hazelwood Community Association will hold a community picnic at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome attend. A grill will be available for use, but attendees must bring their own food.

Newcastle Police Officer Ryan Olmsted is organizing this year’s event. Call him at City Hall at 649-4444, ext. 120, or email him at ryan.olmsted@kingcounty.gov if you are interested in setting up a gathering in your neighborhood.

Concerts in the Park lineup is set

July 1, 2011

The city has rounded out its Concerts in the Park lineup for the summer.

Lake Boren Park will host six concerts on Wednesdays throughout the summer, beginning July 13. Each concert — beginning at 7 p.m. — will be an hour and a half.

The Golf Course at Newcastle and KeyBank will sponsor the series.

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Fourth of July fireworks set at Lake Boren

June 3, 2011

Details emerging for Newcastle Days

UPDATED — 10:50 a.m. June 29, 2011

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration in Lake Boren Park is a go this year, thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from Lake Boren Townhomes, which opened in April on the north shore of Lake Boren. Resident Shel Neufeld also offered to match as much as $1,000 of contributions from local businesses for the event.*

This year’s celebration in the park will include music from Seattle cover band Shelley and the Curves, food vendors and — of course — a lot of fireworks to light up the twilight sky.

The celebration starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at 10 p.m. Don’t forget a blanket. The new playground will be open for children in attendance.

“We are extremely excited to be part of the Newcastle community and are happy to do what we can to keep the celebration going,” Lake Boren Townhomes developer Claudio Guincher said in a news release. “Future homeowners will have a front row seat to the fireworks celebration. This is something we want them to be able to enjoy for years to come.”

Mayor John Dulcich said he was very grateful for the contribution from the developer.

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Cost of Newcastle Days: $11

December 2, 2010

This year’s Newcastle Days cost the city $11, as vendor fees and donations from citizens and local businesses paid for $18,203 of the $18,214 in expenses.

Vendor fees and donations also funded $5,675 of the $9,970 bill for Concerts in the Park and $7,750 of the $15,002 bill for the Fourth of July celebration.

The city entirely funded Arbor Day and Earth Day, and the events cost the city $148 and $165, respectively.

YMCA organizing teen concert

July 20, 2010

NEW — 8 p.m. July 20, 2010

The YMCA is organizing a teen concert for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in Lake Boren Park. The performing bands have not yet been selected.

Concerts on the Green continue at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a performance by the blues and jazz band Author Unknown. Porter Jensen Jewelers will sponsor the performance, and the band will bring its own sound equipment.

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KeyBank to be main sponsor for Fourth of July; promotional poster chosen

June 18, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m., June 18, 2010

Key Bank has agreed to be the main sponsor for the city’s Fourth of July celebration and donate $6,000. Valley Medical will be the chief sponsor of the Newcastle Days festival.

The city will spend the entirety of its $10,000 community events budget on the Fourth of July Celebration. Resident Shel Neufeld also donated $1,000 toward the event.

At its monthly meeting June 9, the Parks Commission picked out the winning poster from the Fourth of July poster competition. Resident Rick Olson designed the winning poster, and it will be printed and distributed throughout the city next week to promote the celebration.