May 6, 2013
April 18, 2013
NEW — 1:35 p.m. April 18, 2013
Newcastle will facilitate Skyhawks sports camps this summer for children ages 4-12.
From July through August, beginner to intermediate players can develop their skills in soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, flag football or cheerleading.
Two to three sports are incorporated into the multisport program and for the mini-hawk program, youths learn the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer.
Camps will be held at Lake Boren Park or other local parks and facilities. Registrations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full, up to seven days before the start date.
Skyhawks is a nationwide organization established in 1970. Its goal is to teach life skills through sports.
Get additional information or register for upcoming camps at www.skyhawks.com. Each participant enrolled receives a T-shirt and merit award.
July 18, 2012
The schedule for the 2012 free outdoor concerts at Lake Boren Park is set as Seatown Rhythm and Blues take the stage for the first installment of the community event tonight at 7 p.m.
All live performances will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 18 to Aug. 8 Crowds often begin gathering as early as 6 p.m. for community picnicking. Food vendors, including Buns gourmet natural burgers and Tastyz kettle corn and shaved ice, also will be on site.
Seatown Rhythm and Blues, The Mainstreet Band, Threshold and The Fabulous Roof Shakers are the bands scheduled to perform.
July 4, 2012
NEW — 11:25 p.m. June 7, 2012
Residents will have the opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July in Newcastle this year with a free concert and fireworks display at Lake Boren Park.
The sale, possession, or discharge of fireworks is illegal in Newcastle. Extra police patrols will take place to ensure everyone enjoys a safe celebration.
For those wanting to purchase and discharge their own fireworks, they are legal in Maple Valley and unincorporated King County.
The outdoor concert and fireworks will be provided with financial sponsorship from Lake Boren Townhomes and U.S. Bank.
Crowds traditionally begin gathering as early as 5 p.m. for community picnicking.
Food will be available on site starting at 6 p.m. Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks will begin at the end of the concert.
For more information go to the city’s special events page.
July 3, 2012
For the third year in a row, a local service group is building teams of volunteers who will give up a Sunday afternoon in August to help Newcastle elementary school teachers prepare their classrooms.
Volunteers are needed to organize, decorate, clean and build supplies like bulletin boards. Outside work is needed, too, with power washers and landscaping.
The Jubilee Day of Service will be from 1:30-5 p.m. Aug. 12 followed by a barbecue at Lake Boren Park.
Volunteers are needed to serve Hazelwood Elementary School and Newcastle Elementary School.
The goal is to assign teams of volunteers to each teacher who wants help getting his or her classroom ready for the new school year.
Last year, members of the Seattle Revival Center, Beit Tikvah and Emmaus Road Church helped 11 teachers at Hazelwood and Newcastle elementary schools ready their rooms for the school year.
Volunteers may sign up for this year’s event at http://erchurch.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4m1.
July 3, 2012
Families can save the date for this year’s Newcastle Days, set for Sept. 8 at Lake Boren Park.
The Newcastle 5K run, which raised $4,200 for college scholarships for local youths last year, will be held Sept. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. Residents can register for the run at Newcastle Days.
Newcastle Days is a celebration of the city and will feature a “Return to Newcastle” theme and celebrate the city’s 18th birthday.
New events for Newcastle Days include a lacrosse demonstration and a Newcastle historical trivia contest.
Historical pictures, items and stories will be featured to tell Newcastle’s rich mining history.
The festival will begin at 11 a.m. Emcee Lance Lambert, of “The Vintage Vehicle Show,” will begin the live program followed by a Boy Scout opening ceremony.
June 22, 2012
UPDATED — 3:15 p.m. June 22, 2012
Ten years ago this week, King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog was tragically killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.
“One thing we most often hear from people about the way they remember Rich is his great connection with the public,” said Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine. “Citizens knew Rich and enjoyed interacting with him.”
This year, the City of Newcastle and the King County Sheriff’s Office will honor Rich’s memory by honoring the way Rich interacted with the public he served at Police Day in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23 at Lake Boren Park.
June 18, 2012
NEW — 2:15 p.m. June 18, 2012
A project to update the Olympus stormwater detention pond at S.E. 84th Way will retrofit the existing facility to the 2009 King County Surface Water Design Manual standards to improve the pond’s ability in providing runoff treatment and detention prior to discharge into Boren Creek.
The project is adjacent to Lake Boren Park.
The detention pond will be excavated and divided into two cells and two catch basins. A stormwater 24- inch diameter inlet pipe will be installed.
The existing outlet pipe will be also be improved. This project was awarded funding through the Washington State Department of Ecology’s competitive grant process.
June 12, 2012
UPDATED — 1:30 p.m. June 13, 2012
The Newcastle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office will explore the world of law enforcement with Newcastle residents at Police Day in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23 at Lake Boren Park.
Residents will be able to check out tools used in law enforcement, meet patrol officers and special investigations deputies and interact as a family to learn how to solve crime via a CSI Newcastle demonstration, where kids of all ages can search for clues.
There will be K9 and marine unit demonstrations, members of search and rescue and members of the 911 communication center on hand.
The AFIS unit, or the fingerprinting unit, will also be available for residents.
June 1, 2012
NEW — 3:10 p.m. June 1, 2012
The schedule for the 2012 free outdoor concerts at Lake Boren Park is set.
Live performances will be Wednesday evenings from July 18 and through Aug. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Crowds often begin gathering as early as 6 p.m. for community picnicking. Food vendors, including Buns gourmet natural burgers and Tastyz kettle corn and shaved ice, also will be on site.
Seatown Rhythm and Blues, The Mainstreet Band, Threshold and the Fabulous Roof Shakers are the bands scheduled to perform.
Outdoor concerts are provided for families every summer at Lake Boren Park.