Questions needed for Newcastle candidate forum

August 21, 2015

NEW — 7:29 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

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

Music Space Day at Newcastle Library

August 6, 2015

SolTerra breaks ground on Newcastle apartment building

July 29, 2015

NEW — 5:45 p.m. July 29, 2015

Developers moved the first pieces of dirt today at a site that will soon house a 98-unit, six-story apartment building in Newcastle.

SolTerra, a fast-growing design, build and services firm with the mission of creating sustainable, livable and innovative buildings, broke ground on Atlas, its first apartment project in the state.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the SolTerra team break ground on Atlas, a new LEED Platinum-designed mixed-use apartment building in Newcastle.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the SolTerra team break ground on Atlas, a new LEED Platinum-designed mixed-use apartment building in Newcastle.

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Video — Italene Gaddis performs at Newcastle Library

July 27, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. July 27, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

Local musician, poet and author Italene Gaddis brought her brand of feel-good music to the Newcastle Library last Saturday. Read more

Energize Eastside, traffic calming, dominate town hall

July 2, 2015

Speed bumps and power lines were the hot topics of conversation at the city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting June 16.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

During the meeting’s second hour, the Newcastle City Council fielded audience questions, with a sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street using the time to express concerns about speeding on the street. Read more

Fourth of July kicks off summer schedule

July 2, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

Italene Gaddis joins artists at day of music

July 2, 2015

Musician Italene Gaddis has no problem traveling across Western Washington, performing daily at various sites.

Luckily for her, she won’t have to travel far for a special July 25 gig.

The 90-year-old Newcastle resident’s commute will be just minutes when she performs at the Newcastle Library’s day of music.

Gaddis’ performance is just a small part of a day dedicated to music education, music crafts and music programs for all ages.

The “Music Space” event starts at 10 a.m. At that time, attendees can take advantage of three hands-on activities. Read more

Brain Science at the Newcastle Library

July 2, 2015

By Greg Farrar  Alisha McKenzie (left) and her grandson Brian Groeneveld, 8, both of Newcastle, play ‘Tell Me About It,’ a verbal linguistic communication game where one builds a skyscraper with blocks and describes it for the partner to duplicate without looking. View a full gallery of Brain Science photos here.

By Greg Farrar
Alisha McKenzie (left) and her grandson Brian Groeneveld, 8, both of Newcastle, play ‘Tell Me About It,’ a verbal linguistic communication game where one builds a skyscraper with blocks and describes it for the partner to duplicate without looking. View a full gallery of Brain Science photos here.

Notes from Newcastle — Summertime blues

July 2, 2015

While most of the region’s residents patiently endure the constant Northwest rain with the knowledge that at the end of the long, grey tunnel sits one prize of a summer, some strange individuals silently voice their displeasure with the sunny months.

“It’s too hot,” they say. “I miss my rain,” they lament. “Where are the clouds?” they ask.

They justify their aversion to summer weather by slowly repeating PEMCO’s “We’re a lot like you, a little different” mantra. “There must be others like me,” they insist, though they’re never quite sure.

They most closely identify with the insurance company’s “First Snowflake Freakout Lady,” only replace snowflake with “90-degree day” and you’ve got yourself a winner. Read more

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