Recycling competition results too close to call

July 1, 2011

The winner of Waste Manage-ment’s contest will get $5,000 for a community project. Contributed

Waste Management’s five-month recycling competition in Newcastle came to an end June 24, but the results were too close to call, said Jackie Lang, Waste Management director of communications.

The competition pitted the east and west sides of the city against each other in a battle to see which could increase its recycling rate the most. The winning side will receive $5,000 toward a community project. Read more

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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Celebrate Earth Day in Lake Boren Park Saturday

April 22, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 22, 2011

Newcastle will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in Lake Boren Park.

The event is free and will celebrate sustainability with a variety of festivities, including educational mini-seminars, gardening clinics with master gardeners from Washington State University’s extension program, a recycle relay by Waste Management and an on-sight restoration project by the Newcastle Weed Warriors.

“We are proud to present this event, which fosters our community’s love for the environment,” said Grace Stiller, chair of Newcastle Earth Day,” Earth Day Chair Grace Stiller said in a news release.

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Recycling challenge kicks off

March 4, 2011

Waste Management pits the east and west sides of city against each other

The gloves are off. Who will win? The Recycling Renegades on the east side of Coal Creek Parkway, or the Waste Less Warriors on the west side?

Waste Management has pitted the two halves of the city against each other for a five-month recycling competition, and it will award $5,000 to the team that recycles the most between through June 24. The competition kicked off Jan. 24.

The winner of Waste Manage-ment’s contest will get $5,000 for a community project. Contributed

The competition is the first of its kind, said Katie Salinas, public sector manager for Waste Management. Last year, the organization launched programs that rewarded individuals in cities such as Burien, Kirkland and Redmond for recycling, but it never rewarded entire communities.

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City Hall closed due to snow, but special council meeting still on

November 23, 2010

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Nov. 23, 2010

City Hall is closed today due to snow, but the City Council will still hold its special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to make amendments to the 2011 budget and possibly adjust the property tax levy rate. The meeting will be in the Council Chambers, 13020 Newcastle Way.

City Manager Rob Wyman said city maintenance workers continuously roamed Newcastle’s streets overnight, using the city’s three trucks armed with snowplows. One trucks broke down during the night, and it is now being repaired.

Roads are being cleared in accordance with the city’s priority map, which you can see here. Wyman said priority one and many two routes are in fair condition, but priority three and four routes have not have mostly not been plowed and are still very slick.

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