Newcastle couple proves they’re iron tough

August 1, 2008

Cindy and Ben Bigglestone, of Newcastle, have competed in many triathlons together around the world. Photo by Jim Feehan

For Cindy and Ben Bigglestone, competing in Ironman triathlons is a family affair. The Newcastle couple has participated in triathlons from Malaysia to the Canary Islands.

Cindy met Ben five years Read more

King & Bunnys hydro to race at Seafair

August 1, 2008

For the second year in a row, King Parker, owner of King & Bunnys, is sponsoring a hydroplane boat at Seafair.

Before the Mariners and before the Seahawks, Seattle’s sports scene was all about the hydroplanes. The roar of hydroplanes skimming across Lake Washington has always fascinated King Parker.

For the second consecutive year Parker, who owns King & Bunnys Appliances, will be rubbing elbows with drivers and mechanics as the sponsor of an unlimited light hydroplane at this year’s Seafair Aug. 1-3.

“I have the opportunity to be part of the excitement Read more

Newcastle racecar driver competes at LeMans

August 1, 2008

Team Seattle, led by Don Kitch Jr., of Newcastle, participated in the Le Mans Classic race July 11-13. In doing so, the team accomplished a number of objectives in preparation Read more


August 1, 2008

Newcastle Days – a festival for all reasons

Mothers and daughters dance to ‘Johnny B Goode’ and other classic rock ’n’ roll performed by BD and the Rockits on the Main Stage during Newcastle Days.

Newcastle Days, the city’s biggest festival, is Sept. 6-7. The festival includes bands, a car show, arts and crafts booths, food and a fireworks display. Other activities include pony rides, inflatable toys and a magician.

Motown cover band Timeless Soul and country band Nathan Chance & North Coast will be among the featured performers. The event is from noon – 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. A fireworks show is at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The custom and classic car show is from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A free shuttle service will be available from Newcastle Elementary School.

New this year: belly dancers Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe and Thai food vendor Yummy AppeThai.Events


Concerts in the Park at Lake Boren are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 20. See a listing of bands at

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Aug. 13 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. The featured speaker is Rep. Dave Reichert of the 8th Congressional District. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-888-6922.


The MS Association Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction is at 11 a.m. Aug 27 at the Golf Club at Newcastle. Tickets are $250 per person or $1,000 for a foursome. Call 206-633-2606.


The Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn offers dance classes at 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton. Go to

Walk for Life is a free, ongoing program to exercise safely and effectively. Meet friends, learn information and advice, and get monitoring from on-site expert staff members every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. at Bellevue Square Mall. Enter at Skybridge No. 4. Call 206-645-3673.


Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle offers meditation for people of all faiths from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at 14702 S.E. 80th St. Call 430-8047.


Skyhawks sports program offers a beginning golf course for ages 5-8 from 9 a.m. – noon, Aug. 4-8, at Hazelwood Elementary School. Cost is $122. Skyhawks is also offering a flag football camp for ages 7-14 from Aug. 4-8 at Lake Boren Park. Cost is $140. A tennis camp is offered for ages 7-14 from 9 a.m. – noon Aug. 11-14. Cost is $140. A multi-sport camp (soccer, basketball and baseball) for ages 4-17 will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18-22 at Lake Boren Park. Cost is $122. Call 800-804-3509 toll-free.


The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.

MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15550 Six Penny Lane. Call 206-947-5741. 

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238.

An international dinner, sponsored by Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E. Go to

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets the second Tuesday and third Wednesday (without children) from 7-9 p.m. in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue (not church affiliated). Go to


Lake Heights YMCA Older Active Adult Program is at Newport Hills Community Church, 5833 119th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Activities include community service projects, crafts, pinochle games and birthday bingo once a month, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sack lunches are available for $3. Reserve one in person early that day. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events take place at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Call 747-2390 or go to

“Creepy Crawly Café” – Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy storytelling at noon Aug. 5.
The first Newport Way Auction is at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Return Read Three forms and the library will convert the number of pages read into Book Bucks to bid on prizes.


Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation-trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to


Eastside Bluebills, a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that provides opportunities to help others in need and assist charitable and nonprofit organizations, meets from 10 a.m. – noon the third Wednesday at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847.

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have their own transportation and be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235.

Places to go

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, is a 3,000-acre park with more than 30 miles of trails and the site of the 1880s coalmines. Go to


August 1, 2008

City is moving in the right direction

In January, Newcastle News outlined its hopes for city accomplishments for the coming year. Here we are a little past the mid-point. We’re pleased the city hired a parks manager, has kept a watchful eye on Coal Creek Parkway costs and has put a proposed skateboard park on the back burner.

Kudos are also in order for residents west of Coal Creek Parkway, who approved Renton’s maintenance and operations levy, technology levy and $150 million bond. It took two tries, but the school construction bond measure will bring a new 10-classroom wing to Hazen High School, along with improvements to the kitchen and athletic fields. The technology levy will see computer upgrades at Hazelwood Elementary and McKnight Middle schools.

Newcastle went four years without hiring a parks manager before Michael Holly was chosen earlier this year.

He brings a fresh hands-on approach to the post. He’s also been instrumental in holding public meetings and seeking public comment on a proposed sports park facility in southwest Newcastle.

City officials continue to seek funding from county, state and federal partners for the Coal Creek Parkway project. Cost overruns have not cropped up and the project is on schedule.

The city is also to be commended for purchasing a generator for City Hall. The generator will help power the building during natural disasters, so City Hall can be used as a communication center and place where people can stop by to warm up during a power outage.

Newcastle has room for more good leaders. City officials are always looking to fill openings on the parks and planning commissions. We’re impressed with the quality of people who have come forward in the past six months to fill commission vacancies. And we would be remiss if we didn’t thank the dedicated group of volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to clear ivy from Newcastle’s historic cemetery near Lake Boren.

As for the skateboard park, skateboarders should have a safe place to skate, but Newcastle has a long list of recreation needs for larger segments of the population. The city should revisit the issue later.

A skateboard facility could be incorporated with the discussion of a new City Hall.

With five months left in the year, a new city goal should be a welcoming monument on the south end of town to compliment the one on the city’s northern entrance.

Letters to the editor

August 1, 2008

Mothers support group a valuable asset

In reading the story about the Eastside Mothers & More support group in the July Newcastle News, I cannot overemphasize the value of such groups.

Mine grew out of a baby-care course offered by a King County nurse - and we’re still together 22 years later. We very quickly determined that it was more helpful to meet without children, and have done so on alternate Wednesday nights since October 1986.

We have supported each other through all the usual children’s ailments and development challenges (from toilet training to driver training), our children’s school transitions, first romances and now job searches, as well as the death of parents. We sometimes suspect we’ll be together 30 or 40 years from now in assisted living.

Linda Carlson

Death with Dignity initiative devalues life

I read the June 6 Newcastle News article about the Death with Dignity Initiative with interest.

This initiative is another attempt to devalue life. It gives the government influence into our lives and opens the door for abuse. In my opinion, this proposal is another step on the slippery slope that America is on.  

First, we take prayer out of school. And then, we legalize abortion and affirm gay rights. Now, we are being asked to give our blessings to ending the lives of others. People see this as a step of assistance but it will eventually lead to the demise of the mentally, physically disadvantaged, the elderly and others that society deem unacceptable.  

We need to stand our ground and hold fast to the truth that all human life is valuable and God should be in control of its beginning and its end.

Patsy Tosch

Capturing a picture-perfect moment

August 1, 2008

Matt Dalton takes a photo of his son Kai, 3, during the opening of Windtree Park last month. For more on the new park, see story, page 12. Photo by Jim Feehan

Matt Dalton takes a photo of his son Kai, 3, during the opening of Windtree Park last month. For more on the new park, see story, page 12. Photo by Jim Feehan

Gun-wielding bandit robs two fast-food restaurants

August 1, 2008

A brazen armed robber who held up two restaurants in broad daylight last month, one while customers were present, remains at large.

The first robbery was at 1:30 p.m. July 3 at Papa Read more

Council approves condemnation measure for Transit Center

August 1, 2008

After voicing concerns about the process of open conversation, the City Council unanimously approved a measure to authorize condemnation proceedings to make room Read more

Newcastle Days entertainment lined up

August 1, 2008

Timeless Soul, Nathan Chance & North Coast among acts returning

A few bands that performed in this summer’s Concerts in the Park series will return for Newcastle Days. 

Timeless Soul, a band Read more

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