Phones down at some local schools; use e-mail instead

October 27, 2009

NEW — 11:25 a.m. Oct. 27, 2009

Due to stormy weather, telephone lines were out at Challenger and Briarwood elementary schools and Liberty High School again this morning.

Maywood Middle School’s phone lines were also out from 8:45-11:05 a.m. this morning.

District officials are trying to determine the cause of the outage and will repair them as soon as possible.

Challenger’s telephone lines went out at about 8 a.m. Oct. 26, and Liberty’s and Briarwood’s sometime before that, said Lissy Mandel, spokeswoman for the district.

District officials ask that you contact the schools via e-mail for emergency situations only.

Hazen musicians to play with Seattle Philharmonic on Sunday

October 23, 2009

NEW — 3:04 p.m. Oct. 23, 2009

Three musicians from Hazen High School will play in a family concert with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at the IKEA Performing Arts Center in Renton.

Hazen bassist sophomore Kent Coburn, junior violinist Michael Mayer and senior violist Emily Thomas will perform.

Joining the Hazen students will be five musicians from Lindbergh High School and three musicians from the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra.

YMCA hosts family trail walk Saturday

October 21, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009

The Coal Creek YMCA will host its first family trail walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 24.

The 1.5-mile walk will begin at the Coal Creek YMCA, and proceed down the new trail connecting the YMCA parking lot to the Coal Creek Trail.

The walk will follow the Coal Creek Trail upstream until reaching the Red Town Trailhead of Cougar Mountain Park. Organizers said the walk follows the old Seattle and Walla Walla railroad most of the way, and passes by waterfalls and historic sites.

Historian Milt Swanson will open his coal-mining museum to visitors arriving at Red Town.

City blog removed from the Internet

October 20, 2009

UPDATED — 2:37 p.m. Oct. 20, 2009

The city blog — Newcastle 411 — has been removed from the Internet, according to Newcastle Communications Manager Doug Alder.

Some visitors to the blog will find the previous formatting removed, and although they can access the final post, as well the blog’s links to other Web sites, they cannot access previous posts. Other visitors will find a screen that links them to the site’s host.

Alder previously said that although the comments section of the blog would be closed and no new posts would be made, the blog would remain online.

Alder operated the blog from early October 2008 through Oct. 5, and he said although the blog will no longer be online, the city has archived its content — including comments. The blog’s content will be available to members of the public via public records requests.

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Hear from county executive, council candidates at Saturday forum

October 15, 2009

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Oct. 15, 2009

Join King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison at a Saturday morning forum in Newcastle. County Councilman Reagan Dunn and challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, candidates for the District 9 seat, will join the would-be executives at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The district includes swaths of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, as well as unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah.

The free forum begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom, 155500 Six Penny Lane. Organizers ask attendees to R.S.V.P. to the event. Call 206-241-5774 or e-mail to R.S.V.P.

Debbie Berto, publisher of the Newcastle News and The Issaquah Press, will moderate the executive portion of the forum.

Meet your school board candidates

October 10, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2009

The Liberty High School Parents, Teachers and Students Association is hosting a community meeting with Issaquah School Board candidates Oct. 13.

Wright Noel and Marnie Maraldo are running for the Director District No. 2 position on the school board.

The PTSA is hosting a community meeting with the candidates from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in classroom 121 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St.

Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak, and then will take questions from the public in an informal setting.

The candidates will represent the Liberty attendance area, but are voted into office by all residents living within the Issaquah School District.

School board member Chad Magendanz is running for the Director District No. 4 position, but he is unopposed.

Newcastle men annihilate Frisbee catch world record

October 8, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Scott Perkins and Casey Dunn will soon go down in history.

On Saturday, the duo, both 24, broke the world record for most behind-the-back Frisbee catches in one minute from at least five meters apart. The previous record was two; the duo completed 29 behind-the-back catches.

Friends, family members and Mayor Ben Varon were on hand to witness the event. Robert Perkins (Scott Perkin’s father) Russel Cowgill (Dunn’s and Perkins’ roommate) served as official timers, and Varon served as the official counter.

“It’s an honor to be asked to be here,” Varon said.

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Expect traffic delays Thursday and Friday on Coal Creek Parkway

October 7, 2009

NEW — 6:50 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

Construction crews will work on the Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway intersection Thursday and Friday.

City officials said this would cause lane closures during the day in both directions of Coal Creek Parkway.

Drivers should expect delays on both roads.

Newcastle men annihilate Frisbee world record

October 7, 2009

Protestors attend City Council meeting

October 7, 2009

UPDATED — 1:44 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

More than a dozen protestors from the Seattle Solidarity Network came to City Hall for Tuesday’s council meeting to protest the staffing practices of Lorig Associates, a developer Newcastle has worked with extensively.

The protestors said Lorig discriminated against Patricia Perkins-Milton, a black woman who worked for the developer for 11 years. They said she was one of two black people working for the company during most of that time, and that she was denied promotions.

They said that although she filled in at a normally higher-paying position for five months, she was forced to train an inexperienced white worker who would permanently take the position.

Protestors line up outside City Hall before Tuesday night's City Council meeting. — By Tim Pfarr

Protestors line up outside City Hall before Tuesday night's City Council meeting. — By Tim Pfarr

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