Public hearing about expanding Hazelwood Elementary attendance area is Wednesday

November 30, 2010

UPDATED — 3:35 p.m. Dec. 1, 2010

The Renton School District will host a public hearing at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Kohlwes Education Center, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton, regarding recommended boundary changes for its elementary schools.

The change would expand Hazelwood Elementary School’s attendance area and could bring as many as 40 new students to the school.

The district plans to open Honey Dew Elementary School, 800 Union Ave. N.E. in Renton, for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, and the boundary changes would be made to accommodate the school opening. The district reopened Honey Dew Elementary this year for kindergarteners.

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Schools closed Wednesday

November 24, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Issaquah and Renton schools are closed today due to snow and ice.

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November 23, 2010

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Nov. 23, 2010

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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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Open house is Monday night for sidewalk designs for 116th Avenue Southeast

November 19, 2010

NEW — 4:17 p.m. Nov. 19, 2010

The city will hold an open house Nov. 22 for residents to view the proposed sidewalk designs for 116th Avenue Southeast from Southeast 88th to Southeast 84th streets.

The open house will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Hazelwood Elementary School’s gym, 7100 116th Ave. S.E.

The City Council reviewed three design concepts for the project in August, and chose an option that calls for concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters, driveway ramps and pedestrian ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Police Blotter for Nov. 19

November 19, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 19, 2010

Mailbox tinkerings

A woman reported that the lock on her mailbox, in the 8000 block of 144th Avenue Southeast, had been damaged between 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 5 p.m. Oct. 27. The damage was estimated at $30.

A woman reported that the lock on her mailbox, in the 8300 block of 144th Avenue Southeast, had been tampered with between 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. There was no visible damage.

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Liberty students expelled for buying, selling marijuana on campus

November 18, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Nov. 18, 2010

A Liberty High School student was arrested and expelled for selling marijuana to another student in the school’s bathroom Oct. 25.

The student who purchased the marijuana was also expelled.

The transaction was discovered after the school security officer discovered the students walking down a trail behind the school during lunch. They ran from the officer, and one of the students later admitted to buying the drugs.

Newcastle state Senate race appears headed for recount

November 18, 2010

NEW — 12 p.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The last undecided race to represent Newcastle in Olympia appears to be headed for a recount.

State Sen. Randy Gordon trailed challenger Steve Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. In the 15 days since the campaign ended, the gap between the Democrat Gordon and Republican Litzow has slimmed to 142 votes.

Under state law, a machine recount is required if the difference between the candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

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Weed Warriors holds holiday card contest

November 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The Newcastle Weed Warriors are searching for art to include in an electronic holiday card this year. Drawings, paintings, photos, Photoshop creations or anything else will be accepted, according to the Weed Warriors’ website.

The Weed Warriors will e-mail a card with the winning art to friends, families, businesses and environmental stewardship groups. The winner will also receive a $20 gift certificate to Sweet Decadence.

E-mail submissions to Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller at by Nov. 27. Submitted art should be generic and applicable to all winter holidays. Themes that highlight environmental issues are appreciated.

Click here for more information.

Council to continue budget amendments, address property taxes Nov. 23

November 17, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 17, 2010

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Council Chambers, 13020 Newcastle Way, to continue making amendments to the 2011 preliminary budget and decide whether to increase property taxes next year.

The council began making amendments to the budget and held its final public hearing on the matter at its Nov. 16 meeting.

At the Nov. 16 meeting, the council voted to add $62,000 for parks maintenance next year, reduce funding for A Regional Coalition for Housing to $10,000 from $26,000, eliminate the $166,000 skate park project scheduled to be funded in 2012 and change city staff merit raises into noncompounding bonuses.

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