Newcastle Library groundbreaking / Oct. 20, 2010

November 5, 2010

Everybody dig in!

November 5, 2010

KCLS holds Newcastle Library groundbreaking ceremony

The wait for the Newcastle Library is finally nearing a close.

Golden shovels full of dirt get the heave-ho Oct. 20 as members of the Newcastle City Council, state Legislative 41st District and King County Library System board of directors perform the ceremonial groundbreaking for the future Newcastle Library at Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast. See a video of the community celebration at By Greg Farrar

The King County Library System held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility — which will be at the corner of 129th Avenue Southeast and Newcastle Way — under sunny skies the afternoon of Oct. 20.

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Tight city budget for 2011

November 5, 2010

City Manager Rob Wyman released the 2011 preliminary budget at the Oct. 19 City Council meeting. The budget called for widespread cuts, including ending maintenance in all city parks except Lake Boren and Donegal next year.

The budget also calls for the city to begin distributing passports, increase funds for community events and restore funds for affordable housing to about half of what the city historically contributed each year.

The council will hold final public hearings regarding the 2011 budget at its Nov. 16 meeting, and will approve the budget at its Dec. 7 meeting. The council has yet to make amendments to the budget; it will likely do so Nov. 16.

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Threat prompts about half of students to miss school

November 5, 2010

About half of Liberty High School students opted to stay home Oct. 27 — the day a threat had been made against the school.

About 550 students of the 1,166-member student body were absent. On a regular school day, between 5 percent and 10 percent of students are absent.

The unease stemmed from a written threat a school custodian found in a boys’ restroom June 23, after school had let out for the summer.

The writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” police said in describing the pencil-written message.

District administrators worked with the King County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, watching surveillance footage from the time of the incident and asking school staffers to match the handwriting.

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Man answers door armed with a handgun, curses at police

November 5, 2010

A Newcastle man in the 11800 block of Southeast 75th place threatened a police officer with a gun just before 10 p.m. Oct. 22, according to a police report. Police responded to the area after receiving reports that a woman was screaming for help.

Police located the woman on the man’s property, and the man came to the doorway with a handgun. The officer identified himself as police, but the man cursed at the officer, telling him to leave his property and that he did not care who he was, according to the report.

The officer backed away from the house, but tripped over a plant. He called to his partner that the man had a gun, and his partner called for backup. Bellevue Police officers and a police helicopter responded, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.

The woman ran and hid as the officer tripped, but she later cooperated with police and approached with her hands up. The man refused to exit the house, but after interviewing the woman, police determined no crime had been committed, so the officers left.

The woman appeared to be intoxicated, according to the police report. Police sent her to Overlake Hospital, requesting a psychiatrist evaluation.

The woman’s brother said he believed she had been drinking alcohol, and he said they had been arguing because she had been drinking margaritas out of nice glasses.

Boy Scout Troop 499 moves meetings to Kennydale

November 5, 2010

Hazelwood-based Boy Scout Troop 499, which held meetings at Hazelwood Elementary School for about 40 years, has moved its meetings to Kennydale Elementary School.

In September, Hazelwood Elementary officials notified troop Scoutmaster Bill Burris that the school no longer had space for the troop on Monday nights, when it typically met.

“Our space is becoming overused and we’ve had to turn away groups every year,” Hazelwood Elementary Principal Cindy Farnsworth said. “We have so many kids who want to use the facility, and we have limited space.”

The troop’s meetings at Kennydale Elementary are now on Tuesday nights, and Burris said about 15-20 percent of the about 45 boys in his troop are unable to attend the meetings because of the change in time and venue.

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Sustainability development becomes salmon-friendly

November 5, 2010

Trails at Newcastle, a sustainability-oriented development to be built east off Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 79th Street and 135th Avenue Southeast, has become the first development in the state to earn Salmon-Safe Residential Development Certification.

Seattle-based nonprofit Stewardship Partners — which works in conjunction with Oregon-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe — gives the distinction in Washington.

Ben Kaufman, owner of GreenWorks Realty, which will construct the development, said the certification is indicative of overarching sustainable practices, as the health of salmon is indicative of the health of the entire ecosystem.

“I’m honored that this project was chosen,” Kaufman said. “We’ve been working on this a long time.”

Kaufman said the development is close to breaking ground, and it will either do so later this fall or next spring.

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Eastside Fashion Blog follows design trends

November 5, 2010

To all of the ladies out there afraid to try anything daring with your outfits in fear of committing a fashion faux pas, meet Newcastle-based blogger Rebecca Klein.

The recent Bellevue High School graduate currently devotes her time to creating special-themed outfits on her Eastside Fashion Blog. She makes mash-ups using photos of clothing and accessories from names such as Whitney Eve, Charlotte Russe, Burberry and Victoria’s.

Rebecca Klein attends the Project Greenlight fashion show at the Bellevue Club on Oct. 1, this year in a special-themed outfit, as she reports on current fashion topics to add to her Eastside Fashion Blog. Contributed

Klein, who created the site over a year ago, said in an e-mail that she has always loved fashion. She started the blog in order to help people in the area know what kind of fashion is “in.”

“When I was little, I used to try and find websites that would help me know what kind of fashion was ‘in,’ but I really couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for,” she said.

For one of Klein’s entries, she did find what she was looking for — in Amy Marie Goetz’s collection.

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Parks Commission may seek more guidance for dog park

November 5, 2010

The Parks Commission dog park subcommittee will recommend to the full commission that it return to the City Council for more guidance regarding a potential off-leash dog park in the city.

The subcommittee — which consists of Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton, Vice Chair Koleen Morris and Commissioner Craig Petersen — met with representatives of the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart Oct. 27 to discuss teaming up to build a park. However, they were unable to reach a solution as to how to move forward.

F.E.T.C.H. representatives Allen Dauterman and M.J. Dobbins said their organization is not willing to financially contribute to an off-leash park at the future sports park, citing the location’s remoteness and lack of amenities. Dobbins said the remoteness also raises safety concerns, and that she would not feel comfortable taking her dogs there if she were the only one using the park.

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Laughing all the way: On the nature of stuff

November 5, 2010

When my sisters and I were children, we moved on an average of every two years. When people used to ask about it, I told them that my father was wanted by the police. He wasn’t really wanted by the police, but he was promoted often, this back in the day when working for a company was like being in the army. You didn’t question it. You just packed and moved. Applying the words “quality of life” to the workplace had yet to occur, except, perhaps, in Quaker Oats marketing meetings.

Having relocated every two years, we were all forced to take serious inventory of what was truly necessary and what wasn’t. After toiling over crates and cartons, you begin to realize that there’s a lot of stuff that you can do without.

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