Liberty High School PTSA needs input

April 30, 2011

NEW — Noon April 30, 2011

The Liberty High School PTSA is offering a survey to gather feedback and input on what programs to sponsor during the 2011-2012 school year.

PTSA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate. Click here to take the survey.

Newcastle hit by recent string of burglaries

April 29, 2011

UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. May 2, 2011

Newcastle was hit by two strings of burglaries during the last two weeks, Police Chief Melinda Irvine wrote in an electronic alert to residents April 26. Irvine released descriptions April 29 of two vehicles of interest in the crimes.

The first string of burglaries occurred in the Lake Washington Crest neighborhood. Burglars forced their ways into three homes in the 8000 block of 119th Avenue Southeast, entering through back doors. The burglaries occurred during the day April 19.

What appears to be a second burglar or group of burglars broke into three garages across the city at night between April 20 and 25, stealing items from cars parked inside, Irvine said.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

April 29, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 29, 2011

Instead of throwing away unwanted medicines, recycle them April 30 as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

Officials will collect unwanted medicines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at numerous sites in the area, including the Factoria Mall police substation, the Crossroads Mall police substation, the Issaquah Police Department and Mercer Island City Hall.

Click here for more information and a list of drop-off sites in the area.

Newport Way Library to reopen with celebration

April 28, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2011

The Newport Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, will reopen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. April 30.

The library closed for renovations March 3.

The renovations — which cost $2.5 million — expanded the library by 790 square feet. A $172 million bond approved by voters in 2004 funded the project.

The visible changes to the library’s exterior include a new covered entryway with a cedar shake roof. Automated book drops were also installed.

Inside, a “reading porch” provides views of the surrounding wooded area and a cushioned seat for children. The meeting room was also enlarged, and it now has a sliding glass door with art designed by glass artists Stuart Keeler and Michael Machnic.

Cars pileup on Coal Creek Parkway April 25

April 27, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2011

Two drivers were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center after a five-car wreck at the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway and Newcastle Way just after 7 a.m. April 25.

A woman driving an Acura TSX northbound on Coal Creek Parkway caused a pileup when she struck an Acura MDX from behind. The MDX struck a stopped Honda Civic, which then struck a stopped Toyota Highlander.

However, after triggering the pileup, the TSX continued into the intersection, striking a Chevrolet Blazer traveling eastbound on Newcastle Way.

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Man shot April 23 at Castle Creek Apartments

April 26, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 26. 2011

A man was shot in the leg at about 2 a.m. April 23 at Castle Creek Apartments, 7000 132nd Place Southeast, after asking a group of people making noise in the parking lot to be quiet, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The man who was shot — who is in his 40s — suffered only minor injuries and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Two Newcastle Police officers were on duty at the time and heard the shots. One responded to the apartment complex, and the other followed a group of cars speeding away from the scene. The officer stopped the vehicles and — with the help of witnesses — arrested the alleged shooter, a Seattle man in his late 20s.

The gun used was a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Two injured in State Route 520 crash

April 26, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

Two Newcastle residents were injured in a hit and run crash on State Route 520 just west of 84th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue just before 12:30 p.m. April 23.

Stephen Whistom, 53, and Nina Whistom, 56, were driving westbound on the highway in a 2007 Mercedes SL55 when a person driving a 1992 Acura Integra hit their car, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both cars slammed in the jersey barrier, and the driver of the Acura fled the scene on foot. Stephen and Nina Whistrom were both taken to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where they were treated and released.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash. The age and sex of the Acura driver is not known, and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

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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Guest Column

April 21, 2011

How Newcastle celebrates Earth Day on April 23 – and every day

Emily Newcomer

Newcastle has proven its commitment to sustainability year round, including diverting 57 percent of the community’s waste from the landfill through recycling and compost collection in 2010.

Earth Day 2011 offers a unique opportunity to showcase and build on the community’s track record for recycling leadership.

The Newcastle Goes Green event April 23 at Lake Boren Park will bring the community together to celebrate sustainability success to date — and energize residents for the future. It’s a chance to learn from others about easy, economical ways to help the planet and the environment.

The event includes educational mini?seminars, kids’ activities, an on-site restoration project and musical fun. Eco?friendly businesses will showcase things including organic body care products and solar and wind energy solutions.

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Patriot Players perform unfinished Charles Dickens novel

April 21, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 21, 2011

When Charles Dickens died from a stroke in 1870, he left his latest novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” unfinished.

The novel languished until 1985, when American-British composer and author Rupert Holmes transformed it into a musical. To him, it didn’t matter that the novel’s murder mystery remained unsolved. Instead, he decided to let the audience vote, giving the show a possible 476 whodunit endings.

Liberty High School’s Patriot Players, under the guidance of directors Katherine Klekas and Eia Waltzer, have taken on “Drood” with gusto, given that it involves danger, romance and cross-dressing actors.

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