City seeks input on community events

September 25, 2012

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Sept, 25, 2012

The city of Newcastle is requesting feedback from residents on its 2012 community events.

In particular, the city is requesting feedback on the city’s Fourth of July celebration, Concerts in the Park and Newcastle Days.

The city asks residents to complete a short, online survey at

The survey will run until Oct. 12.


Nominations for Diamond Awards due Sept. 21

September 17, 2012

NEW — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 17, 2012

Nominations for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Diamond Awards ceremony are due by Sept. 21.

The event will be Nov. 14 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

A recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on their contribution to the community of Newcastle.

The six award categories include business, citizenship, community leadership, customer service, education and employee. Read more

Flames engulf roof of Newcastle home

September 14, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Sept. 14, 2012

Contributed by the Bellevue Fire Department
Smoke billows from the roof of a Newcastle home, as a house fire erupted on Sept. 14.

The Bellevue Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 14300 block of Southeast 77th Street at around 10 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Troy Donlin, Bellevue Fire Department spokesman. Read more

Massage Envy to raise money for Arthritis Foundation

September 12, 2012

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Sept. 12, 2012

Massage Envy has joined forces with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis.

On Sept. 19 all 22 Puget Sound area Massage Envy clinics and spas will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, the event raised $500,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

All proceeds donated during Healing Hands for Arthritis will support the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis.

Newcastle’s Massage Envy is located at 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E

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September 11, 2012

Liberty narrowly defeats Hazen in football showdown

September 10, 2012

By Scott Coburn
The captains for Liberty and Hazen meet at midfield for the opening coin toss in the Sept. 7 contest between the two Renton schools. Liberty defeated Hazen 25-22.

NEW — 5:55 p.m. Sept. 10, 2012

It was the battle of Renton last Friday as the Liberty Patriots hosted the Hazen Highlanders in a high school football contest. Read more

Liberty Select Basketball holds tryouts

September 7, 2012

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Sept. 7, 2012

Liberty Select Basketball will hold tryouts on Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 for boys and girls in third through eighth grades.

Exact times and locations for the tryouts can be found on the program’s website at

Players must register online prior to tryouts. Registration can be found by clicking the ‘Register Now’ icon on the home page. Read more

Newcastle police seek owner of stolen boat motor

September 6, 2012

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department is looking for the owner of a boat motor stolen in June 2012.

The item was recovered when a police department in a different jurisdiction arrested an individual for theft. Among the items in his possession was a boat motor he said he stole in Newcastle in June 2012.

If you had a boat motor stolen around that time, contact the Newcastle Police Department. The best route is to email a description of your motor to  You may also call the police department at City Hall, 649-4444.

Newcastle Library will feature 35,000 new books

September 6, 2012

The Newcastle Library is on track to open in late October, according to Greg Smith, the director of Facilities Management Services with the King County Library System.

Much of the work completed in August consisted of electrical work and installing the glass windows as they began to arrive. Workers also began installing sod on the library’s green roof.

Smith said the plan is to start moving furniture and shelving in late September, in preparation for the opening.

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City Council tackles expected revenue shortfall

September 6, 2012

Consolidating with Bellevue a topic discussed at annual budget retreat

At the city’s annual budget retreat in June, Newcastle City Council members sat down to discuss the options available to tackle an ominous financial forecast.

Among the topics discussed to remedy an expected revenue shortfall included staff reductions, imposition of a utility tax, outsourcing more city services and annexation into the city of Bellevue.

As the city begins to finalize its 2013 budget, City Manager Rob Wyman said potential shortfall fixes would be discussed at City Council meetings in the months of September and October.

At the June retreat, Finance Director Christine Olsen presented a six-year financial forecast, showing increasing deficits in the city’s general fund.

Wyman stressed that the forecast presented at the retreat was preliminary and an updated revenue forecast is coming Sept. 18, but he does expect to see a shortfall.

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