Newcastle Historical Society website goes live

March 28, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. March 28, 2013

In an effort to increase its presence, the Newcastle Historical Society has launched a website, complete with information about the city’s rich history and photographs of mementos from Milt Swanson’s personal museum.

The website,, also has membership information and a space to sign up to volunteer with the organization.

The Newcastle Historical Society meets the first Thursday every month at 4 p.m. at City Hall. The group’s April 4 meeting will be a birthday celebration for Swanson, who turns 95 on March 29.

Renton School District to hold local meeting about new middle school

March 25, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. March 25, 2013

The Renton School District will present information about the anticipated new middle school at a community meeting in Newcastle on April 3.

The meeting is designed to be a dialogue between the community and the district’s design team, along with the architects for the project, NAC Architecture, to provide opportunities for input that will lead the process through the design and construction phases.

It will focus on reviewing the project schedule and existing site conditions and presenting the vision statement, guiding principles and education specifications established by the project steering committee. Read more

Top three candidates to interview for Renton superintendent position

March 21, 2013

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 21, 2013

There are only three candidates left in the Renton School District’s search for a new superintendent.

Merri Rieger, Crystalee Sweeting and Flip Herndon emerged as the top three candidates to succeed Mary Alice Heuschel.

Rieger is currently the chief student achievement officer with the Kent School District; Sweeting is an assistant superintendent with the Puyallup School District; and Herndon is the superintendent of the Bremerton School District. Read more

Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand preps for opening

March 21, 2013

NEW — 2:40 p.m. March 21, 2013

File A customer looks over the offerings at the Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand in a 2009 photo.

A customer looks over the offerings at the Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand in a 2009 photo.

It’s officially spring in Newcastle.

No, not because the calendar says March 20 is the first day of spring, but because that familiar red-and-white tent was pitched on the corner of Newcastle Way. Read more

HomeStreet Bank holds food drive

March 20, 2013

NEW — 2:15 p.m. March 20, 2013

HomeStreet Bank will join 90 other banks in Western Washington to collect nonperishable food and cash donations for Northwest Harvest between March 18 and April 5.

The effort is part of the Bankers Care Spring 2013 Food Drive. The Bankers Care program, sponsored by the Washington Bankers Association, focuses on the many ways bankers can help meet the vital needs of people across the state.

Contributions collected at each neighborhood branch will directly support that community.

HomeStreet customers and members of each local community are encouraged to participate. Cash donations are also accepted and can be made at branches or directly online at

The Newcastle branch is located at 6949 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Police looking for suspect in Subway robbery

March 20, 2013

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 20, 2013

The Newcastle Subway sandwich store was robbed at 7:55 a.m. March 20, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The suspect, who is still at large, is described as a black male in his 40s standing about 5 feet, 1 inch tall, with short, almost balding hair.

The man wore a multi-colored sweater and his face was covered when he entered the business.

Residents who may have seen the man in the Newcastle area on the morning of March 20 are encouraged to call the Newcastle Police at 649-4444, or the nonemergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311.

You may also report information anonymously through the police department’s online tip page,

The suspect robbed the store at 6975 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

Public hearing on update to city’s parks, trails plan tonight

March 19, 2013

NEW — 1:10 p.m. March 19, 2013

The Newcastle City Council will hold a public hearing tonight as the city finalizes the process of updating its parks, trails and recreation chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.

The plan serves as the city’s guideline to develop parks, trails, and recreational programs and facilities.

The hearing will take place at the March 19 council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.

The complete agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found on the city’s website here.

City Hall’s address is 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200, Newcastle, WA 98056.

March is music month

March 19, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. March 19, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a March 13 practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a March 13 practice.

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $50,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible. Read more

The Issaquah Press is relocating offices

March 18, 2013

NEW — 12:25 p.m. March 18, 2013

Newcastle News, a member of The Issaquah Press Co., will relocate its offices March 20, leaving historic downtown Issaquah for more efficient office and warehouse space in Cascade Business Park, one block east of the transit center.

The newspaper office has been in the same location on Front Street for about 85 years. Its current building was built 25 years ago when the former building was demolished. The company does not own the building.

“Our needs have changed,” Publisher Debbie Berto explained. “We just don’t need as much space. We no longer need dozens of file cabinets, or the darkroom, or four bathrooms. And the downtown location is not as important now that walk-in customers are rare, not like the days when readers hand-carried in their wedding photos and advertisers came in to pay bills.” Read more

Extra DUI patrols will be out for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

March 15, 2013

NEW — 1:30 p.m. March 15, 2013

Extra law enforcement will be on the roads looking for impaired drivers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 15-17.

“Don’t press your luck this weekend. Make sure you and your friends get home safely,” Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County said in a statement. “If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, ride the bus or take a cab.”

The Washington State Liquor Control Board also will visit local bars to educate employees about the extra DUI patrols and responsible service. Officers will hand out “Click 2 Ride” cards with information about taxi services that bars can share with patrons. Read more

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