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Ranked by Money magazine as one of the best small towns in America for 2013, Newcastle combines the convenience and choices of urban living with the comfort and community of a small town. In Newcastle residents can live, work, shop, and play, commute easily to the best jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and return home to live close to natural areas, trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.


 

WHAT'S NEW

 

Energize Eastside Question and Answer Meeting

A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions about Puget Sound Energy's Energize Eastside Project Monday, April 21, at Renton Technical College's cafeteria in building I from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The project will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines from an existing substation in Redmond to one in Renton. Routing options under consideration include routes through Newcastle. At the meeting you will be able to directly ask or write down questions for the expert panel. Questions can be submitted in advance at this Puget Sound Energy website. More information about the project can also be found on the website.

Volunteers Needed for Monitoring Water Quality

Volunteer lake monitors are an invaluable asset to King County's Lake Stewardship Program, which Newcastle's Lake Boren is a part of. Volunteer efforts result in vast amounts of data about area lakes that wouldn't be collected otherwise. The program has expanded from 12 to 34 small lakes, and more volunteers are needed. Learn more at the 2014 Lake Stewardship Volunteer Monitoring Training Workshop Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Preston Community Center in Preston, located at 8625 310th Ave. SE. If you or your group will attend, please RSVP to Sally Abella at sally.abella@kingcounty.gov, or call 206-477-4605. For more information visit this King County website.

 

Registration Open for Skyhawks Summer Programs

Sign your child up today for this summer's Skyhawks Sports Academy in Newcastle at Lake Boren Park and at Hazelwood Elementary. The camps provide young children with opportunities for learning sports skills and for personal growth and are a fun and healthy activity. Skyhawks camps will be offered in golf, tennis, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, multi-sport, and mini-hawk camps for younger children. The multi-sport program includes soccer, baseball and flag football, and mini-hawk programs include soccer, baseball and basketball. Click here to register for Skyhawks on the Skyhawks website, and for more information about this summer's lineup.

Pet License Canvassing This Month

A trained, professional canvasser working for Regional Animal Services of King County and the City of Newcastle is going door-to-door in an effort to ensure pets living in the city are properly licensed. The easily recognized canvasser is visiting residences on weekends April 5 through April 27 and on May 4. The canvasser can be identified by a county name badge and logo shirt, and will carry business cards and pet licensing documents. All cats and dogs eight weeks old and older living in Newcastle are required to be licensed by King County. Canvassers can issue temporary licenses, which allow 30 days for the purchase of permanent tags. Permanent pet licenses can be obtained at Newcastle City Hall or online here. Go to this King County website for more information on the benefits of licensing.

 

Newcastle Historical Society Cemetery Cleanup

Meet up with Newcastle Historical Society volunteers for their fourth clean up of the historic Newcastle Cemetery Saturday, April 26, starting at 9 a.m. Help expose hidden markers by cutting brush, piling it on tarps for transporting and loading the material onto a trailer. Cutting tools will be provided, but you'll need gloves and sturdy shoes. Newcastle's cemetery is one of the oldest in King County, and is located at 7811 129th Ave. SE. On-street parking is limited, but additional parking is available at Lake Boren Park.

Lane Reduction for Bridge Project

City of Bellevue crews have started working on the second phase of construction on a new Coal Creek Parkway bridge near Newcastle. Lanes will are now reduced from four lanes to two between Forest Drive and SE 60th Street, until September. Delays for motorists may be experienced. The City of Bellevue project will replace a deterioriating culvert with a new bridge, add a new pedestrian walkway under the bridge to connect Coal Creek Trail, and restore the stream for improved salmon passage. Go to Bellevue's project page for more information and to sign up for alerts.

Newcastle 2035 - Participate in Developing the Vision

Planning Commissioners have started the process of setting the course for Newcastle for the next 20 years, but need to hear your thoughts on the city's future. Provide input now by taking this open ended survey or this multiple choice survey. Commissioners have started to update the current Comprehensive Plan, which guides management of growth, development and land use. To stay informed about the update, place your name on an email distribution list by clicking here, and check the box for "news and updates."

Safe Storage of Firearms Saves Lives

Safe storage of firearms works to protect everyone in the home, especially young children, and assists in preventing violence in schools. In Washington state, 152 children age 17 or younger were hospitalized and 106 children died as the result of firearms from 2007 to 2011. King County Health is making it easier for you to lock up your firearms by providing a 10-15% discount on select storage devices or lock boxes at participating retailers. Go to www.lokitup.org to learn more about the importance of securing your firearms and to view a list of participating retailers.

Online Permit Services Now Available

Contractors working in Newcastle and city residents are now able to apply for some mechanical, some plumbing and building re-roof permits at MyBuildingPermit.com. Applicants can also use the website to locate permit status information for these permit types and construction tip sheets, checklists and uniform guidelines. Newcastle joins other cities throughout the region in participating in the nation's first multi-jurisdictional online permitting portal. MyBuildingPermit.com is a service of eCityGov.net and the eCityGov Alliance.

Change in Hours for Development Permits

Hours for the Community Development permit desk have been permanently changed to:  8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please plan to arrive at City Hall by 2:30 p.m. to allow sufficent time for processing.

Newcastle's Newsletter

Stay informed about City events, services and other local happenings by signing up for Newcastle's email newsletter. You can also read the newsletter by clicking here.

Lost and Found

Missing something such as a cell phone, bracelet or toy helicopter? Many items are turned in to the City Clerk's office. Contact us to retrieve it, and be prepared to describe the item.

Newcastle's Sales Tax Code is 1736 in RTA area; 4036 in non-RTA area

The City now accepts credit cards for payment.

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