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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

 

City Looking for New Community Activities Commissioners

The Newcastle City Council is seeking applications for membership on the Community Activities Commission. Two opportunities for serving Newcastle are available. We are looking for residents who are enthusiastic about creating experiences and park spaces that enhance the quality of life for people living here. Commissioners are an important part of making Newcastle unique due to their involvement in projects that improve the city's extensive trail system, create awareness of Newcastle's historical and cultural heritage, and provide opportunities for people to volunteer. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must reside within the city. If you're interested in a position, submit an application, letter of interest and resume to the City Clerk by 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

 

Little Giant of the Eastside Historical Exhibit

Learn about Newcastle's prominent place in the region's history by exploring an exhibit at the Renton History Museum called "Newcastle: Little Giant of the Eastside." Coal from Newcastle fueled Seattle's development, and by the late 1890s, Newcastle was the second largest town in King County. Miners and prospectors worked Newcastle mines from 1863 to 1963, removing nearly 1 million tons of coal. Find out more about your city's history now until February 7th at the museum, located at 235 Mill Ave. S in Renton. The exhibit was made possible by the Newcastle Historical Society in partnership with the Renton History Museum.

 

Public Health Officials Announce Presence of Uncommon Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced it has confirmed the presence of an uncommon enterovirus called EV-D68 in King County. Infections are considered the possible cause of acute severe respiratory illness. In general, infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected and become ill since they have not yet developed immunity. Children with asthma are particularly at risk. EV-D68 has been reported to cause runny nose, sneezing, body aches, cough and difficulty breathing with or without fever. There is no vaccine, but there are some preventative measures that can be taken, which can be viewed at this King County Public Health website. Receiving flu vaccine, now widely available, will assist in preventing respiratory illness caused by other viruses.

 

Assist Police in Preventing Car Prowls

Police report the incidence of criminals stealing property from vehicles in Newcastle is up sharply this year compared with last year, but you can help! Usually this is an easy crime of opportunity, taking less than two seconds to break a window and under a minute to complete. You can't stop someone from entering your vehicle, but you can remove the motivation by not storing anything of value inside or removing it from eyesight. Electronics are particularly attractive to thieves. If you have to put something in your trunk, make sure no one is watching. Parking your car in a locked garage is best, but you can also park in well lit, well traveled areas. Take care wherever you park, but especially in shopping centers, parks, trailheads and park and rides. Use www.trackmole.com today to make your items more recoverable if they are stolen. If you see any suspicious activity, don't hestitate to call 911.

 

Invasive Snail Species Found in May Creek

A recent report from King County confirmed the positive identification of the New Zealand Mudsnail in May Creek, just upstream of a culvert crossing with Lake Washington Boulevard. The snail could be present throughout the watershed. Mudsnails also have now been confirmed in several other Lake Washington tributaries within King County, including Thornton Creek, Kelsey Creek and McAleer Creek. Special decontamination precautions or dedicated gear should be used when working in these watersheds. New Zealand Mudsnails multiply quickly and crowd out native species. They have the potential to become a serious problem for the entire region. Go to this King County biodiversity website for more information.

 

Project to Construct New Middle School Moves Forward

Renton School District is proceeding with a project to construct a new middle school in Newcastle by demolishing the existing Renton Academy buildings. The school constructed in 1963 is being removed to make way for one 119,000 square foot, two-story building. Construction is scheduled to begin late this year and continue through July 2016. The building as proposed will include 27 general classrooms, four computer labs, six science labs, three shared learning areas, career technology and family consumer science labs, gymnasium, fitness center, library, band, orchestra, choir/drama, and art studio facilities, special needs classrooms, counseling center and administrative support spaces. The school district has worked extensively with the city to determine the type of street improvements and student drop-off/pick-up areas required.

 

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."

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.

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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