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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.

 

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Celebrate the Fourth at Lake Boren Park

Fireworks will light up the sky over Newcastle at this year's Fourth at the Lake Celebration. Meet up with friends and neighbors for picnics, food vendors, and fun starting at 6 p.m. Live music featuring a Neil Diamond Tribute band called Cherry Cherry will start at 8 p.m. and set the stage for the fireworks display at 10 p.m. The event is presented by Avalon Bay, developers of a new community at the north entrance to Newcastle. The celebration also is made possible with support from The Golf Club at Newcastle, a premiere golf and event destination, and by Waste Management. Relax in town for the Fourth!

Keep Newcastle Safe During the Fourth

City fire officials warn that setting off fireworks yourself this year is not only illegal, but places you and your neighborhood in danger. Each July 4th, thousands of people are injured while using fireworks. In 2013, there were 239 reported injuries in Washington. This year we are experiencing drought conditions throughout the state, creating an even greater risk for fires resulting from fireworks. During 2013, there were 102 reported fires caused by fireworks. For the Fourth, catch the fireworks at the Fourth at the Lake Celebration at Lake Boren Park instead and keep it safe for everyone. Report illegal fireworks displays immediately by calling 911.

 

Concerts in the Park This Summer

Lake Boren Park will become a scenic venue for a variety of musical performances this summer. Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series will take place on Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30 for four consecutive weeks starting July 22 with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues and R&B band. On July 29, Off the Hook will perform classic funk and soul, followed by Kellee Bradley's pop, rock and country music on August 5. Our concerts in the park will wrap up August 12 with soul and classic rock from Soul Purpose. Food vendors will be on site starting at 6 p.m. Concerts in the Park are presented by The Golf Club at Newcastle and Coal Creek Family YMCA.

 

Council Searching for New Planning Commissioner

Newcastle residents interested in serving their community by assisting the City Council in making decisions about planning and development are encouraged to apply for appointment to a seat on the city's planning commission. The commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall to develop recommendations. Commissioners currently are in the process of evaluating the central business area and utility regulations. The commission is comprised of seven members, each serving a four-year term. Applicants must be 18 years of age, and must reside within the city or its potential annexation areas established in the Comprehensive Plan. To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume and application to the City Clerk's office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Application materials can be emailed to the City Clerk. Download an application form today.

 

Upcoming Traffic Rerouting Due to Road Work

A road closure and lane shifting will be necessary in June due to road work in the Newcastle area. On Saturday, June 20, starting at 5 a.m., Lakemont Boulevard will be closed between Forest Drive SE and 155th Avenue SE at Newcastle Golf Club Road due to a roadway repairs. The road will be reopened Monday, June 22, at 5 a.m., with alternating one-way traffic. During the closure, a detour plan will be implemented, with local access provided at the south end of the project. Also late in June, Newcastle Way lanes will be shifted due to middle school construction activity, from 121st to 116th Avenue SE. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic, and delays are expected. Work is expected to be completed by August 31, 2015.

 

Prepare for Excessive Heat this Summer

Take steps now to protect yourself from a dangerously hot summer this year. The National Weather Service predicts above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for June, July and August in our region. These conditions can be life-threatening for people and pets. Daytime heating is a problem, but not cooling off during warm nights adds to the body's stress. Go to www.ready.gov/heat for information on how to prepare and stay safe during periods of prolonged heat. Remember that temperatures within vehicles can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Never leave pets or children in your vehicle, even for a few minutes. If you see a child or an animal in distress in an unattended vehicle, call police at 911.

 

Final 2015 Budget Publication Available

Newcastle's Finance Director has released the final version of the city's 2015 budget book. The budget is more than a report of the city's planned revenue and expenditures. It's packed full of information about the city, including information on city services and demographics, how your city staff is organized, and planned improvement projects. One of the best ways to get to know your City of Newcastle organization is to read this comprehensive document. Download the budget book here, and to view budgets from previous years go to this city webpage.

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

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