The swimming area at Newcastle Beach Park has been reopened.   The department of...

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The swimming area at Newcastle Beach Park has been reopened.

The department of Public Health — Seattle & King County closed the area a week ago because of high bacteria levels in the water. Tests for the past several days indicated that bacteria counts are now at low-risk levels for public swimming. Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland remains closed, according to King County.

Newcastle Beach Park is at 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E. For more information, visit


Student info

to be online

Starting in the fall, parents and students in the Issaquah School District can go online to access information such as student academic progress, attendance and class schedules.

The district will use two online systems, called Basmati and Family Access. Students and families will be assigned passwords in the weeks leading up to the start of school and during curriculum nights.

Basmati gives middle- and high-school parents and students access to progress reports. Teachers will update academic information eight times a year for high-school students and six times a year for middle-school students.

Family Access will give families and students at all grade levels access to student information such as class schedules, attendance and immunization records. For more information, go to


Arts Commission

seeks applicants

Redmond residents who have interest in the arts and strong visual-arts backgrounds are invited to apply for an opening on the city’s Arts Commission. Direct experience as a visual artist or work in the field of visual art is preferred.

The nine-member commission promotes arts events and supports artists, arts organizations and arts education. The panel also makes recommendations to the mayor and City Council on arts-related acquisitions, programs and community events. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, and commissioners are appointed to three-year terms.

Applicants should pick up a community-service application in the Mayor’s Office on the third floor of Redmond City Hall, or download a copy at Applicants should mail the completed form, along with a summary of background and volunteer experience, to the Office of the Mayor, City of Redmond, P.O. Box 97010, Redmond, WA 98073-9710. For information, call 425-556-2101.