Community Activities Commission welcomes new members

July 5, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The Newcastle Parks Commission officially became the Community Activities Commission in March, and since the transition began, the group has welcomed three new members.

Linda Newing, Jim Price and Russ Segner were all unanimously appointed to the commission, joining Diane Lewis, Jesse Tam, Angela Ursino and Craig Belcher.

The duties of the commission have not changed significantly, but as the new name suggests, coordination of community events is now a priority.

One of the more significant changes is that two seats of the seven-member commission are now reserved for representatives from the city’s major volunteer groups. Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society can each nominate a person from their organizations to serve on the commission.


Jim Price

Jim Price

Jim Price

As the commission’s Newcastle Trails representative, Jim Price said he hopes he can promote a greater interest in the trails with his appointment.

“We would like to connect the various trails around the city that are really heavily used by individuals,” he said. “Walking is the No. 1 recreational activity in the city, and I’m hoping that we can become known as a trail city. I think we’re becoming that way. We’re getting quite a good reputation.”

Price said he is familiar with most of his colleagues, so there was already a certain level of comfort when he joined the commission.

“I have a high regard for them, and I feel that we are in pretty good hands,” he said.

Price has lived in Newcastle since 1986.

“I’m very proud of this city, and I think we have a high quality of life and high citizen participation,” he said. “I’m very excited about living in Newcastle, that’s for sure.”


Russ Segner

uss Segner

uss Segner

As the president of the Newcastle Historical Society, Russ Segner knows all too well how the city’s history influences its present.

“For instance, the trail system, a good bit of it is through downtown and around toward May Valley, which is on the old railroad right of way that served the coal mines here,” he said.

Segner, the Newcastle Historical Society’s representative on the commission, hopes to bring the organization’s purpose of preserving and sharing the city’s history to the greater community.

“The Newcastle Historical Society is a very important part of the Newcastle experience,” he said.

Segner has lived in Newcastle since 2001.

“Newcastle is a great place to live,” he said. “It’s got pretty much all of the things that my wife and I need or enjoy.”


Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

When Linda Newing learned that the rebranded commission would focus on community event planning, she felt right at home.

“They call me the party planner,” she said. “I love to entertain and help plan events, so this is totally me. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Newing said she is excited to help organize Newcastle Days, and would like to see the city expand its community offerings in the future.

“There is a lot of opportunity for this community,” she said. “I would just like to see more fun events for adults and kids on every weekend throughout the year. I think we have the ability to accomplish that here.”

Newing grew up in Renton, but has lived in Newcastle since 2004.

“I love Newcastle. It’s a very convenient location,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know people in this community, since I’ve spent the majority of my time in the Renton area.”

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