August 30, 2013

By Staff

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Activities commission comes a long way

Newcastle Days will look a bit different this year, adding a pay-for-play area and doing away with the car show, but at its heart, it is still the same annual festival that celebrates the best of the city.

While you’re at Lake Boren Park listening to Alan White rock out on the drums, or relaxing in the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden, take a moment to recognize the people that made this event come together.

Through the tireless work of event co-chairs Mayor Rich Crispo and Diane Lewis, along with the steady help of members of the Community Activities Commission, the 2013 Newcastle Days will likely be the best yet.

Newcastle Days is the first major undertaking of the new activities commissioners, and early returns show that the restructuring of the council’s advisory board has been beneficial. The commission has been through a lot this year, including a significant turnover in membership and a rebranding of duties with an added emphasis on community events.

It could not have been easy welcoming three new commissioners in such a short time, and then subsequently being tasked with coordinating the city’s premier event, but it appears that the members accepted the challenge and worked together to plan a great event.

The Community Activities Commission has come a long way in what has been, at times, a turbulent year.

Make no mistake, there is still work to be done. Members of the volunteer board meet only once a month, and they would do well to spend more time together to more clearly establish the commission’s goals and develop a more united front. The commissioners took the initiative to get that ball rolling at its August meeting, scheduling an October retreat to better organize themselves.

Kudos to commissioners Lewis, Angela Ursino, Craig Belcher, Jesse Tam, Linda Newing, Russ Segner and Jim Price. Here’s to another great Newcastle Days — with even greater expectations in the years ahead.


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