Notes from Newcastle: Celebrate 20 years of community

August 29, 2014

By John Dulcich

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In honor of Newcastle’s 20th anniversary, we asked Councilman John Dulcich, a member of the city’s original council, to write this month’s Notes from Newcastle column.

It has been an honor and a privilege to be involved as a leader in Newcastle over the past 20 years.


John D. Dulcich

Although our city officially incorporated in 1994, Newcastle was actually founded in 1869 as a coal-mining town. The coal carried from Newcastle helped spur early development in the region and was instrumental in making the Port of Seattle the dominant West Coast seaport that it is today.

Over time, the coal mines have given way to a world-class golf course, vibrant housing developments, a new YMCA, library, two new elementary schools and a soon-to-be-constructed middle school. Newcastle remains a jewel in the heart of the hills, known as a safe place to raise and nurture a family, and for being within 15 minutes of anywhere. So, while those coal-mining days are gone, our rich history remains. And an even brighter future looms on the horizon.

Recognition of Newcastle goes far beyond the borders of our tightknit community. The city has consistently ranked in the Top 20 of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in America (America’s Best Small Towns) and was selected by Bloomberg magazine as the best suburb in the state of Washington. It’s not a secret to us that we live in a wonderful place.

As summer comes to a close, we look back to a times filled with sunshine and many formal and informal gatherings with family, friends and neighbors. Members of our community saw each other at the fruit stand, our neighborhood restaurants, Wednesday night concerts at Lake Boren Park, picnics, cookouts and while shopping at our neighborhood stores.

Now, as fall begins, we will look with anticipation for children coming and going on school buses, picking out pumpkins and cornstalks, raking leaves and enjoying neighborhood Halloween festivities. We look forward to Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings with fireplaces lit, and friends to share it all with in the winter months ahead.

Before we know it, spring will be here. Gardens will renew their beauty, the soccer and baseball fields will fill once again with neighborhood children, walkers and runners will be out in full force, all another chance to get out and get together with each other. The seasons we share bond us as a community.

As a city, we continue to shine. I salute each individual who has pride in Newcastle and strives to keep it the very special place that it is. Let’s continue moving forward as a community as our best days are ahead of us.

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One Response to “Notes from Newcastle: Celebrate 20 years of community”

  1. Ron Todd on September 6th, 2014 8:49 am

    It is with great pride that I salute the 20th anniversary of Newcastle Days! As the co-founder of the effort to incorporate Newcastle and a member of the first Newcastle City Council, it was my dream to unite the various neighborhoods and create a sense of community through this annual celebration. I think back fondly of the very first efforts to establish Newcastle Days through the tireless efforts of citizen volunteers and the Greater Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, and marvel at how it has evolved and what it has become today. Kudos to Council member Dulcich and the current members of the City Council, staff, citizens and volunteers for what will surely be another fun and enjoyable day!

    Yours truly,
    Ron Todd
    City Council member, Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor 1994-1999

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