Notes from Newcastle: Thank you

December 4, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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I’m a big fan of elegant televised award shows.

One of my favorite annual events is the Academy Awards. It’s a family tradition of sorts for my mom and I to order takeout from our favorite Italian restaurant and spend the evening watching everything from the red carpet arrivals to the final scrolling credits.

By the time we roll to the Oscars, there’s usually a pretty firm idea of who is going to win thanks to previous outcomes at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

That’s why it always annoys me a bit when actors seem so surprised, or have come unprepared with an acceptance speech, when he or she wins the ultimate golden statuette.

Well, I’m no Jennifer Lawrence or Meryl Streep, but I had a chance, however incomparable, to step in their shoes as I accepted a Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award Nov. 20.

And let me tell you, the shock, surprise and bewilderment is sincere. I was so nervous standing in front of the crowd while the speaker announced my nomination. After winning, I was completely floored.

Thank God I didn’t have to give an acceptance speech that night — it mostly would’ve consisted of nervous mumbles and incomplete sentences. If I did, though, this is what I would’ve attempted to say:

When I started at the Newcastle News a little more than two years ago, I’ll admit, I knew almost nothing about this community.

I knew, like most people, that there was a beautiful hilltop golf club with views to die for, but that was pretty much it.

Since then, I’ve come to so intimately know this gem of a city, from its extraordinary coal-mining history to its passionate community.

Newcastle residents are proud to say they are from Newcastle and they should be. It’s a special city that cares about community, sustainability and togetherness. I can say without a doubt, that one day, I, too, would be honored to say “I live in Newcastle.”

Thank you to the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce for this award. It means more to me than you’ll ever know, because it came from this extraordinary suburb I’ve come to know.

This city is special because its residents make it that way. Thank you for letting me tell your stories.

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