Newcastle is named a Tree City for seventh year

April 9, 2014

NEW — 4:10 p.m. April 9, 2014

Contributed Volunteers plant trees at Newcastle’s Arbor Day celebration Oct. 26.

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Volunteers plant trees at Newcastle’s Arbor Day celebration Oct. 26.

Newcastle was named a Tree City USA for its seventh straight year in honor of Arbor Day April 9. Read more

Tree-planting event marks Arbor Day

October 4, 2013

Contributed Volunteers will plant trees on a public parcel adjacent to China Creek on Oct. 26.

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Volunteers will plant trees on a public parcel adjacent to China Creek on Oct. 26.

The city of Newcastle will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting event Oct. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will plant trees on a public parcel adjacent to China Creek. Attendees are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring a shovel or trowel. Read more

Newcastle selected as a Tree City USA community for sixth straight year

April 12, 2013

NEW — 3:30 p.m. April 12, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has recognized 82 cities — including Newcastle — that have been chosen as a Tree City USA for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant. It is the sixth year Newcastle has been recognized as a Tree City.

Washington celebrated Arbor Day on April 10. There are events in communities throughout the state during the month of April to celebrate Arbor Day.

To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day.

Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees by going to the International Society of Arboriculture website at www.treesaregood.com.

Volunteers needed for Arbor Day tree planting

September 21, 2011

NEW — 11:40 p.m., Sept. 21, 2011

Volunteers are needed to plant 250 trees from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 along the new East May Creek Trail.

Interested participants will meet at the access road on 89th Place, west of Coal Creek Parkway. Follow the signs to parking.

Construction of the East May Creek Trail began several months ago in cooperation with the city of Newcastle, Newcastle Trails, Weed Warriors, the Boy Scouts and a group of volunteers.

The Arbor Day tree planting offers a preview to the trail that takes walkers down the canyon to May Creek.

The city of Newcastle will supply the trees, gloves and shovels.  Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes.

Get more information by calling Newcastle’s Public Works Director Mark Rigos at 425-649-4444.

Newcastle man helps win debate championship

May 6, 2011

Newcastle man Samuel Pizelo helped lead Bellevue College to a national championship in the Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association competition in Gresham, Ore., in March.

The team — now in its second year — also earned superior marks in speaking.

Pizelo, the team’s president, thanked the Bellevue College faculty for its support, as its last-minute, out-of-pocket donations funded the team’s trip. The donations came in just 24 hours before the competition.

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Cost of Newcastle Days: $11

December 2, 2010

This year’s Newcastle Days cost the city $11, as vendor fees and donations from citizens and local businesses paid for $18,203 of the $18,214 in expenses.

Vendor fees and donations also funded $5,675 of the $9,970 bill for Concerts in the Park and $7,750 of the $15,002 bill for the Fourth of July celebration.

The city entirely funded Arbor Day and Earth Day, and the events cost the city $148 and $165, respectively.

Help plant trees for Arbor Day Saturday

October 7, 2010

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Oct. 7, 2010

Newcastle will celebrate Arbor Day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday by hosting a work party to plant 300 conifer trees in the May Creek Basin.

Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes, as much of the work will be on steep slopes, said Newcastle Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller, who is helping organize the event.

Stiller said there would also be an area atop the steep slope for children to work.

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