2014 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards

December 5, 2014

Notes from Newcastle: Thank you

December 4, 2014

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. Read more

Diamond Awards are Nov. 20

November 7, 2014

The Golf Club at Newcastle will literally roll out the red carpet for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards Nov. 20.

This will be the second year the Diamond Awards ceremony takes place in the evening at the golf course. Based on last year’s event, the chamber board determined that it would continue with the evening time frame and format in 2014.

The Newcastle Diamond Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes community members who do good things in the greater Newcastle area. The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on his or her contribution to the community.

Winners and nominees demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done. Read more

Nominations coming in for 2014 Diamond Awards

July 31, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards will be an elegant evening affair, hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Nominations are already coming in for the Nov. 20 ceremony that honors Newcastle’s top community members. Get to know some of the nominees below, and be sure to cast your nominations at www.newcastle-chamber.org. Read more

Notes from Newcastle: The Prices of city trail maintenance

July 2, 2014

As the pleasant summer months approach, there is no better time to explore the city’s vast trail network under blue skies and warm temperatures.

You can find longtime Newcastle residents Jim and Peggy Price on the trails in rain or shine, though.

The husband-and-wife team is very active when it comes to preserving and expanding Newcastle’s walking trails. They were among the founders of the Newcastle Trails organization and continue to remain deeply involved in the nonprofit.

Peggy had a direct hand in designing, routing and building the Terrace Trail and the eastern portion of the May Creek Trail. She now spends a large portion of her weeks working on the CrossTown Trail, which will span from Coal Creek Parkway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Read more

Nominations come in for 2014 Diamond Awards

July 2, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards will be an elegant evening affair, hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Nominations are already coming in for the Nov. 20 ceremony that honors Newcastle’s top community members. Get to know some of the nominees below, and be sure to cast your nominations at www.newcastle-chamber.org.

Read more

Wife attends Super Bowl to honor late husband

February 6, 2014

‘This one’s for you, Denny’

By Greg Farrar Elizabeth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell hold their Diamond Award in November.

By Greg Farrar
Elizabeth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell hold their Diamond Award in November.

Newcastle Shell station owner, and avid Seattle Seahawks fan, Elizabeth Widseth knew this football season was going to be special.

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Akina Moscinski nominated for customer service award

October 4, 2013

Akina Moscinski

Akina Moscinski

Akina Moscinski was recently promoted to membership engagement director at the Coal Creek Family YMCA.  She has worked at the Coal Creek location since it opened in 2009.

She was nominated for a Diamond Award by a number of community members who wrote that she has been instrumental in connecting and engaging with members to ensure they feel a part of the YMCA community.

Moscinski excels at building community.

“From day one, Akina has demonstrated a strong desire to serve both members and our guests. Akina represents the behaviors and ideals the YMCA looks for in a leader, someone who cares about truly connecting members to the YMCA’s mission,” said Sara Biancofiori, associate executive director of the Coal Creek Family YMCA. Read more

Diamond Awards tickets go on sale

October 4, 2013

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Diamond Awards is set for Nov. 13 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

This year’s ceremony will be held in the evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., a change from past events.

There are six categories recognizing outstanding community members. The recipients demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done.

Tickets to the event cost $35 and are now available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/diamondawardtickets

Chamber sets date for 2013 Diamond Awards

June 19, 2013

NEW — 5:20 p.m. June 19, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy The 2012 Diamond Award recipients pose with their new hardware at The Golf Club of Newcastle Nov. 14.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The 2012 Diamond Award recipients pose with their new hardware at The Golf Club at Newcastle Nov. 14.

The date is set for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Diamond Awards, and attendees can expect to see a few differences at this year’s annual celebration. Read more

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