Chamber hosts Rep. Judy Clibborn

July 8, 2014

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 8, 2014

Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-41

State Rep. Judy Clibborn will be the featured speaker at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s July 9 luncheon.

The Mercer Island Democrat is the chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and also sits on the Health Care and Wellness Committee.

She lists her legislative priorities on her website as creating a sound transportation system that protects trade-dependent businesses throughout the state and keeps Washington’s economy globally competitive; continuing to increase job opportunities for working families; and ensuring adequate health care coverage is accessible to all Washingtonians. 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

Newcastle Library looking for ‘The Voice’

July 2, 2014

Winner to sing at library’s first naturalization ceremony

O say, can you sing “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

If so, the Newcastle Library wants to test your patriotic pipes at its July 12 singing competition.

“The Voice of the Newcastle Library” contest will crown a local crooner, who will then get the honor of singing the national anthem at the library’s first naturalization ceremony July 23.

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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

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Summer events lined up

June 5, 2014

Fireworks will again grace the Newcastle skies this Fourth of July, and this time for more than a few minutes.

Attendees at last year’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Boren Park will remember that technical difficulties shortened what was supposed to be a 12-minute fireworks display.

The Olympia-based company Entertainment Fireworks Inc. took full responsibility for the problems, City Manager Rob Wyman said last year. Newcastle will contract with the company again for its 2014 fireworks show, with assurances the issues won’t occur again.

“I have spoken with the owner multiple times on the phone and he has assured me 200 percent that we will not have the problem again,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle’s community activities liaison. “They’ve got a very, very experienced pyrotechnician that’s going to be working with us.” Read more

Issaquah Press Inc. General Manager Joe Heslet to speak at chamber

June 5, 2014

Joe Heslet, general manager of Issaquah Press Inc., will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s June 11 luncheon.

Heslet oversees operations of The Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News. He will talk about how to create advertising retention with top-of-mind awareness.

Before joining Issaquah Press Inc. in October 2013, some of his more noteworthy career experiences include his tenure as director of sales and advertising at the Puget Sound Business Journal, general sales manager for Fisher Communications’ KOMO and KVI stations, and founding and leading his own research firm.

The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. June 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP for the luncheon at

Chamber hosts Small Business Administration official

May 22, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. May 22, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host speaker Calvin W. Goings, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, at its May 28 breakfast.

As regional administrator, Goings leads the Small Business Administration’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. He will talk about how the U.S. Small Business Administration helps small businesses start, grow and succeed.

The breakfast, held at Regency Newcastle (7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road), is free to members and first-time attending guests. Arrive at 7:15 a.m. to network and register. It starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m.

Learn more about the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce at

Chamber to host Rep. Adam Smith

May 10, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. May 10, 2014

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon. By Christina Corrales-Toy

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon.
By Christina Corrales-Toy

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Adam Smith at its May 14 luncheon. Read more


May 1, 2014

New power line is bad for the community

Puget Sound Energy’s proposal to replace the current 115 kV overhead power line with 230 kV lines on taller poles does not consider the negative impact on our community. Overhead power lines do not belong in residential areas for the following reasons:

  •  Exposure to electromagnetic fields has been linked to increased rates of certain cancers, such as leukemia in children and cancers of the lymph and diseases of central nervous systems in adults.
  • Inhaling charged particles/pollutants around power lines has been linked to an increase in free radicals and many adverse health effects, such as cancer.
  •  interference with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.
  •  power line noise. Read more

Mayor touts ‘small-town feel’ of city

March 5, 2014

The Newcastle mayor made his annual visit to the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and for the first time, it was newly elected Mayor Steve Buri who spoke to the audience of residents and local business leaders Feb. 12.

In an approximately 20-minute address, Buri talked about his love of Newcastle’s sense of community, and he updated citizens about improvements to Lake Boren Park, development of the Mutual Materials site and a potential new project to expand the May Creek Trail.

Buri, who assumed the mayor’s role in January, introduced himself before discussing city matters. He moved to Newcastle in 1998, he said, where he and his wife quickly fell in love with the city.

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