Newcastle Days is Sept. 11-12

September 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2015

The city’s premier summer event is stretching to two days this year. Save the date for Newcastle Days, Sept. 11-12.

The day before the main Sept. 12 festival, the city will host “Broadway at Boren,” a theater production on the stage at Lake Boren Park that starts at 7 p.m.

The next day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a small parade featuring bands, dance troops, cheer squads and Scouts as they make a loop through the park.

The celebration will see the return of old favorites, including the car show, and displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden. Read more

Questions needed for Newcastle candidate forum

August 21, 2015

NEW — 7:29 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

Newcastle Days takes shape

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The bright lights of Broadway are coming to the Lake Boren Park stage this September.

A cast of community members will dance and belt out tunes from various hit musicals in the hourlong “Broadway at Boren” spectacular 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

“It’s some singing, some dancing. Just a variety of whatever talent we happen to get,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison.

“Broadway at Boren” represents the opening act of the city’s expanded 2015 Newcastle Days celebration. Read more

Chamber to host Police Chief Melinda Irvine

June 8, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. June 8, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine at its June luncheon.

Irvine will provide the latest on what’s going on in the Newcastle Police Department and answer any audience questions.

The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. June 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $22 for chamber members and $27 for nonmembers. RSVP for the luncheon at

Newcastle Earth Day kickoff is Thursday

April 13, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. April 13, 2015

All those planning to exhibit, volunteer or attend Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration are invited to a special kick-off event two days before the big festival.

This month’s Newcastle Chamber of Commerce after-hours networking event is dedicated to a social kickoff of the April 18 Earth Day event. Earth Day enthusiasts are encouraged to mingle with those that will be working the event on Saturday.

“Meet others that you normally don’t have time to meet while tending your booth,” Newcastle Earth Day Chairwoman Grace Stiller said in an email. “We’ll reminisce of the first Earth Day celebrations – hippie style!”

Light refreshments and a no-host bar will be available at the April 16 event held at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. It goes from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Learn more about the Newcastle Earth Day festival here.

Chamber hosts presentation about Shared Work program

April 7, 2015

NEW — 10:35 a.m. April 7, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Chad Pearson, of the state’s Employment Security Department, at its April 8 luncheon.

Pearson will present information about how the state’s Shared Work Program can prevent layoffs and keep skilled staff when business slows.

The Shared Work Program offers businesses an alternative to laying off workers. Instead, employers may reduce the work hours for permanent employees, and the workers can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.

This allows businesses to weather downturns without losing skilled employees. It also gives workers an opportunity to keep their jobs part time while collecting unemployment benefits for time they are not working.

The April luncheon begins at 11 a.m. April 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

Notes from Newcastle

April 2, 2015

A plea to #hashtag it

Newcastle is suffering from an identity crisis.

No, I’m not talking about anything that the city is or isn’t doing. This crisis, it so happens, is simply out of City Hall’s control.

The problem would best be described as a “social media identity crisis.” Go ahead; search ‘Newcastle’ on Twitter. What do you see?

You’ll likely see a lot of tweets about Newcastle United FC, a soccer team in the English Premier League. Though the majority of Newcastle tweets are about the Magpies, they, incidentally, have nothing to do with our Newcastle. Read more

Waste Management’s David Della to speak at chamber luncheon

March 10, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 10, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Waste Management at its March luncheon.

David Della, Waste Management’s public sector manager for the region, will talk about the company’s public outreach efforts. Waste Management is responsible for collecting the Newcastle community’s waste every week.

The company is a regular sponsor of Newcastle Chamber and city of Newcastle events. Most recently, Della awarded the Newcastle Chamber Diamond Award trophy for Education to Margaret Strong.

The March luncheon begins at 11 a.m. March 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

Chamber Executive Director Imelda Dulcich to step down

March 5, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is losing a key administrative member.

Executive Director Imelda Dulcich announced publicly Feb. 11 that she is resigning from the chamber to focus more on the clients of her public relations firm.

Imelda Dulcich 2015

“I am privileged to have worked with so many wonderful members of the community in my work as executive director,” she said in a news release. “My joy has been working with the chamber board to help our members succeed by providing opportunities to build connections, increase visibility and learn through our educational events.” Read more

Editorial — Chamber director has big shoes to fill

March 5, 2015

We’re saddened to hear that Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Imelda Dulcich will step down from her post.

Dulcich has single-handedly raised the profile of the local chamber, providing valuable social media promotion for its businesses and serving as a friendly community connector.

Her position was only part-time, but it was clear that Dulcich dedicated more effort and energy than her duties required.

Dulcich’s ability to recruit top-notch speakers made the chamber luncheons must-attend events. Because of her, the Newcastle business community got to hear from the likes of U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, King County Sheriff John Urquhart and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Read more

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