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

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2015

A ‘shout out’ to local volunteers

The city of Newcastle honored a group Feb. 26 that far too often goes unnoticed — volunteers.

Each year, volunteers devote countless hours to city events. It is volunteers that help plan summer activities, care and advocate for the city’s vast trail network and protect Newcastle’s history.

About 50 volunteers and summer event sponsor representatives gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle Feb. 26, where they were treated to snacks, an orchestra and a personal thank you from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and City Manager Rob Wyman.

Volunteerism is a big part of what makes Newcastle one of the best small cities in the country. So, here’s a special shout out to some of the groups and people that willingly offer their time to better the city: Read more

City to honor volunteers Feb. 26

February 6, 2015

The city of Newcastle will honor its nearly 300 volunteers at an event Feb. 26.

Anyone who has given his or her time to the city of Newcastle, whether it be volunteering at a summer event or helping with various trail projects, is invited.

Volunteers from Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Historical Society, Weed Warriors, the Planning and Community Activities commissions, and local Boy Scout troops will be among those honored at the celebration.

The event is from 6:30-8 p.m. in The Golf Club at Newcastle’s Prestwick Terrace. It will start with a social, featuring free desserts and beverages, followed by a speaking program headlined by Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri. Read more

D-Day flyover scheduled for anniversary

June 5, 2014

Four P-51 Mustangs from the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field will do a flyover of Newcastle’s Lake Boren Park on June 6, the anniversary of D-Day.

They’re not unlike the ones Regency Newcastle resident Roy Alldritt flew as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

In fact, Alldritt, a fighter pilot, was there June 6, 1944, among the 13,000 aircraft supporting the invasion that experts call the beginning of the end of World War II.

“I got in on the invasion and there was just a lot of action,” he recalled. “You just didn’t have any relaxation or anything.” Read more

Chamber president steps down

March 5, 2014

A job opportunity is pulling Paul Reynolds, Regency Newcastle’s sales and marketing director, away from the area, forcing him to step down as president of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

Sara Biancofiori

Sara Biancofiori

The announcement was made at the chamber’s Feb. 12 luncheon. Chamber Vice President Sara Biancofiori will take over the role of president. Biancofiori is the Coal Creek Family YMCA’s associate executive director.

Former chamber president Angela Wingate will fill the vacant vice president position.

Newcastle legend Milt Swanson passes away

January 21, 2014

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Milt Swanson

Milt Swanson

The Newcastle Historical Society announced that founding member and local legend Milt Swanson died Jan. 20.

Swanson, who was born and raised in Newcastle, spent all of his 95 years living in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead.

He knew more about the city’s vast coal-mining history than anyone, because he actually lived it. He worked in the mines as his father and grandfather did before him. Read more

USO Happy Hour honors veterans

May 2, 2013

Five years ago, Newcastle resident John Jensen set out to create an event that would let local veterans know that they are appreciated.

It seemed like a no brainer, he said, to simply buy a drink for a person who put his or her life on the line to protect this country’s freedom.

Years later, the Regency Newcastle USO Happy Hour is still going strong, bringing nearly 100 veterans and supportive community members together to celebrate the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed services.

“We started it as a local way to say thank you,” Jensen said. “What we didn’t realize was how appreciative the veterans would be of this very simple recognition.” Read more

Fourth annual USO Happy Hour event will honor area veterans

May 3, 2012

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to join The Golf Club at Newcastle and Regency Newcastle in saying thank you to area military veterans.

The fourth annual USO Happy Hour event, which takes place from 4-6 p.m. May 21 in the Wooly Toad at The Golf Club at Newcastle, is open to anyone who has served in the military or civilians who would like to thank someone who has served.

“There’s never a complaint about this thing,” event organizer John Jensen said. “There’s always nothing but appreciation.”

Veterans are encouraged to RSVP either on the event’s USO Happy Hour for Veterans Facebook page or by contacting Jensen at or 206-241-5774 to ensure their drink ticket.

Each veteran will receive a “red, white or brew” ticket good for a glass of red wine, white wine or beer.

The event has grown from 45 attendees in its inaugural year in 2009 to more than 100 guests last year.

“There’s a warmth and appreciation in the room that’s hard to explain unless you’re there,” he said.

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Regency Newcastle honored

July 1, 2011

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies has awarded Regency Newcastle with its annual innovation award.

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies awards Regency Newcastle with its annual innovation award.

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies awards Regency Newcastle with its annual innovation award.

To receive the award, the facility needed to be a NARA member, demonstrate new practices with tangible outcomes — such as customer satisfaction — and serve as a model to other rehab businesses.

NARA recognized Regency Newcastle in June for its exercise and physical therapy classes, which it offers through its partnership with Renton-base Summit Pacific Rehabilitation’s outpatient services.

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