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

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.

Redevelopment stressed in State of the City address

March 2, 2012

Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo stressed financial responsibility and smart economic development — and redevelopment — during the city’s 2012 State of the City address.

The address, given before residents and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon Feb. 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, laid out big-picture goals for the city for the upcoming year and beyond.

The city must find a balance of opening its doors to new growth and redevelopment without losing its sense of identity, he said.

Rich Crispo

“The first thing we have to do is let people know Newcastle is open for business,” he said. “That may sound kind of trite, but when you think about the 17 years of this city and how many new buildings have been put up here in a commercial sense … you have Valley Medical Center, you have the library that is in construction right now and you have the professional building. That’s it.”

Crispo cited the City Council’s work to revamp Newcastle’s downtown business code last year as ways the city has tried to entice new developers to town.

Few major developable properties are left within city limits, he said. Instead, larger opportunities loom with a chance for redevelopment of existing properties, such as the Mutual Materials brick plant site off of Coal Creek Parkway.

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Mayor emphasizes redevelopment in State of the City address

February 9, 2012

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Feb. 9, 2012

Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo stressed financial responsibility and smart economic development — and redevelopment — during the city’s 2012 State of the City address.

The address, given before residents and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon Feb. 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, laid out big-picture goals for the city for the upcoming year and beyond.

The city must find a balance of opening its doors to new growth and redevelopment without losing its sense of identity, he said.

“The first thing we have to do is let people know Newcastle is open for business,” he said. “That may sound kind of trite, but when you think about the 17 years of this city and how many new buildings have been put up here in a commercial sense … you have Valley Medical Center, you have the library that is in construction right now, and you have the professional building.  That’s it.”

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Newcastle residents selected winners of holiday art contest

December 12, 2011

NEW — 5:10 p.m. Dec. 12, 2011

The first-place winner by Jane Bell

Two Newcastle residents have been selected as winners of the Newcastle Weed Warriors’ holiday art contest.

Jane Bell was selected for first place with her hand drawn fawn and bird with a message wishing peace this holiday season, and photographer Ken Vensel was chosen for second place for a snow scene photo of the summit.

The contest could be in the form of any original artwork, including paintings, drawings, photography or a Photoshop composition. The contest was open to all winter holidays, including the new year.

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