New Castle News

Community Events

February 25, 2013

‘Cash Mob’ Saturday: Your $20 can help revitalize downtown

NEW CASTLE — You are cordially invited to be part of a mob Saturday in downtown New Castle.

Don’t worry. There’s nothing unsavory afoot. To the contrary, the idea is part of a plan to bring new life to the central business district.

Conceived by the New Castle Revitalization Committee for New Visions, the “cash mob” asks local residents to gather at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washington Centre, where they will receive the name of a downtown merchant. Participants will then proceed en masse to the chosen business, where they will be asked to spend $20 each.

The event will take place on the first Saturday of every month, with a different merchant to be chosen each time.

“It’s going to be a fun event,” said Carrie Goff, chairwoman of the sponsoring committee. “But also, it will get people into the downtown stores, seeing what they have and getting them used to shopping back downtown. We also want to try to generate some revenue for those merchants, and then we want to help bring additional merchants into the downtown.”

Organizers also hope to attract some attention from others who may see what’s going on and want to know more.

“Everybody goes at once – like a mob,” Goff said. “We’re going to have signs that say ‘Stand Up for New Castle,’ and some of us have sweatshirts that say that. Together, we’re going to walk as a mob to the merchant.

“And after, we’re encouraging everyone to have lunch at a downtown restaurant. That’s why we set it up for 11 o’clock, so we’d finish up around lunch time.”

While participants won’t be given the name of the day’s merchant until the morning of the event, the chosen business will have advance notice, Goff added.

“We want them to be able to items that will be within the ($20) price range, or gift certificates.”

The idea may be new to New Castle, but it’s not without precedent. Indeed, organizers consulted with a Grove City group that has been staging the same type of event.

“Cash mobs are popping up all over the United States,” Goff said. “It’s not a political or social organization; it’s simply a grass roots effort of people trying to make a positive impact on the businesses in their communities.”

For more information about the cash mob, call Angie Mohr at Cray Youth & Family Services, (724) 654-5507, or check out the Facebook pages New Visions for Lawrence County or Stand Up for New Castle.



Text Only | Photo Reprints
Community Events
  • Offices to close for Good Friday

    The office of Lawrence County Community Action Partnership will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.

    April 16, 2014

  • Comcast Cares Day to aid local charity

    Comcast employees will spend a day assisting a local charity. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lawrence County will be the recipient of support April 26 from Comcast Cares Day.

    April 15, 2014

  • Class of 1950 to hold reunion

    New Castle High School’s class of 1950 is planning a reunion for May 3. There will be a buffet luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Crane Room, 3009 Wilmington Road.

    April 1, 2014

  • Seedling sale deadline nears

    The deadline for tree seedling and plant orders from the Lawrence County Conservation District sale is Friday.

    April 1, 2014

  • Veterans health fair set at courthouse

    A veterans health fair has been scheduled for Friday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lower level of the Lawrence County courthouse.

    April 1, 2014

  • Fundraiser set for canine vests

    A Night at the Races has been set to raise money for equipping local police dogs with protective vests. Organizers said the effort was inspired by January’s death of Rocco, a Pittsburgh canine officer who was fatally stabbed by a suspect police were arresting.

    March 31, 2014

  • 1 NC 1881(1).jpg Parade to honor state champion ’Canes

    New Castle will have the opportunity to celebrate its championship basketball team once again this week. The city and school district are co-hosting a downtown parade Thursday in honor of New Castle High’s Red Hurricane basketball team.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Red Cross offers gift with blood donation

    The American Red Cross is offering a gift to people who donate blood this week. While supplies last, donors will receive a Red Cross tote bag as part of the Red Cross Month observation in March.

    March 25, 2014

  • Veterans’ questions answered

    Answers to Veterans Administration and other benefits will be available March 27 at the office of State Rep. Chris Sainato.

    March 20, 2014

  • League meeting on agriculture set

    The League of Women Voters of Lawrence County will continue discussion of its agriculture study next week.

    March 14, 2014

House Ads

What is your favorite Easter treat?

Jelly beans
Chocolate ... bunnies, crosses, anything that’s chocolate!
Marshmallow peeps
Decorated eggs
     View Results