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Mill Creek Women's Club is given special recognition at YWCA Inspire Luncheon

The first YWCA Inspire Luncheon held in Snohomish County was in 1999 and raised $52,120. This year's Snohomish County Luncheon raised a total of $122,500.

The YWCA celebrated the 25th year of their Inspire Luncheons this year with events in Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. These luncheons are an opportunity for guests to connect with others and celebrate the achievements of the YWCA in supporting and empowering women and families.

The first YWCA Inspire Luncheon held in Snohomish County was in 1999 and raised $52,120. This year's Snohomish County Luncheon raised a total of $122,500.

More than 40 members of the Mill Creek Women's Club attended this year's luncheon at Comcast Arena in Everett on May 9th. The Women's Club was given special recognition for supporting the YWCA with generous cash donations and by volunteering many hours of their time each and every week to support Pathways for Women.

In 2012 the women's club raised over $17,000 at their annual auction to support the YWCA Pathways for Women. This program reaches over 1,000 women each year in Snohomish County, helping them to help themselves and their families become independent. It provides emergency shelter as a safe haven for women and their children and helps families that have become homeless to rebuild their lives.

Sushi Zen celebrates 10th year anniversary

Sushi Zen recently celebrated their tenth year in business by hosting a huge party at their Mill Creek restaurant.

Sushi Zen recently celebrated their tenth year in business by hosting a huge party at their Mill Creek restaurant. During the party they were able to raise over $1,100 for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Relief Fund with a raffle and a cash bar.

Kimiko and Daniel took over Sushi Zen back in 2003. They have worked hard to give the restaurant a cozy neighborhood vibe and became one of CitySearch’s top 10 best sushi restaurants their first year.

Sushi Zen’s most recent award was becoming one of Evening Magazines top 10 best sushi in Seattle in 2013.

One of the highlights of Sushi Zen’s 10th year anniversary party was the Kagami-biraki. According to Daniel, “Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means ‘to open’ so kagami-biraki literally means ‘opening the lid.’ Because of the lid's round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The kagami-biraki, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.”

Mill Creek’s newest housing development begins construction soon

The Creekside housing development located east of the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 134th Street SE will begin construction next week according to Tom Rogers, Mill Creek Community Development Director.

The Creekside housing development located east of the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 134th Street SE will begin construction next week according to Tom Rogers, Mill Creek Community Development Director.

At the May 7th, 2013 Mill Creek City Council meeting Rogers reported that Creekside would hold 26 single-family houses on 4,000 to 5,000 square foot lots.

Rogers later said that the home and lot sizes would be comparable to the Winslow or Vineyard housing developments.

Mill Creek Police vehicle struck and totaled during high speed pursuit

A Jeep Cherokee being pursued at high speeds by Mountlake Terrace Police crashed into a Mill Creek Police vehicle assisting in the pursuit at the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 180th Street SE at 1:20 am the morning of May 10, 2013.

A Jeep Cherokee being pursued at high speeds by Mountlake Terrace Police crashed into a Mill Creek Police vehicle assisting in the pursuit at the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 180th Street SE at 1:20 am this morning.

After the collision the Jeep overturned and burst into flames. Police officers were able to pull the Jeep’s occupants out of the vehicle.

Luckily, the Jeep hit the passenger side of Mill Creek Police vehicle just in front of the right front wheel, which minimized injuries to the Police Officer.

Left Coast/Right Coast – Observations on sports and waterfalls

The Mariners and the Seahawks: For some reason, professional football seems to have taken the place of professional baseball in defining part of who a city is. Growing up in New York City, it was the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Yankees who defined the essence of being from New York.

The Mariners and the Seahawks: For some reason, professional football seems to have taken the place of professional baseball in defining part of who a city is. Growing up in New York City, it was the Brooklyn Dodgers (when they were still playing at the old Ebbits Field in Brooklyn, or the New York Yankees who defined the essence of being from New York. Kids lived or died on the daily batting averages of their heroes. Mickey Mantle was one of my childhood heroes.

In the movie “A Bronx Tale” (written by Chazz Palminteri – who also plays Sonny, the lead mobster character) Sonny is talking to the young kid he takes under his wing. The kid, nicknamed “C” by Sonny, is talking about how great Mickey Mantle is.

Sonny told C, “What’s so great about Mickey Mantle. He doesn’t care about you or your family. If your father lost his job, see if Mickey Mantle will write a check to your family.”

Poor C, you could see the idolatry drain out of his face as he realized that sports heroes were just well paid people who wouldn’t or couldn’t really help the ordinary working folk. But let your team get into the Super Bowl or the World Series and suddenly the entire city comes together and becomes one with the team.

Host families needed this summer to welcome 17 international students

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

This non-profit program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their culture – all without leaving home.

From July 14th to August 2th host families in our area will welcome 17 Chinese EHP students, ages 10 to 14 all eager to visit and experience the American way of life.

Keeping Mother’s Day in Mill Creek

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday the 12th, here are a few local ideas for making mom feel special while supporting local Mill Creek businesses.

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday the 12th, here are a few local ideas for making mom feel special while supporting local Mill Creek businesses.

Moms always love brunch, so why not take her to Mill Creek's newest cafe, The Rusty Pelican, where owner Marilyn Limberopoulus is planning a special Mother's Day menu along with the regular menu. Everything at the Rusty Pelican is homemade from scratch and every mom will be given a complimentary chocolate covered strawberry. The menu includes cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and muffins. There's a special poached Bosc pear appetizer and entrees that include homemade quiche, soufflé and French toast topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and pecans. Add a specialty mimosa and mom will be happy!

Rusty Pelican Cafe now open

The Rusty Pelican is now open.

May 3rd update: The Rusty Pelican Cafe is now open.

After much anticipation, the Rusty Pelican Cafe is opening in Mill Creek on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. It is located in Maple Leaf Square, close to Azteca in the former Patty's Eggnest space.

The Rusty Pelican Cafe is a family owned business with two other restaurants, one in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and the other in Edmonds. American cuisine is their speciality with classic home-style dishes, and dessert.

Is the Mill Creek Country Club for sale?

The Mill Creek Country Club announced to its members this week that their financial difficulties might force a sale of the club to another golf group.

May 29, 2013 update

We have been informed by Paul Clampitt, President of the Mill Creek Country Club’s Board of Directors, that the country club’s financial problems have eased.

Clampitt said via email, “The members overwhelmingly rejected the idea of selling the club and since then we have been able to restructure our debt in such a way as to give us at least 5 more years to build membership.”

More informaton on the Mill Creek Country Club's situation can be found in this May 20th, 2013 article.

Original May 2, 2013 article

The Mill Creek Country Club announced to its members this week that their financial difficulties might force a sale of the club to another golf group.

In an April 30, 2013 email to the club’s equity members Paul Clampett, Mill Creek Country Club Board of Trustees President, announced a May 13th Special Town Hall Meeting, “to review the financial status of our club. We will present options for dealing with our 
upcoming debt situation. These options include the 
possibility of selling the club to another golf group.”

In the same email Clampett said there have already been discussions with potential buyers, “As part of our work over the last year, the Board of Trustees
has been researching a number of options, one of which would be to sell the club. We have hired a consultant to 
assist us in the process. As a result, we have had
 discussions with potential buyers.”

Lynn Sordel files to run for his Mill Creek City Council seat

On April 30, 2013 Lynn Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat

Lynn Sordel was appointed to the Mill Creek City Council on November 13, 2012. A six-year Mill Creek resident who had served on the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Board, Sordel was deemed to be the best choice by a majority of the City Council out of the seven candidates who submitted letters of interest.

Sordel’s appointment is until November 2013 when his seat comes up for election. The winner of this election will serve a four year term.

On April 30, 2013 Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat.

Musings Artist Inspired closing their business

Musings Artist Inspired closing

We are sorry to announce that, due to unexpected circumstances beyond their control, our friends at Musings Artist Inspired in the Mill Creek Town Center will be closing their doors in early June.

Fellow artists and friends Marcia Beck and Leigh Anne Weller opened Musings in 2007 and provided a location for local and regional artists to showcase and sell their artwork. They  offered a unique shopping experience for their loyal customers.

All local artist work will be available for sale at Musings until the last week of May.

Starting Thursday, May 2nd, select merchandise will be on sale and all sales will be final.

Proclamation of Loyalty Day in Mill Creek

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek.

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek. The City Council voted unanimously to have Mayor Mike Todd sign the proclamation at their April 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The idea for this proclamation came from Fred Apgar, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 Commander.

In his April 23rd presentation to the City Council Apgar urged everyone to reflect on the privileges of democracy and liberty that have been afforded us by our nation’s institutions.

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner promoted to Sergeant

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner was promoted to Sergeant at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on April 23, 2013.

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner was promoted to Sergeant at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on April 23, 2013. He will be a 22-year veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department in May and has served in many capacities in his service for the City.

Mill Creek Police Chief Bob Crannell made the following presentation before administering Sergeant Conner’s oath of office:

Good Evening Mayor Todd and Council:

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce Mill Creek Police Department’s newest Sergeant Sean Conner.

Sergeant Conner is a twenty-one year veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department.

Sean was born in Seattle and grew-up in Lynnwood where he attended Meadowdale High School and Edmonds Community College before attending to the University of Washington and joining the Navy ROTC.

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