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First East Gateway Urban Village business to open on June 17th

A major milestone will soon be reached in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village’s eight-year development; the first new business will open its doors on June 17, 2013.

A major milestone will soon be reached in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village’s eight-year development; the first new business will open its doors.

Integrated Rehabilitation Group (IRG) will open Gateway Physical & Hand Therapy in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village on June 17, 2013.

Gateway Physical & Hand Therapy is located on the first floor of the new 24,000 square foot office/medical building located at 4224 – 132nd Street SE, which is on the south side of 132nd Street SE across from Archbishop Murphy High School.

Colton’s Army gives thanks to Mill Creek Elementary students, staff and community.

Lisa Foslien's fifth-grade class of Mill Creek Elementary recently coordinated a garage and bake sale to raise over $2,500 for Colton's Army, a volunteer group dedicated to help in Colton Matter's battle with cancer.

Lisa Foslien's fifth-grade class of Mill Creek Elementary recently coordinated a garage and bake sale to raise over $2,500 for Colton's Army, a volunteer group dedicated to help in Colton Matter's battle with cancer.

Colton's Army is a community of more than a thousand people (and growing every day) in support of a local hero, Colton Matter. Colton was diagnosed with a form of high-risk leukemia on his third day of fourth–grade and has since battled this same cancer three times over the past four years.

A message from the 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life Committee

The 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life is this weekend, June 1st – 2nd, at McCollum Park beginning at noon on Saturday and going until 9 am Sunday morning.

The 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life is this weekend, June 1st – 2nd, at McCollum Park beginning at noon on Saturday and going until 9 am Sunday morning.

The event will start with the Survivor Opening Ceremony and then all Survivors will kick off the relay and Celebrate with the first lap.

There will be fundraiser events for all ages throughout the day including food, drawings, products for purchase, games, photo booth, and others.

Friends of the Mill Creek Library Spring Book Sale was a big success

Friends of the Mill Creek Library held their annual Spring book sale on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. The sale raised $2,096.28. This was the third year in a row the sale has raised over $2,000.

Friends of the Mill Creek Library held their annual Spring book sale on Saturday, May 18th, 2013.

The sale raised $2,096.28. This was the third year in a row the sale has raised over $2,000.

Proceeds from this sale are used to support library programs for children, teens and adults.

Friends of the Library Treasurer, Carol Spate said, “The funds are used to provide programs the library would not be able to offer without our help. Seventy five percent of our $11,200 budget last year was used for children and teen programming. We partner with the city to sponsor the 4 children's summer concerts in library park. We provide the prizes for the summer reading children and teen programs, pizza and game night for the teens as well as crafts and storytelling and entertainment for children. We sponsor the books discussion groups for adults.”

May news from the Mill Creek Garden Club

The Mill Creek Garden Club thanks local residents for purchasing their flower baskets, and talks about the success of the garage sale, what's coming up this summer, and the installation of new officers.

The Mill Creek Garden Club thanks local residents for purchasing their flower baskets, and talks about the success of the garage sale, what's coming up this summer, and the installation of new officers.

We sold our Bloomers....every last one! Thanks to all who purchased our flowery baskets. By doing so, you helped schools in our area through our Giving Through Gardening Grants program. Bravo!

Who's our star, star, star of the quarter.....Julie Jacobson! Julie received our "Round of Applause" award for her super work ethic and her dedication to the MC Garden Club. Chairing our recent Garage Sale (made over $1000 for our Giving Through Grants program) Julie also earned the "most organized person ever" title. Way to go, Julie!! Cheers!

Shelly Johnson, Excursions Chair, is enticing us with a tour of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery gardens on July 25th. Ann Hunt, Grounds Coordinator and Master Gardener will be our tour guide. If you wish, wine tasting will follow with a trip through the gift shop. Contact a member for an invitation. Come have fun with us!! And watch out for that peacock!

Cheers and applause galore on May 14th as our new officers were installed. President: Lila Johnson; 1st VP, Michael Crawford; 2nd VP, Lisa Gerould; Secretary, Linda Lunt; Treasurer, Mary Carlson. This bunch of tulips along with our many "chairs and committee heads" is already planning surprises for next fall including a razzle-dazzle, super-duper "30 Year Anniversary Party" celebration.

2013 Election for Mill Creek City Council set

All of the four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013 will be contested. A Primary Election for two of these City Council positions will be necessary.

All of the four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013 will be contested. In two of these contests three candidates have filed for the same position, which means there will be a Primary Election for these City Council positions.

The State of Washington has a Top 2 Primary system. This allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office regardless of their party preference. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the August 6th Primary Election qualify for the November 5th General Election.

2013 Mill Creek Summer Children's Concerts at Library Park

Friends of the Mill Creek Library are co-sponsoring with Mill Creek Parks & Recreation and other local sponsors to present the 2013 children's entertainment at Library Park.

Friends of the Mill Creek Library are co-sponsoring with Mill Creek Parks & Recreation and other local sponsors to present the 2013 children's entertainment at Library Park.

The summer performances will be a four week series on Wednesdays. These FREE concerts/performances feature music, fun and laughs for children of all ages.

Bring a lunch and a blanket and enjoy a variety of shows and entertainment.

Day & Time:  Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Library Park 15429 Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA

Mill Creek Country Club sell decision postponed

In a May 15, 2013 email to country club members the Mill Creek Country Club Board of Trustees announced that the decision of whether or not to sell the club has been postponed to give members a chance to reflect on their situation and to develop options.

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.”

Original May 20, 2013 article

In a May 15, 2013 email to country club members the Mill Creek Country Club Board of Trustees announced that the decision of whether or not to sell the club has been postponed to give members a chance to reflect on their situation and to develop options.

The Mill Creek Country Club Board of Trustees received many comments and suggestions from members regarding the club’s financial situation in the past three weeks. The overwhelming response has been that members would like to keep the club member-owned if at all possible.

2013 Mill Creek Town Center Summer Concert Series

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association will again host a free weekly summer concert series sponsored by North Creek Roofing and other local businesses and organizations every Wednesday from July 4th – August 29th.

Back by popular demand, the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association will again host a weekly summer concert series sponsored by North Creek Roofing and other local businesses and organizations.

Thanks to the generosity of these businesses, the live concerts are FREE to the public and will run every Wednesday from July 4th – August 29th, from 6:00-8:00pm at The FORUM at Creekside Village, 151st St SE & Main Street, Mill Creek.

The Mill Creek Town Center Concert Series is a popular, family friendly community event, enjoyed by all ages. Each week offers something different and fun for the whole family.

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.

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