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Woodinville native serves aboard USS Zumwalt

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

A 2007 Eastside Catholic High School and 2011 United States Naval Academy graduate and Woodinville native is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ships, the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), which is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

Lt. j.g. John Hampson is an information warfare officer aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. The ship has advanced technologies in every area – engines, power systems, weapons systems, shipboard electronics and sensors – making it one of the world’s most capable ships. When at sea, Zumwalt will perform a variety of missions including attacking targets on land with gunfire and cruise missiles, hunting and tracking submarines, airspace surveillance and support to special operations forces.

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A look back: Bus shelters display photos from Northshore’s history

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

Picture this: the year is 1909, Bothell has just become an official city, residents complain about automobiles ruining the roads for normal traffic, and the City Council is arguing the pros and cons of allowing an electric light company to bring Bothell residents power.

Now people at the bus shelter on SR522 at 180th Street NE can contemplate their town’s history while waiting for the bus to come. The Bothell Historical Museum has “adopted” the bus shelter and put historical photos from the museum’s collection on the bus shelter’s panels.

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Restaurant menus change with owners,’ customers’ requests

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

The next time you sit down at a local restaurant, you may find that your favorite dish is no longer on the menu.
Restaurants change their offerings for a number of reasons, from a change in management to a product becoming unavailable or not cost-effective. Especially now that the seasons are changing, restaurants switch up their menu to reflect the weather and the fresh produce available.

The menu at the Hollywood Tavern has been in a state of flux since it reopened last year under the management of The Huxley Wallace Collective.

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Tens of thousands of birds flock to Monroe during migration

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

They fly into chimneys backwards, have weak feet that don’t let them stand or perch, and migrate from Canada to Central America yearly. These birds are Vaux’s swifts, and the second largest roost of Vaux’s swifts in the country passes through Monroe every fall and spring.

This weekend, you can celebrate their arrival at the 2014 Swift Night Out, where you can enjoy food, kids’ activities and a lecture about the swifts before watching thousands of birds swirl into the chimney of the Wagner Center (formerly Frank Wagner Elementary School) at dusk.

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Soulful songwriter LeRoy Bell to play at Hollywood Hill Block Party

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

LeRoy Bell was writing music long before reality television, but now that’s one of the things he is widely known for.
Bell, who will be playing at the after-party for the Hollywood Hill Block Party, was a finalist on the singing competition X Factor in 2011, and finished eighth. “I’ve gotten a lot more notoriety worldwide,” Bell said.

Before he started singing his own music, he was writing music for names such as the Temptations and Elton John. He wrote the song “Mama Can’t Buy You Love,” which John released in 1979 and got in the top ten of the U.S. charts. He also wrote “Are You Ready For Love,” which was recorded by John and released at the same time. The song made a comeback when DJ Fatboy Slim remixed it in 2003.  

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