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                                The Boutique Lounge offers a shopping space and cushioned chairs for locals to gather and hang out.

The Boutique Lounge open to South End shoppers

The shop opened on May 6 after years of planning.

 

Candidates file for November 2019 election

Locals will vote on a variety of local and county positions.

 

City council formally approved 2019 budget adjustments

The approval came after two new adjustments were presented at the May 7 council meeting.

 

The data visualized here was compiled from Apartment List’s monthly rent reports. See an interactive chart below. Kailan Manandic / data illustration

Eastside rental market could balance out with the region

Eastside rent medians increased by 2.8 in the past year, a decrease in growth from previous years.

The data visualized here was compiled from Apartment List’s monthly rent reports. See an interactive chart below. Kailan Manandic / data illustration

Legislators budgeted more than $900 million for the Eastside

Mercer Island will see about $715,000 of state funds allocated within the city, mainly for parks.

2018 savings to restore school counselors amidst budget deficits

Mercer Island City Council directed staff to use $170,000 in 2018 savings to restore two positions.

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                                Mercer Island City Council continues to trim budgets in hopes of mitigating a budget deficit.

City council to restore school counselors with MIYFS savings

The council declined a MIYFS funding offer in favor of using savings to restore the positions.

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                                Mercer Island City Council continues to trim budgets in hopes of mitigating a budget deficit.
In the wake of Proposition 1’s failure and the Mercer Island City Council cutting an elementary counselor position, the MIYFS and MISF offer to fund the position through the next school year. Kailan Manandic / staff photo

Island foundations to fund school counselor position

MIYFS Foundation and the Mercer Island Schools Foundation will fund a counselor until 2020.

In the wake of Proposition 1’s failure and the Mercer Island City Council cutting an elementary counselor position, the MIYFS and MISF offer to fund the position through the next school year. Kailan Manandic / staff photo
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                                The Mercerdale Park remains free of development as the city and MICA focuses on a new location at the former Tully’s Coffee site.

City council to terminate plans for Mercerdale development

The city directed staff to seek mutual termination of a 2016 MOU to develop within Mercerdale Park.

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                                The Mercerdale Park remains free of development as the city and MICA focuses on a new location at the former Tully’s Coffee site.
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                                The city council took a preliminary step toward developing a fiscal sustainability plan at the April 16 meeting.

City council reviewed fiscal sustainability plan options

Currently, city staff are examining the options to determine what is feasible for the city.

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                                The city council took a preliminary step toward developing a fiscal sustainability plan at the April 16 meeting.
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                                Amazon recently announced it will move its Seattle-based worldwide operations team to Bellevue by 2023. The company plans to occupy an office tower, pictured here, currently occupied by Expedia, starting in 2020.

Amazon confirms move to Bellevue

The company’s worldwide operations team will make the move by 2023.

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                                Amazon recently announced it will move its Seattle-based worldwide operations team to Bellevue by 2023. The company plans to occupy an office tower, pictured here, currently occupied by Expedia, starting in 2020.
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                                Officials break ground outside Salt House Church for the Eastside’s first permanent women and family shelter. Workers hope to complete construction in 2020.

Eastside’s first permanent shelter breaks ground in Kirkland

The shelter will serve single women and families with children who are experiencing homelessness.

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                                Officials break ground outside Salt House Church for the Eastside’s first permanent women and family shelter. Workers hope to complete construction in 2020.
Sound Transit crews are nearly finished with the Mercer Island Station as the East Link project hits 50 percent completion. The station will be one of 10 between Seattle and Redmond served by the Blue Line in 2023. Kailan Manandic / staff photo

East Link hits 50 percent milestone: Blue Line to open in 2023

Sound Transit crews celebrated the 50 percent completion of East Link this month.

Sound Transit crews are nearly finished with the Mercer Island Station as the East Link project hits 50 percent completion. The station will be one of 10 between Seattle and Redmond served by the Blue Line in 2023. Kailan Manandic / staff photo
The Factoria QFC (pictured here) was part of the phase out pilot last November that included five other locations in the area. Currently, the stores only have paper bags and offer reusable bags for purchase at the checkout aisles. Kailan Manandic / staff photo

QFC to stop offering plastic bags in all stores on April 1

The commitment comes early as its parent company, Kroger, pledged to end plastic bag use by 2025.

The Factoria QFC (pictured here) was part of the phase out pilot last November that included five other locations in the area. Currently, the stores only have paper bags and offer reusable bags for purchase at the checkout aisles. Kailan Manandic / staff photo
More + Merrier offers four different collections that include customizable, modular kits. Each kit offers different options, including hanging decor, tableware, tabletop decor and napkins. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ben-Zeev

Local business owner helps throw parties across the country

Stephanie Ben-Zeev recently launched More + Merrier, an e-commerce shop for custom party decor.

More + Merrier offers four different collections that include customizable, modular kits. Each kit offers different options, including hanging decor, tableware, tabletop decor and napkins. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ben-Zeev

MIYFS Breakfast raises money for counseling, senior services

The 2019 event has brought in $377,480 so far.

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services seeks community support

MIYFS will host its annual breakfast this Wednesday and hopes for generosity after Prop. 1 failure.

A comparison of how many life science companies are on the Eastside and in other Washington cities. Illustration by Kailan Manandic

Life science hits its stride on the Eastside

Life science has strong roots in Washington, contributing economically and scientifically.

A comparison of how many life science companies are on the Eastside and in other Washington cities. Illustration by Kailan Manandic
Kaelyn Adams (Front), owner of Barre Rev, leads a barre class at her new location. Multiple members from the previous studio, The Dailey Method, joined Barre Rev to help support Adams and her goal to be a community hub. Photo courtesy of Kaelyn Adams

Local fitness instructor opens first Barre studio on the Island

Kaelyn Adams opened her own Barre studio after years of fitness instruction and massage therapy.

Kaelyn Adams (Front), owner of Barre Rev, leads a barre class at her new location. Multiple members from the previous studio, The Dailey Method, joined Barre Rev to help support Adams and her goal to be a community hub. Photo courtesy of Kaelyn Adams
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Regional rent report: Bellevue maintains highest Eastside median rent

The Eastside sees some of the biggest differences in median rent rate year to year.

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