Katie Metzger

Mercer Island Jewish Community Center evacuated after telephone bomb threat

The Stroum Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island was evacuated at 4:45 p.m. Monday after a bomb threat was called in. It was one of… Continue reading

Historic homes hit the Mercer Island market

A large waterfront property in Mercer Island formerly owned by Margaret Engstrom Quarles, who lived on the Island for more than 90 years before passing… Continue reading

I-90 debate escalates in region, state as Sound Transit board votes to countersue Mercer Island

News of Mercer Island’s legal action regarding access to Interstate 90 has reached local media outlets, the Sound Transit Board of Directors and Olympia. On… Continue reading

Eye on MI | Dog days of winter

Islander Michele Vignieri and her rescue dog, Ziggy, take a rainy walk through Mercer Island Town Center on Feb. 15. They went to Mud Bay,… Continue reading

Mercer Islanders debate ‘neighborhood character’ versus property rights

As the city of Mercer Island’s Development Services Group and Planning Commission continue their work on the residential code update, property rights advocates feel like… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council identifies I-90, residential code and financial sustainability as top priorities

At its Jan. 4 planning session, the Mercer Island City Council discussed its goals for this year, concluding that several ongoing issues need to be… Continue reading

Meet Mercer Island’s new city manager, Julie Underwood

As the city of Mercer Island sets its goals for 2017, it does so under the direction of its new permanent city manager, Julie Thuy… Continue reading

Islanders celebrate community at MIYFS Foundation Breakfast

The event has raised $345,000 so far, making it the “biggest fundraiser in MIYFS history.”

New direction for Mercer Island Chamber | Exec. Director Terry Moreman to retire

Terry Moreman, the executive director of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, is retiring after almost 26 years on the job. The chamber board has… Continue reading

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce selects Laurie Givan as new director

Island native Laurie Givan, who said she is passionate about branding, innovation and community, was recently announced as the new executive director of the Mercer… Continue reading

‘Playful pup’ sculpture returns to Mercer Island park

After being stolen in the fall, the “Playful Pup” bronze sculpture was re-installed near the Lid Park on Jan. 26. The pup was cut off… Continue reading

City leaders say SOV access to new I-90 lanes unlikely after Olympia meeting

WSDOT also plans to deny SOV access at Island Crest Way westbound on-ramp, according to city update.

Yellow Wood Academy celebrates School Choice Week

National School Choice Week was held Jan. 22-28 in Washington and across the country, and students and staff at Mercer Island’s Yellow Wood Academy celebrated… Continue reading

Beloved ballet program in Mercer Island continues under new teacher

Deena Dunning taught classical ballet for more than 50 years before losing her battle with breast cancer last May. She spent more than half of… Continue reading

Mercer Island community swing dance is Jan. 28

Hoping to bring neighbors together through music and swing moves, the Mercer Island Arts Council is hosting a community dance with the Casey MacGill Band… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee discusses education, science and Trump with media

On Inauguration Day for the nation’s new president, recently re-elected Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talked with Sound Publishing reporters and editors from Mercer Island, Bellevue,… Continue reading

Mioposto opens first Eastside location in Mercer Island

Mioposto, Mercer Island’s new wood-fired pizzeria, opened in the Hadley building on Jan. 12. Owner Jeremy Hardy said it’s his largest location — the restaurant… Continue reading

Islanders petition council to fight for I-90 mobility

As the closure of the Interstate 90 center roadway express lanes looms closer, anxiety is building in the Mercer Island community over the mobility challenges… Continue reading

Mercer Island urges lawmakers to extend existing levy limits

With Mercer Island standing to lose $1.8 million in local dollars in 2018, Mercer Island School District’s Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano and Board Director and… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council to consider two code changes

At its Jan. 3 meeting, the Mercer Island City Council took initial steps to address two code changes for housing that have been separated from… Continue reading