Madison Miller

Mercer Island resident Meredythe Glass poses with memorabilia from “The Wizard of Oz.” Glass was an extra in the film, and was be the guest of honor at a party at her retirement community celebrating Hollywood on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

“Wizard of Oz” cast member dies at 98

Meredythe Glass was one of the last surviving cast members of “The Wizard of Oz.” She died on Saturday at age 98.

 

The Mercer Island school board invited the Island community to a linkage session at the last board meeting on Aug. 22. at city hall. From left: school board members David D’Souza, Ralph Jorgenson, Tracy Drinkwater, Deborah Lurie, superintendent Donna Colosky and Brian Giannini Upton. Photo captured from MISD board docs video

School board hosts linkage session, invites conversation with community

Parents, community members give input at school board linkage session Aug. 22.

 

Bio Park, interim city attorney, addresses the MICC about MISD school impact fees at the Aug. 20 meeting. Photo captured from Aug. 20 MICC meeting

MICC adopts ordinance for school impact fees

MISD’s capital facilities plan requested the city to amend the impact fees to be $5,843.11 per single family residence unit and $0 per multi-family unit.

 

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                                Li Hengda outside Hengda Dance Academy in Bellevue.

Local director produces Chinese drama

Li Hengda has a dance academy in Bellevue.

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                                Li Hengda outside Hengda Dance Academy in Bellevue.
Photo courtesy of Juliana Kang Robinson
                                Juliana Kang Robinson’s public artwork, “Alone Together.”

MI artist completes Seattle public artwork

Juliana Kang Robinson designed the new artwalk intersection University and 1st Avenue near Harbor Steps and the Seattle Art Museum.

Photo courtesy of Juliana Kang Robinson
                                Juliana Kang Robinson’s public artwork, “Alone Together.”

Dinh and Rivera-Dirks leading MISD school board race

5,677 ballots were returned out of 18,197 registered voters for the school board race.

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                                Max Tanzer prepares 88.9 KMIH The Bridge’s transformation into Log Boom Radio for Seafair.

MIHS 88.9 KMIH The Bridge radio station transforms into Log Boom Radio for Seafair

Log Boom Radio students will report live on Seafair races.

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                                Max Tanzer prepares 88.9 KMIH The Bridge’s transformation into Log Boom Radio for Seafair.
Cast members rehearse for YTNs production of The Monkey King. From left: Julian Podzilni, Nora Jorgensen, Sam Lamperti, and Abby Gamache. Madison Miller / staff photo

Youth Theatre Northwest to debut modern version of “The Monkey King: Journey Westbound”

“The Monkey King: Journey Westbound” is based from the Chinese classic folk tale with a PNW modern twist.

Cast members rehearse for YTNs production of The Monkey King. From left: Julian Podzilni, Nora Jorgensen, Sam Lamperti, and Abby Gamache. Madison Miller / staff photo
From left, John Rivera-Dirks, Tam Dinh and Linhui Hao are all vying for an open school board seat in the Mercer Island School District.

Three candidates aim to fill an open seat on the Mercer Island school board

Tam Dinh, John Rivera-Dirks and Linhui Hao compete for Mercer Island School District Position 5.

From left, John Rivera-Dirks, Tam Dinh and Linhui Hao are all vying for an open school board seat in the Mercer Island School District.

MI VFW Post creates veteran memorial

The memorial at Patriots Plaza will have a dedication ceremony in September.

Mark LeMaster and Stu Harris look at past class photos during the East Seattle Elementary School alumni event on June 8. Photo courtesy of Owen Blauman

East Seattle Elementary School reunites alumni

Over 150 East Seattle alumni gathered to honor their alma mater on June 9.

Mark LeMaster and Stu Harris look at past class photos during the East Seattle Elementary School alumni event on June 8. Photo courtesy of Owen Blauman
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                                Daniel Hankes, a junior at Mercer Island High School, is leading a drive to collect eyeglasses to be processed and distributed by the Northwest Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling Center for his Eagle Scout Service Project.

MIHS Eagle Scout leads drive to collect eyeglasses for people in need

Daniel Hankes is leading a drive to collect eyeglasses to be processed and distributed by the Northwest Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling Center.

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                                Daniel Hankes, a junior at Mercer Island High School, is leading a drive to collect eyeglasses to be processed and distributed by the Northwest Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling Center for his Eagle Scout Service Project.
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                                Mercer Island High School seniors Grace Z. Zhang and Max Tanzer will graduate June 11. The MIHS graduation ceremony will be held June 11 at Kent Accesso ShoWare Center.

MIHS seniors shine throughout high school

Seniors Grace Z. Zhang and Max Tanzer will be graduating June 11.

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                                Mercer Island High School seniors Grace Z. Zhang and Max Tanzer will graduate June 11. The MIHS graduation ceremony will be held June 11 at Kent Accesso ShoWare Center.

Mercer Island announces this year’s Mostly Music in the Park Concert Series

This will be the Island’s 33rd year celebrating Mostly Music in the Park.

Sunnybeam School will be replacing its large areas of gravel with engravable pavers, called “Legacy Bricks.” Madison Miller / staff photo

Legacy Bricks to be installed on Sunnybeam School’s playground

Sunnybeam School allows community to commemorate memories through playground renovation.

Sunnybeam School will be replacing its large areas of gravel with engravable pavers, called “Legacy Bricks.” Madison Miller / staff photo
Erik and Pete nordstrom receive Pathfinder awards at the 15th annual Breakfast of Champions fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo

MISF raise $475,000 at 15th annual Breakfast of Champions fundraiser

Erik and Pete Nordstrom and Caroline Fraser receive Pathfinder awards.

Erik and Pete nordstrom receive Pathfinder awards at the 15th annual Breakfast of Champions fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo
Fine Arts Advisory Council President Marni Sheppard, MIHS freshmen Ksenia Hunter and Lilly Jester, and ceramics teacher Chantel Torrey thank the community for supporting the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo

MIHS ceramics students host first annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

The volunteer community dinner raised over $2,000 for the Bread of Life Mission.

Fine Arts Advisory Council President Marni Sheppard, MIHS freshmen Ksenia Hunter and Lilly Jester, and ceramics teacher Chantel Torrey thank the community for supporting the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo
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                                Chris Twombley and the Islander staff will be attending the National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim.

MIHS journalism students sweep up awards at WJEA conference

‘The Islander’ receives awards at WJEA, including adviser of the year.

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                                Chris Twombley and the Islander staff will be attending the National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim.
Lakeridge Elementary School K-Kids club officers support schools devastated by wildfires in Paradise, CA. From left: Fritz Hokanson, Oscar Hokanson, Oren Goldberg, Sydney Hawthorne and Emerson Woods. Madison Miller / staff photo

K-Kids club support California schools devastated by wildfires

Lakeridge Elementary K-Kids club hold “Lions’ Pride for Paradise Week” relief effort for Paradise schools.

Lakeridge Elementary School K-Kids club officers support schools devastated by wildfires in Paradise, CA. From left: Fritz Hokanson, Oscar Hokanson, Oren Goldberg, Sydney Hawthorne and Emerson Woods. Madison Miller / staff photo
Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley Education Association Facebook page
                                Eastside educators were appalled over an amendment made to SB 5313. The effects could have reduced teacher compensation and limited bargaining abilities. The bill recently died.

Late night Senate amendments shock local teachers

An amendment to SB 5313 prompted teacher unions to voice concerns.

Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley Education Association Facebook page
                                Eastside educators were appalled over an amendment made to SB 5313. The effects could have reduced teacher compensation and limited bargaining abilities. The bill recently died.