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Survey names Island one of best places for families

The report, by online real estate brokerage ZipRealty, was compiled by analyzing the best-rated public school districts in 23 areas nationwide and the median price per square foot for real estate in those areas.

Just two Northwest places were named to the list. Lake Oswego took the number six spot, ahead of Seattle’s Mercer Island at number 10.

ZipRealty’s top 10 places for families with children to live, listed by metro area, quality rating (10 is the highest) and the cost per square foot of real estate, are:

1. Minneapolis Delano Public School District: 9.2, $101.

2. Charlotte Fort Mill School District: 9.1, $102.

3. Dallas Lovejoy Independent School District: 9.1, $114.

4. Chicago St. Charles C.U.S.D. 303: 9.0, $122.

5. Boston Harvard Public Schools: 9.1, $179.

6. Portland Lake Oswego School District: 9.8, $192.

7. NYC/Long Island Nanuet Union Free School District: 9.0, $199.

8. Austin Eanes Independent School District: 9.1, $237.

9. Orange County, Calif. Los Alamitos Unified School District: 9.2, $321.

10. Mercer Island, Mercer Island School District 400: 9.1, $344.

Register your neighborhood for National Night Out, August 5

National Night Out is an organized annual event designed to bring neighbors together not only to improve crime prevention awareness and family emergency preparedness, but also to strengthen neighborhood spirit. Neighbors get reintroduced, connect names with faces and get acquainted with city officials.

From 5 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors or come join the Mercer Island Police at the Sculpture Park for a hot dog cookout.

If you would like to register your neighborhood for National Night Out, contact Police Dept. Specialist Janelle Timm at 275-7933.

City earns Best Workplace Award for recycling

For the first time, the City operations of Mercer Island have been named to King County’s annual list of workplaces with exemplary waste prevention and recycling programs.

Each spring, employers in King County outside of the City of Seattle are invited to apply for recognition as a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling. This year, King County’s Solid Waste Division has named 97 locations to its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces, the highest number listed since the program began in 2007.

The 2014 list spans a wide array of employers: from education to transportation to local government. Each of the 2014 Best Workplace employers listed has shown exceptional commitment to recycling and reducing landfill waste. Collectively, their actions help reduce the impacts of climate change and feed recycled materials back into the economy.


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