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The Four Billies Elliot | The young actors behind Village Theatre's 2016 season closer

  • May 1, 2016 at 10:57PM

"Billy Elliot" has won mountains of accolades in most of its incarnations, including 10 Tony awards. But it comes with a built-in problem: The title role needs a 13-year-old with proficiency in tap, ballet, singing, stage acting and wire work.

King Felix delivers on Mercer Island Little League opening day | Slideshow

  • Apr 30, 2016 at 3:19PM

Mariners ace throws out first pitch at opening day ceremonies

Goonewardene’s gem leads Mercer Island to KingCo title | Prep baseball

  • Apr 30, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 2:09AM

Though last year's prize was bigger, that didn't make Friday's prize any less sweet.

Sound Transit hears you | Cartoon

  • Apr 30, 2016 at 9:00AM

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Mercer Island City Council will discuss Town Center code changes at next meeting

  • Apr 29, 2016 at 1:39PM

The Mercer Island City Council will hear recommendations on changes to the Town Center development code and Comprehensive Plan from the Joint Planning-Design Commission before its regular meeting on Monday.

Mercer Island sweeps Lake Washington for fifth-straight meet win | Prep girls tennis

  • Apr 29, 2016 at 10:58AM

The Mercer Island girls tennis team picked up its fifth-straight meet win Thursday, sweeping Lake Washington 7-0 at Mercer Island High School. The win also marked the Islanders' fifth-consecutive sweep of their opponents since falling to the first-place Interlake Saints 4-3 on March 31.

Mercer Island Mountain Bike riders reach podium at Gig Harbor race

  • Apr 29, 2016 at 10:32AM

The Mercer Island middle and high school mountain biking teams had another impressive showing at the Pedaling the Peninsula race, held April 17 in Gig Harbor.

Parks petition will not protect our parks | Letter

  • Apr 29, 2016 at 7:00AM

My wife has been working with scores of students and parents to improve Luther Burbank Park through art. It's wonderful that we also have folks willing to improve Mercerdale park through the arts.

City survey shows Islanders support parks | Letter

  • Apr 28, 2016 at 1:00PM

For decades, Islanders have demonstrated via the ballot box and other means that parks are valuable assets to the overall well-being of the Island. The recently-completed Island-wide telephone survey the council sponsored once again confirms that belief. In one question asking Islanders about their top priorities for funding, "maintaining parks, trails and open space" was number three of nine listed possibilities.

Interlake uses big third inning to beat Islanders | Prep softball

  • Apr 28, 2016 at 11:19AM

Claiming an early lead and pulling away with five runs in the third inning, the Interlake Saints defeated Mercer Island 11-5 Wednesday at Interlake High School.

Mercer Island scores two late runs to edge Bellevue | Prep baseball

  • Apr 28, 2016 at 11:14AM

Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled the Mercer Island baseball team past Bellevue 3-2 Wednesday night at Island Crest Park.

Time for Mercer Island residents to speak up about transit | Commentary

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 28, 2016 at 9:07AM

Last month, the Sound Transit Board released a draft plan for Sound Transit 3 that responds to the support we've heard for fast, reliable mass transit that provides more options to more destinations. Now is the time for Mercer Island residents and people across the region to weigh in on that draft.

Parks petition seeks to undermine MICA creation | Letter

  • Apr 28, 2016 at 9:00AM

As Mercer Island residents, we are dismayed by the "Protect our Parks" petition. We support our parks and the diverse activities our Island provides. Our vision of the Island is one of diversity. We love the Saturday soccer and the flag-ridden streets on July Fourth, the Rotary Run and our Mercer Island parade. The petition pursues a course to limit this community vision and to stifle the diverse activity our parks provide. It lacks the belief that we will defend our Island's rich natural parks.

Vote is proper way to solve MICA argument | Letter

  • Apr 28, 2016 at 7:00AM

The "fighting" over Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) seems to be getting more heated each week.

Mercer Island Rotary Club names its Islanders of the Month for April

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 2:00PM

The Mercer Island Rotary Club named Mercer Island High School seniors Caroline Hamilton and Aidan Wang its students of the month for April.

Several cars prowled in Aviara garage | Mercer Island Police Blotter

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:25PM

The blotter consists of officers' accounts of crimes and other incidents in Mercer Island. Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Mercer Island City Council to hold Town Center public hearing | City briefs

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:22PM

The hearing will be on May 9.

Schools Foundation’s Breakfast of Champions draws record attendance, raises $503,523

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00PM

The Mercer Island Schools Foundation raised $503,523 for Island public schools at its annual Breakfast of Champions spring fundraiser Tuesday morning at Mercer Island High School.

Mercer Island junior brings rock stars to high school radio

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:25AM

Though she's been a music performer her whole life, Mercer Island High School junior Leah Raissis was initially afraid of going on the radio. She joined the high school's radio program this year, but she thought her work would be more behind the scenes.

Mercer Island School Board approves cameras on school buses | School news

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:09AM

With a unanimous 5-0 vote on April 21, the Mercer Island School Board authorized Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano to sign a contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to allow cameras to be installed on school bus stop arms.

Former Reporter publisher Catherine Shen passes away

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 8:00AM

Catherine Shen, former vice president of Horvitz Newspapers and publisher of the Mercer Island Reporter, passed away on March 31 in Seattle. Shen, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, was 68.

Mercer Island Library will close for remodeling

  • Apr 26, 2016 at 3:00PM

The Mercer Island Library will be closed starting Monday, May 9 for a remodel.

Eastside FC girls U8/9 soccer team reaches Presidents Cup quarterfinals | Community sports brief

  • Apr 26, 2016 at 2:00PM

Eastside FC's girls U8/9 team recently reached the quarterfinal round of the U10 Presidents Cup tournament, held March 19 through April 24.

Mercer Island wages through season despite alternating lineup | Prep girls golf

  • Apr 26, 2016 at 12:00PM

Despite a season of lineup shuffling, the Mercer Island girls golf team accumulated a 7-1 record and was looking forward to having all of the team's top golfers available against Bellevue Thursday at Overlake Golf Course.

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