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  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

In order to telecast its first meeting, the City Council will be asked to approve an operations procedure at its meeting on Monday, July 7. The first televised meeting is expected to take place July 21. The city also plans to begin televising a pilot news program called “Mercer Island View” that same day. The 20-minute news program is expected to run for a couple of months. The Mercer Island government access channel, airing on Comcast channel 21, will also feature static news bulletins about upcoming city and government events. Last March, the Council approved the installation of four cameras in its Chambers at City Hall to broadcast their bimonthly meetings and to produce a video archive on the city’s Web site.

This Week

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The United Methodist Church will be hosting a neighborhood public-information meeting next Wednesday, July 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. regarding its decision to host Tent City 4. The church, located at 7070 S.E. 24th St., is inviting its neighbors to attend and meet some Tent City residents and learn more about the camp. The congregation will host Tent City from August to early November. For information, to go www.miumc.org.

Permit process to move ahead School Board approves PEAK settlement

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The Mercer Island School Board voted to approve the PEAK settlement during last Thursday’s board meeting, giving the green light to proceed with the next phase of the project — securing construction permits and a final design. PEAK is currently expected to break ground between April and June of 2009.

Parks bond capped at $12 million

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

Members of the City Council have decided to ask voters to take out a $12-million, 20-year “mortgage” to fund numerous improvements at several Island parks.

Mercer Island holds small, hidden cache of ESL programs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

Mercer Island is seldom, if ever, mentioned when discussing the current state of Washington’s non-English speaking workforce. Few Islanders face language communication problems on a daily basis. Across the lake, in central and south Seattle, is another story. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are offered through community centers, private institutions, minority outreach organizations and schools in every neighborhood. Yet there are similar programs — albeit less visible — on Mercer Island.

School Board approves PEAK settlement, permit process moves on

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The Mercer Island School Board voted unanimously to approve the PEAK settlement during last Thursday's board meeting, giving the green light to proceed with the next phase of the project — securing construction permits and a final design. PEAK is currently expected to break ground between April and June of 2009.

School Board approves PEAK settlement, permit process moves on

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The Mercer Island School Board voted unanimously to approve the PEAK settlement during last Thursday's board meeting, giving the green light to proceed with the next phase of the project — securing construction permits and a final design. PEAK is currently expected to break ground between April and June of 2009.

GOP candidate Dino Rossi speaks at Rotary lunch on Mercer Island

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

Former Senator compares and contrasts himself with gubernatorial incumbent

Hats Off

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

MIHS graduate Katie Lemon, Class of 2004, graduated Cum Laude from Seattle Pacific University last week with a degree in Educational Ministries and a minor in Youth Ministry and Christian Scriptures.

Donations in full swing as local political campaigns begin

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06PM

Reports with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) show many Islanders running for public office this year — as well as their opponents — have been raising the funds needed for their campaigns.

Metro buses packed, new 60-foot hybrid vehicles added

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06PM

An influx of 22 new articulated hybrid buses is about to make the ride a little easier for many Metro customers.

Police report

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06PM

A three-car accident occurred in the intersection of Island Crest Way and S.E. 63rd Street after a 17-year-old Islander rear-ended a car taking a right turn on 63rd, pushing the car into a tree on a traffic island around 12:30 p.m. on June 17. After hitting the tree, the rear-ended car also collided with a stopped car. According to the incident report, the young driver said she did not realize the car in front of her had slowed to take the turn when she collided with it.

Council moving toward surplusing utility property

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06PM

The City Council concluded that some portion of the city-owned vacant lot on First Hill should be sold to fund the emergency water well at Rotary Park, last Monday. The Council also agreed that rezoning the property to construct a demonstrative multifamily affordable housing project is no longer an option.

Is one of your neighbors on a city commission?

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06PM

The mayor and City Council recently appointed several new members to the city’s commissions, boards and councils. The appointments fill recent shortages on the Planning and Design Commissions that had remained vacant for some time. Those appointed include a local home builder and former City Council candidate, an attorney, horticulture expert and University of Washington doctorate student.

Mother and son delegates to Democratic convention

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06PM

Mercer Island residents and mother and son, Ruthann Kurose and Mori Rothman, were elected as members to the delegation of the Washington State Democratic Convention. Last weekend at the convention in Spokane, the delegation was completed with the election of 29 new delegates, four alternates and nine committee members.

This Week

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

The Brain Cancer Walk is at 9 a.m., June 28, at the Mercer Island High School track. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is to benefit the new Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish/Cherry Hill in Seattle. Individuals’ pre-registration fee: $25. Teams: group of five or more. Register: www.braincancerwalk.org. (206) 320-7162, info@braincancerwalk.org.

Trombold is Island’s Citizen of the Year

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

“Tonight we honor a fixture in our community who has been involved in almost everything for decades,” said Mayor Jim Pearman June 16 in naming Jim Trombold Mercer Island Citizen of the Year. In addition to being a respected physician and Rotarian, Trombold has been a community activist, environmentalist and defender of MI parks.

Neighbors settle with PEAK

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

Having recently reached a settlement of several compromises for both sides, the organization of neighbors opposing the Boys and Girls Club’s PEAK project are no longer against the proposed youth athletic facility and will revoke their appeal of the conditional use permit approved by the city’s Planning Commission earlier this year.

Tent City camp is welcomed by many, but feared by neighbors

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

About 100 Tent City supporters and concerned Islanders filled Council Chambers at city hall on Monday night as 25 people made public comments regarding the roving homeless encampment coming to the First Hill neighborhood.

Reporter staff wins awards

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

Three Reporter staff members were recognized for their outstanding work by the Society of Professional Journalists earlier this month.

Islanders awarded U.S. patents

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

Three Mercer Island inventors were among several from Washington state awarded patents for their inventions through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. They are Richard L. Negrin, Martin A. Cheever and Mitchell O. Peterson.

Washington State Class of ’08: All but a few pass WASL requirement

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

More than 90 percent of high school seniors in Washington state met the WASL requirement for high school graduation this spring.

Northwest Yeshiva High School graduates 23

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

Northwest Yeshiva High School (NYHS) celebrated its 33rd graduation ceremony on June 11 at the Sephardic Bikur Holim Synagogue in Seward Park, Seattle. A total of 23 students graduated from NYHS, five of whom live on the Island: Reena Cohen, Shana Cohen, twins Adam and Daniele Goldberg, and Rachel Weinstein.

Crest students empty pockets to preserve blue heron habitat

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07PM

The students of Crest Learning Center have decided that saving Puget Sound’s herons is a cause worthy of Island attention. Last month, the members of Crest’s service learning class voted to donate $1,200 raised in the Mercer Island High School penny drive to the Heron Habitat Helpers (HHH) conservation group of Seattle.

City briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:08PM

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