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Put parklands initiative on the ballot | Letter

  • Apr 1, 2016 at 10:00AM

Katie Metzger's March 23 Reporter article highlighted the debate going on over the Island parklands initiative.

Bauman’s two goals lead Islanders past Kangs | Prep boys soccer

  • Apr 5, 2016 at 7:00AM

Mercer Island trailed the Lake Washington Kangs by a point in the 2A/3A KingCo standings heading into Friday's matchup between the two teams. And through the first 40 minutes of scoreless play, both teams appeared determined not to concede anything.

Interlake deals Mercer Island girls tennis first league loss in nine years

  • Apr 5, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:57AM

Mercer Island girls tennis saw a nine-year undefeated streak in KingCo competition come to an end Thursday, falling to Interlake 4-3 at Mercer Island High School.

Mercer Island Town Center vision blurry as hearings conclude

  • Apr 5, 2016 at 10:30AM

The city hosted its third and final Town Center public hearing on March 31 at Lakeridge Elementary, hearing from more than 20 people with conflicting views on the future of Mercer Island's downtown.

Mercer Island softball bounces back against Sammamish

  • Apr 5, 2016 at 12:00PM

The Mercer Island softball team bounced back from a loss to Juanita with a 16-12 win over the Sammamish Totems Friday at Sammamish High School.

Housing is one click away with Mercer Island grad’s OneRent

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 8:00AM

As sophomores at Santa Clara University, Mercer Island grad Chuck Hattemer and a few of his friends got their first taste of navigating the housing market. And like any other newcomers searching for a place to live, the experience didn't go well.

April 8: the day the music died | Islander recalls being first responder at Kurt Cobain death scene 22 years ago

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:28AM

When the Seattle Fire Department got a call for an assault with weapons response at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East, Islander John Fisk had just gotten in for the 7:30 a.m. shift change. The paramedic who Fisk was relieving offered to take the call, though Fisk said he'd handle it and went on his first run of the day. It was a Friday, April 8, 1994.

The more you give | Thoughts to Ponder

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 12:00PM

Both the Bible and the Tao set forth a principle that the more you give, the more you will receive.

Electing Trump like hiring bully as school principal | Letter

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 2:00PM

Electing Donald Trump as president would be like hiring a bully to be the principal of your school. Trump should not be elected as president. For example, he is telling his supporters to hurt people who do not support him. Trump is a bad influence because he is a bully and because he puts down people who come from somewhere different or believe something different than him. Trump says that if a woman is not pretty, then there is no use for her. The president of our country needs to be a good role model and leader for everyone, which Trump is not.

State Legislators to speak at Chamber lunch tomorrow | Business briefs

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 2:30PM

State Legislators to speak at Chamber lunch

Mercer Island city and school officials to host joint meeting | City briefs

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 3:00PM

City and school officials to host joint meeting

Mercer Island fire chief earns master’s from Naval Postgrad School

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 7:00AM

Steve Heitman, fire chief of the Mercer Island Fire Department (MIFD), completed a Master of Arts degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) on March 25.

Save Youth Theatre Northwest | Letter

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 9:00AM

Many of you may have heard of a group called Concerned Citizens for Mercer Island Parks. They are circulating a petition that, on the surface, sounds great — it's all about preserving parkland on Mercer Island. However, buried in the petition is a specific clause designed to push Youth Theatre Northwest off of Mercer Island (see section 19.20.040 of the petition).

Kindergarten registration open for the 2016-17 school year

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 12:00PM

The Mercer Island School District is accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2016-17 school year. The district now offers full-day kindergarten at all schools tuition-free.

Sign the Protect our Parks petition | Letter

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 1:00PM

Jim Horn says on a March 25 Next Door post: "Mercer Island is a fragile treasure with its many parks and spaces," and Concerned Citizens of Mercer Island Parks agree. That is why we are asking you to sign the Protect our Parks petition to allow voters to decide in November's election. We need 3,000 signatures by the end of May so it can be placed on the ballot and voted on by Mercer Island residents.

Frolicking Pioneer Park dogs cause damage to property | Letter

  • Apr 8, 2016 at 7:00AM

I would like to give you another perspective to Barry Brigg's opinion piece titled "Proposed change to Pioneer Park leash law is cruel." I happen to be one of those people who would welcome a strictly enforced leash law. As a data point, my yard is adjacent to Pioneer Park and we also love dogs, having two of our own.

Mercer Island High School hosting UW men’s lacrosse tonight

  • Apr 8, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:28PM

Mercer Island High School will host Division I lacrosse as part of a doubleheader tonight at Islander Stadium.

Q&A | Mercer Island’s ‘protect our parks’ petition

  • Mar 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 8, 2016 at 1:00PM

The Reporter asked two opposing citizen's groups to answer questions about the "Protect our Parks" petition. If the petition receives enough signatures, it will put an initiative on the November ballot requiring the City Council to replace leased or sold parkland with land of equivalent or better value, to preserve parks and open spaces in perpetuity. The initiative would also arguably prevent the building of the Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) in Mercerdale Park.

Free recreational soccer program launches for greater Eastside

  • Apr 8, 2016 at 2:00PM

The Nowland Premier Soccer Academy (NPSA) Foundation is aiming to offer free recreational soccer in Mercer Island, Bellevue and Renton.

Mercer Island blanks Bellevue to earn sweep | Prep baseball

  • Apr 9, 2016 at 6:00AM

In his last two games, Mercer Island starting pitcher Harrison Goonewardene has gone the distance without allowing a single run. Such numbers would seem to be indicative of a player perfecting their form, not returning to it. For Goonewardene, maybe it's both.

Mercer Island, school district on board for cameras on school buses

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

The installation of cameras on school bus stop arms may be enforced sooner rather than later, Mercer Island School Board and City Council members discussed at their joint meeting April 7 at City Hall.

Mercer Island Mountain Bike has strong showing at season’s first race

  • Apr 12, 2016 at 2:00PM

Mercer Island Mountain Bike's middle school and high school teams competed in their first Washington Student League race of the season on April 3 at the Test of Pedal race at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma.

Mercer Island School District accepting intra-district open enrollment for elementary students | School news

  • Apr 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 3:56PM

This month, the Mercer Island School District will accept open enrollment for its elementary students for the 2016-17 school year.

Mercer Island grad brings USA Gymnastics to PNW for Pacific Rim Championships

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 6:00AM

Gymnastics fans anxious for the 2016 Summer Olympic games were treated to a taste of what's to come at the Pacific Rim Championships last weekend in Everett.

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