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A global view for education

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:12PM

Nationally renowned academic Yong Zhao left members of the Mercer Island School District scratching their heads last week, and in a good way. The professor with a Ph.D. in education asked the district to consider three big questions: What knowledge is of most worth for our children? What unique talents are we growing that other countries do not have? How are we preparing our students for a new, virtual world?

South end substation news brief

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:12PM

Citizens chosen by the mayor to protect Pioneer Park do not think the benefits from adding a second feeder line into the Island’s South end substation outweigh the costs of removing about 50 trees from the park.

PEAK design/Honeywell development praised

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:12PM

The architects of the Boys and Girls Club’s proposed PEAK project recently presented an updated design of the facility that showed trees were the better screen for neighbors to the west, while the city’s Design Commissioners asked to see more interactive features in the formal review process.

IMS recycling club earns $1,600 for reusable trays

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

A group of students at Islander Middle School are determined to replace the school’s polystyrene lunch trays with an eco-friendly, reusable alternative. In fact, this very goal spurred them to start the Gators Go Green recycling club last fall. And now that the club received a $1,600 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology for its proposal, the project has moved from discussion to near reality.

Traffic signal no longer considered for Merrimount-ICW intersection

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

Additional changes to the intersection of Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drive may be ahead, but the City Council will not be considering the installation of a traffic light.

Attorney featured in story on illegal downloads

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

A story in a recent issue of BusinessWeek magazine, features Island attorney Lory Lybeck, who has been representing a Portland, Ore., woman accused of illegally downloading music.

Mike Bond to run for state’s highest court

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

Hoping to piggyback on the success of his teenage daughter’s victory last year in becoming the ninth-grade class president, Islander Michael Bond is running for the state Supreme Court. So far, he is one of two candidates who have stated their intention to run for one of three seats up for election this fall.

News briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

The Mercer Island Senior Commission launches “Older Americans Month” with a special showcase at the Mercer Island library. Entitled “Connecting The Generations,” the display can be viewed through the month of May, the traditional Older Americans Month since the 1960s.

A big walk for little Luke

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

Lesson from Africa

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

Dozens of sixth-graders at Islander Middle School listened in awe as Samson Parashina, a member of the Maasai tribe of Kenya, Africa, described how his family would mix cattle blood and milk for lunch, among other Maasai customs.

Councilmen Cero, Litzow take a hit Councilmen ‘try out’ Tasers

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

Two City Councilmembers recently volunteered to get Tasered by police. After doing so, both Councilmembers agreed that it was incapacitating, though not very painful, and was a safe alternative to other uses of police force.

Board tries to keep budget cuts out of classroom

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13PM

The Mercer Island School Board, faced with a strained 2008-09 budget, met to discuss its budget reduction principles and ways to keep the focus on student needs last month.

Reed reworks primary elections

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 23, 2008 at 2:37PM

During a tour of several local communities, Secretary of State Sam Reed spoke to students at Northwest Yeshiva High School last Thursday and visited the Reporter to talk about election changes for Washington voters. Reed discussed the move toward replacing polls with mail-in ballots, rescheduling the primary in August and the Supreme Court’s late decision concerning the top-two primary. As a result, this year’s primary election will be the third different type since 2003. Reed also talked about his responsibility in cleaning up the list of voters since the governor’s election recount in 2004.

Power stroke

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

New fire trucks

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Former city official sues city for $1 million

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Former Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell has filed a claim seeking $1 million in damages from the city for firing her last month.

UW, Western deny top students Record numbers apply to colleges

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

The class of 2008 hasn’t had it easy. On top of new WASL requirements and being the first class required to complete an 80-hour culminating project for graduation, it is one of the most populous classes in Island history, which means tough competition when applying to college.

Tracking teen drinking

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Four Saturdays ago, a car full of teenagers — one of them an Islander — nearly ran over a police officer while driving recklessly near West Mercer Way on S.E. 30th Street around 1:45 a.m. Moments later, police stopped the car and arrested the young driver for a DUI. The other passengers, who were all under 21, were arrested for being minors in possession, a crime that usually picks up around this time of year, according to Island police.

Dennis Chong, M.D., is new Regence chief medical officer

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Dennis Chong, M.D., has been named as Regence chief medical officer. Chong is now in charge of pharmacy services and the subsidiary RegenceRx, in addition to leading clinical policy and programs, and quality medical management for the Health Care Services division that serves all four Regence health plans.

Auer named to ‘Heroes of Emergency Medicine’

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Nancy Auer majored in English and went on to become a teacher and secretary before entering the medical field. Now, she is an emergency physician and the chief medical officer at Swedish Hospital with a 32-year career in medicine. This month, Auer was named to the “Heroes of Emergency Medicine” of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for her work as an emergency doctor.

Solar power could save the world

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

What do you call two days straight of rain in western Washington? A weekend!

D.A.R.E. officer to lead city emergency preparedness planning

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

D.A.R.E. officer Jennifer Franklin has been named as the city’s new emergency preparedness officer and will begin her duties after her last D.A.R.E. class graduates in June.

More than water needed

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

The city is moving forward with the development of an emergency well facility at Rotary Park. Last Monday, the City Council approved funding to design a structure to house a pumping facility with a storage tank.

That if they don’t do the work, they won’t graduat

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

that if they don’t do the work, they won’t graduate,” said MIHS teacher Patricia Malatesta.

South Island Crest Way trail on hold

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

They say good things come to those who wait. And residents at the southern end of Island Crest Way will have to wait for their ideal meandering trail — if they get it at all.

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