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Mercer Island Thrift Shop remodel open houses set for Aug. 13, Aug. 28

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 8:00AM updated Aug 9, 2013 at 9:09AM

The Mercer Island Thrift Shop will host two open houses in August about the expansion of the store.

Mercer Island installs new LED streetlights in Town Center

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 8:13AM

The City of Mercer Island is currently working to replace all of the streetlights in the Town Center area, putting in new energy efficient LED lamps.

Closures coming this weekend to SR 167 ramp to I-405, northbound I-405 through Bellevue

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Aug 9, 2013 at 8:07AM

Replacing a corroded drainage pipe and several hundred cracked concrete panels in just more than 50 hours isn’t easy, but that’s the mission contractor crews will undertake during weekend-long shutdowns of both northbound Interstate 405 through Bellevue and the northbound State Route 167 ramp to northbound I-405 in Renton.

Fare increases coming for Washington state ferries

  • Aug 6, 2013 at 9:19AM

Fares on Washington state ferries will increase this fall, after Washington State Transportation Commission adopted rate increases to ensure the state meets the ferry-fare revenue target set by the Legislature in the recently enacted 2013-2015 transportation budget.

Home business freedom | Cartoon of the week

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 9:39AM

Each week, see the cartoon of the week by local artist Jeff Johnson.

True Value hardware opens doors in new location on Mercer Island

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 11:07AM

Mercer Island’s only hardware store is now fully operational in its new location next to Walgreens.

Plan for another noisy weekend around the Renton airport

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 12:22PM

It’s going to be another weekend filled with construction noise for those living around the Renton airport, as work continues in the north end.

Sound Publishing to end rack distribution of Little Nickel

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 2:01PM

Beginning in September, Sound Publishing, Inc., the parent company of the Mercer Island Reporter, will combine the strength of its community newspaper readership and home delivery with the respected classified content and brand recognition of its Little Nickel products.

Mercer Island soccer team finishes in finals of Crossfire Select Cup | Sports brief

  • Aug 9, 2013 at 8:00AM updated Aug 15, 2013 at 8:29AM

The Mercer Island Youth Soccer Club select U11 boys team recently played in the gold division at the Crossfire Select Cup tournament at the end of July. The team made it to the finals of the tournament in their division.

Glimmer of hope for a transportation funding proposal

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 12:28PM

Democrats in the state House of Representatives triggered quite a political storm this year with their plan to raise billions of dollars for transportation by, among other means, hiking the gas tax by a dime a gallon.

State offers new incentive for layoff avoidance

  • Aug 9, 2013 at 9:00AM

Washington State’s Employment Security Department is offering employers a new special incentive to participate in a layoff-avoidance program.

Childhood obesity rates decrease slightly in some parts of the country

  • Aug 8, 2013 at 12:25PM

For the first time in many years we are seeing some progress in the fight against childhood obesity in this country, according to a study. Although the changes are not yet very significant, there is hope that the epidemic is beginning to taper off.

National Weather Service issues red flag warning for Puget Sound area

  • Aug 9, 2013 at 10:41AM

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the greater Puget Sound area.

Celebrate National Farmers Market week this Sunday on Mercer Island

  • Aug 9, 2013 at 10:42AM

This Sunday, Aug. 11 celebrate National Farmers Market Week during the weekly Mercer Island Farmers Market.

Mercer Island lacrosse players help Team Washington to tournament wins | Sports brief

  • Aug 9, 2013 at 11:17AM

Several Mercer Island lacrosse players have spent the summer playing with Team Washington, a group of high school lacrosse players from around the state.

Light rail work to close I-90 express lanes next week

  • Aug 9, 2013 at 1:00PM updated Aug 12, 2013 at 12:54PM

The Interstate 90 express lanes across Mercer Island will be closed to late night and early morning drivers next week.

Senior Foundation of Mercer Island night at Island Books Aug. 22

  • Aug 10, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Aug 13, 2013 at 8:24AM

The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island will host its 10th annual Island Books night on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mostly Music in the Park begins on Mercer Island on Thursday, July 25

  • Mar 7, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Jul 24, 2013 at 1:22PM

The new season of Mostly Music in the Park begins on Thursday, July 25.

Mercer Island on a CNN list for 'Best Places to Live'

  • Aug 12, 2013 at 8:37AM

Mercer Island is #21 on CNN top places to live/top earning towns

Traffic flow, complaints basis for Mercer Island Police Department patrol presence

  • Aug 12, 2013 at 12:05PM

The Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) issues, on average, eight or nine traffic tickets per day, according to Public Information Officer Leslie Burns.

Mercer Island artist earns award for artwork

  • Aug 12, 2013 at 12:08PM

Local artist Esther Akrish has recently garnered praise for her work 'Enchanting Gardens', for which she received a special recognition award in the 13th Annual Summer Juried Online International Art Exhibition, hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

Islanders flock to farmers market over Labor Day weekend

  • Sep 4, 2013 at 2:00PM

The crowds at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 1, rivaled those of Summer Celebration! in July. The crowds spilled into Mercerdale Park and beyond as the weather continued its run of sunny skies and warm temperatures during Labor Day weekend.

Mercer Island city council meeting Monday, Aug. 12

  • Aug 12, 2013 at 2:26PM

The City Council of Mercer Island will host it's first meeting of August on Monday, Aug. 12.

Shellfish infections running double summer average; oyster fans beware

  • Aug 13, 2013 at 8:41AM

A saltwater bacteria has sickened more than twice the number of people in King County this summer than typically is reported during this period – leading health officials to warn of the dangers of eating raw or undercooked shellfish.

How do you feel about getting Amber Alerts on your cellphone? | Online poll

  • Aug 13, 2013 at 8:00AM updated Aug 16, 2013 at 8:11AM

Last week, Washington residents got Amber Alerts on their cellphones after a teenage girl was kidnapped in San Diego.

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