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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.

City Opera Ballet salutes the future with spring repertory 'Just Look Up!'

  • Apr 8, 2016 at 12:41PM

City Opera Ballet's executive director is calling the performance company's spring repertory a salute to Bellevue's rising skyline and, from the looks of the performance lineup, Mary Ellen Hundley aims to pay homage with a glimpse into the company's future.

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.

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.

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.

'The List of Adrian Messenger' at Issaquah Second Saturday Film Series

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 12:26PM

What would you do if you discovered a series of unfortunate accidents weren't accidents at all? What would you do if you discovered they were actually murders?

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.

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).

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.

Mercer Island joins Eastside effort to combat racism

  • Apr 1, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Apr 6, 2016 at 5:30PM

City to host “Reject the Rags of Racism and Live into the Riches of Diversity" event on April 13.

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

State Legislators to speak at Chamber lunch tomorrow | Business briefs

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 2:30PM

State Legislators to speak at Chamber lunch

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Think pink (and white) for the warmer days ahead | Great Northwest Wine

  • Apr 5, 2016 at 11:41AM

As the weather warms, it's time to think more about white and pink wines, and we have several superb examples for you this week.

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.

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.

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.

Architect opens new design studio, gallery on Mercer Island

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Apr 4, 2016 at 2:30PM

The grand opening of Suzanne Zahr's studio was on March 31.

Don't Miss: Figure drawing at artEAST

  • Apr 4, 2016 at 1:36PM

ArtEAST Art Center will play host to Ellen Borison as she leads students in two open studio figure drawing sessions.

Tradition in a New World | Q&A with actor Navid Negahban

  • Apr 1, 2016 at 5:34PM

The 'Homeland' alum opens up about his role in Israeli drama "Baba Joon," screening on Mercer Island for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

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