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Boys fall to Mount Si, twice

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 10:20AM

The Mercer Island boys basketball team lost to Mount Si twice last week, being pushed to a loser-out first-round game of KingCo.

Students reflect on ‘Wow’

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:32AM

Oliva Wold earned a Reflections honorable mention for her digital shot, “Bee Amazed,” in the high school photography category.

Mercer Island Football: Ogata’s task is to change culture

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:30AM

The 15 applications for the Mercer Island High School head football coaching position came from as far away as North Carolina, Alabama, Ohio and California. Ultimately, the Islanders went with a person who has been on Mercer Island during the majority of his life, Mercer Island High School math teacher Brett Ogata.

Reflections of future artists

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:27AM

2008-2009 Reflections Winners Visual Arts: Primary Division Grades K-2 1st Place Kayla Mitchell IP Explosion in the Air 2nd Place Alexander Vollegraaf WM Mars 3rd Place Liat Perlman IP Seattle City Scape Honorable Mention Joey Duffie LKG My Face Sarah Frederickson WM Alien Vivien Guo LKG Gone with the Wind Zachary Leung IP The Rainbow Elizabeth Park WM Hawaiian Beach Sophia Ristuben WM Going Down the water Slide Eden Voss IP The Prettiest Snowy Day

Gym fifth at districts

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:26AM

Islander freshman Kristin Trumble competes at the district gymnastics meet on bars. Mercer Island as a team missed the cut for state, but placed fifth during the meet. Trumble, sophomore Vanessa Gaffney and senior captain Erika Reutimann will all compete at state this weekend in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Center.

Mercer Island swimmers prepare for state

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:25AM

A friendly rivalry between friends can help any athlete.

Seven MIHS wrestlers move on to state meet | Team loses league title to Inglemoor on scoring error

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:25AM

The Mercer Island wrestling team received some unexpected motivation this week heading into regionals.

From texting to ‘sexting’ | Messages and images can be harmful and illegal

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 18, 2009 at 9:20AM

It started out as rumor. A harmless one, actually. But before she knew it, Jenny Lang was caught up in a mess of drama. Tears, broken friendships, blackmail. To think it all began with a simple text message.

Islander girls win first KingCo title | Beat Liberty 56-50, finish season 10-2

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:48PM

When Mercer Island girls basketball coach Jamie Prescott took over the program in 2004, she set a goal of winning the KingCo title within five years. That goal was a bit lofty. After all, Mercer Island had never won the league championship, most of the past decade had been spent in the cellar of the division, and all of the players on the 2008-2009 team were still in middle school.

Updating a classic

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:43PM

Long before terms such as “great room” and “bringing the outside in” were part of the common vernacular, Northwest architect Roland Terry was fluent in both of those concepts. He was not only an architect, but an interior designer who cared deeply about how the inhabitants of his spaces actually lived in them. His goal was to facilitate their ability to do so comfortably and informally. He arranged furniture into conversation areas and paid attention to cooking, dining and entertaining. Sixty years later, one of his signatures, Canlis Restaurant, still stands as an icon of classic design.

Island Forum | Islanders should be prepared for serious emergencies

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:30PM

The city of Mercer Island is quite serious about being prepared for emergencies. You and I should be too. Gone is the neighborhood “block” system, with a designated “block captain.” Instead, everyone is responsible for their own safety and provisions, as well as checking to see that neighbors are safe. Whether the event produces a power outage, loss of communication or compromised roadways, Mercer Island Preparedness Officer Jennifer Franklin and the Emergency Management Team are addressing residents’ needs. In the event of a disaster on the Island, the Primary Shelter will be at the Community Center at Mercer View, where first aid and limited medical care will be provided. Schools will be open to children only during regular school hours, the faith-based community will assist with “warming/cooling” in places of meeting and worship, and MIRO (Mercer Island Ham Radio Operators) will be situated at strategic points around the Island.

Editorial | Math issues remain unsolved

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:29PM

It is difficult to understand how and why the math program in the Mercer Island School District is still not able to meet or satisfy the needs of students and their parents. It has been an issue for years. Administrators have tried to address the problem using several means: changing the curriculum, offering tutoring or what is termed ‘side-by-side’ classes at school, rearranging staff and other methods. But it appears not to be enough. Recent stories in the Reporter on the number of students who take classes for credit outside the district have refocused awareness on math education in the schools. But the idea that 100 or even 200 students are taking classes off campus in math, out of a student body of 3,900 students in a community that can afford it, doesn’t help us understand what is wrong or how to fix these problems.

Bellevue CC can help fill state bachelor degree gap

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:28PM

Did you know that just before the recession hit, 25,000 Washington businesses reported problems finding enough job applicants with bachelor’s degrees?

Signal at Island Crest Way and Merrimount

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:27PM

There’s been a lot of interest surrounding the work of the city and City Council with reference to a proposed signal at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drive. We became aware of this recently after we had attended a session sponsored by the city with reference to this issue. We now know that this proposal has met its demise, and we are not happy. Nor are probably hundreds or thousands of Islanders whose north to south to north “thruway” has been squeezed down to one miserable and dangerous lane through that intersection. Having lived on Mercer Island since 1969 and traversing daily or multiple times through this intersection, we are displeased with the rather casual dismissal of the idea of a signal at that intersection. While most of us cannot profess to be experts in traffic control (except, of course, by having years and years of driving experience), it seems most unreasonable that a traffic light would not have been one of the most important additions to Mercer Island’s traffic system.

Mercer Island Community Calendar | Feb. 18

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:25PM

Events Chamber Gallery Open House: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 19, 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 109. Featured artist: Seiko Konya. Art display: through March 28. 232-3404. “CRESCENDO” Concert: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Features gospel music in honor of Black History Month, along with classical and pop. 232-5595, Mercerdale Park Invasive Plant Removal: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 21, Mercerdale Hillside Park. Half-day options available. Sign up:, (206) 812-0122.

Sports briefs

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:14PM

The St. Monica seventh-grade girls basketball team (5-0) played Eastside Catholic Middle School (6-0) on Friday night at the St. Monica Gym for the CYO JV Girls Championship. They played to a 21-21 tie near the end of the game. Katie Bucy was fouled, and with five seconds remaining, she calmly made one of two free throws to put St. Monica up 22-21. Eastside Catholic tried a desperation shot, but St. Monica’s tough defense swatted the ball to the back court as time expired. St. Monica won 22-21 to take the seventh-grade girls JV championship.

SAT Score Choice ignored

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:06PM

I have the same gut-wrenching feeling that I remember experiencing 10 years ago when my daughter started kindergarten, as I realize that I have hit another milestone in her life. Today, she takes her first SAT that actually counts. I had counseled her to take the January test as a junior because I understood at the time that she would have the benefit of Score Choice. Score Choice is a practice readopted by the College Board that would allow students to take the SAT I reasoning and subjects tests multiple times with the option to submit only the scores from the test date (or sitting) that represent the highest scores. While this practice existed in previous years, it was not available as an option for current high school students until this past June. I rejoiced in learning about Score Choice being revisited, as I remember the benefit that my eldest daughter had when she could hide all evidence of her poor scores in history and chemistry, and submit only those scores that portrayed her in a favorable light.

Long-term care reality check

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:04PM

Medicare, the primary medical insurance for anyone over the age of 65, is commonly misunderstood. Many clients and their families are surprised when they find out that Medicare does not pay for long-term “custodial” help, either in the home or at a facility. This surprise includes the actual cost of the care and the struggle to accept that seniors really need it.

This Week on Mercer Island

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:00PM

Regional road work begins early

Plano begins to restructure school leadership | Effort to reduce costs, focus duties

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:59PM

In an era of global budget cutting and reorganization, the Mercer Island School District is right in step.

YTN feeling the economic pinch

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:58PM

Youth Theatre Northwest is reaching out for funds to keep the 25-year-old teaching and performing space a going concern.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Feb. 18

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:56PM

An Island man called police on Feb. 13 to report a neighbor shooting geese. According to the incident report, the man did not see any geese get hit and wished to remain anonymous. Officers contacted the subject, who admitted to using a pellet gun to ward off geese from his dock, where they often leave excrement. He denied hitting any geese and said that he was unaware that the birds are protected. The man turned his pellet gun over to police for disposal.

Peters named Nurse of the Year

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:54PM

Island resident Irene Peters, geriatric clinical nurse specialist at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, was named the 2008 Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes at an event held at the Bellevue Hilton in December. Peters was honored for her work at Overlake in the category of Advocacy for Patients. She has been a practicing nurse for 34 years.

St. Monica begins preschool building design process

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:54PM

St. Monica School will be establishing a pre-K program, and with it comes a brand new building to be added to the campus.

One step closer to plaza at S.E. 78th

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:53PM

The Mercer Island City Council has voted to approve $95,000 in spending on utilities for a town plaza proposed on the north terminus of 78th Avenue S.E. near the Sculpture Park, allowing for an interactive water feature. The purpose of this public square, according to Councilmembers, is to provide a social gathering place in the Town Center.

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