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Mercer Island Community Calendar | Jan. 7

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 9:42AM

Off to See the Wizard in Winter Holiday Concert: rescheduled to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Emerald City Ringers (ECR), a nonprofit community handbell choir, to perform. Tickets: $10/adults, $8/seniors and students, $5/children, $25/family, suggested donations. www.emeraldcityringers.org.

Surf’s up

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 9:40AM

Islanders and friends pose for a group photo after braving a cold wind to welcome the New Year by plunging into Lake Washington at Clarke Beach Park on the South end of Mercer Island, Jan. 1. The event, in its 42nd year, is organized by Islander Nile Clarke (center, black shirt).

Key city projects 2009

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 9:39AM

• Town Center traffic signals for intersections at 77th and 78th Avenues at S.E. 27th Street. The combined total is $1.2 million.

Just testing the water

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 9:38AM

Martin Macedo, 7, of Sammamish, walks along wave-battered steps prior to welcoming the New Year by plunging into Lake Washington at Clarke Beach Park on the South end on Mercer Island, Jan. 1.

This drink's on the Island | Mercer Island bars offer unique, festive variety

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 9:35AM

When it comes to a night on the town, most Islanders head for Seattle or Bellevue. Yet Mercer Island has its own share of bars and restaurants; many of them neighborhood favorites. Many Islanders will agree; there is nothing like a familiar drink served by a familiar face where — maybe not everyone — but somebody knows your name.

Mercer Island Council's position on 520 tolls based on impact on Islanders

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 2:47PM

Over the past few months, the topic of potential tolling on SR-520 and I-90 has been front and center in regional policy deliberations. As a decision point is coming near, I felt it would be useful to factually recap the evaluation process by the 520 Tolling Implementation Committee, the City Council’s involvement in the process, the findings, as well as the policy position publicly expressed by the Mercer Island City Council.

Editorial | Streets of dreams

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:38PM

The city, for its part, seems genuinely committed to emergency preparedness. But no matter what, not everyone will be satisfied. Some Islanders — perhaps a lot more than some — were unhappy about how long it took for their streets to be cleared of snow and ice over the holidays. To make matters worse, trash piled up and spilled onto streets and sidewalks. Yuck. Others wanted selective plowing so that kids and families could slide down hilly streets — the abundant mostly dry snow was a golden opportunity for fun that presents itself only every couple of years. The city, of course, must plow streets so that mail and emergency services can get through. On the other hand, a few streets can and should be reserved for some tubing and sliding.

The 2008 Laurels, Orchids and Skunk Cabbage Snowstorm Awards

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

Laurels & Orchids to: Mercer Island’s Public Safety Police and Fire who responded effectively and cooperatively to so many Island citizens in need, roadside or otherwise.

Never missed a delivery

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:35PM

The U.S. Postal Service deserves our community’s appreciation. Through the snow and cold last week, they never missed a delivery. I saw our carrier out at 6 p.m., wearing a pith helmet and head lamp, delivering the mail. We haven’t seen FedEx or UPS in more than a week in our neighborhood. Thank you, and keep it up.

Girls basketball ranked ninth in state | Team second in Calif. tourney, loses to Newport, beats Tahoma

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:28PM

The Mercer Island girls basketball team went 3-2 over winter break, finishing second at the Surf N’ Slam tournament in San Diego. The team lost to Newport on Friday at home and beat Tahoma in overtime on Saturday. The team performance has left them ranked ninth in the state in 3A girls basketball.

It takes 12 letters to spell Chow | MIHS senior could achieve rare feat

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 3:22PM

Very few athletes earn 12 varsity letters during their high school athletic career. Just three have achieved this feat since 2000, with the last being Jean Laschever in 2004. But one more will be added to this exclusive list when Mercer Island senior Janelle Chow competes for the track and field team this spring.

Boys prepare for Bellevue

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:15PM

The Mercer Island boys basketball team used an exhibition win, 59-46, against an Australian junior national team on Monday to warm up for one of the biggest games of the year.

City projects planned for 2009

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

Islanders can expect to come across a few additional stoplights, drive through modified intersections and stroll along new pedestrian pathways as several changes are planned for Island roads this year.

This Week on Mercer Island

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon will feature Bob Drewel, the executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council. He will speak at noon, Jan. 8, at the CCMV. The PSRC, made up of leaders from central Puget Sound counties, cities and key public agencies works to develop policies and make decisions regarding regional issues. The agency forecasts and estimates the effects of regional growth. To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 232-3404 or mi_chamber@msn.com. Lunch is $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers.

Frohnmayer elected as School Board president

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

The Mercer Island School Board reshuffled its leadership last month, electing Janet Frohnmayer as president, Adair Dingle as vice president, and Pat Braman as legislative representative. All three nominated members were elected unanimously on Dec. 11. Before turning over responsibilities, the board took a few moments to recognize outgoing president Pat Braman, who has lead the team for the past year.

Eight Island teachers earn National Board Certification

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

More than 900 Washington teachers earned National Board Certification in 2008, eight of whom work on Mercer Island. In total, 919 teachers across the state earned this reputable title, doubling the 2007 record of 485.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Jan. 7

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

A 21-year-old Island resident’s vehicle was prowled while parked, unlocked, in the 7600 block of West Mercer Way on Jan. 2. The thief stole a Sony Play station, cash and a debit card.

MIHS grads’ film on Ethiopian millennium airs in African nation

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

A 20-minute documentary on Ethiopia’s 2007 millennium celebration, created by Mercer Island High School graduates Ross Laing and Alex Baron, aired on Ethiopian Television (ETV) this past fall. Laing and Baron produced and shot the documentary, “Generation to Generation,” while visiting the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, during the country’s millennium celebration in September 2007 (Ethiopia follows the ancient Coptic calendar, which marks the year 2000 in our 2007).

PSE sale to investors is approved

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM

In a 2-1 vote, state regulators today approved the sale of Puget Sound Energy to the New York-based, multinational Puget Holdings LLC, a transaction with an estimated value of $7.4 billion. The sale is subject to 78 conditions to protect customers and preserve the public interest.

College: Is a hiatus a good idea?

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 2:46PM

Question: I am thinking about taking time off before starting college. Do you think it is a good idea?

MACH tennis brings out Mercer Island’s best

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 2:43PM

While most of the Pacific Northwest floundered in the ice and snow, the 32nd annual M.A.C.H. tennis tournament once again reared its prestigious and festive head at the Mercer Island Country Club on Dec. 26.

Time limits on parking set for Town Center

  • Jan 6, 2009 at 2:39PM

The City Council approved new two- and four-hour parking limits in the Town Center and a reconfiguration of S.E. 28th Street across from QFC on Jan. 5.

Islander girls defeated Tahoma in OT

  • Jan 4, 2009 at 2:18PM

Box score

Islander girls lose to Newport

  • Jan 3, 2009 at 10:25AM

Box score

We have liftoff

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jan 2, 2009 at 2:55PM

Island residents Kenny Koning, 10, in front, and Will Krause, 9, take flight while sledding at Homestead Field on Dec. 22.

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