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Diary 2008: A sampler of Island memories

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:56PM

PEAK, Tent City, Merrimount, I-90 and transportation issues filled the news pages of the Reporter this year. But it is often the smaller, seemingly insignificant events that best capture life on Mercer Island.

The Year in Crime 2008

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 1:52PM

Islanders may be incredulous about some of the unlawful incidents, unfortunate accidents and downright ironic encounters documented in the weekly police reports of 2008. But whether it was a SUV suspended on top of a mailbox in the Town Center or reports of teens hassling the homeless in Tent City, there were few surprises for the Mercer Island police officers who experience such incidents on a regular basis while on patrol.

Merchants share products, profits with local schools | Emerald City Smoothie, Toni Maroni’s offer healthy drinks and discounted pizza to Island schools

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:20PM

The days of bland tater tots and “unidentifiable meat loaf” for school lunches are long gone. Over the past decade, Mercer Island School District lunches have become fancier, tastier and healthier.

Mercer Ice-land | Storm delivers winter to Island doorsteps

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 31, 2008 at 11:32AM

Record snowfall threw Mercer Island into to a white flurry last week, canceling school for three days, closing roads, and keeping most Islanders at home for a long weekend.

HOT toll lanes on I-90 evaluated

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:40AM

Backups at the eastbound entrance of the Mt. Baker Tunnel and space constraints on the floating span would be problematic if future High Occupancy Tolls were added to I-90.

Snow slidin'

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 9:27AM

Island resident Susan Mattison snapped this photo of her daughter, Katie, enjoying a snowy luge down a slide on Mercer Island last week. Send your photos of Island to Reporter photographer Chad Coleman at ccoleman@mi-reporter.com. Reader photo

Winter brings fun and frustration

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:59PM

Island siblings Carmen Schafer, 8, left and Kurt Schafer, 12, make an addition to a snow fort at Homestead Field on Mercer Island, Dec. 22.

Back to gym school

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:59PM

The best thing about a New Year’s resolution is that it usually involves improving your health and subsequently your life in some way, shape or form. No more cigarettes, cutting back on the booze, and working out generally top the list of ambitions. Health club memberships escalate, as a new year brings a new focus on health and longevity.

On the mountains in 2009, new lifts, new deals

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:58PM

The snow season came a little late, but when it came, it sure came with a vengeance.

Sledders and plow conflict

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:57PM

Islanders sledding in the South end last Thursday were angered by a city maintenance employee trying to plow a residential street. A potentially dangerous incident occurred when a 6-year-old sledded underneath the parked city plow truck.

Even on MI, depression knows no holiday

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:57PM

A trio of suicide attempts by young Island women took place on Thanksgiving and the first weekend of December. Health experts, however, say such behaviors are not simply triggered by the holidays and do not occur more often this time of year.

A look back at 2008

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 30, 2008 at 4:21PM

The year 2008 brought many changes and community firsts to the Island. The year began with the appointment of a new mayor and two city Councilmembers. The Island later hosted its first Tent City and a Farmer’s Market, in addition to electing three Democrats to represent residents in Olympia for the first time since the Great Depression.

Upcoming parent education events

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:00AM

Author Dr. Ned Hallowell will discuss important matters on raising children in a talk about his book: “The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy” at 7 p.m., Jan. 12, at the MIHS Performing Arts Center. Hallowell’s message is how connections with children can provide the essential ingredients of happiness: resilience, optimism, playfulness, connectedness and a can-do attitude. Hallowell is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health. He speaks on ADD, handling a fast-paced life and family issues. He has been featured on television and in national news media.

New minimum wage takes effect Jan. 1

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:00AM

Washington’s minimum wage increases 48 cents to $8.55 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

Trash piles up

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:00AM

As the snow melted away, the garbage piled up. Allied Waste, which serves Mercer Island, was unable to collect trash between Dec. 18 and Dec. 28 due to icy buildup on residential roads. The company resumed its Mercer Island routes on Monday, after rain washed away most of last week’s snow.

Allied Waste resumes collection

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 3:30PM

Mercer Island boys lose in second round of Seahawk Redondo Beach Classic | Basketball

  • Dec 28, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Dec 29, 2008 at 3:00PM

Mercer Island girls win in first round of Surf N Slam Tournament | Basketball

  • Dec 28, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Dec 29, 2008 at 2:59PM

City's response to inclement weather must improve

  • Dec 28, 2008 at 2:04PM

It is time for Mercer Island's elected leaders to take a hard look at our city's disaster planning. The city's lack of response to this month's weather has placed its citizens in danger and highlighted the need to reassess our disaster plan. The official response must improve.

Calendar | Dec. 24

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:29PM

MIHS band collects over 12,000 pounds of goods for local food banks

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

As a result of the incredible effort of the Mercer Island Marching Band students and directors — and thanks to the amazing generosity of the Mercer Island community — 12,748 pounds of nonperishable food were donated to local area food banks on Dec. 13.

Editorial | The white before Christmas

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

The final days of Advent have been made memorable by the arrival of real winter weather — several inches of thick, dry snow that stuck and stayed — and kept coming. Along with the snow came ice, wind and bad driving conditions, hassles and headaches. Firefighters, police and maintenance workers have been extremely busy, handling everything from a major house fire to checking on burst water pipes, seeing about a three-year-old boy out alone in the snow to responding to a false alarm caused by burning popcorn at an office building. City snow plows were out doing what they could, clearing roads and shutting off dangerous streets. The city set up it’s emergency operational center at City Hall and was well prepared in case the situation worsened. We were ready.

Island Forum | Many hands behind the scenes make a mighty force

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

As many as 150 of your neighbors have been working behind the scenes this year to make Mercer Island and beyond a better place. On the Island, we’ve been honoring outstanding students, awarding scholarships, arranging international exchanges, serving senior citizens, planting trees, flipping pancakes at Summer Celebration, raising awareness about conservation, fixing up Rotary Park and supporting Boy Scouts’ upgrade of Clarke Beach.

New product combines function and fashion

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

Myra Rothenberg and Islander Tami Rudnick Rabin have coined a catchy motto: “If you have a surface, we have a solution.”

Forecasting snow around here can be witchcraft

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

It’s only a rumor that most snow forecasting is done by flipping a coin, but sometimes it might as well be “heads it will snow” and “tails it won’t.” Few things can frustrate like a snow forecast in the Puget Sound area, where a shiny quarter seems as helpful as the latest computer model or satellite image.

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