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Police searching for Island burglar

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 10:58AM

A burglar broke into the Sundberg & Pody Law Office, located in the 3000 block of 80th Avenue S.E. on Mercer Island, late on Jan. 17.

Mercer Island girls basketball wins first ever KingCo title

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 9:00PM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 10:13AM

The Mercer Island High School girls basketball team is the regular season KingCo champion for the first time in school history. The team wrapped up the title with a 56-50 win at Liberty High School Tuesday night.

Behind every great Italian wine is a story

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:53AM

Three years ago, my husband and I were fortunate to travel to Italy to visit seven vineyards. Two of the winemakers we visited were recently in Seattle, and it was a pleasure to reacquaint ourselves with them.

Island Forum | State Legislature 2009: Tough times call for bold action

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:52AM

Tough times call for bold action and a rethinking of “business as usual.” With the challenges we face, we cannot simply float by with more stop-gap measures or quick fixes. Just look around: our state and national economies are faltering, our schools are underfunded, our transportation networks are congested and our beautiful environment is at risk from pollutants.

Editorial | Time of need

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:51AM

February and March are busy months for organizations on the Island looking for money. Taking place today at the Community Center at Mercer View is the ‘Giving from the Heart’ Breakfast, which benefits Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and ensures that the good works conducted on behalf of Islanders for those in need will continue. But there is more. The Boys & Girls Club will soon be holding a phone-a-thon to raise money for its projects and programs, and the Mercer Island Schools Foundation is gearing up for its annual Business Breakfast next month. High school music boosters are looking to raise money to replace the threadbare uniforms for the marching band. St. Monica has been conducting an annual drive to support its school, and the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church has been asking its congregants to dig deeper to keep programs and staff funded at the church for the coming year. All of these groups, and many more not listed here, aim to enrich and protect the lives of children and families. They all want and need our money.

Outside credit policy

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:50AM

The deficiencies in many facets of the high school curriculum have driven numerous parents to seek a reliable alternative. While the school district gropes for solutions, time and critical learning slips by for the students.

Help for Childhaven

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:49AM

During the month of February, the Evergreen Chapter of the National Charity League is conducting a book drive for Childhaven. Childhaven provides therapeutic child care for abused and neglected children under the age of six. We are requesting donations of new, age-appropriate books for Childhaven. Please look for yellow book collection boxes at Island Books, the Mercer Island Library, neighborhood schools and other community locations. We thank you for your support of this worthy cause.

MIHS band uniforms

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:48AM

We have enjoyed the Mercer Island High School marching band for years at football games, local parades and school events. And though neither of our children were band members, they were connected to it through pep rallies and friends who played in the band. It would be hard to imagine a football game without the band’s wonderful music and marching formations. They have entertained us so beautifully over the years; now is the time to show our appreciation for their dedication and talent. Whether or not you have a child in the band, you have an opportunity as a community member to continue a very important Island tradition with a donation in support of the uniform campaign.

Boys & Girls Club must verify funding

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:47AM

Taxpayers in our Mercer Island School District need verification that PEAK has its total funding — consistent with the agreement. The item for final PEAK approval is on the agenda for this Thursday, Feb. 12. That final approval should be given only when the money (not in pledges in this economic climate) is in the bank.

Mercer Island Community Calendar | Feb. 11

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 9:46AM

Events Classics on Film: 6:30 p.m. “The Killers” (1946): Feb. 12. “Out of the Past”: Feb. 26 (1947), Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Film introduction: 6:15 p.m., with Lance Rhoades, film historian. Free. 275-7609.

Tree of Love

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:36AM

Two trees covered in decorations for Valentine’s Day in the 9000 block of S.E. 44th Street on Mercer Island.

Ogata named MIHS football coach

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 9:34AM

Mercer Island High School hired one of its own to be its new head football coach on Monday. Math teacher and long-time Islander Brett Ogata takes over for interim coach John Williams, who guided the team to a 3-7 record last season.

The men are making all the racket | MICC tennis league is biggest in greater Seattle

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:31AM

Pumping a keg and ordering pizza are not two activities normally associated with tennis. But when a men’s tennis league, consisting of over 150 members, convenes for its annual league championship tournament, all bets are off, or maybe on.

Bellevue bows to Mercer Island girls | Islanders are one win from first league title

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:31AM

One of the biggest wins in the history of Mercer Island High School girls basketball took place on Feb. 4, when the Islanders defeated Bellevue, 66-58, at Mercer Island High School.

This Week on Mercer Island

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:25AM

Donated blood is always needed. A student-sponsored blood drive is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Most people can donate but must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. People may donate blood every 56 days. Those ages 16 and 17 may donate with a parent-signed permission slip, and there is no upper age limit.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Feb. 11

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2009 at 9:23AM

An Island resident advertising prenatal yoga classes reported that her sandwich board was stolen from the Town Center on Feb. 4. According to the incident report, the sandwich board, which read “Prenatal Yoga —,” was set up on the corner of S.E. 27th Street and 78th Avenue S.E. The sign was last seen on the evening of Feb. 2. The missing item cost $50.

Owl in the house

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 5:32PM

After hearing a scratching noise for a couple of days in their chimney, Michael and Melissa Ralph, who live near Ellis Pond, opened the flue expecting a small animal to fall out. Used to a good deal of animal life in their neighborhood, the couple was surprised to be faced with two large dark eyes and a shower of gray feathers in the chimney. Even after phone calls to the zoo, wildlife agencies and the Audubon Society, the couple did not have a clear idea of what to do. Melissa Ralph, a seventh-grade teacher at Islander Middle School, asked her students what they should do. The students had many suggestions (some involving guns), but the Ralphs opted to wait and see if the owl would leave on its own. After five days, they became worried that the bird would starve and hatched a plan to coax it out. They bought a white mouse at Petco and took the flue apart. The bird then came into the house on his own and perched on nearly every piece of furniture in two rooms. It eventually glided out the front door, tempted by the mouse in the jar. The decoy was returned to Petco the next day, unharmed.

Wrestling second at KingCo

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 5:32PM

The Mercer Island wrestling team took second place during the KingCo championship tournament at Liberty High School on Saturday, behind a surprise champion in Bellevue.

Boys swim first at 3A KingCo

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 5:32PM

The Mercer Island boys swim team took its first step toward the defense of its three consecutive state titles by nearly doubling the next closest team’s score during the 3A KingCo meet on Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. The Islanders scored 878.5 points en route to the meet title. Inglemoor, the next closest team, scored 444.5, and Garfield was third with 393.

Gymnasts qualify for districts despite jinx threat

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 5:31PM

Islander gymnastics coach Lenny Lewis didn’t see much of his team’s performance on Saturday which took third and clinched a place at districts. He was too busy studying the walls of the Ballard High School gymnasium.

School credit policies are stricter at other districts

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 5:30PM

Making sure that children have the best possible education is a major goal for parents. Enrolling their children in the right district, with the right teachers and worrying about whether the district is good enough is a stress every parent deals with. For many who seek specific help for their child in a certain subject, the option of using a private school for a class can be appealing.

Grausz will run again for Council

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 5:30PM

City Councilmember Dan Grausz announced that he will run for re-election this November, after three consecutive terms in City Hall. Grausz ends his tenure this fall along with Councilmembers Jim Pearman and Mike Grady. He is the first to announce plans for a 2009 campaign.

Pay it forward for roads, rail | Transit station on Island

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 6, 2009 at 12:13PM

A steady stream of Island residents filed through the Mercer Room at the Community Center last Tuesday, lingering over posters of East Link light rail designs from I-90 to Bellevue, Overlake and Redmond. Members of Sound Transit chaperoned the viewers through the room of diagrams, all set up as part of the East Link draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) community hearing.

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