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Mercer Island Community Calendar | Feb. 4

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:15AM

“Wild Oats of the Caribbean”: 6:30 p.m., MIHS Performing Arts Center. General public performances: Feb. 4, Feb. 7. Students only: Feb. 5. MISD staff only: Feb. 6. Reservations:

Color matters | A thousand possibilities for redecorating

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:13AM

They say that the easiest and most inexpensive way to redecorate is with a can of paint. While that may be true, the challenging part comes when you actually have to select the color that you’re going to redecorate with. For years, willing yet unsuspecting do-it-yourselfers were at the mercy of paint fan decks sporting an average of 150 color lines, each with their own seven shades from dark to light. If you do the math, that comes out to 1,050 different color possibilities for you to consider.

Fences make good neighbors

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:07AM

Question: Our yard has a rockery along one side and a fence was built at the base. We now want to have the fence along the lot line to gain some landscaping areas, and we need to replace the failing fence on the other sides. Can we build the new fence five feet from the side of the house to place it on the lot line?

Wedding: Piantanida-Thorson

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:02AM

Lisa Virginia Thorson and Daniel Charles Piantanida were married on July 26, 2008 in Bellevue, Wash.

Island Forum: MIHS marching band needs to look as good as it sounds

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:01AM

The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.  ~Mark Twain

School music offers lessons, leadership

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:00AM

I cannot quantify the influence that Mercer Island’s band program has had on my educational successes. Since fifth grade, I’ve played the trumpet and continue to do so, thanks in no small part to my experiences with the top-notch teachers, and more importantly mentors, of the Mercer Island Music Department.

Harmful cats?

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:59AM

It took me about a half hour to stop laughing (re: letter “Cats can damage the Island”).

No progress at ICW and Merrimount

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:59AM

I was one of the people selected to represent our community on the Citizen Board for the Island Crest Way reconfiguration project, set up after the City Council received a flood of citizen input regarding the “road diet” for our main arterial connection to the Eastside and Seattle, viz. Island Crest Way. At our final meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, I was disappointed that the Council has elected to go ahead with the narrowing of the road option (making ICW effectively a two-lane road with a center turn lane until just past the Merrimount intersection), which is exactly where we started back in November.

MISD math programs

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:58AM

Our involvement with the Mercer Island schools regarding the math program has been ongoing for years. It has never worked for our son. If not for our time, money and excellent tutors (beginning at Island Park and then with the Privett math program today), math would be a dead language for our son. Let’s be realistic — grades/GPA do matter. Today’s world is not the Boys & Girls Club. We, like so many other families, are so thankful that we have a program like the Privett Academy. Our son’s SAT/ACT grades speak for themselves.

Neary inspires, helps teach teammates | Special needs athlete to compete at KingCo

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:58AM

Ben Neary is just like all of his teammates on the Mercer Island High School boys swim team. He has been swimming most of his life, loves to compete, and he finds solace in his teammates’ friendship, as well as being in the water.

Islanders roll out ‘red carpet’ for Lagerstedt | Taylor is clutch in win against Raiders

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:56AM

For 12 years, Paul Lagerstadt made the drive from Tacoma to Mercer Island as an assistant coach for the Mercer Island High School boys basketball team before calling it quits after last season. He returned to the Island on Wednesday with his new team, Thomas Jefferson High School, and received a red carpet return off the court and a loss on the court, 50-44.

Pay it forward for roads, rail | 520 bridge survey favors tolls

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:53AM

A report sent to the governor about tolling to replace the SR-520 bridge showed that most drivers polled agreed that the aging bridge needed to be replaced and paid for by tolling. It was less clear from the results if both bridges should be tolled and what the impact would be on driver behavior as a result.

Sports briefs

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:49AM

Islander UW student attacked in U-District

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:48AM

On the morning of Jan. 24, Islander Sam Sussman, a University of Washington freshman, was attacked near his off-campus fraternity. Sussman was struck in the head with the back of a gun, after being approached by two men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. His wallet, along with $40 in cash, was taken from him.

Island resident wins ‘kugel showdown’

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:45AM

Cynthia Shifrin makes the best kugel in town. Close friends and family have known this for ages, but now the word is out. In January, Shifrin’s personally developed recipe for noodle kugel — an Eastern European Jewish casserole dish — won the “Kugel Showdown” at Goldbergs’ Famous Delicatessen in Factoria.

Girls basketball takes on Bellevue tonight

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:44AM

The Mercer Island girls basketball team will host Bellevue tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Out of the gate

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43AM

Gilbert, an Akita mix, rushes through a gate ready to play with owner Sarah Haibeck, of Seattle, at the newly renovated off-leash area at Luther Burbank Park on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Police report

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43AM


Washington state economic recovery depends on health of small businesses

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43AM

Washington’s economic recovery will depend on small businesses. That message is driven home in the newly updated Washington Small Business Profile released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The most recent data shows that the state has 147,948 small employers, and they employ 98.2 percent of the state’s workforce.

Islander named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’ by U.S. Homeland Security

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43AM

Special Assistant United States Attorney Donald M. Reno Jr. was recently honored as the “Trial Attorney of the Year” by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The award was presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by DHS General Counsel Gus Coldebella.

Clibborn, Plano take center stage at City Council planning session

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:42AM

The Mercer Island City Council met for its 2009 planning session on Jan. 23-25, focusing on Island transportation issues, I-90 tolling and the city’s relationship with the school district, among other priorities. Some key guests attended the three-day retreat, held at the Community Center at Mercer View, including Mercer Island School District Superintendent Gary Plano and Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-41, who addressed one of the most heated topics on the Island.

Replacing WASL with fairer, less expensive test

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:42AM

New state Superintendent of Schools Randy Dorn announced his plans for the future assessment of Washington state students on Jan. 21. The goal: replace the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) with shorter, more efficient tests designed to save money and time.

Stolen art found in park bushes

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:42AM

The artwork reported stolen from the Mercer Island Sculpture Park on Jan. 17 was found in some park bushes on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

Up to $3 million less for MISD in 09-10

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 10:41AM

It’s hard to escape the news of budget cuts, jobs lost and the generally grim economic forecast. The state legislature started its new session in mid-January, and citizens are waiting anxiously to see how state funds will be spent, perhaps none more so than school districts across the state.

Mercer Island Reporter food columnist Eileen Mintz dies

  • Feb 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Feb 3, 2009 at 1:57PM

Eileen Mintz, 66, died on Feb. 1, 2009 after a brief and courageous battle with gall bladder cancer. She was born on July 9, 1942 to Harry and Rosalie DuBonne.

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