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Signs of life

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:27PM

Tinged with the smoke from hundreds of fireplaces, the sky over Mercer Island late Saturday afternoon was grey and melancholy. The Island was largely silent and still with just the sound of an occasional generator or the unmistakable whine of a chain saw to break the silence. But there were signs of life. After a couple of cold dark days inside, people had come out to walk their dogs, to shop, and begin cleaning up. At street corners, homemade signs appeared advertising cleanup services. A couple of dozen hardy teens braved the chill at the skate park.

Schools cope with storm damage

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:27PM

Mercer Island School District employees had their hands full cleaning up debris, assessing damages, running an emergency shelter and preparing for a return to school during the power outage that started with a major wind storm last Thursday night.

The cleanest water around

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:27PM

The one thing Islanders could rely on with certainty during the power outage was the presence of clean running water. And according to published reports, it is some of the cleanest water in the region.

Emergency shelter offers heat, diversion

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:27PM

As many as 100 Mercer Islanders found warmth, hot food and respite at West Mercer Elementary’s emergency shelter last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Staffed by the City, the emergency center became the Island’s 24-hour drop-in for those seeking warmth, light, storm recovery updates — and neighbors with whom to exchange stories.

Storm Central: City leaves nothing to chance

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

Every day since the storm began, City Manager Rich Conrad has driven his SUV around the Island. Not just once a day, but three times and perhaps four.

Private schools had little damage, students return: Some students were still without power

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

Students returned to school around the Island gradually last week, some returning for just one day before winter break.

PSE numbers omit longer outages

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

J. Jacob Edel
Mercer Island Reporter

Governor proposes $155 million for math and science education

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

Gov. Christine Gregoire has proposed spending almost $155 million on math and science education for Washington students.

Damaged trees need a second look: Leaning or damaged trees should be assessed, select trimmers carefully

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

While hundreds of trees fell to the ground during the 60-plus mph winds that gusted through the Island last week, countless still remain standing tall.

2006 Island year in review

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

Reporter staff

Blackout hurts Island businesses

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

North end businesses on the Island saw their busiest shopping days grind to an abrupt halt with the storm that left the community without electricity for days.

KC Journal to close, no change to Reporter

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

The final edition of the King County Journal will be published Jan. 21, employees of the daily newspaper were told Thursday.

City storm update

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

This week the city published some official storm data and estimates. First and foremost, Mercer Island did not have any injuries or health-related emergencies occur as a direct result of the storm. But five families have been left homeless because their homes have been “red tagged” by city inspectors because of the remaining risks from storm damage. City officials estimate that the total amount of structural damage to Island homes is $1.4 million. That does not include the costs of cleaning or hauling debris.

Six teachers earn National Board Certification

  • Jan 11, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 4:26PM

Lakeridge Elementary music teacher Angela Carey may sing and dance with her students every day, but just before Winter Break she really had something to celebrate: she and five other Mercer Island School District teachers received word they’d earned their National Board Certification.

More Town Center housing ahead?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

The housing and construction boom in the Town Center will not be over anytime soon.

Crews install1,800-foot bypass to repair damaged sewer pipe

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

A temporary, above-ground sewer pipe was installed last week so construction crews can begin replacing an aging sewer pipe on the North end of the Island near the community center and Luther Burbank Park.

Storm’s lasting effects

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

Schools around the Island dealt with remnant effects of the nasty winter weather upon returning from Winter Break last Wednesday.

Mercer Island Schools year in review

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

Back in school for the new year, it’s time to reflect on the year that brought changes to education around the Island. The first class of students required to pass the WASL has mostly cleared that hurdle. Students survived wacky winter weather. The school board continues its work evaluating and planning the district’s performance. Students have begun to adjust to healthier foods at school. Those seeking transfer credits have learned the new process for getting that credit. West Mercer Elementary welcomed an interim principal, Pat Blix, in the fall.

Snow days, school haze

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

They won’t admit to being bored, but students in the Mercer Island School District have missed so much school this winter that on Tuesday, they were actually looking forward to returning. Since the weather days started in late November, students had been to school 18 out of the last 50 days as of yesterday.

Neighborhood group rallies during outage

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

When the high winds knocked out the power on Mercer Island last month a neighborhood disaster group of 42 households received its first real test of self reliance.

High hopes for school money from Legislature

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

More money and better math education top the list of Washington’s legislative educational priorities this session.

School Briefs: Mel Levine workshop

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

The Community Center at Mercer View has scheduled a Mel Levine workshop for interested parents on Saturday, Jan. 20. The workshop will investigate the demands of homework and strategies for helping children with homework. Cost is $20, with required pre-registration. Contact Jaymi Garvett at jaymi@soulfullife.com or 236-0050.

Health screenings: What first -- symptoms or tests?

  • Jan 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 4:25PM

Neither health care providers or the general “50-plus” public seem certain that imaging four critical body parts will help avert health disasters; but at least 90 Mercer Islanders were willing to take the ultrasound plunge to find out Jan. 15.

Attempted abduction in Town Center

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 4:24PM

Mercer Island police are investigating an attempted abduction that occurred in the Town Center last Thursday evening.

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