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PEAK will impact every child served

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

In 2004, the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County first sat down with the Mercer Island School District to explore a partnership, spurred by the needs of the youth in the Mercer Island community. This group of youth advocates set out to improve facilities for the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, expand teen programming and enhance the educational and recreational opportunities of Mercer Island youth. Today, thanks to the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club project, named “PEAK,” the Island is closer than ever to seeing these goals accomplished. The PEAK (Positive Place for Kids & Teens, Enrichment & Education, Activities & Athletics, Kinship & Community) facility will impact the lives of every child served, not just during school hours, but during critical after-school hours when youth are statistically most likely to explore high-risk behaviors.

Renton Airport discussion to continue

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

I was appointed several months ago by the Mayor and City Council to be a representative of Mercer Island on the Renton Airport Advisory Committee (RAAC). My responsibilities include: being a voting member of the RAAC; working with the City of Mercer Island staff in the development of strategies to minimize the impact on Mercer Island residents of any City of Renton decisions on the Renton Airport Development Plan; keeping the Mayor, City Council and staff updated on the activities of the RAAC and City of Renton with regard to this issue; and providing a communication link to the residents of Mercer Island.

MIYFS: Caring for others is Island value

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Gordon Hill
ISLAND FORUM

Helping our own

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Despite the early hour, the wind-tossed hike up the steps (in high heels) from the Luther Burbank parking lot to our beautiful new Community Center was a worthwhile effort. The coffee was good, the company lively, and the sponsor of the early-morning fund-raising breakfast, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, held a blessedly brief and informative program. Most innovative was the addition of Karen Campbell, the drama teacher from Mercer Island High School and Island attorney, Craig Wright, who performed rather than read a sampling of heartfelt comments and thanks from those the agency has helped.

Flight delay at Renton airport

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

The city and its citizens have geared up to challenge the City of Renton and its plans to upgrade and expand its municipal airport. Renton planners hoped to attract more planes and flights to the facility. However, Island officials and citizens want Renton to ensure that flights will not be routed directly over the Island at low altitude. Islanders had a taste of what might happen with more planes overhead last August when another south county runway was shut down sending extra flights directly over the Island. And many Islanders were stunned to find out just last fall that this expansion was nearly a done deal. The City of Renton had started the process to redevelop the airport as early as 2001.

Have you talked to your teen about binge drinking?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Chris Harnish
Island Forum

Re-striping I-90 critical for Islanders

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Judy Clibborn
Island Forum

Islanders at odds

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

The proposed expansion of the Renton municipal airport and the potential for aircraft noise that would accompany it, recently brought Islanders out in droves to protest. Citizen shock over the scale of development in the Town Center is part of the push to modify building codes there. Islanders are fierce about protecting the tranquility of the Island and their way of life. Islanders are equally as fierce about protecting and enhancing the well-being of their children. The PEAK proposal by the Boys and Girls Club to build a teen center and field house near the high school has split these usually-aligned forces and has set them in direct opposition to each other. Neighbors near the high school are clearly, and we think correctly, concerned about the impact of this building on their streets and homes. Supporters of the project and the dedicated professionals of the Boys and Girls Club who are in the business of working with youth, are convinced that they can make it work. They want to peacefully co-exist with the people who live nearby. Their view, however, is that any impact from PEAK is a small price to pay for having a safe and enriching place for teens. It is hard to argue with them unless you live near the high school.

Symmonds’ graceful leadership

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

As an Islander, I have a good deal of faith in the workings of the staff at the City of Mercer Island, especially when people like Deb Symmonds are involved.

‘Common Ground’ celebrates art for all

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Julie Biggs
ISLAND FORUM

Learning from the 307th Long Rangers

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

A story in this issue is about generations learning from each other. It is a story that starts out in a familiar way. A teen is searching for a service project suitable to meet the final requirements of his Eagle Scout award. A parent’s friend has an idea. The scout is not certain it will work at first, but takes it on. The project involved interviewing WWII veterans, some now into their 80s, about their war time experiences. The project yielded a set of memories now saved for future generations in the archives of the Library of Congress.

Schools Foundation invests in teachers too

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Ellie Gittelman
Island Forum

PEAK will build a stronger community

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Patrick Paulich
Island Forum

A vote for the majority

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Washington state voters now hold the key to doing away with the super-majority law after state lawmakers agreed last week to send the change to the ballot this fall. Voters will decide in November whether or not to change a 1944 amendment to the state constitution that imposed the super-majority rule to protect property owners from tax increases voted in by non-property owners — those who did not bear the burden of such taxes.

Changing teaching with ‘professional learning communities’

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Marion Mohler
Island Forum

Good government at work

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Last week the Mercer Island City Council and Renton officials agreed to delay any further decisions on the expansion of Renton's municipal airport until further studies are conducted. It was a smart move.

New places bring new people, experiences

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

The warmer weather and longer days are bringing Mercer Islanders out of their houses and onto the streets. People are walking, carrying bags of purchases, sipping coffee at sidewalk tables and, — yes — sitting on street benches. Sleepy downtown Mercer Island is waking up.

Questions remain on wisdom of PEAK

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

James Toomey
Island Forum

Laws and rights

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

The 105-day 2007 Legislative session ended in Olympia 10 days ago. The results brought joy, relief and the inevitable disappointments — and a long list of what needs to be done next time.

School climate surveys

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

For some time, we have heard that our young people are stressed, depressed and prone to engage in risky behavior. We hear frightening statistics about how often students are medicating themselves, driving while intoxicated — how they feel alienated and worry if they can possibly measure up. Much of the problem seems to be the adults in their lives — parents who either care too much or care too little. We have heard all this before. What can be done?

Model charitable giving at home and school

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Two things I feel compelled say about charitable giving: “Thank you,” and “Pass it on.”

Thumbs up (mostly) for recent events

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Thumbs up for Mercer Island School District’s Wellness Committee’s one-month pilot project to introduce more nutritious and appealing lunch choices for elementary school students. The fact that both kids and their parents at the three elementary schools were enthusiastic about the changes speaks volumes.

Washington homeowners deserve a ‘warranty’

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:09PM

Washington lags behind other states in protecting citizens who purchase new homes. Unlike other states, contractors in Washington are not required to participate in training or demonstrate their knowledge and skills. In fact, cosmetologists in our state must demonstrate more competency than the person you hire to build your dream home. We need stronger laws to protect homeowners from defective construction, and as chair of the Senate Consumer Protection & Housing Committee, I introduced a bill this session to help protect the largest investment most of us ever make — the purchase of a new home.

Sustainability: Whole community must contribute to effort

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:09PM

Mercer Island is uniquely situated to make a significant contribution to the challenge of our generation: To curb greenhouse gases and reduce the effects of global warming. As a community, we have a real opportunity to work together to build our sustainable future by “thinking globally and acting locally.” Last week, the City Council took an important step toward helping Mercer Island become a sustainable community. We unanimously approved a Sustainability Program that focuses on “leading by example” by conserving our natural resources and reducing the city’s carbon footprint for the benefit of future generations.

Sustainable or superficial?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:09PM

The efforts of the city of Mercer Island to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by the City Council are laudable. Certainly it is a good thing to conserve energy and reduce waste. But as managers of a city government that looks after a community already tuned into the environment, it is a no-brainer.

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