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This Week on Mercer Island

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

An Island favorite, the fall recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, to the Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. The collection day allows Islanders to safely dispose of old equipment and household items. For information, call (206) 275-7608 or download a flyer listing what you can bring at www.mercergov.org.

PTA launches six parent advocacy groups | Special Ed coalition draws strong support

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

This fall, the Mercer Island PTA is taking an unprecedented step in leadership. Targeting half a dozen issues deemed worthy of attention, the PTA has established six Parent Coalition groups to work with the school district in a number of areas: education funding; math; world languages; student bullying; food allergies and special education/learning differences.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Oct. 22

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

A 68-year-old Seattle man was arrested on a felony theft warrant inside Tent City around 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. He was booked into the county jail.

Town Center businesses mull parking survey, changes

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

Adding street parking in front of Maggie Moos and Noah’s Bagels is one idea being considered to alleviate the parking shortage in the Town Center. That, time limits and more enforcement were all generally supported by a handful of Town Center business owners during a discussion with city planners last week.

MISD adopts new teacher evaluation model

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Mercer Island School District has adopted a new teacher evaluation system, replacing its former approach with the Charlotte Danielson “Framework for Teaching” model. The decision was made last year and approved at the School Board’s June 25 meeting.

City brief | Resolution against I-90 tolls approved

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

The City Council formally approved a resolution that discourages the state’s Tolling Commission from tolling I-90 to help fund a new SR-520 bridge.

Upcoming parks bond and levy debated | Voters question need for more money, supporters state need to preserve and improve parks, fields

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

Islanders talked dollars and sense at a debate about the prudence of the parks bond and levy on the Nov. 4 ballot. Some suggested that the city live within its present budget, while others argued that additional funds are essential to preserve and improve key Island assets.

Water shut-offs triple due to unpaid bills

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 12:00AM

A spike in the number of Island homeowners having their water shut off may be a stark indication of troubled economic times.

Islanders pound Rams 48-0

  • Oct 17, 2008 at 10:45PM

MI water polo beats CPA, 16-7

  • Oct 17, 2008 at 6:52PM

72 learning English in Island schools | Among this year’s bilingual students are speakers of Japanese, Russian, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Thai and Finnish

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 17, 2008 at 11:01AM

The ESL program on Mercer Island — now referred to as ELL for English Language Learners — is often overlooked; a modest footnote to the district’s trumpeted story of achievement. Yet the 72 ELL students attending MISD are well aware of the program’s strength and success. They are rewarded by it every day.

Counselor funding contingent upon fields issues

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:17PM

Insisting that the school district play ball, the City Council pressed the Mercer Island School Board last week to resolve field-availability issues in exchange for funding youth counselors.

Schools to conduct annual youth survey | Studies show high school students benefit from anti-drug programs

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:16PM

Data released last week by the Office of National Drug Control Policy further backs the success of drug-free programs such as the Island’s Communities That Care. According to the report, youth substance abuse decreases at a faster rate in communities with such programs.

Navigating through the world of art | Islander devotes career to aviation art

  • Oct 14, 2008 at 1:33PM

Mercer Island native Jack Fellows spent most of his time in high school algebra class drawing war planes. Fifty years later, Fellows is still drawing war planes. But today he makes a living out of it.

Mercer Slough environmental education center is bigger and better

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:13AM

When traveling off-Island to the east, we drive over it. Kayakers and canoers float through it, and hikers and joggers explore its trails. Students, teachers and parents of our elementary schools make field trips there every year. Thousands of migratory birds cross Mercer Island skies on the Pacific Flyway on their way to and from — you guessed it — the 320-acre Mercer Slough. And last Saturday, Oct. 11, the vital wetland ecosystem of the Mercer Slough got another boost, with the grand opening of the expanded Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.

Girls soccer tied with Bellevue for division lead

  • Oct 14, 2008 at 1:30PM

Two days after losing its first game of the season, the Mercer Island girls soccer team traveled to Juanita High School, looking to get back on track. But the team struggled to connect on scoring opportunities and a lapse on defense resulted in a 1-1 tie.

On sleep and health

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 10:00AM

My wife and I are lucky. We sleep soundly throughout the night, with only the rare “off” night. Our lifestyle is tailor-made for adequate rest, as our work involves serious doses of exercise a couple of times each day, with most afternoons free for recovery. Lunch and a quick nap before heading back to work are luxuries that we don’t take for granted, especially now that my wife, Katie, is six months pregnant. Growing a person is hard work and requires cellular transformations of monumental proportions just to keep up with the increased circulatory, bone, blood, and tissue needs for both mom and baby.

Severance paid to city attorney unusual

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

The city does not often pay employees to leave its employ. And when they do, the amounts are fairly modest. Yet former City Attorney Bob Sterbank received a check for $137,500 after he resigned — the equivalent of more than a year’s salary. The amount was 20 percent more than the total amount that the city paid to all others over the past five years combined.

Riding the rails | Media and politicians take a ride on the Sound Transit train to SeaTac

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

The wait for light rail in Seattle is almost over, just as Islanders and Eastsiders are getting a second chance to approve a cross-lake route in November. A new westbound HOV lane and direct-access off-ramp funded by Sound Transit and the Department of Transportation opened on Thursday night, bringing the Island one step closer to light rail.

Flu shots available

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Washington Department of Health has ordered more than 435,000 doses of flu vaccine this year — a record order. For help finding an immunization clinic, call 1-800-322-2588, or go to www.doh.wa.gov/FluNews.

D.A.R.E. program to be replaced by CTC

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

The City Council may officially cancel the Island’s D.A.R.E. program next month during its scheduled 2009-2010 biennial budget approval, but City Manager Rich Conrad said that the program would be continued in another fashion.

Islander jailed on suspicion of defrauding investors

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

An Island resident and CEO of a local software company was arrested last Tuesday night at his South-end home on West Mercer Way for allegedly cooking the accounting books and defrauding investors of about $50 million.

Reichert and Burner finally meet in Bellevue

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and Democratic challenger Darcy Burner engaged in their first official debate of the 2008 election season at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center on Oct. 8.

Support parks and recreation levies

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:00AM

Faced with increasingly distressing economic news, many Islanders may conclude that it is the wrong time to be approving the parks and recreation levies that are on the November ballot.

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