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D.A.R.E. is worth keeping on Mercer Island

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:00PM

Last week’s Mercer Island Reporter had an article about doing away with D.A.R.E. I’m not sure what your position is on this program, but I strongly urge you to continue support of D.A.R.E. by filling the D.A.R.E. officer position. The article, in particular, and the concept of doing away with D.A.R.E. in general, are flawed for several reasons.

Vote to preserve Mercer Island parks

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:54PM

To the casual observer, Mercer Island is blessed with great parks, playfields, beaches and open spaces — the Lid Fields, Luther Burbank, South and Island Crest Fields, Pioneer Park and lots more. These play as important a part as do our schools and accessibility in justifying Mercer Island’s premier position among suburban communities.

Visiting Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay | Column

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:57PM

Santa Cruz has always been an enigma. Just 60 miles south of San Francisco, it has been dubbed the “northern-most outpost of Southern California.” Home to the University of California, it has proudly garnered one of America’s Top Ten Team Mascots — the Banana Slugs. Santa Cruz commands gorgeous Pacific Coast ocean views and is, surprisingly, not populated by pricey California mega-mansions or folks driving Lexus and Bentleys, but by the spiritual grandchildren of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row slackers — “Mac ’n the boys.”

Don’t let people be invisible to you | Column

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:57PM

In graduate school, I became casually acquainted with our library’s director. I would make my polite “Hellos” and “How are you’s” whenever I saw her at the counter to check out my next stack of research materials. She was all of maybe five feet tall with a large build, wore professional, appropriate director-of-graduate-school-librarian attire and regularly pushed her heavy-framed glasses back up her nose when she talked. I allowed myself to be quite content with this level of interaction until the day when I learned that she would be the keynote speaker at my school’s graduation ceremony.

Parent input sought in Mercer Island School District's curriculum assessment

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:15PM

The Mercer Island School District is currently conducting a Math Curriculum and Program Review. The district’s goal is to evaluate the program based on newly adopted standards, school, district and national assessment data as well as teacher, parent and student survey information. A committee, which consists of teachers, parents and administrators, will use this information to evaluate the current curriculum. The Parent Survey can be accessed at:

Mercer Island Reporter Community Briefs | Oct. 1

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:09PM

Josefina Suarez, a certified nursing assistant at Covenant Shores, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from her employer. The money will help fund her education at Renton Technical College, Renton, Wash., where she is pursuing certification as a licensed nurse.

Mercer Island bounces Bellevue in tennis; win gives edge for league title

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:29PM

A showdown between the top two teams in 3A KingCo resulted in Mercer Island taking the lead in the chase for the league title with a 7-2 win over Bellevue, Tuesday.

Mercer Island swim scores big in Ariz., loses to Juanita

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:53PM

After a big showing at the Thunderwolf Classic in Arizona, where the Islander girls swim team took second against 20 of the nation’s best teams, Mercer Island came back to Washington state and lost its first in-league meet in three years to Juanita High School, 95-88, on Sept. 23 at Juanita Pool.

Mercer Island football: Butterfingers lead to 14-6 loss to Interlake

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:25PM

The Nestlé company may think about suing the Mercer Island High School football team. The Islanders infringed on the company’s trademarked Butterfingers candy bar with seven turnovers on Friday when they lost at Interlake High School, 14-8.

Mercer Island to hire help for busy municipal court

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 2:21PM

The Island’s municipal court will be hiring a new clerk to help the short-staffed department recover from a work overload as a sudden increase in cases has caused them to fall behind this past year.

Troop 624 wins Mercer Island Scout relay

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:20PM

Boy Scouts from Mercer Island (Troops 624, 647 and 457) and Bellevue competed in the annual Around the Island canoe relay race on Sept. 20. The 13-mile relay has been a fixture of Mercer Island scouting for several years. Troop 624 won the event in two hours, 37 minutes.

Top ROTC honors go to Mercer Island grad Christie Plackis

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:51PM

For Cadet Lt. Col. Christie Plackis, Army ROTC boot camp was a time to prove herself. During four weeks of intensive training in skills ranging from navigation to weapons, as well as physical fitness, Plackis met the challenge. She emerged from “Operation Warrior Forge” on top, ranking as No. 1 out of 268 cadets in her regiment and the No. 1 female cadet nationwide.

Mercer Island Reporter Police Blotter | Oct. 1

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:14PM

Police arrested a 50-year-old Seattle man with a misdemeanor warrant around 1 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the North Mercer Park and Ride.

More than 300 Mercer Island kids enrolled at off-Island schools | Going private

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:12PM

A growing number of Mercer Island students are attending off-Island private schools, with more than 200 students at Catholic schools this year. The reasons why Island parents are choosing private schools over public are numerous and individual; from smaller class sizes, to individualized instruction, to a more Christian classroom environment.

Former Mercer Island High School students in D.C. tragedy

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:51PM

A tragedy of domestic violence that involved the deaths of two former Mercer Island High School students took place last week in Virginia, near the nation’s capitol.

Mercer Island teens involved in fatal boating accident

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:51PM

Two Mercer Island teens were injured in a deadly boating accident that killed a Bellevue music teacher on Saturday night.

This Week on Mercer Island | Oct. 1

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:52PM

A voter education evening focused on Mercer Island’s two park ballot measures to be decided by voters in the Nov. 4 general election will take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Mercer Island Library. There will be presentations both for and against the measures by members of the community. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Luther Burbank Park. For information, call either Sue Stewart, 232-7402, or Marguerite Sutherland, 232-5945.

School briefs

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Oct 1, 2008 at 11:58AM

In an effort to save taxpayer money, the Mercer Island School Board agreed to refinance a portion of the district’s outstanding bonds, thanks to lower interest rates. In total, the move, which was approved on Sept. 11, will save Island taxpayers about $550,000 over the next six years. The savings are returned to taxpayers through reduced tax levies and are not eligible for district expenses. “This is a direct savings to our community members in the form of taxes they expected but will not have to pay,” Superintendent Gary Plano said.

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:56PM

Rolling hills are compressed in layers against the Cascade Mountains in this morning view from the South end of Mercer Island, Sept. 24.

A sunny day

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 9:28AM

Eloise Kent, a Mercer Island resident of 51 years, unpacks a box during her move into the newly-completed Aljoya senior living complex on Mercer Island, Thursday.

Mercer Island volleyball improves to 7-0 overall

  • Sep 30, 2008 at 4:52PM

The Mercer Island volleyball team has picked up where it left off in 2007, when it cruised through the regular season with an undefeated record. The Islanders pushed their record to a perfect 5-0 in league play and 7-0 overall with a dominating 3-0 victory against Seattle Prep, Friday, at Mercer Island High School.

A trail for Winnie

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 12:00AM

Water polo second at Newberg

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 12:00AM

The No. 1-ranked Mercer Island High School men’s water polo team took its 5-0 record to Newberg, Ore., losing only to the host team, 9-6, during the finals of the tournament last weekend. The 20th annual event included the best 16 teams from Oregon and Washington.

Dead crow in Kirkland tests positive for West Nile virus

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 12:00AM

King County officials announced on Tuesday that a dead crow found in Kirkland on Sept. 15 tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Ballet Bellevue sets photo contest; company’s dancers to serve as models

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 10:36AM

Tutus may start appearing in Bellevue any time of day or night, rain or shine, as photographers both amateur and professional choose their favorite Ballet Bellevue dancer for a chance to win the $500 First Prize in Ballet Bellevue’s “This is YOUR Ballet Bellevue” Photo Contest. Prizes of $200 and $100 also will be awarded for second and third places.

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