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Bellevue teachers on verge of strike

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

As September draws closer, teachers in the Bellevue School District (BSD) are bracing for what could be their first strike in years. More than 1,000 teachers in the Eastside district are prepared to picket if they do not have a tentative contract agreement by Sept. 2, the first day of school. Their current contract ended on Aug. 1.

Everyone is watching Tent City

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

Councilmembers received their first update concerning Tent City last Monday night as dozens of Islanders lauded the community’s efforts to help the homeless, while others asked for verified warrant checks on the “grandfathered-in” camp residents whose names were not reviewed when the camp moved in earlier this month.

News briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

MIHS mock trial club raises money at Primaries

Knight promoted to City Attorney

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

The city’s former prosecutor was recently given the nod and promoted to City Attorney after serving as the interim for the past six months.

The Golden Hunter

  • Aug 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2013 at 11:55AM

Olympic gold medal-winning shell named for Islander

Maxwell ahead of Litzow in primary

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

It looks as if many Islanders running for public office will continue campaigning into the fall after advancing to the general election as the winners or runners-up in the primary held last Tuesday.

Mercer Island's Rachel Van Gelder, 12, starts her own newspaper

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

Rachel Van Gelder, 12, has started her own newspaper and the entire neighborhood is involved. In late May, the first issue of The Hoot, a newspaper covering the events and personalities of Mercer Terrace Drive on the South end, went to press. Van Gelder personally delivered the 11-page, full-color publication — named after the owl she hears hooting at night — to more than a dozen neighborhood families.

City officials keep Council posted on homeless camp

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

Councilmembers received their first update concerning Tent City Monday night as dozens of Islanders lauded the community's efforts to help the homeless, while others asked for verified warrant checks on the "grandfathered-in" camp residents whose names were not reviewed when the camp moved in earlier this month.

Proposal could end Metro transport for students

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

In response to a proposed federal law restricting the use of public buses for student transportation, the Mercer Island School District (MISD) and King County Metro are voicing their dissent. Both parties have written letters of protest to CFR 49, a recent proposal by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that could prohibit Metro routes from transporting students to and from school.

Insurance iffy for trampolines

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

It seems that just about every family these days has a large trampoline in their backyard. So it was quite a surprise for Mercer Island residents Tim and Lori Stone to learn that their insurance company, CHUBB, wouldn’t insure them if they purchased one.

Crest teacher adds peace-keeping to education skills

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

This fall, Crest social studies teacher Gavin Tierney will bring conflict resolution and international peacekeeping to the classroom. With 2008 headlines awash in political conflict — from Iraq to Darfur to the recent war in Georgia — the importance of such topics in education is growing. Eager to broaden Crest’s social studies program, Tierney attended a six-day summer institute at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C., exploring ways to integrate international conflict resolution and peacemaking strategies into the high school curriculum.

Police

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

Tent City harassment

Light at the end of the Wilburton Tunnel

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

Crews finished demolishing the Wilburton Tunnel over southbound I-405 in Bellevue this past weekend, one week ahead of schedule. All lanes were re-opened on Monday and the third weekend closure is no longer needed.

Maria Shriver is partner in Islander ice cream biz

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Lovin’ Scoopful co-founder Dan Samson is all smiles as the ice-cream company he founded with Tim Shriver, Maria Shriver and Angelo Moratti will be in more than 900 stores throughout the Puget Sound area, California and the Southwest by September. And they are just getting started.

Property values shock, dismay

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Many Island homeowners were shocked when they opened their mailboxes last Friday to find that the assessed value for their home and property had changed dramatically. The King County Assessors office mailed out its new batch of “Official Property Value Notices” to Islanders and residents throughout the county. Islanders are puzzled and sometimes angry by what they saw.

Island father, son dentists volunteer at Tent City

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Two generations of Island dentists teamed up last Thursday as they poked, prodded and X-rayed the mouths of homeless residents living in Tent City.

Mercer Island residents pack 520 tolling meeting

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Islander attendance at the sixth and final 520 Tolling Open House surpassed other community presentations as dozens of Island residents shared their thoughts and opinions about bringing tolls to I-90 in order to fund a new 520 bridge.

Islanders tell tolling committee to offer toll-free access to Mercer Island

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Islander attendance at the sixth and final SR-520 Tolling Open House surpassed other community presentations as many residents shared their thoughts and opinions about bringing tolls to I-90 in order to fund a new 520 bridge.

SWAT team arrests sex offender at Mercer Island home

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Mercer Island Police arrested a level-three sex offender in violation of his parole at an Island home on Saturday morning, just blocks away from the Boys & Girls Club.

County’s new crime-fighting helicopter

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

A new police helicopter was rolled out on Thursday, a tri-county asset to fighting crime, searching for missing persons, and serving as a life-saving platform during a natural disaster or terrorist incident.

Police Blotter

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Several letters from Northwest Yeshiva High School’s sign, located in the 5000 block of 90th Avenue S.E., were pried off during the night of Aug. 4.

City renews police labor contract, new policies on drug, alcohol testing

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Working the past seven months without a labor contract, Mercer Island police and city administrators finally negotiated an agreement that includes a new drug and alcohol policy, among higher wages and benefit packages for the next three years. The contract, which the City Council approved last Monday night, also contains a new provision regarding the release of public records requests concerning individual officers. The contract expires at the end of 2010.

Noted educator Mel Levine accused of sexual abuse | In 2005, school district hired Levine for workshops alternative learning methods

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:56AM

Educational advocate and pediatrician Dr. Melvin Levine, whose expertise on teaching the “struggling student” has earned him national repute, is standing trial for accusations of sexually abusing five former patients when they were boys. The charges, although months-old, were brought to the national spotlight in a New York Times front-page story on Aug. 6. Levine has denied all accusations.

Pair of Island attorneys seek Superior Court bench

  • Aug 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Oct 1, 2013 at 4:14PM

There are a few ways to end up in King County Superior Court. One way is to stand trial and another much preferred option is to preside over them.

Setting sail

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:57AM

Kids’ sailing camp participants rig their sails for the afternoon water session at Luther Burbank Park, Aug. 5. This is the first season when the city has sponsored sailing classes at the park. Lessons continue next week.

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