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Island population increases for third year

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

There are about 300 more residents living on Mercer Island than a year ago, as the population has increased for the third straight year. According to data released by the Washington State Office of Financial Management on July 2, the Island’s population went up by 270 individuals from 2007 to 2008. The population estimates show that there are now 22,650 Island residents, which is about a one-percent increase from the previous count.

Mega-house is possibly the largest

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Even by Mercer Island standards, a 25,000-square-foot home being built on a 1.67-acre lot off of West Mercer Way is big.

Mercer Island residents look to stop Tent City in court

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Two North-end Mercer Island residents filed suit against the City of Mercer Island and the United Methodist Church, seeking a court injunction to prevent Tent City from coming to the Island. The suit came less than a day after dozens of neighbors and Island residents met a handful of their future homeless neighbors at the United Methodist Church on S.E. 24th Street, the proposed site for the camp.

Mercer Island residents file lawsuit over Tent City homeless camp

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

A court hearing regarding a lawsuit filed last Thursday against Tent City coming to Mercer Island has been postponed. The hearing was previously scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Monday July 14. The hearing has not yet been rescheduled.

Police

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Car prowl

Metro bus fare increase would offset fuel costs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

King County Executive Ron Sims wants a 25-cent fare increase on Metro buses to help offset rising fuel costs and avoid having to cut any service.

Therapist accused of misconduct with minor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

A former Island resident and licensed therapist has pleaded not guilty to accusations of misconduct after being caught unclothed with a 15-year-old boy at his home earlier this year.

City briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

Public hearing for Shorewood subdivision July 16

Political briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

Nishimura joins U.S. Senator to cheer new GI Bill

Island Square sold to Colorado group for $112 million

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

Island Square in Mercer Island’s Town Center was sold to a Colorado-based group, incorporated in Delaware, for $112 million.

48 firefighters respond to blaze on Mercer Island

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

The waterfront home of a Town Center restaurant owner was engulfed with flames early on Friday morning, leaving behind a charred house and the lingering stench of burnt wood along East Mercer Way as Islanders began to celebrate their Fourth of July holiday.

Mercer Island Schools Foundation aims to raise $764K for '08-'09 school year

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

The Mercer Island Schools Foundation presented its 2008-2009 financial request list to the School Board on June 26. The document covers the foundation’s fund-raising goals for next year — money that will be raised in order to meet the district’s “instructional improvement initiatives and ongoing commitments.”

Islander gets two year prison sentence for involvement in downtown Seattle theft-ring

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:03PM

Liberty Loan pawn shop owner sentenced Monday July 7

Mercer Island's Island Square sold to Colorado group for $112M

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

Island Square in Mercer Island’s Town Center has sold to a Colorado-based group incorporated in Delaware, for $112 million. Michael Christ, the Island real estate developer who with his firm, SECO Development Inc., and One Island Square LLC., built the five story mixed use building, sold it on July 3 to a group named Island Square NewCo LLC.

Waterfront home on Mercer Island destroyed by fire

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

Cause remains under investigation

Burner stays in race despite housefire

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

Home of candidate for U.S. Congress destroyed by fire

Records

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

A 36-year-old Mercer Island man was arrested in the 5900 block of W. I-90 for driving westbound on North Mercer Way with a suspended license at 2:50 p.m. on June 20. His vehicle was towed.

Rossi says Gregoire ‘reckless’ with spending

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

Promising Islanders a rematch featuring a stronger and better challenger, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi made a campaign stop on Mercer Island earlier today, sharing his plans to make Washington the “worst place to be a criminal and the best place to start a business.”

MIHS changes elements of senior project requirement

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

The Mercer Island High School Culminating (senior) Project is up for a change — one that has next year’s seniors smiling.

City Briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:04PM

In order to telecast its first meeting, the City Council will be asked to approve an operations procedure at its meeting on Monday, July 7. The first televised meeting is expected to take place July 21. The city also plans to begin televising a pilot news program called “Mercer Island View” that same day. The 20-minute news program is expected to run for a couple of months. The Mercer Island government access channel, airing on Comcast channel 21, will also feature static news bulletins about upcoming city and government events. Last March, the Council approved the installation of four cameras in its Chambers at City Hall to broadcast their bimonthly meetings and to produce a video archive on the city’s Web site.

This Week

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The United Methodist Church will be hosting a neighborhood public-information meeting next Wednesday, July 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. regarding its decision to host Tent City 4. The church, located at 7070 S.E. 24th St., is inviting its neighbors to attend and meet some Tent City residents and learn more about the camp. The congregation will host Tent City from August to early November. For information, to go www.miumc.org.

Permit process to move ahead School Board approves PEAK settlement

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The Mercer Island School Board voted to approve the PEAK settlement during last Thursday’s board meeting, giving the green light to proceed with the next phase of the project — securing construction permits and a final design. PEAK is currently expected to break ground between April and June of 2009.

Parks bond capped at $12 million

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

Members of the City Council have decided to ask voters to take out a $12-million, 20-year “mortgage” to fund numerous improvements at several Island parks.

Mercer Island holds small, hidden cache of ESL programs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

Mercer Island is seldom, if ever, mentioned when discussing the current state of Washington’s non-English speaking workforce. Few Islanders face language communication problems on a daily basis. Across the lake, in central and south Seattle, is another story. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are offered through community centers, private institutions, minority outreach organizations and schools in every neighborhood. Yet there are similar programs — albeit less visible — on Mercer Island.

School Board approves PEAK settlement, permit process moves on

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05PM

The Mercer Island School Board voted unanimously to approve the PEAK settlement during last Thursday's board meeting, giving the green light to proceed with the next phase of the project — securing construction permits and a final design. PEAK is currently expected to break ground between April and June of 2009.

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