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Most read stories for 2013
What did Islanders choose to read online on the Mercer Island Reporter’s website in 2013?
The following list of most viewed stories was determined by using data between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2013, compiled by Google Analytics.
1. Bellevue teen drives over 120 mph on I-90.
Mercer Island police stopped a young driver, reported to be ‘excessively speeding’ on I-90 freeway around 1:41 a.m. on Monday, July 8. After being paced going 120 mph in the 60 mph zone, the driver, a 17-year-old Bellevue female, was cited for violating her intermediate license. She admitted she was upset after an argument with her boyfriend.
2. Social Security benefits increase
A brief story in January noted that people who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income payments would see their benefits increase.
Recipients would receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment applied to all Social Security and SSI payments. The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker in 2013 was $1,261 up from $1,240 in 2012.
3. Luxury Porsche speeds and crashes into building
A 47-year-old Bellevue man allegedly took a Washington State Patrol trooper on a high-speed chase on I-90 on Nov. 8, that ended in a fiery crash on Mercer Island.
The driver of a 2013 Porsche Panamera, worth between $75,000 and $150,000, was clocked at 150 m.p.h, in the eastbound express lanes of I-90 around 11:30 p.m. with a passenger. The driver exited onto Island Crest Way where police report he struck a street sign and then a nearby building at the corner of ICW at S.E. 30th Street. The vehicle caught fire and caused $10,000 in damages to the building.
4. Polite young men in white shirts
In February, reporter Rebecca Mar interviewed Mormon missionaries Gavin Yeip and Eli Dymock who told her ‘they came to Mercer Island to serve.’ The pair, 20 and 19 years old, were from the towns of North Ogden and Paradise, Utah. They were among an estimated 200 Mormon missionaries serving in the Seattle area.
5. Seafair photos
Even without the Blue Angels, thousands visited the Mercer Island Reporter website to view photos of the loud and colorful Seafair air show in August.
The Patriots Jet team, subbed for the sequestered Blue Angels.
6. Mercer Island man wins at Lotto
An 87-year old Island man won $3.2 million at Lotto with a ticket he bought at the Jacksons store on 78th Avenue S.E. in early October. The man was a regular player of Lotto at the store and gas station. He told Lotto officials he planned to spend money on his family and buy a ‘newer’ car.
7. Rep. Clibborn describes ways to mitigate tolls
In an Island Forum, published March 6, 40-year Island resident, Judy Clibborn said that she had introduced legislation that will help protect Islanders from the impact of tolling on I-90. Rep. Clibborn is the Chair of the House Transportation Committee and has represented the 41st legislative district since 2003.
“There is no question that tolling will disproportionately affect those of us who live on Mercer Island,” she wrote. “I believe, like you, that something must be done to mitigate the impact of these tolls."
She described three ways that protection for Islanders concerning tolls, could be achieved through the state.
8. A graceful piece of Island history is for sale
A story in July described the large turn-of-the-century home in the 2700 block of West Mercer Way, which was on the market earlier this year. The story that described the home, its history and careful restoration, was the 8th most read story in 2013.
9. A new hotel planned for Island
A story in January noted that Dollar Development had plans to build a new hotel near where the old Travelodge was located along Sunset Highway.
An early concept drawing showed that the proposed five-story boutique hotel, would have more than 100 rooms above a subterranean parking garage with a street level lobby and a second floor pool, deck and mezzanine area.
However, toward the end of 2013, plans for the hotel appear to be on hold.
The Island community has been without a hotel for over five years.
10. Unsolicited offers for Island homes
In July, several Mercer Island homeowners were concerned after they received unsolicited offers for their home in the mail.
In April, owners of the Alpenland Delicatessen announced it would close.
The store, located on 78th Avenue S.E., originally opened in 1974 and has since featured traditional European style food, gifts, and pretzel rolls.