Tackling cyberbulling | YFS Advice

Dear YFS, My husband and I were saddened to hear that our freshman high school daughter is being bullied on social media. She showed us… Continue reading

  • Aug 24, 2017

Some cities buy new parkland; Mercer Island gives it away

While some cities are buying new parkland, our Mercer Island City Council members have pledged to give our precious public parkland away — to a… Continue reading

  • Aug 24, 2017

Kudos to our Mercer Island City Council | Letter

At the Aug. 7 City Council meeting, our council members saved $45,000 for the city by wisely deciding not to approve the re-striping of 77th… Continue reading

  • Aug 18, 2017

30 faces against 30 spaces on Mercer Island | Letter

At the City Council meeting on Aug. 7, I read the following statement. It was signed by over 30 citizens of Mercer Island and included… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2017

Drive it like you stole it | Publisher’s Desk

Allow myself, to introduce myself. My name is Eric and I am the new Regional Publisher of Sound Publishing’s Eastside Media Group. I usually go… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2017

Raising kind children | Island Forum

As parents, we often strive to give our children the best in the hopes of providing them happiness and future success. In this high-achieving community,… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2017

MIHS students saved a piece of the earth — for all Mercer Islanders | On History

By Meg Lippert When we moved to Mercer Island in 1995, long before curbside recycling and the national recycling movement, one of my regular stops… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2017

Arts cement Mercer Island humanity through time | On Arts

By Sue Sherwood Forty-two years ago, visionary Islanders identified an important, unmet community need. Those citizens, with support of the city and community, volunteered their… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2017

How do parents approach body image with teens? | YFS Advice

Dear YFS, Our teen daughter scared us the other night when she started talking about body shaming and then complained about her own looks. We… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2017

Voters get chance to overturn property tax increase, bottled water tax | The Petri Dish

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2017

The power of 12 | On Faith

It was 12 years ago this month our family moved to Mercer Island from Chicagoland. As I reflect on this 12th anniversary, I’ve realized the… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2017

A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in changing King County | Book Nook

Anyone who has visited the 48 libraries in the King County Library System, as I have done since becoming KCLS’ interim director, appreciates the breadth… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2017

MICA’s website statement in question | Letter

In the June 21 update on its website, Mercer Island Center for the Arts stated it is “committed to the enhancement and beauty of Mercerdale… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2017

Community fund is cheering section for Island’s beloved institutions | Letter

On behalf of the staff, board and the thousands of children Youth Theatre Northwest has served, I would like to thank The Mercer Island Community… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2017

Every child deserves a medical home | On Health

The practice of primary care pediatrics has improved in many ways over the years, but the most important improvement for the health and well-being of… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2017

Wong strengthens Mercer Island community | Letter

I met Mr. Wong four years ago at the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market. He talked enthusiastically about the work he had done for the city… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2017

Frustrations with new distracted driving law | The Petri Dish

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2017

Where are we with raising a ‘village’? | Letter

I have boys — four to be exact. I have one biological and three who I was lucky enough to share when I married their… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2017

Strongly encourage vote for Deborah Lurie | Letter

As a Mercer Island educator and parent of a school-aged daughter, I support and strongly encourage you to vote for Deborah Lurie for School Board… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2017

Even 10-15 minutes of vigorous daily exercise may have heart-health benefits | Guest Column

Whether or not you’re a runner, it’s hard not to be impressed by Glen Cook’s accomplishment. The Midwest native has run the Chicago Marathon every… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2017