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A shot from June 2020 graduation. Photo by Joe Chen.

How will school look this fall on Mercer Island?

After Superintendent Donna Colosky announced July 24 that the 2020-‘21 school year would begin remotely, a July 30 webinar was held by the MISD to confirm more details about the fall.

 

Kristen Sisco (pictured) had been dreaming of opening a French bakery for years before officially opening the doors to La Fête Pâtisserie Française. Photo courtesy La Fête Pâtisserie Française

Inside new Mercer Island bakery La Fête Pâtisserie Française

The eatery, which opened in July, specializes in traditional French pastries.

 

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Groveland Beach Park closed until further notice

The city said the closure is in response to COVID-19-related safety guidelines not being followed and other concerns.

 

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Cougar reportedly spotted on Mercer Island Wednesday

The case has been since been transferred to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption program ends on Mercer Island

The council approved an ordinance repealing the tax-exemption program, which is designed to foster affordable housing options, 5-2.

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The crash occurred the morning of July 28. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Police Department Facebook

Seaplane crashes near Hunts Point

The pilot, on board alone, sustained minor injuries.

The crash occurred the morning of July 28. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Police Department Facebook
Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Mayor signs police reform pledge

The city council, who approved 6-0 signing, still voiced reservations about the pledge.

Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo
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MISD superintendent recommending school year begin remotely

A learning plan will be formally adopted by the school board Aug. 13.

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Exterior of Islander Middle School. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Superintendent: Full return to in-person learning Sept. 2 unlikely

In a new letter, Donna Colosky shared new specifics about how a typical school day might unfold under various models.

Exterior of Islander Middle School. Blake Peterson/staff photo
Protestors gathered for about a half-hour Monday. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Small group of Mercer Islanders strikes for Black lives

On Monday, July 20, community members participated in a strike for Black lives at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street.

Protestors gathered for about a half-hour Monday. Blake Peterson/staff photo
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Will mayor, council sign police reform pledge?

MIPD presentation was given in response to police-brutality protests, input from Mercer Islanders.

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A look at initial claims filings on Mercer Island. Note that Week 10, March 1-7, corresponds with school closures and bar/dining room restrictions, for instance. Week 26 encompasses June 28-July 4. Graph by Blake Peterson, with data from Washington State Unemployment

How is COVID-19 affecting unemployment on Mercer Island?

An economist with the state’s unemployment office says it’s tough to say how economic recovery and job-market restability will play out.

A look at initial claims filings on Mercer Island. Note that Week 10, March 1-7, corresponds with school closures and bar/dining room restrictions, for instance. Week 26 encompasses June 28-July 4. Graph by Blake Peterson, with data from Washington State Unemployment
A photo from this year’s production of “Rent,” which debuted in March. YTN only got through a few performances before having to cancel remaining dates due to coronavirus concerns. Photo courtesy YTN Facebook

Youth Theatre Northwest making unprecedented adjustments amid pandemic

The Reporter caught up with executive director Mimi Katano to discuss how the theatre is transitioning, what has/hasn’t worked and what concerns she has about the future.

A photo from this year’s production of “Rent,” which debuted in March. YTN only got through a few performances before having to cancel remaining dates due to coronavirus concerns. Photo courtesy YTN Facebook
MLB pitcher Matthew Boyd demonstrates how he grips a baseball to residents of Covenant Shores on Oct. 30, 2017. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Mercer Island native confirmed to be Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day starter

MLB pitcher Matthew Boyd, 29, has been with the Tigers since 2015.

MLB pitcher Matthew Boyd demonstrates how he grips a baseball to residents of Covenant Shores on Oct. 30, 2017. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos
The approximate project footprint before it was canceled. Courtesy city of Mercer Island

City officials put an end to Town Center commuter parking, mixed-use project

The city council shared a statement about the cancellation at a July 14 meeting.

The approximate project footprint before it was canceled. Courtesy city of Mercer Island
Sheen Kaul had been missing since July 12. Photo courtesy Shaarika Kaul’s Facebook page

Update: Missing 26-year-old Mercer Island man has been found

Sheen Kaul had been missing from 11:30 p.m. July 12 until the afternoon of July 14.

Sheen Kaul had been missing since July 12. Photo courtesy Shaarika Kaul’s Facebook page
A library staffer setting up a “Curbside to Go” sign. Photo courtesy KCLS

KCLS’ Mercer Island branch offers ‘Curbside to Go’ services

Local branch among 17 in the area to reinstate returns, introduce new pick-up option.

A library staffer setting up a “Curbside to Go” sign. Photo courtesy KCLS

New report shows increase in East King County homelessness

East King County includes Mercer Island, Bellevue, Kirkland and Issaquah.

PPE was handed out at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center’s parking lot from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce

About 275 Mercer Island businesses received PPE kits at recent distribution event

Distribution was organized by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, King County, the city of Mercer Island, Amazon and other Eastside chambers.

PPE was handed out at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center’s parking lot from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce
A Mercer Island High School senior at June’s drive-thru graduation ceremony. Photo by Joe Chen

What’s ahead for Mercer Island students

Though it doesn’t have definitive answers just yet, the Mercer Island School District recently shared a comprehensive update detailing what might happen this fall.

A Mercer Island High School senior at June’s drive-thru graduation ceremony. Photo by Joe Chen