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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
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The difficulties and limitations of Phase 2 in Mercer Island

COVID-19 business restrictions have eased. Implementation, however, can pose challenges.

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Rev. Elizabeth Riley, the rector at Mercer Island’s Emmanuel Church, preaching from her church’s sanctuary Sunday, June 28. Her congregation watches over Zoom. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Riley

How are faith organizations on Mercer Island adapting to evolving COVID-19 guidelines?

While guidelines have been relaxed recently, many church leaders have reservations about prematurely opening their doors.

Rev. Elizabeth Riley, the rector at Mercer Island’s Emmanuel Church, preaching from her church’s sanctuary Sunday, June 28. Her congregation watches over Zoom. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Riley
Tracy Harris (pictured) began pet-grooming 20 years ago. Photo courtesy Tracy Harris

Pet-grooming on wheels: How new Mercer Island groomer’s model is faring amid pandemic

Om Doggies owner Tracy Harris opened her business as soon as Gov. Inslee announced Phase 1.5.

Tracy Harris (pictured) began pet-grooming 20 years ago. Photo courtesy Tracy Harris
Exterior of the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Photo by Madeline Coats/staff photo

City moving forward with thrift shop renovations

Work, in all, is expected to take about four months.

Exterior of the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Photo by Madeline Coats/staff photo
Interior photo of New Seasons Market from 2016. Katie Metzger/staff photo

New Seasons Market closes, transitioning into a Metropolitan Market location

The transition was first announced late last year.

Interior photo of New Seasons Market from 2016. Katie Metzger/staff photo
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                                From left: a November 2019 shot of Mercer Island Community Fund grant chair Debbie Hanson, treasurer Betsy O’Connell and president Erin Krawiec.

How the WeLoveMI COVID-19-relief campaign has supported Mercer Island businesses

The relief campaign has been integral in supporting small businesses amid the pandemic.

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                                From left: a November 2019 shot of Mercer Island Community Fund grant chair Debbie Hanson, treasurer Betsy O’Connell and president Erin Krawiec.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church fundraiser erases all current King County medical debt

Partnered with RIP Medical Debt, HTLC also relieved some debts in Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Jaden Krauser (pictured) recently graduated from Mercer Island High School and will be attending Pennsylvania State University in the fall. Photo courtesy Jaden Krauser

Mercer Island High School soccer team captain discusses unparalleled school year, what’s next

Jaden Krauser’s team was only a couple weeks into the season before everything was canceled.

Jaden Krauser (pictured) recently graduated from Mercer Island High School and will be attending Pennsylvania State University in the fall. Photo courtesy Jaden Krauser
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

How is COVID-19 continuing to impact Mercer Island?

Checking in on case rates, testing statistics and more as King County enters new reopening phase.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)
The Mercer Island City Council recognizing Juneteenth at its June 16 virtual meeting. Screenshot from video stream

Mercer Island council endorses June 19 as Juneteenth; One MI encouraging city-wide celebration

The city proclaimed the 19th Juneteenth at its June 16 meeting.

The Mercer Island City Council recognizing Juneteenth at its June 16 virtual meeting. Screenshot from video stream
A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC

Seattle Jewish Film Festival goes virtual for its silver anniversary

The event was to take place earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC
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Community members sign, send letter demanding curriculum changes in response to police-brutality protests

The statement was sent to school district stakeholders June 4.

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Mercer Island business owners discuss Phase 1.5 experiences

With Phase 1.5 in effect, COVID-19 guidelines have been relaxed in numerous industries.

A student receiving a diploma during the drive-thru event from Mercer Island High School Principal Vicki Puckett. Photo by Joe Chen

Mercer Island High School seniors reflect on an unprecedented graduation

A diploma drive-thru event and virtual commencement ceremony took place June 9.

A student receiving a diploma during the drive-thru event from Mercer Island High School Principal Vicki Puckett. Photo by Joe Chen
Protestors kneeling in silence at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street. The gesture lasted eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck. Staff photo/Blake Peterson

Photos: Mercer Island community takes part in Black Lives Matter protest Friday

A march began around noon at Islander Middle School and ended at Mercerdale Park a few hours later.

Protestors kneeling in silence at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street. The gesture lasted eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck. Staff photo/Blake Peterson
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                                Mercer Island High School sophomore Olivia Tomaselli with her dog, Cookie, and available merchandise. Fifty percent of profits accrued from Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter are directly donated to the BLM Global Network, with the rest going toward supplies.

Tie-dying for a good cause: Mercer Island teen’s new project supports Black Lives Matter

Olivia Tomaselli, with the help of her mother, launched Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter on May 31.

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                                Mercer Island High School sophomore Olivia Tomaselli with her dog, Cookie, and available merchandise. Fifty percent of profits accrued from Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter are directly donated to the BLM Global Network, with the rest going toward supplies.
Avi Schiffmann, a self-taught programmer, working in a conference room at the Mercer Island Library March 6. File photo

Mercer Island teen, who went viral for his COVID-19 dashboard, launches new website

2020Protests.com compiles state-specific resources relevant to recent police-brutality protests.

Avi Schiffmann, a self-taught programmer, working in a conference room at the Mercer Island Library March 6. File photo
TLG Motion Pictures CEO Erik Bernard and TLG founder Courtney LeMarco on a set. Photo courtesy TLG Motion Pictures.

Local production company seeking film, TV pitches from young minority creatives

The Big Pitch competition, put on by TLG Motion Pictures (“Hoarders”), started about six months ago.

TLG Motion Pictures CEO Erik Bernard and TLG founder Courtney LeMarco on a set. Photo courtesy TLG Motion Pictures.
Photo of Downtown Mercer Island, from the archive. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

City-wide curfew extended through Friday, Mercer Island officials announce

A curfew on the Island was initially imposed on Monday, June 1

Photo of Downtown Mercer Island, from the archive. Natalie DeFord/staff photo