Natalie DeFord

Changes to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services during COVID-19

Food Pantry gives gift cards, counseling goes virtual.

 

For sale sign hanging in front of house. File photo

Open houses close due to coronavirus concerns

Northwest Multiple Listing Service halts large group home tours amid pandemic.

 

Mercer Island Fire Chief Steve Heitman speaks at the city’s second situation briefing on COVID-19. These briefings will occur weekly at 3 p.m. on Thursday, streamed live. Video screenshot.

City holds second weekly COVID-19 briefing

Social distancing continues to be emphasized.

 

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                                Mercer Island city manager Jessi Bon speaks during a situation briefing on COVID-19.

City, schools hold COVID-19 situation briefing

The city’s status in relation to the pandemic.

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                                Mercer Island city manager Jessi Bon speaks during a situation briefing on COVID-19.
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                                Brody Newcomer (left) and Matthew Duffie, two Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, pose with a change collection bank for the church’s Lent fundraiser with RIP Medical Debt.

Forgiving debt for Lent

Mercer Island church raising $20,000 to eliminate the $2 million of medical debt in King County.

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                                Brody Newcomer (left) and Matthew Duffie, two Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, pose with a change collection bank for the church’s Lent fundraiser with RIP Medical Debt.

2020 Spring recycling event still on

Biannual collection day is scheduled for March 28.

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                                From left, Sarah Poppe, James Mattson and April Shrum participating at a previous race event as part of nonprofit Ainsley’s Angels.

Angels on the Island

Volunteers will push disabled participants during the Mercer Island Rotary’s half marathon March 22.

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                                From left, Sarah Poppe, James Mattson and April Shrum participating at a previous race event as part of nonprofit Ainsley’s Angels.
Owen Blauman/courtesy photo. A drone picture of the former East Seattle Elementary School building.

To demolish or not to demolish?

Mercer Island weighs environmental impacts of proposed East Seattle School site development.

Owen Blauman/courtesy photo. A drone picture of the former East Seattle Elementary School building.
Image of Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate on the water. Courtesy photo

Mercer Island Arts Council event combines art, sports, nature

New Mercer Island Arts Council event.

Image of Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate on the water. Courtesy photo
Mercer Island City Manager Jessi Bon. Courtesy photo

Bon named Mercer Island’s permanent city manager

Bon had served as interim city manager since Julie Underwood left the position in 2019.

Mercer Island City Manager Jessi Bon. Courtesy photo
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                                People walk past the Mercer Island Park and Ride on a cloudy morning.

Parking permit sales for February

Optional reservations for Mercer Island Park and Ride.

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                                People walk past the Mercer Island Park and Ride on a cloudy morning.
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                                About 600 people attended the sold-out annual breakfast fundraiser supporting Mercer Island Youth and Family Services on Feb. 12 at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.

600 attend annual MIYFS breakfast

MIYFS still looking to reach fundraising goal for maintaining service levels.

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                                About 600 people attended the sold-out annual breakfast fundraiser supporting Mercer Island Youth and Family Services on Feb. 12 at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.
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                                The start line of the 2019 Rotary Half Marathon on Mercer Island.

“Our family wanted to make a difference by raising awareness”

Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon March 22.

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                                The start line of the 2019 Rotary Half Marathon on Mercer Island.
Aubrey Davis Park on Mercer Island in fall. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Aubrey Davis Park on Mercer Island in fall. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Mercer Island City Hall. File photo

Mercer Island city council procedural changes

New meeting time, edited rules.

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In their Mercer Island home, Pat and Dan Braman pose with a flier asking friends and family to plant 80 trees for their 80th birthdays and to help the environment. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

‘What could 80 years do for a tree?’

Mercer Island couple wants 80 trees planted for their 80th birthdays.

In their Mercer Island home, Pat and Dan Braman pose with a flier asking friends and family to plant 80 trees for their 80th birthdays and to help the environment. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
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                                Eldergrow program administrator Katy Dittmer works with Covenant Living at the Shores resident Althea Esterley at the community’s new indoor mobile sensory garden during at Jan. 17 kickoff event.

Growing smiles

New indoor sensory garden at Covenant Living at the Shores on Mercer Island.

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                                Eldergrow program administrator Katy Dittmer works with Covenant Living at the Shores resident Althea Esterley at the community’s new indoor mobile sensory garden during at Jan. 17 kickoff event.
Mercer Island City Hall. File photo

City’s financial crisis a major topic going into the new year

Mercer Island council planning session included budgeting, fiscal planning discussion.

Mercer Island City Hall. File photo

MercerFest to celebrate 60 years of Mercer Island

Help needed for citizen-run event.

Philanthropy award recognized entire Mercer Island community

MIYFS annaul breakfast Feb. 12.