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Alan Roach and his dog, Roxie, reunited in their new apartment. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Al’s new apartment, a community effort

Mercer Islanders give housewares, furniture to formerly homeless man and his dog.

 

Bellevue residents Marko and Karla Ilicic play a hockey game in the Topgolf Swing Suite inside Forum Social House. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Forum Social House opens in Bellevue

Eastside gets new nightclub, mini golf, swing suites.

 

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce presents the 2019 Business of the Year Award to Covenant Living at the Shores (CLS). From left: CLS’s Bob Bowen, Chamber of Commerce Board President Suzanne Skone, CLS Associate Executive Director Marykay Duran, CLS’s Leslie McGee, CLS Sales Director Nancy Woo, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Givan. Courtesy photo.

Chamber names Mercer Island Business of the Year

2019 award goes to Covenant Living at the Shores.

 

The new Mercer Island City Council. Those recently elected were sworn in Jan. 7, 2020, and leadership was appointed. From left: Salim Nice, David Rosenbaum, Craig Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker, Mayor Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl, Jake Jacobson. Photo courtesy of city communications manager Ross Freeman.

Wong named Mayor, Weiker Deputy Mayor

New Mercer Island City Council swears in.

The new Mercer Island City Council. Those recently elected were sworn in Jan. 7, 2020, and leadership was appointed. From left: Salim Nice, David Rosenbaum, Craig Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker, Mayor Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl, Jake Jacobson. Photo courtesy of city communications manager Ross Freeman.
The Mercer Island light rail station under construction, set to open in 2023. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Sidewalk reopens along Mercer Island light rail construction

Pedestrian traffic resumes along 77th Avenue Southeast.

The Mercer Island light rail station under construction, set to open in 2023. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
A rendering of the location and approximate footprint of the future Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Project to be built on a combination of the former Tully’s Coffee House property, a section of WSDOT-owned parkland and a section of city-owned Sunset Highway. Courtesy of the City of Mercer Island.

City buys Tully’s site for commuter parking project

Mixed-use development to move forward.

A rendering of the location and approximate footprint of the future Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Project to be built on a combination of the former Tully’s Coffee House property, a section of WSDOT-owned parkland and a section of city-owned Sunset Highway. Courtesy of the City of Mercer Island.
Mercer Island High School Interact Club members participated in bell ringing for Salvation Army with the Rotary Club of Mercer Island in late November and December 2019. From left: Charles Wischman, Peyton Rapo and Mathis Destouches. Courtesy photo.

Interact students volunteer for the greater good

Mercer Island High School club creates opportunities.

Mercer Island High School Interact Club members participated in bell ringing for Salvation Army with the Rotary Club of Mercer Island in late November and December 2019. From left: Charles Wischman, Peyton Rapo and Mathis Destouches. Courtesy photo.
Participants of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce’s Fitness Crawl 2.0 on Nov. 2, 2019, complete an instructor-led session at Club Pilates. All event proceeds benefited the Mercer Island Boys Girls Club.

Fitness Crawl benefits Boys & Girls Club

Tour of workout facilities held by Mecer Island Chamber of Commerce, local businesses.

Participants of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce’s Fitness Crawl 2.0 on Nov. 2, 2019, complete an instructor-led session at Club Pilates. All event proceeds benefited the Mercer Island Boys Girls Club.

Reserved spots still up for grabs

Mercer Island Park-and-Ride permit sales show availability remaining.

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                                Mercer Island resident Mary Ann Flynn and her mother, Aagot Kate Rosellini, who is turning 106 years old. They are holding a picture of Rosellini and her younger sister when they were small children.

Mercer Island woman celebrates 106th birthday

Great-grandma Kate shares her positive energy.

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                                Mercer Island resident Mary Ann Flynn and her mother, Aagot Kate Rosellini, who is turning 106 years old. They are holding a picture of Rosellini and her younger sister when they were small children.
At a Dec. 6 event, Pitch Your Peers (PYP) Seattle presented a grant award of $17,700 to Kindering. From left: Kindering community engagement officer Anna Brown, Kindering chief development officer Alison Morton, PYP grant champion — who pitched Kindering — Erin Azose, Kindering CEO Lisa Greenwald, PYP co-founder and president Erin Krawiec, Kindering assistant development director Jennifer Schumacher, and PYP co-founder and vice president Alison Burks. Courtesy photo.

Pitch Your Peers passes out grants

Group founded by Mercer Island women awards $95,000 in grants to local charities.

At a Dec. 6 event, Pitch Your Peers (PYP) Seattle presented a grant award of $17,700 to Kindering. From left: Kindering community engagement officer Anna Brown, Kindering chief development officer Alison Morton, PYP grant champion — who pitched Kindering — Erin Azose, Kindering CEO Lisa Greenwald, PYP co-founder and president Erin Krawiec, Kindering assistant development director Jennifer Schumacher, and PYP co-founder and vice president Alison Burks. Courtesy photo.
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                                The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses in downtown Mercer Island in late fall.

Mixed feelings on new business license process

Mercer Island business owners weigh in.

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                                The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses in downtown Mercer Island in late fall.
Beachgoers at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island enjoy a previous year’s performance of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. Courtesy photo

Holiday lights set sail with Island show

Christmas Ship Festival to stop at Luther Burbank Park Dec. 22.

Beachgoers at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island enjoy a previous year’s performance of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. Courtesy photo
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                                Mercer Island Rotary Club members Bruce McAuley and Karolyn Streck volunteering as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

Rotarians ring the bells

Find them collecting for Salvation Army Dec. 14 on Mercer Island.

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                                Mercer Island Rotary Club members Bruce McAuley and Karolyn Streck volunteering as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
The Aubrey Davis Park sign on a sunny fall day. Natalie DeFord / staff photo

Council adopts Aubrey Davis Park Master Plan

Vision for Mercer Island park’s future moves forward.

The Aubrey Davis Park sign on a sunny fall day. Natalie DeFord / staff photo

City continues climate commitment

Mercer Island council adopts K4C update.

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                                People walk past the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride on a cloudy morning Dec. 2.

New reserved parking permits for Park-and-Ride

Sound Transit’s online monthly pass secures a spot during busy commute times.

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                                People walk past the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride on a cloudy morning Dec. 2.
Holiday Lights at Mercerdale Park is a Mercer Island tradition. Courtesy photo

A community tradition carries on

Holiday Lights at Mercerdale Park and Firehouse Munch Dec. 6.

Holiday Lights at Mercerdale Park is a Mercer Island tradition. Courtesy photo
Turkeys Nonni, Noelle, November and Nora at Rooster Haus Rescue in Fall City. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Turkey rescue

The bird’s not on the Thanksgiving menu at this Fall City sanctuary.

Turkeys Nonni, Noelle, November and Nora at Rooster Haus Rescue in Fall City. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Eastside election recounts

Bothell, Redmond, and Mercer Island council races going to recount.