Rebecca Mar

Farewell, Mercer Island, after 6 years

From my first byline to my last interview, I have had the privilege of meeting people from all walks of life as they have shared their stories and perspectives with me.


Covenant church has a new name

Islanders, by now, have noticed the new banner covering the church’s sign at the corner of the intersection across from the post office. The Mercer Island Covenant Church has changed its name to Evergreen Covenant Church.


Mercer Island Learning Lab plants, harvests pumpkins at community pea patch

It started when a parent rented a garden plot in the pea patch at the Mercer Island community center. Harvesting pumpkins is now a 15-year tradition for Mercer Island Learning Lab preschoolers and their parents.


‘The shutdown is a disaster’ | Q&A with Michael Medved

A nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Michael Medved reaches an audience of 4.7 million with his daily broadcast on politics and pop culture.

Mercer Islander saw value in old phone technology

Islander’s museum preserves history of the telephone in the Pacific Northwest.

The nearly lost art of fine handwriting

The Mercer Island School District may discontinue teaching cursive writing next year. Cursive is being taught at the French American School of Puget Sound, but not St. Monica School.

Mercer Islander delivers coffee and service to home, party or office

With his espresso cart set up at the entrance of the Bellevue Hyatt ballroom this week, Bob Groonis was in a familiar setting.

Island Broiler to open in former Alpenland space

In four weeks the Island Broiler will take over the former Alpenland location. Alpenland first opened in 1974 and closed for good earlier this year. The new restaurant is expected to open during the week of Oct. 20 after construction is completed.

Home-school families are few but dedicated on Mercer Island

As of Monday, 28 home-schooled students were registered within the Mercer Island School District. Families had until Sept. 15 to file their declaration of intent.

A new dragon to awaken

Original artist found to breathe new life into children’s icon at park.

Mercer Island author’s ‘Impossible Odds’ is no. 13 New York Times bestseller

Major news outlets and talk shows have carried Jessica Buchanan’s story. The book, written with Islander Anthony Flacco, ranked no. 13 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list within a month of its publication, no. 6 on the e-book nonfiction bestseller list, and no. 7 in the Wall Street Journal.

JCC Kesher garden yields community

Tomatoes and beans aren’t the only plants thriving in the Kesher garden at the Stroum Jewish Community Center.

Historic Mercer Island estate is former home of Roosevelt’s daughter

97th Avenue property was outpost of Firland sanatorium.

New principal brings a global perspective to St. Monica School

New principal is a Romanian-born, multilingual, classical musician.

True Value hardware opens doors in new location on Mercer Island

Mercer Island’s only hardware store is now fully operational in its new location next to Walgreens.

Little Britches Bakery offers ‘cakes’ and more for babies

Little Britches Bakery started with a wave of babies. Many of Megan Coppersmith Szerwo’s friends were having kids, and when she saw a two-tiered diaper cake in a Seattle boutique, she had all the inspiration that she needed.

New Mercer Island Pilates studio opens on Sunset Highway

When Rebecca Laws Nemetz moved to Mercer Island from North Carolina, she brought her Pilates studio with her.

Covenant kids are ‘off the bench’ this week

Seventy-eight children are attending Vacation Bible School at the Mercer Island Covenant Church this week. Each day begins with songs and stories, then soccer, basketball, drama and crafts with a snack break.

Islander Pub to close Saturday, Aug. 3, will open in Aviara in the fall

The Islander Pub & Restaurant has one more week to remain in its current space until it must move out. The closing day is set for Saturday, Aug. 3.

Mercer Island Covenant Church youth pastor called to Methow Valley

The former youth minister of the Mercer Island Covenant Church has been tapped to pastor a church in the Methow Valley. Jeff Palmberg, whose father Bud pastored MICC for 26 years, has relocated to Twisp, Wash., with his wife, Tami.