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Whistler 2010: We want to hear from you

It seems like it is still ages away, but in fact the fervor leading up to the Whistler Olympics early next year is already starting to amp up.

Island native honored by Pratt Fine Arts Center

The Pratt Fine Arts Center will present Roger MacPherson with the nonprofit organization’s highest honor — the Service in the Arts Award. In recognition of his exceptional dedication to the visual arts and to the Pratt Fine Arts Center, MacPherson will be honored at a Service in the Arts Award Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Register to vote by Oct. 5

If you have not registered to vote in Washington or need to update your registration information, act soon.

November election looms

City Council, School Board candidates up the ante

MICC men’s tennis team heads to national competition

The Mercer Island Country Club, Seattle Tennis Club men’s 5.0, which qualified for the United States Tennis Association League’s adult national championships in August, will head to California in October for a chance to win it all.

Island finances ‘in reasonably good shape’

The city published its 2009 second quarter financial report earlier this month, showing that revenue and expenditure numbers were on target for the year. The second quarter ended on June 30.

A woman walks past Noah's Bagels

New parking in Town Center on S.E. 28th

After three weeks of delay, 15 new head-in parking spots were added to S.E. 28th Street outside of the Island Square apartments on Sept. 15. The street was repainted to allow for 13 two-hour and two 30-minute parking stalls. The street’s middle turning lane was removed as part of the project. Islanders can expect to see other changes to downtown parking by the end of September, DSG representative Joyce Trantina said.

A woman walks past Noah's Bagels

Local retail sales down, state property taxes up

Mercer Island businesses and realtors had a dismal first quarter. Taxable retail sales for Island merchants fell by more than 20 percent for the first quarter of 2009 over the first quarter last year.

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Little league plays consolation game in Canada

The Mercer Island Little League All-Stars traveled north for a consolation game against a Canadian little league team in Vancouver, British Columbia. The team enjoyed… Continue reading

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Hundreds busted in latest DUI sweep

The results are in from the recent “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” enforcement campaign conducted from Aug. 14 through Sept. 7.In King County, 628 motorists were… Continue reading

Mercer Island supported Fred Jarrett for King County Executive, map shows

The Seattle Times published a map on its Web site earlier today, illustrating primary election results for King County executive broken down by precinct.

WASL’s replacements debut in March, April and May

Next spring, students across the state will embark on a new state standardized testing journey, leaving the WASL far behind. Under the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program, the state will test students in order to determine their proficiency, as well as to assess progress. High school students will be required to take and pass the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE), which will be administered in March and April. Students in grades three through eight will take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) exam in May of 2010. The test will measure student progress, while the high school version will test a student’s proficiency on basic skills, such as reading, writing, math and science.

Irene Fleming

Islander turns 103

Irene Fleming was the center of attention at Sunrise Senior Living on Sept. 3 as pieces of cake were being passed around and cameras were… Continue reading

Irene Fleming
A woman uses a bouquet of flowers to shield her face  from the rain  during the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Sunday

Rain returns with a vengeance

Islanders woke up on Sunday morning to the sound of rain and thunder. The weather stations at Islander Middle School and St. Monica School both… Continue reading

A woman uses a bouquet of flowers to shield her face  from the rain  during the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Sunday
Kendall Riley

Testing the triathlon waters for the first and second times

For the first and second time, two Mercer Island residents gave triathlons a try, testing the water and road to see if it might become a lifelong love.

Kendall Riley
Members of the MICC adult men’s tennis team brought home the 2009 Pacific Northwest championship title

MICC men’s tennis heads to nationals in October

The adult men’s 5.0 tennis team, from the Mercer Island Country Club, emerged as USTA League Pacific Northwest champions on Aug. 9 in Portland, Ore., after a three-way tie was decided by a one-game margin.

Members of the MICC adult men’s tennis team brought home the 2009 Pacific Northwest championship title
Island teenager Misha Terentjev stands with Shannon Redington

Student swims around Island for charity

Misha Terentjev is one dedicated and enthusiastic swimmer. After swimming all the way around Mercer Island last week for charity, those working at the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD) thinks so, too.

Island teenager Misha Terentjev stands with Shannon Redington
Corey Goelz

VOICE celebrates a summer helping others

The Youth and Family Services’ summer VOICE and SVP program, a volunteer camp for Island high school and middle school students, commemorated the end of another “great” summer, said program leader Michelle Morse. More than 300 volunteers contributed to projects as varied as making sandwiches for Northwest Harvest, delivering books to King County prisoners and volunteering at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Two-hundred and thirty volunteers were from Mercer Island High School (working in the VOICE — Volunteer Opportunities in Communities Everywhere — program) and 80 students were from Islander Middle School (working in the SVP — Summer Volunteer Program).

Corey Goelz

MIHS student wins $25k for scholarly work

Islander Allison Ross, 16, is the winner of a $25,000 Davidson Fellowship award for her literature portfolio exploring the relationship between classical Western and African hero mythologies. The Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nev., which supports profoundly gifted youth, gave the award.

Eugene Chong goes for a goal in a training match against the Montenegran Junior National team.

Islander makes U.S. Water Polo Junior National Team

Outside California, high school water polo rarely makes waves. But Mercer Island High School junior Eugene Chong was again honored with an opportunity on July 19 to compete internationally with the U.S. Water Polo Junior National Team.

Eugene Chong goes for a goal in a training match against the Montenegran Junior National team.