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MI schools meet federal progress standards

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released its 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report, part of the federal government’s No Child Left Behind requirement, last week.

Video highlights of Thursday night's game against Sitka Little League of Sitka

MI Little League a game away from World Series

The Washington state champions from Mercer Island Little League racked up their 5th consecutive mercy rule win on Thursday, beating the Alaska state champions from… Continue reading

Video highlights of Thursday night's game against Sitka Little League of Sitka

Little League baseball in regional semifinals, softball falls

Mercer Island’s baseball little leaguers are riding high at the Northwest Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., after steamrolling through their opponents last weekend for a combined 35-1 score.

Tanning salon robbery suspect arrested

Everett police arrested a 24-year-old Everett man who is suspected of robbing the Island’s Glisten tanning salon (formerly known as Planet Beach) last week, along with more than 19 other businesses in the past month. Police arrested the man on Aug. 2 after receiving a tip based on media descriptions of the suspect. Police in over 13 jurisdictions had been searching for the culprit, who mostly targeted tanning salons. He was described as being six feet tall, 200 pounds, white and in his mid-20s.

Mercer Island Country Club doubles tennis pair Kelly Evernden and Vivek Varma play earlier this summer during a USTA-sanctioned tournament at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia.

MICC competes for Pac NW sectional championship

The Adult Men’s 5.0 tennis team from Mercer Island Country Club on Mercer Island, Wash., will be competing in the amateur 2009 USTA League Pacific… Continue reading

Mercer Island Country Club doubles tennis pair Kelly Evernden and Vivek Varma play earlier this summer during a USTA-sanctioned tournament at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia.
The USS Shoup (DDG 86) will be open to the public this weekend for SeaFair.

Fleet Week ships offer free public tours for all

Starting on Thursday, July 30, U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers, the USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Momsen (DDG 92) will offer free public tours at Terminal 30, along with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf and Canadian ships HMCS Nanaimo and Brandon. The public is welcome to tour the variety of ships and browse through displays on the pier.

The USS Shoup (DDG 86) will be open to the public this weekend for SeaFair.

MI Little League blanks S. Skagit 4-0 in state tourney

District Nine champs Mercer Island silenced South Skagit bats on July 26 in their first 11/12-year-olds Little League All-Star state tournament game, winning 4-0.

Jarrett, Hunter earn high marks

Two Eastside legislators have received “very good” ratings from the Municipal League of King County in the closely fought battle for King County Executive.

MIHS grads’ documentary earns Telly Award

Mercer Island High School graduates Ross Laing and Alex Baron won a 2009 Bronze Telly Award for a 2007 documentary that they produced on the Ethiopian millennium.

‘Playful Pup’ stolen from Lid park

The playful bronze dog that accompanies a sculpted little girl in the west corner of the Park on the Lid was stolen sometime between July 14 and 15. The statue, called “Playful Pup,” was sculpted by renowned artist Gary Price. Former Island Residents Marj and Loyal Moore donated the sculpture to the city in 1997 in memory of Nancy Mottet. The bronze girl that accompanies the little dog, titled “Stepping Forward,” was left intact. The girl was crafted by a different artist, Dennis Smith, and installed in 1995. The playful pup joined her two years later.

Two girls teams face off during the Summer Celebration! 3-on-3 basketball tournament: (from left to right) Rachel Silke

Basketball 3-on-3 a hit at Summer Celebration!

With 37 teams participating, organizers heralded the 11th Annual MI Summer Celebration! 3-on-3 Youth Challenge Basketball Tournament a great success.

Two girls teams face off during the Summer Celebration! 3-on-3 basketball tournament: (from left to right) Rachel Silke
Grace Braunstein (above) redirects play with a header against Auburn Synergy. The Mercer Island Momentum U16 team defeated them

Select girls soccer U16 team takes Cornucopia Cup in Kent

The Mercer Island Momentum, a girls under-16 select team, defeated a team from Auburn on July 12 to win the Cornucopia Cup in Kent.

Grace Braunstein (above) redirects play with a header against Auburn Synergy. The Mercer Island Momentum U16 team defeated them
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team perform during last year's Seafair festivities.

Blue Angels overhead

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close all lanes of Interstate 90 across Lake Washington several times from Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 2, to accommodate air show practices and performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for this year’s Seafair festivities.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team perform during last year's Seafair festivities.
Pictured above (left to right): are Michelle Haston

Northwest Yeshiva High readies for new sport court

Mercer Island’s Northwest Yeshiva High School recently announced that it began construction on a new outdoor multi-sport court at its campus on 90th Avenue S.E..

Pictured above (left to right): are Michelle Haston
District Nine Champs: (left to right) Nick Taylor

‘Boys of Summer’ head to state tourney

The Mercer Island 11/12 All-Stars crushed two-time state champ Eastlake 17-1 in the Division Nine final on July 20 to advance to the state Little League tournament this weekend.

District Nine Champs: (left to right) Nick Taylor
A pickup truck and passenger car were pinned agains the westbound lane barrier Monday afternoon

Repair work done, but traffic headache persists

Traffic on the westbound Interstate 90 Floating Bridge was just getting back to normal Monday when a multi-vehicle traffic accident at around 3:40 p.m. on… Continue reading

A pickup truck and passenger car were pinned agains the westbound lane barrier Monday afternoon
A Bellevue youth allegedly attempted suicide by trying to jump off the I-90 East Channel Bridge

Teen attempts suicide off I-90 bridge

A Washington State Patrol Trooper saved a 16-year-old boy who was determined to end his life by jumping off the East Channel Bridge on July 13. The teenager, a resident of Bellevue, was standing on a railing of the I-90 bridge during the busy Monday morning commute. According to press reports, the trooper had to physically pull the boy from the rail. The teenager fought with the trooper before he was taken into protective custody.

A Bellevue youth allegedly attempted suicide by trying to jump off the I-90 East Channel Bridge
The ‘Baba Booeys’ finished second overall. The boys are

Local basketball teams find wins over Cascades for Spokane 3-on-3 Tournament

Getting ready for Mercer Island’s own Summer Celebration! 3-on-3 basketball tournament, over 25 teams from Mercer Island headed over the Cascade Mountains last month to take part in the Spokane Hoopfest.

The ‘Baba Booeys’ finished second overall. The boys are
Mercer Island 9- to 10-year-old All-Star Drew Christofferson launches one deep.

Little League 9-10 plays into district championship game

Little League All-Stars from Mercer Island’s 9- and 10-year-old league reached the District Nine championship game last Saturday as they pursue a second consecutive state title for their age division.

Mercer Island 9- to 10-year-old All-Star Drew Christofferson launches one deep.

Mercer Island is Playful City 2009

The national nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, dedicated to bringing play back into children’s lives, has named Mercer Island as a 2009 Playful City. Mercer Island was one of 93 cities across the nation to be selected. The Island was also a Playful City winner last year. According to KaBOOM!, the honor goes to cities that have “created and implemented programs to positively impact childhood wellness, public safety and the quality of life.” “Each of the 2009 Playful City U.S.A. communities demonstrated creative commitments to the cause of play in the areas of quantity, quality and access,” according to a KaBOOM! press release. A primary goal of Playful City U.S.A. is to encourage cities and towns to share creative ideas, concepts and programs in an effort to increase play opportunities for children. In order to be a contender for the award, cities must apply a year in advance.