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SJCC announces ‘senior hours’ for sidewalk café

Starting Aug. 4, seniors will be served exclusively from 10-11 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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MIPD purchasing automatic license plate readers

MIPD purchasing automatic license plate readers

The city council recently approved funding for equipment; systems will be installed in three vehicles.

MIPD purchasing automatic license plate readers
The council accepted the funding at its July 21 meeting. Blake Peterson/staff photo

City accepts additional COVID-19 emergency funding

Money will benefit Youth and Family Services and the emergency operations center.

The council accepted the funding at its July 21 meeting. Blake Peterson/staff photo
City’s Community Planning and Development director announces departure

City’s Community Planning and Development director announces departure

Evan Maxim has worked on Mercer Island since 2016.

City’s Community Planning and Development director announces departure
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Murray, Cantwell propose legislation to block federal law enforcement occupations in cities

Response to recent reports of aggressive policing by agents in Portland

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Extra $600 in federal benefit for unemployed workers set to end July 25

Extra $600 in federal benefit for unemployed workers set to end July 25

Payment is on top of base weekly state benefit amount

Extra $600 in federal benefit for unemployed workers set to end July 25
The docks at the waterfront were built in 1974. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

Redesign workshop for Luther Burbank waterfront docks set for Aug. 6

The docks, as they currently stand, have less than five years of useful service remaining.

The docks at the waterfront were built in 1974. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island
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Sirianni Group provides June real estate insights

The real estate team recently shared an update on its website, My Mercer Island.

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MISD announces new virtual kindergarten read-aloud series

Sessions will be held over Zoom on a weekly basis starting July 14.

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Island Books patrons peruse the store in 2018. Photo courtesy Nancy Shawn

Island Books continues online-event offerings this month

A look at what the Mercer Island bookstore has planned for July.

Island Books patrons peruse the store in 2018. Photo courtesy Nancy Shawn
The Islander Middle School field was recently used as the meet-up point for a June 12 Black Lives Matter protest. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Islander Middle School field to be closed for renovations July 20-Aug. 31

The field’s synthetic turf is to be replaced; new coating, patching and painting will also be completed.

The Islander Middle School field was recently used as the meet-up point for a June 12 Black Lives Matter protest. Blake Peterson/staff photo
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Parks Department provides new update on closures, availability of amenities

The comprehensive update was published last week.

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Council chambers. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island                                Council chambers. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

Boards, commission meetings resuming over Zoom

Starting July 8, board and commission meetings will be held remotely akin to the city council.

Council chambers. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island                                Council chambers. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island
Sadie Davis-Suskind was a contestant on “MasterChef Junior” and is now a food columnist at the Seattle Times. Courtesy SJCC

‘MasterChef Junior’ contestant, Seattle Times columnist to give talk, cooking demonstration

The program, hosted over Zoom, is being put on by the SJCC.

Sadie Davis-Suskind was a contestant on “MasterChef Junior” and is now a food columnist at the Seattle Times. Courtesy SJCC
Shot from a previous Art UnCorked event. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Art UnCorked event postponed; new date September 2021

This year would have marked the seventh iteration of the big end-of-summer event.

Shot from a previous Art UnCorked event. Katie Metzger/staff photo
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Keyed car, swiped Amazon packages, stolen maintenance cart | Mercer Island police blotter

A sample from the most recent Mercer Island police log.

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Flier for the talk. Courtesy SJCC

Popular filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld to participate in SJCC-sanctioned author talk this month

Sonnenfeld will be in discussion with CNN anchor Holly Firfer July 9 over Zoom.

Flier for the talk. Courtesy SJCC
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City: ‘Safe and sane’ fireworks only allowed on Mercer Island July 4

Fireworks are never OK in city parks or on school district land, officials said in a recent release.

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East Mercer Way on-ramp to be tweaked as part of $1.2 million WSDOT ramp-meter project

Activation will be happening in late June and July.

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