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Graphic courtesy King County

New survey gauges what climate change means to residents of Mercer Island, other Seattle-area cities

The survey was put out by the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C).

  • Jun 25, 2020
Graphic courtesy King County
Exterior of the SJCC. File photo

SJCC announces book club focusing on race, allyship

The first virtual meeting is set for July 7.

Exterior of the SJCC. File photo

Mary Wayte Pool reopens

Per state health guidelines, the reopening is coming with several operational adjustments.

The winner poster from Mia Thiagarajan. Courtesy city of Mercer Island

‘Be Kind to Your Mind’ art contest winners announced

The contest worked to promoted Mental Health Awareness Month in Mercer Island.

  • Jun 22, 2020
The winner poster from Mia Thiagarajan. Courtesy city of Mercer Island
Arden Clise. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club

Rotary Club to host virtual-meeting etiquette program over Zoom June 23

The main speaker during the virtual event is Arden Clise, a business etiquette expert.

Arden Clise. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club
A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC

Seattle Jewish Film Festival goes virtual for its silver anniversary

The event was to take place earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC
Mercer Island PTA logo. Photo courtesy MI PTA Council

Mercer Island PTA Council presents 2019-20 awards

Recipients were recognized during a June 10 Zoom event.

  • Jun 16, 2020
Mercer Island PTA logo. Photo courtesy MI PTA Council
Students from MIHS’s International Entrepreneurship class. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce

WeLoveMI, Mercer Island High School class receive two awards for collaborative community work

The awards were given by the Mercer Island High School PTSA.

Students from MIHS’s International Entrepreneurship class. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce
Photo courtesy Olivia Tomaselli
                                Mercer Island High School sophomore Olivia Tomaselli with her dog, Cookie, and available merchandise. Fifty percent of profits accrued from Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter are directly donated to the BLM Global Network, with the rest going toward supplies.

Tie-dying for a good cause: Mercer Island teen’s new project supports Black Lives Matter

Olivia Tomaselli, with the help of her mother, launched Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter on May 31.

Photo courtesy Olivia Tomaselli
                                Mercer Island High School sophomore Olivia Tomaselli with her dog, Cookie, and available merchandise. Fifty percent of profits accrued from Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter are directly donated to the BLM Global Network, with the rest going toward supplies.
TLG Motion Pictures CEO Erik Bernard and TLG founder Courtney LeMarco on a set. Photo courtesy TLG Motion Pictures.

Local production company seeking film, TV pitches from young minority creatives

The Big Pitch competition, put on by TLG Motion Pictures (“Hoarders”), started about six months ago.

TLG Motion Pictures CEO Erik Bernard and TLG founder Courtney LeMarco on a set. Photo courtesy TLG Motion Pictures.
Mercer Island High School. File photo

Mercer Island Community Scholarship Program honorees announced

The program has been going on since 1976.

  • Jun 1, 2020
Mercer Island High School. File photo
Last year’s recipients. Photo courtesy the Mercer Island School District Facebook page.

Pandemic shakes up long-running scholarship tradition; school, PTA innovate

Recipients of the MI Community Scholarship typically get their own ceremony. Not this year.

Last year’s recipients. Photo courtesy the Mercer Island School District Facebook page.
From left to right: Julie King Hately and Melba Jamerson. Photo courtesy Julie King Hately

Mercer Island woman’s centennial celebrated with surprise procession

Melba Jamerson, who has lived on Mercer Island since 1948, recently turned 100.

From left to right: Julie King Hately and Melba Jamerson. Photo courtesy Julie King Hately
WeLoveMI.org advertisement. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club

Mercer Island Rotary Club shares update on COVID-19 relief contributions

The club announced large donations to the WeLoveMI.org campaign and the WeLoveMI.org Day fundraiser.

WeLoveMI.org advertisement. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club

Local musicians hold virtual benefit concert for mental health

The stream-a-thon supports NAMI Eastside and nonprofit Hold Your Crown

  • May 26, 2020

Medic One Foundation’s Gratitude Meals offer support to first responders, local businesses

The initiative provides hearty lunches to first responders staffing the COVID-19 testing sites as they work to test their colleagues.

  • Apr 24, 2020

UW students create Spira app to gather COVID-19 data

The app was created to screen for respiratory diseases but the teen creators shifted their focus once the COVID-19 outbreak began.

  • Apr 23, 2020

‘Don’t assume it can’t happen to you’

Federal Way resident Evelyn Allcorn shares story of her husband’s battle with COVID-19 after he tested positive on March 28.

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                                Volunteers at a March 14 work party for Harvest Against Hunger.

Mercer Island Rotarians help fight hunger

COVID-19 regulations impact hunger relief efforts.

  • Apr 2, 2020
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                                Volunteers at a March 14 work party for Harvest Against Hunger.
Sisters Mackenzie Wilson (left) and Natalie Wilson delivering groceries to a neighbor’s doorstep. Courtesy photo

Lending a helping hand

Community group assists Islanders in need during pandemic.

  • Mar 26, 2020
Sisters Mackenzie Wilson (left) and Natalie Wilson delivering groceries to a neighbor’s doorstep. Courtesy photo