Islanders should expect a close race for the open House seat of the 41st Legislative District this fall, as Republicans are seeking to reclaim the seat being vacated by a former party member. Local voters elected a Democrat to the District’s other House and Senate seats in recent elections while the Democrats also swept the district’s three positions in the primary last August.
The Island teen involved in a fatal boating accident on Lake Washington while operating a motor boat late last month received the state-required boater education card, according to state Parks Department records.
The Mercer Island School District has a new list of remodeling priorities for 2009. Consultant Tom Bates of BLRB Architects presented the School Board with a visual survey of the repairs needed at all five district schools, along with the North Mercer campus and administration building, as the 2009 facilities bond project moves slowly ahead.
Raphael Tapernoux, 3, hitches a ride on his baby sister Carole’s stroller during the 22nd annual Seattle Aids Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Tapernoux family was part of Team Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, which walked for the second year. The church recruited more than 100 participants — the largest team to walk — and raised nearly $20,000 for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
The Mercer Island Reporter took first place in the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest. The Reporter won in the 5,000 circulation category for issues printed from April 1, 2007 through March 2008.
Edward E. Maloof of Mercer Island died Sept. 30 at Swedish Hospital with his family at his side. Through his civic involvement, real estate and teaching careers, Mr. Maloof was a key part of Island life for more than 60 years.
Campaign contributions to the candidates running for public office in the Island’s legislative district is evidence of the significance of the three seats up for grabs in Olympia this fall. The total of all contributions to candidates running in the 41st District is the second highest total in the state among all 49 districts, while some Islanders have also used their checkbooks to show their support or opposition toward statewide races and initiatives on the ballot this fall.
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Charles D. Bridges III, “Charley,” born and raised in Seattle, died on Sept. 23, while living in Palm Desert, Calif. Mr. Bridges graduated from Broadway High School in 1944 and was on the high school golf team during all four years. He then entered the V12A program in Minot, N.D., in preparation for Naval flight training. His eyesight prevented him from entering flight school, and he was transferred to the University of Minnesota Navy ROTC program. When WWII ended, he was discharged from the Navy and returned to Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington in 1948. After graduating, he entered the real estate business as a mortgage loan officer. This was interrupted by the Korean War, at which time he re-entered the Navy as a Supply Corps Officer in Bayonne, N.J. While in Bayonne, he married Catherine Ann Blair in 1950, whom he had met in Seattle. They were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village, N.Y., where Mrs. Bridges’ mother, Katherine DuPre’, had married Woolvin Patten eight years earlier.