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Islander Middle School. Photo courtesy of MISD

MISD launches long-range facilities planning

Public invited to outreach meetings regarding facility-related needs week of Jan. 13.

Islander Middle School. Photo courtesy of MISD
The new Mercer Island City Council. Those recently elected were sworn in Jan. 7, 2020, and leadership was appointed. From left: Salim Nice, David Rosenbaum, Craig Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker, Mayor Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl, Jake Jacobson. Photo courtesy of city communications manager Ross Freeman.

Wong named Mayor, Weiker Deputy Mayor

New Mercer Island City Council swears in.

The new Mercer Island City Council. Those recently elected were sworn in Jan. 7, 2020, and leadership was appointed. From left: Salim Nice, David Rosenbaum, Craig Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker, Mayor Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl, Jake Jacobson. Photo courtesy of city communications manager Ross Freeman.
“An American in Paris” will kick off Mercer Island’s Friday Night Films Jan. 10. Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons

Island’s Friday Night Films returns for 15th year

Friday Night Films kicks off January 10.

  • Jan 8, 2020
“An American in Paris” will kick off Mercer Island’s Friday Night Films Jan. 10. Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons
The Mercer Island light rail station under construction, set to open in 2023. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Sidewalk reopens along Mercer Island light rail construction

Pedestrian traffic resumes along 77th Avenue Southeast.

The Mercer Island light rail station under construction, set to open in 2023. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

King County faces $2 million lawsuit from 2016 K-9 bite

A man’s right arm was left “permanently disfigured and disabled” after a Sheriff’s Office K-9 was used.

  • Jan 6, 2020
A rendering of the location and approximate footprint of the future Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Project to be built on a combination of the former Tully’s Coffee House property, a section of WSDOT-owned parkland and a section of city-owned Sunset Highway. Courtesy of the City of Mercer Island.

City buys Tully’s site for commuter parking project

Mixed-use development to move forward.

A rendering of the location and approximate footprint of the future Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Project to be built on a combination of the former Tully’s Coffee House property, a section of WSDOT-owned parkland and a section of city-owned Sunset Highway. Courtesy of the City of Mercer Island.

Washington doesn’t know true vaccination data

New auditor’s report shows schools have not reported accurate vaccination data.

Mercer Island High School Interact Club members participated in bell ringing for Salvation Army with the Rotary Club of Mercer Island in late November and December 2019. From left: Charles Wischman, Peyton Rapo and Mathis Destouches. Courtesy photo.

Interact students volunteer for the greater good

Mercer Island High School club creates opportunities.

Mercer Island High School Interact Club members participated in bell ringing for Salvation Army with the Rotary Club of Mercer Island in late November and December 2019. From left: Charles Wischman, Peyton Rapo and Mathis Destouches. Courtesy photo.
From left, Ashley Hay and Olivia Lippens with baby Monroe in protesting the bus intercept plan in front of the future Mercer Island light rail station. File photo

Mercer Island Reporter’s top 10 most-viewed web stories of 2019

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  • Jan 1, 2020
From left, Ashley Hay and Olivia Lippens with baby Monroe in protesting the bus intercept plan in front of the future Mercer Island light rail station. File photo
Participants of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce’s Fitness Crawl 2.0 on Nov. 2, 2019, complete an instructor-led session at Club Pilates. All event proceeds benefited the Mercer Island Boys Girls Club.

Fitness Crawl benefits Boys & Girls Club

Tour of workout facilities held by Mecer Island Chamber of Commerce, local businesses.

Participants of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce’s Fitness Crawl 2.0 on Nov. 2, 2019, complete an instructor-led session at Club Pilates. All event proceeds benefited the Mercer Island Boys Girls Club.
Insulin pumps are worn by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels and replace manual injections. (Wikimedia Commons)

WA lawmakers propose capping insulin costs at $100 a month

With the federal government in gridlock, states and finding ways to lower costs.

Insulin pumps are worn by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels and replace manual injections. (Wikimedia Commons)

Swedish nurse strike still possible following Dec. 30 negotiations

Not enough progress was made, nurses unions say.

2019 saw wild animal and wild election

Year in review for Mercer Island Reporter.

  • Dec 31, 2019
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                                New Mercer Island School Board directors Maggie Tai Tucker, left, and Tam Dinh.

Tam Dinh and Maggie Tai Tucker sworn in at school board meeting

Two newly-elected members, Tam Dinh and Maggie Tai Tucker, joined the Mercer Island School Board at its December 12 meeting.

  • Dec 30, 2019
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                                New Mercer Island School Board directors Maggie Tai Tucker, left, and Tam Dinh.

Reserved spots still up for grabs

Mercer Island Park-and-Ride permit sales show availability remaining.

Swedish Medical Center nurses could send notification of strike by year’s end

Union reps say negotiations have stalled since they began in April.

Who owns King County forestlands?

It’s a hodgepodge mix, but large investment companies own a substantial chunk.

Natalie DeFord/staff photo
                                Mercer Island resident Mary Ann Flynn and her mother, Aagot Kate Rosellini, who is turning 106 years old. They are holding a picture of Rosellini and her younger sister when they were small children.

Mercer Island woman celebrates 106th birthday

Great-grandma Kate shares her positive energy.

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                                Mercer Island resident Mary Ann Flynn and her mother, Aagot Kate Rosellini, who is turning 106 years old. They are holding a picture of Rosellini and her younger sister when they were small children.
At a Dec. 6 event, Pitch Your Peers (PYP) Seattle presented a grant award of $17,700 to Kindering. From left: Kindering community engagement officer Anna Brown, Kindering chief development officer Alison Morton, PYP grant champion — who pitched Kindering — Erin Azose, Kindering CEO Lisa Greenwald, PYP co-founder and president Erin Krawiec, Kindering assistant development director Jennifer Schumacher, and PYP co-founder and vice president Alison Burks. Courtesy photo.

Pitch Your Peers passes out grants

Group founded by Mercer Island women awards $95,000 in grants to local charities.

At a Dec. 6 event, Pitch Your Peers (PYP) Seattle presented a grant award of $17,700 to Kindering. From left: Kindering community engagement officer Anna Brown, Kindering chief development officer Alison Morton, PYP grant champion — who pitched Kindering — Erin Azose, Kindering CEO Lisa Greenwald, PYP co-founder and president Erin Krawiec, Kindering assistant development director Jennifer Schumacher, and PYP co-founder and vice president Alison Burks. Courtesy photo.