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Eastside Regional Business Summit set for Sept. 10

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will join the chambers from Issaquah, SnoValley, Sammamish and Newcastle in hosting the Eastside Regional Business Summit virtually from… Continue reading

  • Aug 24, 2020

School district leads alternative learning experiences webinar

Event covers MIonline, special education services and more.

Sonia Joseph wipes away a tear in this December 2017 photo prior to entering the inquest hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent into the fatal shooting of her son Giovonn Joseph-McDade by a Kent police officer in June 2017. File photo

South King County cities win lawsuit over changes to inquest hearings

Court says King County Executive overstepped his authority regarding rules for investigating officer-involved deaths.

Sonia Joseph wipes away a tear in this December 2017 photo prior to entering the inquest hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent into the fatal shooting of her son Giovonn Joseph-McDade by a Kent police officer in June 2017. File photo

Emergency Management volunteers to give away more reusable masks on Friday

The city of Mercer Island’s Emergency Management volunteers will be donning their bright yellow vests and giving away more reusable cloth masks from 7-10 a.m.… Continue reading

  • Aug 20, 2020

Municipal Court set to reopen with plexiglass dividers

Mercer Island’s Municipal Court is set to reopen the week of Aug. 24 and will feature new plexiglass “sneeze guards” (pictured) as a coronavirus safety… Continue reading

  • Aug 20, 2020
Pictured left to right: Former Congressman Dave Reichert, Slade Gorton, and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn visit Washington, D.C., to testify in favor of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area designation. Courtesy photo

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton dies at 92

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton died Aug. 19 in Seattle at age 92. Gorton’s political career spanned 40 years in Washington state and Washington, D.C.… Continue reading

Pictured left to right: Former Congressman Dave Reichert, Slade Gorton, and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn visit Washington, D.C., to testify in favor of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area designation. Courtesy photo

Crosswalk safety project construction will soon be underway near Aubrey Davis Park

Kamins Construction project is slated to take six weeks.

Screenshot from a press conference by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Republican state lawmakers want special session

Gov. Jay Inslee and other Democrats are waiting to see what Congress does.

Screenshot from a press conference by Gov. Jay Inslee.

City working hard to support businesses during the pandemic

Recent ordinance focuses on eating and drinking establishments

School district to hold pair of meetings this week / Briefs

The Mercer Island School District will hold a special education parent webinar from 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at https://mercerislandschools.zoom.us/j/97811874807 and a K-5 webinar on alternative… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2020

Ducklings waddle into Islander’s yard

On Aug. 9, some stray ducklings paid a visit to a Mercer Island homeowner, waddling across the street and into the yard. The mother duck… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2020
Pictured is a screenshot of the Mercer Island School District board meeting on Aug. 11 via Zoom.
                                Mercer Island School Board led a community linkage session on Aug. 11 via Zoom. Screenshot

School board members, staff and instructors answer community’s questions regarding reopening plan

These are challenging times, said Mercer Island School District board president Deborah Lurie. As the school year nears — one that will begin remotely —… Continue reading

Pictured is a screenshot of the Mercer Island School District board meeting on Aug. 11 via Zoom.
                                Mercer Island School Board led a community linkage session on Aug. 11 via Zoom. Screenshot

Public hearing regarding eating and drinking establishments will be held on Sept. 15

The Mercer Island City Council will hold a public hearing regarding an ordinance providing interim zoning and official controls to allow more outdoor seating for… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak closed schools statewide last spring and has led to many school districts opting for remote learning in the fall. Pictured: A Decatur High School staff member takes cover from the rain while celebrating the graduating class of 2020 in June. File photo

Study: Virus cases must drop for state’s schools to safely reopen

Bringing students back in any capacity will lead to new infections, the report found.

The COVID-19 outbreak closed schools statewide last spring and has led to many school districts opting for remote learning in the fall. Pictured: A Decatur High School staff member takes cover from the rain while celebrating the graduating class of 2020 in June. File photo
Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography

Heat wave is on the way this weekend

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-90s on Sunday.

Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography
Pictured is a screenshot from the Luther Burbank Park waterfront-renovations charrette.

Overflow crowd participates in waterfront-renovations charrette

A virtual design charrette focused on Luther Burbank Park waterfront renovations was overflowing with participants on Aug. 6. Built in 1974, the park’s waterfront docks… Continue reading

Pictured is a screenshot from the Luther Burbank Park waterfront-renovations charrette.

Chamber ‘Working Wellness’ webinar set for September / Briefs

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Working Wellness” webinar from 8-9 a.m. Sept. 10. Sponsored by Movement Systems Physical Therapy and Helix… Continue reading

  • Aug 12, 2020

‘The human connection piece, that hasn’t changed one bit’

Stroum Jewish Community Center camp is more important than ever.