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Mercer Island Officers of the Year

Officers of the Year.

About 50 family members, police officers and firefighters honored and recognized the best of the Island’s police department last Wednesday, which named its three Officers of the Year.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Mercer Island Officers of the Year

$1.25 million fine for PSE

State regulators today fined Puget Sound Energy (PSE) $1.25 million for fraudulent natural gas pipeline inspection records spanning a four-year period. The fine is the largest penalty ever imposed by the state on a natural-gas distribution company.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander Julie Gardner

Sharing life

Getting by with a little help from your friends is one thing, but getting a kidney from your childhood friend shows another kind of dedication.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander Julie Gardner

An international perspective

This Friday, the vibrant aroma of Mediterranean spices, South American stews and Chinese stir-fries will fill the Mercer Island High School commons. The murmur of foreign languages will blend with the universal sound of laughter. Students from Norway will chat with students from Azerbaijan. Islanders will share dinner with Chileans, Italians and Japanese. This, according to school counselor Susie Brown, is what the MIHS International Festival is all about.

  • Sep 9, 2008

First Hill organizes

First came the teardowns and the mega-homes, which many viewed as irrevocable changes in the characteristic and compatibility of the neighborhood. Now, there are some neighbors reeling from talk of building several affordable housing cottages on a vacant city-owned lot in First Hill.

  • Sep 9, 2008

City offers MISD a helping hand

With enrollment shrinking and revenues dropping for the Island’s school district, the city has begun evaluating its options to help the district save a buck or two.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Creative 4th-graders earn regional attention

West Mercer fourth-graders have a knack for ingenuity and know how to show it.

  • Sep 9, 2008
City officials have decided to demolish this condemned house at 5075 West Mercer Way.

City to demolish condemned home

An abandoned home located on West Mercer Way has been slated for demolition now that the City Council has approved its abatement.

  • Sep 9, 2008
City officials have decided to demolish this condemned house at 5075 West Mercer Way.

Discussion of surplus First Hill property begins

While neighbors showed up distraught, confused and ready to speak, city leaders assured First Hill residents gathered at last week’s Council meeting that they were listening and following proper procedure.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Island Crest Way and Merrimount intersection: Drop-in meeting

Island Crest Way and Merrimount intersection: Drop-in meeting

The city is holding a drop-in meeting tonight, April 16, at the Community Center at Mercer View to review the revisions made on Island Crest Way at the intersection of Merrimount Drive and S.E. 44th Street. Island citizens are encouraged to come anytime between 7 and 9 p.m.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Island Crest Way and Merrimount intersection: Drop-in meeting

Asst. city manager Lindell is fired

Assistant city manager and former city attorney, Londi Lindell has been let go. She is the second high profile employee to leave the city in the last two months.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Permit for PEAK appealed

Islanders for Common Sense, the group of residents opposing the proposed Boys and Girls Club PEAK project, have appealed the city’s recent approval of a conditional use permit.

  • Sep 9, 2008

This Week

Robert Bostwick, a former student at the long defunct Luther Burbank Boys School, will speak at the Mercer Island Historical Society meeting at 1 p.m., April 21, in the Community Center at Mercer View. Call 236-3274 or go to www.mihistory.org for information.

  • Sep 9, 2008
West Mercer Elementary fifth graders get plaster casts made of their faces last week as part of an art project where they decorate the masks once dried. Volunteers helped create the masks for 125 students from five classrooms over three days in a marathon session at the school.

Body art

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  • Sep 9, 2008
West Mercer Elementary fifth graders get plaster casts made of their faces last week as part of an art project where they decorate the masks once dried. Volunteers helped create the masks for 125 students from five classrooms over three days in a marathon session at the school.

City Briefs

Mercer Island’s state senator, Brian Weinstein, announced last week that he joined the law firm of Bergman & Frockt as senior counsel. Weinstein just finished the fourth year of his first and only term in the state Senate. Weinstein will not seek re-election this fall, and current Island representative Fred Jarrett is running for the open seat.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby Saturday

Cub Scouts will be competing in the Annual Cascade District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, April 26, at Chevrolet Cadillac Hummer of Bellevue. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Cub Scouts from packs within the Cascade District will be racing home-built model racing cars on a special track. Pinewood Derby cars are cut from a block of wood according to strict rules and propelled by gravity. Any Cub Scout in uniform can participate. This year, a new division has been added for siblings and parents of Cub Scouts. Trophies and medals will be awarded in several divisions of competitors. For information, e-mail ebucu@seattlebsa.org or call (206) 902-2340.

  • Sep 9, 2008
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg

Car thefts are down, thanks to new laws

Brock Haskins loved to steal cars and had a special taste for Ford pickup trucks. He would spray down the interiors with WD-40 to eliminate any finger prints, then steal the lights, the seats, or whatever he could lay his hands on.

  • Sep 9, 2008
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg
Phil Flash was awarded for his devotion to Island history at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on April 22.

History lesson

One-time citizen of the year and senior games champion Phil Flash, received high honors last week for his long-time involvement with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Phil Flash was awarded for his devotion to Island history at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on April 22.

Seniors behind on grad. project

As of this week, nearly 150 Mercer Island High School seniors are not meeting deadline for their senior culminating project. If they do not get their work completed by May 19, it could be a “cozy graduation” for the class of 2008 — sans one-third of the students.

  • Sep 9, 2008

This Week

On Sunday, May 4, the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center will commemorate Yom Hashoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) with a communitywide interfaith event. A short memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the site of the Holocaust Memorial at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.

  • Sep 9, 2008