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UW, Western deny top students Record numbers apply to colleges

The class of 2008 hasn’t had it easy. On top of new WASL requirements and being the first class required to complete an 80-hour culminating project for graduation, it is one of the most populous classes in Island history, which means tough competition when applying to college.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Former city official sues city for $1 million

Former Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell has filed a claim seeking $1 million in damages from the city for firing her last month.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Mercer Island Fire Department recently received two new fire trucks. The city paid about $1 million to replace the 24-year-old green trucks.
The Mercer Island Fire Department recently received two new fire trucks. The city paid about $1 million to replace the 24-year-old green trucks.
Mercer Island mayor and Mt. Baker Crew coxswain
Mercer Island mayor and Mt. Baker Crew coxswain

Board tries to keep budget cuts out of classroom

The Mercer Island School Board, faced with a strained 2008-09 budget, met to discuss its budget reduction principles and ways to keep the focus on student needs last month.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Dressed in traditional clothes

Lesson from Africa

Dozens of sixth-graders at Islander Middle School listened in awe as Samson Parashina, a member of the Maasai tribe of Kenya, Africa, described how his family would mix cattle blood and milk for lunch, among other Maasai customs.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Dressed in traditional clothes
St. Monica’s held a walkathon last Thursday to raise money for one-year-old Luke Smith
St. Monica’s held a walkathon last Thursday to raise money for one-year-old Luke Smith

News briefs

The Mercer Island Senior Commission launches “Older Americans Month” with a special showcase at the Mercer Island library. Entitled “Connecting The Generations,” the display can be viewed through the month of May, the traditional Older Americans Month since the 1960s.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Island attorney Lory Lybeck takes a superhero stance on a piling in Lake Washington near his Island home in this photo that ran in BusinessWeek magazine.

Attorney featured in story on illegal downloads

A story in a recent issue of BusinessWeek magazine, features Island attorney Lory Lybeck, who has been representing a Portland, Ore., woman accused of illegally downloading music.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Island attorney Lory Lybeck takes a superhero stance on a piling in Lake Washington near his Island home in this photo that ran in BusinessWeek magazine.

Traffic signal no longer considered for Merrimount-ICW intersection

Additional changes to the intersection of Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drive may be ahead, but the City Council will not be considering the installation of a traffic light.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Middle school lunches now include polystyrene lunch trays.

IMS recycling club earns $1,600 for reusable trays

A group of students at Islander Middle School are determined to replace the school’s polystyrene lunch trays with an eco-friendly, reusable alternative. In fact, this very goal spurred them to start the Gators Go Green recycling club last fall. And now that the club received a $1,600 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology for its proposal, the project has moved from discussion to near reality.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Middle school lunches now include polystyrene lunch trays.
This illustration shows the new office complex approved to be built adjacent to city hall.

PEAK design/Honeywell development praised

The architects of the Boys and Girls Club’s proposed PEAK project recently presented an updated design of the facility that showed trees were the better screen for neighbors to the west, while the city’s Design Commissioners asked to see more interactive features in the formal review process.

  • Sep 9, 2008
This illustration shows the new office complex approved to be built adjacent to city hall.

South end substation news brief

Citizens chosen by the mayor to protect Pioneer Park do not think the benefits from adding a second feeder line into the Island’s South end substation outweigh the costs of removing about 50 trees from the park.

  • Sep 9, 2008

A global view for education

Nationally renowned academic Yong Zhao left members of the Mercer Island School District scratching their heads last week, and in a good way. The professor with a Ph.D. in education asked the district to consider three big questions: What knowledge is of most worth for our children? What unique talents are we growing that other countries do not have? How are we preparing our students for a new, virtual world?

  • Sep 9, 2008
Island children play in the sand at Luther Burbank Park in near-record temperatures last Friday. The parks levy stakeholders group has set forth a wide range of plans to invest in Island parks

Millions sought for parks

The 2008 parks levy stakeholders group is recommending two ballot measures for the November election to fund improvements to Island parks and ballfields.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Island children play in the sand at Luther Burbank Park in near-record temperatures last Friday. The parks levy stakeholders group has set forth a wide range of plans to invest in Island parks

PEAK design/Honeywell development praised

PEAK design/Honeywell development praised

  • Sep 9, 2008

MI appeals special ed lawsuit

The Washington Court of Appeals heard the school district’s Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education present its case against the state before a three-panel judge on May 6. Mercer Island is one of 12 districts in the alliance, which is arguing that the state has not upheld its constitutional duty to fund special education as part of “basic education.”

  • Sep 9, 2008

Islander meets with McCain

Mercer Island City Councilmember Steve Litzow recently joined several local leaders, businessmen and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain to discuss global warming in North Bend.

  • Sep 9, 2008

New MIHS interim director to replace Sharon Gillaspie

Mercer Island High School Associate Principal Michael Schiehser will take over as interim director of instruction and assessment following the retirement of Sharon Gillaspie on June 30.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Zachary Eastern

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  • Sep 9, 2008
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