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The City Council moved toward approving two new traffic signals in the Town Center and revising the intersection of Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drive.
The City Council did not make any decisions regarding the upcoming parks levy after a stakeholders group recommendation was presented last Monday. The Council will continue deliberating the scope and cost of the levy during its summer planning session, taking place on June 21 at the Community Center at Mercer View.
Pending sales during April reached their highest level in eight months, according to the latest figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which covers 19 counties in western and central Washington.
Computers and other peripherals will be accepted for recycling on Saturday, May 31, at a special collection event.
Jewelry made by five Mercer Island High School students is on show at the Seattle Art Museum this week. The work is part of the 2008 Passing the Torch exhibition, a statewide high school jewelry and metal show put on by the Seattle Metals Guild.
The Mercer Island United Methodist Church has announced its plans to host the roving homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 beginning this August. The church is located on a 1.5 acre lot in the First Hill neighborhood at 7070 S.E. 24th St. and plans to place the encampment in its lower parking lot.
Working hard, or hardly working? Documents indicate poor performance was cause of Mercer city attorney’s dismissal
A combination of factors led to the departure of Mercer Island City Attorney Bob Sterbank barely a year after being hired by the city. Documents released by the city after a records request from the Reporter indicate that city officials were not happy with Sterbank’s work. E-mails and notes from city manager Rich Conrad and finance director Chip Corder show that Sterbank was absent during much of the first few months of taking his job and was not timely or responsive to requests for legal services.
Superintendent Gary Plano announced the latest open enrollment numbers during last Thursday’s School Board meeting. As of May 29, 119 applications had been accepted for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. This number, however, is not yet official and will most likely change over the coming months.
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A man suspected of robbing a bank in Seattle was shot by Seattle police detectives on Mercer Island Monday, according to Commander Leslie Burns of the Mercer Island Police Department.
The Mercer Island School District will say goodbye to five employees next week as they enter retirement: West Mercer Elementary School principal Pat Blix; interim Director of Testing and Evaluation Sharon Gillaspie; West Mercer fourth-grade teacher Nancy Frost; Islander Middle School paraprofessional Holly Pratt; and Mercer Island High School Spanish teacher Carrie Sparlin.
Lakeridge first-grade teacher Cathy Dugovich has been honored as Mercer Island’s Teacher of the Year. The news was announced at last Thursday’s School Board meeting before a crowd of smiling Lakeridge children, parents and administrators.
The French-American School of Puget Sound, the only K-5 international school on the Island, is expanding its curriculum and school house to accommodate growing enrollment. In March, the City of Mercer Island approved a Conditional Use Permit for the school to construct a second 13,886-square-foot story to its existing building.
It’s an overly used cliché that each graduating class is unique. More so that each has its own personality. Needless to say, both are true for the Class of 2008. Clichés aside, this year’s group of graduating seniors is unique in more than one way. With nearly 380 students, it is the largest senior class to walk the hallways of MIHS in decades. It is the first class in Island history to pilot — and complete — the state-imposed Culminating Project. It is the first class to fulfill three WASL requirements: math, reading and writing. And it is the first class, faced with this heap of academic obstacles, to succeed.
Two Island residents have stepped up to challenge current state Rep. Fred Jarrett by running against him for the vacant Senate seat of the state’s 41st Legislative District. With three candidates running for the position, the race will have a vote in the state’s first Top Two Primary this August.
The Mercer Island School District has been granted $185,000 in state Safety Net funds for its special education program. The money will be used to cover what the district had to pay in 2007-2008 for its “high cost” special education students.
Work will soon restart on a South-end trail along Island Crest Way that came to a halt after several trees were cut down and the project cost and scope changed from the City Council’s original intent.