News

Traffic lights coming to Town Center, Council considers center lane for ICW

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

City Briefs

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Real estate prices fall, market flourishes

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

News briefs

Computers and other peripherals will be accepted for recycling on Saturday, May 31, at a special collection event.

  • Sep 9, 2008
A silver bracelet entitled ‘Sheet Music’ includes three guitar picks.

Student jewelry on show at SAM

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008
A silver bracelet entitled ‘Sheet Music’ includes three guitar picks.

‘Tent City’ homeless encampment coming to Mercer Island in August

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Unofficial tally has 119 off-Islanders attending Mercer Island schools next year

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island News Briefs

Fire truck party set for June 8...City rummage sale planned for June 14...National Trail Day June 8...more.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Seattle bank robbery suspect shot by police on Mercer Island

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander Paget Knebel
Islander Paget Knebel
The Class of 2008 will graduate at 7:30 p.m.
The Class of 2008 will graduate at 7:30 p.m.
Rep. Kay Granger of Texas speaks to Women of Washington while Rep. Dave Riechert
Rep. Kay Granger of Texas speaks to Women of Washington while Rep. Dave Riechert

Five Mercer Island School District employees to retire

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008
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Lakeridge first-grade teacher named Mercer Island Teacher of the Year

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008
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This artist’s rendering shows what the new French-American School will look like.

Mercer Island approves addition of floor No. Deux to French-American School

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008
This artist’s rendering shows what the new French-American School will look like.
2008 senior class officers

Mercer Island Class of ’08 first to overcome new academic hurdles

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.

2008 senior class officers

Three-way race for Senate in state’s 41st Legislative District

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island School District receives $185K for special education

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008

City briefs

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.

  • Sep 9, 2008