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Imposter grandchild scams $9k from Islander

An imposter pretending to be a grandson in need of financial help swindled an Island resident earlier this month, and police remind residents to be cautious of such scams when giving away money.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Council revisions to allow commerce on public property

A proposal that would ease restrictions on outdoor markets taking place in the Town Center was accepted by the Planning Commission last Wednesday. The City Council must now approve the revisions.

  • Sep 9, 2008

MISD facing higher diesel fuel prices for school buses

A recent Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) report shows that, due to the dramatic climb in gas and diesel prices, the Washington State Legislature has fallen short by more than $49 million in student transportation funding since 2003.

Lifeguard rescues struggling swimmer

Trevor Powell has worked as a lifeguard for more than a year and, until last weekend, has not once had to jump into the water after a person. But that all changed on July 12, during a beautiful, 80-degree day at Groveland Beach.

COBS Bread to close

COBS Bakery will be closing on July 30 due to poor business. The artisan bread chain, running under the Australian parent company Bakers Delight, has more than 700 stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The company branched to the United States last year, opening up three bakeries in Western Washington: the first at Crossroads Mall, the second in Mill Creek, and the third in The Mercer. All three branches will be closing at the end of this month.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Finding parking in Town Center

The city is considering adding 15 new parking spots in front of Noah’s Bagels along S.E. 28th Street. The change would remove the center turn lane — often illegally used by delivery trucks — and likely reduce the number of bagel buyers parking at QFC across the street.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Police report

A 19-year-old Island resident was jailed for strangling his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend while in his driveway in the 7600 block of S.E. 40th Street around midnight on July 3. According to the police report, an 18-year-old witness corroborated the victim’s story, and the suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Virtual Island

As part of its efforts to help Islanders and visitors find their way around town through a virtual map, Google Earth surveying vehicles have been seen driving around Mercer Island lately.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island recycling and garbage collection

It is easy to confuse changing waste regulations — what can be recycled and what cannot. Allied Waste, which serves Mercer Island, divides the following products into two categories.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island Police to tote Tasers

While the Mercer Island Police Department is the only one in western Washington that has not used Tasers before, the Island’s police officers on patrol will begin carrying a Taser come this fall.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The only road on or off the Island

For whom the bridge tolls – and how much I-90 tolls part of funding scenarios for 520 bridge

It looks as if Islanders will have to pay to leave or return to the Island in the future. According to a state study released last Wednesday, the 520 Tolling Commission determined that tolls instituted on I-90 along with the 520 bridge would generate about $1 billion more than just 520 alone. Two of the initial four scenarios suggested by the tolling commission show that tolls on I-90 and 520 would raise a total of $2 billion, compared to the $900 million that only 520 tolls would raise.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The only road on or off the Island

Restraining order against Tent City denied

Early Monday morning, a King County judge denied a request for a restraining order that sought to prevent a homeless camp from coming to Mercer Island next week.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Blue Angels make a pass over Mercer Island

I-90 bridge closures for Seafair

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close all lanes of Interstate 90 across Lake Washington several times from Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 3, to accommodate flights by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Blue Angels make a pass over Mercer Island
Washington State Department of Transportation Construction Engineering Manager Brian Nielson speaks to the media in front of the Wilburton Tunnel on I-405 just before the I-90 interchange in Bellevue on July 21.

Wilburton tunnel teardown will slow I-405 traffic

Southbound lanes on Interstate 405 from S.E. 8th Street in Bellevue to Interstate 90 will be completely closed for three weekends in August as construction crews remove the Wilburton Tunnel.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Washington State Department of Transportation Construction Engineering Manager Brian Nielson speaks to the media in front of the Wilburton Tunnel on I-405 just before the I-90 interchange in Bellevue on July 21.
This trap near the Town Center is just one of 5

75 gypsy moth traps placed on Mercer Island

For 35 years, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has kept the gypsy moth out of Washington. With the help of nearly 30 seasonal gypsy moth trappers, officials hope that record continues.

  • Sep 9, 2008
This trap near the Town Center is just one of 5
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$1 million for Luther Burbank | Money earmarked for dog park, shoreline restoration

The often muddy and somewhat makeshift off-leash dog park at Luther Burbank will finally get a much needed makeover. The adjacent shoreline overrun by invasive blackberry bushes will also be renovated from Calkins Point down to the docks.

  • Sep 9, 2008
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Focus on education for 2020 changes leaders

During its summer retreat last week, the Mercer Island School Board designed a new path for the Really Big Idea Committee (RBIC) in preparation for the next phase of achieving its 2020 Vision. The School Board will henceforth relinquish responsibility for the project, passing the reins on to Superintendent Gary Plano, who will continue to define the 2020 Vision with the RBIC.

Ipecac is in short supply for child care

The current Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 170-296-0830 states that childcare businesses must keep a first-aid kit containing “at least one unexpired bottle of Syrup of Ipecac that must be given only at the direction of a poison control center.” The decreased availability of Syrup of Ipecac, from a lack of raw materials or the manufacturers’ decision to reduce production, has hindered this requirement.

  • Sep 9, 2008

MI Olympic swimmer still inspires

Like many other American cities, Mercer Island has its own proud list of Olympic medalists. There is Mary Wayte — gold medalist swimmer in the 1984 Los Angeles Games — whose name has been eternalized by the Island’s Mary Wayte Pool; figure skater Peter Kennedy, who won silver skating pairs with his sister, Karol, in the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo; and Carl Buchanan, who won gold for sailing in the 1984 Summer Games.

Town Center businesses hit by burglars

Burglars robbed two neighboring commercial businesses in the Town Center two weekends ago, exploiting the stores that did not have burglar alarms at the time. Both Dooz, a hair salon that caters to children and also sells toys, baby shower gifts and child hair products, and Yogabliss, a private yoga school, were burglarized on the night of Friday, July 25.

  • Sep 9, 2008