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Merrimount decision to be revisited

It turns out that the city’s recent decision to reduce Island Crest Way to three lanes south of Merrimount Drive may not stick, as members of the City Council want to revisit the project in the coming weeks.

  • Sep 9, 2008

This Week

Come and find a variety of edibles from farm-fresh fruits to specialty cheeses and delicious breads at the Mercer Island Farmers Market this weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Blue Angels rehearse their aerial performance over Lake Washington in this view from the I-90 bridge on Mercer Island

Gazing at Angels

The Blue Angels rehearse their aerial performance over Lake Washington in this view from the I-90 bridge on Mercer Island, Friday, Aug. 1. To view… Continue reading

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Blue Angels rehearse their aerial performance over Lake Washington in this view from the I-90 bridge on Mercer Island
New television cameras are some of the recent technology upgrades installed at City Hall.

Technology brings Council meetings into Island homes

Observant Islanders might notice quite a bit of new technology inside City Hall, now that City Council meetings are televised on channel 21 and equipment has been added to assist city leaders in responding to emergencies.

  • Sep 9, 2008
New television cameras are some of the recent technology upgrades installed at City Hall.
Islander named to legendary Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Islander named to legendary Committee on U.S.-China Relations

As the world turns its attention toward the Olympic Games in Beijing this week, it is easy to forget that not all that many years ago, China was essentially forbidden to all outsiders. Since 1913, when the United States first formally recognized the Government of the Republic of China, the relationship between the two nations has been rocky. Armed conflicts, ideological differences, diplomatic breakdowns and cultural differences have made permanent diplomatic relations illusive. Yet it was a seemingly small and personal gesture that brought the nations back to the table in the 1970s. That gesture, in the form of an invitation to a game of ping pong, set in motion the famous visit by former President Richard Nixon to China in 1972. The famous game and its results are credited not to a government agency but to the private, nonprofit National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander named to legendary Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Mercer Island street improvements begin

Two separate road construction projects began this week and several lane closures and delays should be expected. Improvements along S.E. 40th Street between Island Crest Way and 86th Avenue S.E. started on Monday and a resurfacing project along North Mercer Way is scheduled to begin today.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Police

A cell phone was stolen from a glove compartment during a car prowl that occurred in the 8400 block of Benotho Place, the night of July 30.

  • Sep 9, 2008

New MISD classes focus on the future

This month, King County will conduct a Top 2 primary. Voters will not have to pick a party and will be able to choose among all candidates for each office. In each race, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the November General Election.

King County will conduct a Top 2 primary this month

This month, King County will conduct a Top 2 primary. Voters will not have to pick a party and will be able to choose among all candidates for each office. In each race, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the November General Election.

  • Sep 9, 2008

YFS food pantry supply low, usage high

The Youth & Family Services food pantry, located in the Luther Burbank Administration Building at the park, is in need of donations as its usage has increased by 36 percent as compared to last summer. It has no more than a two-week supply on hand, and it serves an average of 10 Mercer Island families on a weekly basis with a user breakdown as follows: unemployed, 30 percent; low-income, 30 percent; disabled persons, 23 percent; senior citizens, 10 percent; homeless, 7 percent.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Hats off

Erica Breese, of Mercer Island, graduated from Emory College of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., with a Bachelor of Science in May. She is the daughter of Dr. John Sydney Breese and Emily Seklar Breese. Emory University is ranked as one of the country’s top 20 national universities, according to “U.S. News & World Report.”

  • Sep 9, 2008
Contractors assess the proposed location to add a portable classroom at Lakeridge Elementary School on Mercer Island
Contractors assess the proposed location to add a portable classroom at Lakeridge Elementary School on Mercer Island
Tent City 4 residents and volunteers set up camp in the Mercer Island United Methodist Church parking lot on Tuesday

Tent City moves onto Mercer Island

Tent City residents and volunteers began setting up the roving camp of about 100 homeless men and women at First Hill's United Methodist Church early on Tuesday.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Tent City 4 residents and volunteers set up camp in the Mercer Island United Methodist Church parking lot on Tuesday
Tent City 4 residents and volunteers set up camp in the Mercer Island United Methodist Church parking lot on Tuesday

Tent City settles in on Mercer Island

Tent City is here. Residents and volunteers set up the roving encampment at the Island’s United Methodist Church on First Hill on Tuesday while some neighbors tracked activities during the first few nights.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Tent City 4 residents and volunteers set up camp in the Mercer Island United Methodist Church parking lot on Tuesday

SWAT team arrests sex offender at Mercer Island home

Mercer Island Police arrested a level-three sex offender in violation of his parole at an Island home on Saturday morning, just blocks away from the Boys & Girls Club.

  • Sep 9, 2008

This Week

The annual kids’ Summer Carnival is from noon until 4 p.m., Aug. 15, at Mercerdale Park.

  • Sep 9, 2008

520 Tolling Open House tonight at Community Center

Island residents who want to share their thoughts regarding possible tolls on the SR-520 and/or I-90 bridges can do so tonight, Aug. 13, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Kids’ sailing camp participants rig their sails for the afternoon water session at Luther Burbank Park

Setting sail

Kids’ sailing camp participants rig their sails for the afternoon water session at Luther Burbank Park, Aug. 5. This is the first season when the city has sponsored sailing classes at the park. Lessons continue next week.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Kids’ sailing camp participants rig their sails for the afternoon water session at Luther Burbank Park

Noted educator Mel Levine accused of sexual abuse | In 2005, school district hired Levine for workshops alternative learning methods

Educational advocate and pediatrician Dr. Melvin Levine, whose expertise on teaching the “struggling student” has earned him national repute, is standing trial for accusations of sexually abusing five former patients when they were boys. The charges, although months-old, were brought to the national spotlight in a New York Times front-page story on Aug. 6. Levine has denied all accusations.

City renews police labor contract, new policies on drug, alcohol testing

Working the past seven months without a labor contract, Mercer Island police and city administrators finally negotiated an agreement that includes a new drug and alcohol policy, among higher wages and benefit packages for the next three years. The contract, which the City Council approved last Monday night, also contains a new provision regarding the release of public records requests concerning individual officers. The contract expires at the end of 2010.

  • Sep 9, 2008