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Several letters from Northwest Yeshiva High School’s sign, located in the 5000 block of 90th Avenue S.E., were pried off during the night of Aug. 4.

  • Sep 9, 2008

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

Islanders tell tolling committee to offer toll-free access to Mercer Island

Islander attendance at the sixth and final SR-520 Tolling Open House surpassed other community presentations as many residents shared their thoughts and opinions about bringing tolls to I-90 in order to fund a new 520 bridge.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island property values skyrocket, buildings worth less

Many Island homeowners were shocked when they opened their mailboxes last Friday to find that the assessed value of their home and property had changed… Continue reading

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island residents pack 520 tolling meeting

Islander attendance at the sixth and final 520 Tolling Open House surpassed other community presentations as dozens of Island residents shared their thoughts and opinions about bringing tolls to I-90 in order to fund a new 520 bridge.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Dr. Bob Lewis of Mercer Island

Island father, son dentists volunteer at Tent City

Two generations of Island dentists teamed up last Thursday as they poked, prodded and X-rayed the mouths of homeless residents living in Tent City.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Dr. Bob Lewis of Mercer Island

Property values shock, dismay

Many Island homeowners were shocked when they opened their mailboxes last Friday to find that the assessed value for their home and property had changed dramatically. The King County Assessors office mailed out its new batch of “Official Property Value Notices” to Islanders and residents throughout the county. Islanders are puzzled and sometimes angry by what they saw.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Lovin’ Scoopful co-founder Dan Samson is all smiles as the ice-cream company he founded with Tim Shriver

Maria Shriver is partner in Islander ice cream biz

Lovin’ Scoopful co-founder Dan Samson is all smiles as the ice-cream company he founded with Tim Shriver, Maria Shriver and Angelo Moratti will be in more than 900 stores throughout the Puget Sound area, California and the Southwest by September. And they are just getting started.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Lovin’ Scoopful co-founder Dan Samson is all smiles as the ice-cream company he founded with Tim Shriver
The Wilburton Tunnel went without a fight this past weekend on I-405

Light at the end of the Wilburton Tunnel

Crews finished demolishing the Wilburton Tunnel over southbound I-405 in Bellevue this past weekend, one week ahead of schedule. All lanes were re-opened on Monday and the third weekend closure is no longer needed.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Wilburton Tunnel went without a fight this past weekend on I-405

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Tent City harassment

  • Sep 9, 2008

Crest teacher adds peace-keeping to education skills

This fall, Crest social studies teacher Gavin Tierney will bring conflict resolution and international peacekeeping to the classroom. With 2008 headlines awash in political conflict — from Iraq to Darfur to the recent war in Georgia — the importance of such topics in education is growing. Eager to broaden Crest’s social studies program, Tierney attended a six-day summer institute at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C., exploring ways to integrate international conflict resolution and peacemaking strategies into the high school curriculum.

Time to go mural
Time to go mural

Insurance iffy for trampolines

It seems that just about every family these days has a large trampoline in their backyard. So it was quite a surprise for Mercer Island residents Tim and Lori Stone to learn that their insurance company, CHUBB, wouldn’t insure them if they purchased one.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Proposal could end Metro transport for students

In response to a proposed federal law restricting the use of public buses for student transportation, the Mercer Island School District (MISD) and King County Metro are voicing their dissent. Both parties have written letters of protest to CFR 49, a recent proposal by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that could prohibit Metro routes from transporting students to and from school.

City officials keep Council posted on homeless camp

Councilmembers received their first update concerning Tent City Monday night as dozens of Islanders lauded the community's efforts to help the homeless, while others asked for verified warrant checks on the "grandfathered-in" camp residents whose names were not reviewed when the camp moved in earlier this month.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Rachel Van Gelder started The Hoot

Mercer Island’s Rachel Van Gelder, 12, starts her own newspaper

Rachel Van Gelder, 12, has started her own newspaper and the entire neighborhood is involved. In late May, the first issue of The Hoot, a newspaper covering the events and personalities of Mercer Terrace Drive on the South end, went to press. Van Gelder personally delivered the 11-page, full-color publication — named after the owl she hears hooting at night — to more than a dozen neighborhood families.

Rachel Van Gelder started The Hoot
Marcie Maxwell

Maxwell ahead of Litzow in primary

It looks as if many Islanders running for public office will continue campaigning into the fall after advancing to the general election as the winners or runners-up in the primary held last Tuesday.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Marcie Maxwell
The shell used by the U.S. Olympic rowing team to win the gold medal in the Women’s 8 rowing competition in Beijing is named after Islander and former UW regent  and benefactor

The Golden Hunter

Olympic gold medal-winning shell named for Islander

  • Sep 9, 2008
The shell used by the U.S. Olympic rowing team to win the gold medal in the Women’s 8 rowing competition in Beijing is named after Islander and former UW regent  and benefactor
City Attorney Katie Knight

Knight promoted to City Attorney

The city’s former prosecutor was recently given the nod and promoted to City Attorney after serving as the interim for the past six months.

  • Sep 9, 2008
City Attorney Katie Knight

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MIHS mock trial club raises money at Primaries

  • Sep 9, 2008