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Everyone is watching Tent City

Councilmembers received their first update concerning Tent City last 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
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Bellevue teachers on verge of strike

As September draws closer, teachers in the Bellevue School District (BSD) are bracing for what could be their first strike in years. More than 1,000 teachers in the Eastside district are prepared to picket if they do not have a tentative contract agreement by Sept. 2, the first day of school. Their current contract ended on Aug. 1.

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  • Sep 9, 2008
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Kemper Freeman to add more to Bellevue downtown

In its 62-year history, Kemper Development has had a number of milestones: Bellevue Place, Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, together encompassing four million square feet of real estate on 50 acres of land in Bellevue’s downtown core.

  • Sep 9, 2008
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New Orleans church again faces danger; Mercer Islanders replaced organ just months ago

As Hurricane Gustav tore through New Orleans this week, the parishioners of Blessed Seelos Catholic Church and their friends at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church (MIPC) prayed to get through yet another natural disaster.

Off-Islanders also have interest in outcome of Tent City stay

For one Eastsider who has challenged the merits of Tent City 4 within several communities since its inception four years ago, the truth behind the roving homeless camp is coming out during its stay on Mercer Island.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Mercer Island students excel in WASL

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the 2008 state WASL results last week, with Mercer Island scores topping the list. The percentage of Island students meeting all three standards -— reading, writing and math — averaged 86 percent, far above the Washington state average of 45 percent.

Small flags fill the planter box below the statue of Island pioneers at the corner of 78th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 28th Street at the North end QFC last week.  The day to honor workers was first made a national holiday in 1894..
Small flags fill the planter box below the statue of Island pioneers at the corner of 78th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 28th Street at the North end QFC last week.  The day to honor workers was first made a national holiday in 1894..
Freshman trumpet player Joseph Shanks gets help with finding a marching band uniform that fits from parent volunteer Eileen Concannon at Mercer Island High School. The band will march at the Islander football team’s home opener this Friday.
Freshman trumpet player Joseph Shanks gets help with finding a marching band uniform that fits from parent volunteer Eileen Concannon at Mercer Island High School. The band will march at the Islander football team’s home opener this Friday.

City predicts budget surplus despite shortfalls in other Eastside communities

Talk about budget cuts may be buzzing around local cities, businesses and Island homes, but it is not something that the city will be facing this fall.

  • Sep 9, 2008

2009-2010 Budget Planning schedule

As prescribed by Washington State Law, the City Manager must submit a proposed budget for the City Council to review and adopt every two years. Citizens are invited to attend and participate in budget meetings starting next month. The 2009-2010 budget will be discussed at City Council meetings as follows:

  • Sep 9, 2008

I-90 closures

Over the next several weeks, WSDOT and Sound Transit will be continuing its work to add HOV lanes to the I-90 outer roadway between Seattle and Bellevue; adding new I-90 HOV on and off-ramps on Mercer Island; and improving I-90 HOV access at Bellevue Way.

  • Sep 9, 2008

City urges construction workers to prepare S.E. 40th for school traffic

The ongoing construction along S.E. 40th Street has caused daily congestion from the intersection of Island Crest Way and S.E. 40th east to S.E. 40th and Gallagher Hill. With school starting this week, the number of buses and cars passing through this area will double. The city and school district, however, are working to ease the problem.

Flashing signs warn southbound drivers on Island Crest Way of construction delays along S.E. 40th Street on Mercer Island last week.
Flashing signs warn southbound drivers on Island Crest Way of construction delays along S.E. 40th Street on Mercer Island last week.

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  • Sep 9, 2008

PSE files for 11 percent increase in natural gas rates

Puget Sound Energy has filed with the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) a request to pass through the higher costs the utility pays for purchasing natural gas supplies.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Wilson Arterberry

Learning the way of the kayak on Mercer Island

On the water Youth kayak camp Wilson Arterberry, 11, of Mercer Island, gets tips from instructor Barb Sherrill during a self-rescue drill at a kids' kayak camp at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last Tuesday, Aug. 26.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Wilson Arterberry

Bellevue teachers strike

Teachers from across Bellevue gathered behind picket signs today, striking in solidarity for higher wages and a more flexible curriculum. The districtwide strike, which was announced at a teacher union meeting on Sept. 1, left more than 1,600 students without classes on the first scheduled day of school.

Erica Sussex

Sussex-Newton

Erica Sussex and Daniel Newton were married on July 5, 2008 in The Casita, the Sussexs’ lake house on Mercer Island. Paul Barrett officiated the ceremony. The reception was held at the Backes’ residence on Mercer Island.

  • Sep 3, 2008
Erica Sussex
Stella Smith
Stella Smith