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Trio of Mercer Island delegates heading to Republican National Convention

For the three Islanders selected to attend the Republican National Convention later this summer, it is all about finishing what they started with the district… Continue reading

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander John Thelan gives last-minute instructions to his son

Plane parenting

Father helps son build aircraft and career

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander John Thelan gives last-minute instructions to his son
Mercer Island Montessori students
Mercer Island Montessori students

From Bellevue to Bulgaria

More than 90 percent of this year’s graduating class will attend college or vocational schools next year. The remaining handfull will follow other paths. Several 2008 graduates will take a year off, join the Coast Guard, head overseas or begin working.

Town Center parking: For whom the bell (might) toll

Town Center parking: For whom the bell (might) toll

More parallel parking may be coming to the Town Center, two-hour parking restriction to be considered

  • Sep 9, 2008
Town Center parking: For whom the bell (might) toll

City briefs

Keylin trial

  • Sep 9, 2008

Crest students empty pockets to preserve blue heron habitat

The students of Crest Learning Center have decided that saving Puget Sound’s herons is a cause worthy of Island attention. Last month, the members of Crest’s service learning class voted to donate $1,200 raised in the Mercer Island High School penny drive to the Heron Habitat Helpers (HHH) conservation group of Seattle.

Northwest Yeshiva’s Class of 2008 graduates are

Northwest Yeshiva High School graduates 23

Northwest Yeshiva High School (NYHS) celebrated its 33rd graduation ceremony on June 11 at the Sephardic Bikur Holim Synagogue in Seward Park, Seattle. A total of 23 students graduated from NYHS, five of whom live on the Island: Reena Cohen, Shana Cohen, twins Adam and Daniele Goldberg, and Rachel Weinstein.

Northwest Yeshiva’s Class of 2008 graduates are

Islanders awarded U.S. patents

Three Mercer Island inventors were among several from Washington state awarded patents for their inventions through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. They are Richard L. Negrin, Martin A. Cheever and Mitchell O. Peterson.

  • Sep 9, 2008
This photo of MIHS swimmers from left

Reporter staff wins awards

Three Reporter staff members were recognized for their outstanding work by the Society of Professional Journalists earlier this month.

  • Sep 9, 2008
This photo of MIHS swimmers from left

Mercer Islanders show support and concern for Tent City

The City Council approved the agreement to host homeless camp Tent City 4 on Mercer Island.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Tent City 4

Tent City camp is welcomed by many, but feared by neighbors

About 100 Tent City supporters and concerned Islanders filled Council Chambers at city hall on Monday night as 25 people made public comments regarding the roving homeless encampment coming to the First Hill neighborhood.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Tent City 4

Neighbors settle with PEAK

Having recently reached a settlement of several compromises for both sides, the organization of neighbors opposing the Boys and Girls Club’s PEAK project are no longer against the proposed youth athletic facility and will revoke their appeal of the conditional use permit approved by the city’s Planning Commission earlier this year.

  • Sep 9, 2008

This Week

The Brain Cancer Walk is at 9 a.m., June 28, at the Mercer Island High School track. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is to benefit the new Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish/Cherry Hill in Seattle. Individuals’ pre-registration fee: $25. Teams: group of five or more. Register: www.braincancerwalk.org. (206) 320-7162, info@braincancerwalk.org.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Chan drops out of state Senate race

Republican candidate and Mercer Island resident, Valerie Chan, withdrew from the state Senate race for the 41st Legislative District on Thursday, June 12. Chan said she withdrew for family reasons. Three Islanders had filed to run for the vacant Senate position during the official candidate filing period earlier this month. Chan and Bob Baker had filed as Republicans while four-term state representative Fred Jarret is running as a Democrat. Senator Brian Weinstein announced last December that he would not seek a second term and would return to practicing law. With just two candidates on the ballot, there will no longer be a primary for this contest.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Andrew Hanson
Andrew Hanson
Islander Mori Rothman and  Gov. Chris Gregoire

Mother and son delegates to Democratic convention

Mercer Island residents and mother and son, Ruthann Kurose and Mori Rothman, were elected as members to the delegation of the Washington State Democratic Convention. Last weekend at the convention in Spokane, the delegation was completed with the election of 29 new delegates, four alternates and nine committee members.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander Mori Rothman and  Gov. Chris Gregoire

Is one of your neighbors on a city commission?

The mayor and City Council recently appointed several new members to the city’s commissions, boards and councils. The appointments fill recent shortages on the Planning and Design Commissions that had remained vacant for some time. Those appointed include a local home builder and former City Council candidate, an attorney, horticulture expert and University of Washington doctorate student.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Council moving toward surplusing utility property

The City Council concluded that some portion of the city-owned vacant lot on First Hill should be sold to fund the emergency water well at Rotary Park, last Monday. The Council also agreed that rezoning the property to construct a demonstrative multifamily affordable housing project is no longer an option.

  • Sep 9, 2008
This trio of deer was spotted at St. Monica’s Church the night of June 18. Three deer also darted across the hillside at the community center on the afternoon of June 21 during the City Council’s summer planning session.
This trio of deer was spotted at St. Monica’s Church the night of June 18. Three deer also darted across the hillside at the community center on the afternoon of June 21 during the City Council’s summer planning session.