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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

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