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It’s Trick-or-Treat time tomorrow in the Town Center Islanders beware. It is time for ghosts and ghouls and even fairy princesses to haunt the Town Center. Kids — wear your spookiest or sparkliest costume along with comfortable shoes, there is a lot of trick-or-treating ahead between 3 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Go to our special Page 13, if you dare, for a list of the many Island businesses and service organizations handing out the goodies. Bring Mom or Dad and a big bag.

Hundreds attend meeting on I-90 tolling at Mercer Island High School By Celina Kareiva

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Daylight saving time ends Sunday Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. Clocks ‘fall back’ one hour. Firefighters remind everyone to change batteries in their smoke detectors and CO detectors at the same time.

Island Books 40th anniversary is Nov. 3 Stop by Island Books for a piece of anniversary pie, meet old friends and check out the new Mercer Island History book. Pie will be served at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the shop along with stories, prizes and more.

IMS Ski Swap is Saturday The IMS Ski Swap is Saturday Nov. 2. Consignment drop-offs begin today. The annual event raises funds for the middle school. For the schedule and more information go to www.miskiswap.com.

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A stealthy artist with a pair of sharp scissors fashioned this Island campaign sign into a piece of art that looks somewhat dog-like, complete with a perky tail at upper right. See it on North Mercer Way at 70th.

Inslee wants $10B for roads, bridges Governor sets Apple Cup deadline for new transportation plan By Brandon Macz

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Before an Apple Cup champion emerges, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants to see an approved transportation bill on his desk crafted through a bipartisan effort and identifying $10 billion in revenue sources needed to keep the state's roads and bridges from failing. "November is the month for action here," Inslee told a room full of Sound Publishing editors and reporters on Friday, Oct. 25, adding, "actually, April and May were the months."

The governor said he is disappointed the Senate was unable to come up with a transportation bill after six months while the House passed its legislation. Senate Republicans opted not to approve the House bill in favor of launching a listening tour in Washington to find ways to find savings through reforms before pushing for tax increases. Inslee said there is a need for reform, which is already occurring within the Washington State Department of Transportation with the appointment of Lynn

Peterson as head of the agency, as well as making improvements to permitting processes, cutting fat from projects, streamlining maintenance and leaner management of the transportation department. Peterson also attended the Sound Publishing meeting. What the state doesn't need, said the governor, is to channel sales tax revenue from the general fund to the transportation fund, as has been proposed by Republican lawmakers, or removing sales tax from transGov. Jay Inslee portation projects entirely. That would mean stripping more money from education, Inslee said, which is a step backward in fulfilling the Washington Supreme Court's ruling the state needs to invest $3 to $4 billion more into education.

“The first thing that is going to hit them between the eyes is the elimination of bus service.”

Hundreds turned out for a meeting on the potential tolling of I-90 at Mercer Island High School Monday night. After a disorganized round of public comments back in January, the Washington State Department of Transportation set aside four hours for statements, and found the biggest open space on the Island, a high school gymnasium. Attendees were resoundingly opposed to the tolling of I-90, most questioning the legality of tolling the Interstate to fund another project. State Route 520 is looking for roughly $1.5 billion

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Mercer Island Reporter, October 30, 2013