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Library renovation meeting is June 13 A meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Mercer Island Library to discuss plans to renovate the building. No preliminary plans are available. For more information, call 232-8736 or go to www.kcls. org/bond.
378 graduate at 56th Mercer Island High School commencement exercises at Key Arena
MIVAL artists reception set for Thursday, June 13
By Megan Managan
On Saturday, June 15, Islanders are invited to bring items to be recycled or shredded to the Mercer Island Windermere parking lot at 2737 77th Ave. S.E. Items ranging from appliances to TVs, electronics, scrap metal and machinery will be accepted. Donations will benefit the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation.
Youth & Family Services baking contest is June 23 Mercer Island Youth and Family Services is hosting the second annual pie and dessert baking contest on June 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Sunday farmers market. Islanders are invited submit their best homemade dessert or pie. For rules, go to www. mercergov.org.
No parking in plans for light rail station Sound Transit may partner with city on parking, bicycle storage is included By Mary L. Grady
About 75 Islanders came to hear and see about the proposed design for the to-be-named Sound Transit light rail station on the Island. The station, already referred to as the Mercer Island station, will be set between 77th and 80th Avenues S.E., south across S.E. 80th Street from the Park-and-Ride lot. Dozens of Sound Transit officials were in attendance to answer questions and describe the many design features of the project to community members. The rail bed and station plat-
form will be constructed in the existing center lanes of Interstate 90 right-of-way. In order to construct the station within the highway lanes, new HOV lanes are to be constructed on the outer lanes of the main line. The HOV center lanes will be shut down by the end of 2016 for the duration of construction, planned to end in 2023. Passengers will enter and exit along 77th Avenue S.E. or 80th Avenue S.E. At both ends of the station platform, stairs, an elevator and escalator will move people up or down the 25 feet from the street to the platform level. At street level will be a large, glass enclosed ‘head house’ that will surround the passengers as they enter and exit. It will rise 45 feet from the platform level. That portion of the design is enclosed with
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glass and will be lit. “It is to be open and light,” architect David Hewitt said. “At night it will become a beacon, like a lantern. It will make for an ‘expressive’ entrance to the station.” In Sound Transit terms, the Island station is smaller than some, yet will be 80 feet longer than a football field from end to end. Some details about the design are still in flux to allow community members to weigh in. The selection and placement of art is yet to be determined. The platform below street level will mostly be open, but will be partially covered with an awninglike structure. Since the platform will sit inside the existing highway right-of-way, tall acoustical walls will be constructed on either side. The public area above will be limited, but will include ticketing and bike storage. The intention is to make the facility “a proud moment for the community,” Hewitt said.
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Free recycling event at Windermere is Saturday, June 15
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Mercer Island High School faculty and students watch as one of three rounds of diplomas are handed out at Key Arena on Thursday, June 6, during the district’s 56th commencement ceremony. See more photos on pages 10 and 11 of this issue.
Mercer Island High School celebrated its 56th annual commencement on Thursday, June 6, at Key Arena. The class of 2013 included 378 graduates who celebrated earning their high school diplomas. The evening featured a national anthem performed by Jacob Aboulafia, who cracked a smile at his classmates as they cheered for him on stage. The five class valedictorians — Isabel Christy, Corey Goelz, Natalie Marques, Emily Morse and Christina Williamson — spoke about navigating the future, and
The Mercer Island Visual Arts League will host an early artist reception on Thursday, June 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Community and Event Center. Meet artists Patricia Tamburini, Beni Chen O’Connell, Ed McCarthy and Anna Macrae. The show will open July 19.
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