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YFS Giving from the Heart Breakfast The annual breakfast to benefit the programs of the City’s Youth and Family Services is set for 7 a.m., Feb. 12, at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. For more, go to

Actor, celebrity Joel McHale to host YTN Gala and benefit March 1

Sweets and sounds at orchestra event The Mercer Island School orchestras will hold their second annual ‘Disney & Desserts ‘ fundraiser at 2 p.m., February 9 at Mercer Island High School. The date was changed after the Seahawks won the chance to play in the Super Bowl. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased from MIHS orchestra students or online at Tickets at the door are $15.

School bond presentation today The Mercer Island Probus Club will hear from Ralph Jorgensen, a member of the 2014 School Bond & Levy Campaign Committee, on the Feb. 11 ballot. All are invited to attend and hear more. The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. today at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

Feb. 11 Special Election Results The first results of the Feb. 11 Special Election will be posted online at 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 11. Updates will be posted at 4:30 p.m. every day thereafter. For more information on the election and how to vote in person, go to

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Jennifer Buchanan/The Everett Herald Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse breaks through Denver Bronco defenders for a 23-yard touchdown during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Under 40 percent send in WSDOT I-90 survey Just 3,595 Island households returned surveys on use of I-90 By Celina Kareiva

WSDOT’s recently released I-90 traffic study, shared alongside scoping feedback last week, reinforces what’s already well understood— that 98 percent of those surveyed make trips across the water over the course of a week, and that for a range of reasons—economic, social and traffic-related—Islanders widely oppose tolling. In November, the state agency mailed surveys to all 10,073 Island households as well as businesses, asking them to track the number and reasons for their travel. But the above numbers, high as they may

be, only account for the 3,595 Island households that returned a survey in time. “The WSDOT survey and scoping report reflect what we have been aware of for a long time—tolling would have significant adverse impacts on the region,” said city manager Noel Treat in an email. Around the same time, WSDOT also collected feedback in the form of public hearings, online forums and written word. A quick glimpse at the numbers reveals that most trips were made during peak commute hours and that more total residential trips are made between Mercer Island and Bellevue — 54 percent— than

to Seattle; and that weekly workcommute round-trips range from a single commute, to as many as 90. Islanders average in both directions of the bridge, seven round-trips per week. The survey was also distributed among Island businesses, which showcased similar trends but smaller volumes. More Island businesses reported work-commute trips between Mercer Island and Bellevue (55 percent) than to Seattle. Results also revealed a glimpse into Island lifestyles. Almost half WSDOT (48 percent) of Island households own at least two cars, and 32 percent have three or more. “While we knew Mercer Island’s ramp volume, what we didn’t know, was for what

Youth Theatre Northwest announced late last week, that Island native, Joel McHale will return to his hometown to host a celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of YTN. The 'Red Carpet Gala' has been set for 7 p.m., Mar. 1, at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. The celebration will highlight the success of the institution and its students and recognize the greater arts community that has contributed to the success of the arts on the Island. “We are so thrilled to have Joel make time out of his crazy

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“Weekly round trips reported ranged from a single trip to 90.”

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Mercer Island Reporter, February 05, 2014  

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