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School zoning is topic for Planning Commission meeting tonight at 7 The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m., tonight, May 14 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Commission will continue its discussion on zoning for schools. For more information, go to and click on the ‘Agendas & Minutes’ link on the left-hand side of the main page.

Suspect tells police ‘I didn’t think I was going to get away with it’ By Reporter Staff

2014 Farmer’s Market kick off event is May 18 ‘Savor the Season’ with friends, supporters and organizers of the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Aljoya. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and desserts. There will be music and a small live auction. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds support the Mercer Island Farmers Market. For more go to

Head to the park and win Pledge to take your kids to a park — any park —on May 17 and enter to win a grand prize from the National Park Trust. go to national-kids-to-parks-day to enter. Visit any of Mercer Island’s many parks and take a picture to show the park you visited. Email it to miparks@mercergov. org and it will be posted on the city’s Facebook page and website. You can also send photos of fun in the park anytime to us via the Reporter’s website at www.

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A new $415,000 rescue truck that replaces the fire department’s 18 year-old truck, sits outside at Station 91 last Sunday. The truck includes state of the art rescue and medical equipment and offers better maneuverability for navigating the Islands winding lanes and steep driveways. Funding was authorized by a $5.2 million capital levy passed by Island voters in the fall of 2012 that was also for the new fire station.

Library users still unhappy with plans Neighbors worry KCLS is unresponsive to suggestions By Celina Kareiva

Though the public meetings and council testimonials have tapered off, concerned Mercer Island residents are still fighting for a library remodel they hope will align with their interests and vision. Invested citizens say community input has been at the library’s core since its construction in 1991. “This is our library. We hired the architects and designed

Hull, revealed design features many took issue with – lighter wood finishing, sleek, modern furniture and a layout they worried would leave little room for the library’s primary function – quiet reading. It was change for the sake of it, accused some. After hearing residents’ testhe library based on what the community wanted,” says timonies, Council presented a Meg Lippert, a member of a letter to KCLS, requesting an Concerned Citizen’s Committee extension and an avenue for more community input. that grew Out of those ashes out of resigrew the City Library dent frustraCommittee, a group of tions. “We ten appointed to reprelove our sent the full range of library.” library users – teens, Lippert tutors, Council liaisons d o e s n’t and community fixtures represent e v e r y o n e’s Meg Lippert, library user like former mayor Bryan Cairns. The group met wishes for with KCLS staff to identhe space but tify their top design in January, neighbors rallied around their frustrations after grievances. Around the same time, a a meeting led by KCLS staff and architecture firm, Miller library | Page 7

“The plans came back and they haven’t addressed our concerns.”

On Monday, May 12, at 3:15 p.m., Mercer Island police responded to a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank at 3001 78th Avenue S.E. Bank personnel reported seeing an African American male between his late 40s and early 50s, enter the bank. He approached a bank teller, implied he had a weapon and demanded cash. The man fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was taken into custody without incident within minutes by patrol officers who were in the area when the rob-

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Survey: Islanders feel good about city Stewart of EMC Research, four percent agreed that a consulting firm that “things on Mercer Island offers market and opin- are generally headed in ion research, conducted the right direction.” Just the 2014 survey as it has 11 percent said no, while for several years. Stewart 14 percent said they did grew up on the Island. not know. Participants are selected Respondents said the randomly for the sample. city was using their tax By Mary L. Grady Residents were contacted dollars wisely with via cell or land thirds ratIn early April, the City line telephone. ing the city’s commissioned a profes- This year the stewardship sional telephone survey of survey cost of tax revregistered voters across the $12,500. enue as good Island to gather opinions The split to excellent. on community, govern- between men At the same Ian Stewart time, only ment, and quality of life and women was EMC Research issues here. Launched in slightly lopsidone-third 2008, the survey occurs ed. Forty-seven rated King every two years, and pro- percent of the County’s use vides the Council and City survey observations were of tax dollars as good to staff with feedback from a from men and 53 percent excellent. wide cross-section of resi- from women. Survey participants dents. Overall, the city came rated the city’s perforIn an effort to keep the out well as nearly three- mance in terms of maincost of the survey low, the quarters of respondents tenance of streets, parks, number of Island residents reported that they feel trails and open spaces and contacted this year was favorable about the town playground, very high. 300 instead of 400 called and its leaders. Seventy Eighty-five percent of in previous years. Ian respondents answered the question that the amount of public services Mercer provided by the city was Island ‘about right.’ “What this shows,” said Volume 57, No. 20 Stewart, “is that residents William Shaw, Publisher 3047 78th Ave S.E. #207 have ‘great comfort here.’” Mercer Island, WA 98040 Despite increasing (206) 232-1215 change in the Town Mary L. Grady, Editor Fax (206) 232-1284 Center, 71 percent said that they are “very Theres’a Baumann, Advertising fied” or “somewhat satSubscriptions (253) 872-6610 isfied” with the Town or Celina Kareiva, Joseph Livarchik Center. But there is ADVERTISING (206) 232-1215 Staff Writers always room for improveDEADLINE 4 P.M. THURSDAY ment. When asked what Melanie Morgan, Production CLASSIFIED (800) 388-2527 one improvement they DEADLINE 11 A.M. MONDAY would add to the Town The Mercer Island Reporter Center, 22 percent said, Submissions and letters to the editor (USPS 339620) is published every can be sent to or Wednesday by Sound Publishing, ‘more parking’ followed by calling (206) 232-1215. Inc. Second-class postage paid at by 11 percent who said Mercer Island, WA. Subscriptions: A Division of ‘stop building and over$39 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to, 3047 78th Ave development’ and 17 perS.E. #207, Mercer Island, WA 98040. cent who said that more

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businesses, stores and restaurants are needed. Nearly all said they felt safe here. Eighty-seven percent said they feel safe walking alone in their neighborhood. Survey participants answered questions as to what they think of future programs that are being implemented by the city. In regards to the city’s sustainability initiatives, surveyors asked respondents if they were likely to join programs that would help them use less energy at home or on the road. When asked if they could see themselves likely to participate in Puget Sound Energy’s ‘Green Power’ program in the next two years, half said likely and 37 percent said unlikely. As to the possibility of purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle in two years time, 60 percent said unlikely while 15 percent said very likely. Just 21 percent said they would join a carpool and just ten percent said they would likely install solar panels at their home. Finally, Islanders seem to feel prepared to face a major emergency event at home with nearly 60 percent who said they were completely or mostly prepared. and 37 percent most or completely unprepared. City Manager Noel Treat said the insights from the survey are highly valuable and help the City make the best use of limited financial resources. For the entire set of survey results, go to www.

Shoe shine, leather care pro at Hedmans Shoe lovers rejoice By Mary L. Grady

Despite a propensity for wearing athletic footwear, most agree that taking care of fine leather footwear is essential for looking good. Certainly a large number of former military men who live here will tell you that a good shine is de rigueur for daily life. While most such persons might shine their own shoes, many appreciate the work of a professional shoe shine man. Shoe care professionals however, are a scarce resource. Yet, one such person is now on the Island four days a week at Hedmans Hair Salon at 3022 78th Avenue S.E. Jerry Kimble, 48, who grew up in Yakima, started working a few months ago at the business. Kimble does more than shine shoes. He has more than 15 years as a leather care specialist; cleaning, restoring and preserving fine leather on everything from tall riding boots, to fashionable high heels to mens dress shoes and even furniture. Kimble also works at Nordstrom in Bellevue Square. He was trained by the legendary Morgan Perkins who worked for the store for decades and whose family continues the tradition for the company. Kimble came to Mercer Island and Hedmans after a

Jerry Kimble client, Jim Nelson, spoke to Keith Hedman about him. Nelson, a wealth management consultant with an office on Mercer Island said that after he found Kimble at Nordstrom, said he even took his shoes to him on Saturdays. A former Navy man, Nelson said that Kimble is a skilled professional. “I have a respect for people that work hard and who have a passion for what they do,” he explained. Wanting to help Kimble find more work and to trim his own Saturday errands, Nelson asked Hedman, where he gets his hair cut, if he could add Kimble to his services. Hedman readily agreed. Kimble, who looks like he might easily play professional football, is a humble man who also plays the organ at his church in Renton. Find him at Hedmans between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and other times at Nordstrom at Bellevue Square.

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Above: Presentation of the $32,000 check from the Mercer Island Community to the Board of Directors for The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund in Arlington, WA. (Left to right: Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, Foundation Chairwoman Heather Logan, Mercer Island Cares Oso Much Campaign Director Barbara Hovsepian) BARB’S PERSONAL MESSAGE: “Thank you to those who supported, volunteered, and donated to make this campaign a success for Oso. It was so rewarding to establish the Mercer Island Cares Oso Much campaign as way for Mercer Islanders to give to the Oso community. So many people gave and were thankful for the opportunity to give to a grassroots community effort, The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund 501 (c)(3), where 100% of their money went directly to the people in need. I was humbled by the people I met, appreciative of those who gave more than they initially intended, but ultimately I felt thankful for what we as a community have and share. We are blessed and we paid it forward. It made me very proud. Thank you.” -Barbara Hovsepian PARTNERS: This campaign would not have been a success without the support of the following people who gave their time and talents willingly and with great pride: The Au Courant Salon & DEN Staff: For creating awareness, supporting the efforts, acknowledging donors and managing incoming donations! You Rock! Dave Ross: For your immediate and initial support, advice, friendship, and willingness to create awareness on KIRO Radio 93.7 FM. Ron Upshaw: For your expertise and honest feedback along with great ‘How-Tos’ and shout-outs on the Ron & Don Show KIRO Radio 93.7 FM. Jennifer Craven: For your wonderful creativity. Our campaign logo is the ultimate visual and you are lovely to donate your talents and time for the logo and the detail work on this ad. Connor Hovsepian: For your partnership in sourcing The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund as our proceed designation, in addition to creating the tools needed to manage and re-cap the details of the campaign. Lisa Lewis: For creating the Mercer Island Cares Oso Much Facebook page and creating a venue of daily communication for our community to access. You are awesome. Kari Koochagian, Michael Pham & the Staff at MI Bank of America: For managing the transfer of funds daily to the Arlington Union Street Bank that manages the Foundation’s funds, at no expense and with smiles and appreciation, to help the cause. Mak Abulhosn: For assistance in gaining an immediate audience with the MI Rotary Club to create awareness and raise funds in the beginning of the campaign. You are a great friend. Terry Moreman: For all your support, encouragement, ideas and willingness to allow me an immediate audience with The Chamber of Commerce to raise funds and create awareness. Drindy Gier Fleming: For your assistance passing out flyers all day, in the heat (remember…the one hot day), being a voice for the campaign, designing the Team Headquarters thermometer and contributing to this appreciation Reporter ad. I adore you for this and so much more! Vicki Pallis: For your urgency to get the word out! You were amazing at creating awareness, posting flyers & personally e-mailing several whom in turn donated to the cause. Susan Lund: For your support in every arena of this campaign. Anything, anytime! I love your big heart. Cara Starnes: For your decision to make Mercer Island Cares Oso Much your Mitzvah Project! You raised $2,673 (over 8%!) for the people of Oso and YOU made a difference. Thank you! BUSINESSES: Thank you to the businesses and organizations that met the Big Business Challenge ($500 or more): • Au Courant Salon & The DEN / POSH • Charles Peterson M.D. • Lakeridge Elementary 5th Graders • Lory Lybeck P.S. • Barb Frank – Stella & Dot • Gustav Raaum • Mak Abulhoson M.D. • Behar’s Furniture • J.A.R Investments • Mercer Island Florist • Cassan Enterprises Inc. • Julie Wilson Real Estate

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DONORS: Thank you to the many donors who contributed to this great cause: Alexa Case Alice Cheung Alice Maccormack, Kylie Samson, Isabelle Knowles, & Their Islander 8th Grade Science Class Altaras Family Amy Lavin Amy Tubach Ann Lierman Anonymous Donors Ariel Szafir Arthur & Carol Miller Barb & Allen Hovsepian Barb Frank Barbara Crawford Barbara Howell Barry Franklin Belinda Stern Benjamin & Marjorie Starnes Benson Wong Betty Orr Beverly Mezzistrano

Bonnie Sanborn Brandon Avery Bryon & Jene Jones Carol Harris Carolyn Hansen Chad & Kristin Robins Charlene Steinhauer Charles Coleman Charles Farrell Charlotte Maulsby Cheryl Miner-Canning Christine King Chuck Maylin Claire Dion Claudine Cambell Cleo Nelson Connor Hovsepian Dana Besecker Dana Griffin Daniel & Candace Friedman Daniel & Majorie Offer David & Lisa Tweter David & Nancy LaVallee

David & Susan Moffett Debbie Muscatel Delmar & Virginia Sewall Don Desonier Donald Rempe, In Memory of Bob Reutimann Dorinda & Michael Fleming Doris Lawler Douglas Vosper Eleanor Rogers Eli Seidel Elisa M. Wolf Esther & Timothy Steege Fatima Ramos Frances Schunter Fred & Gina Radke Gall Family Garrett & Rachel Hyman Gayle & Robert Seda Gayle Jahncke George & Wanda Hughes George Tambyn Geraldine Cherry

Gordon Godfrey Gregory & Shannon Gottesman Heather Kramm Helen Stanger Howell Family Jackie Wells Jamie Casebolt Janet Morse Janet Wohlberg Benesch Janette Leahey Janice Roehl-Anderson Jean Blagg Jill Tripp Jo Ferullo Jodi Payne Jodi Rogers John & Beverly Carey John & Jania Nelson John Whitson Jonathan & Cynthia Franklin Joseph & Karyn Barber Judy Bloom

Judy Earl Julia Wilson Julie Gardner Karen Kelly Karina Sepulveda Kathleen Gottlieb Kathy Casebolt Keri Newton Kristin Larson Laura Delman Lawrence & Karen Robins Layla Talmi Leeanne & Robert Case Lela Sergi Lillian & Robert Peck Lillian Lindeman Linda Cheever Linda Stone Lisa Carrucio Lori Hanson M.L. & B.G. Miller M.P. Neary Marge Miller

Mariana Parks Marilyn Handeland Marilyn Trimm Maritime Recruiters LLC Mark Kammerer Marni Holen Martha Gibson-Wolfe Mary & Gerald Millman Mary Brucker Mary Ellen Vetto Mary Lou Gallagher Mary Sue & Eugene Millman Mathew Cavanaugh & Anne Kusaka Mavis Von Torne Melinda & Jonathan Smith Michael & Tina Rowe Michael Bond Michael Ross & Marianne Parks-Ross Mike & Susan Cero Muriel Epstein Nancy Lee

Nancy Levine Niten & Heidi Singh Nori Shiotsu Pallis Properties Pam Bradford Pam Greer Pam Pugel Pat Brouillette Patricia Farmer Patrick & Margie Ogawa Patti Berg Paula & Chad Skier Paula Orehek Peni Schwartz Penny Brouillette Peter & Jacqueline Dunbar Petra Walker Phil & Claudia Robbs Phyllis Vonwolffersdorff Ralph Jorgenson Ralph Swanson Randall & Laurie Koehler Ray Noble

RE Style Eileen Sterling Realty Investment Ric Schneider Richard & Ann Parsell Robert & Betty Christenson Robert & Bobbi Bridge Robert Cohen Robert Copeland Robert Jensen Robert Thorpe Robin Rosauer Ronald & Gail Behar Sally Jorgenson Sarah Hyatt Schiller Family Shannon Campbell Sharron Hartman Sheila Hargis Shelly Funk Sonia Hovsepian Sons of Norway

Donations are still accepted at Au Courant Salon, The DEN & POSH for The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund. Stop by during normal business hours and we will see that your money gets to the Foundation and the people of Oso.

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Pool funding extension delayed, timing of school zoning approval critical By Mary L. Grady

Two key elements of the work ahead for the Mercer Island School District have yet to be finalized. The first is the extension of funding to keep the now school district-owned, Mary Wayte Pool, operating. The next, even more crucial issue is the finalization of zoning rules that will allow construction to begin on new school buildings.

Mary Wayte Pool The City Council declined to vote on a resolution to give the Mercer Island School District additional money to continue running Mary Wayte Pool for the benefit of both the community and high school swim sports teams. Instead, the Council decided to delay a vote until the original agreement - which had been already renewed three times - was reworked and brought up to date. At the May 5, City Council meeting, Deputy Mayor Dan Grausz, said it was time to "start this one over again," urging that the city staff correct errors and update references. “This has gotten strange," he said of the document.

Over the last few years, few hang-ups, but none that the city has given $100,000 would threaten the likelito the school district with hood of passage. I have con$25,000 to be placed in a fidence in the Council to fund set aside for major take swift action to pass the repairs. Within the agree- Agreement at their next ments, the school district meeting. must also set aside money. The pool needs major Acknowledging the frailty upgrades to meet standards of the pool, Grausz and the and laws regarding public Council want to ensure that pools safety and to repair funds are in place to under- and replace aging compotake any major repairs that nents. The School District may come up. and the group The underlying that operunderstandates the pool, ing is that the Olympic school district Cascade will ask voters Aquatics for $3 million (OCA), has in an upcoming been able to school district keep the pool operations and working — maintenance but barely. levy in 2016. There have It is the been breakcomon sentiGary Plano, downs and ment that if the Superintendent e m e r g e n c y 2016 levy does closures. not pass, the The pool pool will close. was closed for a few days “I’m disappointed that in February last year after the Council delayed action a pipe in the pool’s main on passing the Inter- filtration system broke. local Agreement for May The breakdown took Wayte Pool,” said Plano. place just before a district The District approved the high school swim meet that Agreement on May 1. While included teams from the we’ve been talking about a greater Puget Sound area to long-term agreement for compete at Mary Wayte. over a year now, the details “We have been monitorin the Agreement caused a ing the piping system and

“Staff has had multiple meetings with neighbors and has continually modified designs.”

were prepared for something like this to happen,” said Tony Kuhn, the MISD director of maintenance and operations said then. At that time, Plano said, “Unfortunately, we are expecting more issues such as this one until we can acquire the funds to either extend the life of the pool, or replace it with a new one.” All parties agree that major changes are needed to continue operations into the future. Upgrades and repairs to the pool were part of the February 2012 school bond which failed. The district has covered repairs such as the one that happened in 2013 in the district’s maintenance and operations budget. As of last year, the School District officially owns the pool. The pool is open to the public and as such, the city shares responsibility for the 42 year old pool, built with 'Forward Thrust bonds' sold through King County in the late 1960s. The expenditures were to expand public services to the growing population of King County beyond Seattle. The County later spun off the aging pools to local jurisdictions throughout the county — similar to the sale of Luther Burbank

Park to the City of Mercer Island several years ago. End of year financial reports for 2013 show that the pool continues to lose money, but less in 2013 than in 2012. Mayor Bruce Bassett was confident that the update of the agreement between the city and the School District would be accomplished in a short period of time and said, that the Council's understanding was that there was "no time pressure on this issue."

Zoning for schools also unresolved The City Council will meet tonight (May 14) to further review the proposed p-zone which will allow the school district to move ahead on plans for a fourth elementary school and major remodeling for Islander Middle School and Mercer Island High School. Superintendent Gary Plano is concerned that the additional time to make changes to the proposed zoning could delay start of construction on Islander Middle School. The School District has already proposed changes to the IMS design to respond to resi-

dents in The Lakes neighborhood about the size of the proposed construction and lighting and noise impacts. However, Plano says the construction timeline is short and that any further issues may push the start of the 2016 school term and impact student learning. Mayor Bassett said that the main obstacle is the concern of the neighborhood over setbacks. He said he believes the changes can be made to get construction underway on schedule. Dr. Plano is less sanguine. “District staff and its consultants have had multiple meetings with the Lakes and Island Park neighbors and have continually modified the design scheme and parking plan based on feedback for the IMS project, Plano pointed out. “While I am disappointed in the Planning Commission’s inaction and delays, I am confident that they and the City Council will take action and make the necessary changes to their zoning code to allow the District to build its new facilities that garnered the support of nearly 75 percent of those voting in an historic special election on February 11.”

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any of us who came of age in Seattle during the late 1970s remember the name Billy Frank and the phrase, “The Boldt Decision,” as much as Watergate or Viet Nam. Mr. Frank and U.S. District Court Judge George Boldt brought forth a new way of looking at natural resources in our region. Yet, it was not just about fish. It was also about civil rights. The cultural and ethnic survival of the Pacific Northwest Indian tribes depended their ancient right to fish for salmon. If the salmon went away so would the people. It all started in 1945 after so much had already been taken from the tribes. Frank, a member of the Nisqually Indian tribe, was arrested for fishing outside his home on property his family had held for generations. Fishing for salmon was regulated by a state agency. FRank did not have a permit. Through dozens of arrests, protests and the court battles that followed, the often imperfect but passionate leader taught the rest of us the notion — long held by indigenous peoples — that the health of the environment is intertwined with the health of people. The salmon sustain the tribes, both in flesh and spirit. The Boldt decision ensured that the Indian tribes of this region would be guaranteed the right to fish — and that those fish would be protected and nurtured for the benefit of the tribes. Long damaged by dams and development, rebuilding fish stocks required that rivers, streams and the ecosystems that nurture them must also be protected The Boldt decision was part of a growing wave of environmental protection measures that came to the fore. Like it or not, we now take these laws for granted. On Mercer Island, the State of Washington’s Shoreline Management laws regulate the use of the lake front in order to protect young fish who linger on their way to the Pacific Ocean. From minimizing waste to the warming of the planet, we have begun to appreciate that what effects our food or our weather is important to our own health. The service for Frank, who died on May 5, was held last Sunday. More than 20 speakers including Sen. Maria Cantwell, joined 6,000 mourners to honor him.

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“Yeah, I would read it. I wonder if she’s trying to make money now.” GEORGE DONDERO Mercer Island

For more than 30 years, Billy Frank Jr., whose column “Being Frank” regularly ran in the Renton Reporter (a Sound Publishing publication and a sister paper to the Mercer Island Reporter) was chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. This column, that addresses the risks of transporting coal and oil via train to Cherry Point to ship to China, was e-mailed the morning Mr. Frank died on May 5.


ur environment, health, safety and communities are at risk from decisions being made now to transport and export trainloads of coal and oil through western Washington. If coal export terminals proposed for Cherry Point near Bellingham, and Longview on the Columbia River are approved, hundreds of trains and barges would run from Montana and Wyoming every day, spreading coal dust along the way. That same coal will continue to pollute our world when it is burned in China and other countries thousands of miles away. Now that threat is joined by proposals to use mile-long crude oil trains to feed massive new oil terminals in Grays Harbor. Safety is a huge concern. Since 2008 nearly a dozen oil trains have been derailed in the U.S. In December, a fire burned for over 24 hours after a 106-car train carrying crude oil collided with a grain train in North Dakota. In July, an oil train accident killed 47 people and leaked an estimated 1.5 million gallons of oil in Quebec, Canada. It’s clear that crude oil can be explosive and the tankers used to transport it by rail are simply unsafe. These oil trains are an accident waiting to happen to any town along the route from the oil fields of the Midwest to the

shores of western Washington. Plans for shipping crude oil from Grays Harbor also include dredging the Chehalis River estuary, which will damage habitat needed by fish, shellfish and birds. Large numbers of huge tanker ships moving in and out of the harbor would interfere with Indian and non-Indian fisheries and other vessel traffic. The few jobs that the transport and export of coal and oil offer would come at the cost of catastrophic damage to our environment for years. We would have to live with that damage for many years. Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix, and neither do oil and fish, oil and wildlife, or oil and just about everything else. It’s not a matter of whether spills will happen, it’s a matter of when. Thankfully, the Quinault Indian Nation is taking a stand. “The history of oil spills provides ample, devastating evidence that there are no reasonable conditions under which these proposed terminal projects should proceed,” says my friend, Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Indian

Nation. “We oppose oil in Grays Harbor. This is a fight we can’t afford to lose. We’re in it to win. Our fishing, hunting and gathering rights are being jeopardized by the immediate and future impacts of these proposed developments.” Right now public hearings are being held and Environmental Impact Statements are being developed for these oil export schemes. You can send comments to Maia Bellon, Director of the Department of Ecology, 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 985031274. I urge you to join the Quinault Indian Nation and the many others who are battling Big Oil on this issue. Email ProtectOurFuture@quinault. org or more information. “We have a responsibility to protect the land and water for the generations to come. Together, we can build a sustainable economy without sacrificing our environment,” says Sharp. She’s right. Billy Frank

Will you read Monica Lewinsky’s article in Vanity Fair?

“No, I think there are more important things to talk about.” JOHN BRENEN Mercer Island

“I definitely won’t be reading it.” JOSH RUTHERFORD Mercer Island

“No, I’ll listen to it on the news and see what MSNBC says.” KARL KRAMER Bellevue

“No, I’m sure there’s some ulterior motive.” TROY BUCKNER Seattle



Police WEDNESDAY | 30 ACCIDENT: The driver of a car in the 2600 block of Island Crest Way said she was rear-ended by a red SUV around 6:30 p.m. The female driver of the red SUV shared a name and phone number and quickly rushed off. The driver of the first vehicle received an estimate of $2,200 for repairs and could not reach anyone at the number shared. RECOVERED PROPERTY: Mercer Island police were contacted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Police Department about a recovered item. An Apple iPad was pawned at Cash America on Rainier.

THURSDAY | 1 MARINE: A rental vessel sank off Mercer Island in Lake Washington on Thursday. The nine occupants of the vessel were taken aboard a passing vessel before police arrived. The sunken vessel was towed to Proctor landing and its occupants to the Mercer Island boat launch. The cause of the sinking is still under investigation but it appears to have occurred when the line became tangled, resulting in an overloading of the port aft of the vessel in an attempt to free tangled line.

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FRIDAY | 2 ACCIDENT: Around 4:30 a.m., a vehicle without a right-of-way was making a left-hand turn from the stop point on Northbound Island Crest Way. A second car making a left-hand turn onto Island Crest Way had a stop sign but did not yield to it. The two cars collided, causing front-end damage to one car and damage to the front driver-side of the other car.

SUNDAY | 4 ASSAULT: An 18-year-old Mercer Island man was contacted by police after an intoxicated disturbance with his mother. He pushed officers away as they tried to approach him. When officers tried to subdue him, he struggled to escape and kicked an officer in the head in the process. He fled

to his apartment was followed by police, and in the process was Tasered by officers. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail with a PBT at the time of booking of 0.066. THEFT: A Bellevue man in the 8300 block of Avalon Drive reported his Samsung Galary phone stolen from a swim event. Losses were estimated at $700. INFORMATIONAL REPORT: A California woman brought in 37 miscellaneous 12-gauge shotgun ammunition for destruction. She said it had been found in the garage of a Seattle rental property.

MONDAY | 5 RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: A 93-year-old Island woman in the 2900 block of 81st Pl. says a bullet entered her apartment through a living room window. Police collected the metal jacket bullet and noted the shattered window. DUI: A 22-year-old Seattle woman was stopped for her reckless driving, Westbound on I-90. She was arrested for a DUI and arrested with a BAC reading of .186 and .187.

TUESDAY | 6 THEFT: An Island man reported $660 of unauthor-

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WEDNESDAY | 7 FRAUD: A Mercer Island woman claims somebody filed a fraudulant tax return in her name. She believes it’s related to the Seattle Archdiocese incidents. THEFT: During a real estate open house in the 4600 block of Mercer Way, an unknown suspect stole a lady’s wristwatch and two USB drives. Total losses were estimated at $1,475. FRAUD: A 35-year-old Island woman says somebody is using her personal information to open credit card accounts.

THEFT: Two bikes were stolen from an open car port

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Crime on the Island has seen a slight uptick since last year. There were 12 burglaries and 34 incidents of theft in April. To date, there have been 30 burglaries and 182 thefts in 2014. That’s compared to the 10 burglaries and 27 cases of theft in 2013.

in the 8200 block of S.E. 24th St. Total losses were estimated at $1,300. FRAUD: An elderly Mercer Island man said that somebody had filed a fraudulant tax return in his name. He said that he was a volunteer at St. Monica’s and a member of the Seattle Archdiocese. DUI: A 28-year-old Islander was stopped in the 6700 block of S.E. 24th St., in the middle of the road. The responding patrol officer

Three cars were stolen, compared to one last year. To date this year, there have 280 criminal incidents. That’s 53 more than the 227 reported in April of 2013. Additionally there were 1,310 calls for service to the police department and 12 arrests made, including one juvenile offender. In April there were two DUI arrests and 363 traffic citations.

activated his emergency lights and approached the driver. She smelled heavily of alcohol but refused to give a breathalizer test. Police arrested her. At the station she gave two BAC samples of .250 and .251. DUI: A 27-year-old Bellevue man was stopped for speeding. His BAC read .159/.164. He was released to his brother.

POLICE | FROM 1 bery call came out. A sum of cash was found in the suspect’s pockets. Bank personnel were able to positively identify the suspect as the bank robber. Once the man was arrested, he told officers, “I didn’t think

I was going to get away with it any way.” No further information is available at this time. The Reporter will update this story as more becomes available.

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ized charges to his Bank of America debit card. BURGLARY: Sometime since Thursday, May 1 somebody pried open a mailbox at the post office and removed up to two days of mail. The owner of the mailbox said mail for those two days usually contained payments. She contacted the vendors who mailed the checks and notified them of the theft. MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: A 45-year-old Mercer Island man in the 2700 block of 80th Ave. S.E. reported his tires had been slashed a month ago. He said the incident didn’t raise concerns until he found his P.O. box at the post office pried open. Several items of mail had been stolen. He thought it was some sort of “revenge.” The tires had been slashed with a small knife.


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LIBRARY | FROM 1 Concerned Citizen’s Committee assembled to include other voices worried about the remodel. Many still feel they’re not being heard. “KCLS has been really unresponsive to the community,” says Lippert, a member of that second ad hoc group. “The plans came back and they haven’t addressed our concerns.” Lippert points to Renton’s library project, where the neighborhood vocally opposed KCLS plans they claimed didn’t represent city character. The issue is all the more personal for many library users because of the history of this particular Island landmark. The library was built by Islanders in 1991 and furnished by local talent. It wasn’t until later that it was incorporated into the KCLS system. Lippert says that when Mercer Island agreed to become a part of the library system in – it was

voted down the first time “Plan B” can be seen at – part of the arrange- ment was the promise “We don’t want an open of countywide benefits. library,” says Lippert, Islanders were also told a who over the last couple committee with three city of months has even visitcouncil members serving ed neighboring facilities as liaisons would coun- to determine how design teract some of that KCLS came together. “We want shift of power. Over the a library where we can years that promise faded read and work and study.” as other city issues took Last week KCLS also precedence. presentPlans for ed its the space “s c h e m e differ wideo n e ” ly, but the design, C on c e r n e d fe atu r i ng C i t i z e n’s a glassed Commitee in meetis pushing room Meg Lippert, library user in ing a “Plan the B,” devised center, by Islander two small Bart Dawson. Under its study rooms and a childirection there would be dren’s collection in the two small study rooms, corner. A “scheme two” greater visibility into the design makes use of only teen area and a meet- one study room. KCLS ing room that isn’t glass staff technically gave encased and in the cen- Islanders the 90 days they ter of the library. The asked for, but Lippert committee is also firmly says that time hasn’t been petitioning for a shorter fruitful, as evidenced by closure period for the two schemes the commulibrary or comparable nity can’t agree on. facilities to use during Lippert also points out construction. (The full that though the remodel

“We want a library where we can read and work and play.”

is arguably an aesthetic improvement, it doesn’t update services or expand its collection. In fact, the collection has actually shrunk over the last few years. She personally believes the money assigned to the Island remodel could be better spent elsewhere. Financed by a 2004 bond, $3.4 million has been set aside for the project. “When it comes to protecting the library, our feeling is that we should have some voice,” says Lippert. “The question is it a strong enough voice and is the city prepared to stand up against KCLS and say…‘back to the drawing board.’” For more about the Concerned Citizen’s Committee and meeting minutes, visit: For information about the KCLS Board of Trustees, visit: w w w. k c l s . o r g / a b o u t / board/.

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Put down that phone Or get a big ticket By Reporter Staff

Law enforcement officers will be out once again searching for not only unbuckled drivers but distracted drivers as part of the annual “Click it or Ticket” patrols. The recent distracted driving campaign between April 10 - 15, netted 836 cell phone and texting violations. And, in just a few weeks, the extra enforcement effort will begin again. Some 4,000 motorist are cited for cell phone use while driving per month. After the seat belt law took effect in June 2002 seat belt violations jumped and then the seat belt use rate increased. This model of high visibility enforcement has proven to change behaviors and is now being applied to distracted driving. Texting and cell phone usage is aggravating to so many motorists and it remains a growing public health and traffic safety issue.

That is why between May 19 and June 1, motorists in King County can expect to see extra seat belt AND distracted driving patrols. Last year, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped. At the same time, 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written. In King County, the Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Covington, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tukwila and Woodinville Police Departments as well as the Washington State Patrol will be participating in these extra patrols, with the support of the King County Target Zero Task Force. For more, visit

PUBLIC NOTICES CITY OF MERCER ISLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold a public hearing at the City Council meeting of May 19, 2014, at 7:00 pm to discuss the draft 2015-2020 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Any interested person(s) may appear and provide input. The TIP covers roadway, pedestrian and bicycle projects planned for the six-year period beginning in 2015. State law requires that the TIP be updated and adopted by the City annually. More information about the TIP is available at http://www. For questions, contact Patrick Yamashita, City Engineer at or (206) 275-7722. Published in the Mercer Island Reporter on May 7, 2014 and May 14, 2014. #1013875. PIERCE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT STATE OF WASHINGTON NO. 4Z802191C NOTICE OF HEARING FOR NAME CHANGE Regarding the Name Change of Alessandra Carmen Kurtz-Aguilar (Minor) By Kelly Kurtz Parent/Guardian THE STATE OF WASHINGTON-DIRECTED TO Ronaldo Jose Aguilar (Absent Parent) YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that pursuant to RCW 4.24.130, the mother /legal guardian of the above named minor child, has filed a Petition to Change the Name of Alessandra Carmen Kurtz-Aguilar (Former Name) to Alessandra Carmen LaCrosse (New Name). The hearing on this matter shall be on May 15, 2014, at 9:00 AM, 930 Tacoma Avenue S., Courtroom 127, Tacoma, Washington. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THIS HEARING MAY RE-

SULT IN THE NAME CHANGE OF THE ABOVE LISTED MINOR. DATED APRIL 22, 2014 FILE YOUR RESPONSE WITH: Pierce County District Court 930 Tacoma Ave S., Room 239 Tacoma, WA 98402 (253)798-6311 Published in the Mercer Island Reporter on April 30, 2014, May 7, 2014 and May 14, 2014. #1036875. Superior Court of Washington in and for King County In the Matter of the Estate of CAROLYN D. SANGER Deceased. No. 14-4-02195-7 SEA NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the Decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of First Publication: May 14, 2014. Personal Representative:

Cheryl Ann Toth Attorney for the Personal Representative: Michael J. Bond Address for Mailing or Service: Michael J. Bond 244876th Ave. SE, Suite 202 Mercer Island, WA 98040 Published in the Mercer Island Reporter on May 14, 2014, May 21, 2014 and May 28, 2014. #1052164. CITY OF MERCER ISLAND, WASHINGTON 2014 ARTERIAL AND RESIDENTIAL STREET OVERLAYS DATE OF BID OPENING: May 30, 2014 TIME: 10:00 AM Sealed bids for the 2014 ARTERIAL AND RESIDENTIAL STREET OVERLAYS will be received by the City of Mercer Island at the DSG Permit Counter, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington 98040 up to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 30, 2014 and will then and there be opened and publicly read. Bids received later than 10:00 a.m., May 30, 2014 will not be considered. DESCRIPTION OF WORK The work includes furnishing all labor, equipment, and materials necessary for the construction of arterial and residential street asphalt overlays at several locations throughout the city. Work consists of pavement repairs, asphalt planing, full depth asphalt removal, roadway and shoulder widening, minor concrete curb, sidewalk and ADA ramp replacements, hot mix asphalt overlay, shoulder restoration, utility adjustments, and pavement markings. A single contract will be awarded to the responsible bidder submitting the lowest bid, taking into account the Bidder’s Qualifications. Each bidder, by submission of the proposal, acknowl-

edges and understands the rights reserved by the Owner in awarding the contract and the Owner’s right to modify the size of the project. The bidder agrees that, if awarded the contract, Final Completion of the entire project will be achieved by October 17, 2014. Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total amount of such bid proposal. Should the successful bidder fail to enter into such contract and furnish satisfactory performance bond within the same time stated in the Specifications, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Mercer Island. All bidding and all construction shall be carried out in compliance with the Plans and Specifications for this project. Bids are to be submitted only on the forms provided in the Specifications, and all bids shall be accompanied by the required Bid Guaranty Bond. Bids shall remain opened for a period of sixty (60) calendar days from the opening of the Bid. The City reserves the right to postpone the date and time for opening of bids. The City expressly reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive minor informalities and to award the contract to the responsible bidder that submits the lowest responsive bid. Free of charge access to project bid documents (plans, specifications, addenda, and bidders list) is provided to Prime Bidders, Subcontractors, and Vendors by going to and clicking on “Posted Projects”, “Public Works”, and “City of Mercer Island”. Bidders are encouraged to “Register” in or-

der to receive automatic email notification of future addenda and to be placed on the “Bidders List.” This online plan room provides Bidders with fully usable online documents, with the ability to: download, view, print, order full/partial plan sets from numerous reprographic sources, and a free online digitizer/takeoff tool. Contact Builders Exchange of Washington at 425-258-1303 should you require assistance with access or registration. Bidder questions are to be directed to Clint Morris, Street Engineer, by email at or via phone at 206-999-8041. As part of the City’s affirmative action effort, the City encourages the participation of certified disadvantaged businesses and women’s business enterprises to act as prime contractors as well as subcontractors on this project. Ali Spietz City Clerk City of Mercer Island Published in the Mercer Island Reporter on May 14, 2014 and May 21, 2014. #1053097. Conner Homes, 846 108th Ave NE, #200, Belleuve, WA 98004, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, Trellis Mercer Island, is located at 2960 76th Ave. SE in Mercer Island, in King.This project involves 1.68 acres of soil disturbance for Commercial (Townhomes) construction activities. The receiving water is Lake Washington via City of Mercer Island Storm Drain system. Any persons desiring to present their views to the department of Ecology regarding this application may do so in writing within

thirty days of the last date of publication of this notice. Comments shall be submitted to the department of Ecology. Any person interested in the department’s action on this application may notify the department of their interest within thirty days of the last date of publication of this notice. Ecology reviews public comments and considers whether discharges from this project would cause a measurable change in receiving water quality, and, if so, whether the project is necessary and in the overriding public interest according to Tier II antidegradation requirements under WAC 173-201A-320. Comments can be submitted to: Department of Ecology Attn: Water Quality Program, Construction Stormwater PO Box 47696, Olympia, WA 98504-7696 Published in the Mercer Island Reporter on May 14, 2014 and May 21, 2014. #1053225.

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PSE faces pushback, lawsuit on new transmission line plans The utility is evaluating two possible routes for new power lines By Brandon Macz,

Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer

The fight to stop Puget Sound Energy from running a 18-mile transmission line from Redmond to Renton continues, with 74 Eastside residents claiming the power company has no legal right to do so along the Eastside Rail Corridor. A lawsuit in Snohomish County Superior Court filed last month by those residents — spanning waterfront properties from Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton to Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue — claims PSE was granted the right to subsur-

face and aerial rights along the old BNSF south rail line by the Port of Seattle and King County through a land deal, however, the port had no right to do so. The utility needs the new power lines to be able to meet the growing demand energy on the region. Going back more than 100 years, Eastside residents claim the rail line property was only ever granted easements for railroad purposes. However, it is also allowed to be used as a recreational trail under the Trails Act since the rail was abandoned, which residents strongly support over the Energize Eastside project. King County is already working on design for a trail there that would provide linkage to other larger trails like the Sammamish River Trail in Redmond and Woodinville and the I-90 Trail in Bellevue.

Residents further claim the Port of Seattle only acquired a surface easement for railroad purposes, and property owners along the line are the true owners of those subsurface and aerial rights through fee interest in the right of way. The lawsuit seeks judgement declaring the port, county and PSE only have a surface easement for a hiking and biking trail and verifying residents' claim the energy company has neither subsurface nor aerial rights. "There's been a lot of research done on the past titles for all of these folks, so people go back to a variety of different deeds and variances that have been made over the years," said attorney Rick Aramburu, who is representing the 74 residents in the lawsuit. PSE has until later this month to file an answer to the complaint, stating

Providence Hospital tests vaccine against recurrence of breast cancer By Sharon Salyer

Everett Herald Writer

It's been a long-time goal in the fight against cancer: Using the body's own immune system to fight the disease. Everett's Providence Regional Cancer Partnership is one of 13 sites nationally that is testing whether a vaccine, in combination with another medication, is effective in preventing a recurrence in certain types of breast cancer. They hope to recruit

about 50 women to participate in the study. The patients they seek must have low-to-moderate amounts of the HER2 protein present in their cancer. Currently women with high amounts of HER2 protein are given a drug called Herceptin to try to prevent recurrence. That's about 25 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer, said Dr. Jason Lukas, an oncologist at the cancer partnership. The medical study being conducted in Everett and

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other sites nationally is to see if this drug, in combination with a vaccine, is effective in preventing a recurrence of breast cancer in women who have lowto-moderate presence of the protein in their tumors. The vaccine is made in part from the HER2 protein and a drug that stimulates the production of white blood cells. If the study results show that the combination treatment is effective in preventing breast cancer recurrence, it would be a major step in battling the disease, Lukas said. The recurrence rate in women who have low-

its case for why it should be allowed to complete its Energize Eastside project there. Andy Wappler, PSE vice president of corporate affairs, said the energy company isn't commenting with specifics to the litigation, but reiterated that route is one of two being considered, and PSE has not made a final decision. The energy company is using this year to focus on public outreach and input that is to be used when making its final determination, said Wappler, and won't be seeking construction permits until early 2015. "If our community advisory group can reach a clear consensus on which routes work best, that's the way we'll go," Wappler said. "… Right now, what we're looking at with Energize Eastside is potential route segments and everything is still just that. Every route

is still on the table and still equal." PSE is also facing opposition from the Somerset neighborhood in Bellevue, which opposes its other eastern route being proposed for the transmission line project and does not believe the Energize Eastside project is being done for the benefit of Eastside residents. Bellevue is currently running on a system that was put in place in the 1960s, said Wappler, and the need is real when facing immense job and population growth by 2040. PSE also estimates it could begin seeing capacity issues by 2017. "The legal questions don't really change the basic facts that our community is getting bigger and can't continue to rely on the same electric infrastructure that it has for the past five decades," Wappler said.

Aramburu said PSE does have the power of condemnation, which it can use through filing its own lawsuit to continue the "L" segment along Lake Washington. The energy company would need to prove the project is necessary and a beneficial public use. "If PSE does decide to condemn and the court allows them to proceed with condemnation, then the property owners would be paid the fair market value of the land, but the point of this litigation is to have them not do it, to not put the power lines in," Aramburu said. Wappler said while PSE does have the option for condemnation, "Clearly that's not a preferred step or the first step."

to-moderate amounts of HER2 protein depends on the size of the tumor when they are diagnosed, from a low of 10 percent to as high as 60 percent, he said. The tests that will be conducted in Everett are the phase 2 trials, or second step tests of the medications. Initial tests involving small groups of women have shown some positive results, dropping the recurrence rate 15 to 20 percent, Lukas said. Jason Lukas, MD “There's been vaccines tried for other types of solid tumors, but they haven't yet shown as much potential,” Lukas said. “This is the one where the data seem to be the most compelling.”

The study will document whether women are disease-free 24 months after receiving the treatments. Some women participating in the study will receive Herception alone. Others will get Herceptin plus the vaccine. Patients will be treated with Herception every three weeks for one year, beginning no later than 12 weeks after completing standard chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The vaccine treatments will begin with shots every three weeks for a total of six. After that, booster shots are given 12, 18, 24 and 30 months later. Everett is the only cancer center in Washington participating in the study. Other sites include the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Katzen Cancer Research Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Lukas said he and another doctor first began exploring the idea of a vaccine to prevent some types of breast cancer recurrence

while he was in the Navy. An Army physician they knew also was working to develop the same idea. Once all three left the military, they worked to launch a national study of the technique, Lukas said. Vaccines work with the immune system to fight disease. People get cancer because the body's immune system, for whatever reason, fails to attack it. The hope is that the vaccine will help Herceptin to work even more effectively, said Marilyn Birchman, clinical research manager at Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. “It would be nice to have a therapy that's targeting the breast cancer, with so many less dire effects,” she said. “It's targeting that cancer cell essentially, and much less toxic than chemotherapy.”

“There’s been vaccines tried for other types of solid tumors, but they haven’t yet shown as much potential.”


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School news MI Schools Foundation halfway to spring fundraising goal The Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) announced Friday, May 9 that the organization is halfway to the spring “Bridge the Gap” fundraising goal of $1.2 million to fund teachers at all five Mercer Island schools. In his “Bridge to the Future” keynote speech at the 2014 Breakfast of Champions, Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano said, “Even though Washington is ranked 41st in the country in per-pupil spending, your continued support through the Schools Foundation allows us to leverage our operating budget to enrich the educational programs offered to our students and to our staff.” After the Breakfast of Champions, the PTAs at each school hosted multiple fundraisers including the Lakeridge Elementary Pancake Breakfast and Kiss the Pig at Islander Middle School, with the Bridge the Gap campaign raising $615,023 through donations from the Mercer Island community from those events. Most recently at the Island Park Elementary Pancake Breakfast, parents and students were given the opportunity to see staff members eat

With the U.S. Department of Education revoking Washington state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements Thursday, April 24, Washington became the first state to lose its NCLB waiver, meaning school districts in Washington will lose flexibility in the use of nearly $40 million in Title I funds that go toward lowincome students. Fortunately for the Mercer Island School District, there won’t be a lot of a financial hit, as the district doesn’t get much Title 1 money. Of the district’s $40 million budget, up to $18,000 comes through Title 1. “Thanks to the community, it’s a small impact situation,” said public information officer Randy Bolerjack, mentioning contributions from Mercer Island Schools Foundation and PTAs of over $2 million last year. “That money helps out. We have the flexibility to manage the situation rather than instantly cut staff.” “It’ll take time to understand the precise impact, but it will be minimal. Other school districts throughout the state won’t be able to say the same thing.” Typically, the Title 1 money Mercer Island receives is spent on teachers and para-educators, like teacher assistants. Bolerjack said the district won’t know for another month what will happen with that money. “We don’t know if we have to hold on to it until end of next school year or until a midway point after the first semester ends

insects and arachnids like fried worms, tarantulas and a scorpion – prepared by professionals, of course. “We’re so thankful for the response from the Mercer Island community and have had a great time at the most recent events following the Breakfast of Champions,” said MISF Executive Director Penny Yantis. “I’m confident that this community is up to the challenge of getting us the rest of the way to $1.2 million to support all students, but it’s going to take everyone’s participation and everyone digging deep.” The MISF serves as the catalyst to connect the resources of the community to the identified academic needs of our Mercer Island public schools. The foundation works in collaboration with the school district and its teaching professionals to insure that programs funded have a high priority, broad utilization and a substantially equal distribution among all Mercer Island public schools. To learn more about the MISF, visit www. MercerIslandSchoolsFoundation. com. To watch the 2014 Breakfast of Champions keynote speech, go to

Minimal impact expected from loss of NCLB waiver By Joseph Livarchik

next year, when we can put it back into enrichment programs,” he said. “We don’t have the freedom to spend it on those programs right away. There’ll be a special way to access that and we don’t know what that looks like yet.” The larger impact of losing the federal waiver is the majority of the schools in Washington state will be listed as needing improvement or failing under NCLB requirements. Bolerjack said it remains to be seen if the district will go from needs improvement to failing immediately or if it will take a couple years. “The scariest thing parents will see is that Mercer Island schools or the school district is failing, when it isn’t a failure of schools, but a failure of state legislature,” he said. “It’s really the state legislature that caused the Mercer Island School District to be declared a failing school district.” Dean Mack, executive director of business services at Mercer Island School District, said as one of the top three districts in Washington state, it doesn’t make sense seeing any of Mercer Island schools as failing. “The way No Child Left Behind is set up, eventually every school in the nation is failing,” said Mack. “Success is measured at 100 percent. If you have a class of 30 kids, are all of them at 100 percent? All it’s done is set itself up for failure.”

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Islander earns National Achievement Scholarship, Gates Millennium Scholar After being a National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP) semifinalist last fall, Mercer Island High School senior Mark Anderson was one of 700 National Achieve Program Finalists to receive a $2500 National Achievement Scholarship award. The scholarship serves as an award recognizing outstanding Black American high school students. The National Achievement Scholarship wasn’t his first award this year. Anderson was also selected as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2014. Over 52,000 students applied to the Gates Millennium Scholarship program, which offers a goodthrough-graduation scholarship, with an amount based on financial need as well as the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses, to use at any college or university of the scholar’s choice. After graduating from Mercer Island High School in June, Anderson will be attending Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

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For now, raptors find new home at Islander stadium By Joseph Livarchik

Going on for about a decade, Mercer Island Stadium has served as a nesting home for osprey, large urban raptor birds with a five-foot wingspan. The birds spend summers in Mercer Island before migrating to South America for the winter. Like clockwork every year,

they always come back. But with the remodel of the press box last summer, the osprey nest came down and was never replaced, with some concerned community members wondering why. They worried taking down the nest would distress the urban raptors, and that they would venture elsewhere for its new home.

After a trip, most likely to South America, a pair of Osprey returned to their nest on a light standard at Islander stadium in April. In the past Mercer Island High School had installed a camera for viewers to watch the bird eggs hatch.

Recently, the osprey relocated atop a light pole on the bleacher side of the stadium’s south end. But for how long the osprey will nest there remains to be seen. Mercer Island School District director of maintenance and operations Tony Kuhn said the school couldn’t replace the nest

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Girls tennis wins KingCo, finishes undefeated Mercer Island track wraps conference play in conference By Joseph Livarchik

Islanders gunning to win sixth consecutive state title By Joseph Livarchik

With Mercer Island’s 7-0 victory over Bellevue Tuesday, May 6 at Bellevue High School, Mercer Island tennis wrapped up not only the KingCo title, but also finished its season undefeated as a team in KingCo competition. After winning the KingCo title, head coach Mindy Blakeslee praised the commitment from her players, crediting the girls for putting the time in during and outside regular practice hours. “They’re driven, talented and understand the tradition with the program,”

Jamie Mounger returns a serve in doubles action with Catherine Seifert against Bellevue Tuesday, May 6 (photo by Willy Paine). said Blakeslee of her team. “They worked really hard and they deserved it. Everybody played. We have a big roster of 16 girls and every single person contributed.” In Tuesday’s singles competition, Lydia Venditti

defeated Ally Du 6-0, 6-0, Gabby Venditti beat Nomuntya 6-0, 6-0, Sarah Sweet won over Meredith Barry 6-1, 6-1 and Melanie Lee beat Crystal Chon 6-1, 6-2. In doubles action, Caroline Dillon and Caroline Hamilton beat


Tracy Monk-Karen Park 6-1, 6-2, Jamie Mounger and Catherine Seifert defeated Corey Chang and Shayna McDonald 6-4, 7-5 and Miji Suhr and Sammy Sweet won over Anna Floyd and Meagan Moran 6-3, 6-0.


Mercer Island track finished conference competition against LibertyIssaquah’s squad Thursday, May 8 at Mercer Island High School. The Mercer Island boys edged LibertyIssaquah 70-66, while the Mercer Island girls fell 86-54. Luke Bohlinger won two events in the boys competition, taking the 100 and 200 meter races. Bohlinger finished the 100 meters in 11.76 seconds and squeaked past teammate Christopher Yee by two-tenths of a second in the 200, winning with a time of 24.22. Ethan Vu finished a tenth of a second ahead of Liberty-Issaquah’s Ashby Brown in the 400 to win at 53.36, while Emerson Schulz finished second in the 800 at 2:06.24. Dylan Lesko took the 1600 with a time of 4:21.38, and Ben Vandenbosch finished fifth for the Islanders in the 3200

with a time of 10:28.15. In hurdles, Greyson Weltyk finished second in the 110 meter hurdles at 17.73 seconds, and Tyler Johnston finished third in the 300 meter hurdles at 55.67. Mercer Island’s crew of Bohlinger, Yee, Kwame Opoku and Jordano Mark took the 4x100, winning in 47 seconds. Vu, Lesko, Emerson Schulz and Eric Schulz finished second in the 4x400 at 4:02.18. Nolan Conway won the shot put event, throwing a distance of 41’3. Dylan Majewski placed second in discus at 95’2, and Sam Peterson won javelin, throwing for 123’3. In the high jump, Weltyk finished two inches below Liberty-Issaquah’s Andrew Baugh to take second place at 5’8. Freshman Jaelin Tate took second in the long jump at 18’11 and Weltyk won the triple jump at 40’9. For the Mercer Island girls, Emily Bassett topped


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Bellevue deals Islanders first division loss By Joseph Livarchik

When Mercer Island went down to the wire in its last two Friday matchups, the Islanders managed to come out on top. But against reigning state champs and familiar foes Bellevue, the Islanders weren’t so fortunate. In its third game decided by a single goal in three consecutive Fridays, Mercer Island lacrosse fell to Bellevue 9-8 Friday, May 9 at Islander Stadium. The loss marked Mercer Island’s first loss to a Washington state opponent this season, dropping the Islanders to 9-1 in its division and 16-2 overall. “The good thing is we feel as though we lost the game, not necessarily that they won the game,” said head coach Ian O’Hearn after the game. “There’s just countless mistakes on our side that we know better than to do.” Not riding correctly, not clearing the ball well and not running faceoffs effectively were some of the mistakes O’Hearn noticed that ultimately doomed his squad. Conversely, those were the things Bellevue executed to use to their advantage. “Offensively they weren’t that strong, defensively they weren’t that strong. They were just riding and clearing really well. We weren’t getting the normal amount of possessions that we’re used to and that hurt us,” he said. It was again playoff atmosphere for Mercer Island a week after its firstplace battle with Issaquah,

Dylan Lesko competes in the 1600 meter race against May 8 at MIHS (photo by Anna Vu).

TRACK | FROM 14 Evan Condon works his way through the Bellevue defense Friday, May 9 at Islander Stadium (staff photo). though this time in its home stadium against its Eastside rival in a rematch of last year’s state title game. A goal by Brett Bottomley in the first quarter was quickly answered by Bellevue’s Campbell Alexieff, as both teams kept the game tight, finishing the opening period tied 2-2. Eric Haehl gave Bellevue its first lead of the game to open the second quarter, but two goals from Cooper Johnson and a goal from Evan Condon gave the Islanders a 5-3 advantage, which they carried into halftime. The score remained close through the third, with a goal from Bellevue freshman Augie Fratt tying the score at 5-5 midway through the period before Peter Mahony responded to give the Islanders a onegoal lead heading into the fourth. But in the game’s final period, Bellevue’s offense came alive with four goals, three of which coming from its freshman players. Freshman Justin Angelel

scored the first two goals of the fourth to give the Wolverines a 7-6 lead. Another goal from Fratt and a goal from Hank Bethke capped Bellevue’s run with 2:34 remaining, giving the Wolverines a 9-6 lead. Mahony ended Mercer Island’s scoring drought with two quick scores to bring the Islanders within a goal with just under two minutes left in the game, but it was as close as Mercer Island would get. Mahony finished with three goals, while Johnson had two and Bottomley, Condon and Kiernan Coles each scored

for the Islanders. O’Hearn said his team was confident heading into Friday’s game, as per their records, Mercer Island had been the stronger team this year. Now his team’s focus shifts to finishing out the season strong in the Islanders’ final two games before getting ready for the playoffs, where O’Hearn plans to run into Bellevue again. “We’ll fix the mistakes that were hurting us tonight,” he said. “We fix those, and we beat that team by four next time we play them.”

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shot put at 33’2, discus at 96’9 and javelin at 85’5. Piper Casey won the 400 with a time of 1:00.4, CeCe Rosenman took the 1600 with a time of 5:24.51 and the team of Casey, Sarah Bjarnason, Kate Miller and Victoria Gersch won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:09.61. Gersch and Miller finished second and third respectively for Mercer Island in the 200 meter race, while Mary Lovejoy placed seventh in the 100. Alida Scalzo finished second in the 800 at 2:33.83 and Sydney Zeldes took second in the 3200 at 13:11.5. McKenzie Krause was second in the 100 meter

hurdles at 17.88, while Lauren Cartwright placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles at 1:00.06. Mercer Island’s team of Bassett, Krause, Cartwright and Emily Lightfoot finished second in the 4x100 relay, as did the team of Miller, Casey, Gersch and Tre Saunders in the 4x200. Lightfoot finished two inches shy of LibertyIssaquah’s Kelli Anderson to place second in the high jump, while Lindsay Lightfoot finished third in the long jump at 14’2, and Sydney Zeldes finished fourth in the triple jump at 26’5. Mercer Island will compete at the 2014 KingCo Championships at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at Redmond High School.


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Lacrosse team honors fallen heroes By Reporter Staff

At halftime of the lacrosse game between Mercer Island and Bellevue Friday, May 9 at Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island lacrosse honored Army Sergeant First Class Clifford Beattie of Medical Lake, Wash., who died on May 22, 2011 from wounds he suffered in an improvised explosive device blast in Baghdad. The event was part of the Islanders Never Forget campaign, which raises money in support of the Team Jesse Foundation. Founded by Iraq War Army Veteran, Mercer Island resident and Mercer Island lacrosse assistant varsity coach Kevin Mincio, the Team Jesse Foundation preserves the legacies of our nation’s heroes through scholarships, grants and

TENNIS | FROM 14 Senior captain Caroline Dillon attributed the Islanders’ success to the team’s unity and work ethic, as well as their desire to improve. “I think the reason we won KingCo is because we

Children of fallen soldier Clifford Beattie received education grants provided by the Islanders Never Forget campaign. L-r, Beattie’s daughter Jaydean, son Dale and wife Karen (staff photo). bereavement support for the families of fallen soldiers in service. Mincio created the foundation in honor of another local fallen soldier, Staff Sergeant Jesse Williams, who was

killed in action on April 8, 2007, in Iraq. The event is the culmination of a two-week fundraising campaign by the 52 members of MIHS’ lacrosse teams that included selling

all play tennis not to do a sport, but because we all love the game,” said Dillon. “As a team, we collectively love tennis and have a passion to work toward improving our game.” Heading into the postseason, the Islanders will advance Melanie Lee,

Sammy Sweet and Sarah Sweet in singles competition and doubles teams of Mounger and Suhr, Dillon and Hamilton and the Venditti sisters, as the Islanders gun for its sixth straight state title. While Blakeslee admits the Islanders have their work cut out for them

t-shirts and soliciting donations from friends and family online. Proceeds from the Islanders Never Forget campaign will be used to provide SFC Beattie’s two children, Jaydean and Dale with education grants. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the family. SFC Beattie had participated in a run to honor fallen soldiers on the day he was killed. He graduated from Medical Lake High School in 1992 and had been in the Army for 17 years. He is survived by wife Karen, 20-yearold daughter Jaydean of Seattle, 17-year-old son Dale of Yelm, former wife Samantha and a large extended family. For more on the Team Jesse Foundation, visit

with stiff competition coming from a talented Holy Names squad, the Mercer Island coach said her team’s approach will be to focus on themselves and not their opponents. “We’re going to try and focus on what we can do on the court and speak with our rackets.”



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after demolishing the old press box where the nest was located, which provided shelter and protection from falling debris. Kuhn said countless people have been hit by debris, which posed a problem, especially when considering nesting material could weigh upwards of a couple hundred pounds. “[Osprey] are an extremely messy bird. They typically don’t defecate in their nest, which is high in uric acid and is extremely damaging to vehicles,” he said. “Sticks and debris fall, and we’re talking good size branches coming down. Bottom line, it was a huge safety concern.” Kuhn said the school worked very closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to remove the nest, saying they were very careful following state regulations and the permit process. Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Chris

Rotary Islanders of the Month for May The Mercer Island Rotary Club named Mercer Island seniors Rebecca Garcia Moreno and Jake Pruchno as its Islanders of the Month for May.

ing and bouldering. Rebecca will attend American University in Washington, D.C. in the fall. She looks forward to exploring new interests and hopes to travel abroad and continue learning about different cultures.

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Rebecca Garcia Moreno The daughter of Brett Duel and Alejandro Garcia Moreno, Rebecca is President of the International Club, was a Bridges leader and was a member of the varsity softball team. Outside the hallways of MIHS, she has served as a page in the Washington State Senate for Relay for Life and enjoys reading, bakAnderson, whom Kuhn consulted during the removal process, said he could see the safety concerns falling debris posed at the football stadium. Longterm buildup and lack of maintenance with the bird droppings would cause the school problems. As long as there were no egg hatchlings, now would be the time to remove the nest, as it would minimize the issue of relocating for the birds. “I wouldn’t say distressed is the best way to describe it,” said Anderson of the nest removal. “So long as it doesn’t have eggs and it doesn’t have young, it’s like a dead tree that falls in winter. [Removing the nest] will bother the birds, but it won’t stress them out to point they’ll pop. It happens in nesting ecology.” But one bird enthusiast on the Island, who asked not to be identified, knew the birds would keep coming back. They are very loyal birds, and even if the school won’t build a nest, the birds will still do it anyway. It would make

Jake is the son of Dana and Billy Pruchno, and is a National Honor Society member, a member of the MIHS marching band, a senior service club member and has been a varsity wrestling team captain, a Bridges leader and a DECA club participant. Outside of school, Jake participated in Safe Rides, worked at Herzel NerTamid Synagogue and was a Relay for Life co-chair. He enjoys recreational sports and plans to study business at the University of Washington. sense for the school to choose where to build the nest instead of the osprey choosing to relocate somewhere less ideal for the school. Kuhn had an ideal target area in mind, saying moving the birds to a nesting platform pole slightly north of the stadium would be ideal. But with site plans for construction of the fourth elementary school still being finalized, the school wouldn’t be able to construct it just yet. In the meantime, the school created a device that sits on top of some of the poles to prevent the osprey from building nests, though the birds seemed to have found away around that with their current residence. While Kuhn said the school is trying to encourage the birds to take their efforts some place more worthwhile, a new platform still hasn’t been completely ruled out. “I think they’re definitely going to be missed,” he said. “But that’s not to take out of the question building something close.”


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project are on display at The Studio, allowing tenants to select a floor that can be lit, with the aerial views from that floor broadcast on a large screen against one of the walls. It also features a 24-foot video wall and back offices for tenants to see what their views will be," said Vanessa Rose, principal for The Voyager Group, Kemper Development Company's creative agency based in California. She said materials used in The Studio reflect those that will be incorporated in the expansion. The Studio is expected to open to the public later this summer. Freeman said The Black Box is about two months from opening in Lincoln Square, and will include full-scale models of what apartments, hotel rooms and other portions of office

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In May 2014, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will resume construction on Interstate 90 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Bellevue and Seattle. This collaboration is making vital improvements for traffic flow on I-90 while preparing the center roadway for Sound Transit's East Link light rail extension. Noise notification We are sending you this notice because you may hear nighttime construction noise. This notice also complies with city of Mercer Island noise variance requirements. Residents who can directly view the I-90 work zone from their home may hear more noise than other residents. This project also includes I-90 near the Bellevue Way interchange. Mercer Island residents may hear noise as crews work in Bellevue near the East Channel Bridge. Construction schedule Beginning in May 2014, crews will shift traffic lanes and place barrier to provide a safe work zone in order to reconstruct the ramps from eastbound I-90 to Bellevue Way and the eastbound I-90 HOV ramp to I-405. Closures and nighttime work will continue until the project is complete in mid-2015. Updated noise notifications will be sent in advance of anticipated nighttime noisy work as required by the city of Mercer Island. Construction noise sources This work is unavoidably noisy. Residents might hear concrete saws, jackhammering, backup alarms, front loaders, compressors, hydraulic shears, and generators. How will we reduce noise at night? Crews will take several steps to minimize nighttime noise, including limiting the use of the noisiest equipment. Noise shields will help block stationary equipment noise sources where possible. Trucks will be equipped with ambient sensitive backup alarms, which are quieter than conventional alarms, or use spotters. Additionally, all trucks in the work zone will have well-maintained bed liners and secured tailgates that don’t bang. Why work at night? Crews must work at night to minimize daytime gridlock caused by working on this key commute and freight route. Working at night expedites completion of the project, allowing commuters and freight to quickly return to normal traffic patterns. To limit the work only to the daytime would cause delays and lengthen the construction closure by several weeks. To report noise complaints 24-hour noise hotline: 206-440-4444 FOR MORE PROJECT INFORMATION Project website: Contact: Hien Trinh, WSDOT Project Engineer 206-768-5601; Annie Johnson, WSDOT Communications 206-716-1165; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information This material can be made available in an alternate format by emailing the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA(4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

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WEDNESDAY | 14 BEST HIKES WITH DOGS: 7-8:30 p.m., May 14, Mercer Island Community and Events Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Learn about great hikes you can take with your canine companion in Western Washington, and tips for sharing the trail. The event is hosted by Dan Nelson, the author of numerous hiking guidebooks and a regular contributor to Men’s Journal and GearInstitute. com. In partnership with Mercer Island Parks & Recreation.


ings of the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board will be held on the third Thursday of alternating months, unless otherwise noticed.


Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St. The Commission will continue the discussion on zoning for schools. For more information, go to and click on the ‘Agendas & Minutes’ link on the left hand side of the main page.

May 17, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. This Spring program presented by the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church Concert Series will feature the very talented wind ensemble, The Cascade Brass Quintet, a Pacific Northwest ensemble consisting of two trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba. They perform a rousing repertoire of music including Classical, Sacred, Ragtime, Dixieland and patriotic Marches. Suggested donation of $10. Visit for more.


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11TH ANNUAL MYSTERY BOOK NIGHT: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Island

Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. It’s a night of Mystery. A night of intrigue. A night of delightful fun and mind stimulating repartee. Island Books will select an array of fascinating, captivating and riveting novels. As an added mystery treat, Island Books has arranged for you to meet a mystery guest author who will personally sign your books. A full 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Senior Foundation of Mercer Island. For more visit: OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY BOARD MEETING: 6-8 p.m.,

May 15, City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St. All regular meet-

farmers and market operations. Special Guest Kurt Dammeier, will speak about his passion to change the way people approach their food and the importance of farmers markets. Kurt is a Mercer Island entrepreneur and founder of Sugar Mountain. Also featuring LOOSE CHANGE, a regionally known R&B jazz band. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner and delicious desserts. There will be a small live auction. $50 per person. Proceeds support the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Visit:



May 22, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Join a discussion about the teaching of mindfulness in Mercer Island schools. Everyone from Google engineers to the Seahawks are now benefiting from these easy-to-learn techniques that promote creativity, focus, stress-reduction, and emotional selfregulation. Brief mindfulness practices you can do on your own will be shared as well. Speakers include mindfulness instructors and facilitators active in the Mercer Island and Seattle schools: Janine Bloomfield, facilitator, Lynne Brazg, Arlen Levy, Brody LaRock, and Sivie Suckerman.



Mercer Island. Find one of Mercer Island’s many parks to have a picnic, play, take a walk or just relax. Take your picture and let the city know what park you visited. Email the picture to miparks@mercergov. org and staff will post the pictures on Facebook & its website.For more, visit: asp?NavID=328.

Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Annual benefit introducing the 2014 Mercer Island Farmers Market and its vendors, highlighting their foods and products, raising funds to support


EVENTS | UPCOMING EATING SEASONALLY - SUMMER BOUNTY: 7-8:30 p.m., Jun. 3, Mercer Island Community and Events Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Eating seasonally during this time of year is both delicious and nutritious. Learn from Marilyn Walls, nutrition educator for PCC Natural Markets, about how to incorporate summer’s food bounty into your plan for a more fit lifestyle. Tasty treats will enhance the class. In partnership with Mercer Island Parks & Recreation. Please note, this program is not at the library. MAD ABOUT SCIENCE SHOW: 11 a.m., Jun. 26, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Presented by Mad Science for ages 5 and SAGER: 1 p.m., May 17. Local Mercer Island author John Sager presents his latest book, “Night Flight,” the fictitious account of what might have happened during the 1970s as the Soviet Union raced to increase its nuclear weapon arsenal. Sager, himself a CIA veteran, tells the story, having served in both countries during the Cold War. FRENCH STORY TIME: 11 a.m., May 17. Stories, songs and fun for families that speak French or are interested in the French language. COMPUTER CLASS ONE-ONONE ASSISTANCE: 8 p.m., Jun. 12. Do you need extra help on the computer? A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Registration required.

older. Create super sounds, cool chemical reactions and even explore the spooky side of science. Your imagination will run wild as you become a Junior Mad Scientist as you watch, and participate in, eyeopening experiments. CERCLE FRANCOPHONE FRENCH CONVERSATION EVENING: 7-9 p.m., at the home of Beth Brennan. The Mercer Island Sister City Association will sponsor an informal French Conversation Evening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French at the home of Beth Brennen on Mercer Island. The only “rule” is that we speak French. All levels of French are welcome! For more information and driving directions, contact Beth Brennen 232-7650 or Monica Howell 232-2983.

MERCER ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL POETRY SLAM: 7-8:30 p.m., May 27, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island high school students will be reading their original work at Island Books. It won’t be a contentious atmosphere, but a supportive one. Come enjoy some refreshments and hear what the next generation of writers has to say. ISLAND BOOKS OPEN BOOK CLUB: 7:30-9 p.m., Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Island Book’s open book club meets the last Thursday of every month. Staff facilitators choose both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend. This month’s choice is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

SUMMER BOOK SALE: ongoing Jun. 12-15. It may be a mini-sale but there are still well over a thousand books in a wide-ranging selection of genres. Stock up on your summer reads. Book sale will run during regular library hours. DROP-IN TO LEARN ABOUT E-BOOKS: 2-3 p.m., Jun. 18. Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, or phone, to ask questions about downloading from the library’s growing catalog of titles. TEENS STUDY ZONE: 4-6 p.m., ongoing, every Tuesday starting Jun. 3. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help in all subjects from trained volunteer tutors. Proofreading help is avail-

able. You can also study on your own. Ask at the reference desk for location. READING BUDDIES TRAINING: 1 p.m., Jun. 24. This is the mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Topics covered include scheduling, responsibilities for participation in the program, child literacy information, and tips for working with young readers. Volunteers must fill out an application. Call the library to confirm the location of the training. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

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Finding the right diet is key to losing and keeping off weight By Timi Gustafson R.D. Special to the Reporter

When people hear the word “diet,” most think of calorie restriction, deprivation, making up for past indulgences, and as so forth. There is something unpleasant, almost punitive about the whole concept of dieting, which is unfortunate because it can make it harder to turn to healthier eating regimens. “The main goal of going on a diet is to get off it as quickly as possible,” a client of mine used to say. I’m sure his sentiment is widely shared. Another reason why diets are unfavorably looked upon is that they don’t work in most cases, even if they show initial success. It can be maddeningly frustrating to realize the futility of one’s sincere efforts when lost

Volunteers, walkers still welcome at NAMI Volunteers are still being accepted to fill a variety of responsibilities at the annual NAMI Walk to raise funds to battle mental illness on Saturday, May 17 in Kirkland. The annual Walk is sponsored by the Washington chapter of the National

CALENDAR | FROM 18 CHILDREN YOUNG TODDLER STORY TIMES: 10:15 a.m., Thursdays, May 8. Ages 12 to 24 months with adults and siblings welcome. Come to the meeting room for silly songs and fun stories in this 30-minute program. WIGGLE, WADDLE, STOMP & SING: 10: 30 a.m., Jun. 5. Presented by Eric Ode. Jump like a frog. Crawl like a bug. Fly like a bird! Join award winning singer, songwriter, and poet Eric Ode for a movin’ and groovin’ concert just right for preschoolers and their caregivers. Stories and songs, poems, puppets, and props make this a high-participation music celebration.


pounds return with inter- patterns begin to cause est, seemingly for no par- problems, e.g. unwanted ticular reason. weight gain, elevated choBeing intimately famillesterol levels, adult-onset iar with the scenario, I diabetes, etc., some form tell my clients from the of intervention is likely get-go that if to be required. their diet leaves Health How effective them feelthe intervening ing deprived measures will and unsatisbe depends on fied, they will multiple facnot be able to tors. maintain it in All need for the long run, change starts no matter how with a crisis, Timi Gustafson beneficial it benign or serimay be to their ous. Nobody health. arrives at the In its original meaning, decision to change his or the term “diet” does not her eating patterns in a describe a departure from vacuum. There may be one’s regular eating styles. acute health problems, On the contrary, it simissues of vanity, a desire ply means what and how for winning back youthsomeone usually eats. ful rigor – whatever. Certain eating habits may An important question have developed over long is how do the required periods of time, often changes fit into someone’s starting during childexisting circumstances. hood. Few people can comWhen established pletely undo and remake

their current lifestyle features. There are families, occupations, commitments, and multiple other concerns involved. Diet and lifestyle are intertwined with all that. How can we expect, for instance, someone to eat in unaccustomed ways, establish and maintain an unfamiliar exercise routine, stop all detrimental habits like smoking or drinking at once and go on with life as if nothing happened? It’s a ludicrous proposition. Then there is the matter of personality. Some (very few) people are able to turn on a dime. The vast majority tends to implement changes only in small increments. In my book, “The Healthy Diner,” I describe different personality types I’ve come across over my many years of health counseling. There are people who find it rela-

Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) as the primary fundraising event to fund the 23 affiliates across the state. The event is also held to promote mental health awareness and spotlight the battle individuals with mental illness and their families wage every day. Fundraisers across Washington have already collected more than $109,000 toward the 2014 goal of

to participate. Letters to help high school students meet community service requirements will be provided. More than 1,000 walkers participated in last year’s Walk. For more information about how to register for the walk or how to volunteer, contact Uradnik at walk@ or visit the website at

LION’S CLUB EYEGLASS DRIVE: ongoing, drop-off locations at Mercer Island Thrift Shop, Mercer Island Community and Events Center and Mercer Island Fire Station. If you have ill-fitting, used or unused eyeglasses, consider disposing of them for a good cause. The Mercer Island Lion’s Club has been collecting and donating glasses through the years. Glasses are sent to a central eyeglass recycling center. Lion’s Club meets monthly for dinner and an informative meeting. Call or email Bob Malin for more: 232-7893, MERCER ISLAND VISUAL ARTS LEAGUE GALLERY - MAY ART SHOW: ongoing May 1-31, Avellino Building 2936 78th Ave. S.E. “Colorburst” show will run through the end of May. Museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 12-6 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

$275,000 to help NAMI chapters continue to offer free classes, support groups, information and referral to places of assistance, according to Gazala Uradnik, the NAMI Walks Manager. Helpers are needed to serve as guides along the 5K route on the shore of Lake Washington as well as to hand out snacks and water to the walkers when they return. Students are encouraged

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tively easy to try out new approaches, others prefer to stick with the tried and true. Others again are ready to take up whatever is new and exciting but lose interest or don’t have the stamina to see things through over time. None of these attitudes are to be judged as better or worse, but they are predictors of how likely a person will succeed with certain methods. So what would be the best way to get on a healthy path that is effective and also endures? The simple answer is that

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Board Action a. Adopt Bond Resolution #620 & approve Bond Purchase Agreement Work and Deliberation a. Board Policy 2410 High School Graduation Requirements (1st reading)


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Idyllic nature retreat! Soothe your soul in the midst of your serene 1.5 acre property. 5 min to I-90, yet complete privacy! Spacious & bright BR/2.5BA, 2470sf. #619120 Carrie Simmons 206-679-7093




Tucked down a private lane this spacious 4 bedroom plus office/den is loaded with upgrades! Large kitchen with island, custom countertops & floors. #598257 Heidi Melrose 425-802-8358

◆ Bellevue


Opportunity knocks! New appliances, new paint, new carpet, sunny southern exposure w/private patio, ground floor, end unit, 2br/2ba, 2 prkg spaces + storage. #621818 Peggy Watkins 206-230-5444

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Mercer Island Reporter, May 14, 2014  

May 14, 2014 edition of the Mercer Island Reporter

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