10 Island Links for November

November 29, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Design rendering of Hotel Mercer, a planned luxury boutique hotel to be built downtown Mercer Island | Image courtesy of Dollar Development

Design rendering of Hotel Mercer, a planned luxury boutique hotel to be built downtown Mercer Island | Image courtesy of Dollar Development


Here’s something new – I’ve been keeping track of news stories and interesting links throughout the month that I thought you might enjoy. I’ve rounded them up here – all Mercer Island-related news and notes from around the web:

  1. Twenty-five years ago after a stormy Thanksgiving week, the old I-90 bridge between Mercer Island and Seattle collapsed and sank into Lake Washington. [MyNorthwest.com]
  2. The Mercer Island City Council extended the Town Center development moratorium another six months at its latest meeting, further delaying the building of a luxury boutique hotel on Mercer Island. [Mercer Island Reporter]
  3. The King County Election offices certified election results earlier this week. Check out Mercer Island’s final results, now updated on My MI’s previous election results post.  [My Mercer Island]
  4. Island Books was recognized as a top 25 quarterfinalist of the 2015 Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award. Only one will win the “Indie Award,” and Island Books is seeking your vote. [Island Books website | Nominate Island Books here]
  5. These Mercer Island student musicians and singers were selected for the All-State Ensemble. And these Mercer Island senior student athletes have made college commitments. [Mercer Island Reporter]
  6. Island native Jordan Morris – a junior at Stanford – was offered a historically lucrative deal to play for the Seattle Sounders. [The Seattle Times]
  7. Here’s another impressive Island athlete. Ultramarathoner Shannon Hogan Warburg recently ran 100 miles in less than 24 hours. [Mercer Island Reporter]
  8. Patti Payne featured the sale of a Parkwood neighborhood home (along with fire pole!), formerly owned by “Power Couple” John and Deanna Oppenheimer. [Patti Payne’s Cool Pads | Puget Sound Business Journal]
  9. No surprises here – Mercer Island is one of the most educated neighborhoods in the Puget Sound area.  It is also nearly the most expensive. [Puget Sound Business Journal]
  10. Mercer Island has a new satirical news site, and the name reminds us of something. We can’t help but laugh at this post. [Mercer Island Distorter]

What interesting Mercer Island-related news story did you learn about this month? Feel free to share in the comments.