Island Links for July, August & early September

September 10, 2018 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our late summer edition of our regular “Island Links” blog post, a curated list of the recent most notable Mercer Island-related links from around the web. We hope you enjoy!

Around town
Great news for middle schoolers and south end Mercer Island residents – the south end Starbucks has re-opened, though minor construction is ongoing. Stop by, check it out, and for a strong jolt of caffeine, try the nitro cold brew, a new feature of the store, now on tap. [Starbucks]

‘New Tasting Room Brings Wine Country to Mercer Island’ – nice feature on Barrels, a wine shop and wine bar in downtown Mercer Island [Eater Seattle]

’11-year-old New Zealand girl says Harborview doctor saved her life’ – a Harborview doctor who happened to be picnicking at Luther Burbank Park with her husband sprang to action when a young girl, who was swimming at the beach with her cousins, experienced a subarachnoid hemorrhage. [Kiro7]

‘Aggressive owls in Pioneer Park, city of Mercer Island warns’ [Mercer Island Reporter]

‘Mercer Island seeks partner for rare development site next to future light rail station’  – the City of Mercer Island is currently under contract to purchase the Tully’s property in downtown Mercer Island and is seeking a developer to build a desirable mixed-use development that includes a commuter parking facility (and potentially the Mercer Island Center for the Arts facility). [Puget Sound Business Journal Subscriber Content (link above) / City of Mercer Island / Mercer Island Center for the Arts]

‘Mercer Island City Council commits to November levy’ – the levy has been a hot topic on local social media platforms and discussion boards; you can read the ballot measure on this King County Elections website page. [Mercer Island Reporter]

‘City launches new public engagement platform’ – check it out: Let’s Talk Mercer Island [Mercer Island Reporter / City of Mercer Island]

Islanders in the News
‘Mercer Island teen one of many powerful women featured in latest Rad Women book’ []

‘”Hometown Hero” fights cancer with community support’ – our neighbor and friend Kirk Robinson, who is battling stage 4 metastatic melanoma, was named a Mercer Island ‘Hometown Hero’ for his community volunteer work and drove a classic car with his family in the Summer Celebration parade.  [Mercer Island Reporter]

‘Gibson will compete in professional jiu jitsu event’ – congrats and good luck to 7th grader Gordon Gibson! [Mercer Island Reporter]

‘Harold Wilbur Hill – What constitutes a successful life?’ | ‘Legendary builder Harold Hill, 94, of Mercer Island has died’‘Harold Hill created a lot of buildings – and a lot of construction careers’ – remembrances of the late Harold Hill of Mercer Island [Seattle Times / Puget Sound Business Journal / Daily Journal of Commerce]

‘MISD, MIEA reach tentative agreement’ – the Mercer Island School District and the Mercer Island Educators Association reached a tentative two-year collective bargaining agreement on Monday, September 3rd; the Mercer Island School Board will review the contract at their September 13th meeting [Mercer Island School District]

Real Estate
‘Properties on East Mercer Way focus of Comprehensive Plan amendment process’ [Mercer Island Reporter]

‘Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Proceeds from sale of $7.8M Mercer Island mansion to go to Seattle Children’s’ – wow … and wow (the property!). [Puget Sound Business Journal]

‘Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Entrepreneur Gregg Petrie lists Mercer Island mansion for $9 million’ [Puget Sound Business Journal]

Humor & more
‘Advice From Mercer Island Mimsy: Back-to-School Edition’ – from last year, but still good! [Mercer Island Distorter]

‘Unpopular opinion: Mercer Island has nothing to offer’ – we beg to differ. [ / KIRO Nights]

Have we missed your favorite Mercer Island-related news story or do you have an interesting link to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!