Island Links for September / October

October 8, 2017 | by Erin Sirianni

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Our monthly “Island Links” blog post is a curated list of the previous month’s most notable Mercer Island-related links from around the web. Here are the latest links to catch our eye:

Biggest recent story
The Mercer Island City Council voted to adopt a new residential development code, which will go into effect on November 1st. The story was covered by the Mercer Island Reporter, The Seattle Times, the Puget Sound Business Journal, and others.

Biggest media appearance
Mercer Island was named in the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States by Money Magazine and came in at #89.  [Money Magazine]

A couple of our favorite heartwarming and inspiring stories
John Willson, a retired school principal and gardener, is brightening up the Covenant Shores Retirement Community with multiple dahlia gardens. The story was first covered by the Mercer Island Reporter and most recently by King TV.

Members of Covenant Shores also held their third annual walk and rally toward “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” and raising $5000 to donate to the American Cancer Society. [Mercer Island Reporter]

And other links worth a click . . .
The Mercer Island High School Marching Band was chosen to participate in the 2019 Rose Bowl Parade, which takes place in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day. [Mercer Island Reporter]

The City of Mercer Island will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall in which residents can telephone in, listen, and even participate in a moderated, community meeting. The meeting’s topic will be about the city’s finances and how best to address projected City budget deficits. [Mercer Island Reporter]

The Mercer Island Reporter is giving away hundreds of black-and-white photos published in the newspaper between the 1970s and 2000. Take home a snapshot in time at the upcoming “Pick a Pic” photo giveaway on October 14th at the Mercer Island Library. [Mercer Island Reporter]

Eleven senior students at Mercer Island High School were selected as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. [Mercer Island Reporter]

Caruccio’s celebrated its Grand Opening on Mercer Island with a ribbon cutting and special celebration on September 14th. [Mercer Island Reporter]

The Mercer Island Reporter Editorial Board made a strong statement in a recent editorial condemning hate speech and criticizing uncivil discourse. [Mercer Island Reporter]

The City of Mercer Island issued a decision on September 11th regarding the environmental impacts of MICA, a proposed arts center to be located at the northwest corner of Mercerdale Park. [City of Mercer Island]