Windermere Mercer Island’s Annual FREE Recycling Event – May 19th 2018

Windermere Mercer Island’s Annual FREE Recycling Event – May 19th 2018

Come one! Come all! Windermere Mercer Island is having their annual RECYCLING EVENT at our on-island office, located on 77th avenue near New Seasons. Finish up that Spring Cleaning checklist and bring down your old electronics, appliances, or anything else on the accepted list below and clear up space in your home!

1 Green Planet is an amazing, socially conscious, recycling company that offers FREE recycling for everyone through their Renton, Washington location. BUT, Windermere Mercer Island and 1 Green Planet have partnered to provide a stellar and convenient service right here on the island.

WHEN: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
TIME: 09:00AM – 02:00PM
WHERE: Windermere Real Estate / Mercer Island
ADDRESS: 2737 77th Avenue SE, Mercer Island

ACCEPTED ITEMS include, most electronics working or not, whole or in part, scrap metal, appliances, small appliances, computers and computer accessories, fax machines, speakers, drinking fountains, bicycles, scooters, medical equipment, satellite TV equipment, cell phone chargers, home entertainment equipment, and so much more.

There will also be CONFIDENTIAL DATA DISPOSAL and SHREDDING during our open hours. This free option for disposing of old documents is a great way to securing get rid of them without the worry or much hassle!

NOT-ACCEPTED ITEMS include, wood furniture, CRT televisions and monitors (flat screens okay), chemicals, paint, tires, lightbulbs, gasoline, and oil.

For all the details and information, check out our website WindermereMercerIsland.com/Recycle

Join us on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 09:00AM – 02:00PM and bring your recycling items (working or not) for disposal.

Windermere Mercer Island will also be accepting donations for the City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation, an amazing Mercer Island organization that services the island’s social and human services, through their services such as the Senior Outreach and Advocacy, Family & Emergency Assistance & Food Pantry, Diversion & Early Intervention, and much more!


JUST A REMINDER that all City of Mercer Island offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th, 2018 for Memorial Day.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Washington State Spring Fair

Washington State Spring Fair

This weekend, round up the whole family for a day at the Washington State Spring Fair! With a variety of attractions, rides, entertainment and music, this spring fair has it all.

This year, the fair will feature the Motorsport Mayhem. All weekend long you can find action-packed events such as the Monster Truck Show and the Slamfest Demolition Derby. For $8, you can even hop on one of the tricked-out trucks and take a ride. You can purchase your tickets today!

A popular spring fair attraction, “Fun on the Farm” will be open to see and touch farm animals including bunnies, sheep, goats, chickens and more. The interactive and educational attraction will also include farm activities and agricultural displays.

If you are looking to get set for Spring, you will not want to miss the Northwest Living and Garden exhibit. Enjoy the inspiring artistic garden displays while chatting with vendors who will showcase the finest in nurseries, garden shops, and landscape artists. On Sunday, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Ciscoe Morris, the well-known Pacific Northwest gardening guru.

While hopping from one attraction to the next, you will want to stop and enjoy the classic fair food along the way. You can find local favorites such as Fisher Scones, Duris Elephant Ears, Spud Fish & Chips and the Sales Family Krusty Pup. Whether you are craving savory BBQ or a sweet treat, the spring fair offers a wide selection to satisfy your inner foodie!

With a variety of live music and shows, the fair will have you and the whole family entertained. Jeremiah Johnston, holding two medals in the world championships of juggling, will keep you on your toes and laughing! Trevor and Lorena showcase classic comedy and magical modernization in their stage performance and the Spring Fair Step Show will be taking stage once again for the 7th annual show.

With the Washington State Spring Fair running only until Sunday, April 22nd, you will want to get a head start on planning your visit in regard to travel information, deals and discounts and hours and pricing.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Mercer Island School District Gets Top Ranking on Recent Survey

The Mercer Island School District has long been known for its high emphasis on academics and extra-curriculars, and 2017-2018 reports show Mercer Island reigning over other Washington School Districts. Noted as a “friendly environment,” the district (MISD) strives to foster children and young adults by converting information into knowledge.

In a recent survey of over 9,500 schools, performed by BackgroundChecks.org awards the Mercer Island School District as Washington’s best public-school system. Mercer Island yields a 96.6% graduation rate, which is 15+% higher than the state-wide average of 81.9%.

Other top-producing schools include (2) the Lake Washington School District, (3) the Snoqualmie Valley School District, (4) the Bellevue School District, and (5) the Camas School District.

Though these figures vary from the Niche.com analysis, Niche also uses reviews from students and parents to configure their Best Schools. Their algorithm sets the Mercer Island School District as the second in Washington state. Check out this list of top school districts in Washington state, from Niche.com.

Complete and update report cards can be found on any school district and individual school statewide from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card portal.

In such a diverse and ever-changing world, Mercer Island sets the example in education and sets its children as their top priority and offers accelerated and advanced courses to facilitate their learning.

Windermere Living – Spring 2018 Edition

Windermere Living is a fabulous magazine that highlights the best the West Coast has to offer, including breathtaking residences, hot Spring getaways, scrumpous eateries, and other highly-desirable West Coast destinations. Learn about the West Coast’s best places to vacation, eat, play, and live inside the pages of Spring Edition of Windermere Living.

ABOUT WINDERMERE LIVING: Produced exclusively by Windermere Real Estate, Windermere Living magazine features beautiful homes for sale in neighborhoods throughout the Western U.S. It also offers carefully curated editorial that reflects our passion for community, connection, and inspired living.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

A New Interlocal Agreement Around King County Will Help Mercer Island Fire Department Response Quicker to Fires

A New Interlocal Agreement Around King County Will Help Mercer Island Fire Department Response Quicker to Fires

The City Council approved a new Interlocal Agreement, which promotes “seamless emergency response among the fire departments throughout King County.”

In the past, Mercer Island has largely relied on Bellevue’s Fire Department and response systems to help with our city’s larger fire instances, but this new Interlocal Agreement (ILA), will allow for the closest available emergency response unit(s) to respond to 911 calls, “regardless of fire department jurisdiction.” This is a huge enhancement on Mercer Island’s current “mutual aid agreement,” which mainly bring aid from the City of Bellevue because it will allow Mercer island to call on help from the City of Seattle, “which previously required its firefighters to obtain permission to travel outside city limits.”

The City of Mercer Island provides “minimum staffing” to our fire department, which is seven firefighters at any given time. Not only will this newer, enhanced agreement heighten the city’s response times to larger events, such as house or multi-house fires, simultaneous situations, or an active shooter scenario.

For reference, the City of Mercer Island specifies that the ordinary house fire on the island requires 35-42 firefighters and a “typical” multiple casualty incident requires 12 or more firefighters to respond.

With the prime objective of safety on the Island, this seems like a great service to local residents and businesses. Fire Chief, Steve Heitman says, “We expect having this new seamless response system countywide will lead to improved coordination and faster response times, which in turn saves lives.”


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

International Children’s Friendship Festival

International Children’s Friendship Festival

An annual cultural event, The International Children’s Friendship Festival will be held on April 14th and 15th at the Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion. Since 2010, this event recognizes children and youth all over the world. The festival is organized by the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington.

The parliament that governs Turkey was formed on April 23rd 1920, which is known as the birth of Modern Turkey. With the belief that the future of a new nation was only possible through investing in its children, founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk declared April 23rd to be celebrated as both National Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day.

At this event, you will find children representing various nationalities through music, dancing and art. Aside from stage performances, the festival will feature activities for arts, crafts and presentations. Over the years, the festival has had the opportunity to host guest performers from Republic of Seychelles, Mongolia and Mexico. The festival is proud to give the children the opportunity to learn about different backgrounds and develop friendships with one another. Though the event is volunteer-run, it has become well-known and sees an increasing number of new children every year. Whether you are a participant or just joining in on the celebration, you will feel the positive energy from the Seattle community at the International Children’s Friendship Festival. The event is free and open to the public.

Light Rail Rail Station Work Begins on 77th Avenue

If you haven’t already noticed, construction for the East Link Light Rail is underway, as of April 2nd. They’ll be working up to street-level along the 77th Avenue Southeast overpass, as part of the station plaza construction – and we can’t wait to see it take shape!

Crews have already installed temporary fencing, while they prepare and demolish parts of the existing landscape and then “install the headhouses structural steel, decking, and windows.” Work along 80th Avenue Southeast will follow during later steps in the year.

Expect work to continue daily, Monday-Friday from 7:00am-7:00pm, and the occasional Saturday should be expected. Construction is expected to continue into 2019.

It doesn’t appear that roads will be impacted, though the sidewalk will be redirected along an alternative pathway. The I-90 roadway will remain permanently closed.

We’re highly anticipating the arrival of our Station Plaza, as it’s another tick on the timeline towards our 2023 completion date.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

The City of Mercer Island Hosts Meds Take-Back Day on April 28th

In a continued partnership, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the City of Mercer Island are coordinating another drug “take-back” day on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

This one-day event provides residents with a no-cost and anonymous option to dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

ACCEPTED ITEMS: Prescribed narcotic drugs (Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc.), prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, pet medications, medicated ointments & lotions, vitamins, inhalers, and unopened EpiPens.

NOT ACCEPTED ITEMS: Personal care items, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, used EpiPens, mercury products, iodine products, radioactives, business waste, and empty containers, “sharps” or needles.

Located at the Mercer Island City Hall, drop-offs will be accepted to the west side of the building in the loading dock area.

Check out the full list of accepted and not accepted items here.

For more information or to have an application mailed to you, please contact City Clerk, Ali Apietz at (206) 275-7793 or email ali.spietz@mercergov.org. DEADLINE is Friday, May 4th, 2018.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Mercer Island to Host Arbor Day and Join Tree City USA

Mercer Island to Host Arbor Day and Join Tree City USA

In a February 20th City Council meeting, City of Mercer Island Mayor Debbie Bertlin offered Proclamation No. 215, which stated that, to raise awareness and urge all citizens to support and encourage the resurgence of local forestry efforts; and emphasizing urban forests not only for the beauty they offer, but the benefits they provide to our residents, communities, and region.

Read the full Proclamation here

An Arbor Day celebration is the “final requirement needed to obtain the Tree City USA designation,” which both recognizes local city tree support and “makes the city eligible for certain urban forestry grant programs.” The designation provides a platform on which the city and citizens of Mercer Island can celebrate its commitment and achievements of the challenges facing urban tree canopies across the globe.

There are four core values each interested city must adhere to for both consideration and ongoing recognition, including A Tree Board or Department, A Tree Care Ordinance, A Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.

Mercer Island’s Arbor Day celebration will be on October 20th, 2018 at Luther Burbank Park, “in conjunction with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Annual Tree Planting Celebration.”

Mercer Island will be Washington’s 91st recognized city, alongside other local cities committed to urban forestry, such as Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Kirkland, Medina, Redmond, and Seattle. With 34 years committed, Ellensburg is Washington’s longest holder of the Tree City USA designation.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Mercer Island’s Beloved Rainbow Park Experiences a Massive Overhaul

Mercer Island’s Beloved Rainbow Park Experiences a Massive Overhaul

After the massive and overwhelmingly positive response from Island Crest Park’s facelift, the City of Mercer Island was eager to start their next project at the South Mercer Fields, specifically the New South Mercer Playground.

With collaboration between the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department and the Mercer Island Preschool Association, this beautiful park proves an enhancement to the area. Other parts of the park experienced additional updates in past years, and now it’s time to renovate “Rainbow Park”.

Staff and contractors are completing each new, natural-style component of this one-of-a-kind playground – and the first in our region. New components are expected to include a climbing structure, webbed climber, a rock slide and other nature-inspired swings, benches, and play equipment.

Expected completion is only a couple weeks ahead, so keep your eyes out and ears open for details!

If you haven’t checked out the new Island Crest Park, you should plan a few hours there the next sunny weekend we get!

MORE ABOUT THE SOUTH MERCER PLAYFIELDS: Located on the south end of Mercer Island, nestled between Islander Middle School and Lakeridge Elementary, the South Mercer Playfields offers four adult-sized softball diamonds (65 feet bases), playground equipment (currently under construction, April 2018), and an all-weather field with energy efficient stadium lights. A quarter-mile track circles the all-weather soccer/football field.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232 0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018.