Jessica Shelton

Assistant superintendent nurtures dahlias, district staff

Relationships are the bedrock of great leadership. The Bainbridge Island School District’s new assistant superintendent says it, but she also decorates accordingly.

Grownup pop-tarts: Former islander’s artisanal tarts debut at Starbucks

You’re going to have to change your regular order with all the crazy adjectives.

The magical new world of Owen’s Playground

Bainbridge celebrates opening of all-inclusive park

Tuesdays with Melinda: BIMA Bistro chef makes dinner a foreign adventure

The chef is in her kitchen, mashing potatoes, her dark curls subdued with a magenta head wrap. Three Bistro servers are printing menus, then placing them on gold-wrapped tables, with hints of the Fourth in red runners and blue hydrangeas.

Shari Peterson serves up cold treats with a warm heart

For two decades, she’s been putt-putting around North Kitsap, delivering cold treats to the tune of “The Entertainer.” It’s not a particularly lucrative summer gig, but that doesn’t matter. Peterson does it for the love of the kids.

Bored? Send the kids to a camp on Bainbridge Island | CELEBRATE SUMMER – BAINBRIDGE ISLAND 2016

Summertime and the living is easy... While that might have been true for George Gershwin’s Bess, we beg to differ. If anything, the kids are more stir-crazy than ever, and 10 laps at the Pleasant Beach pool don’t even come close to tiring them out.

Six summer island outings you don’t want to miss | CELEBRATE SUMMER – BAINBRIDGE ISLAND 2016

When we think of summer on the island, we think of paella nights at Suzanne Maurice, kayak paddles from Fort Ward and cool runs through the Grand Forest. We think of blackberry brambles and bonfires at the beach, 9 p.m. sunsets and pods of Orcas, ours for the sighting.

Bainbridge Pediatrics to move clinic to Grow Avenue

A $1.2 million remodel, designed by BC&J Architects, began last week, with plans for six exam rooms, a large procedure room, consult room and open, light-filled waiting area to be completed by Nov. 1.

Ten-year-old wins First Lady’s lunchtime challenge

Lukas “Luke” Anderson has got the best summer vacation, hands down. Forget about the beach, he's headed to the White House.

Senior seniors are ‘gradfitti’ artists

Last week, a few seniors were caught red-handed defacing the pavement in front of the Waterfront Park Community Center. But the guileless vandals fessed up quickly: They were just reminiscing with a little “gradfitti.”

Blakely teacher is named Educator of the Year

For 43 years, Leslie Mirkovich has taught the same curriculum for the same grade at the same school. She’s the expert on mealworms and states of matter, subtraction by thousands and silent reading. She’s the Blakely champion of second-graders — and former second-graders’ second-graders.

THE JOB SQUAD: Library volunteers tell seekers what they want and how to get it

As a career specialist, Carina Langstraat advises all sorts of people. She’s met with a foreign service officer, a Gates Foundation project manager, a North Kitsap teacher and a homeschooled ninth-grader.

Sayonara seniors: School’s out for Class of 2016

Every graduating class claims it’s unique. It’s a commencement speech staple. “We’re the most accomplished, most ambitious, most service-oriented seniors you’ve ever seen. Watch out, world.” But in Saturday’s sea of royal blue and raindrops, co-valedictorian Ryan Cox left the cliches at home.

Islanders condemn gun violence with wave of orange

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is collecting signatures for ballot initiative I-1491 to create extreme risk protection orders.

Preserve: The making of a condiment queen

Chef gets jammin’ at farmers market.

A tight circle: Nonprofit gives teens space to cope

Teen Talking Circles has been a stalwart for island youth, as they brave the treacherous years of acne, social hierarchy and self-determination.

Sakai park project gets third look

Next planning meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 16.

Public-private partnership provides accessibility at Fay Bainbridge Park

Since February, over the course of 13 early-release Mondays, three high school students have been learning the ins-and-outs of project management, estimating, scheduling and requests for proposals, then putting their knowledge to the ultimate test. They built a boardwalk at Fay Bainbridge Park.

The rental game: Lodging association and city host educational workshops

Katherine Kennedy, who started renting out her Skiff Point property in 2009, estimates she’s booked 230 nights per year. “And just about every year, it gets more successful,” she said.

Bainbridge’s new state champ: Henry Brown takes title in tenor sax

Henry Brown’s celebrating consisted of a cruise down Interstate 90 and a few scoops of peanut butter and cookie dough ice cream.