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Man wills $750k to island fund, many other local causes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

C. Keith Birkenfeld left a $16 million estate when he died Sept. 7 at age 66. C. Keith Birkenfeld made sure his charitable giving, and his name, will live in perpetuity on Bainbridge Island. Of an estimated $16 million in bequests to various organizations local, state and nationwide, $750,000 is earmarked for the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment, said Bainbridge attorney Nick Nickum, executor of the late Birkenfeld’s estate.

School tech levy back: $6.1 million on ballot in early '06

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The four-year levy will be decided with a 20-year bond for school construction. With old computers not getting any younger, the school board voted Thursday to put a four-year, $6.1 million technology levy before voters in early 2006. The decision drew a round of applause in the high school library gallery from a large contingent of teachers who turned out to pledge their support.

Final Winslow 'Congress' meets today

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Proposals for downtown Winslow will be rolled out in a 9 a.m. presentation. The guiding vision for downtown is finally coming into focus. With over a year of committee meetings, forums, design workshops and presentations, Winslow Tomorrow has sharpened its lens on downtown and will offer a preliminary peek this morning during the project’s final congress convention.

News Roundup -- Ferries meet bikers, walkers/Sportsmen help relief/Frame earns business award

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Top ferry system officials will discuss bicycle and pedestrian issues at a forum sponsored by Squeaky Wheels on Thursday. Washington State Ferries’ chief Mike Anderson, and WSF Port Captain Pete Williams will discuss a broad range of issues related to non-motorized transportation access and service.

Salary spat mires council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

An independent group recommended no raises, and now may be disbanded. The City Council may remodel rather than demolish a commission that recommended no pay hikes for city councilors. “There’s a possible hybrid here,” Councilwoman Debbie Vancil said of future efforts that may revamp the city’s Salary Commission. “The citizen commission could do research and make recommendations (while) having an open, public process.”

Rough waters for police boat grant

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Council members are wary of a $600K federal award to pay for a larger vessel. When do you look a gift horse in the mouth? When it trots out of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s stable. Despite a tempting $640,000 handout for a top-of-the-line police patrol boat, the City Council balked Wednesday, asking to see the fine print on a deal they fear could lead to unwanted obligations.

News Roundup -- Democracy’s place overseas/Critical areas, budget slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council Fall Current Event Series features two speakers with divergent views on whether or not U.S democracy is what all countries need. Speakers Thomas O. Melia – the deputy executive director of Freedom House, a nonpartisan human rights organization – and Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly are featired in “Advancing Democracy: Two Viewpoints.”

Fire board hopefuls pledge their loyalty to department

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

One is a volunteer, the other served for two years during his college years. It’s a race between a “responder” and an “administrator,” with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department the sure winner. That’s how fire commission chair Glen Tyrrell characterizes the contest to fill his soon-to-be vacant seat. The candidates, longtime firefighter and medic David Coatsworth and marine operations consultant Michael Adams, would both “bring greatness to the fire department and the community,” said Tyrrell, who plans to travel in the next few years after retiring from the commission.

Board agrees to pursue 'turf' at Battle Point

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The park district would put up $200k, the soccer club will raise the balance. Saying improved sports fields are long overdue, the park board agreed this week to “partner” with the Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club to put two artificial turf fields at Battle Point Park. “I consider this a gift to the public, that the soccer club would come to the board with this proposal,” said Dave Shorett, park commissioner, at Thursday’s board meeting.

News Roundup -- Review lauded for writing, ads/A 'slide' of life in arctic refuge/Church school adopts town/A matching tip for Katrina

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Review staff writers Tristan Baurick, Tina Lieu and Douglas Crist, former staff writer Rhonda Parks Manville, advertising sales representative Sue Brashears, display ad designer Susan Haendel and Almanac editor Kathryn Haines all earned honors in the 2005 Washington Newspaper Publishers Asso�c�i�ation�s Better Newspaper Conte

Ferries pull toxic pilings

  • Oct 12, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

New materials should make for a healthier harbor, one neighbor says. Lyon McCandless watches from his deck as old creosote-covered pilings are pulled from the ferry terminal loading dock by a floating crane. He’s so grateful to see the pilings go, he has a personal message of gratitude for Washington State Ferries: “Thanks for not killing us anymore.”

Vancil, Renna square off up north

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

The incumbent and challenger clash over credentials, ongoing ordinance debates. Incumbent councilwoman Debbie Vancil and challenger Frank Renna sharply disagree. But it’s not over the issues. “I agree with everything my opponent says about what’s important,” said Vancil, who is hoping for a second four-year term representing the North Ward. “The distinction is that I’ve had 26 years of civic experience on this island. (Renna) hasn’t had that opportunity yet. He’s been in New Jersey.”

Parks budgeting for the long haul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

A proposed tax hike would fund repairs and new amenities across the district. After 40 years of living hand-to-mouth, the park district may finally put something in the larder. A long-term capital improvement plan, and what may be its first-ever rainy-day account for repairs, are hallmarks of the district’s draft budget for 2006.

Inslee targets oil spills

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Limits on traffic through Puget Sound were maintained through legislation. Rep. Jay Inslee helped strike down a portion of an energy bill that would have reduced oil-tanker traffic limits in Puget Sound. “Common sense prevailed today,” the Bainbridge congressman said Thursday, “because unlimited oil traffic means an unlimited risk of oil spills.”

News Roundup -- Adult acting classes slated/Environmental films in woods

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

There’s finally an outlet for those bathroom mirror-performing Hamlets and Blanche DuBois on Second Stage, an actor’s workshop for adults offered by Bainbridge Performing Arts. “My goal is to have an excellent performance at the end, not people talking about theory of acting, said Paul King, who will lead the workshop. “It’s about an entertaining evening for people.”

Harvest Fair a double celebration this weekend

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Agriculture and a new affordable housing opportunity will be feted at the Johnson Farm. When Harvest Fair kicks off Sunday on the Johnson Farm, it will be a double celebration. As the community fetes farming, the seeds to put city-owned farmland to use have been sown. Two years in the making, a formal agreement between the city and the Trust for Working Landscapes will allow TWL to purchase housing lots on the farm on about one-third of the 14.5-acres, to begin building affordable homes and raising a 4-H barn there.

On a mission of mercy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

City employees follow the fire chief as volunteers to assist in Katrina recovery. Lance Newkirk is checking and rechecking his luggage, making sure he’s well-prepared for what awaits him on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. “It’ll be a challenge,” the city’s assistant director of public works said. “We’ve had some storm events here, some flooding and high water, but nothing like what’s happened down there.

News Roundup --Islander sought for ferry group/Wildlife shelter is going nuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Got a vision for the future of the island’s ferry terminal? Then answer the call for volunteer members of the ferry system’s new Bainbridge Ferry Terminal Advisory Group. “There’s a lot of cynicism about government and that their input with the ferry system doesn’t matter,” said David Groves, a bicycle commuter and member of the Bainbridge Island Ferry Advisory Committee, one of several regional committees established to serve as liaisons between ferry communities and the Washington State Ferries.

Mayor to propose funding for work downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

The city’s 2006 draft budget anticipates issuance of $3 million in bonds. Whatever the Winslow of Tomorrow is going to look like, it’ll take money to get it there. On the cusp of formal recommendations for downtown redevelopment, the city’s draft budget for 2006 will include debt service anticipating the issuance of $3 million in bonds to pay for design or construction of projects around Winslow Way, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said this week.

Hopefuls largely in agreement, often at odds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Incumbent Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, challenger Nezam Tooloee lay out platforms. With the playing field narrowed, incumbent Darlene Kordonowy and Councilman Nezam Tooloee are going toe-to-toe over how best to manage growth, spend city money and deal with the state ferry system. Vying for a second four-year term, Kordonowy bested three challengers with almost 53 percent of the Sept. 20 primary vote, while Tooloee topped two challengers with 26 percent.

News Roundup -- Auditor fixes vote miscount/Katrina dinner nets over $16K/Teen concert series slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Human and machine error were to blame for a miscount of more than 200 Bainbridge ballots on election day. The double-count of 203 votes was rooted out during the Kitsap County Auditor’s post-election vetting. The inflated unofficial results gave a few candidates a short-time boost, but did not change the winners and losers.

Advocates working for tree retention

  • Oct 1, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

A draft forestry plan sets goals for ‘canopy cover’ in island neighborhoods. As Bob Conoley enjoyed breakfast at the Streamliner Diner on Winslow Way, he used to enjoy gazing at a 40-year-old Japanese maple tree across the street as it turned a rich red in the fall. Hearing that the tree would be axed to make way for a new development there, and deciding that “tree regulations were nonexistent,” Conoley appealed to the project developer and City Hall. The tree was moved to its current location in front of the Playhouse in 2002.

City orders removal of signs for fire dept. pancake breakfast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

The signs have been used for years to promote a community fund-raising event. With a goofy grin, big doe eyes, and a professed love for pancakes, “Firefighter 22” doesn’t quite fit the criminal profile. Yet, the life-size, plywood cut-out that has advertised an annual firefighter pancake breakfast and fund-raiser for the better part of a decade was finally exposed this week as a longtime, three-count violator of the city sign ordinance.

Pritchard Park over the top

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Contributions from the sale of a historic home completes the $3.25 million drive. A contribution that followed the sale of a historic island home this week was enough to secure public purchase of the Pritchard Park property. Former park commissioner Dane Spencer and his wife Gail, with Winslow’s Johannson Clark Real Estate office, jointly contributed $5,700 toward the $3.25 million fund drive to purchase the remaining 28 acres of the former cresote plant property at Bill Point. Their donation completes the fund-raising effort, with formal public purchase of the land to close within a few months, said Sallie Maron of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

News Roundup -- Synagogue to be dedicated/Rider suffers heart attack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

This Saturday, just days before the start of the new Jewish New Year, members of Bainbridge Island’s Congregation Kol Shalom will dedicate their new synagogue and school. The congregation’s new home on Miller Road will offer the community a newly remodeled 2,700-square-foot sanctuary, formerly known as the Sequoia Center, and an adjacent home on the property to be used for classes and additional programming.

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