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"Independent kids, minds"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"What do a Roman villa, Italian Renaissance street theater, and the Seven Wonders of the World have in common? The Commodore Center is the place to find out, where fifth and sixth graders use a multiplicity of media to display projects remarkably varied subjects.We've always encouraged kids to present their work in whatever way seems most appropriate, said Emily Grice, teacher for the school district's independent contract studies program. The state curriculum is just catching up. She said the program is unique because it allows kids to decide upon projects with their teachers and monitor improvement through self-evaluation, offering the option to make use of videos or live performance in the course of completing their portfolios.The aim of this week's Portfolio Fair is to share the kids' work with the community. There will be the opportunity to discuss the portfolios with their student creators, with areas of study ranging from children's theater to state history."

Bloomsday brings a celebration of Joyce

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"Collapsing canons, fragmented literary traditions, and a crumbling notion of high art - the postmodern condition looks like a mess. Yet one feisty old writer is determined to bridge the gaps.Language is my game, says 84- year-old islander Ted Simmons. Always has been."

Unocal station in limbo of pollution

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"We used to find ourselves mightily annoyed by the vacant Unocal lot at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305.Back in the day, when mounds of polluted dirt still blighted the grounds, and before local youngsters adorned the bland fence with whimsical murals - come to think of it, before there was a fence at all - the property was Winslow's number one eyesore. Yet it was the first site greeting visitors coming off the ferry."

Two scoops of verve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"Eric Two Scoops Moore isn't greedy - he just has a lust for life and a taste for double portions.Two scoops of loving keep me satisfied, says the Boston-based Moore, who cites food as his consuming passion, not counting his wife Amy.Album titles like Clean Plate and Hungry speak for themselves, and suggest that music is also high on Moore's list of life-long loves.For it is as a musician that Moore earns his daily bread. Having toured blues and jazz festivals for six years with recording partner Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, he returns Saturday to play the piano for the third time at Island Center Hall, leading a band that includes Guy Quitino on bass, Jim King on sax and Cutts Peaslee on drums. His high-energy swing dance music always has people's feet moving, park district events coordinator Sue Hylen said of Moore's island performances."

Welcome to our island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"A little education goes a long way, but few teachers would attempt to cram a civilization into a single classroom.The last five months have been a rollercoaster experience, says Woodward Middle School science teacher Carl Lindbloom, leaping onto a 16-square-foot model island to dislodge a lump of sediment from the small-scale pond and get the mini loop-de-loop moving."

Fouled lot will stay that way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"More than a decade after the Union 76 gas station near the ferry terminal was torn down, petroleum still laces the site's soil and groundwater - with no plans for cleanup in sight.Under the cleanup laws, (station owners) have to report when contamination occurs, and they have to come up with a focus study, said Washington State Department of Ecology spokesman Curt Hart. But there is nothing that requires the cleanup to be done in a certain amount of time.Sitting at the southwest corner of Highway 305 and Winslow Way, the lot and its chain-link fence, brightened by children's paintings of ferries and island landmarks, has become a familiar fixture for commuters."

House race now Phil R. vs. Phil R.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"When the campaigning is done and the last vote counted, voters in the 23rd Legislative District will have their Phil.Republican Phil Rasmussen, a Poulsbo businessman and mechanical engineer, will oppose incumbent Democrat Phil Rockefeller of Bainbridge Island for the seat in the state House of Representatives."

Take a journey to fabled Oz

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"A creative kid is a resourceful creature - receptive to the wealth of possibilities that the treasure trove some teachers call history can yield.So proves the upcoming BPA production of Ozma of Oz, which fuses multi-cultural influences past and present into a place where garbage turns into jewelry and dreams become reality. For these kids, anything is possible, said costume designer Hollie Clark. We've made so much come from what looked like nothing."

A passel of readings set

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

Those with a cultural appetite have long enjoyed a rich and varied island diet. But the smorgasbord of literary tasters served up over the next few days could convert even the adamantly uncouth - and you can get your mind candy without so much as opening a book.

Nice view at end of road

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"We strolled down to our neighborhood road end last evening to take in the view. Hope the neighbors didn't find us too obtrusive.Truth is, we just sat there on a bench for 10 minutes and watched the sun set over Rich Passage. The vista was brilliant, the sound of the lapping waves sublime, and the scattering of boot and paw prints on the sand below us suggested we weren't alone in thinking so.It's no secret that Bainbridge is woefully short on public shoreline access."

Resources for kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Kids, computers and collaboration - common enough solutions, but what's the problem?Gaps in youth services, if you listen to those involved in the Community Connections for Youth. And the Glaser Foundation certainly was in September of last year, when it awarded a grant proposal by the Housing and Human Services Council $100,000 to establish an umbrella group for island youth agencies."

It's the end of the road for the road-ends group

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Girdled by shorelines lined with private homes, it's easy to feel landlocked, even on an island.But thanks to the perseverance of the city's Road Ends Committee - which for nearly a decade has worked to make waterfront areas visible and accessible to to the public - the chance to glimpse orcas in Agate Passage, a sunset off Pleasant Beach, or waves crashing at Rolling Bay is there for those lacking the requisite real estate.The priority is to let people know where public access points are for the water, said committee member Roger van Gelder. The group's eight-year review of 71 local road ends - public rights-of-way that end at the sound - is drawing to a close, with its three final recommendations made to the city council last month."

"Landing mired in planning, legal woes"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Neighborhood concerns ranging from traffic impacts to the dislocation of rats have prompted planning officials to take a fresh look at the proposed Winslow Landing development.Meanwhile, developer Gale Cool is seeking to postpone a foreclosure sale of the prime property, at least until his attorneys begin unsnarling the financial tangle left behind by Jason Lowe, the former owner"

"Housing is out there, so good luck"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Life's little coincidences.Just as local property owners are getting over thewallop of this week's reassessment notices - on Bainbridge Island, top-dollar sales have driven valuations up an average of 15 percent over last year - we slide right into National Home Ownership Week, June 3-10.Alas, with home prices skyrocketing here, pride of ownership is decreasingly likely for many of us, at least if we hope to stay in this community."

The right impressionist

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"A carefully caged bird or a neatly arranged still life won't live long. Sometimes disarray is a sign of life - it's a secret that island existence has taught painter Peggy Brunton well. You find some real jewels around here, says Brunton, but you need a little ugliness to appreciate the beauty. Brunton says she likes to throw in the odd wilted flower or some muddy colors to keep the sense of spontaneity alive in her paintings. And she says she's always, ready to be surprised, referring with a cheeky smile to the roadside entrepreneurs and deserted schooners she discovered on her rambles."

Two injured in bakery propane blast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Two kitchen workers were injured in a Thursday morning propane blast at the Blackbird Bakery, hours after a north-end home was blackened in a fire. The explosion, blamed on a propane-fired oven in the Winslow Way bakery, blew off a door on the side of the building and sent shards of glass from the storefront's large windows flying onto Winslow Way. Two Blackbird employees were preparing the morning's pastries in the bakery's kitchen when the explosion occurred."

"Farewell, Harry, hello, Bainbridge"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"The twilight zone between memory and fiction is a place where creativity thrives.So, it seems, is Bainbridge - which is why writing director Garrett Bennett has chosen to set his film right here on the island where he grew up. My film has a timeless, magical feel, Bennett said. I'm familiar enough with the Island to know it will make the ideal fictitious setting. Bennett said he hopes to shoot his cinematic debut around local courtyards, harbors and old farm houses, amongst other locations."

Business park plan moving forward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"The expansion of the light manufacturing district on Day Road is one step closer, earning the city's preliminary nod for the plan's environmental impacts.But with neighbors mobilizing in opposition, final approval is not foregone.The question of whether that property is going to be used for light manufacturing is not really an issue now, because it was settled during the Comprehensive Plan process, associate city planner Debbie Randall said. They can't have houses up there - it's not zoned for it.The only question now is whether they can mitigate the environmental impacts of that development."

"Glad to say, Leigh to stay"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Seems like every time we turn around, we're saying goodbye to Leigh Kennel.Back when we moved to Bainbridge, lo those many years ago, the irrepressibly cheerful Kennel was among the first islanders we had the pleasure of meeting."

Seattle Symphony back to island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:00PM

"Who knows whether British composer Gustav Holst's The Planets really strives for universal unity, post-World War One. But for the violinist who has dedicated himself to performing the large-scale orchestral work, music has always moved both heaven and earth. I've had to juggle a lot of responsibilities to keep up with my music, says Rick Tarbill, Bainbridge High School violin student.Tarbill is missing his senior prom in order to play excerpts from The Planets with the Seattle Symphony Friday, and says the sacrifice is definitely worth it."

Island assessments shoot up 15 percent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:59PM

"Your home as investment is paying off.Bainbridge Island property values are up an average of 15 percent over last year, with reassessment notices arriving in local mailboxes this week.I'm blown away whenever I go up there (to Bainbridge), and see what people are paying for properties, said Jim Avery, Kitsap County assessor.The island already has far and away the highest home and land prices in the county, and again is seeing the area's biggest jump in assessed valuations."

"e-author, e-book"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:59PM

"You don't need to meet Michael J. Vaughn to know he wears a lot of hats. But an interview - appropriately, by email - reveals that the artistic accouterment of poet, playwright and journalist have long concealed his true aspirations - now he dons the most unusual of literary guises, that of online author.There are so many schizophrenic voices running round in my head, he writes, by way of explanation for Gabriella's Voice, his 200-page e-book now available from online outlets.Although he is loath to describe his online opus as autobiographical, he admits that his visit to Bainbridge Island three years ago was an inspiration."

Cop would go a long way to help trust

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:59PM

"Our kids smoke pot.Some of them do, anyway. Some seem to enjoy boozing it up. Still others pack knives, probably as much to impress their friends as anything else.When one of them gets caught with such contraband on school grounds, how much attention does it deserve?That question lies at the heart of a recent spate of complaints directed at school district officials and board members."

Council says no to second bridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:59PM

"No bridge, thanks.By a 7-0 vote, the Bainbridge Island City Council this week formally opposed the idea of a second span connecting the island to the Kitsap Peninsula.I'm sure from Illahee west, it has its merits, said Councilman Jim Llewellyn, who co-sponsored the resolution with Councilwoman Christine Nasser.From Point White east, it has none."

Firefighters join union ranks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:59PM

"Having voted to unionize, local firefighters will soon begin negotiating a formal contract with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.The written agreement will codify standards for wages, working conditions, hours and benefits between the department and the new union chapter, Local 4034 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). (Joining a union) is kind of an industry standard, said Local 4034's president, Bainbridge firefighter Greg Borgen. If your call volume goes up, it's not too far behind that the union is going to come in."

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