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The meter's running on parking lot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:02PM

"Even we're confused.With the historical museum hoping to move into downtown Winslow, local merchants pushing for a new parking garage to boost business, and the city endorsing a museum location that might - or might not, depending upon whom you ask - preclude construction of that same parking garage...well, we're just lost."

Art on the edge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"Life on the edge can be tough - yet island installation artist Annie Mendenhall thrives on pushing boundaries.The fluid boundary between self and (M)other/ Nature is the area for exploration she cites in her preface to Nest, one of the exhibition pieces she created as part of her studies for an MFA in New Media. Standing in front of a disused satellite dish - once the focus of the installation piece - it is hard to imagine the empty vessel ever having contained such a wealth of implications.Perhaps it's like the '60s - you just had to be there. In many ways my work is an offshoot of what was happening back then - the happenings, the street art, the environments, says Mendenhall, citing the participation demanded of the audience as they move through the space as one of the reasons why she finds it so hard to document her work."

Victor Hugo goes to church

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. Though the classics are crammed with victims hoist upon their own petard, no Midas, Polonius or suffering Heathcliff steps out of the shadows to claim that quote.It takes biblical scholars Rev. Martin Dasler and Pastor Paula L. Burchill to spot the apostle Paul in the corner - and to see in those words the blueprint for a work whose popularity rivals that of the Bible."

Chorale's jazzin'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"The jazz age may be dead, but the Bainbridge Chorale has reached its prime with music Fitzgerald's bright young things would have enjoyed. We're 26 years old, says singer and board member Karen Rice, and we're still blessed with creativity and commitment."

Lynwood project nearly ready

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"A revitalized Lynwood Center will begin blooming sometime this fall, to fulfill a dream of Morrie Blossom.That's when construction is expected to start on Lynwood Commons, a seven-building mixed-use project planned for a prominent 3.9-acre site on Bainbridge Island's south end.It's been a decade-long dream of Morrie's to enhance and revitalize this neighborhood, his wife Kathy said of the project, which will sit on now vacant land along Lynwood Center Road, between Baker Hill Road on the north and Point White Drive on the south."

Traffic waylays Winslow projects

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"Three medium- to high-density developments in or near Winslow have run into delays or challenges, and the common theme is neighborhood fears about increased density.The three developments at issue are:* Village Square, a mixed-use development proposed by Jim Laughlin between Madison Avenue and Hildebrand Lane south of Safeway. The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission has recommended denial of the site plan; planning Director Stephanie Warren has yet to make a decision.* The Village at Sakai Lakes, an apartment community proposed by Doug Nelson on the property immediately across Madison Avenue from Ordway Elementary School. The planning department has requested additional information, particularly concerning traffic and wetlands impact.* Woodland Village, a single-family home development also proposed by Nelson on 10 acres north of High School Road and west of Ferncliff Avenue. The East Central Bainbridge Island Community Association has gone to court in an effort to undo the city council's recent approval of that project."

Last chance to make your census mark

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:01PM

"Whatever happened to Census 2000?Ninety-nine percent done, reports our erstwhile colleague Jack Swanson, lately a recruiter for the local arm of the federal nose-count.This was confirmed by Becky Beemer (spouse of another Review alum, fabled sportswriter Dave), who marshalled a rotating team of 10-15 fieldworkers as they tracked down those who didn't respond to the census by mail. There remains a period of accuracy checking, the so-called Coverage Improvement Follow-up, but most of the shoe-wear is over."

"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."

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