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No lights at Battle Point, at least for now

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

But fields will be renovated, as the question of lights now shifts to school fields. The Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club won’t get the field lights it wanted at Battle Point Park, but the club did get a different sort of illumination. “Something that has been a real benefit is the whole community is talking about the (sports) field shortage,” said Laura Sachs, BIYSC president. “It was a hidden need, and now it’s front and center.” Having collected a folder of public comments three inches thick, the park board voted 4-1 Thursday to renovate the soccer fields with or without artificial turf. But the proposal for lights did not pass, for lack of a motion.

Racetrack foes appeal county zoning change

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

A citizens group took legal action against Kitsap County on Wednesday, claiming that the board of commissioners stifled public input before a recent rezone affecting land earmarked for a proposed NASCAR racetrack. Kitsap Citizens for Responsible Planning filed two separate actions, hoping to see the zoning decision struck down and reopen the public comment process.

News Roundup -- Spray pool won’t be open/Quartet plays Bloedel series/Habitat seeks homebuilders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Just as the weather started turning warmer, new state regulations have shut down the popular spray pool at Battle Point Park. Because the spray pool accumulates standing water, it is subject to regulations that went into effect last October for “limited-use” pools, requiring a 72-inch-high barrier around the area with a latching mechanism and lifeguard supervision.

Island winery earns salmon-safe certification

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Minimal irrigation and use of locally grown grapes keep the impact on water low. When matching a wine with your next salmon dinner, you might consider a bottle from Bainbridge Island Vineyards. The salmon will thank you. Recognized for a host of practices that lessen impacts on the island watershed, the Day Road business is the first winery in the state to garner the coveted “Salmon-Safe” certification.

Money talks: Bainbridge No. 2 most liveable

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Magazine lauds island’s schools, views and access to big-city amenities. The secret, to the extent that it still is one, is officially out: Bainbridge Island is a fine place to live. Money magazine annoints Bainbridge as the nation’s second-most liveable community in its August edition, ranking the island just behind Moorestown, N.J., and ahead of Naperville, Ill., Vienna, Va., and Louisville, Colo.

Inslee gets off fence, opposes CAFTA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

The Bainbridge Democrat calls for protections for labor, the environment. After teetering on the fence for weeks over a proposed trade agreement with Central America, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee announced this week he"ll hop over to the opposition's side. "Put me down for another treaty -- one that suits the American values of low tariffs, but also encourages democratic growth while protecting labor organizations and the environment," said the Bainbridge Island Democrat. "This is the wrong treaty. It takes us forward in some ways, but takes us backward in some important areas."

Ferry security tightens

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Commuters are asked to keep an eye peeled for unusual activity. In response to Thursday's terrorist attacks in London, the Department of Homeland Security raised the threat level to orange for mass transit systems, and the U.S. Coast Guard heightened security measures for the Washington State Ferries system. The Washington State Patrol hopes passengers won"t notice.

News Roundup -- Garden tour hub blooms/Put your holds on vacation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Garden tour hub blooms For the first time, the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is featuring a central “hub” that is open to the public. Garden fanciers don’t need a Bloom ticket to enjoy the Festival Site and Shuttle Hub from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Sunday at Bainbridge High School.

Wyatt Way to receive bike/ped upgrades by autumn

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Bike lanes and sidewalks could stretch from Grow to the Head of the Bay. It’s long, it’s steep and it’s short – sometimes frighteningly so – on amenities for bicycle and pedestrian safety. Long the bane of riders coming and going from the island’s south end, Wyatt Way will see bike lanes and other improvements between Weaver Road and the Head of the Bay this summer.

Fire Dept. will seek ‘temporary’ lid lift for trucks in September

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

The hike would raise $2.271 million over six years to fund new apparatus. Spurned a year ago, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department will try anew to woo voters this September, with a property tax increase proposal to fund new fire trucks and apparatus. The department will seek approval on Sept. 20 of a “temporary lid lift” to raise $2.271 million over the next six years. At the end of that period, the department’s property tax “lid” – the maximum amount it can collect in a given year – would revert to the current level, plus the 1 percent growth allowed under state law.

News Roundup -- Endowment makes awards/Blood drive asks for more/Park concerts open tonight

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Grants totaling $18,150 have been awarded to six non-profit organizations, the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment announced. The Bainbridge Foundation was awarded $7,750 to upgrade its technology for donation accounting and online pledging and payment for the annual One Call for All drive.

Ringing in a church’s future

  • Jul 6, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:49PM

Eagle Harbor will add a second bell to its steeple, if the town helps. If the church bell doesn’t summon you, the town bell just might. That’s the hope at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, which is taking its “Save Our Steeple” campaign to the broader island community. Their pledge: to install a new, custom-cast bronze bell in the church belfry to be rung for downtown events, if the community will offer financial support to help preserve the building.

Can Winslow maintain its trail network?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Common use by the public often runs into private property interests. The hole knocked through a new fence north of Knechtel Way doesn’t just mean Ed Harris can complete his regular trail walk to Safeway. “It’s also a statement,” the Wyatt Way resident said, as he loped along a shaded path leading to the fence. “I think it’s great somebody punched through it,” Harris said. “Someone said, ‘Don’t close us off. Just because you have the money to move to Bainbridge doesn’t mean you can shut down the trails that we’ve always used.’”

Schools have litany of needs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Several buildings are said to be at the end of their ‘serviceable lives.’ When is a school building just too old? Master planning for Bainbridge Island School District campuses turns largely on that question. Faced with a litany of physical woes at campus buildings – some of them more than 30 years old – school officials must confront the question of when those facilities are beyond their “serviceable life.” “When you analyze a building, you look at the structure from the inside out,” said Tamela VanWinkle, school district project manager. “You’re looking at mechanical stuff and the structure itself, based on current codes. You’re looking at fire safety, energy efficiency, stormwater, all of those.

Could Winslow stand a tourist infusion?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

A consultant urges the community to take advantage of dollars from visitors. It may be a pact made in hell, but a little “Carmelization” could be a godsend for Winslow. “Tourism, it’s the devil’s bargain, but Bainbridge should seriously consider it,” said Boulder, Colo.-based urban planner Jim Charlier at a Winslow Tomorrow event Tuesday.

News Roundup -- Homestretch for park drive/Play for Cure on July 14-15/Kiwanis seeks top citizen/Clear Path hits milestone

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

The effort to create a 50-acre waterfront park on the south shore of Eagle Harbor received a $650,000 boost from various sources last week, sparking a final fund-raising push. “We’re very happy with the way things have gone,” said Bainbridge Island Land Trust President Sallie Maron, who has overseen much of the fund-raising effort. “We definitely feel we’re in the final stretch.”

Does waste in harbor cloud liveaboard issue?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Citing ‘raw sewage,’ a citizen group tries to rally shoreline residents to oust boat-dwellers. It’s time residents got the straight poop on Eagle Harbor’s sewage levels, say many island liveaboards. Long dogged by accusations that they dump buckets of waste into the harbor, liveaboards were particularly incensed by a letter recently stuffed into the newspaper boxes of harbor residents.

BHS tech, facilities need help, study says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

The school is still accredited, but an outside team finds some areas lacking. The students: eager. The staff: capable. The facilities: need improvement. The technology: “woefully inadequate,” particularly for science and math instruction.

Council eases business restrictions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

The changes will allow new types of start-ups at Day Road, other areas. Bainbridge Island just took a big step out of the industrial age and leaped into the 21st century, business leaders say. The City Council on Wednesday approved a broader definition of light manufacturing zoning, allowing more “knowledge-based” ventures into areas previously reserved for warehouses and assembly lines.

News Roundup -- Kallgren link denounced/Bid fails to ax salary group/You can fight the red tide/Hounds sought for parade/Lax champs host clinic/Berry wonderful

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

They didn’t get the legislative sandbags they wanted, but Kallgren Road residents haven’t lost hope they’ll stop the flood of auto traffic expected to wash through their peaceful, dead-end street. A dozen neighbors turned out at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to protest a planned two-lane, paved link between Kallgren and Day roads. “We are speaking unanimously,” Kallgren resident Scott Bowman said.

Police, court eye new shared facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Advocates say shared quarters would improve workflow and security. Pounding the gavel in a “glorified storage shed” just doesn’t have quite the ring one would expect to hear coming from a courthouse, Bainbridge Municipal Court Judge Steve Holman said. Tucked in a small rental in Rolling Bay, the island’s courthouse is not only remote, it’s not as safe as it could be, he added.

Downtown shifting eastward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Harbor Square puts 15,000 sq. ft. of new retail space on the Winslow market. When a half-dozen or more retail storefronts open up across from the ferry terminal next year, will they be new faces or old? And what of the prospect of – gasp – national chains? Marketers for the Harbor Square mixed-use project say it’s too soon to know what names will be on the shingles over the sidewalk, but they’re looking for local businesses first.

Knitting Guild fulfills a needle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Women build up their ‘stash.’ A “stash” brings to mind a secreted, coveted item in a small quantity – unless you’re talking about a stash of yarn. To knitters, the term means a collection of yarn leftover from projects, or that was so enticingly beautiful that it had to be bought even without a project in mind. Ann Lovejoy, a member of the Bainbridge Island Knitting Guild, cajoled the circle of women to admit to the size of their “stash.” In a manner close to confessional, they responded: “10 rubbermaid trash cans full”; “half a room”; “two refrigerator boxes.”

Schools brainstorming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Community members help ‘vision’ during a two-day session. Before approaching taxpayers with a $30-40 million school bond and technology levy in February, the Bainbridge Island School District on Thursday asked more than 100 community members for what they think the local schools need to produce happy, smart, ethical, technologically savvy students in the 21st Century.

News Roundup -- Yet easier to walk about/Harbor Square hums along/More time to comment/‘Joust Read’ this summer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Bainbridge’s own little “Who’s Who” is billed as a must-have for residents and visitors. The just-published 2005 “Downtown Bainbridge Island Walkabout Guide” features an easy-to-read color map with numbers that correspond to the various downtown businesses. On the same side of the pamphlet are the listings, each with a phone number and address. Many also provide hours of operation and a website.

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