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Candidates split on use of signs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

At least one rejects an informal pact to keep roadsides clear during the campaign. In small town politics, yard signs may be as ubiquitous as glad handing, door belling and baby kissing. But not on Bainbridge Island. “It’s part of a tradition here not to use yard signs,” said Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who is seeking re-election this fall. “We can still have good, hearty campaigns but, during the last 15 years, almost all candidates have agreed to not use these signs.”

Hopefuls clash on growth at forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

‘Decisiveness’ emerges as a theme in the race for Bainbridge mayor. Managing growth, transportation, protecting the environment and maintaining the island’s quality of life were themes that ran throughout an evening of debates at the high school Monday, featuring all local candidates in November’s general election. In the mayoral debate, Councilman Nezam Tooloee characterized incumbent Darlene Kordonowy as “all about process” while he was “all about results.”

News Roundup -- Steves travels to Bainbridge/Rake-and-run Halloween/Let's talk local elections

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Whether in Oslo or Ometepe, international travel “makes a difference in the world and people’s understanding of each other.” That’s the thinking behind a Thursday night fund-raiser featuring travel writer and TV host Rick Steves, said Barbara Tolliver, who helped organize the event.

News Roundup -- Child center turning 30/Notices go out to area voters/Fill a backpack for a student/Traps set for gypsy moths

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

When Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers was created over 30 years ago, it was the community’s response to a growing need for child care to serve migrant workers and other working parents. “Since then the organization has always responded to the need of the community,” Executive Director Anna Garrity said.

Peace activists march against nuclear threat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Monks, others will wrap up a three-week demonstration with a trek to Bangor. Two Buddhist monks from Bainbridge are on a pilgrimage. Senji Kaneada and Gilberto Perez from the Nipponzan Myohoji temple on Bainbridge Island were joined by others on an Interfaith Peace Walk that crossed the island Friday.

Open Kallgren, planning director decides

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Neighbors are upset by the decision, which will bring thru-traffic from Day Road. Roads don’t always end where you want them to. The residents of Kallgren Road are finding this out the hard way after a months-long march to preserve their quiet street’s dead end. The city on Wednesday issued its official position that Kallgren should be linked to Day Road East. The city will require a proposed development, between Kallgren’s dead end and Day Road, to include an 18-foot-wide, paved connection. “We gathered 300 signatures saying we didn’t want this connection,” Kallgren resident Rebecca Robbins said. “No one really stood up and said they wanted this, except the city.

News Roundup -- Federal ferry funding hiked

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

A federal transportation bill approved last week essentially doubles the funding allocated to Washington State Ferries, paving the way for new ferry construction, terminal renovation and security improvements. President George W. Bush is expected to sign the $285 million bill into law. Of this, approximately $65 million will directly benefit the WSF system.

A stretch of beach, a stand of trees, and done

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The $8 million open space fund will be exhausted after one more purchase. Some want more beaches, others more forest, still others trails. Islanders will get a little bit of each, if the City Council approves what could be the final purchase under the city’s four-year-old land preservation program.

Winslow trees don’t stand tall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The first-ever comprehensive survey finds many stunted and badly pruned. As local street trees go, the sweetgum in front of Vern’s Winslow Drug is an exemplar of the form. Painfully so. Topped to avoid a conflict with overhead utility lines and never properly pruned, its limbs and branches have bunched up into an unhealthy tangle. The roots have been confined for years to a tiny triangle of earth next to the curb, growing knotted and gnarled all the while.

News Roundup -- City names new attorney/Hearing on sewer rates

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

For the first time since all-island government began in 1991, the city’s legal counsel will have his own office, working on staff rather than under contract. Paul McMurray has been named city attorney, pending approval by the City Council at its meeting Wednesday.

Tooloee makes surprise bid for mayor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The field is now four in the race for the city’s highest office. Saying he hopes to invigorate public debate over challenges facing the Bainbridge community, City Councilman Nezam Tooloee announced a surprise bid for the mayor’s office Friday. Toolooe, 18 months into his first term from the council’s north ward, promised an “unusual campaign” that would focus on issues and have nothing at all to say about incumbent Mayor Darlene Kordonowy. “My running is in no way an attack on Darlene or an attack on her performance, or the performance of her management team,” said Tooloee, who described his professional relationship with the mayor as “warm.”

NASCAR woos island, Kitsap for racetrack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

There are already 11,000 season ticket holders in the area, backers say. Kitsap got its first extended exposure to the International Speedway Corporation’s local race track proposal this week, when ISC officials conducted public meetings at opposite ends of the county. The delegation, led by ISC President Lesa Kennedy, spoke Wednesday at a Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce luncheon, followed by a pair of of informal receptions at South Kitsap High School that drew several hundred citizens.

News Roundup -- Church moves to Playhouse/Movie party for BAC/Music and art at Waterfront

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church is playing to ever larger crowds these days, prompting a move from Hyla School to the Playhouse for worship services. “We’ve outgrown the Hyla School Auditorium,” church board president Jason Klein said. “Our membership has nearly doubled in the last three years, to more than 160 – not including the many friends who attend regularly.”

Giant 3M buys Mercury Online

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The 30-person firm will continue its digital signage work in Winslow. As measures of business success go, you could do worse than be bought out by a Fortune 500 company. Bainbridge Island’s Mercury Online Solutions now holds that distinction, as the company is being acquired by St. Paul, Minn.-based giant 3M.

Challengers emerge in mayoral race

  • Jul 27, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Berry, Peddy cite bad decisions and poor management at City Hall. Two challengers to incumbent Mayor Darlene Kordonowy emerged on the first day of candidate filing, both pledging to put the city in better financial order. The entry of Michaels C. “Michael” Berry, a Winslow certified public accountant, and William K. “Will” Peddy, the city’s code enforcement officer, into the mayoral race guarantees a September primary to winnow the field before November.

News Roundup -- Marimba, the Zimbabwe/Sign up now for local office

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

When Ruzivo brings Zimbabwean marimba music to Pritchard Park tonight, the ensemble will share not only music, but also a different idea of sharing music. “There’s not a concept of performer and audience,” said Paul Mataruse, Ruzivo music director and a native of the African nation. “You’re performing with people who are performing with you, singing, drumming. The concept of audience separate from performance is a foreign concept (in Zimbabwe).”

Charlier: Parking key

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

Expert favors more parking spots, variety and better circulation. Where parking is concerned, Winslow Today may be hampering Winslow Tomorrow. “(Current) parking ordinances seem set to prevent Winslow Tomorrow from happening,” transportation consultant Jim Charlier said this week. “You do need to retool the system.”

Court upholds public access

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

But the gate will stay at Fletcher Landing, pending further appeals. Don’t get out the bolt cutters just yet. The state Court of Appeals this week upheld an earlier decision favoring public access at the disputed Fletcher Landing road end. But neighbors who claim exclusive ownership of the road end say the locked gate will remain there while they consider their legal options.

Bike accident puts spotlight on road safety

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

Wing Point-area residents favor improvements sooner than later. Stewart Atkinson turned onto Wing Point Way to find a sprawled bicyclist on the side of the road in a heap of metal, blood and flesh. The rider, an unhelmeted 16-year-old Bainbridge youth injured in an unexplained crash just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, was airlifted to Harborview for treatment. “How ironic we were just talking about safety for children the night before, and the next day you come across a kid covered in blood,” Atkinson said. “That just isn’t right.”

The ultimate pick-me-up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

Bainbridge Island woman wins $2.6 million in July 2 Lotto drawing. Two months after her husband, Stu, passed away, Ginny Stevenson swears he helped her find the original set of house keys that had been lost in the confusion of his last days. She awoke bolt upright in bed one morning and said, “The keys are in the little side pocket of the purse in the bottom drawer of the dresser.”

News Roundup -- Vancil to seek second term/Restroom plan gets the nod/The island news at 3:30

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

Councilwoman Debbie Vancil will seek a second term from ward No. 7, she has announced. Unspecified “personal health and family responsibilities” prevented her from declaring her intentions earlier, she said. “I feel confident that my health has now fully recovered and that with the support of my family, my personal responsibilities can be addressed,” Vancil said.

New buildings with old looks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

Two developments under way in Winslow promise visual interest. Going up in the figurative shadow of several larger developments this summer, two more mixed-use projects now under way continue the trend of infill in Winslow’s downtown core. Neither may be described as transformative, in the sense of scale defined by the 180-unit Harbor Square development going up at the other end of town.

News Roundup -- Guterson class for young folks/Poems to take life’s measure/Picnic with the old-timers/Jazz will heat up the park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

In a twist on the stereotypical “What I did this summer” assignment, Field’s End asks interested high-school writers to work on their “best fiction” for a class next winter. David Guterson, a member of the writing group’s core team for its first three years and the best-selling author of “Snow Falling on Cedars,” will offer a fiction writing class next winter for students, who will be selected based on writing samples.

Pleasant new horizon for north-end park-goers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

The city buys a six-acre parcel on the banks of Hidden Cove. Funny what some folks carry around in their hip pocket. For developers Ray Stevenson and Tom Dao, it was six acres of prime real estate on the banks of Port Madison, land left over from their Hidden Cove Estates subdivision across the street. Constrained by wetlands, the parcel didn’t have much in the way of development potential, and had sat half-forgotten in the developers’ portfolio since 1989.

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.

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