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News Roundup -- Support for park purchase/Burglar hits druggist again/Jump rope off the sidewalk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

With about $1 million remaining, many residents want the bulk of Open Space Commission funds used to complete the purchase of Pritchard Park. With about $1 million remaining, many residents want the bulk of Open Space Commission funds used to complete the purchase of Pritchard Park. That was the message most residents sent to the commission during a public forum Thursday evening.

Ferry ticket change upsets riders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Fare hikes are of less concern than plans to curtail discount booklets. Bitsy Ostenson isn’t a ferry commuter, but she is a shopper, a babysitter and a theater fan. This mix of activities draws her to Seattle frequently enough to benefit from a discounted 10-ticket booklet she easily uses within the required 90 days. But her twice-a-week ferry excursions won’t be enough to benefit from proposed restrictions that narrow the time she can use her 10 tickets to just 30 days.

Schools Trust launches new fund drive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

What if every private dollar given to support local public schools was doubled? That’s the goal of the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust’s $100,000 matching grant campaign, to be launched this month. If the community can raise $100,000 by June 30, a stalwart group of trust donors will pony up the match, with $200,000 turned over to the schools, primarily to hire teachers and reduce class sizes.

Parent barred from classrooms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Police barred a parent from entering his sixth-grade daughter’s class after school officials deemed him potentially disruptive toward a controversial history lesson. James Olsen of Fort Ward, one of the harshest critics of a curriculum on the 1942 internment of the island’s Japanese Americans, was met by three Bainbridge Island police officers when he arrived at Sakai Intermediate School Wednesday morning.

District praising new kindergarten

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Thanks to a new “developmental kindergarten” at Blakely School, five special needs children will get the extra help they need to join their peers in regular classrooms next year. “The idea is to give the children the foundation they need so that when they enter first grade, they are ready and integrated into the classroom,” said teacher Jill Holbrook, who was hired in August to lead the program.

Park restoration gets $50k boost

  • Feb 9, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

A matching grant from Rotary will revamp the historic transmitter building at Battle Point. The S.O.S. for donations for the transmitter building renovation went out, and Rotary responded. The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club has committed a $50,000 matching grant toward the Transmitter Building Renovation project, which means every dollar of monetary donations during 2005 will be doubled. The grant was approved by Rotarians before Christmas, but was only announced last week.

News Roundup -- If table tops could talk.../Many coins, much care

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

If table tops could talk... “Do you feel listened to as a teen?” “What are you afraid of? “What have been your top challenges as a parent?” In a few weeks, those questions will start appearing on cards sitting on the tabletops of Winslow restaurants and coffee shops, and on a large banner on the fence near the ferry dock.

Clinic property center of storm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

A proposed rezone is supported by merchants, resisted by neighbors. Efforts to loosen land use restrictions on a downtown parcel could allow Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic to expand but may alter the character of Ericksen Avenue. Heralded as a boost for Winslow’s future vitality, proponents say the changes would allow the cramped clinic to expand services downtown rather than moving to a larger parcel elsewhere.

News Roundup -- Ferry wireless up and running/AG to speak to scout clan/Chevron gives to museum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Can’t wait to check your email between home and work? Now island ferry commuters can surf the web via wireless Internet access launched yesterday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and ferry officials. The Bainbridge run is the third to upgrade, following the Kingston-Edmonds and Port Townsend-Keystone routes that linked up last year.

School board mulls moves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Officials work to document the planning process since 1993. The school board has insisted all along it has enough documentation to proceed with a $40 million bond to renovate the high school. At an impromptu meeting Thursday evening, surrounded by glossy architectural drawings of what the high school might look like in the future, the board reviewed the evidence, gleaned from fat notebooks filled with reports from architects, engineers, consultants and staff.

City contract talks hit a wall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Mediation is next, after sides can’t find accord on salaries or benefits. Saying its members “feel they are not appreciated by the current administration,” the union representing most city workers this week declared a breakdown in talks for a new labor contract.

News Roundup -- Indian art expert here/Ferry fare meeting set/Kindergarten prices climb/Unitarians change name/Parents, read with your kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

One of the region’s foremost experts on Native American art will speak Saturday at the Bainbridge Library. Retired University of Washington art history and anthropology professor Bill Holm will discuss his most recent book “Sundogs and Eagle Down: the Indian Paintings of Bill Holm,” a collection depicting traditional native scenes, produced from the 1950s to the present. Holm’s paintings are known for their ethnographic detail, including depictions of eagle down feathers scattered by the Kwakiutl tribe to welcome guests and sun dogs – bright spots near the sun – that are mentioned in many northern tribe myths.

Tax credit bill in works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Legislators hope to promote the preservation of downtowns. Proposed tax credit incentives advocated by local legislators and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association could jump-start the hearts of Washington’s ailing small towns. “There’s too much of a Wal-Mart mindset that forgets the mom and pop businesses,” said state Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo. “Small businesses are what make places like downtown Bainbridge so distinctive. It’s a safe place and is a place to get to know your neighbors. “

School bond up in the air

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Criticism forces the district to mull a delay for construction, but not ‘tech.’ In an effort to create “a more positive climate” for the passage of a $40 million school bond, Bainbridge schools Supt. Ken Crawford said he would support a delay in the May 17 election, if that’s what the school board wants. But Crawford would not back any postponement of a $7.9 million technology levy, he said Monday, his first day back at work after eight weeks of sick leave.

Transit, city buy Unocal property

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Traffic, bike/ped circulation will be improved around the ferry terminal. A wobbly chain-link fence rings a pock-marked lot crowned with a “No Trespassing” sign. There are probably better ways to welcome visitors to the island than the empty Unocal lot at the intersection of Winslow Way and highway 305. But a warmer greeting is in the works now that the city and Kitsap Transit are poised to buy the one-acre property.

Judge gives teen six months for crash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Todd Duffner, 19, ran down bicyclist islander Ernie Franz last summer. A Bainbridge Island man who drove drunk and hit a bicyclist – days after a good friend of his own was killed in a drunk-driving accident – has been sentenced to a six-month jail term and substance abuse treatment. Todd Duffner, 19, was taken into custody Jan. 18, immediately after being sentenced by Kitsap Superior Court Judge Jay B. Roof.

News Roundup -- Library board buys building/Park will get new restroom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Major expansion may be years off, but the Bainbridge Island Library is making plans now. The foundation board has purchased the property next door to the library for $1.1 million. “We know that land is never going to be any cheaper than it is today and we’d like to stay where we are,” said Susan Bottles, immediate past president of the library board. “It’s a good central location, and we want to be there 60 years from now.”

Last call for open space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

How should the city Open Space Commission spend its last million? You tell them. The Open Space Commission is down to its last million. After three years of work, 15 land deals and nearly 250 acres preserved, a cool million is all that’s left of the $8 million in voter-approved funding for the purchase of local forests, farms and waterfront areas.

Tech levy plans refined

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Computer access would be on a ratio of 1:4, rather than 1:1. For $7.9 million, Bainbridge Island schools can be brought “out of the stone age” into the tech age, with one computer for every four children in the district. That’s the revised recommendation district staff made to members of the school board Thursday night, as they ponder the cost and scope of a technology levy that will come before island voters on May 17.

News Roundup -- Parking stalls Pub plans/School buses burning clean/Blakely dock ban upheld/Better smiles at Helpline/‘Tomorrow’ slates events

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Absent a plan to add more parking, the Harbour Public House on Parfitt Way cannot proceed with a proposed expansion, the city planning director said Monday. In a formal administrative decision, Planning Director Larry Frazier ruled that the applicant, Parfitt Way Management, Inc., had not shown how it would accommodate the vehicles of the new patrons who would be drawn to the establishment.

Going is getting tough in Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Higher rents for commercial spaces has some merchants simply giving up. The dilapidated, century-old buildings at Highway 305 and Winslow Way have been refurbished and preserved as “Winslow Corner,” enhancing the “gateway” to Bainbridge Island. But in a trade-off that has some local merchants concerned, the tenants at street level are now paying steeper rents – a trend that is likely to continue in the face of heavy competition for retail space and parking and zoning restrictions downtown.

New ferry terminal in the works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Funding is in place, and public input is sought on design plans. With a new design consultant on board, Washington State Ferries has set sail toward redevelopment of the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. KPFF consulting engineers was selected by WSF this week to update the terminal master plan, with a series of public meeetings to be held this spring. No dates have been announced.

Grow Avenue getting bike/ped pathway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Council wants to keep some roadside parking The Bainbridge City Council approved a design plan for Grow Avenue pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements Wednesday, despite reservations about parking restrictions and funding sources. The $1.2 million project would build a seven to 10-foot wide bike and foot path separated from the east side of the avenue by a landscaped strip. The project would retain or add native plants, large trees and enhance existing drainage courses.

News Roundup -- Playground gets makeover/Economist: sunny forecast/Super Supper on the move/Foundation names board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

With the daffodils in March, a new playground will be springing up in place of the old one in Waterfront Park behind Town & Country. The city is improving safety and enhancing the equipment of the playground, popular with moms and kids visiting downtown.

News Roundup -- Now, a wave of donations/Committees need bodies/Sing Out! honors MLK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Help from Bainbridge Island continues to roll in to victims of December’s Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, with more than $11,500 in checks and cash donated during Sunday’s “A Wave of Caring” concert. Contributions by credit card and via the mail are still being tallied from the benefit concert at Bainbridge High, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross International Response Fund/Tsunami Relief.

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