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News Roundup - Errant crane strikes bridge/Time to blaze a few trails/Report out on cultural center/Bergeson to visit island/Boating safety class offered

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

A commercial truck carrying a construction crane clobbered the Agate Passage Bridge just after noon Tuesday, stalling highway traffic for close to an hour, police said. Witnesses reported that the truck was northbound on the highway with the crane boom protruding upward such that it hit a stoplight at the Day Road intersection. The truck continued on and struck the bridge, becoming lodged in the superstructure, according to police reports.

A celebration of dance at BHS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

The spring production of ‘Once On This Island’ is alive with music and motion. With hot music, Bainbridge High School thespians will spin a spellbinding tale-within-a-tale, transforming LGI Theatre into a tropical paradise for its three-weekend spring production. Beneath the lush French Antilles setting, however, lies an ugliness in the form of class distinction that only love can overcome. But, alas, as in “Romeo and Juliet,” not in the mortal world. “Once On This Island,” which opens Thursday night, intertwines elements from that great tragedy with mythology and the longing in “The Little Mermaid.”

A world awaits behind the gate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

Antiques abound on Ericksen Avenue. The Iron Gate offers the charm and allure of a grown-up dollhouse. The newly opened antiques shop features a welcoming facade, numerous spacious rooms and beautiful furniture that its owners – Ruth Devine and Erin Wyatt love buying and showing off. “Your home should be a place for your soul,” Wyatt said. “I would like people to feel comfortable here. Not a lot of pressure. I want to give them a place to feel good and get ideas.”

Housing forum this Saturday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

Advocates for affordability will confront the high cost of living here. Islands, by geography, are exclusive, but continually escalating home prices have created a rift on Bainbridge that’s as effective as any natural boundary. The island’s year-to-date median home price – the point at which half of homes cost more and half less – hit $551,000 in March, a number that’s out of reach of many home buyers. With the population expected to grow by 7,000 people over the next 20 years, that number is likely to increase.

And the Amy Award goes to...

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

...Vincent Palazzolo-Packard, dancer and actor. Vincent Palazzolo-Packard got a phone call that left him the same way his performances leave audiences: speechless. That’s how Palazzolo-Packard learned he is the recipient of the sixth annual Amy Award for emerging Bainbridge artists. An awards ceremony in his honor will be held May 1 at the home of Dave and Caren Anderson, who funded the endowment in honor of their late daughter.

Colman upgrade in works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

Extensive changes to the Seattle terminal would dovetail with Winslow plans. Ten years, $385 million and a sheet of saltwater are all that separate Bainbridge Islanders from their future commute. As plans continue to take shape for $160 million worth of improvements at the Bain­bridge terminal, Wash­ington State Ferries announced plans last week for $225 million in upgrades at Seattle’s Colman Dock. Kevin Dwyer, who is part of the 12-member community advisory group for the Bainbridge Island terminal, said both terminals deserve facelifts.

Ferry terror: How real is the threat?

  • Apr 26, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

Recent news stories are incomplete and overblown, security officials say. The FBI and other security agencies are downplaying recent reports highlighting the state ferry system as the nation’s top maritime terrorist target. “At this time, there is no specific, credible intelligence information indicating an attack is planned against the ferry system,” according to a statement issued jointly by the U.S. Coast Guard, FBI, state patrol and Washington State Ferries. Recent headlines and Seattle television news coverage pointed to a U.S. Department of Justice report citing an FBI investigation of possible threats to the nation’s seaports.

I-933: Property rights or property wrongs?

  • Apr 26, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

Conservationists begin their campaign against a hot-button statewide initiative. A coalition of conservation groups are taking aim at a property rights initiative they fear could attach a hefty price tag to wetland buffers and other environmental safeguards. “Initiative 933 would be a disaster for Bainbridge and the state,” said Bainbridge Conservation Voters member Bob Burkholder. “Developers would make a buck while sacrificing community values and saying ‘to hell with the long term implications.’”

News Roundup - BPA seeks a fund-raiser/BHS excels in math contest/IslandWood makes grade/Plant sale this weekend/Film explores Arctic politics

  • Apr 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

In anticipation of more productions and its upcoming 50th anniversary, Bainbridge Performing Arts has launched a search for a development director. BPA is expanding its development office because “our productions are going to grow quite a bit,” said Christopher Shainin, managing director. “We will be expanding our chamber music series and developing several new series in theater, music and dance to promote the diversity of events on the island and in the community.”

Think globally, write locally

  • Apr 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

David Korten seeks a new paradigm of ‘positive possibilities.’ When David Korten crafted his 1995 bestseller on the ills of corporate power, his writing desk was set deep in the belly of his book’s beast. “It was properly inspiring to be living in the heart of Manhattan, just a few blocks from Wall Street,” the island author said. After the publication of “When Corporations Rule the World” –which has sold upwards of 150,000 copies worldwide – Korten relocated to Bainbridge, where he now draws inspirational lifeblood from “the heart of ‘Ecotopia.’”

City tries to force formal ferry yard review

  • Apr 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

The city plans an environmental study, even before the issue is settled in court. Saying all aspects of the ferry maintennance yard project should be considered together, the city this week asked for public comment to guide a formal environmental study – even before it’s been given the authority to do so. The city issued a “determination of environmental significance” on the $40 million Washington State Ferries project, in essence usurping WSF’s status as the lead agency for environmental review. The move came three weeks after the city formally petitioned the state Department of Ecology to take over environmental review, and before a decision on that petition has been rendered.

A memory for places of beauty

  • Apr 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

What she’s seen, painter Beverly Hooks brings to life at her new studio-gallery. Memories of her grandmother’s gardens and her own travels define painter Beverly Hooks’ style. “My grandmother in Atlanta had beautiful gardens,” Hooks said. “I started painting about 12 years ago. I had a desire to do so.” Before applying her keen eye to canvas, Hooks was an interior designer for 17 years. While she loved the creative end of design, she was less passionate about the technical aspects.

Derelict vessels get the big tow

  • Apr 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

The city impounds several boats, after owners fail to move them as directed. Replete with chipped paint and rotting, mossy wood, they bob lazily in the currents of Eagle Harbor like floating tombstones. Here lay the remnants of dozens of once-useful vessels, now in various states of disrepair, forgotten or abandoned long ago by captains who refused to go down with their ships. “It looks like a damn junkyard out here,” said Mike Rose, a member of the Bainbridge Harbor Commission. “People use this place like a free parking lot.”

Business sense, fashion sense

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

Afshan Tabazadeh opens a new boutique. Owning her own business is not the type of risk Afshan Tabazadeh was trained to take. With a B.A. in applied mathematics, a master’s degree in statistics and an MBA with specialization in computer information systems, she excelled as a systems analyst. But her professional outlook changed when she became pregnant while working at the high-level accounting firm she’d been with for six years.

Parking, speed concerns persist on Grow

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

It’s ironic that a street with a name like Grow Avenue has remained static, despite being surrounded by change. In recent years, residents have searched in vain for ways to alleviate mounting traffic concerns like speeding, noise, inadequate parking and unsafe pedestrian thoroughfares. Reviews were mixed this week for a plan that calls for new multi-use paths and improved drainage.

News Roundup - Tyrrell named interim chief/Island fashion on the runway/Many faiths, much music

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

Former fire commission chair Glen Tyrrell was named interim fire chief Monday. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department Board of Com­mis­sioners appointed Tyrrell to replace Fire Chief Jim Walkowski, who has accepted a position with a fire department in Lewis County. Tyrrell was chair of the commission for three of the six years he served. He recently retired as transportation supervisor of the Bainbridge School District after a long career as a state trooper. Tyrrell was traveling in Montana last week when he was asked by the commission to serve as interim chief.

Coming back from battle

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:24PM

A historic property at Fort Ward will soon be turned into luxury townhomes. The old bricks of Fort Ward’s Building 16 have served many purposes over the last 90 years: an Army quartermaster shop, a Navy bunkhouse, the home of women volunteers during World War II, and, for the last few decades, a grand palace for birds and the occasional squatter. That last long-term use just didn’t sit right with South Beach resident Scott McFarlane. “I’d drive by it every day,” he said last week under one of the building’s boarded windows. “I’d look at it and just say, ‘Something has got to be done with this building.’ The way it was – it was just a shame, a travesty.”

Why did I move here, anyway?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Humorist Matt Smith explores the quirks of island living this Friday. Living on Bainbridge Island has broadened Matt Smith’s horizons in unpredictable ways, in unexpected places. “The best thing about Bainbridge is the dump,” Smith said. “The dump is so easy. Going can be a relaxing, social experience.” How and why this writer-performer-auctioneer surrendered city life for a slice of the island is the stuff of “My Boat to Bainbridge,” Smith’s humorous examination of this monumental decision and its aftermath.

Take up arms in the war on weeds

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Clippers and saws are the weapons against noxious creepers on Earth Day Saturday. Jeannette Franks is deputizing any and all able-bodied citizens willing to take on the island’s “most wanted” weeds during an Earth Day roundup at Pritchard Park. “I want them dead or controlled,” she said, listing off the island’s worst offenders: English ivy, Scotch broom, tansy ragwort, holly and knotweed. These plants, Franks said, are guilty of overwhelming native plants, altering forests, hastening the erosion of steep slopes and replacing wildlife habitat.

Traffic key to terminal plans

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

WSF considers a special transit lane at Cave Avenue as upgrades begin to take shape During rush hour at the ferry terminal, the pedestrian walkway looks something like an earthworm trying to swallow a string of beads. Forcing hundreds of passengers through the same narrow tube at a time when haste is paramount is an equally vexing proposition for Bainbridge Island commuters. “It’s bad enough that it’s so cramped in there, but when you’re waiting in line and can’t even see out the window, it’s a sign that something needs to be done,” said David Hewitt, one of the architects charged with fixing the walkway and a slew of other problems at the Eagle Harbor terminal.

Ferry yard dispute is heading to court

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Permits are on hold until the dispute over environmental impacts is resolved. The city is taking Washington State Ferries to court over an environmental review of upgrades underway at the ferry maintenance facility on Eagle Harbor. “Our question is, what is the aggregate impact of the facility?” said City Administrator Mary Jo Briggs of the appeal filed Wednesday in the Kitsap County Superior Court. “We want to know the whole impact of it.” The city disputes the ferry system’s determination in early March that an environmental review is not necessary for the $40 million maintenance yard improvement project. Also objectionable is WSF’s piecemeal view of its project, which doesn’t take into account the broader environmental impacts, said city officials.

Heart ailment claims island teen

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Bainbridge High School students this week mourned one of their classmates, lost to a heart ailment. Sixteen-year-old Alexandria P. Ornelas, a BHS junior, died “naturally and instantaneously” at her home Wednesday, the Kitsap County coroner’s office said. Ornelas had a history of heart problems and had been ill and under a physician’s care for several days.

Affordable housing: Is there hope?

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

The latest idea: community land trusts, island housing activists say. With a third of Bainbridge homes on the market priced at over $1 million, the island is rapidly erecting an economic wall fewer home buyers can breach. “We’re becoming a gated community of just the very wealthy,” said Del Miller, chair of the Bainbridge Island Housing Resources Board. “But there are many good, hard-working people that want to live here. “We need to make room for them.”

Remember, that it may not happen again

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

The internment memorial site is consecrated during a community gathering. At the exact moment that 227 islanders of Japanese descent were herded onto a ferry bound for internment camps 64 years before, almost as many islanders gathered at the same Eagledale spot Thursday to consecrate the land. Joined by detainees who still remember their three-plus years in exile, representatives of various faiths, community members and dignitaries stood with heads bowed in prayer and contemplation, honoring what happened before and what, they all agreed, must never happen again to anyone.

News Roundup - Crowd berates water skiers/City empanels ferry experts/City to unveil decant facility

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Water skiers hit some rough waters Wednesday night, snagging on a letter from the federal government and numerous shoreline residents, kayakers and rowers who say the sport is too fast and furious for Eagle Harbor. “We certainly cannot be in the same vicinity as water skiers without concern for flooding our shells,” said Dee McComb, president of the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club, during a public hearing before the City Council to discuss changes to rules regulating vessel speeds and wakes in the harbor.

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