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The Broom marks 25 years of muckraking

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:39PM

ABC’s newsletter drove cleanup of the Wyckoff creosote plant and the town dump. There are scant few corners on Bainbridge Island “The Broom” hasn’t swept over the last quarter century. The magazine, established in December 1980 by members of the Association of Bainbridge Communities, has tackled the filth of a former landfill, the grime of industrial contamination and led the way through dust-ups over suburban growth and land use.

New logo for park district

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:39PM

Metro district, nouveau logo. The park district has a new symbol for its signs – fittingly, one designed prominently around trees. “We’re trying to get a more identifiable logo, so people would see it and identify the district with it,” said Terry Lande, park district director. “Plus, we need ‘metro’ in everything now.”

A pathway to friendship

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:39PM

Bainbridge In Bloom highlights the shared gardens of two Fort Ward families. Across from the old Fort Ward barracks, in handsome houses with idyllic views of mountains and water, live neighbors who forged a friendship from a simple gravel path. David Chichester moved to the block first. Acting upon referrals, he engaged the services of Susan Calhoun of Plantwoman Design. As she began transforming his property, along came Al and Pam Gidari next door. Chichester approached the Gidaris with a novel plan: Their houses being so close together, would they consider using Calhoun and designing a path that all could use for access to the back yards. The Gidaris, whose new home construction included a landscape designer, mulled this over and agreed. Thus was born “the neighborly path,” which swiftly led to a close relationship among the Gidaris and Chichester – and even their pets.

How should terminal district develop?

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:39PM

New overpasses are one vision; the city wants islanders to help look at others. When weighing aesthetics, some see extremes. A tunnel entrance to the new ferry terminal could ease traffic at the intersection of 305 and Winslow Way; it also conjures images of metropolitan dystopia hardly befitting Bainbridge. So Washington State Ferries says early designs for the new terminal – among them, one that includes a tunnel – are simply fodder for further discussion. The goal is to overhaul an area fraught with congestion caused by poor design. But the city, in hopes of keeping its own front steps neat and tidy, has enlisted a new set of hands to help sculpt a ferry district that will welcome visitors and adhere to island character.

Housing groups buy Island Terrace apartments

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:39PM

The 48-unit High School Road building will be maintained as subsidized housing. Chalk one up for those with smaller wallets. In a deal that will guarantee 48 units of affordable rentals in Winslow, the Housing Resources Board has struck a blow against an affordable housing crisis driving low-income residents off the island. “It’s not about housing,” said Bill Reddy, Executive Director of the HRB. “It’s about people and the needs of families an individuals. Everyone has different needs. The cookie-cutter approach doesn’t work.”

News Roundup - New head at St. Barnabas/Dial ‘211’ for services/Growth group to meet again

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:39PM

Terri Smith of Bainbridge Island has been named the new director of St. Barnabas Day School. Smith has been a pediatrician with Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center for the past 13 years and for eight years was clinic chief of the AfterHours Clinics and medical advisor for the CHRMC Call Center. She will take over the directorship from Curt Zimmerman, priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas, who will maintain oversight for the school.

California girl makes an island impression

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Visual artist Catherine Lee Neifing takes viewers to a place in the sun. Neon signs and cartoon characters swept Catherine Lee Neifing into the art world. As a child in California, she taught herself to draw by copying sketches from thick Disney books and played in a yard filled with oddly shaped, gaudy signs amassed by her father, a neon sign and portraiture artist. “I grew up with no fear of color. It colored my vision,” said Neifing, who recently added Bainbridge Island to her list of residences. “My paintings are shaped and layered. They’re kind of three-dimensional.”

Giant sequoia falls victim to school construction

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

The 40-foot specimen is in the way of a sewer line, school officials say. Construction at Bainbridge High School hit its first snag this week in the form of a 40-foot-tall sequoia that will be cut down Monday due to its location atop a sewer line. The district said the tree, if left alone, would damage the school and endanger construction crews, who need to be able to safely reach a sewer line buried 10 feet beneath its roots. “We’re very sorry this tree has to come down,” said school board member Mary Curtis. “Unfortunately, this was the wrong tree for that location.”

New weapons in war on fire

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

The Bainbridge department touts new equipment funded by grants. Every Tuesday night, for the sake of exercise, Bainbridge firefighters create catastrophe. They run drills and test equipment and shear through sheets of metal that, under the force of impact, threaten to entrap even the wariest of drivers. Thanks to grants, donations and taxpayer support, island firefighters these days are more than adequately outfitted. “We’re always looking for the latest and greatest equipment to help us do our job,” said Glen Tyrrell, acting fire chief. “But we’re in very good shape.”

City to revisit street standards

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

The move by public works follows last year’s dust-up on Kallgren Road. From the ashes of the city’s failure at Kallgren Road, a new framework for road design rises. The city is moving toward customized solutions for “growing” streets, giving neighborhoods a “menu” of options to choose from within the required roadway standards. “I think this is pretty big on a couple of levels,” said public works director Randy Witt of recommendations by a new committee formed following the Kallgren debate. “First, it will change the way we do things operationally. More importantly, (it asks) ‘what are our streets going to look like?’

Island valuations up 15-19 percent, assessor says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Property tax increases will depend on exemptions, voter-approved hikes. Island home valuations are up 15-19 percent, the Kitsap County assessor says, following a 20 percent increase the year before. Valuations in all non-waterfront island neighborhoods shot up 15 percent, while waterfront parcels were valued at 19 percent over 2005. The average valuation increase elsewhere in Kitsap County was 20 percent, compared to an average 25 percent hike the year before. But while island homeowners will see a larger property tax bill in February 2007, the increase will not directly correlate to the increase in property value.

Every tree has its own tale to tell

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Some reveal themselves as furniture, others as mantels to craftsman David Ko. Like the trees he mills, the life and career of David Kotz can be measured in concentric rings. Five or eight for his daughters’ ages. Fifteen for his seasons as a mill owner and woodworker. Each year, a new layer is added. It’s not a physical expansion – Kotz is fit – but an accumulation of experience hewing the island’s orphaned wood. At the core lies a life-long love of trees and a desire to give a legacy to their lumber. “I’m always looking for trees,” Kotz said. “Every tree has its own story, its own character that makes it beautiful.”

News Roundup - Record haul for the auction/Ferries spice up messagesFlorian named Woodward assoc. principal

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

All those toys, tools, trinkets and toilets added up. Gross revenue for the 2006 Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale is expected to exceed $380,000, Rotarians say, up from last year’s gross of $330,000. Revenue from the two-day auction and rummage sale, held this past weekend at Woodward Middle School, should be around $300,000 after expenses, compared to last year’s net of $265,000, auction publicity chair Craig Jarvis said. Rotarians announced the totals as they feted the event’s success at a post-auction picnic on Sunday.

An automotive evolution

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Designed on the island, Medius will give drivers a better sense of the road. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they’re giving the person who controls it the benefit of better sight. The car of the future resides on Bainbridge Island as Medius, a systems engineering and software firm on Hildebrand Lane, develops a cognitively advanced prototype that may one day change the way you drive.

Parking garage planning, funds get go-ahead

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Amid bickering, City Council makes downtown parking garage a priority. Tom Haggar knew his campaign for a downtown parking garage was nearing its end – one way or another – when he received junk mail advertising his options for the hereafter. “Two days ago I got this letter that said, ‘Tom, more and more people are choosing cremation,’” said Haggar, the owner of the Virginia Mason Winslow clinic property. “I started getting a little nervous. I hope we can have some real progress on the parking garage soon.” The City Council on Wednesday assured Haggar he can rest in peace, including planning for a publicly managed downtown parking garage as part of a Winslow Tomorrow priority work plan.

Why can’t the city get anything done?

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Public Works can’t hold onto its project engineers, who flee for higher pay elsewhere. If it weren’t for “all the politics,” working for politicians wouldn’t have been all that bad. That’s how former Bainbridge city project engineer Tom McKerlick sums up his nearly four years with Public Works, a department now struggling to plug an employment leak amid a steady flow of budgeted projects.

News Roundup - Endowment doles out funds/‘Bloom’ tour in full flower/Vermont man to head BIAHC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

The Bainbridge Island Community Endowment has awarded $20,000 in grants to nine community nonprofit organizations. An additional $28,400 in grants was given to local organizations by the endowment’s donor-advised funds. For the first time, the endowment made grants to two Kitsap-based organizations, Sound Works Job Center and Martha & Mary Lutheran Services, which provide services to the members of Bainbridge Island.

BBQ one day, parade the next

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

Islanders will enjoy abundant holiday fun in the coming days. It’s unarguably the best seat in town of the best small-town parade around. Perched high atop a rickety scaffolding in the bed of a pickup truck at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue sits Mark Soltys, the announcer extraordinaire of the Grand Old Fourth Parade. That has been his throne for 20 years. “I plan on climbing that scaffolding until I can’t climb anymore,” Soltys said.

Stars come out in the daylight July 4

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

BPAA offers free planetarium shows at Eagle Harbor Church. Throughout the benevolent nights of July, a canopy of stars swims end to end across the island horizon. It’s a treat for local stargazers, who know well the feel of cool grass on nape. But in winter, the wonders of the night sky often remain elusive, frustrating for those who know what lies tantalizingly close but hopelessly obscured – beyond the cloud cover and out of view of the high-powered telescope at the Battle Point Park observatory.

Battle Point home blaze was arson

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

But officials say ‘eco-terrorism’ is not considered a likely factor. Investigators say a fire that destroyed a $3 million home under construction on Battle Point Drive last Saturday was deliberately set. “Evidence found during the layer-by-layer dig-out of the site led us to conclude that this was arson,” said Glen Tyrrell, acting chief of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, adding that those suspicions can’t be confirmed until evidence lab results come back in 30 to 60 days. Tyrrell declined to comment on specific aspects of the investigation, but did say investigators believe they know where in the home the fire started.

Dock settlement sparks outrage, lawsuit threats

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

But councilors say any regulatory changes will get full public airing. The public threatened to sue, made accusations of illegal conduct, secrecy and backroom deals with developers – and yet the City Council did not bend. Despite a torrent of criticism from residents gathered at City Hall Wednesday, the council authorized the payment of $250,000 to settle nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Blakely Harbor property owners over a now-defunct moratorium on dock construction. “I am disturbed where this city is heading as the greed of individuals dictates the rules of environmental protections,” said island fisheries biologist Wayne Daley, who is concerned that new docks in the harbor would reduce salmon habitat.

She’s finding pearls in the garden

  • Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

Victoria Harrison shoots landscapes, then paints them. Victoria Harrison captures detailed images of gardens and landscapes first with her camera, then with vibrant paints. “I love to use really deep, strong colors, even when I use watercolors,” said Harrison, whose smile is as bright as the hues she favors. “I just need good strong color defining my priorities in my paintings.”

News Roundup - Islander to head libraries/Sutton named to new board/Inslee leads spying debate/Fun for all at July 3 dance/Life jackets for the Fourth/Take a hi

  • Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

With the retirement of director Ellen Newberg this spring, the Kitsap County Regional Library system mounted a nationwide search for the best candidate to lead the organization. As it turned out, the first choice was someone who lived in Kitsap and had firsthand knowledge of the library system as a patron. Jill Jean, a Bainbridge Island resident who has crossed Puget Sound to her job as director of public services at the Seattle Public Library for 14 years, takes the KRL helm on Sept. 19.

Will school land be sold?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

No, say school officials of rumors that property near Sakai will go. A quiet stream bisects the ravine behind Sakai Intermediate School. Save for schoolchildren trudging down the hillside to study salmon habitat there, the land is little used. But not unlike the whispering water, rumors about the fate of the property recently ran through community tributaries, much to the surprise of those at the school district who say no property sale is imminent. “No one has made any plans to do anything with the land,” said Bruce Weiland, vice-president of the school board and member of the capital facilities committee.

City looks to kickstart downtown plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

The council will consider development of new alleyways near Winslow Way. Downtown streets may lead the way to Winslow’s tomorrow. A City Council committee has placed road and pathway improvements at the top of its priority list in implementing the Winslow Tomorrow project. “Winslow Tomorrow started with Winslow Way – it seems a logical place now to start new projects,” said Councilman Chris Snow, who joined other members of the Finance and Personnel Committee in recommending last week that $3 million budgeted for this year’s Winslow Tomorrow improvements focus on downtown’s network of streets and alleys.

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