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Park levy to be $2.567 million –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Bainbridge park officials will seek a one-year, $2.567 million maintenance and operations levy, to keep parks open through 2005 as a new “metropolitan” park district is established. A draft levy budget, representing a 4.3 percent increase over the current year, was unveiled at Thursday’s board meeting. The increase represents no staffing or program changes, district Director Terry Lande said, beyond an extra $5,000 to water a new ball field under construction at the Hidden Cove park. The rest of the additional funds would cover inflationary hikes for utilities and insurance, and some salary increases called for under collective bargaining.

Peace march moved

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Participants in a demonstration for peace slated for this morning, July 17, should gather at the former Poulsbo Market parking lot in Poulsbo, organizers say. Organizers had announced that the event would begin at Central Market. But Tom Hall, market manager, said the business was not contacted by organizers for permission to assemble a demonstration there. Central Market was never a sponsor, both Hall and Town & Country Markets president Larry Nakata said. “We value all civic and political views in our community,” Nakata said.

Burglar hits stores in spree downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

A local ‘person of interest’ was detained Friday morning, detectives say.
At least 10 downtown businesses were hit in an after-hours burglary spree Thursday night or early Friday. A “person of interest” described only as a Bainbridge Island man was detained and awaiting questioning, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. Businesses hit included Casa Rojas restaurant, Streamliner Diner, a private photo studio behind the diner, the Bead Garden, Island Ice Cream, Bainbridge Styling Salon, Metrion Coffee/Shop, Cafe Nola, Colagreco’s Deli, and Madison Avenue Photo in Winslow Green. Reports of the burglaries came in Friday morning, as merchants and employees arrived for work. That cleared the police station, as a phalanx of officers canvassed downtown for information and clues.

Bang the dharma drum slowly

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Island Buddhists follow myriad paths to enlightenment and ‘liberation of the heart.’
Mark Joslyn strikes the rim of the pot-shaped brass bell and the sound fills the small zendo, or meditation building, the Rinzai Zen Buddhist built on his Bainbridge property. The 12-by-20 room is lined with mats and pillows for the fellow islanders who join Joslyn to share his spiritual practice three times a week. “This is kind of like a drone, not a chant,” Joslyn said, trading the large bell for a smaller one. “Then to punctuate – like your periods and commas and so forth – we have a little bell.” Joslyn makes the small chime ring, then clacks the hardwood blocks that signal to the meditators when to sit, when to rise, when to file into the forest single-file along the narrow path. Meditating in a zendo is just one way island Buddhists practice the Asian spirituality founded by India’s Siddhartha Gautama in the fourth century B.C.E.

Bainbridge Democrats first out of the gate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

But GOP faithful aren’t far behind, as campaigns open offices on the island.
Democrats opened a Bainbridge campaign office Monday hoping to reap votes and volunteers on soil rich with party support. “Bainbridge has a high number of registered voters and a high Democrat turnout at the polls,” said Tom Kilbane, chair of the 23rd Legislative District Democrats. “Lots of folks volunteer for us on Bainbridge, so it’s better to have an office where the volunteer base is.” District Democrats established a regular eight-hour shift schedule for the Winslow Mall office. Volunteers are now campaigning six days a week, working to boost State Rep. Phil Rockefeller’s run for the State Senate and ensure that Rockefeller’s House seat passes to former Poulsbo City Councilor Sherry Appleton. Other key efforts include North Kitsap Commissioner Chris Endresen’s re-election campaign and Sen. John Kerry’s bid for the presidency.

Sounds of summer at Bloedel Reserve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Private nature preserve opens its doors for two weekends of music.
Like a magical frame that complements any picture, nature at Bloedel Reserve accents a summer rainbow of musicians from classical to jazz to New Age. “Outdoors, in a casual, relaxed setting, I will play what’s in the moment,” said guitarist Andre Feriante, whose July 25 performance caps the series. The summer concerts held at the private conservancy are the only events open to the public each year. This year’s concerts are a mix of styles and music appealing to different facets of an audience. In selecting the artists, Kate Gormley, program director and volunteer coordinator for Bloedel Reserve, says they try to have something for everyone. “I try to pick people a little out of the ordinary for concerts,” Gormley said. “It’s a wonderful way to introduce people to the Reserve.”

Two plucked from sound -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

A man and his son were rescued from the waters off Point Monroe Sunday evening, after their 18-foot vessel started sinking as the two were making their way back to Shilshole Marina. Poulsbo Fire Department crews were dispatched to the water rescue at 6:21 p.m. after the man used a cellular phone to report that his boat was sinking near Port Madison Bay, a North Kitsap Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said. The vagueness of the reported location led the 911 center to dispatch the Poulsbo rescue boat, with Bainbridge and North Kitsap fire units sent out shortly thereafter.

Health care for all? Yes, clinic says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Peninsula Health will open Aug. 2 at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center.
Low-cost medical care for the uninsured is an oxymoron – almost. A bright spot is the nonprofit Peninsula Community Health Services, which provides primary medical care to low-income and uninsured patients. Starting Aug. 2, PCHS will open a clinic offering service every Monday at the Bainbridge Commons. “In an ideal world, everyone would have a ‘medical home’ to access preventative and acute care,” said Barbara Malich, PCHS chief executive officer. “(But) the rising number of uninsured has changed the profile of the uninsured. Many are fully employed but the employer does not cover (medical insurance). “Access to primary care that is available regardless of ability to pay has been one of the missing pieces.”

Housing subsidies are on the wane

  • Jul 14, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Federal cuts mean fewer dollars for low-income renters, and their landlords.
Subsidized housing helped Becky Kahlvik put her life together after divorce left her a single mother. But the opportunity that kept her in safe shelter may be denied to others. Federal cuts to the Section 8 housing program threaten such assistance – bad news for Kahlvik, now trying to studying to be a teacher. “I have three quarters behind me and five quarters ahead to get that teaching certificate,” Kahlvik said. “I’m achieving my goal. The thing that scares me is that other people could be denied that opportunity.”

Not just doing, but doing better

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

New city boss Mary Jo Briggs knows the public service challenge.
Her climb to bureaucracy’s peak began at its absolute base – as a lowly “temp” worker. But the first task Mary Jo Briggs faced as a “management analyst” – devising standards by which to gauge organizational success – is still, in its own way, the one before her. “Twenty-three years later, I’m still working on it,” she said. “But I have more ideas now.” Briggs began her residency last week as Bainbridge Island’s top bureaucrat, settling into the office of city administrator. She succeeds interim administrator Lee Walton; her hiring leaves just the finance director’s post yet to be filled in a year-long shake-up of top management. She comes to the city after three years as administrator for the city of Fairview, Ore., a fast-growing Portland suburb. That stint was preceded by two decades with the city of Vancouver, Wash. Upon her recruitment to Bainbridge, she was praised by Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby as “without a doubt the best CEO I ever worked with.”

Road work revs up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

July and August will bring better sewers, sidewalks, salmon streams.
Nothing says summer quite like “Flagger Ahead.” But traffic disruptions should be minimal in the coming months, with most summer road projects confined to the shoulder. “Not a lot of big projects,” said Roger Mustain, city engineer, of the season’s work load. While few extended closures are likely, work will be noticeable on some of the lengthier projects, particularly at the south end. The roster of summer works projects includes: South Island sewer: Almost six miles of pipes will be installed in south-end rights of way as part of the biggest construction project of the season.

Crawford gets contract, raise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

His salary is bumped up to match peer positions in same-size districts.
Superintendent of Schools Ken Crawford has signed a new three-year contract with the Bainbridge Island School District. The contract through the 2006-2007 school year, gives Crawford a raise that brings his compensation up to $124,618 in a two-step process over the first two years of the contract. His salary in the third year of the contract will be determined at that time. Crawford’s salary last year was $115,000. Crawford will also receive an additional $8,200 “salary realignment” over two years to put his pay on par with superintendents in districts with about the same enrollment as Bainbridge. Comparable districts included Mercer Island, where the superintendent of schools was paid $147,000 last year; Enumclaw district, which paid their superintendent $131,934; Riverview, where the schools’ head received $140,710; and Snoqualmie Valley, with a $157,918 salary.

Park board stuck with levy -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Even as it asks voters for a change to “metropolitan” park district status, the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District must pass one more short-term levy. That’s thanks to an obscure law recently brought to light by county officials, which says that any new taxing district not formed by June 1 of one year can’t collect taxes the next year.

Grant will fund school pedestrian corridor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Bike-ped advocates land $150,000 in state money to link two campuses.
State money is rolling in for a bicycle/pedestrian corridor that will link two public school campuses. The Bainbridge Island School District this week was awarded $150,000 in state funding to improve a pedestrian and bicycle route across the high school grounds to New Brooklyn Road and nearby Woodward and Sakai schools. The grant, from a million-dollar pot administered as the “Safe Routes to School” program, was announced Friday by the Washington State Department of Transportation. It was one of 11 projects funded out of nearly 60 applicants, and received the highest dollar amount. “It’s really like the missing link from the north end of the island to the south end,” said Dana Berg of the Squeaky Wheels bicycle advocacy group, which has lobbied for the non-motorized connection for several years. “It hooks together all those schools that are in the central core,” Berg said. “We figure it will increase the people who walk and bike to school by 30-50 percent over two years. It satisfies so many parents’ concerns about keeping their kids out of traffic.”

Youths organizing walk for peace

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Demonstrators will stride from Central Market to Winslow Green on July 17.
“Fahrenheit 9/11” has sparked more than controversy. Michael Moore’s film knocking the Bush administration has inspired local teens to organize a peace walk from Poulsbo to Winslow on July 17, on the theme of “No more lies.” “We got the idea after seeing Michael Moore’s ‘9/11’ movie,” said Corbin Lester, a Bainbridge resident and sophomore at West Sound Academy. “We decided we wanted to do something instead of just being mad about what the Bush administration’s doing... “This peace walk is about inviting people to think, and take a more active role in changing our country.” Participants, who will stride from Poulsbo’s Central Market to Winslow Green with a stop at Chief Sealth’s grave in Suquamish, are invited to carry a sign with their “favorite Bush administration fib.” The event is billed by co-organizers Kate Briggs, Lester’s West Sound classmate, and homeschooled 10th-grader Sam Weinstock as a quiet, non-confrontational march for all ages.

Pirates with pizazz

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Ovation! stages Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera ‘Pirates of Penzance.’
Royce Napolitino throws himself into the waiting arms of his pirate crew, who catch him and bear him aloft singing “Hurrah for our Pirate King!” The swashbuckling Napolitino heads the crew of hearties in Ovation! Musical Theater’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” opening July 16 at Bainbridge High School. “It’s going to be a crackerjack show,” Milton said, “just sharp as a tack. Four months of rehearsal, (and) they’re ready. “My problem now is to hold them back and polish the few things for the next week before we open. The energy’s running a little too high, now. We don’t want to peak too early.” The cast expended excess energy Thursday, performing numbers for commuters bound for Bainbridge aboard the 4:45 p.m. ferry, and inducting captain Ty Anderson into their swashbuckling band.

Council to meet tonight -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council will hold a special workshop at 6 p.m. this evening, July 7, in the council chambers. The council will hear a year-to-date report on the city’s financial status, with a discussion of the upcoming budget process for 2005.

Authority drops park purchase

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Tenants now will try to buy the property, with a developer’s help.
The Kitsap County Consoli­dated Housing Authority on Friday yielded its option to purchase the Islander Mobile Home Park, at the request of the city. The housing authority sent a letter of rescission to the attorney of the park’s owner, Pat Alderman, withdrawing from the purchase and sales agreement signed May 2003, KCCHA deputy executive director Roger Waid said. The move, backed by the tenants of the 60-space mobile home park north of City Hall, clears the way for tenants and local developer Kelly Samson to pursue their own plans for the property.

Gathering ‘round the Chuckwagon

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Meal program for seniors dishes up square meals, good company.
Hot food nourishes more than just hungry stomachs at a Chuckwagon lunch. “It’s a real friendly, nice place to go every day and have a nice lunch,” Phyllis Kupka said. “Socializing – that’s the biggest part of it.” Every weekday, the Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program dishes up hot, nutritious lunches to some 30 members of the island’s 60-and-over crowd at the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center. The meals are prepared in Bremerton, and then delivered to the senior center and seven other locations around the county, and served by volunteers.

A blast of summer color

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

Bainbridge In Bloom promises a garden showcase this weekend.
Linda Cochran’s Fort Ward garden is a setting where plant choice and placement prove that one may paint without pigments and sculpt without clay. Cochran uses the compositional elements that are the stock-in-trade of the visual artist – scale, texture, line, form, and especially contrast – to create living artworks. A 12-by-12-foot square of grass-like carex frames a single banana plant, the soft textures of the grass a perfect foil for the showy leaves of the banana, and the geometric shape of the overall planting.

Winery reopens on Day Road

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

After delays, Bentryns’ business is uncorked for the July 4th weekend.
The Bainbridge Island Winery is open again. The winery’s move from its longtime home in downtown Winslow to a 23-acre farm on Day Road will have its advantages. “We want to give the public a wine experience from the ground up,” said JoAnn Bentryn, co-owner of the Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery with husband Gerard Bentryn. The winery and wine-tasting room were closed for nine weeks while the Bentryns moved out of their old location off Highway 305, which the couple sold last year. Opening of the business at Day Road was delayed this spring by building permitting issues and an ordinance restricting retail sales year-round on farms. Mediation between the city and winery allowed the winery to open for retail sales, pending the revised ordinance, which was passed by the city council last week. The new tasting room opened yesterday and will be open through the Fourth of July weekend.

Rezone sought for Winslow development

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

The Navy plans to redevelop, sell its small housing tract on Government Way.
A Texas-based development concern, working under contract with the U.S. Navy, hopes to extend Winslow’s high-density residential core one block west, through a rezone that would allow intensive redevelopment of what is now a Navy housing project off Wyatt Way and Grow Avenue. “Our goal is to maximize the site,” said David Smith, a Houston-based planning consultant associated with the project, in an interview Friday. American Eagle Communities LLC of Dallas, Texas, filed applications Thursday for an amendment to the island’s Comprehensive Plan, seeking redesignation of the 5.42-acre Government Way housing tract from “Urban Multifamily” to the “Mixed Use Town Center” designation.

Green, green eelgrass of home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:16PM

New beds in Eagle Harbor could boost nearshore ecological health.
The volunteers dig muddy furrows in tideflats that smell heavily of the sea. Mucky mud, under patches of stringy, spring-green seaweed, sucks at boots and threaten to unshoe them. One by one the shoots of eelgrass, looking like strands of drowned chives, are gently planted into their new home – in an environmental restoration project that could gauge, and improve, the ecological health of Eagle Harbor. “Eelgrass is the canary of water quality,” said Merrill Robison, whose Lovell Avenue tideflats received the eelgrass transplant of eelgrass, in a project sponsored by the Bainbridge-based Puget Sound Restoration Fund.

Get set for full weekend of fun

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:15PM

The July 3-4 festivities offer live music and a grand parade.
“We’re havin’ a party, and everybody’s swinging/dancing to the music.” When the Original Fenderskirts – Dianne Trani, Kaetche Miller and Ginni Hawkins – belt out the Sam Cook tune, they’ll be singing to bring the lyrics to life. The group headlines the July 3 Street Dance and Barbecue, part of a weekend-long holiday celebration, with Saturday’s festivities presented by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and the Grand Old Fourth celebration sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. (For a complete schedule of weekend events, see page A2.)

Grand Old Fourth –– News And Event Schedule

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:15PM

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department advises islanders to leave fireworks displays to the professionals this weekend. “Many individuals feel that a Fourth of July celebration is not complete without fireworks, and often purchase and discharge illegal fireworks,” said BIFD Chief Jim Walkowski in a news release. “Unfortunately, many celebrations turn to tragedy when careless and inappropriate use of fireworks results in injury or fire.”

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