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Ideas far and wide for affordability

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

Wini Jones wants to partner with the city for subsidized units. Wini Jones’s eyes are aflutter as she surveys a stand of trees at the corner of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club roads. She’s not sure how much the 8-acre parcel she purchased in 1979 with a $2,000 down payment is worth now; she only knows it’s a healthy sum. What’s more important to Jones are plans to finally use it in a locally unprecedented way, as future rental housing for city employees. If things work out, Jones would retain the land, but the housing would be built and owned by a nonprofit organization and leased to the city to provide residences for those with moderate incomes on an island awash with inflated prices.

A show of (little) hands for Carmine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

The Bainbridge Library welcomes a new young people’s librarian. Carmine Rau really knows how to string people along. When she tires of doing that, she becomes quite a cut-up, much to the delight of her young audiences. As the island’s new youth services librarian, Rau has an arsenal of creative tricks at the ready – including string figures, hand puppets, a flannel board for felt animal figures she makes and a French accent – all designed to make book-lovers out of her visitors, from the babies to the sixth-graders.

Creosote concerns close Pritchard Park beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

Much of the new park’s shoreline closed for start of spring. Kayakers, beachcombers and dog walkers take heed: the beach at Pritchard Park will be closed until June, as recently discovered contamination is investigated. The U.S. Environmental Pro­tection Agency has cordoned off most of the park’s beach to conduct tests after creosote-related industrial toxins were reported late last summer by an island resident.

What goes up...keeps going up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

Rep. Inslee seeks relief as gas prices shrink family budgets. Keith Hauschulz watched the gas pump numbers tick by like an out-of-luck gambler, waiting for what he knows is always a losing combination. “I’ve been looking at these kinds of prices for a long time,” the island resident said. “I don’t think it’s going to change.” Hauschulz popped the trigger, stopping the Chevron service station’s one-armed bandit before his 1982 Dodge pickup was fully quenched. “There it is: 57 bucks and I only filled it three-quarters full,” he said, after holstering the pump.

News Roundup - Council OK’s harbor funds/Bridge delays this weekend/Vandeleur off to Poulsbo/Church hosts BMA players

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

With the state providing much of the financial muscle, the city approved a much larger budget for hauling abandoned boats from the island’s waters. “This will get the ball rolling,” said Harbor Commission Chair Bob Selzler of the City Council’s decision Wednesday to increase the derelict vessel program’s operating budget by almost 17 times its current level. “We’ll do what we can now to scuttle the worst offenders.”

Starting your own foundation?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

Consultant Jule Meyer can turn you into a philanthropist. The tiny island of Kosrae punctures the surface of the Pacific, a dot in the ocean and on the timeline of Jule Meyer. It was there, more than 20 years ago as a member of the Peace Corps, that Meyer discovered a passion for philanthropy amid the confusion of role-reversal; of 6,000 residents, she was one of the only white women on the island. “I found out quickly what it was like to be ‘the other,’” Meyer said, adding that many people there referred to her as “whitey.” “Most of them didn’t even think about it (the nickname) being derogatory. They just saw me as different.”

Winslow parking regs may be changed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

The Planning Commission mulls lower requirements for new buildings. Most agree that paradise is rarely a parking lot, but neither is a half-mile scamper through the rain after you’ve failed to find a closer spot. Thus, the debate continues over the future of parking in Winslow, as amendments to the current parking ordinance filter through the revision process. Street parking, shared parking and reducing the number of required spaces for businesses downtown were among the topics discussed by the public and the Planning Commission Thursday night.

Have we passed the spring frost? You sure?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:26PM

Your spring planting could hinge on Peter Emau’s data. Every morning, while most people’s sleepy eyes are scanning the newspaper, Peter Emau’s are fixed on his thermometer. For the past four years, Emau has been compiling weather statistics at his Bainbridge Island home in an effort to improve his garden’s potential. For him, gardening is more than just a hobby; it’s a link to the earth and his childhood in Uganda, which is why he takes great pride in the health of his crops.

Still the man

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

Retired Mariner, perennial fan favorite Dan Wilson coming to Bainbridge Island. If it wasn’t for Little League, baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., actor Kevin Costner, humorist Dave Barry, musician Bruce Springsteen and President George W. Bush might not be where they’re at right now. Dan Wilson is another. “I look fondly back at those days,” the recently retired Seattle Mariners catcher said, of his time spent in the youth baseball league that he credits for making him who he is today.

For sale? Probably not

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:25PM

The city is poised to hand off the tiny T’Chookwap parcel to the park district. The tug-of-war over a little park on Port Madison was given a solid yank in the direction of public access this week. The City Council on Wednesday directed staff to draft a resolution for the transfer of T’Chookwap Park to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District. The council expects to vote on the transfer at its May 10 meeting. “Back in the day, the intent was to provide access to the waterfront with this park – that’s a fact,” said Councilman Bill Knobloch, citing debates on the half-acre park on Spargur Loop Road when the city purchased it in 1992.

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.

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