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School tech levy set for May 17

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

The four-year, $8.9 million levy would pay for computers, training. It’s official: An $8.9 million technology levy for Bainbridge public schools will be on the May 17 ballot. If approved, the technology levy will replace aging computer systems and technology district-wide, providing use of one laptop computer, on average, for every four children in the district.

News Roundup -- Park parties clean up ivy/Kids museum seeks parents/Art Soup starved out/Downtown forum slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

Barely an hour after the City Council accepted the Waterfront Park Master Plan update Wednesday, project lead Tami Allen and Eagle Harbor resident Dave Ullin had put a call out for volunteers to help with park improvements. With loppers, shears and even old sailing blocks, they showed up to clear ivy, holly and other invasive brambles blocking the waterfront view.

Historic home ‘rescued’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

The Eagle Place residence is an early applicant for listing on historic register. Even with the century-old house’s sagging frame, peeling paint and 8-foot tidal wave of blackberry brambles, Kristin Von Kreisler knew she’d been struck with love at first sight. “It looked like it could use a good hug,” the four-year island resident said. “I only saw it from the outside. Even before I went inside, I had decided I wanted it. It’s like a living thing.”

Winslow Hardware is closing its doors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht will continue to run Winslow Paint. Citing high costs, declining sales, unfavorable prospects and advancing years, owners Ken Schuricht and Mary Hall are closing Winslow Hardware and Mercantile, they said Friday. “You just reach a point where you don’t know if the ends justify the means to keeping the store going just to keep it going,” Schuricht said.

Lawsuit loss will cost city

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

One plaintiff sets the penalty at $100k. The failed defense of an island-wide moratorium on dock and bulkhead construction could cost the city around $100,000 in legal fees. The state Court of Appeals on Dec. 21 upheld a 2003 lower court decision striking down the moratorium, and directs the city to cover “reasonable attorney fees and costs” incurred by the citizens who brought suit on the city.

Giving to get: the new face of fundraising

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

Community groups, businesses are teaming up to raise money for local causes, projects. When the rain stopped, sales increased for junior rowers selling bags of coffee at the crosswalk outside Blackbird Bakery on a Sunday morning. Ariana Alexander paused at the tent with Grounds for Change’s “fair trade” product, for which the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club earned 40 cents on the dollar for each bag sold. “I’m looking for gifts that benefit others – not just things out of stores,” Alexander said, when asked why she chose to buy a couple of bags. “That (coffee) fit my standards for gift-buying this year.”

Harbor dwellers may see break in fees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The plan will go before the council early this year. Eagle Harbor liveaboards should receive city subsidies to defray new mooring and anchoring fees, Harbor Commission members said this week. Approving a series of amendments to the draft Eagle Harbor Mooring and Anchoring Plan, commissioners on Thursday also recommended that the city allow liveaboards to trade services for reduced moorage fees.

Robotic cameras eyed for council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

Live camera operators may be phased out by the end of the year. The Bainbridge City Council will soon be under the watchful eye of robots. Stripping the council chambers of the five-foot tall cameras, cables and editing console that crowds city meetings, Bainbridge Island Broadcasting plans to install wall-mounted robotic cameras by the end of this year. “We’re really excited,” said BIB Executive Director Scott Schmidt. “We think the city will embrace the new technology, because it will provide better coverage and communication with the community.”

Inslee battles on two fronts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The war, the domestic agenda are challenges for the congressman. Facing a Republican-controlled U.S. House, Senate and presidency is a breeze next to fighting rebels in Iraq, Rep. Jay Inslee says, as he embarks on his fourth term in Washington D.C. “We Democrats will have some tough political challenges,” the congressman said. “But it’s nothing in comparison to the ones we sent our troops into in Baghdad.”

Grow project hits speedbump

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The council delays approval until costs can be determined. Grow Avenue residents will have to wait until next week for City Council approval of a long sought-after pedestrian and bicycle improvement plan along the busy thoroughfare. Councilors tabled the motion Wednesday until the next council meeting, citing the need for more information about the project’s duration and costs. “I think we have a great design for Grow Avenue,” Councilman Nezam Tooloee said. “But I think it’s premature to approve this at this time.

Inslee battles on two fronts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The war, the domestic agenda are challenges for the congressman. Facing a Republican-controlled U.S. House, Senate and presidency is a breeze next to fighting rebels in Iraq, Rep. Jay Inslee says, as he embarks on his fourth term in Washington D.C. “We Democrats will have some tough political challenges,” the congressman said. “But it’s nothing in comparison to the ones we sent our troops into in Baghdad.”

New housing group formed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

City funding will support the coalition for affordability. The job of maintaining affordable housing on Bainbridge Island may have found the steady hand it needs. The Bainbridge City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the formation of a new Community Housing Coalition, an advocacy organization dedicated to on-going analysis, research and education to provide housing for low and middle-income residents.

News Roundup -- Tech levy date to be set/Inslee chases ferry funding/Park project seeks support/Church hosts rummage sale/Meetings? Not on March 28/Chorale sing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

An election date for the Bainbridge Island School District’s proposed $7.9 million technology levy will be chosen at Thursday night’s school board meeting, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. The school board had initially hoped to place the technology levy and the proposed $40 million facilities bond on the ballot together, on May 17.

Board mulls LGI’s future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The high school theater space has been an oddball since it was built. The principal calls it “goofy.” The superintendant describes it as “awkward” and “unfortunate.” Even the name – “LGI,” for “Large Group Instruction” – is off kilter for a room that might more simply be known as “the auditorium.”

KCCHA buys Serenity House

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The adult group home at Lynwood Center has about 20 residents. When community leaders and agencies pull together to save your home, that seems pretty lucky. But in some ways, the residents of Serenity House – a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Lynwood Center – made their own good fortune. “These people help by being (in the Lynwood Center neighborhood), talking to kids, sweeping the sidewalk,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. “Kids learn they don’t have to fear people who are different. That’s the passion I have (for saving the home).”

Speed of rowers makes waves in harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

Rowers ask, should vessels powered by oar be subject to wake restrictions? You can’t break the four-minute mile if you only train at a leisurely jog. The same goes for rowing, said Bainbridge Island Rowing Club member David Ward, who lobbied the Harbor Commission Tuesday to boost Eagle Harbor’s 5 knot speed limit for muscle-powered shells and other club watercraft.

Liveaboards face steeper moorage fees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

It could cost $200 a month to live in the harbor, under a revised plan. Eagle Harbor liveaboards will likely see no city assistance to defray new monthly fees that may start at $200 for a typical anchored vessel, according to the Harbor Commission’s final recommendations on the proposed Eagle Harbor Anchoring and Mooring Plan. The commission finalized its recommendations Tuesday and will hammer out a detailed fee estimate before submitting the plan to the City Council later this month for final approval.

News Roundup -- Priest pulled from ministry/Rotary sets up endowment/Home show has roadshow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

The priest at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Sean K. O’Loughlin, was removed from ministry last week and ordered to undergo a health evaluation by church officials. Bainbridge Police escorted O’Loughlin from the church property Feb. 25, Seattle archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni confirmed this week.

BHS band shoehorned in

  • Mar 5, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:37PM

Shortage of space to play and store equipment plagues HS band. There is so little space for band practice at Bainbridge High, that students sometimes play their instruments in the stadium grandstands, in their cars, or in their teacher’s workspace. “I can barely hear,” band director Stephanie Dupuis has been heard to tell people who call her at work. “The trumpets are playing in my office right now.”

Liveaboard fees slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

Mid-harbor dwellers could pay $125/month. More expensive than free, but cheaper than feared, the Harbor Commission’s first solid estimate of monthly rates for Eagle Harbor’s long-term anchored and moored boats won’t sink most. But some liveaboards fume that any price is too much.

Group questions school plans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

Watchdogs urge restraint by school officials as they plan a construction bond. With a school construction bond of roughly $40 million set to go before voters in May, a watchdog group is urging the community to weigh in on the cost and scope of the project. “We’re not trying to defeat property tax levies, but to have people understand the pluses and minuses, the pros and the cons, and to make sure people are fully informed,” said island bookseller Bob Fortner, a member of the Bainbridge Resource Group.

Cheer up the children

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

t Put a positive outlook in kids, counselor Sue Anderson says. Life is hard. Most kids learn that lesson fairly early on. But while some youngsters dwell on life’s difficulties, research shows that optimistic kids are better able to handle life’s travails. It’s a reality that Bainbridge counselor Sue Anderson – a specialist in the field of happiness, also known as “positive psychology” – has observed time and again in her Winslow practice.

Rossi attorney faults election

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

The system has ‘warts,’ Diane Tebelius tells Republican women. The face of Washington’s governor would look a lot different if it weren’t for unsightly blemishes on the state’s electoral process, the lawyer for Republican candidate Dino Rossi said during a stop on the island Wednesday.

News Roundup -- BPA kicks off campaign/Dale is Youth of the Year/Big plant sale this weekend/Schools hire firm for plan/Trio named to harbor group/‘CSI’ course

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

March is said to come in like a lion. Bainbridge Performing Arts is hoping to raise the lion’s share of its operating budget this month, with its annual fund-raising campaign that runs through March. Per Sherwin, managing director of BPA, says the organization needs to raise $150,000 from its annual campaign toward an annual budget of $500,000.

Appleton targets high drug prices

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

The legislator’s bill would let Washington residents choose Canadian pharmaceuticals. Cancer’s hard enough. Choosing between groceries and medicine to treat the disease doesn’t make it any easier. Rep. Sherry Appleton knows from her mother’s battle with breast cancer that life-saving prescription drugs often come at a cost many cannot afford.

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