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Play area also a galleryThe KidsUp! playground drew contributions from 18 local artists.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"It's easy to imagine the KidsUp! playpark as a small wooden island in Puget Sound, rather than a play structure anchored in a sea of pebbles.Fish and water images abound. In the art works that are an integral part of the Battle Point Park structure, salmon leap into the air, climb a glimmering metal waterfall, dive under the surface of the pond at Rockaway Beach, shimmy across a glass pool.The art lets you know this is a playpark in the Pacific Northwest, said Babette Gazarian-Cherne, the project's art coordinator.Without the art works, the feeling of the playpark would be a lot more impersonal. "

"Twentysomethings in short supply on island, census saysChanging demographics may be driven by the paucity of rentals."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Young adults - ages 20-34 - are in short supply on Bainbridge Island. And the youngest of that group - those 20 to 24 - might qualify for endangered-species status.The reason, it appears, is not entirely economic. Rather, it's the absence of habitat. Young adults, it seems, go where rental housing is plentiful, and avoid places like Bainbridge where it is not.That information emerges from new demographic data recently released by the Census Bureau, giving more detail about the 20,308 residents of Bainbridge counted in the 2000 census. "

Island assessments climb 10 percentHigh sales prices drive property valuations up.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Most island home and business owners by now have probably received postcards notifying them of changes to the assessed value of their properties.And as usual, Bainbridge property owners will see an increase in their valuations averaging roughly 10 percent. County Assessor Jim Avery and his staff mailed off the notices on May 25, before the Memorial Day Weekend break, as part of the department's ongoing reassessment efforts. "

"How soon, high-speed?The June 4 economic summit will address telecom needs."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"The movement of information can replace the need to move people.That's the premise to be explored at the daylong Bainbridge Economic Vitality Conference, themed Ferry Boats Are Not The Answer: What About Telecommunications Infrastructure? "

"Success came with vision, work"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Public participation takes many forms.Countless islanders get involved as the parents of youngsters, helping out in our schools or coaching athletic programs. Others volunteer with the elderly or infirm, pick up garbage at roadsides, run for office or just work behind the scenes to change the community for the better. We thank them.Others find their calling in sitting back and complaining about traffic revisions - but this isn't about them.Instead, it's about those who make the occasional exemplary effort, and we paid homage to some of them - and their success - this past weekend and here again today. "

"Vancil in, Eremic considers council bidCouncilman Merrill Robison won't bid for the office of mayor. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Bainbridge Planning Commissioner Deborah Vancil has decided to run for the north-end City Council seat that Liz Murray is vacating. And north-end businessman John Eremic, who ran a write-in campaign against Norm Wooldridge two years ago, says he's strongly considering running for the same seat.Still another suspected council vacancy was confirmed last week when central ward councilman Merrill Robison said he will not seek a second term.I'm getting too old for this, said Robison, who also said he had no interest in running for mayor to succeed Dwight Sutton. "

"Cleaners open, blames dispute"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Commuter Cleaners is open and will continue in business, according to owners David and Jamie Nelson.The Nelsons blame last week's temporary closure on Four Seasons Cleaners of Seattle, with whom they are engaged in a business dispute.Commuter Cleaners accepted clothes for cleaning, but the actual cleaning was done by Four Seasons.According to Jamie Nelson, they were dissatisfied with Four Seasons' work, and she notified Four Seasons owner Dick Pakko last week that she intended to terminate the relationship. "

Test scores are stableBainbridge students held their own on the national 'Iowa' test.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Bainbridge Island's students have maintained their relatively high Iowa Tests of Basic Skills scores for a third year. The ITBS, a test of ability in math, reading and language skills, has been administered nationwide for the past three years. This is a stable school district, Ordway Principal Bruce Colley said. Staff don't change wildly. That usually results in stable scores. Scores are good. We're happy with them. "

"Racist graffiti returns to BHSSix incidents this spring have led to one arrest, but no prosecution. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"An outbreak of racist graffiti at Bainbridge High School - including Nazi iconography and anti-minority slogans - has drawn the attention of police.We've had numbers of swastikas show up, said Bainbridge Police Chief Bill Cooper, who sought this week to enlist the help of the public.Three incidents were reported at the school in March and another three last month, although none have been reported for at least three weeks. "

Hepcats take style to VietnamPerformances this month will raise funds for a cultural exchange tour.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"The Swingin' Hepcats are dancing to Danang.The Lindyhop dance team will perform May 25-26 on Bainbridge Island to raise money for an upcoming dance tour of Vietnam. The Vietnamese government issued a first-ever official invitation to American youth, when they summoned the Hepcats to perform there with an indigenous dance troupe.The Vietnamese government regards this trip as a diplomatic breakthrough, said Kids First director Roger Ferrell, whose nonprofit to aid Vietnamese children is co-sponsoring the tour. They're putting a tremendous amount of energy into making it a success. "

"A project, a tribute, a homeThe Marge Williams Center debuts with an open house from 1-4 p.m. today."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"The path is meandering, 20 easy paces in length, maybe 25, connecting the front porch to the sidewalk. In ways both tangible and symbolic, it also reconnects the building with the community around it - a bridge that wasn't always certain or guaranteed.In the laying of the path - inscribed with the names of many donors and supporters - Wendy Johnson believes the Marge Williams Center has been reclaimed for Bainbridge Island, its presence exorcised of a crime that took the life of its longtime resident, for whom the center is named.The whole process (has been) to retake this building, Johnson said, and to say, 'No - this is not how she's going to be remembered.' "

Cultures collide in harborA proposed moorage plan angers local liveaboards.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"It is sometimes said that the hallmark of a good compromise is that everyone is equally unhappy.If so, judging from the protest at a Tuesday public hearing, the Bainbridge Harbor Commission's new anchoring plan for Eagle Harbor is a success.It was a sharp clash of values and philosophies. Liveaboards said they don't want regulation; shoreline residents said they don't want liveaboards. "

Blakely plan takes shapeEfforts would illustrate the site's unique and rich history.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"At Blakely Harbor Park, the wonder is in the juxtaposition - what is, viewed against what was.That's what's so fascinating about this site - this town had telegraph before Seattle did, said island architect Nate Thomas, part of a planning committee looking at the park's future uses.There's so much history here, and it's so unique for it to be left for nature to recover itself over the last 80 years.The park district will hold the last of three public workshops on the Blakely Harbor Park design plan, 2 p.m. May 20 at Island Center Hall. "

Cross Sound Church moving up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"When Cross Sound Church outgrew its temporary home at Woodward Middle School, it did what a lot of churches do.It looked at land, and at maybe putting up a building.But then somebody noticed that there already exists a large building meant to accommodate audiences, one that is always empty on Sunday morning - the movie theater.And so the church is moving into the Pavilion. "

New respite program to help weary parentsSpecial-needs children pose real challenges for working parents.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"If families with working parents struggle to arrange children's lives for the summer, what can the end of the school year mean to employed parents with a disabled child?Marie Zharinov, whose autistic son needs full-time attention, knows that it means losing another job.Every summer I wind up having to quit, Zharinov said. This is the nightmare.German-born Zharinov, a translator who speaks 14 languages fluently, and her Russian carpenter husband moved to Bainbridge two years ago. They have been trying to find specialized day care ever since. "

"Choose well, firebrands"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"Dwight Sutton's announcement last week that he would not seek re-election as mayor marks, as much as anything could, the beginning of the political season.And while that season can't compete with this year's Mariners for sheer entertainment value, there's something special about local politics, particularly in what is still a reasonably small community. "

Baroque reborn through Iris

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"For the members of the Iris Quartet, the May 19 Housing Resources Board benefit concert is a musical homecoming.We are four women who have professional lives in which we tour and play for large, large groups, flutist Janet See said, so this home concert, for which we prepare in a more relaxed atmosphere, is the highest quality of music-making for us. We look forward to the opportunity most eagerly. Conversely, the chance to see internationally renowned performers Janet See, Sandra Schwarz, Mary Alice Hendricks and Laurel Wells (substituting for Iris violist Kim Zabelle) on the island is a brass ring Bainbridge audiences might consider nabbing.The performers are on the cutting edge of a recent musical development - works played on period instruments. The 18th century audiences who heard Hayden and Mozart perform, heard the baroque and classical instruments the Iris Quartet play. "

Clowns abound in one-man revueLarry Pisoni assumes the many faces of comedy.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"Actors seem to assume another persona just by putting on makeup. Larry Pisoni can change into seven people. In Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown, Pisoni takes a free-wheeling comedic journey, accompanied by music, whirling through time and space to assume seven distinct clown personae that have informed the clowning tradition.I don't lecture about clowning's history, Pisoni said. As a matter of fact, the performance is mute. I'm working, instead, from an archetypal perspective - I want audiences to relate to archetypal characters, to recognize themselves and the people close to them. "

"Artists' plight, artists' flightIs the island losing its creative community to gentrification?"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"In a few weeks, stone carver Brian Berman will close his studio, pack the tools of his trade - the chisels and mallets, the pneumatic hammer and angle grinder - and leave Bainbridge for good.His departure will not be an isolated event, but part of a quiet, decade-long exodus of poets, visual artists, musicians and other creative types who have been forced off the island for lack of affordable housing and studio space. When I was paying $250 in rent, if my sculpture didn't sell in any given month, I could ride out the cycle, said Berman, a West Port Madison resident for the past decade. Now there isn't anything an artist can afford. People assume they're living in this arts community, but the way things are, there isn't room for emerging artists here at all. "

"Council interest in mayor post mixedJim Llewellyn says no, but Michael Pollock mulls a bid."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"Saying he can't afford to quit his day job, Bainbridge Island City Council member Jim Llewellyn said he will not run for mayor this fall. But another council member, Michael Pollock, said he is taking a hard look at the possibility of running.And council member Liz Murray said she will not seek re-election, opening up at least one council seat for the fall election. "

Land costs keeping home prices high

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"Does an affordable home costing upwards of $280,000 promote economic diversity?Some local contractors say a home that cuts that price by a third - a $180,000 single-family residence - simply can't be built on the island, principally because of the cost of home lots.Land costs are the number one issue on Bainbridge Island, said Jim Engle of Kitsap-Trident Homes. A building lot on Bainbridge costs at least $50,000 more than the same thing in Poulsbo. "

School techs gets a boostStudents are using laptop computers to cover many disciplines.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"This is the story that changed my life forever.Blakely Elementary School fourth grader Lacy Kuhn types the first line of her tale about aliens into the Earthwalk EBuddies laptop on her desk, one of seven that will be featured May 17 as part of Bainbridge schools' technology fair. I'm switching my story from MicrosoftWord into hyperlink, Kuhn says matter-of-factly. You can access this link about phases of the moon from the text.Kuhn clicks on the link she has just created in her story about aliens, and a computer-animation of the moon fills the screen, waxing and waning in a cycle that compresses a month into five seconds. "

You can't use rain as an excuse

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"For a feeling of looming futility, try sitting down during an afternoon of inclement weather and writing an endorsement for Bike to Work Day.After all, the point of the event is to draw out fair-weather riders, and those who aren't naturally inclined to put foot to pedal. So one might have the vague sense of hopelessness that comes with coasting up to one of Bainbridge Island's numerous hills - all of which invariably seem to be tilted the wrong way - with the fear that one's best efforts may result in a lot of huffing and puffing, but little progress.Then again, this is a community that is turning the corner on transportation issues. We're climbing those hills, and a little rain can't stop us. "

Building for funConstruction of the KidsUp! playground draws hundreds of hands with hammer and saws.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"If Battle Point Park has an occupancy limit, it may have been exceeded Tuesday morning.An estimated 400 volunteers wearing work boots and tool belts showed up to begin construction of the KidsUp! playground. Perhaps most surprising for Kim MacPherson and other organizers was the appearance of a contingent of Marines.Even so, MacPherson said, We need people in a big way because we're still at half of what we need. We're just about there financially, organizer Helena Bierly said. Our biggest challenge now is getting people to show up to build.The 10,000-square-foot play structure has been on the drawing board for about a year, with kids and parents helping architects in the design. "

Sutton won't seek second term as mayorHe may tap candidates to try for the position as he retires.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Saying it's time to get on with the rest of his life, Mayor Dwight Sutton has decided against seeking a second term this November.It's not really a question of being burned out, but more that I owe a certain amount of effort and dedication to the non-political things in my life, Sutton said.When I retired from full-time employment, I made a list of 24 projects I wanted to get done, he said. There are still 21 on the list. "

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