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"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. "

"Weapons, pot use by students citedResults of a survey suggest challenges for the district."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Weapons at school, marijuana use and the rate of depression among students emerged as areas of concern for educators and parents, in a survey of Bainbridge 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders.So says the school district's Health Advisory Committee, after a state-administered survey of substance abuse among local teens. Students took the survey in November, with the results presented to the school board at Thursday's meeting.Unfortunately, Assistant Superintendent Brent Peterson said, the percentage of our students making dangerous choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is very similar to the situation faced in most communities across the state. "

Sewer process may be spikedA new proviso could make it harder to finance work.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The city council took a step towards providing sewer service to four south-end neighborhoods Wednesday, settling on language for an amendment to the island's comprehensive plan.But the language they approved at their Wednesday meeting contains a closely contested proviso that some say could preclude any sewer extension by dramatically increasing costs. "

"Commodore safe, at least for 2001-02But a study of school facilities is under way."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The Commodore building will remain open at least through next year, school board members told 40 parents and staff members Thursday.But they acknowledged that a study of all district facilities is under way, the first step in a process that might lead to the closing of some school buildings. "

Decisions are not polls

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Wednesday in this column, we waxed on the public decision-making process as a dynamic between competing goods - forests vs. ball fields, better traffic with no more roads, on and on.Today, prompted by several recent letters and comments we've heard at city council meetings, a few corollary thoughts are perhaps in order. Specifically, we would ask:Where did some islanders get the notion that elected officials are always beholden to whims of the majority? "

Pelandini finds keys to successThe young pianist shows his talents Sunday at BPA with 'Clair de Lune.'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Adam Pelandini has spent most of his short musical career accompanying others, but he's on his own May 13.Pelandini will play Debussy's Clair de Lune, a much-loved work, for the Chamber Music in The Playhouse Lobby series.I have admired Pelandini from a distance for years, classical music program coordinator Jim Quitslund said. He doesn't have a teacher, but he's one of the most musical players I've encountered in a long time. "

"And now, from Studio BBainbridge Island Broadcasting has a new facility."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Bainbridge Island Broadcasting, has a studio for the first time in its five years on the air.The Bainbridge Island School District, after considering the issue for some time, donated space in Commodore Center that officially opens with a reception, 5-7 p.m. May 10. It has been truly amazing to see how one very ugly elementary school classroom metamorphosed into a television studio, a control room, an editing room and a reception/meeting area, station manager Wini Jones said.BIB cameraman Kit Spier has been renovating the Commodore space for several months, partitioning the 1,225 square feet into distinct and useful spaces. "

"City turns to Congress for Wyckoff helpMurray, Cantwell and Inslee staff will tour the site this week."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The Environmental Protection Agency will finish cleaning up a portion of the Wyckoff Superfund site on the south shore of Eagle Harbor this summer, potentially freeing up 23 acres of prime waterfront and view property.If city and park district officials have their way, the property will go into public ownership, because the public paid for the cleanup.My dream would be a park with a variety of active and passive recreation uses, Mayor Dwight Sutton said this week. "

Concert supports youth strings

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"One-hundred hands will reach for stringed instruments. Violins will be tucked under chins, and cellos firmly planted. And 50 bows will be poised for the First All-Island Youth Strings Concert, 7 p.m. May 10 at the Sakai Intermediate School gym. That instant will bring past, present and future together - the cumulative total of thousands of hours of practice over the years on the part of the students; months of organization by the adults; and their collective vision of an orchestra program in the Bainbridge schools. "

Tough battles are good vs. good conflicts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"A wise and wizened law school professor once made the following observation on the first day of class:You think that you will be involved in struggles of good versus evil, he said. But that doesn't happen very often, and those conflicts are easily resolved.The hard ones, he said, are the conflicts of good versus good. "

Better homes and wagons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Dwellings showcased on the May 12 Bainbridge Performing Arts Home Tour include small, cozy spaces, to go with those large and grand.Whether they appeal to an atavistic instinct to curl up in a den or a straightforward desire for less to clean, Denise Harris' gypsy caravan and Craig and Nancy Johnson's condominium show the comforts of containment.For Harris and friends, small did not mean fewer hours of construction, however. More than 1,700 hours have been devoted to the gypsy wagon so far, Harris said.Building the caravan was like any other project, she said. If you start, you might get obsessed.But the most important thing is that it was built from scratch - built, not bought. "

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