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‘Big step’ ahead for club

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Plans are already afoot to put an addition on the new Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. The Boys and Girls Club this week announced a fast-track fund drive to add a 3,000-square-foot activity room on the north side of the building, giving the club a fixed address for the first time in its five years on the island.

Don’t stagnate – innovate, Pinchot says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Being an entrepreneur isn’t about chasing dollars, business consultant Gifford Pinchot says. It’s about turning a dream into action. Pinchot sees the entrepreneurial spirit, properly directed, not as an enemy of the environment or of altruism, but rather, as the best ally of those values.

Non-stop bargains run low

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Bargain Boutique is short on bargains. Willie Grimm, who has managed the store since 1980, says the second-hand shop that raises money for Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle is experiencing its most serious shortage of goods in a dozen years.

Efforts to reopen gym stymied, building owner says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Asking for his rent money or the freedom to lease the property, the co-owner of the former HMC building on Madison Avenue wants to evict the court-appointed receiver now managing the defunct gym’s affairs. And until the court takes action, Dick Bowen hints, the gym will not reopen. Bowen, a Whidbey Island resident and president of the Landing on Bainbridge Island, has filed a motion asking Seattle federal judge Marsha Pechman to modify her order appointing a receiver for HMC/Znetix. The petition seeks to end a situation in which receiver Michael Grassmueck has possession of the building, but is not paying rent.

Fraud indictments likely, feds tell judge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Saying it anticipates criminal charges against one or more defendants this year, the federal government is asking for a temporary halt to the civil securities-fraud cases against Kevin Lawrence and associates. In a motion filed in Seattle federal court, the United States Attorneys’ office said that continuing the civil lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission could interfere with criminal proceedings, convictions from which could put parties behind bars for 15 years.

Schools’ financial outlook sours

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Next year’s budget may be a lesson in subtraction for Bainbridge public schools. The district will lose an estimated $642,761 after cuts in the state education budget passed by the Legislature Thursday night, as part of the 2001-03 supplemental operating budget slated to be signed into law by Gov. Locke at the end of March.

Fur flies at hearing on second park levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Accusations of mismanagement and misconduct topped those of poor ball field maintenance, at a public hearing on park district financing Thursday evening. Tom Hujar, representing a group called Bainbridge Parents for Better Parks, criticized district operations and told park board members there are “many questions left unanswered” after February’s narrow levy failure.

Fun and games for young at heart

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Evelyn Bottega smooths back white hair already held neatly in place by a pink headband and pokes at the square where her palm-sized checker piece was just seconds earlier. “He cheated,” the spry octogenarian says, “I mean it. He cheated.”

Woodward settlement: $3.5 million

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

With trial set to begin next week, the Bainbridge Island School District reached a last-minute settlement Thursday with the final defendant in a lawsuit over shoddy construction at Woodward Middle School. The settlement, by which the district will receive about $3.5 million, will be enough to repair the water-damaged building and pay for the costs of litigation, school board member Bruce Weiland said Friday.

District, firefighters agree on contract

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

After 15 months of negotiations, the Bainbridge Island Fire District has reached tentative agreement on a contract with its uniformed firefighters.

City core falls short on density

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Developer Kelly Samson wanted to put a very small project on a very small lot he owns on Wyatt Way, next to the Kass funeral home. He wanted underground parking, ground-floor offices and a few residential units. But if he built to the allowable density, he couldn’t provide the necessary parking spaces.

Emerald for a day

  • Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

T.J. Faddis knows the difference between a jig and a reel because she plays both. The sprightly Faddis, who plays pennywhistle with Celtic Magic, the band performing March 16 on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, said, “A jig tune has a rhythm that says ‘jiggety, jiggety jiggety jig. That’s 6/8, like a fast waltz. But a reel is in 2/4 time.”

Where did all the money go?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

When Kevin Lawrence Millar graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1984, the student yearbook named him “biggest spender.” The yearbook was right. According to a papers filed in Seattle federal court, the man who shortened his name to Kevin Lawrence and the companies he founded spent almost all of the $91 million raised from investors. All told, court-appointed receiver Michael A. Grassmueck of Portland, Oregon, can only locate $52,000 in cash in bank accounts controlled by Lawrence-related companies, including Health Maintenance Corporation and Znetix of Bainbridge Island, and two partnerships known as Cascade Pointe, one based in Arizona and the other in the Caribbean island of Nevis.

School district to float facilities bond

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

The Bainbridge school district is taking pencil and paper to matters of hammer and nail. At issue: When in the 2002-03 time-frame should the board ask voters for money to finance capital-facilities construction and maintenance, and how much money should it seek.

Parks levy to head to voters in May

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

The Parks and Recreation District hopes that, for its funding levy, the second time’s a charm. It needs to be: if voters fail to approve the biannual maintenance and operation levy that funds the Park District by the end of the year, the district will run out of money.

Doctors dare to be different

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

You walk into the doctor’s office, and the receptionist greets you by name, and offers you coffee or hot chocolate. The magazines are current, but you don’t have time to begin reading them, because the doctor is waiting for you.

Vandals strike local business

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

Graffiti made an unwelcome appearance downtown Wednesday when Winslow Hardware and Mercantile was defaced. The front and side of the hardware store – an island institution for fifty years – was hit late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning with spray paint on the west and south sides of the building. Several planter boxes had been pushed from the overhanging facade on the building’s front.

Receiver Lists HMC/Znetix Assets

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

Like the $74 million that Bainbridge Island-based HMC and Znetix raised from investors, the additional $17 million later raised by related entities called Cascade Pointe has also disappeared, according to a preliminary inventory filed in Seattle federal court by the court-appointed receiver. All told, receiver Michael Grassmueck can only locate $67,00 cash in the various entities founded and controlled by Kevin L. Lawrence of Bainbridge Island. Lawrence and the various entities have been named as defendants in a civil suit filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission in what state regulators have called “the biggest home-grown securities fraud in Washington history.”

Island hit by rash of residential burglaries

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

Island homes have suffered a rash of residential burglaries in recent weeks, Bainbridge police say. “Earlier this year there was a lot of talk about someone getting into homes, and driving a white Cadillac,” said Bainbridge police Officer Steve Cain. “The same thing is happening again.”

BI cyclists and walkers unite

  • Mar 6, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:14PM

Bainbridge Island’s bicycle advocates want their wheels to be rolling, not spinning. Having twice developed island-wide plans for bicycle mobility that have gathered dust on the shelf, they want the new non-motorized transportation plan not only to be approved, but to be incorporated into the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Friendship is the best medicine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:13PM

The centerpiece of Felomina “Fely” Salanga’s Island Center living room is an arrangement of figures as bright and cheerful as the smiling Salanga herself. Two carved water buffalo prance before a low table covered with flowers that surround the tiny, painted figures of the Virgin and Christ child like a forest. The flowers make a multi-colored carpet for the large statue wearing red satin and a straw hat – Santo Nino, the childrens’ saint.

To err and to forgive is human

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:13PM

When it comes to forgiving – and being forgiven – there’s no time like the present, David Chard says. Chard has designated April 7 “World Forgiveness Day 2002” to help others experience forgiveness. And, Chard wants to enlist people to plan events on a grassroots level he hopes will ripple outward. “Some people want to put it off to ‘someday,’” Chard said, “but there’s no ‘someday’ on the calendar. Things can happen that we don’t expect. That day may not come.”

Local gym remains shuttered

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:13PM

The receiver says he wants to reopen the Madison Avenue health club. But he can’t say when that might happen, nor can he say when he might have more definite information.

Wyckoff appraisal remains under wraps

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:13PM

The “magic number” that may determine the fate of the Wyckoff Superfund site and the city’s hopes to acquire it remains a secret, as appraiser Anthony Gibbons declined to make his conclusions public at a meeting with the Wyckoff Acquisition Task Force Thursday.

Re-Doogal’s gets go-ahead

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:13PM

Saying that the proposed “Re-Doogals” mixed-use project will be better for the environment than the existing parking lot, hearing examiner Robin Baker upheld the city’s go-ahead for that development.

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