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News Roundup -- Buckle up, or pay the fine/Host your own ‘water social’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Bainbridge Police will be paying special attention to drivers’ left shoulders this month. With a $3,500 state grant in hand, more officers will patrol the roads this month, making sure islanders are buckling up. “Wearing seat belts is an effective tool in preventing injury,” said Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn. “There will be zero tolerance, and not a lot of warnings.”

Employees cite ‘no confidence’ in administrator

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The city’s union members may take their issues to the council tonight. A contract dispute between city employees and management appeared to have soured this week, with disclosure that a formal “statement of no confidence” in Administrator Mary Jo Briggs is being circulated among unionized workers. Obtained by the Review, the document – attributed to the International Association of Machinists Lodge 160 and the “Committee to Create the Statement of No Confidence” – indicates that it will be presented at this week’s council meeting, although that could not be confirmed. A union business representative failed to return repeated calls, and a shop steward at City Hall declined commment.

Build it so they can walk it

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Keeping downtowns oriented for pedestrians is a key planning goal. If you can’t walk it, you likely won’t buy it, try it or stop and sip a chai in it. “The most important thing downtown is how good the pedestrian environment is,” says transportation planner Jim Charlier. “It’s the bottom line as to whether a downtown will function into the future.” Charlier was one of many planners, architects, conservationists and developers who took part in a recent design charrette sponsored by the city for Winslow Tomorrow.

News Roundup -- Highway to get new signal/Guatamalan minister here/Boater Ed. courses set/Mail sponsors food drive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

The Washington State Depart­ment of Transportation will begin work on Monday on new traffic signal and intersection improvements at 305/Madison Avenue. The work is intended to reduce the number and severity of accidents there, highway officials said.

Liveaboards vow defiance vs. city, state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Boat dwellers say harbor plan will extinguish their unique community. When the tidal wave of the state hits, Eagle Harbor’s liveaboards say they won’t be asking the city for a lifeline. “I hope with all my heart that you reject this plan,” liveaboard Mike Martin said, at a Wednesday workshop introducing the proposed Eagle Harbor Anchoring and Mooring Plan to the City Council. “It’s an insult to us, and will kill us as a community. It will destroy things you haven’t even begun to acknowledge.”

Market strong for new Harbor condos

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Fifty of 180 units are sold before ground is broken, Opus says. The condos aren’t here yet, but down payments from Hong Kong and Tennessee have already arrived. The Opus Corporation has sold 50 of the 180 units of the Harbor Square housing and retail development planned for Winslow Way across from the ferry terminal, the project’s developers said this week. Set for completion in November 2006, the island’s largest mixed-use development has surpassed the builders’ early sales goals.

Uniting town and water

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Is downtown Winslow ‘too far’ from picturesque Eagle Harbor? For much of Winslow’s history, the waterfront was more workshed than front yard. Shipbuilders laid an early claim to the shore, setting up shop with a continuous strip of masts, dry docks, pilings, lumber stacks and rail tracks between Madison and Ferncliff avenues. When islanders shopped, played, worshipped, ate and slept, they steered clear of the Winslow waterfront. Stores and homes grew up along Winslow Way, facing uphill and beyond earshot of the tumult below.

Kordonowy will seek second term

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

She cites planning and business unfinished in her first four years helming City Hall. Darlene Kordonowy will seek a second term as mayor of Bainbridge Island, she announced this week. “There are too many good things going on in this communty, and I want to be a part of it,” Kordonowy said. She cited the Winslow Tomorrow downtown planning process that her administration launched last year as among the outstanding issues facing the city.

News Roundup -- BPA’s Sherwin calls it quits/Ferry fare hike approved/New Jaycees Club forming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Per Sherwin this week resigned from his position as managing director of Bainbridge Performing Arts. “I love everyone I worked with. I love the organization,” Sherwin said, “the openness and seeing crowds come through. I love what I was doing. It was fun, but it was busy.”

Bigger, taller and maybe even...better?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Should the city be a ‘partner’ in the redevelopment of downtown? Architect Sean Parker’s vision of Winslow’s future includes a more engaged city government, actively shaping the character of downtown. “Much of the healthy urban development that’s gone on around the country has taken place where the municipality has taken an active role,” Parker said.

Levy campaign is warming up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Ballots are in the mail, and so are letters pro and con on the $8.9 million measure. Bainbridge voters can expect to receive ballots for the May 17 technology levy any day now. Sharing space in the mailbox will be separate letters from citizens urging fellow islanders to vote for, and against, the $8.9 million measure.

Who’s killing the trees?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Neighbors are suspected of ‘girdling’ trees at the future Pritchard Park site. Don Heyer shakes the tree’s branches as if to rouse if from sleep. But he doesn’t hold much hope that the 24-inch circumference Douglas fir, or the three other trees crippled at the former Wyckoff property, will come around. “She’s a goner,” Heyer says, as dry, brown needles drift down into the trunk’s sap-splattered wounds. “It’s the wood that holds up the tree, but it’s the bark that serves as the arteries,” he says, pointing to deep cuts in the circumference of each tree. “This is like having your femoral artery cut.” Heyer, project manager overseeing the environmental cleanup at the former creosote plant, recently noticed that a maple on the property’s south edge next to Eagle Harbor Drive had been “girdled,” its bark removed in a ring with hatchet-like cuts.

News Roundup -- Eisenhauer is man of year/Candidate forum slated/Last chance for early birds/A fast track for city permits/Water Week proclaimed/Kok to helm Voy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

For his business savvy and philanthropic bent, John Eisenhauer, founder and president of Mercury Online Solutions, has been named the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Business Person of the Year. Eisenhauer’s 10-year-old company, based at 600 Ericksen Avenue in Winslow, is a worldwide provider of digital signage and interactive kiosk networks, with about $20 million in annual sales. The company’s unique brand of signage, servers and software are installed in 10,000 digital screens in 50 states and 23 countries. “I was delighted I was nominated,” Eishenhauer said of the Chamber honor. “We don’t have local customers or vendors, and our company is not particularly visible, so it was a pleasant surprise.”

News Roundup -- Islanders back a good library/Conference rescheduled/Have shoes, need closet/Blood drive good for life/Forensic class gets the nod

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Islanders reaffirmed the library’s place in the heart of Bainbridge Island, as about 25 gathered Monday night for Kitsap Regional Library’s invitation to “Talk with the Director” about the system’s future. Suggestions were varied, but a recurring theme saw the library as a community hub; as one participant said, “Bainbridge Island defines itself through the library.”

Open space downtown?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

That’s among the ideas to come out of the Winslow charrette. As the seeds of development grow in Winslow, many residents are looking ahead to ensure that expanding blocks of concrete don’t overtake the public spaces and green sanctuaries that make an urban existence livable. A recent design charrette sponsored by Winslow Tomorrow marked the preservation and growth of open space as one of its seven guiding principles.

Council debates hillside provisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

How close is too close for construction around the island’s many steep slopes? City Council discussions of steep slopes and hillside protections Monday added little momentum to the slow-rolling effort to update the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance. The meeting kicked off what is to be a weekly debate of items yet to be approved in the ordinance update. The council tackled sections aimed at protecting geologically hazardous areas during the three-hour meeting, with some on the council expressing only minor concerns and others calling for a major overhaul.

Changes afoot for the council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

A new ‘Committee of the Whole’ meets for the first time Friday. It’s a big meeting inspired by the big city that will tackle the island’s biggest issues. The City Council will host its first five-hour “Committee of the Whole” meeting Friday, initiating a monthly event to discuss some of Bainbridge’s most pivotal issues. “On Bainbridge, we’re seeing some major changes to the budget process and to the critical areas (ordinance),” said Councilman Bob Scales, who proposed the new meeting. “It didn’t make sense to just have the Finance or Land Use committees discussing these issues. It made sense to have the whole council engaged and educated on these issues.”

Memorial plans are fine-tuned

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

The first phase will include a trail, boardwalk and landscaping. Sixty-three years after island residents of Japanese descent were forced from their homes for wartime internment, construction is about to begin on a long-awaited memorial to their exile. Crews are expected to begin work on the Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial in April, clearing and grading the land in preparation for the restoration of wetlands, native plantings and the stabilization of the shoreline on the property.

Signing is pre-speech language

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Parents, babies can communicate earlier through the use of ASL. A 10-month-old tapping the tips of his fingers together might look like he is makingrandom baby gestures, but these were Jackson Hemmat’s first words. And there’s nothing wrong with the youngster’s ears; he’s part of a growing number of infants learning to communicate through American Sign Language, even before they can talk. “Jackson asked for ‘more yogurt’ and we just flipped out,” his mother Dani Hemmat said. “As soon as he could sign, we couldn’t sign enough. He was picking up a sign a week and then a sign every three days. You couldn’t stop him.” The Fort Ward parents learned how to sign because Jackson’s dad Jeff Hemmat, who is deaf in one ear, was fascinated by ASL. They took a course and started signing as they spoke to each other, and their son for simple words like “milk,” “more” and “thank you.” They signed for two months before Jackson signed back at 10 months and started talking two weeks later.

Environmental conference hits fifth year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

The April 2 seminar will look at the island’s eco-health. While island environmentalists can claim many victories in the last five years, there is still much more work to do. That’s the theme of the fifth-annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference on April 2, which aims to express a “state of the union on Bainbridge Island” and set a vision for the future. “When you look back on the last five years of your life, it’s natural to look ahead five years, and that’s what we intend to do,” said Charles Schmid, a member of the Association of Bainbridge Communities, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

News Roundup -- CAO now on a slow track/Transmitter meetings set

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

CAO now on a slow track The City Council may get a generous extension on their overdue homework. With hopes pinned to a bill now on the governor’s desk, some on the council are counting on an additional six months to complete the update of an ordinance protecting the island’s wetlands, streams and other environmentally sensitive areas.

New visions for Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

What does the future hold? Results of the city’s charrette may point the way. Many words have been used to describe the many possible futures of downtown Winslow. Now the community has images to go with those words. During a recent design charrette sponsored by the city for Winslow Tomorrow, planners and architects put their heads together for a collective brainstorm.

Legislature finds big bucks for Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Island park projects could receive funding of $3.5 million. Bainbridge held out its plate, and the Legislature is poised to ladle it full. Island park and open space projects should receive state funding totaling $3.471 million, when the state House and Senate vote on the 2005-07 capital budget this weekend. The legislative session ends Sunday, and a budget vote was possible Friday afternoon or this morning.

News Roundup -- Emissions bill scoots along/Priest out for five months/HRB names new board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

An effort initiated by Sen. Phil Rockefeller to curb tailpipe toxins and greenhouse gases saw victory in the state Senate last week. The 29-19 vote last Wednesday was added to an earlier win in the state House. While the measure has seen some revisions, Rockefeller was satisfied with the campaign’s progress, especially in light of staunch opposition from U.S. auto manufacturers “This is a very significant step,” he said from the Senate floor. “There were auto manufacturer (lobbyists) everywhere around here – they were like the plague.” The legislation, patterned after California laws, would mean more cleaner-burning, fuel-efficient new cars sold in Washington by 2009.

Students not stressing over WASL

  • Apr 20, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Some 400 BHS sophomores began the state’s standardized exams yesterday. Four hundred Bainbridge High School sophomores leaned over their exams in hushed classrooms Tuesday, as eight mornings of WASL testing got under way. It’s the first time 10th-graders throughout the state are taking the Washington Assessment of Student Learning on the same dates and at the same time. Standardizing the exams is a move intended to improve confidence in the test results and to prevent cheating.

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