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What ‘they’ think of U.S.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Jonathan Miller-Lane loves a good question. “A really good subject can hook anyone,” Miller-Lane said. “You have to have a question that you yourself are truly interested in.” He poses one both pointed and timely when he asks a panel of Bainbridge youth and adults Oct. 24 how Americans perceive their national values – as opposed to what the rest of the world understands them to be.

Candidates square off at forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

An overflow crowd at the city council chambers heard the candidates for Bainbridge Island mayor and city council articulate similar visions for the community, while disagreeing on how to bring those visions to reality.

Retirees: still doing good work

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Few encounter Bainbridge nonprofit organizations without meeting the retired volunteers who contribute time and money to many of these organizations. And as more families need both parents in the workforce and have less time to give, retirees take up the slack.

District slow to renew Rowley contract

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Breaking from standard practice, the Bainbridge School Board let Superintendent Steve Rowley begin the school year without a three-year contract in hand. School officials confirm that over the summer, the school board declined to add a third year to Rowley’s contract, set to expire at the end of the 2002-03 school year. At the same time, the board made provisions for his possible departure by naming another district official as Rowley’s immediate successor.

Vote by district, freeholders say

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Kitsap freeholders believe that a county council elected by district only deserves a chance, given what they see as overwhelming public support. But they also think voters should have the final say. So the charter that the freeholders will put to voters next February calls for the five council members to be elected by geographic district in both the primary and general election. Then in 2003, the whole contentious issue of election method will be put to a vote.

Do fire candidates come with conflicts?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Questions of conflict of interest follow both of the candidates to succeed Alan Corner as Bainbridge fire commissioner. But both believe the conflict situations are relatively insignificant, and would not prevent them from serving.

Homecoming for new pool operator

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

To handle operations at the larger, more complext Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center, the park district has hired Eric Khambatta as pool operator. Khambatta, who grew up in Suquamish, is no stranger to Bainbridge aquatics, having worked at the Ray Williamson Pool while in high school and college. Since then, Khambatta has served as pool manager in Kirkville, Mo., and Anacortes before returning to this area with well over a decade of experience in pool operations.

No water yet, but soon

  • Oct 17, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Just how much pool will $5.5 million buy? The public can find out this Saturday, at an open house at the new Don Nakata Pool and larger Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. The event will give users a preview of the layout before the pool is filled with water next month. “We’re getting a heck of a lot,” said John DeMeyer, park district aquatics supervisor. “By capitalizing on the existing pool...we’ll have a major two-pool complex, plus a water slide, two complete locker rooms and a family changing area. That’s a 30,000 square foot facility. “And everybody will have access. There’s something for everyone.”

A neighborly thing to do

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

When terrorist attacks blew the world apart, two Port Madison women responded by bringing their own community together. “The world has to narrow to a neighborhood before it can broaden into brotherhood,” said Sara Faulkner, who with Nancy Blakey started the effort among north-end residents. “The recent events made us decide it was time to rebuild our community.” After the Sept. 11 terroist attacks on America, Faulkner and Blakey sent out flyers to 92 homes in the Port Madison area, inviting residents to a potluck supper on the beach. The response surpassed their wildest expectations – more than 200 people turned up.

Open Ericksen to Hildebrand, engineer says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane should be connected within the next two years, the city engineer says. And while the city council’s public works committee will consider the recommendation Monday, at least one member wants to delay any final decision until the already volatile issue of Ericksen’s design is finally resolved.

Building the gingerbread garage

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

Island abodes have appeared in “Better Homes and Gardens” and “Architectural Digest,” but the claim to fame for Robin and Mike Ballou may be unique. It’s their garage. “Friends have asked why our garage was featured in a book and not our house,” Robin Ballou said, “but ‘Garage’ is the book’s title, not ‘House.’” Mike Ballou, a professional builder, saw an ad in “Fine Woodworking” magazine from an author seeking garages with unusual uses. Ballou, who built both their Diamond Place home and garage/woodshop – even handmaking the Victorian trim most builders order from catalogues – mailed off a polaroid of the space.

In perpetual motion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

Perpetual motion may never be achieved, but island skateboarders can come about as close as physics allows. The curves, contours and transitions of the new Rotary Skate Bowl are designed such that a skilled rider can zoom from one end to the other, swoop around the various bowls and make it back to the other end without taking their feet off the board. And for those able to scale one side of the largest, 8-foot bowl, turn around, and fly back to their starting point – and then do it again – there’s literally no end to the fun. “No pushing required,” said Brendon Corrao, age 28, between forays. “That’s awesome.” The island’s new skateboard facility made its formal debut Saturday at Strawberry Hill Park, 200 cubic yards of concrete shaped into a series of bowls and ramps, with smooth pool coping around the edges.

Garden Club a perennial delight

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

Devoted to flowers and friendship for 65 years, the Bainbridge Island Garden Club members gathered at the Bloedel Reserve Monday to celebrate their anniversary. If the club’s six-plus decades embody “continuity,” then the women seated in the drawing room of the Bloedel mansion – elegant dress blending with the formal setting – were the visual definition of “tradition.” Seven have been in the club for 25 years, a qualification for honorary life membership. Dorothy Noble could have been awarded a life membership twice over, for her 50 years in the club.

Fewer donors, but more money for Bainbridge Foundation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

What started it all was a conversation over a cup of coffee, between the milkman and a doctor’s wife in 1959. “I was the head of the United Good Neighbors drive, and she was the head of the Red Cross drive,” said Ernest Biggs, who in those days maintained a dairy route around the island. “I had a quota that year of $10,000, and she said they’d raised $200, so we decided we had to do something.” The problem, they decided, was that too much effort was being duplicated. “The women on the island seemed to be the ones chosen to go door-to-door, but they were doing it half a dozen times a year, and were kind of worn out” Biggs said.

Luther’s legacy lives on at Bethany

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

At Bethany Lutheran, there is no clear line of demarcation between church and community. Service is important to Bethany’s members, who include the city administrator, some of the pillars of Helpline House and three of the last five Kiwanis Citizens of the Year. “This church has always had a very high proportion of people involved in the community,” said Senior Pastor Martin Dasler, citing that dedication as one factor that brought him to the church. The involvement extends to the seven-acre church campus on the triangle formed by High School, Sportsman Club and Finch roads, where the congregation moved in the 1960s from its original location in Pleasant Beach. “The site was donated to the church, and we believed it should be for the benefit of the entire community,” Dasler said. “So we have entered into a number of partnerships that involve the land.”

Winds shift on district-only elections

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26PM

A move to district-only elections for some county offices may be losing traction, as those drafting a new Kitsap charter consider compromises or simply putting the issue to voters. A straw poll Tuesday among freeholders working on the draft charter showed support for district-only elections for an expanded county council – an issue that has left the group bitterly divided – has eroded to as few as 10 members on the 21-person board.

League forms to boost education funding

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

Veterans of Initiative 728 school funding effort have united to form a new advocacy group, the League of Education Voters. “We learned from I-728 that we win the battle but lose the war when the initiative funnels money to the schools, but Olympia cuts someplace else,” said Elaine VonRosenstiel, a former Bainbridge Island School Board member who helped draft I-728.

Politics of sludge: Where should decant facility go?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

The question was, how can a “decant facility” fit into your neighborhood? The answer: “No way – it can’t be done.” What was billed as an informational meeting on a proposed disposal facility on city-owned property south of New Brooklyn Road and east of Sportsman Club turned into an angry protest, as residents of the Commodore developments to the south filled the city council chambers and vowed to block the project.

Voters to decide on ‘portable’ judges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

Voters will decide next month whether to amend the state constitution to create “portable” judges that could relieve trial-court backlogs, particularly in the state’s larger counties. Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge Stephen Holman, who was part of the judicial study group that recommended the change, says the amendment may not have a lot of impact in Kitsap County, but could be helpful across the water. “There is a backlog problem, particularly with civil cases (in King County),” Holman said, noting that because of the speedy-trial guarantees in the state and federal constitutions, criminal cases take priority on a court’s trial calendar.

Commodore Bainbridge: man, myth, monument

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

Steven Djordjevich needed a good idea for his Eagle Scout project. An observation by his mother offered inspiration. “A lot of people don’t know who William Bainbridge was,” she told him. “Some of them think he discovered this island.” Djordjevich realized that indeed, nothing on the island described Bainbridge or his accomplishments. Until now. This Saturday at 11 a.m., Mayor Dwight Sutton will dedicate Djordjevich’s project, a 5,000-pound concrete, river rock and marble structure with a plaque summarizing Commodore Bainbridge’s distinguished career in the U.S. Navy.

Starbucks warms the pot, tries Bainbridge again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

Starbucks Coffee is making another attempt to come to Bainbridge, if not under cover of night, then at least under cover of Safeway. Once rebuffed by city ordinance and public opinion, the Seattle-based coffee giant plans to build a 15-foot-square kiosk inside Safeway, next to the checkstands at the south entrance. The move came as a surprise to some local coffee purveyors. “It was sort of a sneak attack – nobody knew about it,” said Judith Pertnoy, owner of Books, Bagels and Beans in the Village.

Landing retooled, now pitched as 'Harbor Square'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

The twice-frustrated Winslow Landing development north of the ferry terminal is back for a third try, with a new name, a new owner and a new look. Now called Harbor Square, the plan groups a total of eight buildings around a central courtyard that opens onto Winslow Way. The project would have a total of 160 residential units, and 25,000 square feet of retail and office space. “I want it to look like it was built at different times, not like a development,” said Bill Isley, the Bainbridge Island architect who is designing the project for Washington Development of Missoula, Montana.

Charter may include choices

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

A previously unnoticed clause in the state constitution could allow Kitsap voters to decide what county freeholders can’t. If freeholders are unable to find consensus on key issues, they could submit a charter with alternate provisions to Kitsap voters. Under an option outlined by freeholders board chair Linda Webb last week, voters could be asked both to approve or reject the charter – and to decide parts of what’s in it.

Forum planned on needs of disabled

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

Renata Lac had always considered her autistic son’s future, but with Max a high school freshman, the need to plan became more pressing. Lac decided to help Max – and other island residents with disabilities – by convening a first-ever Bainbridge Island Community Summit on Disability, slated for Oct. 13.

Construction under way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

The “high school road” won’t necessarily get you there, and the library’s Zen garden isn’t very. Changes were plenty for motorists and pedestrians alike Monday, as the first day of an expected three-week closure went into effect at the busy intersection of Madison/High School. Drivers to and from the ferry and downtown Winslow were forced to adjust to detours that, by virtue of the few alternative routes at hand, took them miles out of their way. “It’s a huge ‘block,’” conceded Randy Witt, director of public works for the city. With an array of lumbering and noisy equipment, Ace Paving crews got started on the island’s new traffic roundabout, the first phase of a $1.513 million reconstruction of High School Road, from Madison west to Sportsman Club Road.

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