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"Too much, too late"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Back in 1994, when the city council was considering a bicycle helmet ordinance the first time around, a letter-writer to the Review suggested offhandedly that the law should be more inclusive. After she and her husband sat through the council's deliberations on other matters, she wrote, our heads hurt for days.We thought back to her droll comment last Wednesday, as the council passed a law mandating helmet use by bicyclists - and skateboarders, scooter riders and those on horseback - on public roads, sidewalks and trails. The hour was 11:30 p.m. Our noggin still throbs. "

"Ladder truck approvedThe apparatus, to be delivered next year, will be named for Arnie Jackson."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"The Bainbridge Island Fire Department will purchase a state-of-the art aerial truck, which firefighters say is needed to serve a growing island.The price of the vehicle - a prototype of which was tested extenstively by the department last month - is estimated at $767,000, according to Bainbridge Fire Department Executive Director Ken Guy.This rig has specific features that others don't have, Guy said. for a department our size operated mostly by volunteers, we need a truck you can't get into trouble with.The fire district board of commissioners gave Guy approval to negotiate and sign a purchase contract at its meeting last week. It will take about a year to build and deliver the vehicle, Guy said, and it should be in service on the island in late April 2002.The rig combines German technology and American manufacture. The 100-foot aerial ladder and its attachments and controls are made by Metz, a German company. The truck itself is made by General Safety Equipment of Wyoming, Minnesota.The truck, which will be housed at the main fire station on Madison Avenue, will be sent out on commercial alarms and whenever else it might be needed. Guy estimated it will be used on an average of every three days. "

"Study: half of local homeless are childrenAgencies cite abuse, bad relationships, early pregnancy."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Forty-six of Kitsap's county's homeless residents live on Bainbridge and nearly half are children, according to the 2001 homeless census conducted in January at area food banks.I wasn't surprised at the total number, Joanne Tews, executive director of Helpline House, said. But I was shocked that 19 of the 46 were under the age of 22.Five of the 19 are homeless with their family, leaving 14 on their own.Tews believes that the figures may well be an undercount of Bainbridge's population of homeless youth, noting that some young people avoid care providers, fearful of being reunited with family or turned over to Child Protective Services. "

3HS council moves forwardThe group is one of five to set up shop in the Williams Center.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Of the five public-service agencies scheduled to occupy space in the new Marge Williams Center, the least-known may be the Health, Housing and Human Services Council.But the agency's obscurity is a testimony to how efficiently it is functioning, some observers say.We rest easy with them because their work is well-documented, City Council member Merrill Robison said. "

Beach takes helm of fire departmentThe volunteer will fill in until a new chief is selected.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"A retired insurance executive and veteran volunteer firefighter will be the Bainbridge Fire Department's interim operations chief for the next 90 to 120 days.Ken Beach will be the department's temporary second-in-command, replacing Kirk Stickels, who retired at the end of last month to move to Alaska. "

"Taking students to the artsA two-year-old group hopes to tie drama, dance to the curriculum."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Fifth and sixth grade students were bused to a performance at the Playhouse last week, capping the second year of a program to integrate drama and dance into Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School.Students attending the performance fell silent as Susan Thompson appeared onstage.Tall and stately, Bainbridge Dance Center director Thompson was a commanding stage presence; the students seemed riveted.We're doing a dance called Flight, Thompson said, but before we do it, I'm going to tell you how the dance got made up. "

Recliners bring bluegrass to First Fridays This ain't no hillbilly jug band - complex harmonies abound.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Their name might suggest repose, but the Recliners will test the floor joists of Island Center Hall April 6 with the rollicking, foot-stomping sound that is the bluegrass hallmark.Ranging in age from 16-45, and with day jobs that range from boat broker to bio-tech consultant, the new band perhaps more closely resembles the name they nearly adopted, the Eclectics.The group's rehearsal space - Ray Cummings' high-tech home office above his garage, pristine carpet and unblemished white walls at odds with the down-home bluegrass image - serves to underscore the band's eclectic nature. We came to this from totally different musical backgrounds, Cummings, one of the groups original members said, from blues, rock and roll, jazz and classical music. "

Frank talk by ferry friends

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"This space has hurled its share of brickbats at those officials who we have elected when we think they have not served us well.Today we bestow a bouquet on three islanders we didn't elect, but who have done this community great service.The laurels go to Forrest Six, Kirk Robinson and especially to Alice Tawresey, members and the chair, respectively, of the Tariff Policy Committee that recommends ferry fares. "

The drug-free gardenGreenery guru Ann Lovejoy wants you to just say no to lawn chemicals.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Ann Lovejoy wants to get island gardens off drugs. Ann Lovejoy's Organic Garden Design Book, from which she reads at Eagle Harbor Books on April 5, helps readers design easy-to-care-for and ecologically sound gardens without chemicals. Tackling such subjects as cooperation, not control and making beautiful dirt, Lovejoy espouses her belief there are organic alternatives - simple, natural ways to garden.I've been saying the same basic things for 20 years. I would talk about compost and manure, and people would get antsy, Lovejoy said. The book is total common sense - which is in itself radical. "

At one with the landJim Salter and the city hope to see a wooded parcel saved.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"The land comes with stories, and Jim Salter comes with the land.Over here is a pile of cedar shakes, some of them fashioned by Salter's own hand. Over there is a fallen tree that bucked up as Salter cut into it with a chainsaw, giving him a smack that landed him in the hospital for 32 days. They're still not sure how he got out of the woods for an airlift to the hospital.The stories go back 80 years. And at age 85, Salter still heads out to the Wardwell Avenue property as often as he can, to renew his connection with his five wooded acres and his past.There's a lot of happy memories out here, Salter said, looking past the woods toward the rolling fields of Meigs Park next door.It's a piece of property I've loved ever since I bought it, he said. Even before I bought it.Salter hopes to see his land preserved, and so do Bainbridge Island officials. "

Vote delayed on ferry fare hikeA May change is still expected.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Ferry fares did not go up Wednesday. But it appears only a matter of time until they do.The Washington State Transportation Commission postponed a final vote on proposed 20 percent-plus ferry fare increases, because the state Senate has not yet lifted the spending caps that limit increases to the rate of inflation.Commission members, though, left little doubt that they will impose the rate hike once the Senate acts.After all the work they have done, it would be hard to ignore the Tariff Policy Committee and say I can't support this, said commission member Chris Marr of Spokane. "

Memorial picks up supportObstacles like a well remain.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Establishing an internment memorial at the Taylor Avenue road end has the support of city officials. But including the road itself, from Eagle Harbor Drive down to the water, remains in question.Right now, a well that supplies water to Rockaway Beach sits squarely at the end of the pavement, enclosed in a brick building surrounded by a chain-link fence.Abandoning the well and drilling a new one is expensive, and might not be practical, Mayor Dwight Sutton said. But it might be possible to drop the whole thing below surface level, or to the point that it is less visible. We're trying to figure out what kind of engineering needs to be done. "

Public input sought on Ericksen/HildebrandOpponents are wasting no time organizing.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"The public will get its first chance Tuesday to comment on the proposed connection of Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane.And the comments are expected to be numerous and heated, because the issue appears to be a flash point in the ongoing debate about growth and change on the island.This is the first step toward installing a freeway between High School Road and the waterfront, said Sheila Crofut, who has drafted an objection on behalf of Friends of the Ravine. "

Moratorium set on wetlands projects

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

The Bainbridge city council Wednesday imposed a moratorium on filing building-permit applications that seek to include any wetlands or buffers in their density calculations.The moratorium takes effect April 6.

Do you feel less crowded this week?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"So was it a boom or wasn't it?Do you have any more elbow room today, knowing that Bainbridge Island's population is a tad over 20,000, rather than the 23,000 or more some had predicted?We confess to being somewhat taken aback by the results of the 2000 census, doing a double- and triple-take when we saw the numbers over the weekend. "

'He carried the torch of liberty'Islanders honored the life of former Review editor Walt Woodward at a memorial Saturday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"Hundreds of islanders remembered Walt Woodward Saturday as an inspiration, a hero, and an embodiment of the best in the community.The former editor of the Bainbridge Review died March 13 at age 91. The community service took place at the middle school named for Woodward and his wife Millie.He appealed to the best within us at a moment when our nation lost its way, said Rep. Phil Rockefeller, (D-Bainbridge Island).The defining moment for the Woodwards came 59 years ago when, in the wake of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government sent West Coast citizens of Japanese descent to internment camps, fearing sabotage.The Review was the only West Coast newspaper to editorially protest the internment order, which Woodward argued was blatantly unconstitutional. "

An internment memorial is sought on Taylor Avenue.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"The appropriate way to memorialize the forced removal of the island's Japanese-Americans during World War II is to re-create the long walk they took down to Eagle Harbor, and onto the boat that carried them away.That's the view of a committee working on a memorial to those events.The group will ask the city council tonight to set aside all of Taylor Avenue from Eagle Harbor Drive down to the water for the memorial.I think it's a tremendous idea. It's part of history, said Paul Ohtaki, who was 17 years old in 1942, when he and his family were forced to leave the island and were sent to concentration camps by executive order of the federal government. "

"Census surprise: boom wasn't so bigWhile it seemed like a busy decade, island growth was in line with Kitsap."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"The island's population explosion is more pop than explosion, according to the official 2000 census.On April 1, 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau counted 20,308 residents on Bainbridge Island. That represents a 28.1 percent increase from the 1990 census, which tallied 15,850 islanders.In absolute numbers, the island added 4,468 people during the decade, through immigration and births.I'm a little surprised, because the kinds of markers we use suggest that the number is low, said Mayor Dwight Sutton. I thought it would be up around 21,000. "

Dump cleanup set for JuneGroups are already lining up to make use of the property.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"Today's dump could be tomorrow's park. But first comes the removal of yesterday's garbage. And that is expected to begin in June, with excavation of 120,000 cubic yards of material - one-third of which will be trucked away for disposal elsewhere - at the Vincent Road landfill.Cost of the cleanup is expected to hit $2 million, to be split between the county and city. "

Tie-dyed friendshipA candid look at the color and joy of Nigeria.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"Jim Taylor bought batik fabric from an upbeat Yoruba woman, Nicky Davis, at Seattle's Folklife festival in 1972.It proved the start of a friendship reflected in a heartwarming photography exhibit opening at Pegasus March 31. The batik is beautiful, but it also has mystical and spiritual meanings I can't begin to grasp, Taylor said of the West African cloth design. I've maintained these close friendships, but I won't ever be able to understand, in entirety, the culture.Taylor purchased batik fabric at the 1972 Folklife; at the next year's event, he and Davis exchanged pleasantries. Over a decade of once-a-year interaction, the acquaintance deepened to friendship. Taylor became Davis' point of contact in Seattle, and in 1996 she invited Taylor to her Nigerian homeland, where she teaches crafts at a school in the town of Osogbo, near Africa's west coast.Taylor spent five weeks in Osogbo. "

"All roads lead to confusionThe island's road grid is in disarray, with signs pointing too many directions."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"It sounds like something out of Alice in Wonderland - east is west, south and west are both northeast, and parking lots are principal ways of travel.Welcome to the bizarre geography of Bainbridge Island, where street names may be regulated by law, but the system is so chaotic that not even the postmaster can be sure what's where. Parts of the system really need to be fixed, and parts we can live with, said volunteer firefighter Jim Dow, to whom the city looks as the authoritative source on street names. But there is really an incredible resistance to change.The names themselves are colorful enough - Toe Jam Hill Road, 3T Road and Ma and Pa Lane, to name a few.And there are odd local quirks, such as Fletcher Bay Road. "

"Lights out! (Or at least, lights down)Astronomers want new standards to curb light pollution on the island."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"Believing it's better to shield a single candle than to curse the brightness, members of the Battle Point Astronomical Association are campaigning against light pollution.Not that they're advocating getting around by lantern-glow. What they do want is light directed at the area to be illuminated, rather than light that disperses to the neighbors and the heavens.There are an awful lot of dollars spent on an awful lot of power to produce an awful lot of lumens that people neither need nor want, said Mac Gardiner of the BPAA. "

"Dow knows island roadsFire crews can find your house, even if out-of-town guests can't."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"It's like being in high school again - the teacher putting you in your place.An effort to map the island has made Bainbridge High School teacher and fire volunteer Jim Dow the official place namer and numberer for Bainbridge.It began as an issue for the fire department because of a large percentage of people who had houses and driveways that were unmarked, Dow said.Two incidents of delayed location a decade ago prompted Dow to act. "

"Nakata, Cleven favored for camp"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

Nakata Park? Camp Cleven? An iconic island family and a longtime scoutmaster head the list of honorees being considered for a renamed Camp Hopkins.

Honor some real heroes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"We're still not sure just what credentials put the Major in Major M.J. Hopkins. Some recall him to be a veteran of the Canadian or British military and the first Great War; others tell us he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, armed not with a rifle but a slide rule.However he earned his rank, by the time World War II rolled around, the retired Major Hopkins wore ignorance on his lapel right next to his bars, as part of a cabal that tried to keep Bainbridge Island's Japanese-Americans from returning here after wartime internment. "

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