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The public/private roundaboutSome island students are going back and forth between schools.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:40PM

"Editor's note: This the second of two parts examining private education on Bainbridge Island.While public and private education each have supporters and detractors, some island families find that a combination of the two works best. Families may cross over several times in the course of one child's education, or split siblings. So far this school year, directors of the island's private elementary and middle schools have seen four students leave for public schools, while 17 students have transferred from public schools to private, according to the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Brent Petersen. "

Contract for helmet foes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"Individualists don't come much more rugged than Ayn Rand. Thinker and writer, founder of the Objectivist philosophy school and matron saint of the libertarian movement, Rand espoused an egocentric worldview that at its essence might be expressed as It's my life - buzz off.For Rand, any common good was mere coincidence amongst enlightened individuals working in their own self-interests; her treatise The Virtue of Selfishness outlines a code for living wherein no person can morally make a claim on the time or resources of another (the question of what should be done with the poor and handicapped, for instance, presupposes that something should be done - to her a specious notion).We have no idea whether Rand ever rode a bicycle. But at Wednesday's public hearing on the proposed bike helmet ordinance - with opponents trotting out an array of libertarian, leave me alone objections - we pictured old Ayn wheeling down Madison Avenue, wind rippling the curls on her helmetless head, nose thumbed toward city hall. "

The magic is in the details

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"The title of Tod Kowalski's photography exhibit at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Out of Context, might apply to the artist as well.Kowalski could be familiar from several contexts having nothing to do with art. Thousands of children have learned to swim in Kowalski's park and recreation classes; he was, for a decade, the personable man behind the fish counter at Town and Country Thriftway grocery store.The Bainbridge Arts and Crafts exhibit reveals Kowalski's private side.I never exhibited until my wife, Leona, gave me a good push, Kowaski said. Now I'd like to show more. "

"Spartans bumped by Blanchet, 61-40"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"Blanchet scored seven points in the first minute and led 25-4 at the end of the first quarter as they crushed the Spartans 61-40 in the second round of the girls' basketball tournament Thursday afternoon. The sole Bainbridge bright spot was freshman Alice Russell's six blocked shots. Spartan hopes received a blow before the game with Emily Pierce visibly limping from hip injuries incurred during Wednesday's game with Rainier Beach.Russell led Bainbridge scoring with eight points, Fab Rezayat and Christine Schwager each added six and Jenny Maurer had five.The Spartans play a 2 p.m. loser-out game with defending champion Meadowdale. "

"Spartans win tourney opener, 50-42"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"Bainbridge defeated Rainier Beach 50-42 to open state tournament play on Wednesday. The Spartans scored six points in the final 1:10 to break open a tight second half. Bainbridge held a 21-9 lead early in the second quarter but Beach came back to take the lead at 31-30 in the third quarter and the game was tight after that.Emily Pierce had 11 points, Alice Russell had 10, Fab Rezayat scored nine and Christine Schwager added seven. Other scorers were Jenny Maurer with five, Courtney Kimball with four, and Laura Hornung had two quick hoops at the end of the third quarter to also end with four.The team plays Blanchet, an 83-66 winner over Aberdeen, at 3:30 on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome. "

Just how bad is island traffic?A new study will measure problems on local roadways.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"To you, it's a traffic jam. To state and city lawmakers, it's concurrency management, an arcane-sounding concept with concrete applications - literally.The concept, articulated in the state Growth Management Act, is that transportation facilities must keep pace with population growth to prevent congestion from reaching unacceptable levels.What the law does not dictate, though, is what level of congestion is acceptable. That decision is left to comprehensive planners. And the Bainbridge Island answer may come as a surprise, particularly for downtown Winslow. "

Bainbridge bests I-722 in challenge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"If you're keeping score, the tally now reads:Bainbridge Island 2, Tim Eyman 0.Last Friday, Thurston County Judge Christine Pomeroy declared Eyman's Initiative 722 unconstitutional. "

Activists make cinema a civics lessonThe Conscientious Projector brings a political edge to the big screen.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"Film festivals traditionally tout the art of filmmaking.But Kitsap Citizen Action Network's first annual film and video festival, opening March 2 at two Bainbridge venues, promotes instant activism.We researched festivals nationwide, said Van Calvez, a film festival organizer. We didn't find another like this. It seems to be unique. At The Conscientious Projector: Films for the People and the Planet, filmgoers have the chance to process the powerful material they view, speaking with representatives of 20 local organizations, signing petitions, joining groups, forming talking circles - or expressing themselves creatively on an art wall. "

"Songs for healing, songs for funFirst Fridays shows celebrate Women's History Month."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"First Fridays at Island Center celebrates Women's History Month with two contrasting musical acts featuring women performers.The Bainbridge Park and Recreation show opens with folk singer Emily Groff, who performs traditional tunes from such venues as Ireland, Norway and Spain. "

The private alternativeIt's recruiting time for five non-profit island schools.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"A blond boy in a wheelchair rests his chin on the table, as other students put geometric shapes into various configurations. Connor Folse is beginning his day of observation at Hyla Middle School in Chris Johnson's 6th grade math class. After sitting in on art, humanities, science and Spanish, Folse will probably be closer to a decision about where he wants to be next fall.And before the day is out, school personnel will try to determine whether Folse will fit in.In a low-key interview, they will ask about his interests. They will ask why he wants to attend Hyla. Similar scenes are being played out at other island private schools this month. February - Private School Month by gubernatorial proclamation - is the start of the enrollment season. "

Can't afford 'em? Maybe you can

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"The island's private schools are not cheap. But the cost should not deter interested students, according to school administrators, because most offer enough financial aid to make the tuition manageable for any genuinely committed family.We don't want the tuition to be a reason that students can't come, said Island School principal Kelly Scribner. Our admission is need-blind. Some people might not come forward because of concern about the cost, but of those who do, we are able to help them.Most of the island's private schools use the School and Student Services group from Princeton, New Jersey, to assess family need. Based on financial information, SSS calculates how much the family can pay. The schools base their scholarship awards on that data. "

Tax dodging made easy for seniors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"Land rich, cash poor.It's the old-timer's lament on Bainbridge Island. You bought a home here decades ago for $30,000, and today it's worth 10 times that. You're retired and living on a fixed income, but you don't want to sell out and move.You're a Bainbridge Islander, by gum, and you want to stay that way.The biggest challenge, though, is coming up with the cash when the assessor's annual Valentine's card - the property tax bill - shows up in the mail. "

The Glass Shard Game

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:39PM

"Children carrying cardboard trays cluster around shallow boxes of colored glass fragments laid out on a large table. There's a ruby red box, a cobalt blue box - every hue one can imagine - glowing with especial brilliance under fluorescent lights that seem to bleach other colors from the room. The clink of glass on glass as the youngsters select shards is mildly disorienting. What sounds like a dinner party is actually Sherry Chandler's 4th grade Ordway art class, working on a mural project with glass artists Diane Bonciolini and Greg Mesmer. "

"What's Maj. Hopkins' place in history?The park district may rename an historic park, citing wartime racism."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"The place, Camp Hopkins, recalls fond memories of harmony and community spirit among generations of island Boy and Girl Scouts.But the name is emblematic of hatred and divisiveness. Major M.J. Hopkins of Rolling Bay, a pioneer area scout leader, was also a ringleader in the short-lived movement to prevent Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II from returning to the Bainbridge Island.I don't have any problems with the man, but I do with what he stood for, said Gerald Nakata, who was an island Boy Scout prior to his family's internment during the war.He didn't want us back.Now the Bainbridge Island Park District is considering changing the name of the 2.8-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Park Avenue and Dingley Road. "

"Fire chief Stickels to retireIt's north to Alaska, to run a business and be a volunteer."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"The biggest fire he battled here, he couldn't put out.But Bainbridge Fire Chief Kirk Stickels leaves his post well satisfied with far more property protected and lives saved.I've certainly enjoyed it, Stickels said of his eight years on the island. It's a great department to have served with. I'm proud to have been here.Chief of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department since 1993, Stickels will take early retirement at the end of March. "

"Bainbridge on the big screenThe Celluloid Bainbridge fest returns, showcasing local cinema."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"If an islander shoots it, they will show it.Movies made on Bainbridge or featuring islander talent will be arrayed for the Third Annual Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, Feb. 25 at Lynwood Theatre.Every year, kids come up to me and say, 'I hope you are going to have this next year, because I want to make a movie,' said Kathleen Thorne, program coordinator for the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. "

Ladder truck gets trial runThe fire board could authorize purchase next month.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"The last words one hears before shooting into the sky - in a basket, no less - are not reassuring:It's very rare that someone falls out.But the words come with a wry grin from the operator, and seconds later, one is at the end of a 100-foot ladder, at eye level with a nearby cell-phone tower and looking down on a good portion of the central island.Local firefighters took their own turns in the basket last week, as the department tried out a sophisticated ladder truck under consideration for purchase. "

A chance to examine our history

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Such were the times.At a public meeting in November 1944, as a group of Bainbridge residents debated the return of interned Japanese-Americans to this island, Lambert Schuyler of Winslow declared:The German is savage by command. (But) the Jap is a savage by instinct. They are criminal aborigines.It was not the only such comment uttered that day. Several folks - who, history would demonstrate, constituted a distinct minority - opposed the impending homecoming of islanders of Japanese ancestry as World War II wound down. Many couched their views by saying they were simply trying to prevent trouble, not start it - or by saying, I don't hate (Japanese-Americans), but I want them put by themselves.It was a dark time for an island torn by war, grief and in some quarters suspicion; many Japanese-Americans did return to Bainbridge from Manzanar and other concentration camps, and resumed their place in the community without incident. "

Punishment or forgiveness?The Interfaith Council hosts a forum on the justice system.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Josh, a Colville Indian, was 15 in 1999 when he accidentally shot and killed his sister at their Yakima home.They wouldn't let me see him. They kept him handcuffed, said Vicky, Josh's mother, describing her son's isolation for seven hours of police questioning. Josh's court-appointed attorney started his own investigation a week before trial. Josh was brought to court heavily sedated for suicide watch - and then was characterized for jurors as remorseless and unfeeling. He was sentenced to 15 years in a prison for adult offenders by a judge citing a policy of no tolerance for handguns.Issues raised by stories like Josh's - children tried as adults, civil liberties eroded through get tough on crime tactics, racial profiling and other problems of the criminal justice system - are the focus of a community forum, sponsored by the Bainbridge-North Kitsap Interfaith Council Feb. 24. "

"Spartans rally, earn state berth"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Emily Pierce sank four free throws in the final 17 seconds as the Spartans defeated sixth-ranked White River 58-54 and qualify as the No. 1 seed from District 3 for the 3A State tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome. The Spartans were down by 12 points with less than five minutes to play but Pierce and Fab Rezayat powered the comeback. Rezayat drained a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to tie the score 54-54 as she scored 11 of her career-high18 points in the final five minutes. Pierce had 19 points to lead all scorers, while Alice Russell had 10 points and three blocked shots to celebrate her 15th birthday.Christine Schwager added eight and Morgan Zajonc chipped in three.The 16-team bracket will be announced Sunday afternoon. Information will appear here, or check "

Rockefeller finally taking the helm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Phil Rockefeller has taken the helm and set sail, and we're happy to bid him a smooth voyage.Readers will recall that two weeks ago in this space, we took the Bainbridge Democrat to task for failing to step up with a solid plan to save our ailing ferries. At that time, we chided Rockefeller and fellow Rep. Beverly Woods of Poulsbo for frittering away their days in Olympia haggling over the level of proposed ferry fare hikes, while the real issue - finding a new and stable funding source that will replenish the ferry system's depleted capital budget - languished for want of attention. "

Snow problem at allFun outpaces inconvenience as the island is blanketed in white.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"The snow was scenic, the moisture content badly needed, the inconvenience minimal.It was the perfect storm.The eight inches of wet snow that blanketed the island Thursday night and into Friday morning was the largest snow event since the thousand year slush of 1996-97 dropped two foot-deep loads on the area over a few days.This time, everyone was ready.We mobilized early and quickly, and stayed ahead of it, said Lance Newkirk, Bainbridge Island's assistant director of public works who took charge of the snow-removal efforts.City crews had plows on Highway 305 by 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Newkirk said, and worked all night on the highway lanes and the island's major arterials.Newkirk said the department had four large and two small plows on the job, the latter used for critical parking lots at the ferry terminal and city hall, and to clear some heavily traveled sidewalks. "

Rockefeller calls for new dept. of ferriesThe plan would rely on gas-tax funds.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Rep. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island) wants to save the ferry system by taking it out of the Department of Transportation and dedicating a portion of the gas tax to the system.And while the measure would adequately fund the current level of ferry service, the price tag - almost 30 percent of general state highway money - may make it a tough sell in the legislature.This part of the highway system is in dire straits, Rockefeller said, and the gas tax is quite literally the only source of money out there. "

School district girds for Woodward trial$5.4 million in repairs at issue.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Although still hoping for a settlement, the Bainbridge Island School District is readying for a June trial over what it claims are defects in the construction of Woodward Middle School.School board member Bruce Weiland, an attorney, said the obstacle to resolving the dispute is that the various defendants can't agree on how to apportion fault.Not even the defendants try to say with a straight face that there is no problem with the school, Weiland said. "

Timber from the skyA century-old beam comes home for environmental education.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"It's the tree that came home.A 92-foot beam, milled from the heart of a massive Puget Sound Douglas fir, was reclaimed from a Montana mine and flown from Seattle to Bainbridge Wednesday.This has got to be one of the biggest ones, Bainbridge historian Andrew Price said as the beam came to earth at the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center. This is one beautiful, big timber from a tree hundreds of years old.Suspended under a hovering Boeing Vertol helicopter high above the PSELC site north of Blakely Harbor, the beam briefly resembled the 19th century nickname sawmill workers gave the big logs - Port Blakely toothpick.Perspective shifted rapidly to reveal the timber's true proportions as the helicopter descended, blowing dust and debris into the faces of hardhat-clad onlookers and depositing the 9,000-pound beam into place.Thirty-five people clambered onto the timber for a snapshot, in a moment that was a flashback to sepia-tinted photographs of loggers perched atop felled giants. The spirit animating this snapshot was conservation, not exploitation, however.We brought this tree back to Bainbridge as a model of the difference in forest use 100 years ago and today, PSELC Executive Director Thane Maynard said. We don't need to cut old growth - we can use smaller trees from sustainable forests and still build what we need. "

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