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Boost wetland, stream protection, panel says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Wider buffer proposals will be considered next by the City Council.
Saying local regulations are less stringent than those of other area cities, a citizen panel this week called for better protection of island streams and wetlands. In any event, committee members said, the city should err on the side of caution. “There’s something called ‘the precautionary principle,’ and there’s also something else called ‘the preservation of island life,’” committee member Cara Cruickshank told the City Council’s land use committee. “Our hearts are in this... We love this place, and we want to see it preserved.”

Mayor, police get their man

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

City Council confirms Matt Haney as chief.
What the resume didn’t accomplish, the interview did. By a 6-1 vote, the Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Matt Haney as chief of police. Council members, who had been split on the nomination, cited Haney’s impressive handling of a three-hour, closed-door grilling – including his admission that he has made mistakes and has more to learn – for winning their favor. “I found that very human, and I appreciate human-ness,” chair Christine Rolfes said. Lone dissenter was Bill Knobloch, who missed the council’s interview of Haney but questioned the nominee’s “seasoning.”

Iris blooms for housing board benefit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

The noted flute quartet performs at Grace Church.
If poverty-stricken Schubert were alive today, he would not be able to afford a house on Bainbridge – but his music will help make that possible for others. Playing the music of Schubert, Haydn and Oswald, the Iris Quartet performs May 2 in a benefit for the Housing Resources Board, a nonprofit group dedicated to creating affordable housing on the island. “It is a celebration to bring the organization and affordable housing into focus and the public eye,” said islander Janet See, flutist.

Cutting to the heart of the gardens in her past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Rice paper work by Michiko Olson is featured on the Bloom Tour poster.
It’s clear that Michiko Olson lavished time on “The Garden in My Memory,” the cut-paper artwork selected to be this year’s poster for the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour. The Japanese technique of slicing away black rice paper, then filling the negative shapes with hand-colored paper, is a painstaking process that may demand a hundred knife strokes to shape a single flower. In the work, visual elements like the dragonfly and grasshopper lead the eye out of the frame and back again, while the plant forms create counter-clockwise movement within the picture plane.

Driver better after crash -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A young woman badly injured in a highway crash at Hidden Cove Road Friday evening was in serious but stable condition at Harborview this week. Lauren Clinefelter, age 20, of Port Orchard, has regained consciousness but remains in intensive care, Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn said.

Globe-pedaling Ebers catching their breath

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The Bainbridge Island family is circling the globe by bike for asthma research.
Lorenz Eber never had to tell his daughters to clean their plates. Biking 30-40 miles a day can work up a young appetite. “I’m usually the cleanup crew for meals, but there was never anything left over!” said Eber, whose family is circumnavigating the globe on bicycle to raise $5 million for asthma research through World Bike for Breath. On a pair of tandem bicycles, the Bainbridge family set off on May 7, 2003, World Asthma Day and cycled through Europe, Asia abd Australia. They returned to the U.S. this month to begin their last leg, from the island to Washington D.C.

Beach rights, wrongs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Neighbors and the city say the Lytle road end is too popular.
What drew Jamie Fritts to the Lytle Road beach Sunday afternoon could be expressed in two words: “southern exposure.” The broad crescent of shoreline, the priceless view across Rich Passage, the sand, the sun – especially the sun – all added up to what the Manzanita resident described as “incredible...the best beach on the island.” He was, as it happened, sitting on private land. And he appreciated the conflict, between his “kind of liberal” desire for public shoreline use, versus “how, from a liability standpoint and an aesthetic standpoint, (neighbors) wouldn’t want people traipsing through their front yards.” “Looking forward,” Fritts concluded, “we’ll respect that.”

Pizza driver critically hurt in wreck

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A young woman delivering pizzas was critically injured when her vehicle was struck as she tried to cross the highway at Hidden Cove Road Friday evening. The victim, a 20-year-old Port Orchard woman whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center following the 5:25 p.m. crash, Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn said. She was said to have numerous life-threatening injuries.

John Willson: 'living long' with poetry workshop

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Fellow poets gather to celebrate 12 years of critique and camaraderie.
John Willson has helped send other peoples’ poems winging out into the world for a dozen years. Now, the flock converges on Island Center April 25 to honor the longtime island poet with a reading by poets who’ve attended Willson’s workshops – a celebration that also wraps national Poetry Month. “He inspires people not just to write their own work but also to see each others’ work, and have the courage to comment,” poet Sue Hylen said. “And that’s what brings people back over and over, and makes the poetry workshop a very special venue.” Willson figures that he’s hosted between 100 and 200 poets over the 12 years of the workshop. The precise number is hard to fix, he says, because many of the participants dropped in for a class or two.

Bike vs. auto yields no winners

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Two islanders were hit by cars this week.

Couple loses bid to stay in USA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A three-judge panel says Gormleys weren’t persecuted in South Africa.
In a swift decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied political asylum to Carol and Michael Gormley, South Africans living on Bainbridge Island who appeared before the court April 1. The decision upheld an earlier ruling by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Gormleys have fought a four-year battle to stay in the United States and to remain on the island; they joined Carol Gormley’s daughter, Maureen Cruz here in 1999, after they could not find work in post-apartheid South Africa. They claimed that that nation’s Employment Equity Act, intended to correct historical job discrimination against black South Africans, prevented the couple, who are white, from finding jobs.

Open days at island gardens -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program begins its 2004 season of garden tours in the Seattle region today by showcasing five private gardens on Bainbridge and in Kingston. Featured this year are the perennial-laden woodland paths at the Waterman Garden, 6886 Wing Point Road; the Kinsman garden, 2002 winner of the Pacific Northwest Garden Contest, 9245 Fox Cove Lane; the Roose garden, with its profusion of flowering trees and central “Wedding Grove,” 14796 Sivertson Road; Agate Nursery Garden, with forest and pond replete with wildlife and a unique collection of perennials, 16675 Mariner Avenue. Also on the tour is the world-renowned Heronswood nursery and garden, which specializes in rare and unusual plants, 7530 288th Street in Kingston. Art in the garden includes work by island artists Little and Lewis.

Hard hats off to the new AMB

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

American Marine Bank completes two-year, 4,000-square-foot overhaul.
The chain-link fence and construction detritus are finally gone, and the doors of American Marine Bank are wide open. “It’s wonderful,” said Rex Townsend, bank president and CEO. “It’s been a long project for our employees and the community, and we appreciate everyone’s patience. “We wanted to make a statement that downtown Winslow is vibrant and alive – truly the focus of activity on Bainbridge.” American Marine Bank celebrated the grand opening of its headquarters on Winslow Way Thursday morning after two years of major construction that expanded and refaced the building.

Council hones chief process -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

City Council members will interview Matt Haney, nominee for chief of Bainbridge Police, as early as this coming week, council chair Christine Rolfes announced Wednesday. The interview will come as part of the confirmation process agreed upon by the council following a closed-door session two weeks ago.

Language students have 'hai' hopes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Kristin Henshaw teaches Japanese to more than 90 students at Bainbridge High.
Ryunosuke Konno’s name means “Gold, Field, Dragon, Son.” Konno, an exchange student attending high school in North Kitsap, chalks the intricate hirigana – language symbols – that compose his name for Bainbridge High School teacher Kristin Henshaw’s introductory Japan-ese language class. “It’s just cool, because most Americans don’t know what their name means,” freshman Sam Gaspich tells classmates.

Eber-Holmes clan is home -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Last year at this time, Bainbridge Island residents Lorenz Eber, Paula Holmes-Eber and their daughters were preparing to embark on a journey around the world by bicycle. Their goal was to raise asthma awareness and provide education through a promotional fund-raising tour more than 15,000 miles long through 22 countries.

Make some time for the planet on Earth Day

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Smelly, tattered sneakers can find new life in the gym, as a sports court floor. Islander Joan Vassiliadis is collecting tennis shoes for the Re-use-a-shoe program, which turns ground-up old sneakers into sports courts that sponsor Nike donates to communities. “I want to recycle as much as I can. I hate throwing things in the trash,” said Vassiliadis, who describes shoe recycling as a longtime dream. Earth Day 2004 is officially April 22, although activities sponsored by various Bainbridge groups began last Saturday and run through this weekend. Events range from educational exhibits and kids’ activities at the Earth Day Fair at Town and Country, to ivy pulls and road clean-ups.

More options, less time for park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Islander Mobile Home residents look for help, money. Winslow’s Islander Mobile Home Park had few options. Now there are more options, but little time. Faced with losing their homes in five years, residents of the 60-space park north of City Hall are considering proposals by two private developers and anoather by the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority for purchase and eventual redevelopment of the property. But they still must decide their own fate by May 1, when the KCCHA will ask residents if that agency should continue with the purchase or pull out.

Four city admin. finalists named

  • Apr 21, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A public reception is planned Friday at City Hall. Four finalists for Bainbridge Island city administrator will be on hand this week, to meet with elected officials and the public. “We’re not looking at anybody who hasn’t had a good number of years of experience, in some interesting communities,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. The four – two hailing from Washington, two from Oregon – were winnowed from 126 applicants. The process was coordinated by the Prothman Company, an executive search firm specializing in public sector recruitment.

By now, ‘Rough Crossing’ should be smooth sailing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Island Theatre troupe marks 10 years in the act.
Ten years later, the play is still the thing. Island Theatre opened with the 1926 P.G. Wodehouse comedy “The Play’s the Thing” in 1994 and the company celebrates the anniversary on April 17 with Tom Stoppard’s updated version of the work – and a renewed dedication to the founders’ vision. Island Theatre began when a group of thespians and friends were assembled by drama doyenne Louise Mills to put on the play.

Wanted: a czar for downtown Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The city seeks a project manager for the Winslow Tomorrow effort.
They don’t want a planner. They don’t want an architect. They don’t want an engineer. ...Necessarily. What the city is really looking for in the Winslow Tomorrow project manager is someone whose skills synthesize those disciplines with leadership and motivational acumen, and more.

Take Comfort in Colman remodel

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The island coffee stand will offer wares at the Seattle terminal.
You head for your island-bound ferry at Colman Dock, hunger gnawing at your stomach. A tasty tapas washed down with a local microbrew might just tide you over. Come this fall in a renovated Colman Dock, you should be enjoying the Spanish appetizers and cold brew from the owners of Bainbridge-based Commuter Comforts. “We want to give great, small, yummy food to tide someone over to get home,” said Carol Jelinek, Comforts co-owner. “And everything can be to go.” Commuter Comforts, well-known to Bainbridge ferry riders for the coffee stand next to Winslow terminal, is one of five vendors selected by Washington State Ferries this week to offer grab-and-go foods to commuters at Seattle Pier 52’s Colman Dock.

The lighter side of war

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Armies march, Baghdad is bombed, and hilarity ensues.
Flying low into Baghdad, with an aerial view of a cityscape pocked with bomb craters, comedian Jeff Ross covers his nervousness with – what else – a joke: “Hasn’t there been enough bombing here? Do they have to bring in comedians?’’ Four performances later, Ross had the answer and a new perspective on the uses of humor. Islanders can share those insights April 19; Ross filmed the four-day USO tour he and fellow comics made to Iraq last September. His documentary, “Patriot Act,” debuts with a benefit screening here.

Movement is her medium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Dancer and choreographer Rain Ross wins the ‘Amy’ award for young artists.
The third try proves the charm for dancer/choreographer Rain Ross; twice before nominated for an Amy Award, she is this year’s winner. “I was really quite excited and proud,” Ross said. “I felt that the work I’ve done for the past few years has really shown that I am an emerging artist and working toward developing my art.” Established four years ago to commemorate island art student Amy Anderson, the “Amy” recognizes the creativity and dedication of a young Bainbridge artist.

Navigating the rocky waters of mental illness

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

A 12-week course helps families cope with a disabling disease.
When a cholesterol test comes back with LDL levels in the 200s, the American family has a measure for action. Their loved one is at risk for cardiovascular disease, the chief thief of healthy years of life in developed countries. Doctors and families have a regimen to turn to – stress tests, statins, diet and exercise; it is an illness that medicine and culture have mobilized to combat. But for the families of those suffering from the second leading cause of disability, the prognosis is far less clear. “There are no blood tests, no MRIs to identify mental illness,” said Jane Cartmell, a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

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