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Chu leads team of eye surgeons to aid ChinaHe'll teach cataract surgery to doctors.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Jan Hurley hopes her Around the World pattern quilt will take her around the world. A medical office receptionist, Hurley is raffling the quilt to raise funds so she can accompany islander Dr. Franklin Chu to China, where he will lead a pioneering team performing cataract surgery.This is the first time a trip like this has been tried, so we don't know what to expect, Chu said.The operation that only takes 30 minutes in this country will take an hour and a half in China, because we're also teaching Chinese doctors to perform it.Chu's team will perform 25 operations in two weeks for Operation Eye Sight, a pilot program the Medical Services International nonprofit charity. "

New group works for clear paths in Vietnam

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"What if Bainbridge children weren't able to play outside, for fear they might lose limbs, or their lives, in explosions?In countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, where landmines and unexploded bombs litter the landscape, parents fear daily for the safety of their children.A group of Bainbridge families has joined forces to create Clear Path International, a non-profit organization to sponsor landmine removal and victim assistance programs in Southeast Asia. "

What's the hurry to fix density plan?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Some members of the city council believe developers ought to pay substantially more money for the right to increase density in Winslow.As noted elsewhere in this issue, downtown Winslow zoning doesn't regulate the number of dwelling units per acre. Rather, it limits the ratio of built space to total land area, dictating, for example, that 4,000 square feet of dwelling space can be built on a 10,000 square foot lot. That ratio can be increased in a number of ways. One is to buy the right to build additional square footage. A proposal now on the table would more than double those payments.The logic of this plan perplexes us. "

"Poets, critics, friends gather at PegasusThe five share nature as a common theme."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Poetry might seem a solitary pursuit, but for five writers who are also friends, it's a conversation that has lasted 15 years. The five will gather at Pegasus Coffee House Friday evening to renew friendship, read poetry - and celebrate Sue Hylen's new chap book, Double Exposure.We supported each other and critiqued work, said Hylen, who with John Willson, Kristin Henshaw, Leigh Kennell and John Davis joined Nancy Rekow's writing workshop in the 1980s. We bolstered each other through the rejection letters. That is where, Willson says, the conversation began. Instead of competing, the poets continued to work together and to help one another. "

"What's going on, Qwest? Speak up"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Island Internet access is snail-slow.Get outside the Winslow core, and the chances that you can sign up for high-speed, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service - of increasing popularity, as it's a good 10 times faster than a standard 56k dial-up connection - are remote. "

"Is high-speed access on the way?Qwest says yes, but won't guarantee everyone will get it."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"With a highly educated tech-savvy population and an abundance of home businesses, Bainbridge Island looks like an ideal market for high-speed internet providers. But in fact, the options for high-speed service are limited. And while Qwest, the local telephone provider, is advertising its high-speed DSL service, that service is only available in limited areas on Bainbridge.Qwest promises that significant improvements are coming, but the question remains:Why is the company moving slowly to serve what looks like a high-demand market? "

"Options are there, at slower speeds with other providers."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"For those who demand truly fast two-way internet access - that is, speeds at least 10 or 20 times as fast as standard dial-up service - DSL is the only option on Bainbridge Island. And Qwest is the principal provider, at least if you want to choose your own Internet service provider.For those who are willing to ease those requirements, other options are available, including the following: "

"A hole in the ground, and moreA $1 million fund drive is planned for perks at the new pool."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"While it may not be immediately obvious, Bainbridge Island's new pool is on schedule for a November opening. About one-third of the project - the bulk of it the largely invisible pipe and electrical work - is done, including the walls for the locker rooms and the outline of the pool area itself.The 55-space parking area is now used as a staging area by the contractors.The in-ground part takes forever, pool supervisor John DeMeyer said. The walls go up quickly.We're pleased to be moving forward with this, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District Director Dave Lewis added. We have a fine project team for a very complex job that involves codes, soils, piping and everything related to water. "

Arts Walk's Winter Whimsey

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"If it's true that laughter can boost one's immune system, then a Sunday stroll through Winslow might even ward off a cold or two.A Winter's Whimsy, the theme of Feb. 4 Arts Walk, is calculated to infuse the winter blahs with a salutary dose of humor. "

"What's slowing high-speed access?Businesses remain frustrated, even as Qwest promises improvements. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Liz Bailey is an architectural designer with both a young child and an aging parent at home. She tries to work at home to be available for their care. But the only Internet access available at her Day Road West location is standard dial-up service, not the ultra-fast broadband service available in many areas of the country. And that makes sending or receiving complex architectural information a tedious process - so slow, in fact, that Bailey generally just goes into the office. "

"Blaze damages home, art collectionA power surge may be to blame."

  • Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"A Monday morning fire gutted the historic Taylor Avenue home of local art gallery owners Wes and Andrea King, damaging their own collection of artwork.The Kings were eating breakfast in Winslow when the fire broke out, and no one was injured.Bainbridge Fire Department Executive Director Ken Guy said the fire was accidental, and apparently electrical in origin. "

"Council revisits helmet ordinanceSkateboarders, skaters, scooter riders would also be covered."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Buckle up, Bainbridge.The city council is revisiting a long-dormant bicycle helmet ordinance, under the sponsorship of Councilwoman Liz MurrayI know most of the kids and many adults wear them as a matter of course, Murray said, adding by analogy, But I know I didn't wear my seatbelt until they made it a law.The ordinance was introduced last fall, but has been stuck in committee over questions of liability and enforcement. "

A new model for reading instructionOdyssey attracts the attention of Maryland public television.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"The Maryland Public Television film crew reviews raw footage from the morning's shoot in a darkened corner of the room.The subjects of their video - Barry Hoonan's Odyssey Multiage Program students - use the time to unwrap sandwiches and break open cartons of milk.It is Thursday, the fourth day of filming, and everyone seems to have the routine down. One could imagine that these kids always had six guys from PBS underfoot; the TV crew could be furniture, for all the attention they receive. The producer of the series, Marilyn Phillips, is impressed with the students' aplomb. These kids are incredible, Phillips says. They aren't goofy like other kids we work with. They don't make the peace sign or wave at the camera and say 'hi, mom.' We are pointing hand-held cameras right in their faces, and they just keep working. "

Demise of station won't be lamented

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"You can charge a bulldozer through a wetland, but you can't clear a path to a community's heart so easily.So might read one epitaph for the failed Arco station on High School Road, two years to the month after operators first turned on the pumps. Not that the company didn't get off on the wrong foot back in August 1990, when contractors in the company's employ roared into a wetland area, earning a stop-work order (and considerable local ire) for unauthorized clearing and grading. There ensued a seven-year battle over the station's construction - a process that veered into farce, with endless hearings, appeals, and appeals of appeals between the company and local environmental interests and centering around the station's proximity to purportedly sensitive areas. "

Grandmasters of the futureStudents take up chess as an after-school activity.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Like out of a scene of Searching for Bobby Fischer, 30 students sat furrow-browed over chess boards, their feet dangling several inches above the floor.It wasn't a prodigy chess tournament in New York City or Chicago; they were Bainbridge kids in the Ordway Elementary School library. Chess and schools make a good partnership, said Ordway principal, Bruce Colley. It ties in with the whole academia that schools promote.As part of a new after-school program, students at Sakai, Ordway, Wilkes and the Odyssey program learn chess from master Charlie Nguyen. "

Round 1 to the roundaboutThe Madison/ High School intersection may yet see a circle.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Fits and starts, or endless circles?The city public works department is steering toward the latter - a traffic roundabout - as it plans major changes to the High School Road/Madison Avenue intersection this summer.And the city council agreed Wednesday, authorizing formal engineering of a single-lane roundabout as an alternative to an already-planned traffic signal.The decision is not final, but informal discussion suggested general support among council members.I see nothing that can't be overcome with education and good engineer design, Councilwoman Elizabeth Murray said. "

Woods launches ferry bill

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Rep. Beverly Woods introduced legislation this week that she thinks will moderate ferry fare increases, by shifting more of the system's burden on the taxpayers.But the Poulsbo Republican is not yet willing to address the question of how to get that money from the taxpayers.Woods' bill would require the state transportation commission to report annually to the Legislature about the percentage of ferry operating costs recovered from fares, and to exclude maintenance costs from the base in making the report. "

Roundabout is deja vu all over again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Ever feel like you were going in circles?Like confused motorists trapped in a traffic roundabout, unable to make that last jog back into the lane of travel to head on their way, we have the feeling we've been here before.That's certainly the sense we get as the city council ponders approval of a roundabout at the High School Road/Madison Avenue intersection, replacing the non-functional four-way stop and foreswearing the rather pedestrian traffic signal. In fact, we can see the process now: "

New faces in the art world

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Of all the art exhibits to hang, the big, conglomerate group show could be hardest. As with the Intermediate and Middle School Art Show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, there are a lot of objects that have to go somewhere.For the curator, envisioning what fits on what wall, giving each artist their due while shaping the whole is arguably as much a creative exercise as making the art in the first place. What I did, BAC Director Janice Shaw said, was to allocate space based on the number of students a particular teacher had. Shaw and eight art educators do a remarkably good job of coherently packing about 175 student works into one small room. "

Rock music scholar gathers no mossEMP director Bob Santelli stays tapped into youth culture.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"The photograph was taken at the Seattle Center, sometime in the mid-1960s.Packed into the frame, a few dozen kids out for a Teenage Fair mug for the camera, several waving electric guitars, others with fists in the air and faces wild in a youthful declaration of purpose:Yeaaahhhh!!!And in their midst is a fiftyish man, conservatively suit-and-tied, gazing somewhere past the camera with a face that suggests bemusement or chagrin or maybe a little of each.The photo - which appears midway through the Experience Music Project Northwest Passage display of Seattle rock memorabilia - suggests the uneasy detente between teens and adults best embodied by rock and roll music.It's a precarious relationship that Robert Santelli, a preeminent rock scholar who finds himself at midlife, would seem to understand.It's by young people, for young people, says Santelli, 49, of the music and culture that has been his passion and his livelihood. Some people my age are lucky enough to still get something out of it. It's helped keep me young, that's for sure.Deputy director for public programs at the EMP, Santelli will speak on Popular Music in American Culture at the Bainbridge Library Jan. 25, as part the Arts and Humanities Council's American culture inquiry series. "

"Home sale prices up 9.25 percentBut while they're selling for more, they're not being snapped up as fast."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"The pace of Bainbridge Island home sales continued to slow in the year 2000. But that did not keep prices from increasing.Year-end statistics show 416 home sales on Bainbridge in 2000, compared to 447 sales in 1999, a decrease of just under 7 percent. But the average sale price rose 9.25 percent, from $383,795 to $419,317.We have affluent buyers. They are asking for and builders are supplying many, many more bells and whistles today, said Ed Kushner of Windermere Real Estate, whose office compiled the sales figures from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. "

Creativity on display for housing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"Elsewhere in this issue, we take a statistical look at the Bainbridge Island housing market, 2000 edition. A fair summary, it seems to us, is that the island offers a rich array of choices - for those who want the best and can afford it.Basically, Bainbridge is now a move-up market. While there is a decent selection of homes down into the low $200,000 range, that's still a daunting sum for a first-time buyer - particularly the down payment.Trying to provide housing opportunities for the whole spectrum of the island is a little like salmon trying to swim upstream - the economic forces against you are powerful and unrelenting. But to its credit, this community has recognized that it has both a moral and legal obligation to put up a fight. "

Gloss headlines first 'Kitsap Reads' eventOrganizers hope to get all islanders on the same page.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"If everyone on Bainbridge read the same book, waiting in the grocery check-out line might be a lot more fun. That's what Martha Knappe, event coordinator for Kitsap Reads: A Community Celebration of Reading, believes. Knappe looks for lively discussion to ensue as the Kitsap Reads program leads off with author Molly Gloss, Jan. 28 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. "

Legislators already drift off course

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"It's said that centuries ago, as the age of exploration got under way, nautical mapmakers would caution sailors against straying too far into uncharted regions - warning them with such baleful inscriptions as Here be monsters. Those who dared navigate strange waters fared somewhat better than predicted. What they found were new lands, new riches - the whole point of taking the voyage in the first place.But the imagery seems apt, as Representatives Beverly Woods and Phil Rockefeller - key legislators who should be charting a course to save Washington State Ferries - seem reluctant to set sail and go. "

Commuter discomfortLegislators are already taking shots at proposed ferry fare hikes.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:35PM

"As the argument heats up in Olympia over ferry fares, those closest to the issue are sounding warnings that fares are only one part of the funding crisis facing the ferry system.The unaddressed part of the puzzle is capital funding - repairs, replacements and maintenance. And the lack of capital funding can stop the ferry system dead in the water. "

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