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"Town Square resurfaces, with art spaceThe search for a third angle for the parking garage continues."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"The on-again, off-again Winslow Town Square project has surfaced again, this time with an arts orientation to go with the underground parking and affordable housing.Art is almost the definition of what our community is, said Winslow architect Peter O'Connor, one of the plan's proponents.And this is a way of keeping some of the people that make this the place that it is. "

"From heartbreak, a romanceAn island author finds inspiration in family tragedy."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"As author Jill Barnett's life has changed dramatically over several years, so has her work. Barnett, a successful paperback romance writer, breaks into the hardcover mainstream market for the first time with Sentimental Journey, the World War II novel she reads at Eagle Harbor books July 5. "

"Pool outpacing fund driveWith 2-3 months before completion, money is short."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Taps opened Friday afternoon at the new Don Nakata Memorial Pool, for a landmark leak test as the facility and its 250,000-gallon tank near completion.Construction is outpacing the park district's ability to pay for it, though, as volunteers continue a campaign to tap local donors for $500,000 in private funding.In fact, the district is still $175,000 short of what it needs to pay for the bare bones facility - with a mid-September or early October opening date looming. We were, and are, very confident that the capacity is there to raise the money, said Dave Lewis, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director. There's a lot of potential there, and when if it comes to fruition, we'll be in pretty good shape.Confidence, though, is just one of the faces Lewis and other district officials are wearing. The other is concern. "

"'Re-Doogal's' clears first review hurdleA split vote sent the project on, with a reduced buffer next to the ravine."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"A divided planning commission Thursday gave its blessing to the so-called Re-Doogal's mixed-use project, after being told that additional buffer space along the adjacent ravine could rule out underground parking.By a 3-1 vote with two abstentions, commissioners recommended the project be approved as proposed. In so doing, they rejected a planning staff recommendation that called for 10 feet more space between the ravine and the project than the applicants sought. "

"Builders sue city over housing fund surchargeThe fee to support affordable housing is illegal, the suit contends."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Saying they should not be taxed to support general public obligations, three Bainbridge Island builders have filed suit to strike down a building-permit surcharge the city uses to support affordable housing. We're not against affordable housing, said Andy Mueller, one of the named plaintiffs. But that should be funded by the public at large, not by a small group of people. We want our money back. "

Lawsuit bad for everyone

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Here lies the grave of John O'DeaWho died maintaining his right of wayHe was right - dead right - as he marched alongBut he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong.* * * * *This epitaph - apocryphal, no doubt - seems appropriate to the lawsuit local homebuilders have filed against the city.They challenge the legality of the city's building-permit surcharge, which was imposed, by its own terms, for the purpose of financing the Housing Trust Fund. To the builders, it's a clear case of right and wrong. Washington law says that construction and development can't be taxed to raise revenue, no matter how laudatory the purpose. What the city can do, they say, is levy a fee that covers the cost of the permitting process. But since the money raised by the surcharge is stated explicitly to be for other purposes, they argue, the surcharge is illegal. "

"Clueless, but tuneful'Kitsap's best cover band' returns to the street dance."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"The band playing the July 3 Bainbridge Island Street Dance and Barbecue, No Clue, has multiple musical personalities.Not only are they Michael Wright, Brian Feldtman, Jerry Barlow, Fred Pinard and Marshall Fosh Miranda, but they're also Van Morrison, Lynrd Skynrd, the Doobie Brothers and Billy Joel. When we do a tune, we want it to sound like the band who recorded it, Wright said. We'll listen to a song hundreds of times before we even sing it. Then we'll play it 50 times.No Clue tries for exactitude; their stated mission is to be the best rock cover band in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. "

Stuff piling up for Rotary Auction

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"The computer room was already lined with machines, from the slightly out-of-date 486 IBMs and Mac Power PCs, to a Texas Instruments museum piece.The generational difference - in technology, and its comprehension - was not lost on Rotary Auction volunteer George Scott.There were two 12-year-old kids in here putting computers together, just flying through 'em, said Scott, a retiree visiting from Boston, who was putting in hours at the auction setup with his Rotarian hosts. Unbelievable, he said. I still don't know what I'm doing.The auction, which annually draws thousands, runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at Woodward Middle School. "

"Make Wyckoff public, group says"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Overturning a recommendation made five years ago, a citizens committee now urges that the entire 50-acre Wyckoff site be turned into a public park - possibly even under federal ownership - when it is cleaned up from years of contamination.The change is not one of heart, but hope.We did look at public ownership the first time around, but dismissed it as not feasible, said Judy Hartstone, a member of both the 1996 and 2001 citizens committees.But now, with the involvement of Jay Inslee and his office, we think there is a chance it can be done. "

"Kushner sells office, will retireThe businesswill be owned by islander Jim Laws."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Ed Kushner's real estate office will stay in the family - the Windermere family.Kushner, who started the business with two partners in 1978, this week announced sale of the Bainbridge office, a Windermere Real Estate affiliate, to corporate colleague Jim Laws.We wanted ownership of the office to be a person who was good for the people in our office and for the office, who was good for the community of of Bainbridge Island, who was good for Windermere in the big sense, and who was good for us, Kushner said, identifying goals he shared with his wife Karen. We concluded that if we could meet those first four criteria, the last one would take care of itself. "

Wyckoff cost may be asset

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Five years ago, a citizen committee charged with envisioning a post-cleanup Wyckoff site proposed a development plan, believing they had no other choice.At tonight's city council meeting, a second committee will propose that the whole parcel go into public ownership - to be used as a park, relegating development proposals to a fallback position. "

"A barrier removed, a parish engagedSt. Cecilia Catholic Church enjoys a huge and dedicated congregation."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"On a Friday morning, some 30 communicants kneel in prayer, breathe in the incense and sing chants that would not have been out of place a millennium ago.To Roman Catholics, the eucharist is not only the central ritual of faith, but a link to timeless and universal tradition.We come together daily as a faith community, said the Rev. Dennis Sevilla, pastor at Bainbridge Island's St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The eucharist is a doctrinal adoration of Christ.The eucharistic service is a re-enactment of the Last Supper, where, according to the Bible, Christ enjoined his followers to eat bread and drink wine in his memory. When bread and wine are blessed and distributed to communicants, we believe in the real presence of Christ, Sevilla said.And while languages may differ, the substance of the Mass is the same around the world.The universality is appealing, said Jim Decker, Sevilla's pastoral assistant. Anywhere you go in the world, you can find a Catholic church, and you will know what is happening in the Mass. "

Winslow Hardware to open paint storeThe outlet will be in new space on Hildebrand.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Success has painted Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht of Winslow Hardware into a corner - too many customers in too little space.To address that pleasant dilemma, Hall is opening a second store on Hildebrand Lane this fall, to specialize in paint, relieving the most congested area of their present Winslow Way store.Paint accounts for 30 percent of the store's volume in the summer months, Hall said. You can't move in the paint area during the summertime - we have customers 15 people deep. "

A subcontinent educationThe poor of India change a young islander's worldview.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Justin Isaf went to central India's Mahindra College to study, but he learned more from community service than from books.In nine months, Isaf said, I changed from your standard teenager - interested in sports, going to a four-year university and right into a high-paying office job - to someone who just wants to raise money and awareness for community projects in rural India. "

"Spend locally, and we all will benefit"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"The news that Winslow Hardware owners Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht are expanding by opening a paint store on Hildebrand Lane is welcome indeed, even to those folks who don't patronize their establishment.While it may not be immediately obvious, Mary and Ken's success puts a few more pennies in all of our pockets. Money spent at their establishment generates sales-tax revenue. Some of that -- 85 hundredths of 1 percent -- goes to the city. And every dollar the city realizes in sales-tax revenue is a dollar that does not have to be raised from property taxes. "

Mason: tomorrow's leader todayOpportunities abound at Girls State.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"On the inside cover of her program from the Evergreen Girls State seminar in government Brittain Mason penciled: Evergreen State is: Don't know what you're doing, and then you go do it. The scrawl may capture the essence of the EGS, a program that teaches young women about government in a hands-on seminar.Now I know more about issues like I-695 and energy, Mason said. I learned that it would be a fun job being a senator, but it would be hard to listen to everyone's opinion and it's a very long process getting things done. "

"A time for laughs, tearsA full stadium honors the hard work of the BHS Class of 2001."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Inflatable beach balls burst from the crowd at intervals, punched into the sky to float down and bounce around on outstretched hands.Individuals, one and all, Dave Ellick deadpanned, as students enjoyed one last breach of discipline at the principal's expense during his commencement address Saturday. "

"Kordonowy makes it official, joins raceThe planning commissioner cites volunteer work in her bid for mayor."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Saying she wants to put 10 years of volunteer experience to work leading the city, Darlene Kordonowy has declared herself a candidate for mayor of Bainbridge Island.The challenge in the years ahead, she says, is to preserve the island's essence in the face of change.People are going to come to Bainbridge Island, she said. We can't prevent them from doing that, and we shouldn't do it if we could. So how do we continue to be the community that we love amid that growth? "

Sign code may get makeoverMany downtown business shingles are said to be out of compliance.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Artist Kuy Hepburn was preparing for his Mother's Day sale of glass flowers at his Sands Avenue studio and residence when a visitor appeared.It was not a customer, as Hepburn had hoped. Rather, it was Bainbridge Island code enforcement officer Will Peddy, telling him the signs promoting his sale were illegal.I work out of my home, and have to have signs somewhere else to attract buyers, Hepburn said. I thought that if they weren't in the right-of-way, I would be okay.Not so, said Peddy, pointing to a code provision barring off-premises signs. "

"Time to look back, recall intent of code"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Your sign may or may not be illegal. You may or may not hear about it from the city. The sign code itself may or may not come up for discussion and amendment before the planning commission or the city council.No one seems ready to make the first move, as city officials look to bring rogue signs into compliance around town, particularly on Winslow Way. Not that such signage is thought to be, in most instances, particularly egregious - no flashing neon or backlit displays designed to hook the unwary eye - with violations said to be picayune, some measured in mere inches above sidewalk grade. "

Habitat for Humanity takes root on island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Primed with $75,000 from the city's Housing Trust Fund, Habitat for Humanity wants to build homes for three lower-income families on Bainbridge Island next year.Affordable land is an obstacle. Community support is not.The minute it got out that we might build on Bainbridge Island the excitement reached a whole new level, said Pat Nordmark, treasurer of the Kitsap County Habitat organization.Habitat builds what Nordmark calls simple, decent housing using volunteer laborers, who work with the prospective homeowner. The homeowner is then given a no-interest mortgage, and the house payments are recycled into new housing projects. "

Flaggers ahead...but when?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"If school is getting out and the weather is warming, can the island's road-construction season be far behind?Unfortunately, yes. Work on the much-discussed roundabout at the busy intersection of Madison Avenue and High School Road was supposed to begin right after classes at Bainbridge High School and Ordway Elementary concluded for the year.That won't happen. "

American Marine Bank plans expansion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Seeking to re-establish a commanding presence on Winslow Way and make internal operations more efficient, American Marine Bank is planning a major expansion and facelift of its Bainbridge Island headquarters building.The main customer entrance, now a half-story below Winslow Way, will be at street level in the new building, as will the teller lines.The single-story facade along Winslow will be replaced with a two-story building, topped with three peaked roofs. "

"Affirming the ties of two peoplesNow in its sixth year, an Indian Education Program is thriving."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"A new mural by Squamish artist Dale Harry, unveiled at the Title IX Indian education program celebration Saturday, depicts traditions shared by Bainbridge's native population and their first nation cousins of Canada.Those traditions are in turn strengthened by the Bainbridge Schools District's Indian Education program.The coast Salish mural, a triptych of three painted panels, each 4-feet square, was commissioned for the walls of Commodore Center with funds from the district's multicultural education budget.All the Commodore programs made the commitment to a piece of art that would welcome every student, said Catherine Camp, district alternative program coordinator, and we seized the opportunity to have an artist-in-residence come. "

"High-speed access a self-help projectDon't wait for Qwest, speakers say at Monday's island economic summit."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"First-rate telecommunications access will be as crucial for economic development in the 21st century as rail and air service were in the 20th century. And to guarantee that access, non-metropolitan communities should take matters into their own hands, rather than waiting for telephone companies to get around to serving them. "

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