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Time for an old-fashioned barn-raising

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"You've got the materials, the tools and the skills, and your neighbors need your help.What a great opportunity to help build up a community, as the construction phase of the Marge Williams Center project gets under way.The big news is that things are finally going to start happening, construction manager Norm Down told us this week, over coffee at the Blackbird Bakery. Norm and two of our other favorite people - Wendy Johnson and Ed Kushner - were also on hand, to give us an update on the project and put out the call for volunteers. "

Builders race to meet IDC's growth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"It's hard to know which is growing faster - Bainbridge's newest office building, or the tenant-to-be that has already outgrown it.The 20,000-square-foot building on Hildebrand Lane was started just over a month ago, and should be finished by mid-November. By the time IDC, the tenant, moves in, it will have between 80 and 90 employees, making it one of the island's largest private employers.Without this building, we would not have been able to stay on the island, said IDC president Dan Allen. Everybody - the people at the city, the architect, developer and contractor - has collaborated to make this happen. "

"Harrison, Woods set for showdown"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County will be ground zero in the battle to take control of the Washington state House of Representatives.That's because Democratic challenger David Harrison of Bainbridge Island wound up in a virtual tie with incumbent Republican Beverly Woods in Tuesday's primary election, suggesting a down-to-the-wire race in which the Democrats have a real chance at gaining a seat.I've received calls from all over the district and the state, Harrison said Thursday. I'm one of the few, if not the only challenger ahead of an incumbent. This will be one of the three or four hottest races in the state, he said. "

Whither Hildebrand?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"True or false: Hildebrand Lane is one of the city's busiest streets.When you look at all the businesses lining the road - three banks, a motel, a video rental outlet, and the state liquor store, among others - to say nothing of the new office building going up, you'd think this is a no-brainer. Obviously, it must be a true statement.But the correct answer is false. Hildebrand is busy, alright. But it's not a city street. "

Belgians get 'Snow' tour

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"Marchel Bouchez was nestled at home watching a favorite TV show about the movies that April evening. It was on Channel 5. It was in French - except for a word that struck her ear with a rare dissonance. It made her pay attention. The word was Seattle.She listened intently. There was a contest. The prize was a trip for two to Seattle - airfare, hotel, a rental car, and special tours! Virginie, come quick! she shouted, and grabbed a pencil.Her daughter Virginie was studying in the next room. She had been a Rotary International exchange student to Port Angeles High School in Washington state less than two years earlier. The family lives on the outskirts of Mons, Belgium, about an hour's drive south of Brussels, and about 5 kilometers by narrow old streets from the quite small center of the city of 60,000.The TV announcer in Brussels asked, In which of the following films has Ethan Hawke starred...? Bouchez jotted down the contest phone number and gave it to her daughter who was pondering the question. Virginie dialed and told the operator, ...Snow Falling on Cedars! Fifteen days later, a letter arrived at their home, announcing that Virginie was going to Seattle. "

Splitting the blanket

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"So, did everyone enjoy their final blanket primary?Looking at the voter turnout - which may hit, what, 48 percent in Kitsap County, when all the absentees are counted - Washington's venerable one-ballot-for-all free-for-all went out less with a bang than a yawn.Still, it may have provided a good example of why the blanket ballot was so loathed by the major parties. Local Democrats were quick to blame GOP crossover voters for the ouster of incumbent Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido (dare we call it...Charlotte's ebb?), bested by challenger Dusty Wiley while Republican Jan Angel nested comfortably in the wings without a primary opponent. We have no idea if it was an organized effort by the GOP; we suspect Democrats would have been happy to do the same thing given the chance, were it not for the county's ongoing shortage of Republican incumbents. "

Light of the raven

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"Roy Peratrovich learns on the fly.An Alaska native, he played the first football game he ever saw - as a high school senior.From tackling his first engineering problems to founding the Architects and Engineers Insurance Company, Peratrovich admits to jumping into projects without knowing exactly what he's doing. And as a sculptor, his artwork is no exception.It's what they call spatial art, he said, gesturing to a bronze sculpture of otters. I learn these terms from other artists - but I appreciate that you have to be aware of how you fill the space. "

Builders challenge regulations

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"Claiming to need a stable legal framework in which to operate, builders are challenging recent city council actions they say violate the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan.Let's adopt regulations consistent with the comprehensive plan, then rely on them to be in place for five years, said Andy Mueller of Mueller Construction.The group claims that recent ordinances passed by the council conflict with the long-range plan. And one of the challenges has reached the stage of legal action. "

"They beat the Nazis, and the world"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"Although they're known in anecdotal history as the Nazi Olympics and the Jesse Owens Olympics, Jim McMillin recalls the 1936 games as one of the highlights of his life.Five years before America went to war against Germany, McMillin and the other members of the University of Washington's eight-man shell varsity team won the gold medal with der Fuhrer in the stands.That was a tough race, McMillin said. I said if I ever worked that hard again, I'd make a million bucks, but I never did.The surviving members of the nine-man crew held a private reunion last week at McMillin's Bainbridge Island home. "

Man killed in one-car accident

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"A 29-year-old Bainbridge Island man was killed in a one-car accident on Lofgren Road Saturday night.Neighbors called police after hearing the crash at 11:30 p.m., and officers found a full-sized pickup truck off the roadway.Nicholas J. Kilton, of Ericksen Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene. "

Code has to support the bigger plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"Where was the city attorney?Even at $200 an hour, it only would have cost the city council about five bucks last week for a quick legal opinion on making the city code conform to the policies set out in the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan.Here's our advice, for free: The code must support the plan. Period.As reported Saturday and followed up in today's edition, the council finds itself in a bind after defeating an ordinance that would have allowed the resale of affordable homes at market rates after five years (the old restriction, 30 years, was seen as a disincentive to investment by aspiring homeowners). Reminded that in defeating the ordinance by a 4-3 vote, they were reversing their own policy set nine months earlier - established both in a comprehensive plan amendment and a resolution - some council members (mid-term) pleaded short memories, others (new) ignorance. "

The new face of Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"You can't prevent Bainbridge Island from changing, but you can control how it's done, developer Earl Miller believes.And when he renovates one of Winslow's keystone properties - the northeast corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue - he intends to make it look nice.I want a building that fits in with the character of the town, Miller said Friday. I want it to look like an old building. My idea is a country French look, with stucco, wrought iron and pitched roofs.Miller told the Review Friday about his plan to replace Lundgren Station and the adjoining building to the east, which houses Schmidt's appliances, with a mixed-use development. Parking will be underground, the street level will be retail, and the upper floors will have some 20 apartments, he said.There's a real need for housing downtown, Miller said. Ideally, I'd like it to be for downtown workers - store clerks and the like. But with the cost of building what it is, that's tough even if you're willing to take a low profit margin. "

Student test scores soar

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"The test results are in, and the Bainbridge Island school district is happy.The much-awaited results of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning test were released this week, showing general improvement in reading, math and writing across the state.Bainbridge Island was no exception, showing some dramatic jumps - percentages of Woodward Middle School students passing the standardized writing portion of the test jumped from from 46.9 percent to 80.1 percent.What can you say? said Bruce Weiland, president of the school board. We are very, very pleased. "

Council reverses housing policy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"In an action that may have violated state law, the city council Wednesday reversed an affordable-housing policy it had unanimously adopted last fall. In the process, it left in limbo a number of pending purchases of affordable homes. But some of those in Wednesday's majority said they might move quickly to lift the cloud created by the decision.I think there may be some issues we didn't think about, councilman Norm Wooldridge said Thursday. "

Leave behind more than a memory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"You can't take it with you.We've been asked to remind readers as much, as September is Leave a Legacy of Western Washington month. The motto: Make a will and make a difference.You don't have to be a millionaire to make a difference - everybody has something to give, Winslow estate-planning attorney and LALWW volunteer Kathleen Wright told us this week. You don't have to be Bill Gates or Paul Allen. The Leave a Legacy campaign started four years ago in the Midwest, with a goal of steering some of the proceeds from personal estates toward non-profit organizations and charities.Since then, chapters have sprung up around the country, including the Puget Sound area. And with fully 60 percent of Americans being carted off to Forest Lawn without leaving a will behind, there's quite an untapped resource there for doing some good in the community. "

The fashion world of BPA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"Whether it's a late-19th-century evening gown or a grass skirt, Bainbridge Performing Arts has the costume you never knew you were looking for.Peacoats, kimonos, crystals, uniforms and other duds will go on sale from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 23.We've got a lot of fun stuff, said BPA's Mykel Pennington. All kinds of things we've had to beg, borrow and steal for shows.BPA normally costumes its productions through second-hand stores, sewing volunteers, loans and donations, all overseen by each show's costume designer.Costumes range from productions as diverse as My Fair Lady, The Little Prince, Annie, Born Yesterday and The Wind in the Willows, and more.While providing for all stripes of everyday sartorial use, the sale is also a prime opportunity for Halloween browsing. "

Merchants lukewarm on parking garage

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

The Winslow Town Square parking structure and mixed-use complex will be a tough sell to Winslow businesses.But it may provide the best long-term way of maintaining downtown as a vital commercial core for Bainbridge Island.Those opinions emerged Monday night from the first of a series of small focus-group meetings on the ambitious plan to bring as many as 80 residential units and 600 new parking spaces to the area between city hall and the north side of Winslow Way.

Affordability- an uphill ride

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"When developer Kelly Samson tried to do his bit for affordable housing on Bainbridge Island, he ran head-on into a principle stated in jest by Johnny Carson:No good deed goes unpunished.When it was approved by the city council in 1998, Samson's Weaver Creek development - which provided the land for nine affordable, sweat equity homes - was fiercely criticized by councilman Norm Wooldridge as creating a ghetto, and just the worst design I have ever seen in my life.I wouldn't go through that experience again, Samson said, looking back on the meeting. I broke out in shingles, which is a stress-related problem.What Samson had done was carve up a 5.3-acre tract on Weaver Road, between Rotary Park and Hillandale, into 27 lots - nine of which were sold to the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority for the self-help project. "

Kushner named citizen of the year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"The Bainbridge Kiwanis Club has named island real estate agent and civic activist Ed Kushner its Citizen of the Year for 2000.Kushner, owner-broker of the Bainbridge office of Windermere Real Estate, was honored for his broad range of involvement over many years.Ed has always been willing to donate his time, talents and money to maintain what we love and to improve what we have on Bainbridge Island, the club said in a news release announcing Kushner's selection.Most recently, Kushner was the driving force behind the effort to create the Marge Williams Memorial Office Center as a home for island non-profit agencies. "

Affordable future is a matter of will

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"When we set out a few weeks ago to tackle the issue of affordable housing on Bainbridge Island, we weren't sure where we'd wind up. Boiling down the market whims and social forces that are driving the gentrification of the island, and examining how best to harness the community's resources and collective will to blunt those forces a bit, was daunting.Of course, if the issue was simple to explain, it would be simple to address. It's not. Numerous interviews, hours of research and six news stories on, we've found cause for hope and equal cause for pessimism. But most of all, we've found need. Some ideas and images will stick with us, emblematic of the issues at hand: "

"Teachers, cops priced off the island"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"They come to work a few years for valuable experience, then leave for someplace more affordable. That's the increasingly common story as public employees struggle with local housing costs.From teachers to police officers, many of the lower-paid but essential members of the community are being edged off Bainbridge Island as real estate prices rise beyond their salary levels - causing some to question how Bainbridge is affected.Bill Cooper, police chief, said he believes the role of officers on Bainbridge is compromised by the high cost of living. Our ability to become a part of this community is damaged by our inability to live here, Cooper said. "

"Vote yes on Proposition 1, for transit"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"Don't ride the bus?Swell. Just think of all the other drivers you can keep off the road and out of your way.And for users of local public transportation, too, this one's a gimme - we urge a yes vote Sept. 19 on Proposition 1, a three-tenths-of-a-cent countywide sales tax increase to fund Kitsap Transit services.We'd like to say that this sales-tax hike will bring Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County a lot of never-before-seen bus runs and other perks. Instead, it's a largely restorative measure, and would help fix the local mess created by I-695 - which slashed Kitsap Transit's budget by 40 percent this year. Passage would bring back popular bus service for commuters, seniors and the disabled, getting the agency back on track to meet the needs of a fast-growing island and county population. "

Going back to the books

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"Remember how it felt?In kindergarten, everything was foreign, from the classroom to the bathroom. By senior year, little could be more familiar than the ring of a school bell.Bus stop schedules and the power of homework reasserted their influence on local youth Wednesday, when Bainbridge Island launched into the new school year. As tradition demands, there was some nervousness on opening day.I think my kids were probably a little apprehensive, said new island resident Rebecca Wilson, whose second and third graders started their education in Issaquah schools before the family moved here. But we all love it here - I'm sure they'll do fine. "

Agencies target the 'working poor'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"Through its affordable housing ordinance, the city of Bainbridge Island is corralling the forces of private enterprise to build lower-cost housing than builders motivated only by profit might provide.But there is a stratum of islanders who won't be helped by that effort.Even if the land were free, the private sector cannot afford to build houses for people below 50 percent of Kitsap County's median income, said Martin Rowe, affordable housing specialist for Bainbridge Island.This is the segment of the population sometimes referred to as the working poor - households making $30,000 per year or less. "

Neighbors back Fort Ward townhouses

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12PM

"In a rare instance of neighbors voting for development, Fort Ward residents Thursday night voted overwhelmingly to support conversion of a long-vacant historic structure to eight residential units.The vote, by attendees at a Fort Ward Neighborhood Association meeting, supported developer and South Beach Drive resident Scott McFarlane's plans to convert Building 16 to townhomes. The massive brick structure sits on Fort Ward Hill Road, just south of Evergreen Avenue and amidst a number of newly constructed or renovated homes. "

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