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"MacArthur to leave Chamber, fly south"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Chamber of Commerce executive director Jack MacArthur will retire at the end of September and begin splitting his time between Bainbridge Island and Palm Island, Fla. "

New ferry fare structure touted

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Kitsap County Commissioner Tim Botkin wants to raise most ferry fares even higher than the 20 percent increase already proposed, to moderate increases in passenger-only fares.And even though the plan would cost Bainbridge riders extra money, it is finding support among some island officials, who think preserving and expanding the passenger-only system has substantial long-range benefits.Right now it sounds like we're punishing ourselves, said Bainbridge Island Mayor Dwight Sutton. But this plan could put money down towards service to Kingston and Southworth. The Tariff Policy Committee chaired by islander Alice Tawresey had recommended increasing ferry fares to the point that 80 percent of ferry operating costs are recovered from the fare payers at the end of six years, up from the current 62 percent. "

Take a boat trip for the ferry system

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"How's this for a shakeup in your morning commute? Bainbridge Islanders can show support for the ferry system by taking part in a sail-in to the state Legislature, Feb. 22.On that day, a boatload of ferry backers will sail from Bremerton to Olympia on a chartered fast-ferry-type vessel for a noon rally at the state capitol, with a round of afternoon of meetings with legislators also slated. The group will include commuters, business people, local elected officials - anyone with a stake in the viability of our cross-sound highway and a day to spare. "

Depression-era 'Can't Take It' at BPATwo cast members return for their encore 15 years later.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Seventeen people are gathered around a large table, talking and gesticulating.A tall, red-headed man downstage right listens, one arm folded across his waist, chin pensively cradled in the other hand. Let's try that full voice - you need to holler your lines, he says at last.Cast and crew of You Can't Take it With You, the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy opening at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) this week, are in the third hour of the cue-to-cue, the rehearsal that blends technical elements of the play with the acting. The company around the table disappear into the wings momentarily and reassemble onstage to try again, and again. "

Not the most neighborly of sentiments

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"A helicopter thupped low overhead, uniformed officers and dogs tramped about in the underbrush, goodness knows what lights and radios added their glare and din - all in the dead of night.It's no wonder many folks were alarmed.Such was the scene late Wednesday and early Thursday, as police, sheriff's deputies, Coast Guard personnel and local search-and-rescue volunteers mobilized to locate an elderly Euclid Avenue resident, missing from his home on a frigid February night. Fifty people took part in the search, which went on nearly til dawn and resumed later in the morning. "

"Missing man found deadAn autopsy is slated, but police doubt foul play."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"As police combed the area for Robert Bob Rockwell, friends called the elderly man's disappearance unlikely, even weird.He's not the kind of person who would wander off, said Billy Berry, who came from Silverdale Thursday morning after hearing that Rockwell was missing.He's a homebody, Berry said. It's all that we could do to get him to go out to dinner with us.An intensive 18-hour search ended Thursday afternoon when the body of Rockwell, age 92, was found in a thicket near his Euclid Avenue home, a few feet from a steep bluff overlooking Puget Sound.His body was taken to the Kitsap County Coroner's Office, where an autopsy was to be performed yesterday. Police said there was no evidence of foul play. "

School board OK's all-day kindergarten There will be room for 20 at each school.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"An all-day kindergarten program option, to begin next fall, was approved by the Bainbridge School Board Wednesday.This has been around for a long time, for as long as I've been here, said Stephen Rowley, district superintendent. This is a historic moment.The program will run five days a week during regular school hours at all three elementary schools, and can accommodate 20 full-time kindergarten students at each. "

What's next for Island Center?A review of commercial and residential uses gets under way.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"The name Island Center has a grandiose ring to it, suggesting a hub or focus for the whole.The place itself is anything but grandiose - a small strip center with a gas station, a restaurant and a martial arts studio, several auto-service businesses and a tool- and party-rental shop.But that homey, arguably homely, modesty could change. The process of planning the Island Center of the future is under way with appointment of a new steering committee. "

Three of HeartsChamber musicians visit the Romantic period.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Valentines Day is around the corner, and the mood at Bainbridge Performing Arts is appropriately starry-eyed.Three young pianists, bracketed by adult ensembles, will play masterpieces of the Romantic period for the Chamber Music at the Playhouse series Feb. 11. The theme is the shift, in the 1820s, from the dominance of Vienna and of classical forms to Romantic subjectivity and 'mood,' said Jim Quitslund, coordinator of BPA's classical music program.Pianist Quitslund and violist Gwen Franz open with Robert Schumann's Marchenbilder. Described by Franz as a cool piece about fairy tales, the work makes spectacular use of the many voices of both viola and piano.The program concludes with clarinetist Patty Beasley, pianist Darden Burns and cellist Barbara Deppe playing Johannes Brahms' Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano in A minor. "

Song and dance manIt's Vaudeville on Bainbridge this weekend.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Greg Palmer has more acts than a Vaudeville show.He tells jokes, sings snatches of song, does bits from a skit. It's not much of a stretch to imagine him shuffling off to Buffalo, cane in one hand, straw boater hat in the other.His persona segues from talk radio host to ad man to news reporter - all jobs he's done - but it's Palmer the award-winning documentary film maker who gets air time when he presents Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Cry; Make 'Em Wait: the History and Influence of Vaudeville.The presentation is slated for 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bainbridge Library, as part of the arts council's humanities inquiry series, Culture and the American Character. "

"The high cost of ditch workStormwater maintenance costs go up, as does a city fee."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"They just look like ditches.To the city public works department, they're conveyance - part of an increasingly complex system of culverts, pipes and swales that channel rainwater toward Puget Sound from points uphill.Their upkeep is tied to the health of the road system, preventing erosion and costly reconstruction and repaving. They also prevent slides and home damage near slopes.If you drive on the road or walk on a sidewalk or live anywhere there's a cross-culvert, you benefit from the service, said Melva Hill, stormwater technician for the city.But as the workload ditches represent comes into clearer focus, the cost of their maintenance is going up. For the first time since 1990, the city's storm and surface water utility rate is increasing, from the present $36.84 pear year to $48 for a single-family residence. "

Cottages to spring up on EricksenThe project could be a prototype for a new type of zoning.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Cottage-style housing is coming to Bainbridge Island even before the city considers an ordinance to allow it.The Ericksen Cottages project will place 11 detached homes on less than an acre on lower Ericksen Avenue, where such a layout is already allowed.This is a less intense development than the zoning allows, said Jim Soules, one of the project's developers. The owners really care about Winslow, and set out to come up with something in keeping with the character of Ericksen. "

Winslow density bonuses reviewedAre developers getting too sweet of a deal?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Has the city has been virtually giving away valuable development rights?Some city council members think so, as the council considers an resolution that would dramatically increase the price the city charges for the right to increase building density in downtown Winslow. "

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. "

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