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News Roundup - Wyckoff beach closed for caps/KiDiMu looks to kidimove/WNPA honors the Review

Wyckoff beach closed for caps

The Environmental Protection Agency has closed the beach adjoining the Wyckoff Superfund site on Eagle Harbor to begin a project to cap oily residue found seeping out of the sediment.

The closure, which is expected to continue until January 2008, applies only to the beach itself, and the public is still welcome to use the surrounding banks.

Wyckoff project manager Mary Jane Nearman said the entire beach has to close because the construction area will be constantly shifting.

“Because we’re working in the intertidal zone we have to work around the tides, so trying to tell people where we would be working each day would be nearly impossible to do,” she said.

Nearman said the agency is doing everything it can to reopen the shoreline sooner.

“We’re certainly sensitive to the fact that people use the beach year round,” she said. “We just had to close it to get this contamination taken care of.”

According to the EPA, the project will add a capping cover to trap contaminates missed in earlier cleanup jobs. The agency said the capping is part of a larger effort to create new salmon habitat between Eagle Harbor and Puget Sound.

For more information on the beach closure and the Superfund project call (206) 553-6919.

- Tad Sooter

KiDiMu looks to kidimove

The Kids Discovery Museum, which turned two this spring, has begun a capital campaign to support the purchase of a permanent home in Winslow.

Executive Director Cheryl Dale said building ownership has been part of the KiDiMu board’s discussions since day one.

“One of the very first things I said to the board,” Dale said, “was, ‘Oh, we’re paying rent? We need to own a building.’”

Roughly a year ago, the board began doing its homework, first gathering a group of realty-minded community experts to evaluate the existing facility. A similar exercise ensued with island finance experts like bankers and investors. Both groups seconded the wisdom of the decision.

“They said the same thing that we were feeling, that it was the right thing to do,” Dale said.

The capital campaign is officially under way but is in “the quiet phase now,” which means filing grant applications and holding initial discussions with past donors about the future move. Dale projects that sometime next year, a broader community fundraising effort will begin.

Dale said one factor in beginning the capital campaign now was that a local developer, who at this point wishes to remain unnamed, stepped forward to offer land to KiDiMu in conjunction with a downtown project already under way. Dale says the museum will keep this option open while continuing to explore others.

Dale stresses that KiDiMu isn’t about to just pick up and leave its current space suddenly. The organization has a 20-year lease on its current Madison Avenue location, with a five-year renewal option that will come up next in October 2009. That, she says, is their rough target for getting into a new space.

“So the community shouldn’t worry at all,” she said.

As part of the capital campaign process, Dale herself will make a shift, taking on the role of campaign director.

“I am so excited. This has become my place,” she said. “I love the museum, I love working with the board of directors. And when we started talking about the capital campaign, I thought, how exciting to take it to that next thing.

“When the opportunity came up, I pretty much begged for it.”

The museum will begin its search for a new executive director immediately, while Dale stays on as interim director.

She said she’s been talking up her current position in the community – its educational and non-profit components, the chance to work with “really amazing people,” and the chance to work on the island.

“People are crazy if they don’t want to apply for this job,” she said. “It’s just the perfect place to work.”

For more information, visit www.kidimu.org, or call 855-4650.

– Lindsay Latimore

WNPA honors the Review

The Bainbridge Island Review earned several honors in this year’s Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, which measures the work of some 75 member newspapers around the state.

Staff Writer Chad Schuster’s overall body of work earned him the News Writer’s Portfolio Award.

He gathered eight total awards – six of which were first place – taking both first and second place in the “best news story” category, and both first and third place for “best education story.” His other first-place wins came in the “business,” “general feature” and “personality profile” categories.

Staff Photographer Brad Camp also took home eight total awards, and was a finalist for the Photographer’s Portfolio Award. He won both second and third place in the “best black and white portrait” category, and second place for “best black and white photo essay.” He placed third in the “best color portrait” and “best color photo essay” categories.

He also won a first place award for “best black and white feature” and a third place award for “best color portrait” for his work with the North Kitsap Herald.

Staff Writer John Becerra, Jr. earned a second place award in the “best long sports feature” category.

Editor Douglas Crist won third place for “best overall sports section.”

Creative Consultant Bill Asher won first place for “best community service ad.”

Publisher Chris Allen Hoch placed first for the Community Service Award.

Former Review reporter Tristan Baurick won several awards in the categories of environmental, agricultural, government and crime and courts reporting and was a finalist for news and feature writer portfolio awards.

The Review staff took first place as a newspaper for “community service” for its “Sound + Vision” series on the Puget Sound cleanup initiative.

Each year, entries are judged by a news organization in a different state. This year’s duties were handled by a press association in Oklahoma. Awards were presented Oct. 5 in Yakima at the WNPA’s 120th Annual Convention.

The contest typically draws about 2,800 total entries. Individual categories are divided based on circulation; portfolio awards are an open competition among all circulation groups.

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