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Racist fliers distributed -- News Roundup

Anti-semitic fliers were placed on the windshields of several vehicles outside city hall Friday afternoon, police say.

The tri-fold brochure showed an image of the second World Trade Center building about to be struck by an airplane, emblazoned with the large word “Why?”

Text inside the brochure purported to quote Arab suicide bombers, and concluded with the message, “Get out of Palestine, Jews, or die here.”

The brochures were signed by a known Aryan Nations-related organization with a splinter groups in Washington, Cooper said. They did not appear to be targeted at specific individuals, although it was unclear who received them.

Cooper asked that anyone who received the fliers on their vehicle or elsewhere, or who may have witnessed them being distributed, to call police at 842-5211.

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***Lynwood work gets under way

Extensive road repairs will close a stretch of Lynwood Center Road for about four weeks beginning next Monday, public works officials have announced.

The $245,000 project will see construction of a lengthy retaining wall on the east side of the road, and complete excavation and reconstruction of the road bed.

The roadway has been restricted to one lane since January, when the east shoulder began to slip away and the asphalt was undermined. Testing showed the road was sitting on what public works officials described as “gooshy,” unstable fill material.

In a first for a Bainbridge public works project, reconstruction will see extensive use of recycled glass.

Public works engineer Lay Chin Foo said the roadbed will be backfilled with 1.8 million pounds of crushed glass. The material, the functional equivalent of “pea gravel,” has become popular fill for use in construction projects.

In addition to its recycling benefits, Foo said the material offers another advantage: uniform compaction, regardless of weather conditions.

“Glass is glass,” he said. “We could put it in in a heavy rain, and it would still compact.”

Much of the glass will come from the island’s own Vincent Road recycling center, although it will be crushed at a facility near Bremerton.

During construction, Lynwood Center Road will be local-access only from Emerald Way to Baker Hill. A detour route will direct traffic to Lynwood Center, Crystal Springs and elsewhere via Blakely Avenue.

Information: 842-2016.

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***Crop Walk for hunger set

Celebrating its seventh year of helping Church World Service support programs reduce world hunger, the Bainbridge Island-North Kitsap 2002 Crop Walk is set for 1:30 p.m., Sept. 29.

The event begins and ends at St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

Also, Restaurant Day is Sept. 27, through which participating local restaurants donate a portion of their earnings toward CROP WALK.

For more information, contact Nancy Quitslund at 780-9422.

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***City promotes natural lawns

This month the city launches the Natural Landscapes Project, a pilot program to educate island residents about the dangers of pesticides.

“The project’s purpose is to educate homeowners about the potential damage (from pesticides) to drinking water sources, soil, storm water drainage systems, streams and Puget Sound,” said the city in a news release.

Volunteers will meet one-on-one with homeowners, beginning in the Murden Cove area, to provide information about the dangers of pesticides and offer natural alternatives for lawn and garden care.

Information: 842-7633.

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***Clubhouse, mural debut

The city adds another piece to its growing collection of public artwork with artist Maggie Smith’s new handmade ceramic tile mural, “Water Quilt.”

The jury-selected piece was commissioned for the large west wall of the new the Don Nakata Memorial Pool through the “One Percent For Public Art Program.”

The mural, approximately 12 feet high and 22 feet wide, is composed of a large, bold “wave” pattern taken from traditional quilting.

A section of Bainbridge Island shoreline appears below the quilt pattern, along the base of the mural. Clay artist Bridget Young assisted Smith in the studio during the production of Water Quilt.

The public is invited to the dedication of Smith’s mural and the opening of the new Boys and Girls Club building, 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the pool.

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***Reps sought for summit

Sept. 28 marks the second annual Earth Charter Community Summit for western Washington, to be held at Bastyr University in Kenmore.

Twenty-two cities across the country will convene summits that day, connected via live webcast. David Korten, co-founder of Bainbridge-based Positive Futures Network and author of “The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism,” is keynote speaker.

The summit focuses on the principles of the Earth Charter, a document emphasizing ecological integrity, social and economic justice and non-violence.

Islander Kat Gjovik, lead organizer for the event, is putting together a delegation from Bainbridge.

“Our intention for this summit,” Gjovik said, “is to bring together people of all ages and from all walks of life from the greater Puget Sound region to consider how we might move toward a more peaceful, participative, democratic and just society, while we preserve and protect the environment.”

Those interested in joining the Bainbridge delegation can contact Gjovik at 842-0223 or email kmgjovik@aol.com.

For more information about the Earth Charter and the charter community summits, see www.earthcharter.org and www.earthchartersummits.org.

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