Cingular to air antenna plan -- News Roundup

Cingular Wireless next week will present Bainbridge Park District commissioners with a proposal to install cellular communications antennas on the water tower at Battle Point Park.

The company will make a public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday during the regularly scheduled park board meeting at the Strawberry Hill Center. Public comment will be accepted, but no board action will be taken.

The company approached park officials last August, offering to pay the district $800 per month in rent to put antennas atop the tower. An earlier attempt to site antennas on school district property near the Grand Forest was rebuffed.

A Cingular spokesman has said the company “is working to remain ahead of our customer growth and continue providing outstanding service and technology.”

Contact park district planner Perry Barrett at 842-2306 for more information. Written comments can be directed to the park district, PO Box 10010, BI, WA 98110.


***Cutler kicks off HRB benefit

On April 10, architect James Cutler kicks off a series of lectures in which architects discuss their approaches to environmental, social and economic issues.

The three-part series entitled “Architects Respond: Design, Community and Affordable Housing” is a benefit for the Housing Resources Board, a non-profit organization that provides low-income housing and related programs on Bainbridge.

Cutler, whose topic Thursday is “Making Things Fit,” is a founding principal of Cutler Anderson Architects, recipients of six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 30 other national and regional awards.

Known for his environmental awareness and attention to detail, his projects have included the award-winning Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Memorial, the Bill Gates home and the Bridge House on Bainbridge Island.

The series continues on May 12 with Michael Pyatok, a nationally recognized leader in neighborhood planning and the design of affordable housing, speaking on “America’s Housing Crisis and the Role of Design.”

A professor at the University of Washington and Harvard University, Pyatok has designed over 10,000 units for lower-income households. In 2002, he was named Architect-of-the-Year by Residential Architect Magazine.

Speaking June 5 on “Indigenous Design: The Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians in Washington, DC” is Johnpaul Jones, founding principal of Jones and Jones, an international design firm known for its commitment to conservation and the integration of architecture and landscape.

A Cherokee/Choctaw born in Okmulgee, Okla., Jones has worked closely with Native American tribes to design structures incorporating their architectural and cultural heritage.

The HRB lectures will be held 7:30 p.m. April 10, May 12 and June 5 at the Playhouse. Ticket are $12 students and seniors, $15 adults, $40 for a series pass.

Tickets can be purchased at the HRB office at 842-1909 or, local retail outlets or at the door.


***Market opens next week

The Bainbridge Farmers’ Market opens its 20th season next Saturday, April 12, in downtown Winslow.

It was April 1983 when the first small group of farmers gathered in Harold’s Square, behind what is now Blackbird Bakery, to offer fresh local produce directly to island shoppers.

“For 20 years, the opening day of the Farmers’ Market has been a sure sign that spring is really here,” said Laurie Rosenberg, president of the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market Association.

“As always, all of the products sold at the Market are locally grown or made, so every purchase helps strengthen our local farming and artistic communities.”

Opening day offerings include garden starts, spring produce, bouquets and baked goods, as well as products from local artisans.

The market will be open every Saturday, April 12 through Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the town square between city hall and the BPA Playhouse. Information: 855-1500 or


***Poet speaks to island VIPS

The Bainbridge Island Visually Impaired Persons group commemorates poetry month April 9 with a visit from Priscilla Maynard, a poet and artist who is also visually impaired.

Maynard taught art in the Seattle area for 43 years, and has received numerous awards in the arts.

Maynard speaks Wednesday at VIPS’ month meeting, held second Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Bainbridge Library. Social time and refreshments will follow. For transportation and information, call 842-0123 or 855-1470.

Prior to the 1 p.m. meeting, the group holds the second meeting of its newly formed “listening group” at 11:30 a.m.

Formed to meet the needs of the ever-growing population on Bainbridge with macular degeneration, low vision, blindness and other visual impairment, the new group will discuss everyday issues facing people with vision loss and offer resources and support to those recently diagnosed with a retinal disease.

If you are attending both meetings you may wish to bring a brown bag lunch. Contact Catherine Hayner at 842-4462 for information.


***Forum looks at civil liberties

A community forum to discuss the state of civil liberties in the wake of Sept. 11 will be held from 7-9 April 12 at Hyla Middle School.

Mark Kolner of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will speak on proposed new federal police powers and their impact on civil liberties for Americans.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, YES! Magazine, Eagle Harbor Book Co. and Agate Passage Friends. Information: 855-8257.

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