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Park board filing this week

Hopefuls for the board of the proposed Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park District must file with the county elections office by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

If the metropolitan park district is approved by voters on Sept. 14, the new board would operate side by side with the current park board for a year while assets are transferred to the new district.

If the new district is rejected, the board elections will be moot.

All five current park board members – Dave Shorett, Ken DeWitt, Sarah “Sally” Mathews, Tom Swolgaard and Kirk Robinson – have indicated that they plan to run for the new board.

Hopefuls can file for the board by going to the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard this week, or by calling 842-2061. There is no filing fee.

– Douglas Crist

Crawford on the mend

Bainbridge Superintendent of Schools Ken Crawford continues to recover from peritonitis at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, school district officials said this week.

Crawford contracted the illness – a frequently life-threatening infection or inflammation of the membrane covering both the surfaces of the internal organs – 10 days ago after routine surgery.

Since then, “he has responded well to treatment and is recovering more quickly than originally anticipated,” said Faith Chapel, assistant superintendent.

Crawford was moved out of the intensive care ward at the end of last week, but will remain hospitalized for several more days while he continues to recuperate.

“His family has asked us to convey their appreciation for the outpouring of concern and support from friends, staff, and community members,” Chapel said.

Stores caught in liquor sting

Two Bainbridge Island stores were among 14 establishments countywide caught selling alcohol to minors in a liquor compliance check Friday evening.

M&M Market and Deli on High School Road and the Bainbridge Island Safeway were cited for failing to properly check IDs and refuse sales to minors, a police spokeswoman said.

Of the 64 establishments checked during the sweep, more than one in five sold alcohol to 18-year-old police operatives, described as “some very young looking minors” by Shirley Wise, coordinator for the Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force.

“One of them has braces and looks like he’s 12,” Wise said. “His mother, who’s an officer, just could not believe (he was able to purchase alcohol).”

Other establishments hit for sales to minors included stores, restaurants and gas station mini-marts.

The sting was a joint effort of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Liquor Control, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, and Poulsbo police departments.

– Douglas Crist

Kiwanis seeks citizen o’ year

The Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island is seeking nominations for 2004 Bainbridge Island Citizen of the Year.

Nomination forms are being sent to service organizations, religious institutions, and other charitable groups, but anyone can make a nomination. To request a form, call Greg Geehan at 855-1238.

Candidates should be a resident of the island, a major contributor to the community and the well-being of its citizens, and not a member of Kiwanis.

Last year’s recipient, Kate Carruthers, was a key player in establishing many local arts and service facilities, including the Playhouse, the Marge Williams Memorial Office Center and the library expansion.

Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 25.

Chamber BBQ this week

Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce members will gather from 5:30-7 p.m. July 29 in the Sterling Building parking area, for the annual After Hours Barbecue.

This year’s event is hosted by CFA Mortgage, John L. Scott and Sterling Savings Bank. The event is free and open to the public; come down and network while enjoying some grilled goodies.

Entertainment will include “an old-fashioned hoedown,” Chamber Executive Director Kevin Dwyer said.

Information: 842-3700.

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