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News Roundup -- Man survives bridge jump/Postal food drive does well/Frank talk on date rape

Man survives bridge jump

A Bainbridge Island man survived a jump from the Agate Passage Bridge just before noon Friday.

The jumper, a 22-year-old man, was a passenger in a car headed across the bridge toward Poulsbo, when traffic slowed due to the traffic light ahead, Bainbridge police said.

The man reportedly exited the vehicle, climbed over the bridge’s handrail and leaped off.

An area island resident came down to the beach and assisted police by rowing out to the water to retrieve the man, who was about 120 feet from shore. He held onto the boat and was rowed back to the beach, where police met him and transported him to a medic unit.

The man was suffering from hypothermia and bruises, police said. He was flown to Harborview via helicopter for treatment.

The man’s motives in jumping off the bridge were unknown, police said.

– Tina Lieu

City may hike sewer rates

Each flush could come with a higher price for Winslow-area residents.

The city is considering a sewer system rate hike of almost 10 percent over the next four years. Thereafter, recommended increases for 2010 to 2014 would be tied to inflation, plus a 2 percent increase.

The increases would primarily help the city keep up with rising labor and benefits costs, according to a recently released sewer rate study.

City staff estimate that employee benefits will by 15 percent annually, while general inflation is expected to rise at 3 percent, labor costs at 2.5 percent and construction costs at 5 percent.

Councilwoman Deborah Vann said she’d like to explore subsidies for low-income, elderly sewer users to offset the increases.

Presented for the first time to the City Council Wednesday, most councilors supported a slow, careful approach toward implementing the long-range rate hike plan.

“I’d rather be certain this is the best way we want to go, especially with the population increases we know are coming,” said Councilwoman Debbie Vancil.

The council plans to have a public hearing on the rate hike at a future date.

– Tristan Baurick

Postal food drive does well

Postal customers in Kitsap County donated over 158,758 pounds of food, hygiene items, paper products and cleaning supplies during the 13th annual food drive held May 14.

The results were an increase over last year’s total of 153,000 pounds. Bainbridge Island also increased its donation from last year from 14,779 to 15,000 pounds, all of which went to Helpline House.

Households were asked to place canned goods by their mailboxes, where it was picked up by letter carriers.

A Helpline House spokesperson expressed thanks for the food donations and said Helpline is still expecting several hundred more pounds to be dropped off later in the week “and people are still welcome to drop food off at Helpline.”

Donations (in pounds) by area were:

• Bainbridge Island, 15,000;

• Bremerton 56,000;

• Port Orchard/South Kitsap 52,250;

• Poulsbo/North Kitsap 20,500

• Silverdale/Central Kitsap 8,800

• Kingston 3,756

• Klallam/Port Gamble/Hansville 2,452.

– Tina Lieu

Benefit at ‘the’ country club

It’s not lobsters and steak, but the Charles Moriarty Foundation’s Surf and Turf event is sure to offer delicious views to golfers and fly-fishers alike.

Register by May 27 for this annual golf and fly-fishing classic, which happens June 4 at the Country Club of Seattle on Restoration Point on Bainbridge Island – the oldest and only waterfront golf course in the Puget Sound region.

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Tournament registration is $100 for golf or fly-fishing or $150 for both activities.

Included are a continental breakfast, hearty lunch and tournament gift.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Charles Moriarty Foundation, a not-for-profit organization offering free, one-on-one individual advocacy services to people living with cancer.

The community-based program serves residents in the greater Seattle area, including Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County.

Staff working with the foundation help individuals recently diagnosed with cancer address a number of non-medical concerns such as transportation, individualized treatment research, facilitating the processing of financial and medical assistance and providing emotional support to clients and their families.

The foundation was established in 1999 in memory of former island resident Charles Moriarty.

Local contributors to this event include Deschamps Realty, Windemere Realty, the Harbour Public House, Silver Screen Video, CFA Northwest Mortgage, Sage Manufacturing, The Gym at the Pavilion and Town & Country Market.

For more information or registration, see www.charlesmoriartyfoundation.org/events.htm or call 855-0886.

Frank talk on date rape

Fearless in hitting hard issues head on, the Mama Llamas this month tackle date rape.

“It is a problem on the island, and I think we don’t talk about it,” said Billie Taylor of Mama Llamas.

The Mama Llamas Parenting Series presents a panel discussion, for parents and teenagers, on date rape, 7 p.m. May 24 at the Bainbridge library’s first floor community conference room.

Defined as a sexual assault committed by a person’s date, the crime occurs more frequently than police statistics show, Taylor believes.

The purpose of Tuesday’s discussion will be to talk with parents about how to discuss the issue with their teenagers, and what to do if something like this happens to their child.

The panel includes survivors, parents and representatives from the Bainbridge Island Police Department, Virginia Mason Clinic, Kitsap Sexual Assault Center and Bainbridge Island High School.

Participants also will talk about resources available to youth if they are victimized and unable to talk to their parents about it.

Taylor says sometimes victims may feel unsure they were at fault or not, and may hesitate to talk with their parents. Although talking with parents is best, if a teen feels reluctant, there are other resources in the community for them, Taylor said.

“Things happen and we need to talk about these things,” Taylor said. “We need to keep kids safe and open up the conversation in the community.”

A donation of $5 is suggested. For more information contact Sally Kidder Davis at 780-0104.

—Tina Lieu

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