News Roundup - Tyrrell named interim chief/Island fashion on the runway/Many faiths, much music

Tyrrell named interim chief

Former fire commission chair Glen Tyrrell was named interim fire chief Monday.

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department Board of Com­mis­sioners appointed Tyrrell to replace Fire Chief Jim Walkowski, who has accepted a position with a fire department in Lewis County.

Tyrrell was chair of the commission for three of the six years he served. He recently retired as transportation supervisor of the Bainbridge School District after a long career as a state trooper.

Tyrrell was traveling in Montana last week when he was asked by the commission to serve as interim chief.

“My wife and I are now full-time RVers,” he said. “But I couldn’t pass this up. I couldn’t believe how excited I was (about this) once in a life time opportunity to contribute to the fire department and the community.”

Tyrrell said he has no interest in seeking the permanent fire chief position.

As interim chief, Tyrrell will be responsible for administrative functions and oversight until a new fire chief is appointed. The selection process for a new fire chief is expected to take three to five months, according to fire officials.

Island fashion on the runway

What defines Bainbridge fashion? Is it traditional? Classy? Perhaps a little flashy?

“A Day in the Life of Bainbridge Island,” the theme of the third annual “Runway Rendezvous” fashion show and auction benefitting St. Cecilia Catholic School, unveils the island look April 22 at the school’s Conger Hall.

“This is not just a ladies’ night out. This is (also) a date night with your husband,” chairperson Nicole Niehaus said. “We have male models as well (wearing) clothing from Adam & Eve.”

Also providing fashion-forward styles are Blinx, Island Sports,

Kennedy & Kate, Lollipops, Moxie, Noir Blanc and Zia. To add even more polish, the show is professionally styled by Nordstrom.

Bainbridge’s own residents will work the runway, while DJ Brent Butte provides the music for dancing afterward.

The festivities begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 8. Among the auction items are a three-day getaway in Sunriver, Ore., restaurant certificates and sumptuous theme baskets.

Tickets are $35 per person and all proceeds benefit St. Cecilia’s School, 1310 Madison Ave. Attendees may present their ticket stubs at the participating shops to receive 10 percent off their next purchase. For more information call Niehaus at 384-1032.

– Rhona Schwartz

Many faiths, much music

The arts will serve as the tie that binds at the Bainbridge North Kitsap Interfaith Council Music and Art Festival, slated for 3 to 5 p.m. April 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Madison Avenue.

“I believe the Interfaith Council conceived this event as a way to share and appreciate faith traditions with one another and with the larger community,” said Alice Tawresey, a co-coordinator with Dr. Greg Keyes, via email. “Beliefs and ideas can be expressed through music and art in a way that is enjoyable and interesting. The music that will be performed ranges from classical to folk music to pop music. Several languages other than English will be featured, including Swahili, Latin, Hebrew and Arabic.”

In the state-of-the-art LDS facility, 10 faith groups will sing several songs that represent their philosophy: Bahai, Catholic, Christian Science, Congregational, Episcopal, Jewish (two), Methodist and Unitarian Universalist (two). The singers will perform in 24-to-30-person choirs and as soloists.

Then the 130-plus musicians will gather under the direction of Sharon Acton to sing “Behold, God The Lord” from Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah and John Rutter’s “God Be In My Head.”

A youth chorus under the direction of Adele Berg-Layton also will perform.

The music begins at 3:30 p.m. The art show, featuring inspirational and spiritual works by members of area faith groups, will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. Audience members and participants are invited to the reception that follows.

This is the fourth year for the interfaith music event, previously held at Rolling Bay Presbyterian.

– Rhona Schwartz

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