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News Roundup - School board OKs cameras/Buckle up, or you’ll pay up/Sing joins endowment/Gullo joins downtowners/League hosts Kitamoto/Who wants to be an isla

School board OKs cameras

Limited video surveillance will begin at Bainbridge High School, following adoption by the school board of guidelines for their use this week.

Cameras will only record activity in outdoor areas “where it is necessary to protect district assets, provide for the personal safety of individuals, or monitor possible criminal activity,” according to the policy.

The cameras were installed last year in response to vandalism at the school, but could not be used until guidelines for their use were adopted.

“Our primary interest is to watch over the facility,” said Superintendent Ken Crawford. “The policy is structured so it won’t interfere with day-to-day activities at the school.”

Cameras are restricted to the exterior of buildings, and only school administrators will have access to the footage, which will be destroyed after 30 days unless it is “relevant to a specific incident.”

No audio will be recorded.

The school will post signs warning visitors of the cameras’ presence and must provide written notice about the surveillance to students and parents each year.

The policy will be reviewed regularly for effectiveness. Any changes must be agreed on by the superintendent and the board of directors.

Crawford told the Review last year that Mercer Island High School has had security cameras inside and out, running at all hours of the day, for seven years.

“The fact that we’re using them only for the prevention of vandalism outside of school hours is pretty conservative,” he said.

– Chad Schuster

Buckle up, or you’ll pay up

Bainbridge Island police and Kitsap County deputies will be out in force next week to enforce seat belt laws.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission will fund an extra 50 patrol hours for Bainbridge Police between May 15 and June 3 as part of its “Click it or Ticket” program.

“Seat belts are a proven way to prevent serious injury and death,” said Lt. Walt Berg of Bainbridge Police. “They save lives.”

Violators will be issued $101 citations.

Bainbridge Island Police wrote 81 of the 261 seat belt citations issued during a similar sweep around the county last May.

Berg said officers can pull over motorists for not wearing seatbelts even if there is no other infraction.

“The officers have some latitude with respect to the way they locate violators,” he said. “But there will be officers who are specifically looking for people who aren’t buckled up.”

WTSC spokesperson Julie Furlong said stricter laws and the 3-year-old Click it or Ticket advertising campaign are working, citing a 12 percent increase in compliance since a 2002 law required all passengers in the state to wear seat belts.

Still, the WTSC reports that an estimated 435,000 state motorists don’t buckle up, despite repeated warnings.

Washington ranks second in the nation in seat belt compliance, but Furlong said efforts will continue until “every single person in the state is buckled up.”

– Chad Schuster

Sing joins endowment

Kassia Sing has been named the first-ever development director for the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment.

Sing joins the endowment after a career in global and international marketing and advertising with industry-leaders Nike and Motorola.

She also served on the boards of the Portland Children’s Museum and the National College of Natural Medicine, both in Portland, Ore.

She and her husband, Ed Kaufman, live on Bainbridge Island with their two children, Ben and Jianna Kaufman.

Founded in 2001, the endowment currently has $2.8 million in assets.

The board is embarking on a campaign to grow its assets into a major philanthropic resource for Bainbridge Island non-profit organizations.

Sing will direct the endowment’s fund-raising, public relations and communications areas.

Gullo joins downtowners

Kris Gullo has joined executive director Cris Beattie at the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

Formerly with the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, Gullo has a range of office and event experience, which she will put to good use as the new administrative assistant, Beattie said.

“As a former business owner of a paint-your-own ceramic shop on Queen Anne in Seattle, I can really appreciate the role that BIDA plays in coordinating with merchants and promoting a healthy downtown,” Gullo said.

Beattie is happy to share the workload. Now in its 20th year, the association is at an all-time high for memberships, she said.

The BIDA provides guidance and leadership to its members, downtown merchants, residents and visitors through downtown information, promotion, streetscape design elements and holiday events.

League hosts Kitamoto

A slide show program by Dr. Frank Kitamoto highlights the 2006 annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Kitsap May 17 at Seabold United Methodist Church.

Kitamoto’s presentation, “The Japanese Experience: Life on Bainbridge Island, Internment and Return,” features photos of family and friends.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes morning refreshments and a silent auction. A catered lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to the slide show and lunch, which is $15 per person.

Reservations must be made by May 14. RSVP to Connie Waddington at 842-9483.

Who wants to be an islander?

Whether you’re a walking encyclopedia of island people and places – or simply know one interesting fact – you can use your noodle to help the Bainbridge Island Education Association honor retiring teachers on June 9.

The festivities will include a “Who Wants to Be An Islander” game, featuring a map of the island and trivia question cards, plus a past-and-present photography exhibit.

Melanie Elliott, secondary functional skills teacher, is asking islanders to contribute trivia for such categories as people, stores/shops, government, restaurants, events, history, geography, culture, theater, education, wildlife, tourist attractions, agriculture, arts and crafts, business and architecture.

Don’t feel you have to limit your thinking to these areas.

“The island is so rich in so many ways, we do not want to miss a thing,” Elliott said.

No gossip or put-downs, please, although mistakes “that spurred a positive change” are welcome.

“We hope to reproduce the game for each of the schools in the district to be housed in their libraries for all students to enjoy,” Elliott said.

The purpose, she added, is to have students understand the changes the island has gone through over the years and the people who contributed to its greatness.

Send questions and answers to melliott@bainbridge.wednet.edu.

– Rhona Schwartz

Sign up for Grand Old 4th

It’s a grand old time to sign up for the Fourth of July festivities.

Now in its 39th year, the Chamber of Commerce event includes the “Best Small Town Parade in America,” an all-day street fair, the classic car show, a pancake breakfast, foot races, music, food and plenty of family fun.

New this year is a beer garden for adults.

The street fair is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Town & Country parking lot and Waterfront Park. It features 120-plus food, arts and crafts, nonprofit and information booths. The 10-by-10-foot booths cost $50 to $300.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate America’s Birthday.”

The parade begins at 1 p.m. and travels a 1-mile route along Madison and Winslow Way. Parade applications are $15 for nonprofit and neighborhood groups and $30 for commercial businesses, political organizations and politicians.

The classic car show is held in the parking lots behind American Marine Bank, Washington Mutual Bank and nearby lots. Last year, more than 80 vehicles participated. Applications are $15 per vehicle. Participants may enter the parade for an extra $10.

Corporate sponsorships are available.

Applications are at the chamber office and www.bainbridgechamber.com.

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