Bainbridge briefly

Remodel underway

Work started recently on the new Police and Municipal Court Building at 8804 Madison Ave. with installation of security fencing, a job-site office trailer and building walk-throughs by various subcontractors.

The first phase of the project includes minor exterior and major interior demolition, and is expected to start the week after Memorial Day. The demolition will facilitate the start of exterior additions and renovations of the building façade, as well as wood framing for the interior.

The contractor is planning ahead to keep the project moving forward by identifying exterior and interior materials such as wood cladding, cabinetry and plumbing fixtures, and other reusable materials for potential re-purposing.

Procurement of new project materials that are subject to supply-chain delays are also being identified and ordered to prevent long lead times from impacting the project schedule.

Prevent theft

BI police were alerted to two people who dumped mail into a trash can in front of the Ace Hardware Store recently.

Thanks to alert employees police detained them. The mail was from four BI addresses on the island. Both were taken into custody. In a separate incident, a boat owner alerted police to a prowler aboard his boat at the Winslow Wharf Marina. Cameras recorded the intruder who apparently spotted the camera and left without taking anything. The owner believes the intruder arrived by dinghy. Contact BIPD at 206-842-5211 if you know who the person might be.

To protect your property: Check your mailbox regularly. Keep track of gift card numbers as they are a popular item to steal. You may be able to cancel them if stolen. Avoid sending cash in the mail. Register for the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery to receive notifications about mail to be delivered to your home. Lock your car and remove valuables. At home, lock your windows and doors. When traveling, have a friend check on your home. You can request a Vacation House Check from police. If you see suspicious activity, get the license plate and notify 911.

Students raise $6,000

Bainbridge students raised $6,000 for maternal health by honoring and dressing local influential women recently.

The BI Youth Partners in Health Engage Chapter hosted a Female Power Fashion Show at the BI Art Museum. The event featured 16 women, including doctors, activists, teachers and students, modeling clothes from local clothing stores Plum and Covet Boutique. Over 100 people attended the sold-out event.

Proceeds benefit the Maternal Center of Excellence, a Partners In Health-supported teaching hospital for mothers and children supported in Sierra Leone. The show included a moving speech from Hema Magge, a former Partners In Health doctor, and featured long-time Island Partners in Health champions Laura Van Dyke and Trish Corsetti on the runway.

“It meant a lot to see our island come together to celebrate female power like this. Our community’s commitment to global health equity is overwhelming,” event co-organizer Gigi Hendrickson said.

Search “Bainbridge Youth PIHE” to learn more.

Councils meet

Bainbridge and Poulsbo recently held their first City Council subcommittee meeting and talked about issues concerning both.

Issues included collaboration on improving Highway 305, healthcare, affordable housing, state lobbying efforts and striving for alignment in the Regional Action Plan, among other topics.

BI’s representatives included Mayor Joe Deets, Deputy Mayor Brenda Fantroy-Johnson and Councilmember Leslie Schneider, along with city manager Blair King. The group agreed to meet regularly with the location alternating between cities. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June.

Help grandparents

Nationally acclaimed author and speaker Clay Roberts will have a free interactive presentation for grandparents, parents and educators June 8 from 1-3 p.m.

COVID-19 was a call to action for many grandparents, and it accelerated a shift in modern grandparenting. To acknowledge that, Raising Resilience has invited Roberts to address strategies people can use to impact healthy youth development.

“The most important parts of my professional and personal life have been centered on the health of children and positive youth development.”

He will offer strategies (including storytelling and modeling) that grandparents can easily put into action with their grandchildren. Participants will learn how to strengthen their relationship with their grandkid(s); teach them how to say no; teach them how to shift peer pressure; model the decision-making process; and demonstrate positive values.

The session will be Raising Resilience’s first hybrid session — broadcast live via Zoom from the Bainbridge Senior Center with 50 in-person spots. Sign up at

Poster winner

Michael Birkhead, a Bainbridge High School senior, placed first out of more than 50 local entries in the Grand Old 4th Poster Contest put on by the BI Chamber of Commerce.

Birkhead received $500. Honorable mentions went to Isiah Tweitan, 15; Abigail Huck, 14; Kiernan Markham, 13; Romy Greer, 11; and Margaret Taylor, 10.

10th reunion

Class of 2012 graduates of Bainbridge and Eagle Harbor high schools will have a 10-year reunion this summer.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m. July 2 on the rooftop of the Fletcher Bay Winery tasting room, 500 Winslow Way E Suite 130. Classmates and parents are asked to spread the word among graduates.

Anyone interested in making a donation to help cover costs can email

For details or to RSVP go to the group’s Facebook page or

Health board

The Kitsap Public Health Board is seeking applicants to fill three non-elected community representative positions.

The board addresses issues affecting the health of all people countywide and serves as the governing body for the Kitsap Public Health District. To meet a new state requirement, the board will expand from seven to 10 members. Three non-elected community representatives and two non-elected tribal representatives will serve alongside five local elected officials.

For more visit the health board’s webpage or email:

2024 Comp Plan

Kitsap County kicks off its 2024 Comprehensive Plan update this summer.

The plan establishes the direction for Kitsap in addressing land use, environmental protections, employment, housing, transportation, and other facility and service priorities over the next 20 years.

The county commissioners use the document to guide decisions. In an effort to expand public participation and receive requests for amendments as early as possible, the board is soliciting proposals for changes to the comprehensive plan.

Examples could include changes that: increase the amount of housing or development allowed on a property; allow commercial or industrial uses on a property; or impact the development of certain uses in a specific area.

The period for submitting proposals is June 6 to Aug. 18. Proposals will be reviewed for potential inclusion by Dec. 31, 2024.

Meet mayor

Mayor Joe Deets is having open office hours June 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at CUPS Espresso on 123 Bjune Drive SE in Winslow.

Everyone is welcome to meet with him to talk about city business.

BI police log

May 15, DUI, Winslow Way at Highway 305.

May 15, theft from a vehicle, Eagle Harbor Drive

May 16, theft from a vehicle, Eakin Drive NW

May 16, felony warrant, Highway 305 at Seabold Road

May 16, theft of vehicle parts, Weaver Road NW.

May 17, burglary criminal trespass, Fluff Street NE

May 17, identity theft, Madison Avenue S.

May 18, fraud theft, Madison Avenue N.

May 18, traffic accident, NE Lovgreen Road E at Highway 305.

May 18, vehicle prowl, Miller Road NE

May 18, failure to register as a sex offender, High School Road.

May 18, vehicle prowl, Miller Road NE

May 19, vehicle prowl, Miller Road NE.

May 20, burglary, NE Manor Lane.

May 21, burglary, NE Old Mill Road

May 21, DUI, Winslow Way at Ferncliff Avenue NE

May 21, negligent driving of a boat, NE Yeomalt Drive.