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School signage

Bainbridge Island is working in school zones to improve safety islandwide with new high-visibility signage and reflective sleeves on sign posts.

The High School Road roundabout last week saw eight new crosswalk signs installed to replace the old ones, on metal posts with reflective sleeves below flashing beacons.

Twenty-nine “School Ahead” signs have been improved in school zones, and new signs were installed at school crosswalks.

Heronswood opens

Heronswood, the iconic botanical garden in Kingston is open and expanding to five days a week—Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The garden is in glorious display and will delight our visitors with a set of new exhibits that have allowed us to increase the collection and connections to our S’Klallam History,” said Patrick McMillan, garden director.

In 2020, due to COVID-19, Heronswood canceled its Plant Sale & Garden Open events, but it did have limited activities.

Along with longer hours, McMillan and his team are planning a broadened class and lecture schedule, which offers in-garden and online options.

More information about Heronswood can be found at

Distracted emphasis

Through April 19, more than 130 law enforcement agencies statewide will add extra distracted driving patrols looking for drivers who are distracted by their electronic devices.

Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Suquamish police departments, state patrol and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office are part of that effort.

Drivers can also receive a “dangerously distracted” citation for committing other traffic violations due to any type of distraction.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission funds the annual enhanced enforcement activity. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the state experienced increases in distracted driving in 2020 from 6.8 percent to 9.4 percent.

Shelly Baldwin, WTSC director, said, “If you’re behind the wheel, put your phone away. If you’re a passenger, speak up politely to encourage the driver to remain focused. As a parent, set rules and be a good example. If we all do our part, we can prevent crashes that result from distracted driving.”

IslandWood event

Celebrate the power of environmental education with IslandWood May 8 with a complimentary virtual Dinner in the Woods event.

In the week leading up to Dinner in the Woods, IslandWood will be presenting its first IslandWood Community Week, with different activities to participate in each day, including stewardship projects, hiking on campus, storytelling and more.

Online auction starts May 1. On May 8 there will be a Zoom social hour at 6, followed by an online program, education moment and auction.

The event will be broadcast from the Great Hall and feature speakers, videos, a community concert, and more.

To learn more and to register for the event, visit

Chamber survey

The new Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce president invites business owners to take a survey on how the organization can better help during these troubled times.

Questions are:

1. What are the key elements of what the Bainbridge chamber should be?

2. How should existing operations and services evolve?

3. What new services and support would you like to see from the chamber?

Share thoughts at or email new president Stefan Goldby at stefan@bainbridge

House check

It’s that time of year to start planning vacations.

The Bainbridge Island Police Department can help keep you at ease when you’re gone with its courtesy Vacation House Checks, at your home or office.

But you need to fill out a form that provides them with emergency contact information and other important details.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is best to mail the form, but you can email it as well to police

Free for businesses

Free non-contact thermometers and face masks are still available for Bainbridge Island businesses and nonprofits.

All island businesses and organizations are still eligible for free disposable masks for staff and customers thanks to funds from the city and donations from private citizen groups.

For details email the chamber at

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