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Council OKs new trail

The Bainbridge Island City Council last week approved a construction contract for the Sound to Olympic – Sakai Pond Connector.

The trail is an approximately 300 feet long, 10 foot wide paved multi-use trail that begins at the northwest corner of High School Road and Highway 305 and connects with trails on the Sakai Park property.

The alignment was reviewed with the council in 2018 when it was moved from the east side of 305 along the adjacent commercial property boundary to the west side as an extension of the STO trail.

As discussed with the council during development of the 2021-22 budget, approximately $122,000 came from development fees associated with the commercial development at the northeast corner of High School Road and Highway 305.

Trail construction will begin this spring and will be preceded by vegetation management and clearing using weed-eating goats, an effort sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation.

Private wildlife tours offered

Have you been looking for a fun activity for the whole family?

The Westsound Wildlife Center is offering private Wildlife Walks every third Saturday of each month.

During outdoor walks, you will have the opportunity to meet a few of the wildlife ambassadors and educators.

All participants, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks and maintain appropriate social-distancing precautions. Limited space available. To book your appointment call 206-855-9057.

Help Blakely PTO clean up for Earth Day

The Blakely Elementary PTO is having a beach cleanup in honor of Earth Day Friday.

They will provide trash bags and will haul away the trash and recycling. Wear a mask and gloves.

The cleanup is from 1- 3 p.m. April 23 at the Fort Ward State Park boat ramp

Questions? Call Stina Tillotson: 206-902-7122 (cell) or email stina.

Sakai students encouraged to bike to school

Students at Sakai Intermediate School are being encouraged to Bike to School every day they go in-person starting May 3.

Students attending class online will be encouraged to engage in outdoor exercise.

On every Thursday in May, there will be a special theme: Favorite Team/Color Day, Favorite Character Day, Inside Out Day, Decade Day.

Students will be asked to complete an online Google form every day. Those forms will be logged and tracked, and participants, even adults, will be eligible for prizes, including traditional Sakai Bike to School Day t-shirts and gift certificates to island businesses.

Safeway, Albertsons Hiring fair

Hundreds of immediate job openings are available at Safeway and Albertsons stores across Western Washington.

Interviews will take place April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all locations. Apply online prior to the fair at www.safeway(or

Jobs available include: Customer service like cashiers; deli, bakery, meat, produce and dairy; fuel stations; drive up and go shoppers; delivery drivers; Starbucks Café; managers, assistant managers and baristas; pharmacy technicians and trainees, who will be assisting in administering COVID-19 vaccines and receive premium pay and training.

Control finances

A free virtual event April 29 at 4:30 p.m. focuses on the importance of teaching financial literacy to children.

The event is the last of a five-part financial education series hosted by Bainbridge Community Foundation in April.

To RSVP, visit BCF’s website at

A video explaining why smart financial management starting at a young age could change the lives of youth and even their parents can be found at


The Island Center report is still a work in progress so concepts like trails, affordable housing, business growth, etc., are all still in the planning stages. The story in the Review April 9 was on a draft report; it says so twice, but some readers apparently assumed incorrectly that it was a final one. Also, even though it says Jon Quitslund is the Planning Commission’s liaison to the Island Center Committee, some readers apparently assumed incorrectly that he was on the actual committee.

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