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Food drive

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is working on the Holiday Food Drive for Helpline House the first two weeks of November.

Helpline House has relied on the food drive since its founding 52 years ago to help residents in need have a more enjoyable holiday.

The need is even greater this year due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Rotary’s John Spuller said in a news release.

Food donations will be accepted at Safeway and the Town and Country Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and 12-13.

“We are so appreciative for the help that the Rotary Club is providing for our Holiday Food Drive,” said Maria Metzler, Helpline House executive director. Donated food will be provided to anyone from Bainbridge Islander, “especially those facing some of life’s biggest challenges.”

Households using the service for the first time will need to complete a registration form at the time of curbside distribution.

Oct. 30 food drive

The Bainbridge High School Social Justice League is putting on a Drive-Thru Food Drive for Helpline House Oct. 30 from 2-7 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring pop-top, ready-to-eat items such as soup, chili, vegetables, fruit, proteins, etc., to the front of the high school.

Economic info

Under the direction of new executive director Joe Morrison, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance is planning a monthly Kitsap Digital Hour.

Rep. Derek Kilmer of the 6th Congressional District will talk about the Nov. 3 election, potential stimulus packages due to COVID-19 and more.

The overall theme will be Digital Marketing in the Age of COVID. It will share tools small businesses can use to survive and thrive during the coronavirus.

Other speakers will be: Maureen Jann of NeoLuxe Marketing, Eugenie Jones-Laughridge of Kitsap County MarkCom and Rianna M. Hill of Pancake Digital Solutions.

The program will be Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. For details go to www.kitsap

Slower speed limit requested

The Bainbridge Island City Council is considering a resolution to lower the speed limit on Old Mill Road from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

The Public Works Department received emails from at least 20 residents about the proposal.

Staff determined that conditions were favorable for the reduction. However, accordance to engineering best practices and guidance from the state, speed limits should be set within 5 mph of the “85th percentile” speed, which derives from driver’s comfort level traveling on the road. Other factors, such as the number of driveways, allowable street parking, and the presence or absence of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, can also be considered as part of the analysis.

Council opening

The Bainbridge Island City Council has set up the process to replace outgoing member Kol Medina, who is leaving to take a job in Walla Walla.

Candidates must live in the North Ward, must have lived on the island for at least one year and be registered to vote.

Deadline to apply is Nov. 25. Interviews would be Dec. 1. Finalists interviews and the winner would be picked Dec. 8 and sworn in Dec. 15.

The winner would be up for election in November of 2021.

For more go to City Hall, 280 Madison Ave. North or online at www.

Safe Halloween

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high risk for spreading viruses, the Centers for Disease Control reports.

Safer options include:

• Doing a scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while walking outdoors admiring Halloween decorations.

• Having a virtual Halloween costume contest

• Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with

• Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home.

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