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"Math scores among elementary-age Bainbridge students are declining, while reading, writing and listening skills continue to climb.Those are the preliminary findings of the latest round of Washington Assessment of Student Learning testing.While preliminary, this data does invite attention to the area of mathematics, said Faith Chapel, new superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Bainbridge Island School District.Results from the WASLs and other tests will be analyzed during this year's K-12 mathematics program review, she said. "
Just saying thank you wasn't enough.Jillian Bateman sought a more tangible expression of gratitude to Helpline House, so she is producing the Dog Daze benefit concert, Sept. 9.I wanted to show them I appreciate what they've done, Bateman said. And I guess I do like organizing stuff.
Mastering the gift of making you giveFund-raiser extraordinaire Larry Mills is Bainbridge Citizen of the Year.
"Unlike most of us, Larry Mills doesn't mind asking other people for money.His willingness to undertake fund-raising projects has made him much in demand as a board member for organizations such as the Bainbridge Library, Bainbridge Performing Arts and the Bainbridge Foundation.For his charitable work on behalf of a variety of island causes, the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club has named Mills its 2001 Citizen of the Year. "
School zone safety gets a boostBetter signs and reduced speeds all day will complement tougher enforcement.
Better signs and high-profile police presence will promote safety in school zones this fall, advocates hope.A grant from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission will fund overtime work and put extra patrol officers around schools for the next two weeks, Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn said. Police will use radar enforcement and a portable speed sign to show drivers how fast they're going.Also, the city's public works department will revise school zone speed limits to specify 20 mph from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Blakely and Wilkes elementary schools during weekdays.
"Continuing a recent trend of high interest in service on the Bainbridge Island Fire Board, four candidates go before voters in the Sept. 18.All vie for the single open seat on the three-person board, and two will advance to the November general ballot. In interviews with the Review this week, candidates discussed their qualifications and views on issues facing the department, including tax funding; collective bargaining with career fire personnel; maintaining the volunteer program; and developing facilities and equipment. "
"The school bus hits the road Sept. 5, and the school district hopes students will be on board.Administrators say that increased bus ridership will lessen traffic tie-ups due to roundabout construction.We're encouraging everyone to ride to diminish traffic congestion and enhance students safety, deputy superintendent Ken Crawford said.Construction will begin between Sept. 10 and Oct. 1, according to city officials. The intersection of High School Road and Madison Avenue is slated to be closed to traffic for 21 days - but may be closed for longer, if inclement weather delays building. "
"We were pleased with Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn's decision last week declaring Bill Nelson to be a resident at his folks' Wing Point home, and thus eligible to run for office from Bainbridge Island's central ward.It's not that we necessarily favor Nelson - it's too early for us to make up our minds. But we like voters to have choices, and Nelson is a clear-cut alternative to neighborhood activist Bill Knobloch, whose neighbors challenged Nelson's residence, and youthful barista Houston Wade. "
"After several quarters of steady increases, Bainbridge real estate prices dropped significantly in July.But according to local real-estate professionals, it's a return to normalcy.Prices have dropped, no question about it, said Judy Nieukirk of Prudential Northwest Real Estate on Bainbridge Island. I see price reductions coming in daily. But I think this is a leveling out, and a return to what we normally see on Bainbridge. "
Regulators up estimates of HMC issueThe company did not contest charges made by state securities officials.
"The state securities division has made permanent its order shutting down stock sales in Bainbridge-based Health Maintenance Centers, Inc., as neither HMC nor founder Kevin Lawrence contested allegations of improper conduct.And as the state's probe continues, state investigators say the number of investors and amount of money raised may be greater than first thought.This is the biggest case in my 20 years, said Deborah Bortner, Washington State Securities Administrator and department spokesperson. There is so much money and so many people involved. "
"The songs go on, but the singer has new backup.Peter Hwosch takes up his guitar at Pegasus Coffeehouse Sept. 1, to sing about personal introspection and global activism, in a seven-year-old series now coordinated by the Island Music Teachers Guild.Since series creator Korum Bischoff is also a guild member, the transition in mid-August was smooth. It's something that I've always done for Pegasus, but now I'm getting more support from the guild, Bischoff said. "
Is county charter good for Bainbridge?Local freeholders are troubled by a provision that would curb the influence of island voters.
"Kitsap County's freeholders will show islanders the first draft of their proposed new county charter next week.But far from seeking support, Bainbridge's two freeholders see the meeting as an opportunity to make a show of force against a provision they say is bad for both the island and the county, and may in fact be aimed at diluting the island's influence on county government.We're better off with what we have now than with this new charter, said George McKinney, who joined Andy Maron on the 21-member board writing a new constitution for Kitsap County. "
"A year ago in this space, as work got under way on a new Kitsap County charter, we expressed concern that some of the reformers would simply try to reform their way into power.Now, having drafted a charter that would drastically change the way county commissioners are elected, freeholder and Republican activist Matt Ryan confirms our suspicions, telling the Review in an interview this week that the plan created a higher probability of balance, meaning electing Republicans. "
On its last pilings?Legislators want to know how much life the Eagle Harbor ferry facility has left.
"Peel away the gleaming new aluminum siding on the main building at the Eagle Harbor ferry maintenance yard and you find the core of historic Bainbridge.The massive building - one of the biggest on the island - is the last remnant of the Hall Brothers shipyard, once among the world's largest. But how much useful life is left in the century-old building?That's the question a legislative committee will attempt to answer over the next year and a half. The facility needs major dollars to upgrade it, modernize it and put safety facilities in place, said Rep. Beverly Woods, (R-Poulsbo), one of the committee members.Before spending that money, we want to take a look at the whole facility and see if future maintenance can be done there most cost effectively. "
A $10.5 million request for a new 911 center and emergency management facility in west Bremerton is close to the November ballot.Kitsap County Commissioners expect to vote on Monday in favor of sending the county's Central Communication request to Kitsap residents this fall.Commissioners say the February earthquake that shook the Puget Sound region served as a wakeup call to all those who depend on 911 services in Kitsap.
"The Parent and Child Center will become a hair salon Aug. 24. But only for a day - stylists Aletia Bennett and Michele Belieu will take scissors in hand to run a cut-a-thon, a marathon of haircutting to raise money for the Helpline program in Commodore Center.Bennett decided to harnesses her skill as a hair stylist to help PCC because when she needed help for her son, the center was there. "
"Last week was homecoming for Jim Walkowski II - he's returning to the Bainbridge fire department where he grew up, and which he doesn't plan to leave again.Walkowski was selected as operations chief to replace the retired Kirk Stickels. Last week, he moved into his office as interim chief Ken Beach moved out.I started in this department as a cadet when I was 15 and a half, Walkowski said, and my plan is to retire at this department. "
“Re-Doogals spat rolls on with acrimony, a dismissalA boycott is averted when a commissioner is canned for poor attendance.”
"Controversy over the mixed-use project planned for the former Doogals site escalated this week, as two members of the planning commission publicly called for city Planning Director Stephanie Warren's resignation or dismissal.We need a new director. I think that should be part of this whole conversation, said Sean Parker, an architect and planning commission member.Parker and architect Peter Brachvogel announced last Friday that they would boycott commission meetings, to protest Warren's decision to impose new conditions on the Re-Doogals project after the planning commission had given its approval. "
"The crowd was, depending on who you asked, somewhere between 300 people and 3,000. As de facto chroniclers of Sunday's Take a Stand Against Hate rally, we'll put participation at about 1,000 - an excellent turnout, of which Bainbridge Island should be proud. Perhaps the better measure came not through numbers, but rather volume. To the beat of ceremonial drums, marchers for unity and tolerance on this island set off from Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, heading down Winslow Way to make a loop around Town and Country Market and back past Waterfront Park. "
"The United States Congress, Sen. Patty Murray says, helps those who help themselves.And because the Washington State Legislature did nothing about transportation - doing nothing, we would add, being a charitable description of its accomplishments - Murray was powerless to help her home state, even from her position as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee's transportation subcommittee. "
"How does Bainbridge respond when hate comes to town?After the initial shock of finding cemetery vandalism and racist graffiti, Jing Fong and Karen Ahern mobilized the community. The two helped organize the Aug. 19 rally and march billed as Take a Stand Against Hate Violence, enlisting 22 island organizations. We wanted to send a clear message, Ahern said, that Bainbridge stands united against hate violence, that an attack on one is an attack on all. "