News

“Pool outpacing fund driveWith 2-3 months before completion, money is short.”

"Taps opened Friday afternoon at the new Don Nakata Memorial Pool, for a landmark leak test as the facility and its 250,000-gallon tank near completion.Construction is outpacing the park district's ability to pay for it, though, as volunteers continue a campaign to tap local donors for $500,000 in private funding.In fact, the district is still $175,000 short of what it needs to pay for the bare bones facility - with a mid-September or early October opening date looming. We were, and are, very confident that the capacity is there to raise the money, said Dave Lewis, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director. There's a lot of potential there, and when if it comes to fruition, we'll be in pretty good shape.Confidence, though, is just one of the faces Lewis and other district officials are wearing. The other is concern. "

  • Jun 30, 2001

“Builders sue city over housing fund surchargeThe fee to support affordable housing is illegal, the suit contends.”

"Saying they should not be taxed to support general public obligations, three Bainbridge Island builders have filed suit to strike down a building-permit surcharge the city uses to support affordable housing. We're not against affordable housing, said Andy Mueller, one of the named plaintiffs. But that should be funded by the public at large, not by a small group of people. We want our money back. "

  • Jun 30, 2001

Wyckoff cost may be asset

"Five years ago, a citizen committee charged with envisioning a post-cleanup Wyckoff site proposed a development plan, believing they had no other choice.At tonight's city council meeting, a second committee will propose that the whole parcel go into public ownership - to be used as a park, relegating development proposals to a fallback position. "

  • Jun 27, 2001

“Kushner sells office, will retireThe businesswill be owned by islander Jim Laws.”

"Ed Kushner's real estate office will stay in the family - the Windermere family.Kushner, who started the business with two partners in 1978, this week announced sale of the Bainbridge office, a Windermere Real Estate affiliate, to corporate colleague Jim Laws.We wanted ownership of the office to be a person who was good for the people in our office and for the office, who was good for the community of of Bainbridge Island, who was good for Windermere in the big sense, and who was good for us, Kushner said, identifying goals he shared with his wife Karen. We concluded that if we could meet those first four criteria, the last one would take care of itself. "

  • Jun 27, 2001

Stuff piling up for Rotary Auction

"The computer room was already lined with machines, from the slightly out-of-date 486 IBMs and Mac Power PCs, to a Texas Instruments museum piece.The generational difference - in technology, and its comprehension - was not lost on Rotary Auction volunteer George Scott.There were two 12-year-old kids in here putting computers together, just flying through 'em, said Scott, a retiree visiting from Boston, who was putting in hours at the auction setup with his Rotarian hosts. Unbelievable, he said. I still don't know what I'm doing.The auction, which annually draws thousands, runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at Woodward Middle School. "

  • Jun 27, 2001

“Make Wyckoff public, group says”

"Overturning a recommendation made five years ago, a citizens committee now urges that the entire 50-acre Wyckoff site be turned into a public park - possibly even under federal ownership - when it is cleaned up from years of contamination.The change is not one of heart, but hope.We did look at public ownership the first time around, but dismissed it as not feasible, said Judy Hartstone, a member of both the 1996 and 2001 citizens committees.But now, with the involvement of Jay Inslee and his office, we think there is a chance it can be done. "

  • Jun 27, 2001

“Spend locally, and we all will benefit”

"The news that Winslow Hardware owners Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht are expanding by opening a paint store on Hildebrand Lane is welcome indeed, even to those folks who don't patronize their establishment.While it may not be immediately obvious, Mary and Ken's success puts a few more pennies in all of our pockets. Money spent at their establishment generates sales-tax revenue. Some of that -- 85 hundredths of 1 percent -- goes to the city. And every dollar the city realizes in sales-tax revenue is a dollar that does not have to be raised from property taxes. "

  • Jun 23, 2001

“A barrier removed, a parish engagedSt. Cecilia Catholic Church enjoys a huge and dedicated congregation.”

"On a Friday morning, some 30 communicants kneel in prayer, breathe in the incense and sing chants that would not have been out of place a millennium ago.To Roman Catholics, the eucharist is not only the central ritual of faith, but a link to timeless and universal tradition.We come together daily as a faith community, said the Rev. Dennis Sevilla, pastor at Bainbridge Island's St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The eucharist is a doctrinal adoration of Christ.The eucharistic service is a re-enactment of the Last Supper, where, according to the Bible, Christ enjoined his followers to eat bread and drink wine in his memory. When bread and wine are blessed and distributed to communicants, we believe in the real presence of Christ, Sevilla said.And while languages may differ, the substance of the Mass is the same around the world.The universality is appealing, said Jim Decker, Sevilla's pastoral assistant. Anywhere you go in the world, you can find a Catholic church, and you will know what is happening in the Mass. "

  • Jun 23, 2001

Winslow Hardware to open paint storeThe outlet will be in new space on Hildebrand.

"Success has painted Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht of Winslow Hardware into a corner - too many customers in too little space.To address that pleasant dilemma, Hall is opening a second store on Hildebrand Lane this fall, to specialize in paint, relieving the most congested area of their present Winslow Way store.Paint accounts for 30 percent of the store's volume in the summer months, Hall said. You can't move in the paint area during the summertime - we have customers 15 people deep. "

  • Jun 23, 2001

“A time for laughs, tearsA full stadium honors the hard work of the BHS Class of 2001.”

"Inflatable beach balls burst from the crowd at intervals, punched into the sky to float down and bounce around on outstretched hands.Individuals, one and all, Dave Ellick deadpanned, as students enjoyed one last breach of discipline at the principal's expense during his commencement address Saturday. "

  • Jun 20, 2001

“Time to look back, recall intent of code”

"Your sign may or may not be illegal. You may or may not hear about it from the city. The sign code itself may or may not come up for discussion and amendment before the planning commission or the city council.No one seems ready to make the first move, as city officials look to bring rogue signs into compliance around town, particularly on Winslow Way. Not that such signage is thought to be, in most instances, particularly egregious - no flashing neon or backlit displays designed to hook the unwary eye - with violations said to be picayune, some measured in mere inches above sidewalk grade. "

  • Jun 20, 2001

“Kordonowy makes it official, joins raceThe planning commissioner cites volunteer work in her bid for mayor.”

"Saying she wants to put 10 years of volunteer experience to work leading the city, Darlene Kordonowy has declared herself a candidate for mayor of Bainbridge Island.The challenge in the years ahead, she says, is to preserve the island's essence in the face of change.People are going to come to Bainbridge Island, she said. We can't prevent them from doing that, and we shouldn't do it if we could. So how do we continue to be the community that we love amid that growth? "

  • Jun 20, 2001

“Homes from a hometown guyIsland developers care enough to do a good job, Doug Nelson says.”

"Island developers get a bad rap as outsiders who are here to maximize their profits at the expense of the locals, then leave town before the consequences of their actions become apparent, Doug Nelson says.Nelson is, among other things, a developer. He's also an island native. And he defends not only his own work, but that of this colleagues.People who are developing here care enough to do a good job, he said. I don't think Bainbridge will look like Bellevue. "

  • Jun 20, 2001

Sign code may get makeoverMany downtown business shingles are said to be out of compliance.

"Artist Kuy Hepburn was preparing for his Mother's Day sale of glass flowers at his Sands Avenue studio and residence when a visitor appeared.It was not a customer, as Hepburn had hoped. Rather, it was Bainbridge Island code enforcement officer Will Peddy, telling him the signs promoting his sale were illegal.I work out of my home, and have to have signs somewhere else to attract buyers, Hepburn said. I thought that if they weren't in the right-of-way, I would be okay.Not so, said Peddy, pointing to a code provision barring off-premises signs. "

  • Jun 20, 2001

Flaggers ahead…but when?

"If school is getting out and the weather is warming, can the island's road-construction season be far behind?Unfortunately, yes. Work on the much-discussed roundabout at the busy intersection of Madison Avenue and High School Road was supposed to begin right after classes at Bainbridge High School and Ordway Elementary concluded for the year.That won't happen. "

  • Jun 16, 2001

American Marine Bank plans expansion

"Seeking to re-establish a commanding presence on Winslow Way and make internal operations more efficient, American Marine Bank is planning a major expansion and facelift of its Bainbridge Island headquarters building.The main customer entrance, now a half-story below Winslow Way, will be at street level in the new building, as will the teller lines.The single-story facade along Winslow will be replaced with a two-story building, topped with three peaked roofs. "

  • Jun 16, 2001

Habitat for Humanity takes root on island

"Primed with $75,000 from the city's Housing Trust Fund, Habitat for Humanity wants to build homes for three lower-income families on Bainbridge Island next year.Affordable land is an obstacle. Community support is not.The minute it got out that we might build on Bainbridge Island the excitement reached a whole new level, said Pat Nordmark, treasurer of the Kitsap County Habitat organization.Habitat builds what Nordmark calls simple, decent housing using volunteer laborers, who work with the prospective homeowner. The homeowner is then given a no-interest mortgage, and the house payments are recycled into new housing projects. "

  • Jun 16, 2001

“Affirming the ties of two peoplesNow in its sixth year, an Indian Education Program is thriving.”

"A new mural by Squamish artist Dale Harry, unveiled at the Title IX Indian education program celebration Saturday, depicts traditions shared by Bainbridge's native population and their first nation cousins of Canada.Those traditions are in turn strengthened by the Bainbridge Schools District's Indian Education program.The coast Salish mural, a triptych of three painted panels, each 4-feet square, was commissioned for the walls of Commodore Center with funds from the district's multicultural education budget.All the Commodore programs made the commitment to a piece of art that would welcome every student, said Catherine Camp, district alternative program coordinator, and we seized the opportunity to have an artist-in-residence come. "

  • Jun 6, 2001

“Houston, we have a solutionA nationwide job recruiter finds the island can offer the comforts of home.”

"When the tools of your trade are a telephone and a computer, where you're located doesn't make a lot of difference to your company.But it can make a lot of difference to you, as Paul McEwan learned when he moved from Houston to Bainbridge Island without leaving his job with Richard, Wayne & Roberts, a national job recruiting firm.There's really not much difference between 20 feet down the hall and 2,000 miles away, said McEwan. We're tied in by computer, and I communicate with Houston all day. "

  • Jun 6, 2001

Play area also a galleryThe KidsUp! playground drew contributions from 18 local artists.

"It's easy to imagine the KidsUp! playpark as a small wooden island in Puget Sound, rather than a play structure anchored in a sea of pebbles.Fish and water images abound. In the art works that are an integral part of the Battle Point Park structure, salmon leap into the air, climb a glimmering metal waterfall, dive under the surface of the pond at Rockaway Beach, shimmy across a glass pool.The art lets you know this is a playpark in the Pacific Northwest, said Babette Gazarian-Cherne, the project's art coordinator.Without the art works, the feeling of the playpark would be a lot more impersonal. "

  • Jun 2, 2001