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"If island families find it easier this year to find youth services, they may have the new Community Connections for Youth to thank.The program, run by island's Health Housing and Human Services Council, brings together eight non-profits with differing goals but at least two similarities - they serve Bainbridge youth, and they're willing to work together to improve delivery. "
"As the political season gets under way, we can anticipate hearing a lot more about growth.The first announced Bainbridge mayoral candidate, Chris Llewellyn, refers to island growth as a problem. If the survey recently completed on behalf of the Trust for Public Lands is any indication, a majority of islanders share her sentiments. "
"Looking at Painter Mark Norrander's current show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, one might conclude that each small stroke contributes to make his work a masterstroke.The egg tempera paintings on masonite, which range from 18 to 30 inches square have up to 20 layers of tiny cross-hatched brush strokes. Working from dark to light, Norrander builds a surface that has little texture but remarkable depth and dynamism. "
Islanders pushed transit tax to successThe sales tax hike earned 77 percent support among Bainbridge voters.
"Overwhelming support on Bainbridge Island provided the margin of victory for the Kitsap Transit tax levy, according to final results from the County Auditor's office.Islanders voted 5,956 to 1,770 - a 77.1 percent margin - to approve the additional three-tenths of 1 percent in sales taxes in the mail-only election in May. "
"Saying she wants to continue and extend Dwight Sutton's work as a conciliator and mediator, Chris Llewellyn this week announced her candidacy for mayor.Presently chair of the Bainbridge Island park board, Llewellyn becomes the first declared candidate to succeed Sutton, who is not seeking re-election. "
"The movement of information can replace the need to move people.That's the premise to be explored at the daylong Bainbridge Economic Vitality Conference, themed Ferry Boats Are Not The Answer: What About Telecommunications Infrastructure? "
“Twentysomethings in short supply on island, census saysChanging demographics may be driven by the paucity of rentals.”
"Young adults - ages 20-34 - are in short supply on Bainbridge Island. And the youngest of that group - those 20 to 24 - might qualify for endangered-species status.The reason, it appears, is not entirely economic. Rather, it's the absence of habitat. Young adults, it seems, go where rental housing is plentiful, and avoid places like Bainbridge where it is not.That information emerges from new demographic data recently released by the Census Bureau, giving more detail about the 20,308 residents of Bainbridge counted in the 2000 census. "
"Most island home and business owners by now have probably received postcards notifying them of changes to the assessed value of their properties.And as usual, Bainbridge property owners will see an increase in their valuations averaging roughly 10 percent. County Assessor Jim Avery and his staff mailed off the notices on May 25, before the Memorial Day Weekend break, as part of the department's ongoing reassessment efforts. "
“Racist graffiti returns to BHSSix incidents this spring have led to one arrest, but no prosecution. “
"An outbreak of racist graffiti at Bainbridge High School - including Nazi iconography and anti-minority slogans - has drawn the attention of police.We've had numbers of swastikas show up, said Bainbridge Police Chief Bill Cooper, who sought this week to enlist the help of the public.Three incidents were reported at the school in March and another three last month, although none have been reported for at least three weeks. "
"Public participation takes many forms.Countless islanders get involved as the parents of youngsters, helping out in our schools or coaching athletic programs. Others volunteer with the elderly or infirm, pick up garbage at roadsides, run for office or just work behind the scenes to change the community for the better. We thank them.Others find their calling in sitting back and complaining about traffic revisions - but this isn't about them.Instead, it's about those who make the occasional exemplary effort, and we paid homage to some of them - and their success - this past weekend and here again today. "
Is island too afraid of change?Architect Parker says Bainbridge should recognize realities of growth.
"Architect Sean Parker grew up on Bainbridge Island.But he's not always sure that Bainbridge Island has grown up. In some respects, he thinks the island is frozen in the past.We think of ourselves as a little village in the woods, he said. The reality is we're not. We're right next to one of the biggest cities in the country, and we're becoming an urban place.The 35-year-old Parker still spends most of his professional time designing single-family homes. His special interest, though, is in affordable housing and city planning, which he brings to his role as the newest member of the Planning Commission. "
"The Swingin' Hepcats are dancing to Danang.The Lindyhop dance team will perform May 25-26 on Bainbridge Island to raise money for an upcoming dance tour of Vietnam. The Vietnamese government issued a first-ever official invitation to American youth, when they summoned the Hepcats to perform there with an indigenous dance troupe.The Vietnamese government regards this trip as a diplomatic breakthrough, said Kids First director Roger Ferrell, whose nonprofit to aid Vietnamese children is co-sponsoring the tour. They're putting a tremendous amount of energy into making it a success. "
"Commuter Cleaners is open and will continue in business, according to owners David and Jamie Nelson.The Nelsons blame last week's temporary closure on Four Seasons Cleaners of Seattle, with whom they are engaged in a business dispute.Commuter Cleaners accepted clothes for cleaning, but the actual cleaning was done by Four Seasons.According to Jamie Nelson, they were dissatisfied with Four Seasons' work, and she notified Four Seasons owner Dick Pakko last week that she intended to terminate the relationship. "
"Actors seem to assume another persona just by putting on makeup. Larry Pisoni can change into seven people. In Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown, Pisoni takes a free-wheeling comedic journey, accompanied by music, whirling through time and space to assume seven distinct clown personae that have informed the clowning tradition.I don't lecture about clowning's history, Pisoni said. As a matter of fact, the performance is mute. I'm working, instead, from an archetypal perspective - I want audiences to relate to archetypal characters, to recognize themselves and the people close to them. "
“A project, a tribute, a homeThe Marge Williams Center debuts with an open house from 1-4 p.m. today.”
"The path is meandering, 20 easy paces in length, maybe 25, connecting the front porch to the sidewalk. In ways both tangible and symbolic, it also reconnects the building with the community around it - a bridge that wasn't always certain or guaranteed.In the laying of the path - inscribed with the names of many donors and supporters - Wendy Johnson believes the Marge Williams Center has been reclaimed for Bainbridge Island, its presence exorcised of a crime that took the life of its longtime resident, for whom the center is named.The whole process (has been) to retake this building, Johnson said, and to say, 'No - this is not how she's going to be remembered.' "
New respite program to help weary parentsSpecial-needs children pose real challenges for working parents.
"If families with working parents struggle to arrange children's lives for the summer, what can the end of the school year mean to employed parents with a disabled child?Marie Zharinov, whose autistic son needs full-time attention, knows that it means losing another job.Every summer I wind up having to quit, Zharinov said. This is the nightmare.German-born Zharinov, a translator who speaks 14 languages fluently, and her Russian carpenter husband moved to Bainbridge two years ago. They have been trying to find specialized day care ever since. "
"For the members of the Iris Quartet, the May 19 Housing Resources Board benefit concert is a musical homecoming.We are four women who have professional lives in which we tour and play for large, large groups, flutist Janet See said, so this home concert, for which we prepare in a more relaxed atmosphere, is the highest quality of music-making for us. We look forward to the opportunity most eagerly. Conversely, the chance to see internationally renowned performers Janet See, Sandra Schwarz, Mary Alice Hendricks and Laurel Wells (substituting for Iris violist Kim Zabelle) on the island is a brass ring Bainbridge audiences might consider nabbing.The performers are on the cutting edge of a recent musical development - works played on period instruments. The 18th century audiences who heard Hayden and Mozart perform, heard the baroque and classical instruments the Iris Quartet play. "
"Dwight Sutton's announcement last week that he would not seek re-election as mayor marks, as much as anything could, the beginning of the political season.And while that season can't compete with this year's Mariners for sheer entertainment value, there's something special about local politics, particularly in what is still a reasonably small community. "
"When Cross Sound Church outgrew its temporary home at Woodward Middle School, it did what a lot of churches do.It looked at land, and at maybe putting up a building.But then somebody noticed that there already exists a large building meant to accommodate audiences, one that is always empty on Sunday morning - the movie theater.And so the church is moving into the Pavilion. "
"It is sometimes said that the hallmark of a good compromise is that everyone is equally unhappy.If so, judging from the protest at a Tuesday public hearing, the Bainbridge Harbor Commission's new anchoring plan for Eagle Harbor is a success.It was a sharp clash of values and philosophies. Liveaboards said they don't want regulation; shoreline residents said they don't want liveaboards. "