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Numbers only tell part of the story

"We can imagine standing in line for a latte, sometime in the year 2014, and overhearing a few of the locals still arguing:...And another thing - we never did get to vote on that damn city hall. What was it again? $12 million? $19 million?...Ah, Bainbridge, may it never change. And despite the release of final numbers from the city administration this week, the question of how much the new city facility cost - officially, $7.72 million for the building and grounds, $8.54 million if you factor in a few related improvements - we think there's still more to the story."

  • Jul 29, 2000

Circus of the arts

"This summer, director Steven Fogell decided to introduce something different to the high school students at Bainbridge Performing Arts.What he created was an entirely original production called Circus Dell 'Arte, based on the commedia dell'arte that mixes elements of music, dance, puppetry and movement into a physical dialogue.Everything is done through visual image and sound, said Fogell. Its more of a theatrical event than a play.Two showings of the performance will take place on Aug. 4 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. at the BPA Playhouse."

  • Jul 29, 2000

Taking aim at speeding drivers

"The sign says 25 mph.Spend the morning watching traffic on Grow Avenue, though, and you might wonder.That guy on the motorcycle is a regular, says Dave Corn, as a biker roars past at 45 mph. Sometimes he'll come around the corner and just whale on it.It's 6:45 a.m. on a Thursday, and Corn and neighbor Bob Conoley are holed up in a van kitted out for comfort, in the driveway of the Grow Village condominiums. Their mission: surveillance.Drivers, they say, like to speed on their street, to the point that they and other residents feel unsafe. To prove their point, they have borrowed a radar gun from Bainbridge Police and set up shop."

  • Jul 26, 2000

Calming starts behind the wheel

"There may, in the end, be nothing like the power of the ticket book to give drivers a little more respect for neighborhood speed limits.An example from earlier this month comes to mind:Irked by heavy dumptruck traffic roaring in and out of the Blakely Harbor/Fort Ward area, a West Blakely resident called police and asked if they'd swing through for a look. By coincidence, a patrol officer was already in the area on other matters. In the hour that followed, three truck drivers were cited for speeding, enforcement that was followed by a letter from police to the trucking company, asking them to slow their employees down.The next day, a neighbor reported following a dumptruck from Blakely Harbor to the highway. Its speed: slooowwww..."

  • Jul 26, 2000

Zoltan the sultan of business

"Once he is finished explaining how his name is pronounced, Zoltan Szigethy will explain his hopes for the Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council.I hope I can expand the diversity of employment, said Bainbridge Island resident Szigethy, who was appointed the EDC's new executive director last week.The Kitsap Regional EDC is a non-profit organization that looks to bring bigger and better business into Kitsap County. Bainbridge Island resident Kevin Dwyer, the EDC's director of business recruiting and marketing, said the EDC's mission boils down to bringing new dollars into the market.We want to recruit and maintain primary businesses, Dwyer said. The companies don't have to be headquartered in Kitsap County, but we want people working for them here.EDC president Karl Jonietz said Szigethy has the right balance of business sense and community devotion that he and the other board members looked for in their search, which brought candidates from all over the nation."

  • Jul 26, 2000

“Schools, parks mull Grand land swap”

"Plans for new public schools next to the Grand Forest have inspired controversy. They may also have generated a solution.Although it has not been formally addressed, local officials are discussing a land swap of the future school site off Mandus Olsen Road with a park district-owned section of the Grand Forest off Miller Road. If the parks department is willing, and the school board is in agreement, the schools and the parks will make a trade, Bainbridge Island School Board President Bruce Weiland said this week. And I think it could be a very good solution to this issue."

  • Jul 22, 2000

City lands grant for pedestrian/ bike plan

"The news was good, and the timing wasn't too bad either.Just as a morning-long seminar on pedestrian and bicycle issues wound down at city hall Thursday, planners learned that the city had landed a $35,000 state grant for a non-motorized transportation plan.This is going to be a fun one, said Marti Stave, senior planner for the city, who applied for the grant earlier this year.The non-motorized plan will bridge what Stave calls a big gap in the island's transportation planning, long on policies for roads but arguably short on ideas for modes of transportation that don't involve four tires and a gas tank."

  • Jul 22, 2000

Townhouses for Sakai Village

"First it was a retirement village.Then it was apartments.Now even the name has changed, and Sakai Village - formerly the Village at Sakai Lakes - will be all townhouse condominiums, developer Doug Nelson says.I've been trying to do everything I can to make everybody happy, said Nelson Friday, smarting from what he described as hate mail generated by his previous development proposal.I decided I've got to do something (different) here, he said. I'm turning into a real bad guy with the public."

  • Jul 22, 2000

Mr. Deeds goes to Lynwood

"For the cost of a Coke on the ferry, movie buffs can style themselves in 1940s attire, and bring their families to celebrate the birthday of the Lynwood Theatre.The festivities include a screening of the classic film Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, which was originally shown at Lynwood during its first year of business in 1936. A unique wire recording of dance music from Fletcher's Landing will also be played, and prizes will be awarded to those who arrive in costume. The occasion marks the 64th anniversary of the historic theater. The event costs $1 per person, and begins at 7 p.m. July 25. The theater will donate all proceeds to the Bainbridge Foundation.It should be a lot of fun, said owner Jeff Brein. The last birthday party we had filled all 250 seats with people. We are optimistic about having a big turnout this year as well."

  • Jul 22, 2000

Quick work by council on tree loss

"What did it take for some quick city council action to deal with the loss of significant trees to planned developments?While they were already inclined toward new and stiffer penalties, a little pressure from the public didn't hurt.We got a letter from a woman saying 'shame on you,' Councilwoman Christine Nasser told us this week. And nobody likes getting mean letters.Hence a proposal, from Nasser and Councilman Norm Wooldridge, to substantially boost monertary penalties and provisions for tree replacement when protected greenery falls."

  • Jul 19, 2000

Going toe to toe with Big Tobacco

"Once upon a time, a lawyer had to choose between the excitement, challenge and financial rewards of a big-city practice and the lifestyle benefits of a smaller town.But today, it's possible to have both, according to Jon Ferguson, managing partner of the what is called the Seattle branch of an international law firm. The office isn't in a Seattle high-rise, but on Bainbridge Island's waterfront.Our principal asset is our database, Ferguson said. Electronic connectivity allows us to send documents back and forth on the Internet, so it doesn't matter where we are.Ferguson and Jeffrey Bean, along with paralegal Leslie Rothbaum, are the Northwest outpost of Chandler, Franklin & O'Bryan, a Virginia-based firm with affiliated offices in Washington D.C., Maryland, Los Angeles and in 11 countries in South and Central America. The firm represents claimants in injury cases, both personal and commercial."

  • Jul 19, 2000

Ruby Darby highlight park series

"They describe their music as Johnny Cash and James Brown get drunk together in Spain.Ruby Darby, an island sextet, hosts a CD release party tonight for their debut album, 130 Pounds of Pep. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Waterfront Park, as part of the city's summer Concerts in the Park series.We feel good about the response that we have received so far, said lead singer/guitarist Don Clifton, of the band's fusion of tango, funky folk and rock n' roll. We have a strong live show that is engaging enough to draw interest to our CD."

  • Jul 19, 2000

Ferry running despite crack

"Although scratched and hobbled in the wake of a still-unexplained grounding, the Wenatchee remains a safe and serviceable ferry, and will remain on the Bainbridge Island route for now.That's the word from Mark Nitchman, maintenance director for Washington State Ferries.There's a hairline crack in the hull, but it's not letting any water in, Nitchman said. We're monitoring it to see if it's something that happened as the result of the vessel grounding, rather than something that developed afterwards."

  • Jul 19, 2000

One last hurdle for Marge Center

"Thirty thousand dollars.That's what it's going to take to clear the last hurdle and complete funding of the Marge Williams Center on Winslow Way.That was the good news from Kate Carruthers and Wendy Johnson, who took time to give us an update on the project in the Team Winslow office Monday afternoon. Better still, they told us, building permits are on the horizon, and the purchase of the property itself will close this week."

  • Jul 12, 2000

“A new face, voice for seniors”

"Three weeks into the job, Barbara McGilvray is already determined to improve and expand the Bainbridge Island Senior Center. The center's new director also hopes to make sure the individual interests of its members are included in its activities.The thing that makes a senior center successful is developing activities that the members themselves are excited about, McGilvray said. One of my roles is to listen to what members want and then implement their ideas.McGilvray comes to the island senior center having served at more than 23 similar centers around King County.Most recently, she worked with Seattle's Meals On Wheels, an organization of volunteers that prepares and delivers hot meals to elderly people who are unable to leave their homes."

  • Jul 12, 2000

Zellinsky: Bring on the bucks for Kitsap

"To paraphrase the line about the significance of location in real estate, veteran legislator Paul Zellinsky says he offers voters of the 23rd District experience, experience and experience.And the independent, write-in candidate claims he can use that experience and non-aligned status to cut a better deal for Kitsap County in Olympia than can his opponents, Republican incumbent Beverly Woods of Poulsbo or Democratic challenger David Harrison of Bainbridge Island."

  • Jul 12, 2000

Flying off the shelves like magic

"Harry Potter gladdens the hearts of more than children and their parents. For booksellers, the young wizard is the biggest thing that's happened since Herr Gutenberg came up with the idea of movable type.There's never been anything like this, said Mary Gleysteen, events coordinator at Eagle Harbor Books in Winslow. The fourth volume of the Harry Potter series was the largest first run in the history of printing - five million copies. And I understand they're on the second printing already.Introduced in 1997, the fantasy series - chronicling the exploits of a young magician going through the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - has created an international phenomenon, attracting both young readers and adults and numerous critical plaudits."

  • Jul 12, 2000

“Who are we, and what do we want?”

"So much for rural Bainbridge Island.Perceptions of the island landscape may be changing, but queasiness over growth isn't, according to the results of a community values survey released by the city this week.I guess it's notable in its lack of surprises, said Marti Stave, long-range planner for the city. People don't feel any different about growth than they did (eight years ago) - they don't like it.The survey, one of the first steps in the mandatory five-year review of the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan, suggests that islanders support the same land-use policy goals that drove the plan the first time around - clustered development, preservation of the natural landscape, and rural-looking roads that maintain at least the illusion of a community of wooded idyll."

  • Jul 8, 2000

Rough waters for salmon farms?

"Where other farms have been priced off their land, one of the island's biggest growers barely uses any soil at all.But Northwest Sea Farms, Washington's largest grower of pen-raised Atlantic salmon, still faces challenges spurred by suburbanization. A growing residential population in the Fort Ward area has objected to management of the fish farm in Rich Passage, raising aesthetic, safety and ecological concerns.(The salmon farmers) are in an odd place, not through any fault of their own, said South Beach Drive resident Henry Jameson. Everything is changing, and they are going to come under increased pressure, simply due to the growth of the population.Jameson and other neighbors have objected to the salmon operation's proposal to replace aging fish pens with new facilities that many feared would blight their waterfront views."

  • Jul 8, 2000

“Peace work blossoms with trees, Natalie”

"You know it's a small world when a pop superstar and a citizen diplomacy project that helps Southeast Asia converge - where else - through Bainbridge Island.But that's the happy news, as our own Peace Trees Vietnam organization this week accepted a $5,000 donation from pop singer Natalie Merchant."

  • Jul 8, 2000