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Freeholders try to isolate Bainbridge

"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. "

  • Aug 25, 2001

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. "

  • Aug 25, 2001

CenCom levy likely on November ballotServices are stuck in aging former tollbooth.

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.

  • Aug 25, 2001

Cut-a-thon to raise money for center Friday

"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. "

  • Aug 22, 2001

From fire cadet to fire chiefJim Walkowski truly came up through the ranks.

"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. "

  • Aug 22, 2001

“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. "

  • Aug 22, 2001

The cause continues

"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. "

  • Aug 22, 2001

Failure in Olympia cost us federal $$

"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. "

  • Aug 18, 2001

“Anti-hate rally is slated for SundayOrganizers would like to see attendance hit 1,000.”

"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. "

  • Aug 18, 2001

Growth and planning key in north ward raceArchitect Tom Hofferber wants high-density outside of Winslow.

"The Bainbridge Island City Council says it wants diversity and affordable housing, but its actions undermine those goals, Tom Hofferber says.He hopes to reverse that trend by winning the north ward city council seat being vacated by Liz Murray. He will face planning commissioner member Deborah Vancil, who was first to declare candidacy for the seat. "

  • Aug 18, 2001

Murray pledges help on WyckoffChances for public ownership get boost with federal interest.

"Bainbridge Island made its best pitch Thursday for transferring the Wyckoff property into public ownership.And judging from Sen. Patty Murray's comments, that pitch was a strike.It is a beautiful location, and clearly important to Bainbridge Island, she told local officials and citizens after a presentation at city hall Thursday afternoon.There are legal issues to work on, but I'm delighted to help in any way I can. You have my commitment to work with you.The problem, most parties agreed, is prying loose the property on the south shore of Eagle Harbor from a court-supervised trust. "

  • Aug 18, 2001

The moon also rises

"When Harvest Moon read about Mary Sam - an early 20th century Native American living on Bainbridge - she realized how alike they were. Sam and Moon were both accomplished basketweaver, Moon discovered.The two were native women raised away from the families they were born to, and both moved between the native and white worlds with ease.The discovery gave Moon extra incentive to play Sam onstage, as she does Aug. 20. "

  • Aug 18, 2001

Language most colorfulLeatrice Eiseman knows one shade from the next.

"Deep violet, sunny yellow and serene blue drench the luscious plates in Leatrice Eiseman's new book Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color, which she reads on Aug.16 at Eagle Harbor Books. "

  • Aug 15, 2001

“In vogue, on the cheapThe senior fashion show puts the wisdom of age on the runway.”

"The model - dressed in shades of blue and gold with floral scarf to match - waltzes down the runway to Has Anybody Seen My Gal, not at all impeded by her cane.The audience, mostly seniors, applauds as a pianist segues into the next number. Does anyone out there think old people are old? announcer Marjorie Hallowell asks. They are getting younger every year. The cheers that follow from the audience of 50, at Bainbridge Senior Center's annual fashion show and tea, are robust. "

  • Aug 15, 2001

Two killed in head-on collisionPolice say a driver may have been distracted by an object in the car.

"A highway collision that claimed the lives of two motorists Sunday evening may be blamed on driver inattention.Police say a 52-year-old Sunrise Drive man - whose name was still being withheld Tuesday, because relatives could not be located for notification - might have been reaching for a water bottle on the passenger's side floor when his vehicle veered across the centerline and struck an oncoming car. "

  • Aug 15, 2001

“Tracking those tourist dollarsA task force plans a detailed look at who visits, and what they spend.”

"Twenty-four times a day, a ferry pulls into the Bainbridge dock. Each time it does, it potentially carries a cargo of money for the island - money in the form of tourist dollars. A lot of merchants on Winslow Way aren't certain tourism does them a lot of good, said Jack MacArthur, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. But when I had an antique store, our business was 35 percent higher from May to September than during the rest of the year.Team Winslow's Sandy Martin did a one-shot survey, and found even more striking results.We asked two local businesses to keep track for one weekend and a weekday during May, she said. On the weekend, they found that 50 percent of their sales were to non-islanders, and on the weekday, it was 30 percent. "

  • Aug 15, 2001

Tales from the ambulance

"Rena Clough helped deliver Casey Skelton during the ambulance ride to the hospital. I was in the back with mom, dad and baby-to-be, Clough said, Suddenly we were mom, dad and baby born. I call him 'Freeway Casey' because he was born on highway 5.Clough relates the story of her baby and other tales from 20 years of her work as an emergency medical technician for a young audience at Eagle Harbor Books, at 11 a.m. Aug.11. "

  • Aug 11, 2001

Help for back to school

"The headquarters for Project: Backpack is a home garage fitted out like a stationery store, with spiral notebooks and other back-to-school items in neat piles. The impression of a small but well-tended commercial enterprise is reinforced when neighbor Barry Schuler strolls to the garage's open door.What do you have on special today? Schuler asks project coordinator Michelle Hutchins, tongue-in-cheek.Schuler has come to pick up a backpack and supplies a fifth grader needs to start the school year.Every kid deserves the basics to start school on the same footing as every other kid, and people get that right away, she said. "

  • Aug 11, 2001

Last-minute changes good for nobody

"Having survived the battle of the buffer, the Re-Doogal's project at Winslow/Ericksen is now imperiled by the city's ruling that 11 more on-site parking places are required.We will concede a certain bias in favor of the project - it's a shame that a once-vibrant part of downtown Winslow is now a strip of asphalt fronted by weeds. And we have no particular opinion on the merits of the latest obstacle, namely, whether square feet for purposes of computing parking requirements should be based on net leasable footage, or on gross footage, which is considerably greater.We do, though, have an opinion - and a strong one - about the timing of the planning department's ruling on the matter. "

  • Aug 11, 2001

“Parking change stalls Re-Doogals planA year into the project, backers say city planners are changing the rules.”

"The mixed-use development proposed for the site of the former Doogal's restaurant cleared a known obstacle when Planning Director Stephanie Warren OK'd building within 40 feet of the Winslow Ravine.At the same time, though, Warren decided that the development needs to provide 11 more parking spaces than previously thought. That decision, if it stands, could be a deal-killer, project backers say. "

  • Aug 11, 2001