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“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

Youth services get a boostAgencies unite under the new Community Connections.

"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. "

  • Jun 2, 2001

Perception can curb demand

"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. "

  • Jun 2, 2001

Energy in light

"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. "

  • Jun 2, 2001

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. "

  • Jun 2, 2001

“Llewellyn (Chris, not Jim) bids for mayorThe lifelong islander backs new parks and trails.”

"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. "

  • Jun 2, 2001

“How soon, high-speed?The June 4 economic summit will address telecom needs.”

"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? "

  • May 30, 2001

“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. "

  • May 30, 2001

Island assessments climb 10 percentHigh sales prices drive property valuations up.

"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. "

  • May 30, 2001

“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. "

  • May 23, 2001

“Success came with vision, work”

"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. "

  • May 23, 2001