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Playin’ it by ear

It was biologist Cindy Horning’s study of singing birds that led her to choose a “Suzuki method” piano teacher for her daughter. The Suzuki theory of training a child’s ear seemed to parallel what Horning, a researcher at the University of Washington, had observed about how birds acquire song.

  • Jan 26, 2002

The blue skies of Bainbridge

There are those, we suspect, who have little sympathy for the thousands who invested in Bainbridge-based Health Maintenance Centers, on the basis that anyone who wants to be a fool should be entitled to do so.

  • Jan 26, 2002

Jury can’t agree on Leonard verdict

Jurors were unable to decide whether former Eagle Harbor liveaboard Ralph Leonard was legally responsible for firing a shotgun blast that grazed a Bainbridge Police officer 1998.

  • Jan 26, 2002

A trail of complaints

Even before federal regulators filed suit against his companies this week, Znetix/Health Maintenance Center principal Kevin Lawrence was the target of ongoing civil complaints and liens. Under threat of eviction, the company agreed last week to vacate leased space on the second floor of the Pavilion building, across the street from the main HMC/HPC gym.

  • Jan 26, 2002

Keep the ball in play – ‘Yes’ on park levy

Last summer, their boys’ season-long heroics and trip to the World Series earned the Bainbridge Island Little League a parade down Winslow Way. Just six months later, thanks to the antics of some parents, the island’s youth baseball and softball organizations are fouling the ball off their own feet. Complaining about the “poor quality” of ball fields and other facilities, parents associated with the leagues are leading a pointless campaign against the upcoming park district levy.

  • Jan 23, 2002

Art for money’s sake

Pack up the Persian carpet. Blow the dust off the scrimshaw that might be genuine. Wrap the maybe-Arts-and-Crafts vase in bubble wrap. Then come into Winslow for Appraisal Day, Jan. 26.

  • Jan 23, 2002

Burglary spree suspect arrested in Bremerton

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at her Bremerton apartment Friday afternoon in connection with an island burglary spree and car chase early last week.

  • Jan 23, 2002

A trio of island treasures

For work that furthers peace and compassion, Dr. Frank Y. Kitamoto and Kim and Ela Esterberg will receive the 2002 Island Treasure Awards.

  • Jan 23, 2002

Social change? Affirmative

Locally based, globally aware “YES!” magazine recently received a big affirmative, winning the 2001 Utne Reader Alternative Press Award in the category of Cultural/ Social coverage.

  • Jan 23, 2002

Churches affirm ‘openness’ for gays

Two Bainbridge Island churches voted overwhelmingly Sunday to extend formal welcomes to sexual minorities, including homosexual, bisexual and trans-gendered persons.

  • Jan 23, 2002

Home sales slow down in 2001

The pace of home sales on Bainbridge Island dropped significantly in 2001, dipping to a level last seen in 1997.

  • Jan 23, 2002

Magic for the Muggle-minded

If you’ve been dreaming of a way to transmogrify that stack of books by the bed into one managable volume, or an enchanted carry-on that won’t burst bearing the burden of all the travel guides you lugged to your last vacation...

  • Jan 23, 2002

An archival collection

When Lee Makovich was 10 years old, his father gave him a handful of historical maritime photographs and told him to take care of them. Makovich honored his father’s wish so well, that he built a 3,000 photograph collection around that original gift.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Boilerplate letters are out of hand

Maybe they should change their name to the Committee for Better Mis-Representation. That’s our first thought, with allegations this week that freeholder Matt Ryan has been “ghostwriting” letters to the editor in support of the proposed Kitsap County charter – letters that supporters were to sign and claim as their own. As reported elsewhere in this edition, the issue came to light when an e-mail message to that effect was errantly sent to an alleged newspaper in Bremerton. By Thursday evening, Ryan and South Kitsap’s Jim Martin, who chaired the pro-charter Committee for Better Representation, had fallen on their swords and left the campaign.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Wyckoff deadline looms

If Bainbridge Island wants federal dollars to help buy the Wyckoff Superfund property, it needs to get its application in line by mid-March. And making that deadline is going to require some intensive work over the next two months, said city council member Christine Nasser, chair of the city’s committee to acquire the property.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Break-ins lead to chase

A burglary suspect remained at large Friday, after a break-in spree and high-speed chase through Winslow Tuesday afternoon.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Charter backers resign

Two leaders of a committee backing the proposed Kitsap County charter resigned this week, amid controversy over an organized letter-writing campaign. Matt Ryan of Brownsville and committee chairman Jim Martin of South Kitsap – both among the 21 freeholders who drafted the charter – announced their resignation from the Citizens for Better Representation group Thursday.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Group organizes to defeat park levy

Decrying the “embarrassing” state of island ball fields, a parent group has formed to oppose the upcoming Bainbridge Park District levy. In so doing, a spokesman says, Bainbridge Parents for Better Parks hopes to force the district to dedicate more money to park maintenance – or perhaps run a higher levy.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Williamson and Quitslund draw in the crowds with Schumann’s Loss lieder

Baritone David Williamson sings a poignant farewell to Puget Sound in a performance that opens with songs by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Schubert, and concludes with Schumann’s beautiful “Dichterliebe” (“A Poet’s Love”), 16 songs set to Heine’s great love poems.

  • Jan 19, 2002

Charter isn’t smarter –vote NO

You live on Bainbridge Island and you vote, and some folks elsewhere in the county resent you for it. That’s the only conclusion to be drawn from arguments in support of the Kitsap County charter, which goes before voters on Feb. 5 (absentee ballots are already in the mail). Far from the fair and balanced document its proponents claim, the charter is a partisan document that will disenfranchise voters, decrease representation and and balkanize a county that should instead be coming together for common interests. We urge islanders to vote NO on the Kitsap County charter.

  • Jan 16, 2002