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Photo of the Evening: Sunset Ride

Our long warm nights invited this shot of a child venturing out for a late sunset bike ride at Battle Point Park tonight.

Thanks Marilynn Gottlieb for capturing and sharing the moment. Like certain sentences or snowflakes, sometimes life only delivers one singly defined moment.

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Grand Old 4th 2015 Schedule of Events

Bainbridge Island’s July 4th celebration, plugged last year on the Today Show for its small-town charm, is now in its 48th year. The big day is organized by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, with help from dozens of volunteers and generous sponsors.

Schedule of Events

Traditional Pancake Breakfast | 7-11 a.m. | Town & Country parking lot
Pound some pancakes to get ready for a full day of activities (or to recover from that July 3rd Street Party hangover). With pancakes, they’re serving scrambled eggs, ham, coffee, tea, and OJ. Proceeds benefit the Bainbridge High School Boosters Club, runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Town & Country Market’s west parking lot. Tables and chairs provided.

Family Fun Run | 7:30 a.m. registration at Winslow Green | Races at 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.| Sponsored by Bainbridge Youth Services| Runs begin at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue
Register starting at 7:30 at Winslow Green. The 1-mile run begins at 9 a.m.; the 5K run begins at 9:15 a.m.; and the Kids Dash begins at 10:30 a.m. Preregister here.

Street Fair | 9 a.m.5 pm. | Town & Country parking lot, Bjune & Brien Streets, and Waterfront Park
The festive scene includes Arts and crafts, food, and information booths; live music; a photo exhibit; and a Kids’ Zone with puppet shows, pony rides, bouncy houses, and more.

Classic, Antique & Special Interest Car Show | 9 a.m.1 p.m. | Parking lots behind Columbia and Chase Banks
Cars range from hot rods to foreign makes, antiques to military vehicles, stock classics to customs and race cars, in mint condition to project vehicles. The event will feature DJ tunes.

Stars & Strikes Old Timers Baseball Game | 9:30 a.m. | Bainbridge High School field
This Island tradition is in its 11th year. Baseball high school and Little League coaches and parents aged 25-55 play.

Clay Martin’s Puppets | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Waterfront Park stage
Performing King Authur.

Beer & Wine Garden | 11 a.m.5 p.m. | Corner of Bjune & Shannon | IDs required

Ranger & the Re-Arrangers/Gypsy jazz band | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Town & Country parking lot stage

Home Town Band | 12–1 p.m. | Winslow Mall
Traditional John Philip Sousa-style music.

Alleyoop! Children’s Musical Games | 12 p.m. | Waterfront Park stage
Children’s entertainment and puppeteer.

Mile-Long Parade | 12:30 p.m. | Madison Avenue & Winslow Way
Find a patch of curb, sit back, and enjoy the small-town show.

Alleyoop! | 3–4 p.m. | Waterfront Park stage

Soul Siren | 3-5 p.m. | Town & Country parking lot stage
Rhythm and blues, soul, and rock.

Fireworks | dusk | over Eagle Harbor 
The fireworks committee is still collecting donations to cover the cost of the 2015 show. Donate and/or learn more at www.bainbridgefireworks.org.

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July 3rd 2015 Street Party!

The Independence holiday weekend festivities kick off this year on Friday night with the July 3rd Street Dance in Winslow, a free night of fun for all ages with music, dancing, food, beer and wine, events for kids, and more, courtesy of the Downtown Association and its sponsors.

Music

  • The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with Ice Queen Victoria Robertson singing the National Anthem on the main stage at the head of Madrone Lane.
  • The rocking starts rolling at 6:15 p.m. with The Hep Replacements on the main stage. The Tax Authorities follow at 7:15 p.m., and Psycho Sushi rocks out the night from 9 to 11 p.m.
  • Local fave DJ John Wood of Music Masters will keep the beat on the second stage.

Family Activities

Ice Queen Victoria Robertson

Ice Queen Victoria Robertson

After the National Anthem the Ice Queen and the Pirate King will take to the streets near Ericksen with a full program of family activities, including singing and dancing; treasure hunts; a costume parade; balloon sculptures courtesy of The Balloon Brothers; and sidewalk chalk and face painting courtesy of Calico Toy Shoppe. Kids of all ages are invited to wear their favorite costume.

Food

This year’s party will offer more food choices than ever. Familiar favorites will include BI BBQClara’s Wok, BonBon, Scoops Nuts & Brats, and old fashioned hot dogs at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. New offerings will come from J’aime Les Crepes (sweet and savory crepes); 206 PIE (pizza, salads, and desserts); Jake’s Pickup (crab and smoked salmon sliders); Intentional Table (fresh oysters); and BI Street Meats (gourmet sausages and hot dogs). There will be freshly spun cotton candy courtesy of the BIPD.

Drink

Not one but two beer and wine gardens will be in full swing this year. Bainbridge Island Brewing will serve locally brewed craft beers, and Ambrosia Wine Group will provide a selection of white and red.

Street Closures

Winslow Way will be closed to vehicles 3-11:30 p.m. from Madison to Ericksen. Access to Town and Country Market will be available via a clearly marked detour.

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Photo Series of the Day: Love Birds? Or Gimme That Sucka!

Ah, love. Caring, sharing, giving, taking, and sometimes taking for granted.

Fruit eaters, these striking cedar waxwings are “sharing” a berry. Named because of their preference for cedar trees, these elusive birds are shy of humans but gregarious with their own kind, living and breeding in flocks.

Thanks Jay Wiggs for sharing these great photos!

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IB’s Top 10 Stories in June 2015

Here are the most-read articles Inside Bainbridge published in the month of June, 2015, in descending order:

  1. Bainbridge Bakers Reopens Under New Ownership
  2. Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking
  3. Polar Pioneer Surrounded by Kayaktivists off Fay Bainbridge
  4. Bainbridge Man Injured in Crash That Blocked SR 305 for an Hour
  5. Zia to Close Its Doors by End of Month
  6. Congraduations, Class of 2015!
  7. Photo of the Day: The Arrival
  8. Letter to the Editor: Island’s 5 Principles Under Attack
  9. The Sharks Among Us in Puget Sound and Jawesome Factoids
  10. Poll: Should Hildebrand and Ericksen Be Connected for Thru Traffic?

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BIPD Asks for Public Compliance to Fireworks Ban but Will Enforce

This afternoon the Bainbridge Fire Department issued a ban on discharging consumer fireworks, in effect for the July 4th season. The ban is a response to historic hot, dry weather conditions and low fuel moistures, which have already led to a rash of brush fires in the last several days.

The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Section 8.28.100 provides fire officials the ability to prohibit the use of fireworks during periods of extreme fire danger. “The importance of public safety cannot be over emphasized,” said Fire Chief Hank Teran. “The banning of consumer fireworks discharge on Bainbridge is a proactive step in reducing fire incidents in our community.”

Enforcement of the ban is up to the Bainbridge police. Police Chief Matt Hamner said he hopes the public will comply with the ban but that the department is ready to enforce it if necessary. “We don’t have to look far to see the danger in the example of Wenatchee. We don’t want anything like that to happen here,” he said. “We hope there are no violators. We would be derelect in our duty not to step up enforcement. Officers will be on hand and ensure the safety of every resident of the Island.”

When asked about citizen reporting of illegal discharging of fireworks, Chief Hamner said, “Anytime a crime or violation occurs we encourage people to call 911.”

At this time the ban does not include the public fireworks display in Eagle Harbor. Chief Teran said the BIFD will assess conditions early on July 4th and make a decision at that time about whether to approve the public event. Although the fireworks are discharged by professionals from a barge, the BIFD has the authority to cancel the event if weather conditions, primarily wind, are determined to pose a fire threat.

Eagle Harbor fireworks organizer Scott Isenman said his committee, which is funded through donations and not part of the City or Chamber of Commerce, is currently $8,000 short of its goal for this year’s show, which costs $30,000. Those interested in donating to the event can give through the Bainbridge Fireworks website or directly through Chase Bank.

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Fireworks Banned on Bainbridge for Season

[Updated at 4:04 p.m. and 5:52 p.m., June 29, 2015.]

At about 3 p.m. today the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) announced that the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) has banned personal-use fireworks, effective immediately. The ban is a response to the extreme fire danger this year due to record-breaking dry, hot weather conditions.

The BIFD met with COBI and Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) officials this afternoon to address widespread concern about fireworks sparking fires in our community. With the full support of the City and the BIPD, the BIFD decided to issue a ban on fireworks this season.

The public fireworks display over Eagle Harbor is not part of the ban.

Read our detailed followup article: BIPD Asks for Public Compliance to Fireworks Ban but Will Enforce

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Weather: A Hot Dry Week and Fourth Ahead

[Updated July 1 at 10:55 a.m.]

Sunny skies and hot temperatures are predicted in our area for the foreseeable future, with no rain in the forecast. On Saturday, July Fourth, temps are expected to reach the low 80s.

Because of record dry conditions, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department is advising extreme caution with outdoor fires and fireworks. BIFD recommends not leaving pets in cars.

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 85 degrees F. North wind around 11 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58 degrees F. North northeast wind 5 to 11 mph.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 85 degrees F. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59 degrees F. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 81 degrees F. North wind 3 to 8 mph.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59 degrees F.
Independence Day Sunny, with a high near 82 degrees F.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59 degrees F.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 85 degrees F.

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All-Comers Summer Track Meets Start Next Week

The first Kiwanis All-Comers Track Meet of the 2015 season is Monday evening, July 6, at 6:30 at the Bainbridge High School track.

Initiated by Jim Whiting two decades ago, this community tradition features races from 50 to 400 meters, conducted in heats according to gender and age—from 3 years through adults. Starting with an open “jogger’s mile,” won by whichever kid or adult finishes closest to his or her predicted time, the meet concludes at about 8:30 with a 4 x 100 meter relay, as families and friends of all ages race in four-person teams.

Sponsored by Kiwanis and organized this year by Paul Benton, a running coach at Woodward and Bainbridge High School, free All-Comers meets will be held every Monday evening through August 10.

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Protection Island Wildlife Refuge a Precious Haven in Our Midst (w/ Photo Gallery)

About 7 miles west of Port Townsend at the entrance to Discovery Bay is a remarkable 364-acre (half square-mile) land mass that despite its modest size serves as the nesting ground for nearly three-quarters of Puget Sound’s seabirds.

If Protection Island’s irresistibly colorful tufted puffins aren’t impressive enough, there are also some 20,000 pairs of rhinoceros auklets, 6,000 pairs of glaucous-winged gulls, thousands of pigeon guillemots, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, black oystercatchers, great blue herons, bald eagles, and countless other bird species that breed and live there, as well as migrate through.

Tufted puffin swimming

Tufted puffin swimming

But the Island hasn’t all gone to the birds. It is a pupping and hauling area for about 1,000 harbor seals and a small population of northern elephant seals. Deer live there, and orca whales and dall’s and harbor porpoises feed in the fertile waters around the Island.

One might guess that Protection Island was so named when it was established as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1982, but in fact it was named over 200 years earlier by explorer Captain George Vancouver because of its protective position at the entry point to Discovery Bay. Over the years the Island’s extraordinary ecosystem was far from protected. The land was farmed and overgrazed for over a century, used as an artillery range during World War II, and devastated by fire. By the late 1960s developers were bulldozing it to prepare a construction site for a massive summer home subdivision. That is when wildlife biologist and artist Zella Schultz and writer Eleanor Stopps stepped up to protect the Island they had long studied and grown to love. After years of lobbying and with help from a local Audubon group and the Nature Conservancy, Protection Island was declared a National Wildlife Refuge, barring the public and initiating the painstaking work of restoring the fragile habitat back toward its natural state.

Protection Island watertower

Protection Island water tower

A mix of tall bluffs; grassland; forest; and sand, gravel, and driftwood shoreline, the glacier-remnant Island provides diverse habitat for its immensely rich wildlife. Auklets and puffins nest in burrows in the 400-foot bluffs. Pigeon guillemots nest among the wildly strewn driftwood. Oystercatchers and marine mammals breed on the pebbly shores. Bald eagles, woodpeckers, and great horned owls nest in the forest of Douglas firs. Gulls and a variety of songbirds breed in the prairie lands.

Protection Island supports one of the largest rhinoceros auklet colonies in North America, one of the last two breeding sites for tufted puffins in the Salish Sea, and the largest glaucous-winged gull colony in Washington. It is the first place in recorded Washington history where northern elephant seals were observed giving birth.

An elephant seal pair bellowing at a bald eagle

Elephant seal pair bellowing at a bald eagle

Visitors are restricted to viewing the Island from a 200-yard off-shore buffer. Protection Island cruises are available through the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District.

Bainbridge-based birding expert extraordinaire George Gerdts led an evening nature cruise around Protection Island yesterday, June 27. Over 40 enthusiastic passengers from Bainbridge, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Canada, and India were treated to unusually calm and warm weather conditions, thousands of bird sightings, and rare views of elephant seals and harbor porpoises.

Click on the lead photo to open the gallery and advance.

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Julie Goldsmith Retires from BISD

Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Julie Goldsmith is retiring after seven years of service. Wilkes Principal Sheryl Belt will assume the position on July 1.

“Traditionally school board meetings are a venue for recognizing accomplishments and expressing thanks,” said BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel at the June 25 meeting. Instead of presenting a PowerPoint, Julie Goldsmith stood on the receiving end of thanks and flowers from the district, the school board of directors, and the community.

“She knows the strongest organizations with the best decision making are ones that foster individual input and debate, where members of the community feel free to speak up, and that we did,” said community member Tom Green, who thanked Goldsmith for improving the educational experience on Bainbridge Island.

BISD Board President Mev Hoberg agreed, and talked about how much board members have learned from Goldsmith. “We will all miss Julie,” she said.

After earning her initial teaching certificate at Washington State University, Goldsmith earned a secondary teaching certificate at Portland State University and a master’s degree in school administration at Seattle University. She came to the BISD in 2007 after serving as executive director of curriculum and instruction/secondary teaching and learning in the Central Kitsap School District. Before that, Goldsmith spent more than 19 years as assistant superintendent, principal, and curriculum and assessment supervisor in the Lake Washington School District.

“If you talk to people in Central Kitsap, if you talk to people in Lake Washington, they will all acknowledge the expertise that Julie has in the area of curriculum,” Chapel said, also acknowledging the years Goldsmith spent as a principal and a teacher in Alaska and across Washington.

“We have been beneficiaries of that expertise and knowledge,” Chapel said. She expressed gratitude to Goldsmith for the “countless hours she has devoted to our students, staff, and community.”

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Weather: Urgent Fire Warning with Possibly Abundant Lightning

The National Weather Service has issued an urgent red flag warning for this afternoon, June 27, through Sunday night.

The warmest temperatures of the year so far will fuel already extremely dry conditions and create an unstable air mass that could result in wind, thunderstorms, and abundant lightning through the weekend. Precipitation that could accompany storms will be so light that it will not have a dampening effect. Conditions are predicted to raise the threat of fire throughout our region to a critical level.

Conditions will cause fire starts to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning and using fireworks is strongly discouraged.

The unseasonably warm and dry weather and accompanying threat of fire is expected to continue well into next week.

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Love Is Love Gay Marriage Community Celebration

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marriage struck a resounding chord for civil rights. This evening citizens are gathering on Bainbridge in celebration of the historic event at an impromptu family-friendly party at Waterfront Park at 7 p.m.

The event’s organizer Christina Albrect Tinling, who identifies as bisexual, said she cried when she heard the news this morning. “I wasn’t expecting to have that kind of reaction, how much my own wounded heart needed this,” she said.

Tinling credited Grace Church Rector Tommy Dillon as being the catalyst to creating a sense of cohesion in Bainbridge Island’s queer community. Early this week about 60 people celebrated at the Pub the City’s decision to honor June as LGBT month. Tinling said the consensus that night was that people wanted to celebrate with their kids. Tonight’s party is the answer to that sentiment.

Community members of all persuasions are invited. Pack a picnic, bring a frisbee, and meet your neighbors in solidarity for human rights. A gathering for adults 21 and over will follow at The Pub.

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Think You Don’t Need to Hear This? Your Pet Can Die in Your Car Within Minutes

It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation, even in the shade with the windows cracked. On a 78-degree day, for example, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees and hit 160 degrees in the sun. Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on sunny days.

Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage, and die. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal’s body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated, and at risk of permanent impairment or death.

It happens on Bainbridge. A dog died in the Safeway parking lot last summer. Another suffered permanent brain damage during an event at Woodward School. It happens everywhere, and it can happen to you. Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter recommends not leaving pets (or children) in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher.

Carpenter said, “Don’t take your pets to the Rotary Auction this weekend. If you see an animal in distress call 911 right away.”

Watch this powerful video made by a veterinarian who tested what it felt like to be trapped in a hot car.

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Weather: Excessive Heat Watch and Possible Thunderstorm

The National Weather Service has issued an urgent weather message about an excessive heat watch in the greater Puget Sound region starting Friday afternoon through late Saturday night.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the high 80s to low 90s Friday afternoon and increase into the mid 90s on Saturday. Clouds are predicted to move in Saturday evening and possibly bring thunderstorms. The clouds are expected to slow the rate of cooling Saturday night, keeping temperatures above 70 degrees F until very early Sunday morning.

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JAWS Bites Back on Bainbridge After 40 Years

Spoiler alert: There are plot giveaways in the following article.

Bainbridge Cinemas’ special theatrical run of the legendary 1975 JAWS this Tuesday and Wednesday nights played to full and enthusiastic audiences in commemoration of the film’s 40th anniversary. Viewers ran the gamut from original 1975 movie goers, to TV devotees, to kids of nostalgic fans.

The film’s early terrifying death of a young woman swimming at night gripped the audience with horror. Hooper’s discovery of a decapitated head met with seat jumpers. The death of the boy on the floater and his mother’s heart-breaking emotional response drew gasps. And the return of Hooper and Brody to shore after Brody’s unlikely triumph against the uber shark drew a round of final applause.

JAWS audience

JAWS audience

But the dramatic heart of the movie is its centrally captivating scene with actors Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider displaying unbeatable chemistry in a suspended moment of calm as they share scars and sing drunken sea ditties, with Shaw ultimately striking a deadly serious note as he recounts his harrowing experience as a member of the real-life World War II USS Indianapolis, from which only about one-third of the ship’s surviving crew was recovered alive from a series of shark attacks on open ocean waters: “Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he’s got . . . lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red, and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ they all come in and rip you to pieces,” described Shaw’s unforgettable character Quint before “Jaws” comes back for more.

Based on the best-selling 1974 novel by Peter Benchley, the groundbreaking blockbuster that launched 27-year-old Steven Spielberg’s career vastly ran over budget and rattled its director, cast, and crew on a daily basis with continual production challenges, mostly involving difficulties with filming on the Atlantic Ocean, a realism Spielberg insisted upon. The production also endured constant mechanical breakdowns of its fabricated sharks, as well as threats from its doubting financiers.

As a result of mechanical and special effects problems, Spielberg adapted his direction to show less of the shark and more of its point of view, a filming technique ultimately credited with much of the movie’s suspenseful effectiveness. Similarly, John Williams’s unforgettable soundtrack was initially questioned but later embraced by Spielberg as “half of the film’s success.”

Overcoming all odds, JAWS, released in 1975, recouped its costs within two weeks and became the highest grossing film of its time.

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Poll: Should Hildebrand and Ericksen Be Connected for Thru Traffic?

With the new police and court facility planned on Madison Avenue adjacent to City Hall, the key north-south Winslow artery will experience even more traffic and slowdowns. Indeed, many wonder how police vehicles will safely maneuver through downtown.

With Madison further burdened, some are returning to an old question: Should Ericksen Avenue be connected to Hildebrand Lane for through traffic? When citizens put in a pocket park with a gazebo and picnic table where the two streets meet, the topic dropped, and drivers settled for taking Highway 305, Madison, or the slow back way around the park through business parking lots and over speed bumps.

More commuters and tourists on 305 and increasing density downtown, including housing developments and the incoming Walgreens/Key Bank (Visconsi) commercial complex, are putting more cars than ever on Winslow roads.

Should Ericksen and Hildebrand be connected to help accommodate that traffic? Or is the park more important than ever as a green space and reprieve from vehicles?

Tell us what you think in our new poll here or in the right margin of our Home page.


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Photos of the Day: Into the Mouths of Babes

With their awesome aerial agility, barn swallows are a delight to watch. And if you’ve ever been buzzed by them, it’s quite an experience to feel the air move a feather’s length away from your skin as they fly by with utter precision.

With demanding babes like these, mother and father work long hours to catch insects on the wing for frequent feedings.

The size of a sparrow, barn swallows are the most common swallow species in the world. They breed throughout the Northern Hemisphere and winter in southern climes.

Thanks to Jay Wiggs for sharing these irresistible photos.

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Citizens Petition City to Fire Branding Firm and Hire Local Talent

[Updated 5:04 p.m. June 22, 2015—see boldface below]

Bainbridge Island resident Nicole Oliver has launched a petition requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) terminate its current branding effort with the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates and instead seek local input. As of this afternoon over 300 people had signed the petition, citing displeasure with the designs presented thus far and disappointment with COBI’s decision to hire a firm from South Carolina rather than seek local talent.

In the text of the petition Oliver said Arnett Muldrow is out of step with Bainbridge culture and calls the city’s choice not to invite award-winning local designers into the branding process “a terrible mistake.” She said, “My vote at this point is to toss the current design effort, ending the city’s relationship with Arnett Muldrow, and reboot with a focus on local input and creativity with an attempt to create an open, transparent, and inclusive process. Let’s involve the local designers, artists, and children of the island.”

Oliver told IB she initiated the petition because she knows “a lot of people share these feelings but won’t go so far as to write their own letter to the city. I wanted to give those people a voice in this process by creating a petition.”

In fact, many people have written letters to COBI, expressing nothing short of vehement disapproval of the direction of the branding process, and not without humor.

Former Amazon and Aldus executive and long-time Bainbridge resident Colleen Byrum said the branding tagline naturally defined, closely connected “sounds like a tagline for a push up bra.” Christina Doherty called it “as cliche, campy, vapid, and face-palm-obvious as it comes. Why not brand vanilla ice cream cold and sweet just so we’re all clear on its characteristics?”

With a more serious tone, Byrum said in her letter to COBI: “It’s awfully important to know what you don’t know. COBI has zero expertise in branding—and that’s as it should be. Marketing is not a core competency of running a city. However, there are world-class design and marketing professionals living in our community, many of whom would cheerfully agree to participate in the branding process, either leading the effort on behalf of the city, or helping to frame an application process for subsequent submissions by other island design professionals. Please consider other options beyond the confused and weak offering submitted by Arnett Muldrow.”

Jeff Fraga, who has over 30 years in marketing communications and advertising, including branding and tagline work, also contacted the city with frustration over the branding project. He said, “The idea that the city would select a firm in South Carolina without even going through the RFP process or making an attempt to use local talent (and by ‘local’ I’m including the world-class branding firms in Seattle, many of which have employees who live on Bainbridge) is very disappointing. We are continually exhorted to ‘buy local,’ but apparently it’s okay for the city to spend city money (i.e., our money) to hire a firm from all the way across the country who obviously does not ‘get’ Bainbridge Island.”

Matt Fick said he is not a designer or the community naysayer type, but he felt compelled to write the city because he thought Arnett Muldrow’s logo designs and tagline were “terrible.” He expressed the sentiment of many that COBI should start over with someone new, regardless of the cost of Arnett Muldrow, whom he described as good at positioning themselves as ‘community branding specialists’ without the talent to back it up.

A professional photographer who has worked extensively with graphic designers and marketing experts, Paul Sanders echoed Fick: “Arnett Muldrow has managed to snow a whole lot of people—the product on their website is, at best, lackluster and banal.” He too asked the City why it had not sought input from the large pool of local “world-class professionals” and urged them to fire Arnett Muldrow and start over.

In her letter to the City, Paula Elliot asked, “How loud do we have to yell before you take us seriously? I know a lot of people on the Island, and they know a lot of people, and NOBODY we know supports even the IDEA of hiring an out-of state consulting firm (snort) to do “branding” for Bainbridge Island.”

The medieval battle axes, which COBI Communications Specialist Kellie Stickney said are off the table, incited the most outrage, about which now perhaps enough has been said.

Downtown Association head Jerri Lane posted a link to the petition on her Facebook timeline this morning. She was not immediately available for comment as to whether she supports the petition.

According to the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office, Arnett Muldrow has been in forfeiture since August of 2014. Privacy law prevents the Department of Revenue from releasing details about the forfeiture status. When we inquired about the forfeiture, the Muldrow office said it was a small matter that they were working out. They said it was a “fair question” but declined to comment in more detail. The company has worked with numerous cities in Washington, and it opened a small Seattle office in March. According to the Secretary of State of Washington, Arnett Muldrow is in good standing in Washington.

UPDATE: Jerri Lane contacted IB late this afternoon to explain that she had not intended to post a link to the petition on her personal Facebook page. She said she supports the branding effort and does not support the petition. She regretted the confusion, explaining that she is a Facebook “rookie” and plans to remove the post from her page. 

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Bainbridge Bakers Reopens Under New Ownership

Wondering what recent activity in the Winslow Green Bainbridge Bakers location is about? To the Island institution’s many fans, the fact that Bainbridge Bakers is reopening will be very welcome news indeed.

Four partners purchased the business from former owner Mike Loudon in early May. One of the new owners, Sean Osborn, is relocating to Bainbridge Island after selling his share of Kingston-based Aviators Coffees & Teas. Osborn took time away from busy preparations for the business’s soft opening, scheduled for this Saturday, to talk.

The new iteration of Bainbridge Bakers will offer the same recipes, menu, and decor, with spiffy new equipment and a fresh clean kitchen and refurbished dining areas. Osborn said he and his partners recognize the value of Bainbridge Bakers and aim to restore its glory. “We want to preserve this anchor business on Bainbridge Island. It’s an institution with a great following, a great menu and facility unique on Winslow Way,” he said.

Since Loudon closed Bainbridge Bakers in April in a storm of controversy following a request for $100,000 to “save” the business through a GoFundMe account, the absence of said institution has been poignantly felt by many in the community. Nearby Winslow Green business Zia announced its plan to close this month, partly attributing its lack of business to the loss of traffic from the Bakery.

When an enthusiastic pedestrian applauded the reopening of the Bakery under new ownership while we were talking, Osborn said, “We’ve literally had a hundred people walk up and chat like that with us today.”

Osborn said he and his partners are still in contractual negotiations with Loudon, who was evicted by the site’s landlords for upwards of $20,000 in unpaid rent. “In early discussions Mike [Loudon] inquired about staying on. We elected to go the opposite direction as a condition of purchase,” said Osborn.

The new owners say they are excited to offer the best of Bainbridge Bakers while making it clear that the Bakery’s management is entirely different.

Referring to the reopening, Osborn said, “We knew that Bainbridge needs this. It was a really hurtful chapter in Bainbridge Island history this past year. We want to honor the enthusiasm for what made people love what Bainbridge Bakers was.”

Osborn said that the new owners would like to hire back the business’s employees. He said some bakers and staff have signed on to return, while others “are pretty burnt” by their history with Loudon, who reportedly did not pay many of his employees for some six weeks before he shuttered the Winslow Green location and its Gateway spinoff.

The new Bainbridge Bakers owners have been working for two weeks to get the eatery up to speed to meet food safety codes and other basic regulations. They say they are excited to open their doors this weekend but hope customers will understand that right now the situation is “in progress” to work out the kinks, with their official opening scheduled for early July.

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