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sunny lily by Marilynn Gottlieb

Weather: Mr. Blue Sky

In a word: gorgeous. Get ready for a series of sunny and increasingly warm days and cool clear nights.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42 degrees F. North-northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 64 degrees F. Light and variable wind, becoming northeast 9 to 14 mph.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43 degrees F. North-northeast wind 8 to 15 mph.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 63 degrees F. North-northeast wind 10 to 13 mph.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 45 degrees F. North wind 7 to 14 mph.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 65 degrees F.
Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 47 degrees F.
Monday Sunny, with a high near 68 degrees F.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48 degrees F.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69 degrees F.

Photo courtesy of Marilynn Gottlieb.

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Ferries Suspended for Law Enforcement Activity at Bainbridge Terminal

Law enforcement activity at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal has delayed ferry service between Bainbridge and Seattle.

The 6:20 p.m. Puyallup departed Seattle at 6:38 this evening and is currently sitting in the waters at the front of Eagle Harbor. Washington State Ferries (WSF) estimates that it will land at 7:45 p.m., which at this time looks unlikely.

The Tacoma ferry is docked at Seattle and waiting.

According to WSF, the 7:10 p.m ferry run from Bainbridge and the 8:10 p.m. from Seattle are delayed until further notice.

Bainbridge Island police officers initially responded to the scene, followed by the Washington State Patrol.

We will provide updates as information becomes available.

Photo courtesy of Steve Voght.

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Weather: More Rain, Wind, and Possible T-Storms

More rain is expected Monday and Tuesday, with thunderstorms and wind. Sunny and warmer conditions are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.
Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:
Monday A 90% likelihood of rain. High near 53 degrees F. South wind around 15 mph.
Monday Night A 100% prediction of rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 p.m. Low around 39 degrees F. North-northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight.
Tuesday A 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53 degrees F. Calm.
Tuesday Night A 30% chance of rain before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39 degrees F. Light and variable wind.
Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57 degrees F. South-southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42 degrees F.
Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 61 degrees F.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 46 degrees F.
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coppertop osprey mating at Sakai

Coppertop Osprey Relocate from Cell Tower to Sakai Platform (+ PG-13 Photos)

Remember the “Coppertop osprey”? Historically they nested each spring on the cell tower at the edge of the Coppertop commercial center. To deter the birds, the cell company began removing their nest after breeding season. Last year an excluder device installed on the tower made things even more challenging for the birds. For weeks they risked injury to get into the device to nest, until finally settling on a precarious projection lower on the tower. With impressive effort and ingenuity, they eventually managed to construct a stable nest and raise two young.

Amid their struggles, a concerned group of people rallied to find a way to help the beleaguered pair of raptors. Janice Danielson and Isabelle Cobb, at Bainbridge Self-Storage, had observed the plight of the birds with concern. With help from Inside Bainbridge, they worked with osprey expert Jim Kaiser (of Osprey Solutions) to provide an alternative nest site. With blessings from Sakai Principal Jim Corsetti and Bainbridge School District Director of Facilities and Capital Projects Tamela Van Winkle, a team erected a platform across the street behind Sakai Intermediate School. Kaiser was hopeful the birds would choose the alternative nest structure upon their return this spring.

After arriving from southern climes last week, the osprey returned to the tower, not surprising given the strong nest-site fidelity of the species. But increasingly they flew to the Sakai platform and began mating there. Now they are at work constructing a new nest on the Sakai structure, a very rewarding outcome indeed!

Photographer Jay Wiggs, part of the Coppertop osprey welfare team, took the following photographs of the birds mating on their new nest site.

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Starstruck Ferry Riders Get Some Eye Candy Today

If you happened to be on the 9:35 ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge or the 10:25 to Seattle on Thursday morning you probably spotted a Grey’s Anatomy film crew and possibly actor Patrick Dempsey. And, yes, that helicopter above was part of the film crew, taking aerial footage.

According to Washington State Ferries (WSF) Communications spokesperson Hadley Rodero, representatives from the popular television show, based in Seattle, contracted with WSF for permission to film on this morning’s roundtrip run, a privilege they paid for.grey's anatomy helicopter

Sightings of Grey’s star Dempsey caused a giddy kerfuffle among commuters and those who heard about the spectacle after the fact.

Dempsey, 49, has played the popular Grey’s character Dr. Derek Shepherd for ten years running, a role that won him a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and a Golden Globe nomination.

Dempsey has appeared in numerous popular films, including Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon and Enchanted with Amy Adams.

Dempsey is also an accomplished race car driver.

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Featured photo is a selfie Dempsey took on the ferry today. Other photos courtesy of Vicki Wilson.  

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Weather: Strong Pacific Storm Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement about stormy conditions heading our way this weekend. Blustery wind, heavy rain, and possible hail are expected Friday night and Saturday in the Puget Sound lowlands. Heavy snowfall is expected in the mountains.

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 62 degrees F. East-southeast wind around 6 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 45 degrees F. North wind 5 to 7 mph, calming after midnight.
Friday A 20 percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58 degrees F. South wind 5 to 11 mph.
Friday Night A 90% likelihood of rain, mainly before 11 p.m. Low around 43 degrees F. Southwest wind 11 to 17 mph.
Saturday Possible heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 53 degrees F. Southwest wind around 14 mph.
Saturday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41 degrees F.
Sunday A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55 degrees F.
Sunday Night A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 40 degrees F.

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A Sneak Peek at the Plate & Pint

Crews are working to put the finishing touches on the Plate & Pint, the upcoming family-friendly sports restaurant and bar located in the former Island Grill in the Safeway complex.

When I stopped by today, April 8, the new windows were still taped and dry wall dust was hanging in the air, but things looked pretty spiffy. Booths and tables are in, the bar is just about complete, and screens and signs are up.

Owners Kevin and Whitney Warren have set May 1 as the restaurant’s official opening day. The eatery will serve “elevated bar food” daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, with seating for 110.

The Warrens also own Café Nola, which will continue serving fine Northwest fare in Winslow.

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Photos by Julie Hall and courtesy of the Warrens.

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Walgreens and Key Bank Going into Visconsi Site

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) has provided building permits for construction of a full-service Walgreens at the Visconsi-owned site on the corner of Highway 305 and High School Road.

According to the permit application, the Walgreens will be a single-story store with a drive-thru pharmacy. The building will be 14,475 square feet on a 1.57 acre lot. COBI Permit Technician Dave Erbes said construction could begin at any time.

walgreens permit app drawingAn application for construction of a Key Bank also is in the final permitting stages in the City’s Planning Department. Erbes said the permit to begin construction on the bank is very close. The bank will be 3,228 square feet on a 0.89 acre lot where the former Deschamps Realty building was located. It will include a drive-thru.

Bainbridge-based landscape architect firm Fischer Bouma Partnership has been contracted for both jobs. Browne Wheeler Engineers, also located on Bainbridge, will serve as the engineering firm for the new Key Bank.

Walgreens and Key Bank are listed as part of the Visconsi Companies’ Master Plan for its Bainbridge Island commercial development.key bank permit app drawing

No other permit applications for the Visconsi site have been submitted to the City.

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Photos by Julie Hall.

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Poll Results: Your Answers to What Should Go into Winslow’s Former Storyville Site

After over three years, Storyville Coffee owners put the undeveloped storefront on Winslow Way back on the market, on March 23. They had purchased the space in late 2011 and kept it vacant.

The site was previously a home furnishings store and before that a hardware store for many years.

Here are your responses to our silly poll about how that space should be put to use. There were 190 votes cast, 91 of which were selected from our proposed uses and 99 of which were write-in comments.

Here are the results from our proposed uses (for the record, IB does not advocate a strip club or drive-thru liquor store/gun shop in that space):

  • 18.95% (36 votes) for Strip club
  • 13.68% (26 votes) for Drive-thru liquor store/gun shop
  • 10.53% (20 votes) for Central Market Pizza
  • 4.74% (9 votes) for Bainbridge police station

Over half of the votes—52.11%—were write-in comments:

  • Off leash park
  • Collaborative Biz Space
  • Caffe Ladro
  • A restaurant that just serves ordinary healthy food (gluten free choices!)
  • Hardware Store
  • Quiet Space
  • Via Rosa Italian market
  • Parking Garage
  • Tea Party Shop
  • bagel shop
  • marijuana shop & smoking parlor
  • yoga
  • Upscale restaurant
  • Marijuana Depot
  • furniture store
  • ramen noodle house
  • Bowling Alley or indoor mini go-kart race track
  • Pot store
  • Good take out Chinese!!!
  • italian restaurant wood fired pizza and wine bar
  • Decent hardware store
  • Multi-shop market space like in the Lynnwood Pleasant Beach complex
  • Souvenirs of Island/Washington state
  • Family dining
  • Hardware store
  • Italian red gravy restaurant
  • winslow hardware!
  • A “Freedom From Religion Foundation” satellite office
  • Hardware store like before
  • Bowling Alley
  • Hitchcock
  • A highly prosperous mercantile business that will enhance tax revenue
  • Joe’s Tavern
  • Cannabis!
  • Pinball Arcade
  • hardware store
  • Trader Joe’s
  • What ever the buyer wishes to place there!
  • Home decor shop
  • Split in half, small boutiques down 1 side, Greek restaurant on the other.
  • Winslow Hardware
  • Four Swallows
  • ice rink
  • Sports bar!
  • non of those
  • something productive
  • Restaurant/Music/Bar
  • hardware store
  • Off Track Betting
  • church
  • Via Rosa 11 Restaurant
  • Publicly owned cooperative marketplace for locally sourced food and products
  • 122! or some other bar/establishment
  • a hip family friendly taqueria. Eugene has a couple great ones!
  • a real hardware store
  • A theatre for Ovation Musical Theatre Bainbridge
  • Teen center bowling, video arcade, music shop. Teen job center
  • Bowling alley!!!!
  • Fish & Chips shop
  • Days: soda fountain; nights: live stage
  • Italian restuarant mid pricing
  • chinese restaurant
  • Chinese food restaurant
  • Chinese takeout
  • Hardware store…
  • Dana’s, Danger, FB
  • Cactus Mexican Restaurant
  • hardware store with soda fountain and teen hang-out
  • Hardware & Mercantile!
  • Comedy Club
  • home depot
  • BBQ Joint like Mike’s BBQ in Port Gamble
  • market of vendors like an indoor farmers’ market
  • gift shop
  • family affordable restaurant
  • VegetarianVegan Restaurant
  • All of the above
  • Old school diner/drug store
  • boxing gym
  • Department store
  • Market for artisan crafts, goods and foof
  • Hitchcock 2.0
  • Restaurant like the Hardware Store on Vashon Island
  • year-round farmers market & local crafts
  • a reasonably priced mens/women’s clothing store (like Lindsleys)
  • Sports bar
  • open market space
  • brew pub
  • something like this!: http://www.freshprepkitchens.com
  • Off-leash dog park
  • Swain’s with a Soda Fountain
  • High-end food court
  • community artists/makers space
  • Floatation centre or shared market (Pike)
  • Arcade
  • all ages pool/ darts hall
  • The 122 Restaurant
  • NON unless there is more parking
  • Churchmouse – yarns & teahouse

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Sound of the Week: My Woodpecker Is a Loud Genius

This male red-breasted sapsucker, a type of woodpecker fairly common in the Pacific Northwest, has apparently chosen an unusual way to attract a mate. When he is not feeding at trees or calling, he has taken to pounding at the gutter on my house, greatly amplifying the rapping sound of his pecking.

Indeed, this is just a theory, but it’s the best explanation my family can come up with for the persistent metallic rapping of this bold redhead.

Anybody else have a gutter pecker?

Listen to his pecking:

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Photo and sound by Julie Hall.

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The Funny Bunny Pages: Happy Easter and Chag Pesach Sameach!

Happy holiday!

Here are some Easter Bunny jokes for the whole family:

 

Q. What does the Easter Bunny get for making a basket?

A. Two points like everybody else!

 

Q. What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

A. Bugs Bunny.

 

Q. Why did the Easter Bunny hide the egg?

A. Because it was a little chicken.

 

Q. How are rabbits like calculators?

A. They multiply really fast.

 

Q. Why can’t the Easter Bunny’s nose be 12 inches long?

A. Because then it would be a foot.

 

Q. What do you call a line of rabbits walking backwards?

A. A receding hare line.

 

Q. How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?

A. Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?

 

[This article from the archives first appeared April 8, 2012.]

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Medic Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing at Bainbridge Ferry Terminal

Emergency response helicopter Airlift 2 made an improvised landing at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal parking lot just before 8 a.m. today.

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) had called for an airlift transport of a patient with a life-threatening medical condition. As Airlift 2, from Seattle, prepared to land, the pilot discovered that the BIFD Station 21 helipad was below visibility criteria because of heavy fog. The pilot radioed the BIFD, requesting an alternative landing site at the ferry terminal.

Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said the BIFD immediately contacted the ferry crew to request assistance in clearing the terminal’s loading zone parking lot. “We have a great relationship with the ferries. We asked for a solution, and they gave it,” he said.

Within minutes the ferry crew finished loading and launching the outgoing ferry, closed the toll booths, and cleared the parking lot.airlift 2 helicopter at bainbridge ferry terminal

The helicopter was able to land safely, and paramedics transferred the patient for transport to Harborview, a 7-8 minute flight time.

Carpenter explained that the BIFD has a list of alternate helicopter landing sites on Bainbridge, including golf courses, the country club, and the Bainbridge First Baptist Church across the street from Station 21. The last time an airlift occurred on an alternate site was last September at Hilltop (read more).

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Photos courtesy of BIFD. 

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Small Fire at Doc’s This Morning

Bainbridge Island firefighters responded to a 911 call at 6:58 this morning about a fire at Doc’s Marina Grill on Madison and Parfitt. An employee had discovered smoke after opening the restaurant.

The BIFD found a burning propane line in the building. Smoke was pouring from its melting plastic lining. Firefighters shut off the propane line and blew the smoke out of the building.

There were no injuries.

BIFD Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said there is no other damage, and the restaurant will likely be able to open for regular business today.

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Lind.

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Russ Melhorn

Bainbridge Amputee Vet Ignored by VA Gets Help from Local Fireman

Bainbridge resident Russell Melhorn served 22 years in the United States Navy. During the Vietnam War he was exposed to a heavy dose of Agent Orange, a deadly chemical used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicide warfare program.

Since retiring from the Navy Melhorn’s health has deteriorated. Doctors told him that exposure to Agent Orange damaged the bone marrow in his legs. Over time, that damage, combined with complications from diabetes, necessitated numerous amputations overseen and paid for by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Melhorn, 72, is reluctant to disparage the Navy: “Ninety percent was good, and I try to forget the other 10 percent.” But he said the VA has not been good to him. A partial amputation to his left leg did not heal properly. Melhorn admitted he had maggots in his wound. He said it took six months of requesting medical assistance and finally “blowing up” to get help, which consisted of a complete amputation of his leg. A few years later he said he heard a pop in his other leg and collapsed in the shower. Doctors said his bone marrow “did not resemble bone marrow.” They fully removed his second leg, also up to the groin.

Michael Finley building ramp

Michael Finley building ramp

Melhorn is on a catheter and relies on an electric wheelchair to move around. The wheelchair is worn looking and makes noises, and about a month ago its elevating function broke. The lift function raises Melhorn 10 inches. Those 10 inches may not sound like much, but they enable him to reach the faucets in his bathroom and the stove in his kitchen. They also are what gets him into bed at night.

When Melhorn’s wheelchair lift failed he called the VA to ask for a repair. He said they contacted the manufacturer but declined to pay the cost of repairing the wheelchair when they learned how much it would be. The VA in Seattle told Melhorn to come for a refitting, giving him an appointment over two months away from the time he called.

Melhorn’s evening caregiver could not lift his 212-pound body into his bed, so Melhorn called the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD). According to Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter, firefighters assisted Melhorn each night for over three weeks. Finally one member of the department decided to take matters into his own hands. Firefighter and EMT Michael Finley assessed the situation and went to work building a platform with a ramp so that Melhorn could get up to his bed. ProBuild on Bainbridge Island provided the lumber to build it.

When I visited Melhorn in his apartment, his morning caregiver from Visiting Angels, Patty Graham, set up the ramp system for me to see. Melhorn explained that he uses a rope on a post to roll himself over at night. Melhorn and Graham were grateful for Finley’s ingenuity and willingness to help.

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Ramp system in Melhorn’s bedroom

But Graham is angry about Melhorn’s situation. She explained that just yesterday the VA had promised to send a car to pick up Melhorn and take him to get his glasses fixed. His glasses are cracked on one side, something I noticed right away when I met him. Both Graham and Melhorn said no one showed to pick him up. “I hear him calling repeatedly to get help,” said Graham. “The VA isn’t taking care of him.”

Graham explained that her four-hour shift ends and 10 a.m. and Melhorn is alone until a second caregiver comes at 6 p.m. “He’s alone all day. Anything could happen. He falls. I’ve come back between shifts to check on him. He gets depressed. Sometimes he says it’s not worth living,” said Graham.

Graham prompted Melhorn, “What happened with your heart medicine and insulin?”

“The Navy said I was cured of my diabetes; then I had a heart attack,” said Melhorn. He said after the heart attack he was supposed to take daily heart medication, but the VA took a month to provide it. He said they also failed to supply him with insulin for his diabetes for a few days.

Melhorn has an appointment with the VA for a new wheelchair fitting on May 4.

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Photo of Michael Finley courtesy of BIFD. Other photos by Julie Hall.

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Weather: Rain and Possible T-Storms

A rainy spell is expected to begin tonight and continue at least into the middle of the week, with possible thunderstorms.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:

Monday Night An 80 percent likelihood of rain, with a low around 47 degrees F. South wind 7 to 14 mph.
Tuesday A 90 percent likelihood of rain, with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m. A high near 54 degrees F. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming north in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night An 80 percent likelihood of rain, with a low around 41 degrees F. Light and variable wind becoming west-southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.
Wednesday A 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a high near 52 degrees F and light wind.
Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of rain, with a low around 40 degrees F and light wind.

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206 Pie Artisan Pizza Is Rolling into Town

Fresh dough is rising right now for tomorrow’s opening of 206 Pie, the new spot for artisan pizza in downtown Winslow.

You may have sampled owner Chris Kelly’s fresh made-to-order pizzas at Intentional Table, where he has been teaching the art of pizza making. Or perhaps you’ve noticed his “mobile pizza unit” parked in the south parking lot of Island Fitness on Madison Avenue. Kelly will be firing up its oven starting Tuesday, March 31, next to Island Fitness at noon, so if you’re game to eat he’s game to feed you.

206 Pie pizza mobile trailerKelly, who has worked in the food industry for over 15 years, said he just really loves good pizza. After moving to Bainbridge Island last year with his family, he decided to throw his dough into the mix of local pizza offerings.

He’s been planning and preparing to launch 206 Pie for the past year. Recently he got to see what people think of his pies. “We were serving at Intentional Table during the last Friday Art Walk, and the response was phenomenal,” he said.

Kelly plans to be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 8 p.m. On Saturdays he will serve his pizza at the downtown Farmers Market. He also will offer catering services.

Chris Kelly at right

Chris Kelly at right

How does he do it out of what is basically a fancy cart on wheels? Kelly prepares and stores his dough, sauces, and toppings at a commercial kitchen at St. Barnabas. He moves his fresh ingredients to the trailer, a six-foot-long prep and bake facility, where his 12-inch pies take about 8 minutes to cook. He plans to offer slices soon.

So, what is artisan pizza? Kelly said that like flatbread the crust is thin, but unlike flatbread its edges are chewy and airy like a fresh baguette. Kelly plans to use as much local and organic ingredients as possible, making his dough fresh in the kitchen every few days. He said the crust is the best part, and given how lovingly he labors over its numerous “proofing” stages, he means it.

Kelly said he may locate from time to time at other sites, such as Bainbridge Island Brewing Company at dinner time and in the fall near the high school during lunch hours, but his priority is to keep regular hours at one primary location in Winslow.

Check out the 206 Pie menu. Find them on Facebook. Call them at 206-552-0197.

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School District Selects New Director of Special Services

The Bainbridge Island School District has selected Diane Leonetti as its new executive director of Special Services, effective July 1, 2015. Leonetti has a long history of service to District students with special needs and their families. In addition to her current position as Coordinator of Instructional Support Services, Leonetti has served as an occupational therapist and special education coordinator.

Interview committee members said Leonetti’s reputation within the district stood out in a field of highly competitive candidates.

“The screening and interview process was rigorous and intense, and we were so pleased to come through that and realize that Diane is the best possible candidate for this position,” said Meg Evans, Ordway Elementary teacher and member of the interview committee. “Diane has a unique combination of depth of experience, knowledge of our district, and passion for the education of every child. I am thrilled with her selection, and look forward to many productive years working with her.”

Parents on the interview panel and those who have worked with Leonetti agreed.

“Dianne Leonetti has been a devoted, respected, and highly knowledgeable part of the Bainbridge Island School District for 25 years,” said Viki Walaskay, a parent and member of the interview committee. “She has worked personally with many of the children she will now be serving as Executive Director of Special Services. Her understanding of all sides of complex issues specific to this district and special education is second to none, and she does not shy away from difficult situations or hard work. It is abundantly clear she has built an enormous amount of trust from both educators and parents. She is a true leader, and I am looking forward to her vision for this department.”

Leonetti came to the District in 1990 with a Masters of Education from Western Washington University and experience as an occupational therapist for the state of Washington. She will replaces retiring Director Bill Mosiman.

“I’m thrilled to be selected as the next Executive Director of Special Services,” Leonetti said. “I have worked with students with special needs, and their parents, throughout the school district for many years, and having lived and raised a family on Bainbridge Island I have strong connections to this community. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to work collaboratively with families, staff, and administration in this capacity.”

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Where on the Island? Cinematically Bainbridge

These luminously cinematic images of two old Bainbridge Island homes suggest an earlier era.

Thank you to Marilynn Gottlieb for sharing these stunning photographs, taken in two different locations on Bainbridge.

Do you recognize them? Tell us where on the Island they are.

Gottlieb sells all of the images featured in Where on the Island as photos or transfers onto metal plates. Visit her website to learn more.

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Poll: What Should Go in the Storyville Spot on Winslow Way?

After keeping a prime property on Winslow Way vacant for over three years, Storyville Coffee officially put the retail site back on the market yesterday, March 23.

Judging by reader reaction (see our Facebook page) to our Storyville story announcing that the space is up for sale, Bainbridge Islanders welcome the move and are hopeful that it will bring positive change to downtown.

How would you like to see the space used? At least for now in our imaginations, the sky’s the limit.

Tell us here or in our poll in the right margin of our Home page.

We will publish your comments when the polling period ends.


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Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughter & Stepson

A former Bainbridge Island resident plead guilty yesterday, March 23, in Kitsap Superior Court to two felony counts of child molestation.

Judge Kevin D. Hull sentenced the white male, 51, to just under 7.5 years for child molestation in the first degree and to just under 3.5 years for child molestation in the second degree. The sentences will be served concurrently, so the offender will serve the longer of the two terms.

According to court documents, the man, who will remain unnamed to protect his family’s privacy, sexually molested his daughter in three different Bainbridge Island homes starting when she was five until she was 15 years old. He also molested his developmentally delayed stepson on two occasions when he was a middle school student.

The two charges of sexual molestation were for crimes committed between 2000 and 2002.

The criminal activity came to light in 2011 when the offender’s daughter told her mother about the ongoing abuse she had endured. She spoke with a school counselor about the events and then was interviewed by a Bainbridge Island police officer. She said her father’s abuse ended when she began dating a boyfriend as a freshman in high school. The stepson was also interviewed by the Bainbridge police.

The parents divorced and have been estranged for a number of years.

The first degree child molestation charge sentencing range is 67 to 89 months. Judge Hull gave the offender the longest possible sentence of 89 months.

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