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Letter to the Editor: Recent School Shootings Show That BISD Needs SEL

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and yet is is also marked by another dreadful reminder that everything can change in the moment it takes for a troubled high school student to shoot a weapon. None of us wants to believe such things can happen here, yet we all know tragedy does not discriminate. Social…

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Seabold United Methodist Breaks on Principle with United Methodist Church, Joins Reconciling Ministries

The Reconciling Ministries Network was established by United Methodists in the early 1980s to “create full inclusion of all God’s children regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” On Sunday, October 26, at its annual All Church meeting, the Seabold United Methodist Church approved a Welcome Statement and elected to join the Pacific Northwest and National…

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Letter to the Editor: Serious Safety Concerns at Sakai

I’m writing to voice my major concern over the parking lot safety at Sakai. I currently have two fifth graders attending the school and have one older daughter who was there for the past two years. My children take the bus almost every day. I fully believe the bus is the safest and easiest way…

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Pumpkin 500

Orange-Capped Swimmers Go to Great Lengths in Bainbridge’s Annual Pumpkin 500

The Bainbridge Aquatic Center hosted the Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Annual Pumpkin 500 community swim meet on Sunday, October 26. The Pumpkin 5oo is a gourd-themed meet consisting solely of 500 meters races open to all swimmers in the community. Swimmers get Jack-o-Lantern swim caps, and winners are awarded with pumpkin pies provided by volunteers….

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2014 HOWL_o-ween pumpkin photo by Robert Dashiell

Photo of the Day: Picasso or Dalí?

IslandWood chef Jim White outdid himself at Sunday’s 10th Annual HOWL-o-ween event at IslandWood. Thanks to Robert Dashiell for sharing this photograph of White’s pumpkin-embedded carved masterpieces. Is it cubism or surrealism?                       View White’s Días de los Muertos HOWL-o-ween pumpkin. Related Stories Photo of the…

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Station 23

Letter to the Editor: North Islanders Need Station 23 Staffed

Islanders on the North End, hear this! It recently came to my attention that the fire station on Phelps Road is not staffed with full-time emergency personnel. It contains equipment and occasionally volunteers that are on call at the facility. 911 calls for the North end are primarily staffed by the Madison Avenue station, and…

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Muddy Mutt? DIY or Full-Service Grooming at Salty Dog Wash

Whether your dog needs a spiffy professional trim or a good long bath after break-dancing on a dead salmon, Salty Dog Wash is open for business and here to help. Co-owners and long-time friends and Islanders Patty Keplinger and Alison Rice, with support from a third partner Heidi Story, opened Salty Dog to meet a…

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days of the dead by Señor Codo

BIMA Hosts Days of the Dead Celebration and Dinner

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is hosting its first annual Dias de los Muertos, a time to honor deceased loved ones—people and animals—and welcome their returning spirits. Originating in Mexico, the tradition combines pre-Hispanic indigenous and Spanish Catholic beliefs and rituals. Mexico’s biggest holiday, the Days of the Dead is becoming a popular occasion…

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A Talk with Ferry Baby Zoë’s Dad

The latest Washington State Ferries (WSF) baby was born last Wednesday morning, October 22, on the Bainbridge Island boat to Seattle. I had a chance to talk with baby Zoë’s father, Chris Hammond, to get more details about the events of the day. Chris said that his wife Christina told him at about 3:30 that morning…

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Spartan football by Daryl Peloquin

Spartan Football Runs Over Evergreen in Non-Conference Game

Friday night, October 24, at home, the Spartans football team enjoyed a welcome non-conference win over Evergreen at the Spartans’ Senior Night game. The 56-19 win should give the Spartans’ a much-needed boost of confidence. The matchup was preceded by a 56-0 trouncing at the hands of O’Dea on the 10th. Then, on the 17th,…

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gun by derkamener1984

Poll: Will the Marysville School Shooting Affect Your Votes on I-594 & I-591?

Today’s tragic shooting attack in Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, has left two students (one the gunman) dead and four others injured. As word of yet another school shooting rifles across the news and through the hearts of people around the country, the deadly serious subject of gun violence asserts itself front and center yet…

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Bainbridge School District Responds to the Marysville School Shooting

Our thoughts are with the Marysville community following the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. While we hope to never experience such a tragic situation, we know an incident of this magnitude can happen anywhere. At the Bainbridge Island School District, the safety of our students is our top priority. We want to assure students, families,…

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Bainbridge Sailors Finish Strong at Cascadia Cup Regatta

by Haley Llamon, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Sailing Instructor On October 11th and 12th, seventeen sailors from the Bainbridge Island Park District Fall Competitive Sailing class raced Flying Junior sailboats (FJs) in the 2014 Cascadia Cup regatta. Co-hosted by the UW Sailing Team and Sail Sand Point at Magnuson Park in Seattle,…

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Girls Generation Spartronics Alliance Takes Second at Tahoma Tournament

by Sarah Lane Spartronics Team 4915, the amazing rookie robotics team from Bainbridge High School that ended up going all the way to the world championships in its first year, 2013-14, enjoyed such a large turnout of girls to the team this year (2014-15) that it has been able to field its own all-girls team….

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Harrison Bainbridge

Harrison Hospital Set to Open on Bainbridge

They told us it would happen some time this fall. Now Harrison Hospital is getting more specific: The day scheduled for the grand opening of the Harrison Bainbridge urgent and specialty care facility on 305 and Madison is December 1. The facility will offer 24/7 urgent care, primary care, specialty care, and expanded imaging and…

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Spartan soccer by Daryl Peloquin

Bainbridge Soccer Merciless with Franklin

by Sarah Lane with Daryl Peloquin Tuesday night’s (October 21) matchup between the Spartan Soccer Team and Franklin was a complete rout, with Bainbridge dominating the entire game to a 13-0 finish. The scoring started at just four minutes into the first half when Celia Story scored on an assist by Riley Gregoire. Just three…

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Four Swallows Restaurant Closes

The closure of Four Swallows Restaurant yesterday, October 22, came as a shock to Bainbridge Islanders and no doubt will be met with regret by the many people beyond Bainbridge who have regularly crossed the water to enjoy a fine meal there. After nearly 26 years in business on Bainbridge and 20 years in the…

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Water Polo by Daryl Peloquin

Spartan H20 Polo Sinks Gig Harbor

by Daryl Peloquin with Sarah Lane Tuesday night, October 21, the Bainbridge Water Polo team met the Gig Harbor Tides at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. Entering the match, Gig Harbor was unbeaten with an overall record of 5-0 so far this season. The lower ranked Spartans went in 2-4. But the Spartans pulled off…

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Red Robin by Mike Mozart

Red Ribbons, Red Robins: BIPD Officers Wear Red, Wait Tables

In addition to stopping speeders and drunk drivers and solving crimes, your Bainbridge Island Police Department officers are volunteering in two community awareness-raising events this week. Red Ribbon Week Starting today, October 23, and for the next seven days officers are wearing red ribbons on their uniforms to honor the memory of DEA Agent Enrique…

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‘Disturbing’ Number of Bainbridge Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses

For National Bus Safety Week the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) has issued a statement of concern about the number of drivers in our community violating bus stop laws. As part of a statewide survey, for one day last May BISD bus drivers tallied the number of times vehicles illegally passed their buses while they…

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