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School District Head Comments on Teacher Misconduct Investigation

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Regarding the announcement made yesterday, February 25, about allegations of inappropriate conduct between a teacher and student at the high school, the Bainbridge Island School District is consistently on message: Let the investigators do their work. Today BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel declined to address the rumors that the teacher is a woman….

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Bainbridge High School Principal Issues Letter to Parents About Alleged Teacher Misconduct

[Updated 7:22 a.m., February 26, 2015.] Bainbridge High School (BHS) Principal Mary Alice O’Neill released a letter Wednesday evening to BHS families informing them of allegations of “inappropriate conduct” between a teacher and student at the school. The letter followed an official notification of the allegations to the Bainbridge police earlier in the day. Police Chief…

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Bainbridge High School Teacher Accused of Misconduct with Student

[Updated at 7:40 p.m., February 25, 2015.] The Bainbridge Island School District announced today that allegations have been made of misconduct between a Bainbridge High School (BHS) teacher and a student at the school. Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner said the police department launched an investigation into the matter as soon as they were made aware of…

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Video of the Day: Take a Gander at GAEA

Last night, February 24, in a special pre-Open House sneak preview, the BHS Spartronics robotics team robot GAEA (Grabber Actuated Elevator Automaton) made her public debut, strutting her snazzle-dazzle pneumatics and Mecanum wheel drive. Tonight you will have the opportunity to meet GAEA in, um, person. Before GAEA’s performance, the Spartronics robotics team had an…

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Navigate Bainbridge Session Tonight on Green Community & Vibrant Economy

As part of the Comprehensive Plan Update/Navigate Bainbridge process, the City is hosting listening sessions in February and March, inviting citizens to help shape the future of Bainbridge Island. An important session tonight, February 25, focuses on Vibrant Economy and Green/Well-Planned Community. Citizens will have the opportunity to give input on issues including future growth, land and energy conservation,…

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New T&C Reader Board Frame Pops a Wheelie

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Town and Country’s new reader board just got framed this morning, courtesy of local metal worker Rory Thurrott. Thurrott, pictured on the left, created the new steel frame in his Bainbridge Island shop, Rory’s Custom Fabrication, on Eagle Harbor Drive. He put wheels on the frame so he could literally…

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Meet the New BI High School Varsity Volleyball Coach

Holly (Harris) Rohrbacher graduated from BHS in 2003 and then headed off to Washington State University for four years of starting as a middle hitter on the school varsity volleyball team. Now she has been named head volleyball coach at Bainbridge High School. Spartan athletic director Kaycee Taylor made the announcement yesterday, February 23. Rohrbacher replaces former Coach Julie…

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Citizens Object to Tot Lot Relocation, Developer Responds

At Monday (February 23) evening’s public meeting following a Design Review Board meeting, about 40 people gathered to hear about the proposed Wyatt Cottages development. The development, which is just in the pre-application stage, would add 32 attached and detached one- and two-story dwellings and parking to the lot at the northeast corner of Wyatt and Madison. Most…

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National Ambassador for Kid’s Lit. Kate DiCamillo Visiting BI This Week

It’s not everyday that Bainbridge Island hosts an ambassador. But this Thursday, February 26, Kate DiCamillo, who is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be paying a visit to Bainbridge to give an evening presentation to the public. Earlier in the day, DiCamillo will meet with more than 250 fourth graders from the public schools….

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BI Athletes Heading to National Kickboxing Championship and They Just Might Win

You would never know from just seeing them on the street that Islanders Anisa Ashabi, Josh Soliva, and Laura Swanson could probably knock you out cold in about a second. None of them is physically imposing to look at—Soliva, at 5’7″, is the giant among them. All together and soaking wet they weigh less than…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Photo Gallery and Video

Today’s (February 22) Chilly Hilly 2015 was, in fact, not so chilly, and the riders came over from Seattle and elsewhere in droves, enjoying early sun and all-day dry weather. One estimate was that there were 5,000 riders taking part in this 43-year Bainbridge Island tradition. Photos by Pete Saloutos, Robin Houck, and Sarah Lane. Related…

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Spartronics Invite You to Meet GAEA, ATLaS’s Mother

GAEA is the name given by the award-winning Spartronics robotics team to the robot they are making for this year’s FIRST Robotics competition. The name stands for Grabber Actuated Elevator Automaton. But the name is more than an acronym. In Greek mythology, Gaea is the primal goddess of the Earth and the mother of the…

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Learn About the New Smarter Balanced Tests Coming Soon to a Kid Near You

When State Superintendent of Schools Randy Dorn began to adopt the Common Core Standards in 2011, he initiated the alignment of those Standards with our state learning standards and set in motion the process of changing our standardized testing. Washington school districts fully implemented the standards during the 2013-2014 school year. Now, this spring, public…

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Bainbridge Gymnasts Vault to Top at National and International Competitions

by Jan Johnson While most Bainbridge Islanders were watching the Super Bowl, members of the Bainbridge Island Gymnastics Club were competing in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Metroplex Challenge. Over 4,000 gymnasts came from around the country to compete at the meet. Competing against other Level 3 gymnasts, Avery Gray showed her mettle earning a 9.3…

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Council Approves Tougher Tree and Land Clearing Protections

This week it just got a little harder and more costly to cut down Bainbridge’s finest—its towering resident trees. Ordinance 2015-03 (formerly 2014-38), modifying the Land Clearing regulations in the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, went into effect on Monday, following approval by the City Council on December 10, 2014. Crafted by the Tree Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee,…

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The Facts About Ticks and Lyme Disease in Western Washington

These days most of us have relatives or friends struggling with Lyme Disease and its devastating impact. An infectious disease, Lyme is caused by at least three species of bacteria from the genus Borrelia, which dates back some 20 million years. Lyme disease in the United States was identified in 1975 when a constellation of cases…

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City Considers Changing Electric Charging Station and Its Parking Rules

At last night’s (February 17) City Council meeting, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the Council to approve a capital improvements purchase of a new electric vehicle charging system for Winslow Way in front of Blackbird Bakery. The old system, explained Loveless, hasn’t been working for months. That’s because the company that installed it, Blink,…

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Our PAWS Makes Finalist in Giveaway Contest: Vote for Them!

When Pete Lovejoy added his cat’s name, Daisy, in the Name That Cat Freekatlitter Contest, he never expected that his would be selected among three finalists from 11,676 name nominations. The good news for local felines is that Lovejoy named PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap as the recipient of the prize if “Daisy” wins….

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Harrison and Regence Make Nice: New Contract Started Sunday

On Friday the 13th, Harrison Medical, which is part of the CHI Franciscan Health network, and insurer Regence BlueShield finally worked out an agreement after months of failing to do so. This agreement will provide Regence members in-network access to all local health care services at Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners including the Bainbridge Harrison clinic. The…

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Mail by Jasleen Kaur

Letter to the Editor: Keep It on the Rock Helpline Fundraiser a Big Success

Keep It On The Rock would like to thank all the individuals and businesses that participated in Keep It On The Rock’s New Years Drive for Helpline House. We delivered several SUV loads of products that had been donated to assist Helpline House restock their empty shelves. A special shout out to Safeway, Bainbridge Self…

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