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Bainbridge Island Youth Shine Sunday in Spotlight of Compassionate Action Awards

It should be no surprise that on an Island with such high volunteerism, our young people so eagerly take up the call of compassionate action. The service of 100 such local teens and tweens was honored Sunday night, November 23, at the 13th Annual Bainbridge Youth Services’ Compassionate Action Awards Ceremony at Rolling Bay Presbyterian….

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mailboxes by Andrew Taylor

Letter to the Editor: Developing Suzuki Land Will Be Another Burden on Our Aquifers

Is it time to take stock of our water supply before we build more housing developments on Bainbridge Island? There seems to be a rush to sell off the Suzuki property for development to pay for a new police station with the assumption that Bainbridge Island has enough fresh water to support more housing developments….

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Kate Matthews with Sandy and Roger Short by Katie Davis

Islander Kate Matthews Earns Highest Girl Scout Honor

Bainbridge High School senior Kate Matthews is a member of a small, elite group: the 5 percent or so of Girl Scouts who achieve scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award. The award itself is not much to look at—as Matthews said, “It’s actually really small, a really small, gold pin.” But what it represents—dozens of…

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J’Aime les Crêpes Named “Deuxieme”-Best Crêperie in Western WA

The little crêperie that could just did—almost. J’Aime les Crêpes, which last May expanded into a Bainbridge Island location on Madrone Lane from its original spot near the Kingston ferry, was honored on November 14 as Evening Magazine‘s second or deuxieme best of Western Washington crêpe place. The winner was Savor Crêperie in Tacoma. With 53 crêperies in the running,…

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Thuy's Pho

What Bainbridge Has Been Hoping Pho: New Vietnamese Restaurant

At Thuy’s Pho House, which just opened a week ago in the spot recently vacated by Tokyo Tapas on Madison across the parking lot from Island Fitness, business is booming. It’s so busy, in fact, that Proprietor Thuy Nguyen who also owns Rooster’s Cafe, can hardly keep up with demand. And even on a Sunday…

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Bainbridge Swimmers and Divers Place High at State, Team Finishes 3rd Overall

Last weekend, November 14 & 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, swimmers and divers from high schools all over the state gathered to compete for top honors. Spartan swimmers and divers not only qualified for the 3A championships but also finished on or just steps away from the podium. The team took 3rd place…

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middle school by steven depolo

Parenting Right in the Middle: New Program to Help Bainbridge Parents of Tweens

The Bainbridge Island School District, Hyla Middle School, and Raising Resilience have partnered to help parents with that often troublesome and yet overlooked middle age: the Tween years (grades 5 through 8). Tweens are dealing with it all—identity formation, sexuality development, risk-taking behaviors, intergenerational communication challenges, and increased technology use—and yet often lack the skills…

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Two New Community Resources: One for Tweens/Teens, One About Mental Illness

Bainbridge Islanders can avail themselves of two new resources. One is the Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens and Tweens. The other is How to Get Help in Kitsap County. The Resource Guide is the outcome of a partnership among the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, the Bainbridge branch of Kitsap Regional Library, and the Bainbridge…

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plate and pint

Café Nola to Open New Venture in Former Island Grill Spot

So long Island Grill. Hello Café Nola, part 2. You may have heard the rumors. Yes, The Island Grill is closed, as of this week. And, yes, the owners of Café Nola, Whitney and Kevin Warren, are moving into the space, with big changes planned. The new eatery, The Plate & Pint, is a departure for…

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Special Olympics bowling

Bainbridge’s Golden Eagles Have Strong Showing at Special Olympics Bowling

Bainbridge Island’s super Special Olympics sports team, the tropical-shirted Golden Eagles, has done it again, representing the Island in yet another athletic event. This time it was the southwest region bowling tournament held at All Star Lanes in Silverdale on November 2. In Special Olympics, the emphasis is always on competing instead of winning, so…

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Citizens Help Navigate Bainbridge in Comp Plan Visioning Workshop

by Christina Albrecht Tinling Monday, November 17, the Navigate Bainbridge Steering Committee (NBSC) hosted the second of two Visioning Workshops intended to clarify public consensus on Island values and guiding principles to direct the Comprehensive Plan Update process by discussing introductory elements of the current Plan. “City Council wants to check in at the outset…

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Mailbox by deejayqueue

Letter to the Editor: Recommend- ations for Suzuki Property from a 2008 Task Force Member

I live on Commodore Lane NW, which is immediately south of the pond on the Suzuki property. I was a member of the 2008 Suzuki Task Force. Some of my suggestions below on the disposition of the Suzuki property address issues raised at the November 3, 2014, Community Workshop on the Suzuki Property. Potential transfer to…

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ferry baby zoe with captain and crew

Ferry Baby Zoë’s Family Meets Captain & Crew Who Assisted with Birth

A local celebrity was aboard the 9:35 a.m. ferry on Saturday. But unlike most celebrity appearances, this little star slept through the whole thing. Baby Zoë and her parents Christina and Chris Hammond and three-year-old sister Ava gathered to meet Captain Russell Fee and crew members who helped her sail into this world as her mother’s labor progressed…

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Station 23

Poll: Should Fire Station 23 Be Staffed to Improve Safety of North Islanders?

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall A fire this morning on the north end of Bainbridge Island that destroyed a house, injured a resident, and killed a dog trapped in the home received its first response from Kitsap Fire and Rescue units in Suquamish. Units from Station 21 on Bainbridge Island took longer to get…

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Letter to the Editor: Support One Call for All Thanksgiving Weekend at Bay Hay

The Bay Hay & Feed Buy Local/Give Local “One-Stop” Shop this Thanksgiving weekend is back by popular demand. For purchases made on November 28 and 29, Bay Hay & Feed will donate 15% of all sales to the community pool of One Call for All. Here is your chance to get your holiday shopping done…

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Visconsi Site Plan

Letter to the Editor: Visconsi’s Two-Page Newspaper Ads Go Too FAR

Have you seen Visconsi’s two page ads telling us how wonderful their new shopping center is going to be? You know, the one with artist’s renderings that make it look like a visitor’s center from one of our national parks? Along with the dreamlike renderings, Visconsi continues to recycle a claim that featured prominently at…

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Fort Ward trees

See the Future of Trees on Bainbridge Island This Weekend

This Saturday, November 15, you can get a peek at the future, specifically that of trees on Bainbridge Island, courtesy of the Association of Bainbridge Communities and their 13th Annual Environmental Conference. Following the recent removal of 830 trees at the Visconsi development site, the topic of this year’s conference is trees. More concretely, the conference…

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BHS Band

Spartan Marching Band Finishes Its Season as Division’s Best in State

The Bainbridge High School Marching Band has just returned from the Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade and Field Show Competition, widely regarded as the state’s unofficial championship for Marching Bands, as first-place winners in Division A. The November 8 win is the second victory in 3 years for the BHS band (in 2013, it “only” finished…

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Oskar Dieterich

Spartan Oskar Dieterich Commits to Black Hills Yellow Jackets Basketball

The 6’9″, 230-pound Spartan senior Oskar Dieterich, who plays basketball and football for Bainbridge High School, signed a letter of intent yesterday, November 12, to play basketball for the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets in Spearfish, South Dakota. Black Hills is an NCAA Division II school. Dieterich, a power forward and center, averaged 12…

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downtown parking

60 Business Owners Ask Council to Solve Winslow Parking Problems

At this week’s City Council meeting, which was held on Monday, November 10, because of the Tuesday holiday, three local business owners spoke during public comment to urge the Council to address a downtown parking problem affecting their businesses. The three, which are located near the Ravine on Winslow Way, are Island Vintners, Shirvan Rug…

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