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Christina Albrecht Tinling

Forum Moderator Talks About ‘Bainbridge Islanders’ and Its New Bad Sibling

Even the most active participants of the Facebook forum Bainbridge Islanders don’t have the dedication to monitor every comment of every thread of the buzzing nearly 3,000-member conversation. But as the group’s administrative lead moderator, Christina Albrecht Tinling, sees it all—the good, the bad, the ugly, and just about every nuance in between. Tinling joined the…

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Crystal Cleaners

Crystal Cleaners Loses Its Lease, Gone by End of Month

Crystal Cleaners, the popular Bainbridge dry cleaning service owned by Yong Pak with locations at Island Village and on Madison, has lost its lease. Tracy Sorenson, the manager, last remaining employee, and spokesperson for Crystal, issued a brief statement. She said there are no plans to relocate. They will be open from 9 a.m. to…

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Letter from the Editor: After the Death of a Forest ‘Memory Becomes the Exercise Against Loss’

  Memory becomes the exercise against loss.              —Ruth Stone, from her poem “Against Loss” in Simplicity This week Ohio-based Visconsi Companies clear-cut the 8-acre forest ecosystem at the corner of High School Road and Highway 305 to make way for the erection of a widely protested mall. What is a mere 8-acre forest? To many it has…

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Ordway Elementary School

Ordway & BHS Get Left Behind: Ordway Parents Have Last-Minute Option to Change Schools

On August 18, Ordway Elementary Principal Melinda Reynvaan posted on the school’s website a letter to the Ordway community announcing that Washington State had lost a U.S. Department of Education flexibility waiver exempting it from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. The results of the loss, Reynvaan wrote, were that now (a) Ordway was required to…

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Wildlife Shelter Issues Watch for Displaced Wildlife During Visconsi Clear-Cut

Bainbridge Island’s West Sound Wildlife Shelter has issued a statement to the public warning people about wildlife displaced and/or injured by the destruction of the forest habitat at High School Road and Highway 305 today, August 20, as the land is rapidly clear-cut by feller bunchers. The Shelter anticipates animals running onto nearby roads, including…

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Visconsi Mowing Down Trees (w/ Video)

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane Starting first thing this morning, August 20, a Visconsi Companies crew moved in heavy machinery to the 8-acre site scheduled for clear-cutting at High School Road and Highway 305 to build a mall. The crew began rapidly felling forest with clockwork efficiency at about 9 a.m., snapping hundred-foot trees…

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Kiwanis All-Comers Track Meet Results for August 18 2014 by marilynn gottlieb

Kiwanis All-Comers Track Meet Results for August 18 2014

by Jim Whiting All-Comers Coach Ruby Whitmire, Madison Stevens, Gage Graham, Rowan Schick, and Calvin Moe won four events, while Iris Parsons, Margaret Hayes, Duncan Bos and AJ Stevens were all triple winners at Monday’s Kiwanis All-Comers Track Meet at the BHS track. The series concludes next Monday, August 25. That meet will also mark…

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Key Bank/ Visconsi Protest Rally Photo Gallery & Video

The final rally around Chiara D’Angelo’s tree sitting yesterday evening drew over 150 people, including numerous community leaders who spoke out in support of the 19 year old’s political activism against a profit-driven corporate value system that sacrifices natural resources and strips communities of sustainable quality of life. (Read more about the rally here.) D’Angelo…

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Chiara

Tree Sitter Lands Safely

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane Nineteen-year-old Chiara D’Angelo safely descended tonight from 70 feet and over 40 hours in a Douglas fir tree on Bainbridge Island land slated this week for clear-cutting to build a mall. D’Angelo was harnessed in overnight and for the better part of two days while supporters gathered around her…

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Bainbridge Island’s Girl in a Tree Decides to Come Down

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane Chiara D’Angelo began climbing down from her 70-foot-high tree-sitting perch tonight at approximately 8:00, shortly after the 7:30 deadline for her arrest. During a rally this evening, August 19, D’Angelo told a large crowd of supporters that Visconsi, the corporation with plans this week to clear-cut the surrounding forest…

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Community Rallies Around Tree Sitter as She Faces Possible Arrest

Since shimmying 70 feet up a Doug fir in the wee hours yesterday morning, August 18, Chiara D’Angelo has spurred an unquiet little revolution on the road that cuts through the heart of the forest slated for clear-cutting this week by commercial developer Visconsi Companies. Since her ascent, in the last two days a steady stream of…

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Bainbridge Tree Sitter Gets 24-Hour Reprieve (w/ Photo Gallery)

Bainbridge Island’s 19-year-old tree sitter, Chiara D’Angelo, will not be arrested today, August 18. Bainbridge Police Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn said this morning that Visconsi Companies had asked the department to arrest D’Angelo as a trespasser if she had not vacated the area today by 4 p.m. D’Angelo set herself 70 feet up on a…

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Girl up a Tree to Save a Forest; Visconsi Set to Pull Her Down and Jail Her

Chiara Rose D’Angelo, 19, is sitting 70 feet up a Douglas fir tree on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Dappled sunlight is streaming through the canopy today, August 18, and D’Angelo is listening to the birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals that live in the woods around her. A team of professionals secured a 10′ x 4′…

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Posted in Community, Environment, Popular 12 Comments

No Sprawl Key Bank/Visconsi

Crowd Gathers for Key Bank/ Visconsi Protest

Some 70 people spent their Saturday evening, August 16, joined together to say no to the planned commercial development at High School Road and Highway 305. Organized on short notice by college student Chiara Rose and her mother Debra D’Angelo, the protest, referred to as a vigil, drew people of all ages to the parking…

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Listen to Two Island Teen Virtuosos: Catherine Edwards and Sophia Stoyanovich

Catherine Edwards who graduated from Bainbridge High School in June, is a cellist. Sophia Stoyanovich, another BHS June graduate, is a violinist already enjoying a successful career in music. In these two podcasts from Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, Bainbridge High School Radio Club members Hayden Tutty and Ryan Cox interview their fellow students about their music…

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Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Two Islanders Reflect on History of Japanese American Exclusion (w/ podcast)

At the end of May Congressman Derek Kilmer introduced a bill in the House to recognize a new name for the Bainbridge Island memorial to the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forced from their homes to concentration camps during the Second World War, one that acknowledges their exclusion from mainstream American society. If passed, the…

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Seven BHS Band Members Represent Northwest in World Marching Band Championships

by Sarah Lane and Kristen Wiggins Drum Corps International, a.k.a. “Marching Music’s Major League,” is an International Drum and Bugle Corps group consisting of 22 World Class Corps and 25 Open Class Corps. Two of the World Class Corps represent the Northwest: the Seattle Cascades and the Oregon Crusaders (out of Portland). Between the two there are…

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forest at 305 and High School

Key Bank/ Visconsi Forest Clearing Status + Vigil Saturday

Following the installation of clearing fences around the perimeter of the construction site for the planned commercial development on High School Road at Highway 305, the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) issued a clearing permit to Visconsi Companies this week. The next step for Visconsi is to obtain forest practice approval from the Washington Department of…

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Letter to the Editor: Lessons for Bainbridge from Ferguson, MO

Reading about the militarization of the police in Ferguson, MO, it is clear that the surplus weapons and armored vehicles made for our wars abroad have come home, and that police in some or even many places now have force disproportionate to civil needs. We need to know if this is a potential problem here…

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battle point park girl scouts by julie hall

Local Business Makes Donation to Replace Girl Scout Equipment Destroyed in Storm

Bainbridge Island girl scouts had an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning, August 13, when they arrived at Battle Point Park to find that their camp site had been seriously damaged by stormy weather. Four of seven tent shelters were destroyed during the night by severe rain and wind. Rene Hackl said that after learning on Inside…

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