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Andie Mackin

Bainbridge Downtown Association’s Andie Mackin Leaves to Work for Seattle’s Downtown

Andie Mackin, the Executive Director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, who helped keep downtown alive during the difficult sewer system upgrade project that tore up Winslow, who captained the revitalization of the downtown economy, and who positioned BIDA as a model for the Main Street Historical Preservation Program, has accepted a job offer at…

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Look Both Ways

Both Sides in Visconsi Battle File Motions for Reconsideration

Islanders for Responsible Development, the organization opposing the development and attendant tree removal at the northwest corner of 305 and High School, didn’t like Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith’s decision, which gave the go-ahead t0 the development. The Ohio-based Visconsi company didn’t like one small part of it either. Both parties filed motions for reconsideration last week,…

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mating Coppertop osprey pair

Why This Mating Osprey Pair Is in a World of Trouble

It’s that time again. Washington osprey, also known as fish hawks, fly back from their warm winter homes in Mexico or Central America and get busy breeding. If all goes well they return to the nest they left behind the previous September, mate, lay their eggs, and get ready to tend demanding babies and fussy…

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Andy Freeman

Hard-Working Bainbridge Island Man Named Busch Hero

Anheuser-Busch, the company that may bring you your beer, recently launched a media campaign that links Busch with hard-working American “heroes.” For the inaugural campaign, the company identified eight Americans across the nation who “earn it” at their jobs every day, and one of those eight is Bainbridge’s Andy Freeman. Freeman, a Star Marine tugboat…

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Heartbleed

Even Bainbridge Islanders Need to Worry About Heartbleed—What We Can Do

Heartbleed is a newly discovered security flaw in OpenSSL, software used by hundreds of thousands of sites around the Web to establish a secure connection between a user and a service, such as e-mail, Instant Messaging, e-commerce, and  online banking. According to a Bloomberg article today, April 11, the flaw has enabled the NSA to spy on people…

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Winslow Farmers’ Market Season Sprouts up This Saturday

It’s that time again. Things are growing, and our local farmers are getting ready to share their spring harvests. The Winslow Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market opens for the 2014 season on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Square/City Hall Park. Mayor Anne Blair and City Manager Doug Schulze will…

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Chevron station

Two More Chevron Stations to Open at Highway 305 and High School Road

Hard to believe? We thought so too. But as a second Chevron station, with an upscale convenience store and organic eatery inside, prepares to open across from the existing Chevron, more Chevrons are in the works for the busy intersection. Not two, not three, but now four Chevron stations are planned at 305 and High School,…

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new chevron station

Chevron with Convenience Store and Upscale Eatery to Open at Former 76 Station Site

The closed 76 Station that has collected dust for nearly a year on High School Road near Highway 305 is under new ownership and getting ready to open with a major makeover. Believe it or not, the owners, Car Wash Enterprises, are opening the new station as a second Chevron across from the existing one, which…

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Hearing Examiner Gives Conditional Go-Ahead to Visconsi Project

Ohio-based Visconsi Company’s project for the commercial development of the Northeast corner of Highway 305 and High School Road on Bainbridge launched in 2012 with high hopes, the goal being to get city approval and permits quickly. At the time, Kelly Dickson, Special Projects Planner for the City, said that in the very best case scenario for…

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Bainbridge Bakers

Bainbridge Bakers Turns 28, Celebrates with a Party and Another Expansion

I don’t remember my 28th birthday as being an especially big deal. But Bainbridge Bakers wants you to remember theirs. They have just completed an expansion at their Winslow Green location. And now they’re going even bigger with an off-site expansion at Island Gateway, next to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. To celebrate it…

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tokyo tapa japanese restaurant

Tokyo Tapas Gets Ready for Its Bainbridge Island Debut

Takao Saito, owner and main chef of Winslow’s latest culinary experiment, is just about ready to roll out the goods in the former space of Shima Sushi on Madison Avenue, just a(n authentic) Ramen noodle north of Winslow Way. When I popped in on Saito today, March 19, he was standing in a state of controlled chaos…

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Hurry up and Wait for the Visconsi Decision

Many people expected a decision by last week about the fate of the land at High School Road and Highway 305 that is up for grabs for possible development into a shopping center. Hearings were held in February, and the deadline for submitting briefs to City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith was February 25….

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T&C Board

Bainbridge’s Town & Country Market First in Nation to Get Green Power Boost from QEC Bonds

On March 6, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission issued $1.15 million in bonds for the Kitsap County Green Community Initiative. Town & Country Markets officers saw an opportunity and took it, securing a lower-interest loan for energy upgrades to the Bainbridge market as part of the remodel, making it the nation’s first private-sector project…

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What Big Bainbridge Real Estate up for Grabs Might Mean for Winslow & You

When it comes to real estate, as with most things, change seems to be the only constant. Pavilion and Surrounding Businesses This week’s nearly $15 million listing of 3.27 acres of four combined parcels at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and Wyatt Way is meant to bring change, but its sellers say they hope…

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Best Western Bainbridge Island

Sale of Best Western Puts over $23 Million of Prime Bainbridge Real Estate on the Market

The listing of Bainbridge Island’s Best Western Hotel on High School Road for $6.6 million adds to the expanding group of large commercial properties currently on the market in the heart of the Island’s business core. The Best Western listing along with five other large commercial parcels at Madison Avenue and Wyatt Way add up…

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bainbridge pavilion

Bainbridge Pavilion and Adjacent Properties at Madison & Wyatt up for Sale

Four adjacent properties in the heart of downtown Bainbridge Island at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and Wyatt Way have been put on the market. The addresses are 403-409 Madison Ave N. The fully leased retail/office properties consist of 69,207 square feet of buildings with 46,200 square feet of rentable space on 3.27 acres. The parcels include…

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LOV

Take That, Putin: World’s Best Vodka Is from Bainbridge

The top prize of the World Vodka Awards, which are  presented by TheDrinksReport.com, a website for “drinks professionals,” belongs to Bainbridge Organic Distillers. BOD’s Legacy Organic Vodka was named World’s Best Vodka 2014 and World’s Best Vodka Design 2014. The UK-based TheDrinksReport described it as “an excellent spirit that’s well balanced and full of individual…

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Blackbird

Blackbird Expected to Reopen March 7 (or so) with a New Behind the Scenes

Blackbird Bakery co-owner Heidi Umphenour doesn’t know exactly when her cafe will reopen because the contractors have been inching back the date. But she’s hoping for March 7 or 8, next Thursday or Friday. Since Monday, February 24, workers have been giving the cafe a badly needed behind-the-scenes remodel. The majority of the work is…

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Letter to the Editor: Marijuana Factories Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

Dear Editor and Fellow Islanders, I am writing to inform my Island neighbors of a very important issue that is being played out at City Hall this month, one which will affect all of us who live here, but which is not receiving the attention it deserves, considering what is at stake for Islanders. The…

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Town & Country Remodel Final Design Approved: Read All About the Big Changes in Store

There have been some preliminary changes around T&C lately, but the 56-year-old store’s major remodel begins in earnest on Monday, February 24, following issuance of a building permit this week by the City of Bainbridge Island. After some two years of planning, big changes are in store for Winslow’s mainstay market. Moving on up Perhaps…

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