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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Youth Services Says Wow!

Bainbridge Youth Services’ Board members and its Executive Director would like to thank the nearly 100 volunteers, more than 25 businesses, and the entire community for making this year’s 4th of July Fun Run a huge success. This year’s Fun Run attracted more than 900 participants—more than we’ve ever had in the 35-year history of the…

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Letter to the Editor: The Director of the Bloedel Reserve Invites You to Visit Sans Car

For twenty-five years, the Bloedel Reserve has tried to solve the one question that riddles every business on Bainbridge Island outside of Winslow: How can we get walk-on visitors from the ferry out to the Reserve? We’ve dreamed of purchasing shuttle buses and considered making arrangements with RideShare companies, but nothing panned out. So imagine…

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Letter to the Editor: Visconsi Boycott Update

Our group, Stop Unwanted Development On Bainbridge Island (SUDOBI), was organized to oppose the imminent forest-clearing and construction of the “Key Bank/Visconsi Shopping Center” on the Northeast corner of High School Road and Highway 305. Previously, this development had been resisted by a different group, and SUDOBI stepped in recently to continue the effort. We…

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Letter to the Editor: Why We Should Remove the High School/Madison Roundabout

The Bainbridge Island roundabout located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and High School Road is very popular with the locals. The picture attached to Julie Hall’s recent article, To Signal or Not to Signal? Roundabout Rules of the Road, shows it adds to the beauty of the neighborhood, and as the British say, “It keeps…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 3, Letter to the Editor, News, Roads15 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: The Demise of a Forest

Over the past year I have made a point of photographing the forest and historic structure located on the site planned for Key Bank and Visconsi’s new shopping complex. Now that the City of Bainbridge Island has ignored public sentiment, and treated our Comprehensive Plan as if it were written with invisible ink, the site…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 1, Environment, Letter to the Editor9 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Fireworks Needs Your Support

The Bainbridge Fireworks Organization needs your help to raise $31,000 for the 2014 show. Without the community’s immediate help, we will not reach our goal this year. Here are three ways to make a donation to this year’s fireworks event: Mail a check to Bainbridge Fireworks, 1175 High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Make…

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Make Open Government Nonpartisan

I have been following the public records lawsuit brought by Bainbridge Islanders Althea Paulson and Bob Fortner with great interest. I bring a personal perspective. In 2011, I had my own turn defending Washington’s open government laws, and the experience was quite unpleasant. I was fired from a city position as a result of several…

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Mailboxes by Beate Meier

Letter to the Editor: 3 Council- members Are De Jure Supporting the Behavior of the 2

Open Letter to Council members Tollefson, Roth, and Townsend: To imply by inference in the artfully worded second paragraph of your recent letter that the case began because of those “Bainbridge Islanders, both on and off the city council, whose emotions were high” and because of  “Island interest groups who had little faith in some…

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Letter to the Editor: Saddened by Inaccurate & Divisive Message of 3 Councilmembers

Last August, we filed a Public Records Act lawsuit against the City of Bainbridge Island and certain individual councilpersons, after learning they had been conducting City business from their personal email accounts, and had failed to produce these records after receiving our public records request. As we said in our press release at the time,…

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Letter to the Editor: City Council Asks for Review of Court Ruling

As many already know, the Kitsap Superior Court recently issued a ruling in a Public Records Act lawsuit brought last year by two Bainbridge Island citizens against the City and two current members of the City Council. The City has decided to ask the Court of Appeals to review the trial court’s ruling. As the…

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Make the Rotary Your Garbage Dump

by Katy Bigelow [Bainbridge Island's 2014 Rotary Auction is June 28. Donations will be taken June 20-25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.] You all know what a Big Deal the Rotary Auction is (go Rotary!). And most of you know it takes a huge team to sort and organize all the donations that come in to…

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Letter to the Editor: The City Is Betraying Our Community for the Sake of Profit

Bainbridge Island’s Comprehensive Plan is an idealistic document made up of seven elements. That idealistic nature, and because state law requires development regulations to be consistent with comprehensive plans, create a nightmare for our city government. It’s a nightmare because COBI is addicted to revenues generated by development to fund its bloated payroll. That development-friendly…

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Posted in Community, Dont Miss This 4, Government, Letter to the Editor, News15 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: BHS Class of ’74 Seeks Help Locating Members for Reunion

The Bainbridge High School Class of 1974 is planning its 40-year class reunion. The event will be on Saturday, August 23rd and held at the Filipino Hall next to Strawberry Hill Park. We are hoping to get as many former classmates as possible to attend the party and request the help of current Islanders in…

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Letter to the Editor: Congratu- lations to the Class of 2014 Bainbridge Boys LAX Seniors!

Carrying on a great tradition of Spartans receiving All-Conference, All-State, and All-American honors, this year’s seniors earned their place among the best players in our state. The five seniors led the Spartans into an exciting round of Division 1 playoff games, including a comeback win in OT at home against the fourth-place Skyline Spartans to advance…

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Letter to the Editor: BHS Ambassador Girl Scout Needs Community Help

I, Kate Matthews, am a junior at Bainbridge High School (BHS) and an Ambassador Girl Scout working to complete my Girl Scout Gold Award by helping to install two gardens at two properties of the Housing Resources Board (HRB). The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn by completing…

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Letter to the Editor: Council- members’ Attorney Responds to Ruling Against Her Clients

I am counsel for Council Members Bonkowski and Ward in the Paulson Public Records Act case. The City of Bainbridge Island and City Council Members Bonkowski and Ward take very seriously their responsibilities under the Public Records Act (“PRA”) and they have done so from the outset. In finding fault with the City and its…

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Letter to the Editor: BI MS Walk Raised $88,000

On behalf of the over 80 Islanders with MS and their families, we’d like to thank the 500+ people who walked, volunteered, and/or made donations to the 2014 Walk MS. With this year’s $88,000, the Bainbridge Island walk site has raised $680,000 since 2007 for MS research and services. What a generous place we live!…

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Letter to the Editor: Thank You, IB, for Putting Community First

Over the last year of campaigning against the Visconsi shopping center I have learned a few things about our community. First of all, that we are an Island full of intelligent people who actually care about their community and who are not wholly compromised by considerations of personal gain. Another thing I have come to…

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Letter to the Editor: BIPD Lt. Chris Jensen Retiring After 24 Years

Thank you to the community. I am at the end of a journey that has lasted over twenty-four years.  I will be retiring from the Bainbridge Island Police Department on May 27, 2014. I leave knowing the community is in the good hands of great officers that truly care about this community. To every member…

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Letter to the Editor: City Trivializes the Word Sustainability

One of my pet peeves is the trivialization of the word “sustainability.” As much as anything, the word has become a marketing tool by people who either don’t know what it means or for whose purposes the true and intended meaning is besides the point. Hence, most Americans who want to be seen as environmentally aware…

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