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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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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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Bainbridge Community Foundation Throwing Around Cash Again

The Bainbridge Community Foundation loves giving money to local organizations. The 2015 Community Grants Cycle is now in full swing, and if you think you need some of that dough, you have only until March 10 to explain why to BCF. During the 2014 Community Grants Cycle (CGC), BCF granted a total of $165,109 to 43 local…

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HRB Extends Rental Assistance to Employees of Nonprofits

Providing affordable housing does not consist solely of building more houses and apartments. The Housing Resources Board, which has just changed its name to the less Rooseveltian Housing Resources Bainbridge, also offers rental assistance to teachers who live and work on the Island. Because of the success of that Rental Assistance Program and the challenge of…

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Islandmoms Bids Farewell

On Wednesday, February 11, Islandmoms, an online user community for Bainbridge Island, announced its plans to close. An early and influential online resource, Islandmoms was founded in 2003 on Yahoo Groups. Over its 11-year run, Islandmoms had over 16,000 users, including “dads” and a range of others, and served over 61,000 messages. The forum moved to the Big…

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Low-Income Seniors Report Ongoing Abuse at Winslow HUD Facility

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. February 13, 2015—see note below.] Residents of the federally subsidized Winslow Arms Apartments at 220 Parfitt Way have come forward with allegations of ongoing harassment and abuse in their housing complex. Six residents of Winslow Arms approached Inside Bainbridge with complaints about the apartment manager, who will be referred to as…

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Trees for recycling by Sarah Lane

Photos of the Day: More Than 1,000 Christmas Trees

Dave McVay is the Committee Chair of Boy Scout Troop 1564’s annual tree recycling program. This afternoon, January 11, he was at Battle Point Park making a drop off of a trailer full of trees collected yesterday. McVay said they had over 900 pickup reservations this year but many people had more than one tree…

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Elves on the Rocks: What the Controversy Is About

Elves on the Rock arose as a small group of people living on Bainbridge Island and/or connected with our community who gathered together to help raise funds to assist local residents in need during the holidays. They solicited donation items from Bainbridge businesses and held an online auction to raise the funds, which they transferred…

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Letter to the Editor: Elves on the Rock Holds Health & Hygiene Drive for Helpline House

Just barely two weeks before Christmas, a small group of Bainbridge Island community members joined together and formed “Elves on the Rock.” The goal of the group was to raise a few hundred dollars to meet the immediate needs of a couple of families at a local level. The Elves were looking to bring out…

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Submit Your Kitsap Community Foundation Grant App. in One Week

The Kitsap Community Foundation Grant Application Cycle starts January 5 and ends January 26. That means, if you’ve got an idea for a grant, you need to get cracking. There are three types of grants available: Community grants, which are available for any 501(c)(3) organization doing work in Kitsap County.  These grants of up to…

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Housing Resources Board Launches Campaign for Suzuki Property

The City Council has yet to determine whether to sell the Suzuki property, located on the northeast corner of Sportsman Club and New Brooklyn, and to whom. It has so far collected four proposals for use of the site. One of those is from Housing Resources Board, which has launched a promotional campaign to support…

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Shop with a Cop

Scores of Cops, Including Bainbridge’s Finest, Brighten Kids’ Holidays

For 114 kids from Kitsap County, the holiday season just got a little brighter. Yesterday afternoon, December 13, scores of cops from law enforcement agencies around Kitsap County and members of the Coast Guard lined up outside the Poulsbo Walmart to wait for busloads of needy kids for the annual Shop with a Cop event….

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Today Is Anniversary of UN’s Declaration of Human Rights—Interfaith Council Hosts Community Reading

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, 66 years later to the day, the Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Interfaith Council will honor the event with a collective reading of the declaration at noon. The reading event, which is the 7th annual, will occur at City…

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Local Church Wants You to Walk for Water So Kids Can Go to School

New Life Church, with six campuses in Kitsap County including Bainbridge Island, is organizing a Walk for Water event for December 13. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise money for building wells in Africa. The organization’s website reports that the average African walks 5 miles a day for water, and most of the…

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Bainbridge Historical Museum Awards a $5000 Raffle Prize

On December 1, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum Raffle came to an end with the drawing that awarded long-time Islanders Tomi and Henry Egashira a check for $5000. Second prize, which was an Apple iPad mini, went to Sarah and Rudy Morosoff. But everyone who participated won something: All raffle tickets are good for free…

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Turkey Trot 2014

Turkey Trot 2014 Photo Gallery

Early this morning, November 27, starting at 8:30, on what started out as a windy and soggy day, Islanders and visiting relatives and friends donned their running shoes, turkey feathers, and Pilgrim hats for the 5th annual Turkey Trot 1 mile and 5K runs. Some people raced, some people pushed strollers, some ran their dogs,…

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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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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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Luminaries Gather to Celebrate 52 Years of Community Ownership of the Bainbridge Library

Fifty-two years after the opening of the Bainbridge Public Library, dozens of mostly quinquagenarians and up, who over the years contributed their time and creativity and skills by serving on the board of directors, gathered in the library to celebrate what they had wrought. The celebration, held on November 2, was called The Library That…

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Red Ribbons, Red Robins: BIPD Officers Wear Red, Wait Tables

In addition to stopping speeders and drunk drivers and solving crimes, your Bainbridge Island Police Department officers are volunteering in two community awareness-raising events this week. Red Ribbon Week Starting today, October 23, and for the next seven days officers are wearing red ribbons on their uniforms to honor the memory of DEA Agent Enrique…

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