Monthly Archives: May 2015

Rowing club heads to national tournament

By David Nelson

Four boats from Bainbridge Island Rowing qualified to compete at US Rowing Nationals with performances at the Northwest Youth Championships in Vancouver, Washington on May 16 and 17.

The Varsity Boys Lightweight Four (Michael Aber, Schuyler Westerhout, David Goon, John Michael Najarian, cox Nathan Johnson) placed third on the 2,000-meter course to qualify for the championship race, which will be held in mid-June in Florida.

Also, Varsity Boys Pair (Konner Vander Leest and Michael Aber) placed third to qualify, the Varsity Girls Lightweight Four (Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Tica Drury, Jemma Blazina, Sam Dore, cox Chrina Munn) placed third, and the Varsity Girls LightWeight eight qualified for nationals with a second place finish (Emma Pazoff, Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Anneke Karreman, Jessie Sheldon, Elsa Derrickson, Tica Drury, Jemma Blazina, Sam Dore, cox Chrina Munn).

Although two girls boats qualified, coaches determined only the Lightweight Four will represent Bainbridge at nationals.

Nearly 100 kids in the club rowed at the Vancouver meet, bringing home 19 medals from the three-day regatta.

Photos by Anna Bernhard Carson

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts names its new director

Lindsay Masters
Lindsay Masters

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts has a new executive director — Lindsay Masters.

Masters, who has been the organization’s publicist for more than 2 years, is taking over for Susan Jackson as she retires from the gallery after 13 years.

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is a nonprofit art gallery, founded in 1948. The gallery, located at 151 Winslow Way, displays contemporary Northwest art and has represented more than 250 artists, according to a news release from Masters.

Masters has been the organization’s publicist since she joined in January 2013.

Previously, she was the communications manager at Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, now known as Arts Humanities Bainbridge.

City eyes Sakai property for new police station

The Bainbridge Island Police Station on Winslow Way.
The Bainbridge Island Police Station on Winslow Way.

Locations for a new police station are back in front of City Council for discussion with a new site option.

The three places being considered are along Madison Avenue.

  • Sakai property on Madison Avenue near New Brooklyn Road, north of the land being bought by the island’s park district.
  • Property on New Brooklyn Road by the fire station headquarters on Madison Avenue.
  • Land north of the current City Hall.

None of the property options are owned by the city.

City Council also will discuss transferring Pritchard Park to the park district and future plans with the Suzuki property during Tuesday’s meeting.

Last day for election filing

It’s the last day of filing for the fall elections. While one City Council member has withdrawn, another has filed.

Here is the full list of candidates as of Friday morning:

City Council

At-large seat

Pegeen Mulhern

Ron Peltier

North Ward

Kol Medina

Susan D. Bergen, withdrew

Central Ward

Michael Scott, appointed earlier this year

South Ward

Sarah Blossom, incumbent


School Board

District 1

Lynn Smith

Tatiana Epanchin-Troyan

Duncan C. Macfarlane

District 3

Mev Hoberg, incumbent

District 4

Tim Kinkead, incumbent


Fire Commissioner

Position 1

Scott Isenman, incumbent


Park Board

Position 2

Ken DeWitt, incumbent

John Grinter

Position 4

Jay Kinney, incumbent


Sewer District No. 7 Commissioner

Position 3

Sarah Lee, incumbent

Mary Victoria Dombrowski

Candidates begin filing for local elections

While the island’s City Council and school board have a handful of seats on this year’s election ballot, there is only one race where multiple candidate have filed.

City Council
Susan Bergen and Kol Medina have filed for the North Ward to replace Anne Blair, who is not running for reelection.
Pegeen Mulhern has filed for the at-large seat to replace Steve Bonkowski, who also announced he is not running for reelection.
Michael Scott, appointed to the Central Ward earlier this year, and Sarah Blossom, who represents the South Ward, are running for their current seats.

School Board
Mev Hoberg and Tim Kinkead have filed for reelection and do not have any opponents as of Wednesday morning.
Patty Fielding will not be running for reelection to the school board, and Lynn Smith has filed for Fiedling’s position.

Candidates have until the end of the business day Friday to file.

Who is running for reelection?

Bainbridge Island City Council members Anne Blair and Steve Bonkowski have announced they will not be running for reelection this fall. Each have served one four-year term.

Council members Sarah Blossom and Michael Scott said they anticipate filing for reelection. The deadline to file is May 15.

Scott was appointed to the council this year after Councilman David Ward resigned as part of a public records lawsuit against the city.

A Kitsap County Superior Court judge ruled last year that Bainbridge city officials didn’t perform an “adequate” search for public records documents on Bonkowski’s and Ward’s personal computers.

Bonkowski said his decision not to run had nothing to do with the lawsuit, and he was not seeking reelection because he had done everything he set out to do on the council.

Blair said she would not be running so she could spend more time with her family.

The three other seats — held by Wayne Roth, Roger Townsend and Val Tollefson — are not up for reelection until 2017.

City approves off-leash dog trial at Pritchard Park

Claire Hicks plays fetch in the water with her dog French at Pritchard Park on Bainbridge Island. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Claire Hicks plays fetch in the water with her dog French at Pritchard Park on Bainbridge Island. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Pritchard Park will be open to off-leash dogs under voice command all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Saturdays before noon. The ordinance was approved by a City Council vote Tuesday night.

The off-leash ordinance will go into effect as soon as the city can post signs. The city also plans to add mutt mitt locations and additional trash cans to the park.

Pritchard Park is owned by the city, but is planned to transfer to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks District later this year. The parks district does not allow off-leash dogs except in designated off-leash areas, including the Strawberry Hill Dog Park.

The off-leash amendment will end two weeks before the park is transferred to the park district.