Discussing the significant loss of tree canopy over the last 15
years — from small developments to large, such as the Visconsi
shopping complex — will be part of the Association of Bainbridge
Communities’ 13th annual Environmental Conference.
The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at
the Waterfront Park Community Center, located at 370 Brien Way.
The conference will focus on:
— the importance of trees on islanders lifestyles,
— what the city of Bainbridge Island is planning,
— what is needed as part of a comprehensive tree retention
— what other cities and counties are doing, and
— how residents can participate in the process.
Speakers included Kathy Wolf from the University of Washington’s
School of Forestry, Olaf Ribeiro, an internationally recognized
expert on tree health issues, Ben Thompson, urban forestry
specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, and Nolan
Rundquist, a Seattle City arborist, who will talk about the city’s
efforts to retain trees.
The event will also include citizen activists from Whidbey
Island, Jon Quitslund, a member of the Bainbridge Island Tree
Ordinance Committee, and break-out sessions.
For more information, contact the Association of Bainbridge
Communities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (BCB) will celebrate its
100th podcast, 7,500 internet downloads to listeners and
its six-month birthday party with a public open house at its
Winslow podcast radio studio from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at
the Marge Williams Center.
The center is located at 221 Winslow Way West, 100 feet uphill
and west of Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, west of Madison
The open house includes studio visits, free refreshments and
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting also is making available a
free BCB app for iPhone, iPad and for Android smartphones and
tablets. The app allows people to automatically receive and listen
to BCB’s all-Bainbridge Island radio shows. The new BCB podcast app
was released this month and can be obtained for free from the
Apple and Android app stores by searching for BCB Bainbridge.
“We’re an all-island intergenerational project serving the
Bainbridge community,” said Barry Peters, Bainbridge Community
Broadcasting’s volunteer manager, in a news release. “This (100th
podcast) milestone is a credit to the dozens of adult and high
school volunteers who have collaborated to bring internet radio to
our community. The podcast radio episodes tell the stories of
Bainbridge events, people, nonprofits, businesses, arts and
artists, local issues, outdoor activities and local food.”
BCB is a project of the 8-year-old nonprofit Sustainable
“It’s remarkable how much has been accomplished for the
community by BCB volunteers in six months,” Sustainable Bainbridge
board member Maradel Gale said.
Currently, BCB offers a choice of six internet radio shows:
What’s Up Bainbridge: Local events,
Who’s On Bainbridge: Local people,
Community Cafe Bainbridge: Local issues,
Bainbridge Outdoors: Outdoor activities,
Tastes of Bainbridge: Local food, gardening, dining,
Bainbridge on Campus: Teen perspective from the BHS Radio Club.
Examples drawn from BCB’s first 100 episodes include:
The sounds of seashore wildlife on the Fort Ward Park beach with
the fall arctic seabird migration explained by birder-naturalist
The unlikely and delightful story of Jake’s Pickup – where chef and
owner Jacob Angel serves up healthy, organic, locally sourced
foods, prepared from scratch – in the new Chevron gas station food
store on High School Road (BCB’s 100th podcast).
Edge Improv founders Frank Buxton and John Ellis tell how the
20-year-old improve troupe started.
Conversations about local issues with Bainbridge city officials,
such as City Manager Doug Schulze, Planning Director Kathy Cook,
Finance Director Ellen Schroer and Police Chief Matthew Hamner.
85 What’s Up interviews, each of which described an upcoming local
Bainbridge event, as told by the event organizer or performer.
The start-up of the BCB project has been funded through funds
received by Sustainable Bainbridge’s One Call for All, a $7,000
Bainbridge Island Rotary Club grant for studio equipment, a $4,750
Bainbridge Community Foundation grant for start-up growth and
several thousand dollars of individual cash and in-kind donations,
In addition to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting seeking more
volunteers for more podcast radio shows, Peters said the nonprofit
has plans to do an oral history and story-share project with the
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and Bainbridge Island Senior
Community Center; encourage the city to offer AM broadcast radio
for local emergency information; add video to some of BCB’s audio
internet episodes; and do continuous internet streaming of music
and more diverse programming in 2015.
For more information, visit the BCB website at
Although 19-year-old Chiara D’Angelo’s recent Bainbridge Island
tree-sit protest of the Visconsi Cos. 62,000-square-foot shopping
complex didn’t prevent the clearing of 830 trees off state Route
305 and High School Road, her efforts have inspired a song and
music video that was posted to YouTube Monday.
Leif Utne’s original “Girl in a Tree” song and video features
D’Angelo and other Bainbridge residents of all ages dancing and
holding up handwritten pro-environment signs in various locations
around the island. Honey Toad Studio, located on Bainbridge, helped
Utne with the video’s production.
As of 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, the video had received 1,728 views
with 33 “likes” and two “dislikes.”
News of the video was starting to gain attention nationally. On
Wednesday, Mother Earth News posted a story about it on its
Facebook page and Kim Murphy, the Los Angeles Times’ assistant
managing editor for foreign and national news, tweeted about
D’Angelo, a 2013 Bainbridge High graduate and a sophomore at
Western Washington University, stayed approximately 41 hours on a
wooden platform 70 feet up roped to an evergreen tree Aug. 18-19.
She avoided being arrested for trespassing on Visconsi private
property by making a deal before she came down from her perch,
Bainbridge Island Police Deputy Police Chief Jeff Horn said.
Many islanders fought for more than a year against the
8.16-acre Visconsi shopping complex, which the Bainbridge Planning
Commission unanimously rejected in November. It wasn’t
until the island’s Hearing Examiner approved the
project in March with 50 State Environmental Policy Act conditions
that the shopping complex could move forward.
Five days before D’Angelo’s tree-sit protest began, a grade and
fill permit with clearing was authorized by the city of Bainbridge
for the property, which was zoned for commercial use.
Appreciative of the two King Center banners they received to
share at events to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
Black History Month, Bainbridge residents greeted a woman who works
at the Atlanta national historic site and her son recently when
they visited the Puget Sound area.
Juanita Robinson, the gift shop manager at The King Center, came
to the area because her 25-year-old son Thomas was participating in
the U.S. Track & Field Club Nationals in Tacoma July 11-12.
Thomas competed for the Atlanta Track Club and finished eighth in
the 100-meter dash with a finals time of 11.43 seconds.
The 8-foot-tall King Center banners were also shared at the Navy
Undersea Engineering Museum at Keyport, Kitsap County Fairground
President’s Hall, Olympic College in Bremerton and the Washington
state African-American awards program at Bremerton High. On
Bainbridge Island, the banners were displayed at Bethany Lutheran
Church, Ordway Elementary School and at the Filipino-American
Community Hall for the 15th annual community celebration Kitsap
Sing Out! in January.
The Robinsons visited Chief Seattle’s gravesite, St. Peters
Mission Church, Ol’ Man House Park in Suquamish, as well as the
Suquamish Veterans Memorial, Suquamish Museum and House of the
Awakened Culture. They also toured the Bainbridge Island Japanese
American Exclusion Memorial.
The Suquamish Tribe at the Clearwater Resort co-hosted the
visitors. Upon the Robinsons return to Georgia, they were given
books and publications for The King Center Library by the Suquamish
Museum, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Kitsap Black History
Museum, Bainbridge Island Japanese-American community,
Bainbridge Island School District, Experience Music Project Museum
and Sing Out Kitsap!
Robinson said she was “overjoyed and ever so grateful” to visit
the Bainbridge and Suquamish communities.
Island nonprofit groups fared
very well in the inaugural Kitsap Great Give on Tuesday, May
The event, organized by the
Kitsap Community Foundation, set a goal of raising $500,000 for
nonprofit organizations and activities throughout Kitsap County
through a 24-hour donation drive. Donations were accepted through
where a leaderboard kept a running tally of donations through the
The total donated in the Kitsap
Great Give was $539,199.95. At least 22 island-specific
organizations were helped, including several near the top of the
countywide list in terms of donors and amounts raised. The
Bainbridge Schools Foundation raised more than any other nonprofit,
The Bainbridge Schools
Foundation, with 82 individual donors, led all island organizations
in that category, followed by Maasai Women’s Education and
Empowerment Program (41), Island Time Activities (52), Island
Volunteer Caregivers (40) and Bainbridge Public Library
The amount raised for Island Time
Activities ($19,180) was also among the highest in the county.
Others at the top in terms of donations were Bainbridge Island
Museum of Art ($17,310), Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities
Council ($7,325) and Bainbridge Performing Arts
Bainbridge’s long awaited radio station has arrived – at least
in the form of podcasts.
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting is now offering six podcast
radio shows titled “What’s Up Bainbridge.” The 5-minute podcast
previews of an upcoming local event “described in person by the
organizer, artist or presenter closest to the event,” according to
an email from BCB announcing the podcasts.
With July fast approaching, the Bainbridge Island Arts &
Humanities Council is putting a call out for musicians interested
in performing during its 26th annual Bainbridge in Bloom
garden tour July 11-12.
Folk, jazz groups and classical chamber artists are sought by
the Arts & Humanities Council to play hourlong sets from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday of the event. Musicians
can also perform longer than an hour and more frequently if they’d
Interested artists can contact, Bainbridge in Bloom music
coordinator Karla Zimmerman at email@example.com
or (206) 979-9981.
Tom Vargas said giving a proper closure to a subdivision that
served as government housing was one of the best things about
participating last Thursday in the decommissioning of a Bainbridge
street formerly known as Government Way from 1957 to 2007.
Tom, and his wife Karen, lived on the street for 10 years
starting in 1992. Tom donated an American flag that was used on the
USS Alabama submarine at Bangor. The flag was used during
Thursday’s ceremony to conclude the event.
Karen, along with Kathryn Keve and others, worked hard to
collect the names of former residents, other stories and historical
facts that were tied to the 16-house street. Karen retired from the
Tom served on the USS Alabama with frequent Government Way
visitor Brian Moss, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terroristic
attacks while working at the Pentagon. The two friends enjoyed
“It’s pretty cool,” Tom said after the decommissioning ceremony.
“A lot of stuff gets closed and not a big deal is made and you come
back a year later and it’s gone. This gives me closure because this
was the majority of where I lived during my (military) career.”
Bainbridge Mayor Anne Blair said the ceremony was “nicely done
all the way around.”
“Home is where our stories begin and this was a day of stories
and it will continue to be,” Blair said.
Ross Smaaladen, a construction worker with PHC, thought the
ceremony was “awesome” and appreciated learning some of the
interesting history of the homes and residents. PHC employees are
dismantling the 16 rambler style homes on the street to make way
for the new 5-acre second phase of the Grow Community. The new
development literally will be situated on what is now John Adams
Lane and will feature 3 acres of open space that will be mixed with
fields, orchards and light forest groves.
“We’re helping to build the next stage of history for the
community and it’s great to be a part of it,” said Seppi Gorecki,
another PHC construction worker.
Six of Bremerton High School’s Navy Junior ROTC members also
participated in the decommissioning and conducted the flag-folding
ceremony. Michael Shiflet was the cadet that presented the flag to
American Legion Post 172 Commander Fred Scheffler at the event’s
U.S. Army recruiter Sgt. Clarence Jennings drove from Silverdale
to also attend the ceremony.
“I’m honored they asked us to do this and that’s what we do –
leadership in the community,” said Sr. Chief Anthony Jones of
Bremerton High’s Navy JROTC.
Greg Lotakis, project manager for Asani Developments on the Grow
Community project, said he was appreciative of everyone who made
the street’s decommissioning event possible.
“Karen and Kathryn are amazing,” Lotakis said. “Community
organizers never get enough credit and they said, ‘This is what we
want to do.’ And we said, ‘Absolutely,’ and they got it done. It’s
a nice close to it.”
Lotakis said trails and a community center will be included in
the new Grow development, which will also acknowledge the history
of street and its residents with signs.
I’ve reached out to FAA and King
County International Airport officials to get a more
complete picture of air traffic in the area, and I’ll post whatever
information they provide. In the meantime, I’ll share some of
the additional reader input and flight track graphics we’ve
Comments posted in response to the story online were mostly of
the “those islanders always find something to complain about”
variety, but I also heard from a number of Bainbridge and North
Kitsap residents who had concerns and observations regarding
airplane noise. Here’s a sampling:
“In the twelve years we have lived here, this past summer is
the first time we have been bothered by the noise. As I noted, this
year the frequency of the flights has increased greatly and the
planes are flying at lower altitudes than in previous years.” –
Kathy, south Kingston
“My concern is these flights are too low for one
thing. At night the strobe lights up my back yard on approach
as I’m on a hill and I know the plane is closer than 2,000 ft at my
house off Eagle Harbour. I believe our senator and US
Congress reps should be involved but it’s King County Airport where
the flights are coming in over my area.” – Jim, Bainbridge
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Bainbridge hopes to bring a community FM radio station to the
island. The nonprofit group plans to submit an application for a
low-power broadcasting license in October.
Tonight, Sustainable Bainbridge is gathering ideas on how a
radio station could serve the island and what types of programs
islanders would like to hear. A meeting is scheduled for
7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Waterfront Park Community
The Blakely Rock yoga sculpture finally lost its balance.
Artist Ethan Currier sent us a photo (right) of the fallen
remains his 1,600-pound rock creation Monday morning. The
12-foot-tall, unauthorized public art piece had stood on the
reef outside Eagle Harbor since late December.
It’s unclear when or why the sculpture fell. Currier hinted at
possible vandalism in his email. He said he was confident the
sculpture wouldn’t have fallen on its own, and noted the weather
has been calm lately.
“I’m glad nobody was hurt,” he added.
Currier said he planned to clean up the rubble as soon as