Stennis sailors await
Earlier this week one of our editors threw out the suggestion
that we needed another reporter to attend the arrival of the USS
John C. Stennis, which happened early Friday. Our regular military
reporter Ed Friedrich is on vacation, so two of us would be needed
to fill in for him. I volunteered, reasoning that I shouldn’t leave
Bremerton without having been on hand for the reunion of sailor and
loved ones. Not that I’m leaving or anything.
I’m glad I went. I’m always a little touched by parents
reuniting with children. The husband-wife and boyfriend-girlfriend
thing isn’t bad, either, I suppose. But it’s the kids, man, it’s
It’s also a piece of history, too. As the Stennis pulled in I
tried to get my head around a number of how many times the same
scene has been done here and elsewhere. I didn’t do that very long.
Immediately I go back to World War II, because that’s a time my
parents talked to me about often. My grandfather was a Seabee and,
I’m told, was at Normandy. The history of him in regards to my
mother isn’t great, but I can do nothing but admire him for being
part of that tipping point in history.
This group got to the
Bremerton boardwalk early to watch the Stennis pass.
That’s something other people around here appeared to appreciate
as well, evidenced by how many people were standing at Bachmann
Park and the boardwalk near the Bremerton Marina just to watch the
ship pass. They had no one to greet, they just wanted to offer
Going to the main event required getting out of bed at 5:30
a.m., standing around a long time, struggling to come up with
questions that would somehow make this homecoming story different
and then walking from the Delta pier to the Kitsap Sun office
downtown. That was quite a haul.
I can’t wait for the next one.
No, that’s not an improper
digit. The bride is in white (Duh). The groom is behind her. I can
tell by the white tie.
I found this photo among
a collection of three from Steve Smith Photography of a wedding
(Jennifer and Orin) that took place on the Bremerton
The event was catered by the conference center, not the hot dog
It would only have been more picturesque if a ferry had been
passing, or the Stennis.
Seattle P-I columnist Susan Paynter once interviewed for a job
at this paper. She reveals:
For my first job interview at the Bremerton Sun it was routine
to warn a young newlywed that she’d have to promise not to get
She got a job at the P-I.
This was it, the big leagues for an almost 23-year-old from
Bremerton with big hair and even bigger ideas.
Paynter is retiring after 39 years.
Individual scores are still a couple weeks away, from my
understanding, but here is a table showing the percentage of
Bremerton School District students who passed state-assigned levels
during the 2006-07 WASL testing period.
Worth noting is that as historically has been true, Bremerton
numbers are lower than the state average. That established, it
appears to me on first glance that Bremerton kids are close in some
areas and still a fair bit off in others. The fifth-grade reading
number, which is down from the 05-06 class, is nonetheless a bit
higher than the state average, the first time any district students
have fared better than their peers throughout the state in reading.
A couple of writing tests have gone well for select Bremerton
classes in the past and this year marks the second year the fifth
grade science numbers were better than the state kids.
For information on individual schools, go to the state’s Web site.
Seattleites, too, are delighted about the news a new downtown grocery store.
The store is intended to serve not only the increasing number of
nearby condo and apartment residents, but also workers in the area
“This store is significant because downtown Seattle’s
residential population is growing rapidly, but the square footage
of food stores there has not grown to match,” said grocery-industry
consultant Bert Hambleton, who advised Myers on the deal.
“The downtown central business district of Seattle is one of the
most ‘understored’ areas in the Pacific Northwest.”
This is relevant here because a grocery store is what most
people agree downtown Bremerton needs and will get when
the J.C. Penney building is redeveloped.
Bremerton will soon have cameras at traffic lights. In the Los
Angeles area, you’ll find them elsewhere as well. This
L.A. Times story discusses cameras at stop signs.
Drivers are getting used to the red-light cameras sprouting up
at busy intersections around Southern California. But are they
ready for what officials describe as the nation’s first stop-sign
Some residents of Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Topanga
Canyon and other well-heeled communities near the new cameras are
already battling to have them removed. They insist that the parks
authority is violating state law by installing them — a charge
On the Web site Cannabis.com a newcomer to Kitsap County named
Darwin writes that he’s new to the area, loves to “Camp and
troutfish,” and play “C@C Red alert2.” That he loves doing
something else should be obvious by the site he’s posting on.
He’s looking for like-minded people. I’m guessing he wouldn’t
mind a “connection” either, but I digress.
Killerweed420 responds “Bremerton sucks.lol”
Lol? Really? If you think “Bremerton sucks” is laugh-out loud
funny, then it’s 4:20 somewhere.
Same for JoeBear, who wrote “Welcome to Washington. I guess this
means i’m not the new kid anymore! YAY! lol”
These people crack themselves up over the lamest comments.
SaH was in a bad mood, though, writing in response to the
“Bremerton Sucks” line, “Yeah escape while you can….”
Boy I’d like to know what the rest of that thought was.
I don’t know if all marijuana enthusiasts dislike Bremerton, but
this bunch did. That can’t be good news for the folks at Pied Pipers
The Sixth Street flags
outside the Norm Dicks Government Center.
The obituary for Dean Westcott is here.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 29,
2007 with services at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2007, both at
Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home.
The state’s contribution to a
Wheaton Way road project is prominent, thanks in large part to the
improved access for emergency vehicles.
Travel Wheaton Way south headed toward the Warren Avenue Bridge
and you’ll spot a sign telling you about the road project,
particularly who is writing the checks.
Phil Williams, Bremerton’s Public Works director, said providing
that kind of information is “very common,” especially “on projects
that connect to or are part of the state road system.”
The project is designed to create better access between Wheaton
and Harrison Medical Center, which is one of the main reasons the
state ponied up $629,549 in grant money to help pay for it. The
city’s portion was the required match.
A Bremerton public works street service specialist died from
injuries sustained in a work-related accident Wednesday.
“It’s hard to know what to say. It’s just such a sad day,” said
Phil Williams, Bremerton’s public works director. “It’s a very sad
day for the city of Bremerton.”
Dean Westcott was with a Bremerton street crew preparing to
repave the road at the intersection of 11th Street and Callow
The city initially reported Westcott was likely hit by a city
vehicle backing up around 8:30 a.m.
Westcott was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, then
transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The intersection was closed for several hours Wednesday, then
re-opened to traffic in the afternoon.
Williams said public works personnel, as well as Westcott’s
family, were able to meet with chaplains from the police and fire
department on Wednesday. “Beyond that we’re still putting together
a longer range view of what we need to do,” he said.
Public works crews continued to work on Thursday, though on