Monthly Archives: May 2016

Beat blast: farmers market, bridge speeders and gull poop

The Bremerton Farmers Market just keeps getting bigger. On Thursday, it will debut for the 2016 season at Evergreen-Rotary Park, where it’s nestled among towering conifers. The festivities, including a ribbon-cutting, kick off at 4 p.m.

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Elsewhere on the Beat Blast this week, you’ll find out:

How prevalent speeding is on the Warren Avenue Bridge;

Who just retired from Safeway after a 42-year career with the company;

What street fair will take over Charleston Saturday;

Why gulls will no longer perch atop the Manette Bridge’s lampposts.

And, as a bonus, hear how the farmers market helps aspiring businesses achieve their brick-and-mortar dreams (below).

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Floundering without fountains: when will the Harborside reopen?

Come back, water!
Come back, water!

The site of empty fountains on Bremerton’s waterfront Sunday left me saddened, I must admit.

The dried-out, greenish water cannons have had no children dancing underneath them since last October, when the fountains closed down for the winter. Then, the city embarked on a $60,000 plumbing overhaul that will make them safer and more sanitary.


That overhaul has been planned out and now just needs approval from the state’s Department of Health, according to Bremerton Parks Director Jeff Elevado.

How long will that approval process, plus installation, take? Elevado isn’t certain yet.

“We hope to have them open sometime this season,” he told me Monday. “But we can’t promise that at this point.”

So stay tuned. Hopefully, they’ll get it up and running soon. In the meantime, the city cautions people to steer clear of the other city fountains. On a day that’s going to get into the 80s, that may be a tall order.

On a recent hot day, no one could resist the Memorial Fountains while the Harborside ones were closed.
On a recent hot day, no one could resist the Memorial Fountains while the Harborside ones were closed.


Lent, city leaders journey to Japan

Bremerton dignitaries arrive in Kure, Japan.
Bremerton dignitaries arrive in Kure, Japan.

You may have noticed Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent hasn’t been in her office this lately. In fact, she isn’t even on this continent. Early last week, she led a local delegation to Kure, Japan, Bremerton’s sister city.

It’s a tradition that dates back 47 years, following a call from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to establish “people-to-people” partnerships including sister cities. The Lions Clubs of both Kure and Bremerton formally established ties in 1969. Since then, 153 exchange students have gone to Kure from Bremerton for the summer; 153 from Kure have also come here.

Every five years, a delegation from Kure comes to Bremerton and in the same time period, a delegation from Bremerton goes to Japan. Kure’s delegation was last here in 2014; Bremerton was to go last year but Kure officials asked them to wait so that their new city hall building could be completed.

Kure is much bigger than Bremerton — about 228,000 people live there compared with our own 39,000 — but they’re both communities with a rich shipyard history.

“It’s vibrant, it’s exciting, and it’s really a cultural exchange both cities benefit from,” Lent said by phone from Kure this past week.

No city tax money was spent on the trip — everyone paid out of their own pocket, according to Elaine Valencia, the mayor’s executive assistant.

Along with the mayor, City Council President Eric Younger, City Councilwoman Pat Sullivan and Bremerton Water Resources Manager Kathleen Cahall are among those in the delegation. Both Younger and Sullivan hosted exchange students in recent years. A number of Bremerton Lions Club members are also in attendance.

Lent, who also spent time at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka on the trip, will return home toward the end of this week, along with the others.