Cascade Living Group is finalizing the purchase of Albright
House, a 39-unit assisted living facility in East Bremerton.
Cascade founder Tom Stanley said the $3.3 million deal will
close Monday night. Albright House was operated by Assisted Living
Concepts, a national company now
apparently called Enlivant.
Cascade already owns two properties neighboring Albright off
Pine Road: The
Willows, an independent living community; and Ashley Gardens, a memory
Stanley said the company plans to change the name of Albright
House to “The Cottage.” Together, the three properties will be
called “Cascades of
“We could not be more excited to have this community as part of
our company,” Stanley said. “… The Cottage will complete our
Ashley Gardens of Bremerton was the first facility purchased by
Cascade after the company formed in 2006. With the addition of The
Cottage, Cascade will operate 11 communities in three
The maker of F.R.O.G. Soap has hopped to downtown
Laura Kneib had been crafting her recycled vegetable oil soap in
her home on Ostrich Bay. Today she opened a store in a space on
Fifth Street connected to the Admiral Theatre (and across the
street from the Sun offices).
Kneib makes and sells her soaps in the store, which smells
pretty amazing. She expects to expand into another space on Fifth
soon. Once she’s established, Kneib will offer classes,
demonstrations and soap making supplies.
The store hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. Contact Kneib at
email@example.com or 360-337-0934.
You can read my
profile on her soap making business here.
Rebecca Fraynt recently joined the Group
Health Behavioral Health Services in Bremerton as a
According to a news release, Fraynt came to Group Health from
Kaiser Permanente in Mountain View, Calif. where she was a
post-doctoral resident. She earned her doctorate in clinical
psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Her prior education includes a bachelor of arts in psychology
from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a masters of arts
in clinical psychology from UCLA.
Kitsap County store
clerks led the state last year in their willingness to illegally
sell cigarettes to minors.
That’s according to a report released Thursday by the
state Department of Health. The annual Synar Report uses
unannounced compliance checks to track illegal tobacco sales.
During the checks, underage teens, working with law enforcement,
attempt to buy cigarettes from randomly-selected retailers.
The Liquor Control Board
carried out 28 random checks in Kitsap last year. Nearly 40 percent
of the checks resulted in illegal sales to minors. That figure
eclipsed the statewide average of 15 percent and landed Kitsap atop
the list of worst offenders for the year. (Click on the graphic to
DOH spokesman Tim Church cautioned that the small sample size
means sales at a few stores can sway the numbers from year to year.
Local health agencies should use the data to identify compliance
trends over time, he said.
The trend in Kitsap isn’t encouraging. The county’s compliance
rate steadily worsened since 2010, when about 9 percent of random
checks resulted in sales.
“It’s bad news for Kitsap County for sure,” Kitsap Public Health
District Administrator Scott Daniels said. “It’s bad news for
health of the kids who buy tobacco, it’s bad for the whole
community.” Continue reading
The unemployment rate for Kitsap County jumped by nearly 1
percent from January to February.
The preliminary unemployment rate for last month was 7.1
percent. The revised unemployment rate for January was 6.2 percent
(adjusted down from the
initial estimate of 6.4 percent).
Kitsap’s workforce grew from January to February, but fewer
workers were employed, according to a report from the state Employment Security Department
(posted below). The unemployment rate was still well under the
rates for February 2013 and 2012. These county statistics are not
adjusted to account for seasonal trends.
The number of workers employed by non-farm industries in Kitsap
remained steady from January at 83,400. Non-farm employment is up
substantially through the first two months of the year compared to
Statewide, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held at 6.4
percent from January to February. The steady unemployment rate,
combined with slight growth in the labor force and the addition of
2,500 new jobs, is good news.
“That’s a positive sign,” state labor economist Paul Turek
said in a news release. “The economy is holding its own. People are
moving into the job market and actually finding jobs.”
The full February employment report for Kitsap is posted below:
Union pro-tech employees at Harrison Medical Center are
expected to vote on a contract proposal Thursday. The bargaining
team negotiating on behalf of those 800 employees has recommended they vote
“no” on Harrison’s proposal.
Negotiations on a new contract began last summer and
stalled over the winter. The hospital and employees,
represented by UFCW 21,
returned to the bargaining table March 14 but did not reach an
agreement. Harrison requested a vote on its latest proposal.
We’ll report on the results of the vote meetings Thursday.
Olalla might not be an obvious place to
live out a secret “Gone with
the Wind” fantasy. But for just under $2 million you can live
every day like Rhett and Scarlett in South Kitsap.
A Gone with the Wind-themed wedding venue and rental house went on
the market recently. The 10-acre property, located east of Highway
16 off Stevens Road, includes a southern-style mansion and guest
cottage. The home was built in 2009.
Owner Joe Scolari said he bought the property in a foreclosure
sale and started the themed rental business, which has been well
received. The venue has reservations as far out as December. The
business grossed $81,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, according
Commercial Brokers Association listing.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response,” Scolari said.
You can see more photos here.
Kitsap Tractor &
Equipment is now the Washington State excavator dealer for
Kitsap Tractor, located at 9145 Silverdale Way, is part of
an expanding network of North American dealers for the Chinese
heavy equipment maker.
“Kitsap (Tractor) has a well-established track record of serving
the Seattle metropolitan region as well as customers throughout
Washington.” Sany earthmoving group President Eric Teague said in a
Sany offers seven hydraulic excavators, ranging from 36-ton
models to compact 2-ton models. Kitsap Tractor is also dealer for
Kubota, Stihl, Honda and TrailMax.
Resources announced a $6.8 million residential land sale in Gig
Harbor this week.
Pope sold 63 single-family lots in its Harbor Hill
development to Richmond American
Homes, according to
a news release. Harbor Hill is a mixed-use development that
includes residential properties, a business park and commercial
“This is the second bulk sale of fully developed single-family
lots we have closed on thus far this quarter,” Pope CEO David L.
Nunes said in a release. “We look forward to additional
residential lot sales from our Harbor Hill project over the coming
months and years as the project matures and enjoys increased
interest from merchant builders.”
Pope and its subsidiaries own or manage 204,000 acres of
timberland and development property in Washington.
A total of 3,574 Kitsap residents had enrolled in private health
insurance plans through the Washington exchange at the end of
February, according to a report from
Washington Healthplanfinder. Sign ups remained relatively slow,
as they had since December.
Medicaid enrollment continued to climb steeply, with 18,369
enrolled through the exchange at the end of February. That included
10,017 residents signing up for Medicaid for the first time.
The deadline to apply for qualified private plans through
Healthplanfinder is March 31. Applicants who file before 5 p.m.
March 31 can qualify for coverage that activates April 1.
Applicants who file before midnight can qualify for coverage that
activates May 1.
The next enrollment period open from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15.
Medicaid enrollment continues throughout the year.
Under the Affordable Care Act, people who don’t have health
insurance after the deadline could be charged penalties on their
federal income tax return. You can
find more information on the federal process here.