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Should Silverdale WA become Incorporated?


Well, once again, an effort is underway to stir up support to incorporate Silverdale WA, this time led by a political action group called the ‘Citizens United for Silverdale.’

Silverdale Incorporation efforts become official

This is the fourth such attempt to wrestle Silverdale from the controlling clutches of Kitsap County.

As I’ve discussed this issue with other area residents, most people are not opposed to the idea, but simply want to know the pros & cons of incorporation:

What benefits would we realize as a result of incorporation? What effects would it have on the local economy and businesses? How much would our taxes increase?

Perhaps one of the best things this political action committee ‘Citizens United for Silverdale‘ could do is put up a website detailing as much information as possible on the benefits incorporation normally brings to a community like Silverdale WA. Even creating a Facebook Page would be a great step towards engaging members of our community and sharing helpful information about incorporation.

What are Your thoughts? Should Silverdale be incorporated? Why or why not?

Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant for the Holidays!

seoul-korean-bbq-restaurant-silverdale-waIn the hilarious Holiday movie classic “The Christmas Story” Ralph and his family end up breaking with tradition and eating their Christmas Day dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

The new Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant here in Silverdale gives area residents many ample reasons to break with holiday tradition, including generous portions, reasonable prices, and some really great food!

My oldest son Ben wanted to treat me to lunch the other day in celebration of my birthday. I had been meaning to try out this relatively new eating establishment for quite some time (sorry, Mike Pitts, I couldn’t wait any longer!). And since I was conveniently shopping at the nearby Ross store, my son’s invitation was perfectly timed.seoul-korean-bbq-restaurant-silverdale-wa

I ordered the Daeji Bul Go Ki (Sliced Pork marinated in a Hot & Spicy sauce. Ben got the Haemul Dolsol Bibim Bap (assorted vegetables, beef, and seafood, mixed with rice).

As is typical, our meal began with a dozen or so intriguing and enticing side dishes, including one of my long time faves, kimchi. It was great having so many delicious appetizers to choose from!

Our main dishes came along shortly thereafter, and did not disappoint in the least! Ben’s Bibim Bap was served in a hot stone bowl, making Mexican hot plate dishes seem like child’s play. My pork dish was hot & spicy, as expected.

Located at 10408 Silverdale Way NW (Suite A-117) in the Ross Plaza, Silverdale WA, the Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant is another welcomed addition in the Kitsap County dining landscape. Their hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, and Sundays 11am to 9pm. They are closed Tuesdays.

Follow in the footsteps of Ralphie this holiday season and enjoy a break from the traditional turkey or ham. Trust me, your tummy will be so glad you did!

Party@thePier HUGE fun for Area Students

A time honored tradition here in Silverdale WA has been the unofficial party that takes place at the Silverdale Waterfront Park each June when schools let out for summer. Local law enforcement and Kitsap County Park officials have historically expressed concerns over the safety of students who participate in this unsupervised event.

Enter Kevin Pentz.

Kevin is on staff with the local youth ministry of newlife church and helps lead/coordinate 50 youth leaders and over 300 students.

Kevin conceived a vision where this unofficial year-end party could evolve into a much larger, safer, and more enjoyable celebration for area students.

Party@thePier was born!

Over 1,000 area students filled the Silverdale Waterfront Park last Wednesday, consuming nearly as many free hot dogs, while competing in 3-on-3 basketball and xBox tournaments, watching skateboard and break dancing exhibitions, and listening to free concerts by area bands, including popular Seattle-based ‘The Classic Crime.’

The day began at 7:30am when dozens of newlife volunteers arrived to setup the stage, tents, and concession areas. By Noon, a steady stream of kids began to show up. Another dozen or so additional volunteers served as security patrol, helping to supplement two Kitsap County sheriffs who were contracted for the event.

The Party@thePier lasted until just after 8pm and went exceptionally smooth, thanks to all the hard working volunteers and event staff. A special word of thanks to Kevin Pentz, Donovan Pinegar, Eric Trudeau, Ben Jacobson, Gordon Sound, and Kitsap County Parks Supervisor Dori Leckner for helping to make this such a successful event.

Look for an even bigger and better Party@thePier event in 2011!

Rotary Silverdale Honors CK Students

I had the privilege of attending a luncheon today (courtesy of my good friend Jason Mayer) at Silverdale Beach Hotel for the Silverdale Rotary Club.

Before Jason invited me, I was absolutely clueless as to what the Rotary was all about. It all began in Chicago back in 1905. A local attorney started a service club that would ‘rotate’ their meetings from office to office, hence the name ‘Rotary.’ Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries, and pool their resources and talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto:  “Service Above Self.”

I was more concerned about being subjected to some kind of secret initiation rites involving black hooded robes and wooden paddles. Jason assured me it was safe.

What made this particular luncheon so enjoyable was that it was the Rotary’s monthly habit of honoring local high school students.  There were 8 students from Central Kitsap High and Klahowya Secondary School being recognized for school leadership,  academic excellence, and community involvement.

Greg Lynch, Superintendent of Central Kitsap School District, was on hand to offer words of praise and appreciation to both students and their parents in attendance.

We are fortunate to have local organizations like the Rotary who invest back into our community and make a global impact by partnering with organizations like Children of the Nations.

We are additionally blessed to live in a community that has one of the finest school districts in the State, and is comprised of such talented and committed educators!

Three Buck Chuck Comes to Kitsap County WA

Well, it used to be Two Buck Chuck, but with the recent economic downturn and Wall Street debacle, prices had to be adjusted accordingly.

But yes, Virginia, Trader Joe’s, the quirky specialty retail grocery chain with stores in nine states, is FINALLY coming to Silverdale WA!

Rumor has it that the recently vacated Circuit City location will be the home for Kitsap County’s long-awaited Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s is the exclusive retailer of Charles Shaw wine, lovingly referred to as Two Buck Chuck because of its $1.99 price tag in California. In other States, it sells for around $3 a bottle due to varying state liquor taxes and transportation costs.

In a recent blog post, Kitsap Sun reporter Brynn Grimley stated that her sources denied any pending plans for a Trader Joes in Kitsap County and projected at least a couple years before any possibility of a store here would occur.

I guess the Facebook group that was formed “Citizens of Kitsap County WA Beg for a Trader Joes” can finally stop begging and soon start ‘shopping!’

UPDATE: Brynn Grimley kindly provided a link below to a more recent blog post where TJ officials were recently observed evaluating potential sites here in Silverdale.

Should Silverdale be Incorporated? Pros & Cons

In today’s Kitsap Sun, reporter Brynn Grimley dredged up the longstanding debate over the potential incorporation of Silverdale

(see “Silverdale Incorporation Talks Resume“)

I curious, what are the genuine, intellight ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ to the incorporation of Silverdale?

I realize that incorporation naturally brings with it the added tax burdens associated with city government, administration, and related services. Given our current economic conditions, the idea of any additional taxes is going to be a really tough sell.

Aside from that, what other negatives are there?

What are the positives?

What is the County currently providing or not providing that incorporation would do better for the residents of Silverdale?

CSTOCK Community Theater is a Family Affair


CSTOCK Live Community Theater in Kitsap County WA has a rich and longstanding tradition for producing shows that appeal to family audiences.

So it’s not surprising to discover that many of the shows performed by CSTOCK in their theater at the Silverdale Community Center are comprised of cast members which contain entire families.

Such is the case with the recent popular run of CSTOCK’s ‘Music Man,’ the well-known Meredith Wilson hit musical of how ‘Trouble’ comes to a small Midwest town in Iowa in the form of a pool table and a musical instrument peddling flim-flam man named Harold Hill.

cstock-community-theater-is-a-family-affairAn hour before curtain, the ‘Green Room’ (otherwise known as the Poplar Room) is a flurry of pre-show activity. The Beddoe Family (consisting of Dad Dave, Mom Deb, and children Katharine, Calvin, George, and Henry) are busily applying make-up and doing last minute hair touch-up. George is the lone non-acting hold-out, simply content to watch his family perform and consume his fair share of cast refreshments. Henry is the show scene stealer and obvious choice for ‘Most Adorable Actor’ when he struts out on stage towards the end of the show, wearing his ‘Boy’s Band’ uniform and carrying a snare drum almost as big as he is!

The Gray Clan is an equally invested tribe, beginning with Dad Rod who serves on the CSTOCK Board of Directors and lends his vocal/acting skills as one of the four credential-chasing school board quartet members. As one of two Stage Managers, wife Maria keeps the production flowing smoothly each night as she skillfully coordinates nearly 50 cast members and navigates the hard-working stage crew through a myriad of challenging set changes. Their daughters Jenny and Kimberly skillfully portray Amaryllis, the wannabe piano player turned lisp lover, and “Ye Gads” spouting Zaneeta Shin, respectively.cstock-community-theater-is-a-fun-and safe-environment-for-kids

This show signals the 3rd directorial outing for Chris Borer (Damn Yankees and 1940’s Radio Hour). He is the son of veteran C-STOCK legends Dale and Karen Borer. In this production, Karen lends her usual expertise in the light booth, along with younger brother Matthew, while Father Dale skillfully provides light design and performs onstage as River City’s town ‘boob.’

Additional families include father & son, Bill and Billy Buhl; husband & wife Joe and Sharon Martinelli; brother & sister Caitlyn and Cameron McConnell; husband & wife Bob and Clarice Nash; father & son Cameron and Wallace Ross; mother & daughter Maddie and Palmer Scheutzow; husband & wife Jess and Ann Sveen, and daughter Sarah; father & daughter Al and Alli Verhofstadt; father & son Carrey and Rand Wiseman.

cstock-community-theater-in-kitsap-county-waIt normally begins rather innocently when one member of the family gets bitten by the acting bug. A son or daughter tags along with a friend from school and auditions for a show. Next thing you know, “they’re playing for money in a pinch back suit”…(opps, sorry, just habit!) Then Dad is at the theater on the weekends, helping build sets, and Moms selling refreshments during the performances.

A great example of this during Music Man was Raoul and Rebecca Dominguiano, parents of Abigail (Wa Tan Ye girl) who attended nearly every rehearsal and performance, providing valued supervision of the show’s younger performers. No doubt Abigail’s two younger brothers will find their way up on stage in the near future!

While not everyone involved in a CSTOCK production is related, by the end of the show everyone certainly feels like one big family.

And such is the bittersweet ending to a wonderfully enjoyable and rewarding experience. For two months, you spend nearly 3 hours every weekday in rehearsals with these people. Many weekends you’re either practicing dance steps with the choreographer or building sets. Then a full week of run-through dress rehearsals, followed by opening weekend and 12 performances. You actually end up spending more time with these folks than you do your own ‘real’ family!

Then, suddenly, the show is over. The sense of loss and emptiness is pronounced, almost palpable. It feels as though a small piece of your creative heart and soul has been ripped out, joining together to become part of a larger, cherished collective memory.

And, like a moth to the flame, you audition for the next show, and start the entire process all over!

CSTOCK’s Vision Statement

To be the premier Theatrical Performing Arts Organization in the West Puget Sound.

CSTOCK’s Mission Statement

Provide educational opportunities for all ages.

Provide a significant positive cultural influence.

Provide quality community-oriented entertainment.

The Value of Live Theater in Kitsap County WA

The current CSTOCK (Central Stage of County Kitsap) production of Meredith Wilson’s ‘Music Man’ is a perfect example of why I’m such a HUGE fan of Live Theater and the value it offers to our community here in Kitsap County WA.

Granted, being involved in a local production is a big time commitment and requires a lot of work. Most of CSTOCK’s shows are large cast musicals, like ’Music Man’ with nearly 50 cast members! Add to that the production crew, costuming, set construction, orchestra musicians, parents/volunteers, etc., and you’ve got the population of a small town! River City, Iowa, to be exact!

What’s so exciting to watch is how everyone works so hard and diligently together, combining their individual talents and abilities, to create and perform as a seamless ensemble.

This is no easy task, especially given the wide range of ages represented among the cast, coordinating all the various elements of the production, and the challenging logistical constraints of performing in a very small theater space.

What I personally find so rewarding is the positive affect our community theater has on our member’s self-worth and esteem, especially for the youth. It’s thrilling to observe a kid gain a greater sense of personal confidence and develop improved social skills. They also learn the valued lesson of hard work, and the satisfying reward of applause.

During the course of intense rehearsals, camaraderie and friendships are fostered among the cast and crew. Many of our shows have enlisted the talents of entire families, providing them with a safe and enjoyable environment to spend quality time together.

CSTOCK community theater offers its audience a muchly needed escape from the everyday worries and cares of  life. A show magically transports you to another time, another place, where you become wonderfully lost within the story.

‘Music Man’ runs for 3 more weekends. Fridays and Saturdays the show starts at 7:30pm. On Sundays, curtain opens at 6pm. Purchase your tickets on-line now because all three shows this past weekend were nearly sold out!

And, allow me to encourage you to invest in community theater and become involved in CSTOCK, as either an active volunteer/participant, or simply as a regular audience member.

Thanks for your helpful support!

For more information on how you  can plug-in, go to www.cstock.org

Other Kitsap County Community Theaters:

Jewel Box Theater in Poulsbo

Western WA Center for the Arts (WWCA) in Port Orchard

Bremerton Community Theater (BCT)

Bainbridge Performing Arts

Kitsap Children’s Musical Theater

The Forest Theater on Seabeck Hwy.

Trouble Comes to Silverdale WA!

“Do your kids re-buckle their knickerbockers ‘below’ the knee? Are they memorizing jokes out of Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang? Are certain words creeping into their conversations? Words like ‘Swell’ and ‘So’s yer Old Man!”

CSTOCK’s long awaited production of the ever-popular Meredith Wilson hit musical “Music Man” is scheduled to open this coming Friday, February 12th.CSTOCK-Community-Theater-in-Kitsap-County

An affectionate musical tribute to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Director Chris Borer (1940’s Radio Hour, Damn Yankees) has assembled an amazing cast of nearly 50 talented actors, singers, and dancers to bring this epic musical to life!

Music Man will be playing 4 consecutive weekends Feb. 12th thru March 7th at the CSTOCK Theater, located in the Silverdale Community Center next to the Silverdale Way Walgreens.  Shows start at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and 6pm on Sunday night.

So grab Your Favorite Libertine Men and Scarlet Women and take the nearest Wells Fargo Wagon to see CSTOCK’s ‘Music Man!’

For more information and to purchase tickets online, GO HERE!