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Island Road History | Bjune Drive

Streets of the Week: Brien Drive, Shannon Drive, Bjune Drive

Location: Winslow waterfront.

History: Developer Ed Stafford worked in the area just south of the bustling Winslow Way business district.

Nearby Eagle Harbor and the island yacht club kept the area busy while Waterfront Park ensured the developement’s natural beauty.

As Stafford’s work in the area drew to a close, he had to decide what to name the development’s streets. He looked to his three children for inspiration when christening the three parallel roads.

Brien got his own street. So did Shannon. But what about Betty June? It was from a light-hearted blending of Betty June’s names that Bjune Drive was born.

This occasional Islander series explores the history of island street names, as compiled by Elinor Ringland and fellow Bainbridge Island Historical Society volunteers.  If you have an island road story to share, email Ringland at elinorjoe@msn.com.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

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Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Feb. 1. Feel free to give your own event a plug in the comment section below. Above, the Sing Out! community choir performs at last year’s event. Sing Out! returns Saturday. Details below. (Tad Sooter, file photo)

BI.cover.2.1Weather: The National Weather Service is feeling optimistic about our weekend. Patchy fog and sun are expected today and Saturday, followed by a cloudy Sunday. Rain should return early next week.

Sports: No home action for the Spartans today. Boys swimming competes in the Metro League championships in Seattle this afternoon and Saturday. Gymnastics rolls into the Metro championships at Roosevelt today.

Wrestling has a conference meet at Nathan Hale today and Saturday. The boys and girls basketball teams are away at Lakeside this evening.

See a full Spartans schedule here and follow the Sun’s Prepzone on Facebook for updates.

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Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Dec. 14. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Above, a detail from the 2013 Kids Can Make a Difference calendar, illustrated by Ordway Elementary third graders. The calendars, which benefit programs on Ometepe, are available at Ordway through Dec. 21.

Weather: The National Weather Service predicts rain showers and temperatures in the low 40s this weekend.  Expect a little wind as well, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Sports: Another full slate of winter sports today. Wrestling is away at the Hammerhead Invitational in Silverdale. Bainbridge gymnastics welcomes Bellingham, Mercer Island, Squalicum and Sehome at 6 p.m.

Spartans basketball hosts Franklin. Girls varsity tips off at 6:15, followed by the boys at 8 p.m. A home swim meet was postponed.

See a full Spartans schedule here and follow the Sun’s Prepzone on Facebook for updates. Continue reading

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Nov. 16. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Above, island artist Kristy Tonti paints a holiday scene on a Winslow Way shop window Monday. (Tad Sooter photo)

 

Weather: It looks like we’re back to our regularly scheduled fall weather. The National Weather Service predicts clouds and rain showers this weekend with temperatures in the 40s.

Sports: Spartans hoopsters don’t get much of a holiday. The boys basketball sees its first action at a South Kitsap High School jamboree at 7 p.m. Saturday.  The girls start their season at Bremerton Monday and wrestling visits North Kitsap for a tournament Wednesday.

See a full Spartans schedule here, and follow the Sun’s Prepzone on Facebook for updates.

Around the island:

  • The post-Thanksgiving weekend calendar is a little sparse, but there are a few events worth checking out around town. The Winslow Mall will debut a giant inflatable snow globe today (pictured sans snow), which shoppers can climb inside of. The attraction is a fundraiser for the July Street Dance and will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each weekend during the holiday season.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your events in the comment section below.

Inside the Islander: Young Bainbridge filmmakers hope t0 make second season of their web-based sitcom.

The week in review:

Coming Up: Check the Kitsap Sun today for photos from the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at tad.sooter@gmail.com.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Nov. 16. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Read the Sun’s regional Friday preview here. Above, Ordway Elementary students carry donations toward Helpline House on Nov. 9. Helpline House launched a special three day holiday food drive yesterday. (Tad Sooter photo)

Weather: “A major change in the weather is coming this weekend,” the National Weather Service warns. The first in a series of winter storms is predicted to arrive tonight or Saturday morning, with heavy rain and wind expected.

Sports: Bainbridge swimmers capped their season with three state titles, taking second as a team. The winter sports season begins after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Around the island: 

  • Call it Green Friday. A gift exchange hosted by the Bainbridge LDS church celebrates recycling and reusing. It begins this evening, when islanders can drop off lightly used items for re-gifting from 4-9 p.m. People who drop off items receive credits. They can return between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday to “shop” for other people’s re-gifted items. The church is located on Madison Avenue, next to Ordway Elementary. See full gift guidelines here.
  • Northwest musician Gary Stroutsos performs improvisational flute music and Native American stories at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Tickets are $12 for adults. The performance coincides with a display of native art on featured at BPA through the end of the month.
  • Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra presents its free fall concert from 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Island Church, 9624 Sportsman Club Road.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your events in the comment section below.

Inside the Islander: A “Soup’r” new restaurant opens in the Pavilion.

The week in review: 

 Coming Up: The City Council meets Monday instead of Wednesday next week because of the holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving week.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at tad.sooter@gmail.com.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

 

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Nov. 2. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Read the Sun’s regional Friday preview here. Above, a still moment on Eagle Harbor Thursday after days of heavy rain. (Tad Sooter photo)

Weather: The National Weather Service is boldly predicting partly sunny skies and a high of 58 degrees for today. Expect rain to return Saturday and Sunday.

Sports: The playoffs are in full swing. Spartans swimmers take to the pool for the district prelims at 4:30 p.m. today on Mercer Island. Football visits Columbia River High at 7 p.m. tonight. Bainbridge volleyball beat Bellevue 3-0 Thursday to earn a shot against Mercer Island in the district semifinals 11 a.m. Saturday at Chief Sealth.

A long list of playoff matches are slated for Saturday. See a full sports schedule here and follow the Sun’s PrepZone page on Facebook for updates.

Around the island: 

  • Cyclists of all ages and levels are welcomed to the Farm Fresh Bike Scramble, a fundraising ride for the Gear Grinders high school mountain bike club. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Johnson Farm.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your events in the comment section below.

Inside the Islander: Read about the Bainbridge bag ban and the history of Beans Bight.

The week in review: 

 Coming Up: Bainbridge Island Land Trust hopes to preserve a near-pristine shoreline property.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at tad.sooter@gmail.com.

Quick facts on the Bainbridge bag ban

The island’s ban on plastic shopping bags begins Thursday. We’ve posted some of the basics below. Let us know what you think of the bag ban by taking our poll below or leaving a comment.

Why a bag ban?

The City Council unanimously approved the bag ban this spring as a way of reducing litter and unnecessary waste, while promoting reusable bags. Bainbridge is the fifth Washington city to ban plastic bags and the first in Kitsap County. Seattle banned plastic shopping bags in July.

What are the rules?

Starting Thursday, retailers are no longer allowed to provide those thin, single-use plastic bags at checkout. Paper bags will still be available, but the ordinance requires retailers to charge 5 cents for larger paper bags (this doesn’t apply to qualifying low income shoppers).

There are a few exceptions to the ban. Plastic bags are allowed for restaurant take-out food, produce, greeting cards, small hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning and waste.

What stores does this apply to?

Short answer: All of them. This ban applies to all retailers across the island, not just supermarkets. It also applies to farmers markets and vendors  at festivals. Food banks can still use plastic bags.

Where can I get reusable bags?

Reusable bags are available at island grocery stores and some other retailers. The city is handing out a cloth “Bainbridge Bag” tonight during the Winslow trick-or-treat event from 4-6 p.m, and at the library and City Hall starting Thursday.

Where can I get more information?

The city has more details and links on its Sustainable Practices page. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty, you can read the ordinance here. Watch for a full bag ban story Thursday in the Kitsap Sun.

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Photo credit: Larry Steagall/Staff Photo

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Oct. 26. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Read the Sun’s regional Friday preview here. 

Weather: If you like rain with your clouds you’ll love this weekend’s weather. Rain is likely tonight through Sunday with temperatures in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Sports:  The Spartans are grinding into postseason and the football team was surprised to find itself in the playoff hunt. Bainbridge plays West Seattle at 5 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle for the seventh spot in the district playoffs. The swim team already boasts an impressive list of athletes qualified for state. See a full sports schedule here and follow the Sun’s PrepZone page on Facebook for playoff updates.

Around the island: 

  • Halloween is officially next Wednesday, but the weekend is packed full of spooky events nonetheless. For the second weekend, visitors can experience “Blackbeard’s Bilge,” a haunted event in the basement of the Battle Point Park Transmitter Building. The “Bilge” is open 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and entry is $5 ($10 for a group of three). Consider this event PG-13 rated (not appropriate for young children).
  • Island Center Hall hosts a night of live storytelling beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The fright-level will rise through the evening beginning with stories for very young children and concluding with stories for teens, along with an open mic session. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Find full details here.
  • Bring a pumpkin and carving tools to IslandWood from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to craft Jack-o’-lanterns with the help of kitchen staff. Other HOWL-o-ween festival events will spice up the night. Costumes encouraged.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your events in the comment section below.

Inside the Islander: Julia Bringloe’s bravery in Afghanistan put her among an elite class of flyers.

The week in review: 

 Coming Up: The island’s ban on plastic bags at checkout counters begins Nov. 1.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at tad.sooter@gmail.com.

Horn joins wildlife shelter; Sivitz leaving KiDiMu

Two high profile Bainbridge non-profit groups announced changes in leadership early this week:

Horn joins wildlife shelter

Lisa Horn has been chosen as the new executive director of the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. She will assume her new duties Dec. 3.

Former Executive Director Kol Medina left the shelter to become director of the Kitsap Community Foundation.

Horn has an extensive background in education. She received a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, magna cum laude, in 2003 and is currently working toward her doctorate in organizational leadership.
For the past six years she has been the director of early learning at the Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center in Suquamish. She has been an active volunteer, including serving as chairperson for several large fundraising events for local organizations.

She and her daughter enjoy spending time with animals, providing a home for five dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs, a rabbit, six chickens, a horse, a cockatiel and a parakeet.

“With Lisa’s background in education and her organizational skills, I feel confident her enthusiastic personality combined with your continued support will result in establishing the West Sound Wildlife Shelter becoming a national leader in the evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation,” said Gayle Seyl, shelter board president.

(photo by Dottie Tison)

Sivitz leaving KiDiMu

After three-and-a-half years, Susan Sivitz will step down as executive director at the Kids Discovery Museum at the end of the year.

“Susan has been at the center of the nonprofit world of Bainbridge Island for many years,” said Sonya Marinoni, the museum’s board president. “She has been a great leader.”

Sivitz is moving to Boston for six months to complete her undergraduate degree. She joined the museum as director in 2009. She oversaw the completion of the museum’s capital campaign for a new building the transition into a new space in the Island Gateway development.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Oct. 5. Please feel free to give your own events a plug in the comment section below. You can read the Sun’s regional Friday preview here. Above, solar panels line the roof of City Hall. Visitors can learn more about the solar installation during an open house from 1-4 p.m. today, as part of the Bainbridge Solar Tour. (Photo by Tammy Deets/Community Energy Solutions)

 

Weather: Our run of dry fall weather continues, with no end in sight. The National Weather Service predicts sunny days and clear nights through Columbus Day and beyond. Expect daytime highs in the mid 60s and chilly nights in the low 40s.

Sports: Spartans teams are away this weekend. Football plays Seattle Prep at 7 p.m. tonight at West Seattle Stadium, and Sun sportswriters like Bainbridge across the board.  The full Spartans schedule is online.

Around the island: 

  • If our forecast holds, the sun will be shining for this year’s Bainbridge Solar Tour. The tour begins with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Friday at City Hall Council Chambers. Visitors can learn more about the City Hall solar installation and check out a newly installed information kiosk. The tour continues Saturday at Grow Community where three model homes will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • A poultry pageant will add pomp to this Saturday’s Bainbridge Farmers Market. The chicken costume competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s free to enter if you have fowl handy. Look for photos and a story in the Sunday Sun.
  • AlderDash racers are raising big money for IslandWood. Day-of registrations will be welcomed for the fun run/walk/stroll, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the south island education center. Find details here.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your own events in the comment section below .

Inside the Islander: Bainbridge Performing Arts lends its wizardry to The Who’s “Tommy,” and we welcome a new editor.

The week in review: 

Coming up:

  • Volunteer gardeners stock Helpline house with much-needed veggies.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at tad.sooter@gmail.com.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Sept. 28. Please feel free to give your own events a plug in the comment section below. You can read the Sun’s regional Friday preview here. Above, Brian MacWhorter guides guests on a hay ride during the 2011 Harvest Fair. (Brad Camp photo)

Weather: We’re looking at a dry and partly sunny weekend with highs in the mid 60s according to the National Weather Service.  Expect a little fog Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Sports: The Spartans football team is back at home tonight, playing Bishop Blanchet with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Girls varsity soccer plays Garfield 7 p.m. Saturday at home. The full Spartans schedule is online.

Around the island: 

  • Rise and Shine with the Housing Resources Board’s annual fundraiser breakfast 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church. The breakfast is free but donations are accepted and an RSVP is requested. A zany collection of birdhouses is also up for auction. Bidding has begun online. Proceeds support HRB’s work in affordable housing and housing services on the island.
  • Pumpkins are ripening fast in Bainbridge fields, and that must mean it’s time for the Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm. The Friends of the Farms festival celebrates locally grown food and the preservation of island farmland. Events include farming demonstrations, wagon rides and contests. The fair runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Shuttles will be available. Get the details here.
  • Also Sunday, the 2012 Frog Rock Forum will focus on citizenship, and ways of creating a more resilient community. The discussion, organized by Sustainable Bainbridge, runs 3-6 p.m. at IslandWood. Ticket information here.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your own events in the comment section below .

Inside the Islander: An upcoming photography display at Bainbridge Performing Arts offers “Visions of Life.”

The week in review: 

Coming up:

  • A new Bainbridge non-profit will use books to connect Bainbridge students with children in Myanmar.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at tad.sooter@gmail.com.