Bainbridge Arts & Crafts names its new director

Lindsay Masters
Lindsay Masters

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts has a new executive director — Lindsay Masters.

Masters, who has been the organization’s publicist for more than 2 years, is taking over for Susan Jackson as she retires from the gallery after 13 years.

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is a nonprofit art gallery, founded in 1948. The gallery, located at 151 Winslow Way, displays contemporary Northwest art and has represented more than 250 artists, according to a news release from Masters.

Masters has been the organization’s publicist since she joined in January 2013.

Previously, she was the communications manager at Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, now known as Arts Humanities Bainbridge.

City eyes Sakai property for new police station

The Bainbridge Island Police Station on Winslow Way.
The Bainbridge Island Police Station on Winslow Way.

Locations for a new police station are back in front of City Council for discussion with a new site option.

The three places being considered are along Madison Avenue.

  • Sakai property on Madison Avenue near New Brooklyn Road, north of the land being bought by the island’s park district.
  • Property on New Brooklyn Road by the fire station headquarters on Madison Avenue.
  • Land north of the current City Hall.

None of the property options are owned by the city.

City Council also will discuss transferring Pritchard Park to the park district and future plans with the Suzuki property during Tuesday’s meeting.

Last day for election filing

It’s the last day of filing for the fall elections. While one City Council member has withdrawn, another has filed.

Here is the full list of candidates as of Friday morning:

City Council

At-large seat

Pegeen Mulhern

Ron Peltier

North Ward

Kol Medina

Susan D. Bergen, withdrew

Central Ward

Michael Scott, appointed earlier this year

South Ward

Sarah Blossom, incumbent


School Board

District 1

Lynn Smith

Tatiana Epanchin-Troyan

Duncan C. Macfarlane

District 3

Mev Hoberg, incumbent

District 4

Tim Kinkead, incumbent


Fire Commissioner

Position 1

Scott Isenman, incumbent


Park Board

Position 2

Ken DeWitt, incumbent

John Grinter

Position 4

Jay Kinney, incumbent


Sewer District No. 7 Commissioner

Position 3

Sarah Lee, incumbent

Mary Victoria Dombrowski

Candidates begin filing for local elections

While the island’s City Council and school board have a handful of seats on this year’s election ballot, there is only one race where multiple candidate have filed.

City Council
Susan Bergen and Kol Medina have filed for the North Ward to replace Anne Blair, who is not running for reelection.
Pegeen Mulhern has filed for the at-large seat to replace Steve Bonkowski, who also announced he is not running for reelection.
Michael Scott, appointed to the Central Ward earlier this year, and Sarah Blossom, who represents the South Ward, are running for their current seats.

School Board
Mev Hoberg and Tim Kinkead have filed for reelection and do not have any opponents as of Wednesday morning.
Patty Fielding will not be running for reelection to the school board, and Lynn Smith has filed for Fiedling’s position.

Candidates have until the end of the business day Friday to file.

Who is running for reelection?

Bainbridge Island City Council members Anne Blair and Steve Bonkowski have announced they will not be running for reelection this fall. Each have served one four-year term.

Council members Sarah Blossom and Michael Scott said they anticipate filing for reelection. The deadline to file is May 15.

Scott was appointed to the council this year after Councilman David Ward resigned as part of a public records lawsuit against the city.

A Kitsap County Superior Court judge ruled last year that Bainbridge city officials didn’t perform an “adequate” search for public records documents on Bonkowski’s and Ward’s personal computers.

Bonkowski said his decision not to run had nothing to do with the lawsuit, and he was not seeking reelection because he had done everything he set out to do on the council.

Blair said she would not be running so she could spend more time with her family.

The three other seats — held by Wayne Roth, Roger Townsend and Val Tollefson — are not up for reelection until 2017.

City approves off-leash dog trial at Pritchard Park

Claire Hicks plays fetch in the water with her dog French at Pritchard Park on Bainbridge Island. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Claire Hicks plays fetch in the water with her dog French at Pritchard Park on Bainbridge Island. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Pritchard Park will be open to off-leash dogs under voice command all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Saturdays before noon. The ordinance was approved by a City Council vote Tuesday night.

The off-leash ordinance will go into effect as soon as the city can post signs. The city also plans to add mutt mitt locations and additional trash cans to the park.

Pritchard Park is owned by the city, but is planned to transfer to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks District later this year. The parks district does not allow off-leash dogs except in designated off-leash areas, including the Strawberry Hill Dog Park.

The off-leash amendment will end two weeks before the park is transferred to the park district.

City goes all green with electric

420524_5531137_ver1.0_640_480City Council members voted 5-2 to buy 100 percent green energy for the city. Council members Sarah Blossom and Steve Bonkowski voted against it.

Bonkowski said he would vote against it because of the low percent  of residents who participate, which he correlated to green energy support.

About 13 percent of islanders participate in Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program. The program relies more on wind, bio-gas and solar-energy sources instead of coal.

The city had been buying about about 13 percent of its electricity from green energy to match the resident participation, costing about $3,000 a year. The city spends a total of $330,000 a year on electricity, and going to all green power would cost the city an additional $15,000 a year.

Sailing, rowing teams making a splash

Bulletin_Sailing team
Photo courtesy Christine Brown.

By David Nelson, Bainbridge Islander editor

Sailing team takes first in Anacortes

The Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Team won first place at the annual Islands Cup regatta in Anacortes on April 11-12.

This fleet-racing regatta rotates among various locations in and around the San Juan Islands each year and attracts teams from all over the Northwest.

Sailors completed four races, two in each division, before racing was called off on the first day when wind gusts of more than 25 knots continued to build, with as many as six boats capsized on the course at a time. Weather conditions on Sunday were nearly perfect.

The Bainbridge High School Plaid team, with Stasi Burzycki and Sophia Kasper/Kat Smith in Division A and Jackson McCoy and Hannah Harrison in Division B, took 1st place out of 32 teams to win the 2015 Islands Cup. Fourth place went to the combined team of Will Brown and Josh Rentz in Division A and Caelan Juckniess, Nicole Sanford and Harry Saliba in Division B.

Lucas Burzycki, Elizabeth Rolfes, Christophe Webber, Harry Saliba, Olivia Mitchell and Sophie Crandell placed ninth, and Nick Dresel, Karl Anderson, Zach Mellin, Quinn Ring and Cole Garthwaite placed 21st.

Rowers competes in British Columbia

Bainbridge High School rowing teams earned several first- and second-place finishes last weekend at the international Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island.

The Varsity Boys Eight came in first of the U.S. teams in the high school race, with a boat consisting of Alex Larsen, Scott Musselwhite, Will de Rubertis, Konnor Vander Leest, John Danielsson, Dan Queen, Lars Erickson, Cole Sander and coxswain Keith Carlson.

In girls races, the varsity eight took second overall in the high school race, the

lightweight four finished second and then launched for a second race with the rest of their squad as the lightweight eight boat.  In a close final, Bainbridge finally nosed ahead of Brentwood for second place behind Holy Names, which won in a late sprint.

The boys novice eight boat, Colin Veilleux, Gavin Veilleux, Conor Sweeney, Jackson Patrick, Peter Van Ness, Aaron Lewis-Sandy, Hudson Dore, John Merritt, cox Sam Carson, took first place, the first time a junior novice team from the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club has won an Open-A level race, according to coach Tim Goss. The novice boys four also won its race.

Ostling bill signed into law, requiring more police training

Governor Jay Inslee preparing to sign the Ostling Act into law April 24. Bainbridge Island Officer Trevor Ziemba, far left, and Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson, center, attended the signing. Ziemba testified in favor of the bill. (Photo by Legislative Support Services)
Governor Jay Inslee preparing to sign the Ostling Act into law April 24. Bainbridge Island Officer Trevor Ziemba, far left, and Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson, center, attended the signing. Ziemba testified in favor of the bill. (Photo by Legislative Support Services)

The Douglas M. Ostling Act, a measure that will require all Washington law enforcement to receive crisis intervention training, became law when Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill April 24.

Ostling, a mentally ill Bainbridge Island man, was shot and killed by Bainbridge Island police in 2010, and two years later a federal jury determined the city had not provided proper training for the officers, awarding the Ostling family $1.4 million.

The new law requires incoming police officers to receive eight hours of initial crisis intervention training starting in 2017, and two hours of additional training each year for all officers by 2021.

Since the shooting, Bainbridge Island’s newest police chief has been working to improve training and repair community ties.

Matt Hamner, hired in 2013, sent Officer Trevor Ziemba to Olympia to testify in favor of the Ostling bill. Ziemba is the department’s crisis intervention officer.

“We wanted to show our support of this bill,” Hamner said. “We want to do better, and we want to do the best we can for the community.”