Category Archives: Beat Blast

Beat Blast: A ferry collision, Pearl Harbor & return of the Hi-Fi

The Dugout, Ironhead, Psycho Betty’s, Lucy’s Little Hole — the Sixth Street location long home to the Hi-Fidelity Lounge has been many different incarnations. It’s back once again, and its new owners are keeping the classic name.

Eddie Aquino and his wife, Amber, have renovated the space for more than three months and on Saturday, the lounge will bring back live music. There are lots of changes inside, including new bathrooms. (While it may seem strange to point that out, anyone who visited in the past knows this is a big improvement.)


Elsewhere on this week’s Bremerton Beat Blast, you’ll learn:

The crazy ferry collision that everyone’s talking about (on Facebook anyway);

How rapidly Bremerton changed following the attack on Pearl Harbor (which happened 75 years ago Wednesday);


A new documentary about a Bremerton boy who fought alongside Batman;


The unexpected passing of Rebekah Marie Uhtoff, passionate advocate for children of all abilities in Bremerton.


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Beat blast: Typewriter fever, signs of the times and a music legend

In a world in which typewriter stores are rare, Bremerton now has two. Typewriter Fever joins the longtime Bremerton Office Machine Company on the fifth floor of 245 Fourth Street, and, in this latest Bremerton Beat Blast, you’ll get to take a look around.

This week, I also tackle the Bremerton blue parking enforcement signs, the unsolved arson on McKenzie Avenue and the public square city officials hope to dedicate to Quincy Jones. Plus: speaking of signs, what’s going on with the most iconic of them in Manette?

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Beat Blast: Trumpeter turns 95, breakdancing, and a passing orca pod

For this week’s Bremerton Beat Blast, consider me your social calendar. Culturally, this city’s got a lot going on this week, and I wanted to share with you four ways you can join in the fun.*

So, enjoy the episode, and here’s my inside tip sheet on what must not be missed:

Yvonne’s 95th: Yvonne McAllister turns 95 today. As she always does, she’ll grab the trumpet she bought in 1958, and she’ll play McCloud’s in East Bremerton, on the corner of Perry Avenue and Sheridan Road.

Happy 95th, Yvonne.
Happy 95th, Yvonne.

Paint Your Heart Out: Artist Angela Perryman brings the paints, the location supplies the pints, and you get to take home the canvas. First up: 6 p.m. at LoveCraft Brewery on Fifth Street; next is 6 p.m. at Hot Java Cafe on Pacific Avenue; and next week, at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at Hot Java for the little ones. Adults: $45, kids, $25. To reserve your spot, email or call LoveCraft or Hot Java.

Tradition 5: Looking to see some amazing all-style dancing? On Saturday, breakdancers and hip hop artists will come to Bremerton for Tradition 5, an annual celebration and competition. At noon, the preliminary rounds will be held at The Eagles on Sixth Street. At 6 p.m. the final rounds will be at the Fountain Room inside the Puget Sound Naval Museum on First Street. Tickets are $10 and kids get in free.

Bremerton Jazz Festival: All day Saturday, choirs and jazz bands from around the northwest will be performing at the Bremerton High School Auditorium. (The host 13th Street Jazz Band performs at 9 a.m.) For the main event at 6:30 p.m., Dave Tull — a drummer, vocalist and songwriter who’s even been featured on the TV show Family Guy — and Rebecca Kilgore, a song stylist featured on NPR and at Carnegie Hall, will perform. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Kitsap Quiz Night: I host my monthly news quiz at the Manette Saloon on E. 11th at 7 p.m. Thursday. Join us; there will be free pie.

Story Walk: And last but not least, the Bremerton Police Department will throw open its doors for our latest Kitsap Sun Story Walk, at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1025 Burwell Street. Tours will be provided and the event is free. Be sure to RSVP.

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*The fifth story on the Beat Blast is unabashedly about whales.

Beat Blast: the youngest voter, an open shelter and a guardrail

The hive inside the Kitsap County elections office is indeed buzzing. More than 100,000 ballots have already been turned in en route to what officials expect to be a record breaking turnout on election night.

b0017207933-838105Learn more on this week’s Bremerton Beat Blast, including:

The man who is one of two people who are voting on their 18th birthday today.

Efforts to open Kitsap County’s only year-round homeless shelter.

The city’s decision to pay more to get a guardrail on Tracyton Boulevard.

And finally, the new tenants inside the old motorcycle shop in Manette.

Don’t forget to watch the Kitsap Sun’s election coverage live tonight on the Sun’s Facebook page, starting at 8:30 p.m. PST.

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Beat Blast: Federally-funded demolitions, ferry fisticuffs and a 3-story jungle gym

You needn’t be a kid to get a kick out of the new indoor playground at Ahoy Kitsap Playland, owner Rhonda Koh says. The massive jungle gym, which opens Friday, can be enjoyed by parents and their children alike.

You’ll get the full scoop on this week’s Bremerton Beat Blast, as well as:


What property downtown will soon be demolished with federal funds;


How urban beekeepers are helping to support the insect’s population;


Why Bremerton is not actually the most dangerous ferry in the state system despite recent reports;


The tough choice to be made regarding the Veneta Avenue Sequoia trees.

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Beat Blast: Haunted downtown, a floating classroom and an art deco library

Flash mobs, hay rides and a haunted house — It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween in Bremerton. On Monday, the downtown association will host its 20th annual “Trick or Treat Street” from 5-8 p.m.

And no, I will not again be making an appearance inside a coffin.

Elsewhere on the Bremerton Beat Blast, you’ll find out about:

How the USS Turner Joy Museum ship has been turned into a floating classroom;

Why the Kitsap Regional Library wants to expand its downtown campus;

How things are going on the $6.4 million Marvin Williams Center;

What the Secretary of the Navy had to say about Bremerton during his last visit.

This was the one-year anniversary of the Bremerton Beat Blast. Just for fun, I am posting below the first edition I did in the Kitsap Sun’s basement. (Oh, all I can say is we’ve come a long way.)

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Beat blast: Coffee anniversary, fast ferries and a barrel-shaped gym

There comes a time when a coffee stand moves beyond your typical barista-customer relationship and it becomes a friendship. Maybe even family. And, for the longtime employees of Bay Street Coffee Company, it happened somewhere in what is now a robust 2-decades-old business located off Kitsap Way.

Aside from a happy birthday to the folks at Bay Street, here’s what else you’ll find on this week’s blast:

Bremerton, and all of Kitsap, will soon vote on whether it wants to hike sales tax for fast ferries;

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-4-27-16-pmA woman is opening a new daycare called Tree Top Village Early Learning Center in East Bremerton to meet a surging demand (an open house is slated for 4:30 p.m. Thursday);

The old East High School gym’s new roof is nearly complete;

The weaker-than-expected windstorm still did a quite a bit of damage, and we’re more prepared now for the next one.

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Beat Blast: A new sports bar, antiaircraft guns and a hoot

Bremerton may be Kitsap’s urban center, but don’t go telling the wildlife. From bald eagles up high to whales deep in the Sound, there’s an amazing array of creatures that share this city where we live.

On this week’s Bremerton Beat Blast, you’ll see I’ve found a pretty amazing bird within Madrona Trails in East Bremerton.

You’ll also learn about:

A new restaurant and bar set to open in a long-shuttered West Bremerton building that was once a Chinese restaurant;

The return of a World War II battleship crew to Bremerton to visit some relics of the ship upon which they once served;

The upcoming $6 million Lebo Boulevard project;

Why it seems like everyday, an aircraft carrier comes and goes from Bremerton.

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Beat blast: A jazzy band, ferry food and a pretty rainbow

Bremerton High School’s band continues to improve under the tutelage of Max Karler. And this month, you’ll have the chance to push the program higher. The Lions Club is hosting “Knights in Harmony” at the Admiral Theater to raise money for the instrumental music program at the high school. (More details are here.)

Elsewhere on the Bremerton Beat Blast this month, you’ll learn:

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-5-03-57-pmHow Waste Management cut off 800 garbage customers this month for nonpayments;

How rumors of a Gregory Way takeover by the Navy were greatly exaggerated;

What to expect to be able to eat from the new Washington State Ferries’ food contractor;

That the weekend’s showers created a beautiful rainbow over Bremerton.

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Beat Blast: Gold Mountain, the Bremerton ninja and a gator’s head

Bremerton is losing its ninja. Well, kind of. Brandon Duran, the man who’s been dazzling drivers with his staff at 11th Street and Warren Avenue for a couple years, is moving to Port Townsend.

But fear not: he insists he’ll be back here most Tuesdays and will have time for occasional “spin sessions.”

It’s a busy Beat Blast this week (click the video above to watch). Elsewhere on it, you’ll hear stories about:


A new drop-in music night at Bualadh Bos, where musicians young and old are getting in on the act;

The financial health of the city-owned Gold Mountain Golf Complex, and what its managers are doing to get it in the black;

Some new developments along Wheaton Way, including a new apartment complex and transit center;

And some new video of the historic Astoria ferry, once homeported in Bremerton. (Special thanks to videographer Jeffrey Daly, and, to help out on the ferry’s restoration efforts, click here.)

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