Archive for October, 2007


Dark mutterings afield today, about broken curses, brooms and sweeps, magic, miracles….and now this pumpkin on a deserted Bainbridge road. Very supernatural.

Don’t be frightened this Hallowe’en. Mmwa-ha-ha-ha!

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arseniclace.jpgNow you know the line Hollywood censored in the 1941 Frank Capra classic, Arsenic and Old Lace. But theatregoers will hear that tongue-in-cheek shocker and many more in the BHS Theatre production of Arsenic and Old Lace opening this Friday, November 2.

The play, written in 1939 by Joseph Kesselring, is a dark comedy about a theatre-hating drama critic, Mortimer Brewster (Jake Mallove), who discovers his entire family is insane. His dotty aunts Abby (Mariah Ahern) and Martha (Maia Wolf) have been poisoning old gentlemen with homemade elderberry wine, laced with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch of cyanide.” (more…)

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kathe.jpgFormer Buzz fans, rejoice. Kathe Fraga, one of the Buzz’s most popular writers, has started a blog for the Seattle P-I, Notes from an Island.  Kathe’s essays capture the art-lover’s side of island life with all its quirks, foibles and charms. An artist, mom and in-the-know Winslow retailer (she owns Gallery Fraga with husband Jeff), Kathe writes about childhood reminiscences, gallery openings, yard sales, bed and breakfasts, antique stores and lots more. Her inventive craft projects come with easy directions and cool pictures.

She has a couple of posts right now about Halloween, which will make you want to brave the crowds in Winslow tomorrow night, whether or not you have kids.

We’ve missed you Kathe. Welcome back! 

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bloedel2.jpgUpdated: As if there’s not enough on our civic must-support list, the Bloedel Reserve is coming up short to the tune of $200,000 a year, according to a Puget Sound Business Journal story posted last week.

This 150-acre nature reserve, formerly the home of Prentice and Virginia Bloedel, has soothed many a Bainbridge soul with its gardens, wildlife and nature walks. For years it has maintained a genteel distance from clamoring tourists, open only to those with reservations–no pets or eating allowed.

As Bloedel Executive Director Dick Brown explains in his comment below, the Bloedel’s endowment is in good shape. But they need an extra $200,000 each year in order to pay for needed maintainance and improvements. Brown has sent out an appeal to donors for the additional financial support.

If you’re like me, your Bloedel membership renewal card has been floating around in your kitchen mail pile since last summer. Get it out and renew! You can also click here for online registration.  Consider making a larger donation while you’re at it. The Reserve is open space, wildlife habitat, community treasure, kids’ outdoor education, and Zen meditation rolled into one. And at least for now, we don’t have to beg our City Council to save it from becoming a high end development.


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bhssign.jpgTucked into the City’s draft budget for 2008 is a new police department hire, a “Student Resource Officer” for Bainbridge High School.

A part-time SRO was rotated among several Bainbridge schools from 2002-2005 (the position was cut in 2006 due to lack of funding). This time around, a full-time officer would be assigned to the high school. The cost, including salary, benefits, and equipment, is $102,833 (click here for the SRO budget). The school district would contribute $40,000 annually and the City will pick up the difference.  (more…)

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Outgoing City Council member Nezam Tooloee once again ignored the advice of the City’s attorneys last night, spearheading a 4-3 decision against asking the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its award of attorney fees to the plaintiffs in the shoreline moratorium case.

At another recent Council meeting,  Tooloee convinced the Council to add a declaration to Pritchard Park and Strawberry Plant grant resolutions that recreation is the highest and best use of the waterfront there, in spite of City Attorney Paul McMurray’s warning that the language may conflict with the City’s Shoreline Management Master Program, soon to be updated.  

This time, with reckless and unnecessarily incendiary language (given the fact that related cases are still being litigated), Tooloee rejected the recommendation of attorney Jay Derr to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider the award of attorney fees to the plaintiffs in the recently decided Biggers v. City of Bainbridge Island. (more…)

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This just in from the Bainbridge Public Schools:

On Tuesday, October 23, Bainbridge Island School District Superintendent
Dr. Ken Crawford announced to staff his plan to retire. In tandem with Dr.
Crawford’s plans for retirement, the School Board announced Tuesday that
Deputy Superintendent Faith Chapel has agreed to assume leadership of the
district as the new superintendent. (more…)

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