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Tim Kelly
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Safe Drain manufacturer’s expansion into Northwest part of national strategy

Sometimes the concept behind an innovative new product seems so simple and obvious, it prompts a reaction of  “Why didn’t somSafe Drain International founder John Deming, right, with Buzz Holmes, left, and Ken Perry of Safe Drain Northwest.ebody think of that sooner?” read more »

 
Asking price is $14.9 million for 3-acre site with established retail base, room to build housing project

Tim Kelly photos Eric Fredricks, Kinam Sohn and John Eisenhauer are part of the ownership group that is selling the Bainbridge Pavilion property. The Pavilion (above right) is home to Bainbridge Cinemas and other retail and restaurant businesses.The place you can go out for dinner and a movie on Bainbridge Island could become a place some folks call home in the future. read more »

 
Popular restaurant/bar in Port Orchard listed for sale by owner planning for business transition

Darryl Baldwin, owner of MoonDogs, Too restaurant and bar in Port Orchard, smiles while greeting friends at a Jan. 2 community gathering in his honor. (Photo by Tim Kelly)Darryl Baldwin, owner of MoonDogs, Too restaurant and bar in Port Orchard, smiles while greeting friends at a Jan. 2 community gathering in his honor. (Photo by Tim KellThe transition of MoonDogs, Too isn’t going to work out the way owner Darryl Baldwin had hoped.

 

When Baldwin, who has terminal cancer and is currently in hospice care, was honored at a community tribute in January, he told the large crowd that his popular restaurant and bar in downtown Port Orchard would continue as an employee-owned business after he’s gone.

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COVER STORY
Remodel will add bar, second dining room in historic Port Gamble general store building

Port GambleIn one of Port Gamble’s most notable historic buildings, there are two walk-in vaults built in the 19th century for the office of the timber company that owned the thriving town.  read more »

 

A bill to extend funding for homeless assistance programs is still in play this week in the Legislature, despite state Sen. Jan Angel’s controversial blocking of the bill in committee recently.

Last Friday was the cutoff for moving bills forward this session, but House and Senate leaders agreed they would continue working on House Bill 2368 this week. The legislative session ends Thursday.

Angel (R-Port Orchard) said in emails sent last weekend to the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal that she would have a new bill coming forward this week that would require an audit of state funds collected from a $40 fee paid on certain real estate transactions. That money is shared among counties and the state Department of Commerce to provide local homeless housing and assistance. read more »

 

Union-represented professional and technical employees of Harrison Medical Center hold an informational picket outside the hospital in Bremerton on Feb. 19. Negotiations with Harrison for a new contract for nearly 800 workers began last July but have reached an impasse.There has never been a strike — and possibly never even the threat of one — by any of the union-represented groups of Harrison Medical Center employees, yet a disagreement over language relating to strikes is the primary reason for an impasse in contract negotiations with a group of nearly 800 employees.

Those workers in the “pro-tech” group — medical technicians and employees in a range of other hospital jobs — are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. read more »

 

Replacing the state gas tax with a road usage charge would mean all drivers would pay the same rate per number of miles driven, regardless of what type of vehicle they drive. (Tim Kelly Photo)Driving vehicles that get better gas mileage — whether all-electric cars, hybrids, or regular sedans, pickups and SUVs manufactured to meet higher fuel-efficiency standards — seems obviously beneficial.

However, the positive formula of people buying less gas to drive the same number of miles has a consequence for the public roads system, which is funded and maintained by the per-gallon tax motorists pay at the gas pump. read more »

 
Real Estate And Construction

The Coffee Oasis was set to open its new location on Bay Street in Port Orchard on March 1, after months of efforts by volunteers to renovate the former Bay Street Ale House building. Jesse Westwood, shown at the service counter, will manage the café operation and there will be a separate youth center on the second floor.The Coffee Oasis will serve its namesake beverage brewed from locally roasted beans, and continue serving the needs of street youth, at its new Port Orchard location that opened March 1.

In the days leading up to the “soft opening” of the café at 807 Bay St., volunteers were putting finishing touches on walls, floors and kitchen equipment in the space that used to be Bay Stree Ale House until that business closed in 2011. read more »

 
Retirement Lifestyles

Peninsula Umpires Association member Chuck Sacrison, second from right, and other umpires join in when "YMCA" is played between innings during the championship game at the 2013 Little League Senior Softball (age 15-16) World Series, held in Roxanna, Delaware last August. (Courtesy Photo)What’s a good way to keep physically active and mentally sharp as you reach retirement age and beyond?

Stay in the game, literally.

That’s what works for veteran members of the Peninsula Umpires Association (PUA) who are still calling balls and strikes at local baseball and softball games.

None have been doing it longer than Dick Brakefield of Bremerton, who started umpiring in 1971, back when Lou Piniella was a rising star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals. read more »

 
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