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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 13 | www.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.com | 75¢

THE NEXT GENERATION OF ‘COMMUNITY’

‘Double digit’ number of homes hit by serial burglar BY BRIAN KELLY

Bainbridge Island Review

Cecilia Garza | Bainbridge Island Review

Cmdr. Fred Sheffler of American Legion Post 172 prepares to accept a flag in honor of the more than 60 years of Bainbridge government housing. Below, the flag used to honor the neighborhood was first hung there in 2001 in memory of Brian Moss, a former resident and service member who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Government housing on Bainbridge is formally decommissioned Expansion of Grow Community to honor the history of Grow Avenue BY CECILIA GARZA Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Island has provided government housing for more than 60 years on John Adams Way, formerly known as Government Way. Since the Atomic Age and Cold War, military personnel lived in the two rows of houses and played an intrinsic role in the Bainbridge community. Their children went to Bainbridge schools, their families went to Kitsap churches, they had block parties and kids cut through their backyards on their way home. The two rows of houses were formally decommissioned last week to make way for

a new era of community housing. This summer, the street will be transformed into the second phase of development for Grow Community, a neighbor-

hood committed to sustainable urban development. “When I was connecting what happened then and what we see happening now, I just picture the same kind of things happening again,” said Karen Vargas, a former military resident on Government Way. The expansion, as Vargas put it, will welcome another generation of what has always been on Government Way: community. “This is a model for how community should be … neighbors helping one another, where kids know each other, bringing community back to what it is,” Vargas said. turn to Government | A10

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Bainbridge Island police are reporting a spike of daytime burglaries during weekdays, and officials said a serial burglar is at work in the area. Police are asking for the public’s help in catching the culprit. The spree of daylight burglaries on Bainbridge Island started in the past few weeks and involves a “double digit” number of break-ins, Bainbridge Police Chief Matthew Hamner said Wednesday. “This is definitely a serial burglar,” Hamner said. “The modus operandi is very similar among the burglaries. It’s clear it’s the same individual.” The police department issued a warning to residents early Wednesday about the spike in burglaries, and authorities said the thief was forcing his way into residences during daytime hours during the week when nobody’s home. Police believe the thief is hitting neighborhoods in remote areas that don’t have a lot of traffic during the day, but also ones with places nearby — such as a cemetery or park — where the burglar can leave a getaway vehicle, then approach the targeted home on foot. Police also said the burglar may be cruising neighborhoods in a vehicle before parking and coming back on foot. The burglar is breaking windows to gain access to locked homes, Hamner said. Smaller items that can easily be carted away — jewelry, prescription drugs, guns — have been taken in the break-ins. The burglaries have been reported all across the island; Eagle Harbor, Port Madison, Fort Ward. turn to burglar | A9


Bainbridge Island Review, March 28, 2014