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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 | Vol. 14, No. 32 | 50¢

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Detail from the 1878 painting, ‘Jews praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, by Maurycy Gottlieb.

JEWISH NEW YEAR Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday at sundown. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins Sept. 25 at sundown. Kitsap congregations have planned the following observances and worship services. Congregation Kol Shalom Rosh Hashanah services With Rabbi Mark Glickman and Cantorial Soloist Laura Cannon Sept. 16 (29 Elul): 7 p.m. Ma’ariv (evening service), followed by dessert potluck. Sept. 17 (1 Tishrei): 9 a.m. children’s service; 10 a.m. Shacharit (morning service), followed immediately by Tashlich (Point White Pier). Yom Kippur services With Rabbi Emily Meyer and Cantorial Soloist Laura Cannon Sept. 25 (9 Tishrei): 7 p.m. Kol Nidre (evening service). Sept. 26 (10 Tishrei) 9 a.m., children’s service; 10 a.m., Shacharit (morning service); 3:30 p.m., Torah Study with Rabbi Meyer; 4:30 p.m., Minchah (afternoon service); 5 p.m., Yizkor

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Commissioners vote yes on jail workers contract

More pay and better benefits for Corrections Guild By KEVAN MOORE

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Jack Winegar plays “Taps” while standing in front of two steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center wreckage following the 9/11 attacks in New York. The beams are destined to become the centerpiece of the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial .

9/11 remembered Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Committee hosts survivor of North Tower, promises work will begin By Greg Skinner

Earl Johnson said there was little panic in the stairwell in the North Tower of the World Trade Center as people helped each other down the packed escape route and through the horror that followed American Airlines Flight 11’s crash into the iconic tower. “[I] just focused on the step in front of me and then to take them one at a time,” said the Poulsbo resident. Johnson was at work on the 54th floor when the first plan hit at 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. “I’m one of the very lucky ones,” he said, referring to 2,997 souls that perished in the buildings and in the aftermath of the attacks. At the end of that horrible day, Johnson got to go home, be a dad and have a second chance at life. Standing before a collection of local firemen, public officials and

a large contingent of American veterans’ motorcycle organizations gathered Tuesday evening to honor the 11th anniversary of 9/11 in Bremerton’s Evergreen Rotary Park, Johnson pointed behind him to the site of the future $300,000 Kitsap 9/11 Memorial and asked the community to give money, time or services to help build it. “There are so many people involved in this. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world,” he said. “We need you.” Yet, after the event, three donations jars positioned strategically near reminders of the attack, sat moslty empty. Johnson’s speech was one of several that included the presentation of the Colors, remarks by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and Monroe Washington resident and United Airlines pilot Larry McDonough. The hourlong remembrance also included a performance of “God Bless America”

by the Kitsap Cordsmen. McDonough spoke of the changes to the airline industry following the attacks and of a fellow pilot he knew that was killed when the 19 terrorists executed the Al Qaeda planned attack. He spoke in honor of the 33 airline industry professionals that died that day. Speaking before delivering a prayer, Mike “Poet” Carroll, National Chaplain Combat Veterans International, said that efforts to memorialize the first responders’ self less efforts to save those they could, such as the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial, help keep their memories alive. The real heroes in America are not movie stars and athletes but rather the nation’s first responders, such as Bremerton’s “Trooper Tony” and the four Lakewood police officers gunned down in a coffee shop in 2010, he said. “We will never forget,” Carroll said. “Life is precious and freedom isn’t free, it’s expensive.” Speaking of the planned memoSee 9/11, A11

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Commissioners this week formally approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Kitsap County Corrections Guild following an arbitrator’s ruling in early June. A formal agreement was reached before county leaders knew what the final cost would be. Budget crunchers at the coun-

ty later determined that the net cost to the county’s general budget will be $162,410, with the lion’s share of those cost increases — $109,993 — eaten up by expanded health benefits for jail staff and their families. The final cost figures were only made publicly available a couple of hours prior to the Board of County Commissioner’s unanimous approval of the contract without public comment in the consent agenda during Monday night’s business meeting. Bert Furuta, the See CORRECTIONS, A8

County budget crunching underway

Sheriff asks for 900K increase in 2013, auditor seeks $225,000 more By KEVAN MOORE

Kitsap County’s budget review committee swung into full gear this week and will continue to meet on a near daily basis leading up to a budget open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The hearings and open house are a chance for the Board of County Commissioners and the public to hear

from each of the county’s various departments regarding their 2013 budget requests. Back in July, a budget call letter was sent to department heads that noted an $11.5 million reduction in revenue over the last five years. “While 2013 does not promise much improvement, all indicators point toward stability,” wrote Amber D’Amato, the county’s director of administrative services. “Sales tax dollars are coming in steadily and are no longer in the downward spiral seen from 2007 through 2011. Our Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) fund continSee BUDGET, A8

Bremerton Patriot, September 14, 2012  
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September 14, 2012 edition of the Bremerton Patriot