Helpline House prepares island students for another school year

Helpline House prepares island students for another school year

i Aug 30th No Comments by


This week volunteers at Helpline House stuffed backpacks and organized school supplies for their annual back-to-school program, Project Backpack.

The program provides Bainbridge Island children with the necessities for school each August.

“We have a variety of donors, and there’s a lot of families who don’t only go shopping for their children but for Project Backpack,” said Marilyn Gremse of the Helpline House.

This year, 167 families registered for supplies, which amounted to about 180 students from grades K-12 who were served by Helpline House.


by CECILIA GARZA,  Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer

posted Aug 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Bainbridge Island Wins eCity Award from Google

i Aug 28th No Comments by


The store may only be 800 square feet but Lisa Dunlap, owner of Bon Bon Confections, isn’t about to let size hold her business back. Just ask one of her many customers in 49 states across the county whose taste buds simply can’t resist her fudge.

“After two years I created a website,” Dunlap says. “I was amazed at how much more internet business I was getting, especially around the holidays.”

In the last five years, with help from those online sales, Dunlap’s business has grown 300 percent. Now, the candy shop owner, along with a number of other local businesses are basking in their internet success – recently learning that Bainbridge Island is one of the country’s strongest online business communities, according to Google.


by Kiersten Throndsen,

Published: Aug 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM PDT