Metro Transit considering replacing bus route #139 with alternative shuttles
Just a few days after a group of women protested the cutting of Metro bus route #139 in Burien, King County on Monday announced that it is considering an expansion of its 'Alternative Services Program,' which uses smaller shuttles and vans in areas where bus lines have been cut. Route #139, also known as the ‘Gregory Heights Loop,’ was the only bus that traveled between Highline Medical Center and the Seahurst/Gregory Heights neighborhood. It was a victim of budget cuts the county recently had to make. “In some places it doesn’t always make sense to run a 40-foot bus on a traditional ...
PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s ‘Economic Development Dialog’
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer On Saturday morning (Sept. 27), around 70 residents gathered at the Burien Community Center to participate in an 'Economic Development Dialog' hosted by the City of Burien. Participants sat at assigned tables with 3-6 others, and were lead through worksheets that asked them to rank ideas on the city's economic development by "voting" on priorities with blue colored stickers, then making final decisions that they'd like to see the council decide on using green stickers. Once completed, staff posted these oversized worksheets full of stickers onto the walls in the room for all to review. A large ...
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Group protests cutting of Metro bus #139 in Burien Thursday
A group of women held signs at 21st Ave SW and SW 152nd Street in Burien Thursday afternoon (Sept. 25), protesting the cut of Metro Transit bus route #139 in Burien. The group included some retired nuns. This route, which will end Sept. 27, was called the 'Gregory Heights Loop,' and apparently was the only bus that traveled between Highline Medical Center and the Seahurst neighborhood. "The senior citizens have been told by city officials to buy a car or start riding a bicycle," Linda Alva told The B-Town Blog. According to the Metro website, route #139 is just one of 28 routes that ...
B-TOWN BIZ: In business for 64 years, Wah Kue Restaurant may close soon
Wah Kue Restaurant – in business and run by the same family for 64 years at 13434 1st Ave South in Burien – may close soon if a new owner isn't found. According to Gina, who has worked there for 17 years, after owner Wing Wong passed away three years ago, the kids "just don't want to do it anymore." And if a new owner isn't found soon, the historic Chinese restaurant will close by Dec. 31. Asked what our Readers can do to save the restaurant, Gina said: “Buy it!” And if you can't do that, she added, at least come in and spend ...
Fascinating exhibit featured in October at Burien Arts Gallery; reception Oct. 3
Artists Claire Putney and Kristie Smith bring their unique and fascinating artwork to the Burien Arts Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street, in October. Artist receptions have been changed to the first Friday of the month at the Burien Arts Gallery. Meet Claire and Kristie at the Gallery on Friday, Oct. 3., from 4 – 9 p.m. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Nov. 2. Working with ink on paper, Claire Putney combines maps, charts and diagrams with current and historic imagery. Human experience and geographic location become layered within the composition. Her work has been featured in many solo exhibitions, including in Chicago, San ...
Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="492"] Photo illustration by Scott Schaefer.[/caption] by Jack Mayne Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago. The Council was meeting in a less formal study session where problems are discussed, but no final decisions are made. Official action, if deemed necessary, would take place at regular council meetings. Panhandlers and taxpayers Darla Green, Burien resident and owner of Skin Perfect, commented on an increase in town of “vagrants and panhandlers,” some she said were aggressive. Panhandling is against ...
Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead
by Jack Mayne On Monday (Sept. 15), Burien city officials posted a “Stop Work” order at a Kennedy Catholic High School athletic field project – but only some parts of the project were actually halted when the city decided that not all of the work was covered by a valid city building permit. The original stop order was posted Monday after city inspectors noted problems. About the same time, a resident went to city hall to complain. Will Spruill, a homeowner whose property abuts the field, reported the school’s work appeared beyond the scope of the valid city permits. So, the “stop work” order, ...
COUPON: $5 off Burien Actors Theatre’s ‘Out of Sterno,’ opening Sept. 26
You can save $5 bucks on tickets to Burien Actors Theatre's new production 'Out of Sterno' – starting Friday, Sept. 26 and running through Oct. 19 – with our exclusive coupon: [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="464"] Click image to print coupon.[/caption] “OUT OF STERNO” Alice in Wonderland meets Peewee Herman as this zany comedy of self-discovery takes Dotty down the rabbit hole. Dotty’s life in Sterno with her husband, Hamel, is absolutely fairytale perfect! True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone. But the naïve Dotty is happy spending her days doing ...
The Highline School District announced around 5:30 a.m. that Sylvester Middle School will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 30, due to a power outage. “We will provide more information has it becomes available,”... [Read more]
Just a few days after a group of women protested the cutting of Metro bus route #139 in Burien, King County on Monday announced that it is considering an expansion of its ‘Alternative Services Program,’... [Read more]Sponsored Post
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The October B-Town Beat will be this Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6 – 9 p.m. in downtown Burien. “Each business participating with visual art will host an Artist! Please come out and join us on Thursday... [Read more]
BTB Reader Beth Graves found this dog, running scared through the Burien Fred Meyer parking lot: “She does not have a microchip, and is very shy and scared,” Beth said. “I think she... [Read more]
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer On Saturday morning (Sept. 27), around 70 residents gathered at the Burien Community Center to participate in an ‘Economic Development Dialog’ hosted by... [Read more]
The Brat Trot Pub Crawl is just one week away – Friday night, Oct. 3! “This is the best way to kick of Brat Trot weekend!” reads an announcement. It all starts at the Tin Room Bar (923 SW... [Read more]
REMINDER: Community Salmon Investigation for Highline (CSI: Highline) starts next week, and volunteers are still needed. Here are the details: Orientation & Training: Thursday, Oct. 2, 4:30-6:30... [Read more]Sponsored Post
BTB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 28 – is a quaint Normandy Park home with Lot A Beach Rights! With a great new price,... [Read more]
A group of women held signs at 21st Ave SW and SW 152nd Street in Burien Thursday afternoon (Sept. 25), protesting the cut of Metro Transit bus route #139 in Burien. The group included some retired nuns. This... [Read more]Sponsored Post
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ at Jones Park in Renton at Noon on Sunday, Oct. 5, and all are welcome, along with your pets! “The blessing of... [Read more]
Kennedy Catholic High School’s Arts and Crafts Fair is seeking Artists and Vendors for its well-attended annual event, to be held Dec. 6. There is space for 140 vendors, a student art show, cafe, barista,... [Read more]
Everyone knows King County to be a high tech hub today, but our region’s first brush with cutting-edge technology occurred well before Bill Gates and Paul Allen. A century and a half ago, the first... [Read more]
Dreams Unlimited – a multimedia presentation (music, spoken word, art, video, oral storytelling) asking people to identify and pursue their dreams – will be held at the Burien Library this Saturday,... [Read more]
Wah Kue Restaurant – in business and run by the same family for 64 years at 13434 1st Ave South in Burien – may close soon if a new owner isn’t found. According to Gina, who has worked there... [Read more]Sponsored Post
Advertiser Normandy Park Senior Living will be holding a FREE Senior Bingo Party this Saturday, Sept. 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. They’re asking folks to RSVP at (206) 241-0821. Normandy Park Senior Living... [Read more]
The City of Burien is supporting the “Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry,” which is this Saturday, Sept. 27. “South King County has a large percentage of individuals and families... [Read more]
On Wednesday (Sept. 24), the City of Burien released an agenda, along with supporting documents, for Saturday’s ‘Economic Dialog,’ which will run from 8 a.m. – Noon this Saturday, Sept.... [Read more]
The Sons of Italy’s annual Homemade Wine Festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 19 from Noon – 5 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic High School’s campus at 140 S. 140th Street in Burien. Cost is $15 per... [Read more]
Artists Claire Putney and Kristie Smith bring their unique and fascinating artwork to the Burien Arts Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street, in October. Artist receptions have been changed to the first... [Read more]
Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago…
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Tickets are going fast for Advertiser the Tin Room Bar & Theater’s Comedy Night – with two shows (6 & 8 p.m.) this Thursday night, Sept. 25! Tickets are $14.95 each, and are available... [Read more]
Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the Northwest premiere of the comedy “Bob’s Holiday Office Party,” written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk, to be held Oct. 6 and 7. Actors of all ethnicities... [Read more]Sponsored Post
From Advertiser Home Helpers and Direct Link of South King County: A 94-year old client lives at home, alone. He loves his home here in South King County but his eldest son was becoming concerned when... [Read more]
The Puget Sound Blood Bank will be holding a blood drive Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Southwest Suburban Sewer District’s office in Burien. Hours will be 8 – 10:30 a.m. in the district’s parking... [Read more]Read More Headlines