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Groundbreaking for new White Center Library will be Thursday, March 19

Groundbreaking for new White Center Library will be Thursday, March 19

From our sister site The White Center Blog: Groundbreaking for the new White Center Library – to be located at 1409 SW 107th Street – is set for Thursday, March, 19 at 3 p.m. The current White Center... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: CC’s Lounge closing, selling off everything inside

INTERN’S VIEW: CC’s Lounge closing, selling off everything inside

Story & Photos by Sterling Paris Intern, Big Picture High School Walking along SW 152nd Street on Thursday (Feb. 26), I noticed a sign that read: “Closing soon, open to the public…” …in... [Read more]

Tom Gehl’s retirement Open House will be this Sunday, March 1

Tom Gehl’s retirement Open House will be this Sunday, March 1

This Sunday (March 1) will be a very special day, long awaited for Tom Gehl and his wife Jolene, owners of Gehl’s Flowers and Gifts located in downtown Burien. Tom opened Gehl’s Flowers & Gifts... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Financial Aid for Veterans now offered by local Home Helpers & Direct Link office

Financial Aid for Veterans now offered by local Home Helpers & Direct Link office

Local care providers Home Helpers & Direct Link (an Advertiser) announced their partnership with Veterans Care Coordination to offer the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit to our local community of... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: A remote control is embedded in a tree at my school!

INTERN’S VIEW: A remote control is embedded in a tree at my school!

What the heck is an old remote control doing embedded in a tree? Click image to see larger version. Story & Photos by Sterling Paris Intern, Big Picture High School At my school – Big Picture High... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: From fish & chips to coffee, old Skippers will become a Starbucks

B-TOWN BIZ: From fish & chips to coffee, old Skippers will become a Starbucks

Photo by Sterling Paris.   The old Skipper’s restaurant at the corner of SW 148th and Ambaum Blvd. SW is currently undergoing renovations to become a Starbucks, according to Dan Trimble, Economic... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: After 44 years, Gehl Flowers & Gifts’ Owner is retiring

INTERN’S VIEW: After 44 years, Gehl Flowers & Gifts’ Owner is retiring

Story & Photos by Sterling Paris Intern, Big Picture High School Rewind with me back to 1971 (long long before I was born)… The Beatles broke up, we had soldiers in Vietnam (and protests... [Read more]

SLIDESHOW: Seattle Seahawks return to warm welcome at Sea-Tac Airport

SLIDESHOW: Seattle Seahawks return to warm welcome at Sea-Tac Airport

Photographer Francis Zera was on hand Monday (Feb. 2) as the Seattle Seahawks returned to Sea-Tac Airport after their heartbreaking loss in the Super Bowl. Numerous “12th Fans” were on hand... [Read more]

City of Burien opens nomination process for ‘Citizen of the Year’ award

City of Burien opens nomination process for ‘Citizen of the Year’ award

The City of Burien on Monday opened the nomination process for its annual ‘Citizen of the Year’ award, and they’re seeking worthy candidates. “Heroes often go unnoticed and are... [Read more]

Some upset about Cherry Tree removal due to City Light substation cleanup

Some upset about Cherry Tree removal due to City Light substation cleanup

  Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Some Burien residents are upset that an ornamental Cherry Tree located at the corner of Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th Street will be removed soon, due... [Read more]

Sponsored Post ’12th Man Rally’ will be this SUNDAY at Advertiser Tin Room Bar & Theater

’12th Man Rally’ will be this SUNDAY at Advertiser Tin Room Bar & Theater

CORRECTION: This post first stated that the rally was Saturday, Jan. 24. It has been moved to SUNDAY, JAN. 25: UPDATE: Calling all “12’s” – there will be a 12th Man Rally this SUNDAY,... [Read more]

‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ will be Feb. 13-16; ‘Burien Birdfest’ will be Feb. 14

‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ will be Feb. 13-16; ‘Burien Birdfest’ will be Feb. 14

The 18th annual ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ will be from Feb. 13-16, and all are invited to join in by counting birds. “Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover... [Read more]

Dorpat and Sherrard will bring ‘Now and Then’ to Highline on Saturday, Jan. 24

Dorpat and Sherrard will bring ‘Now and Then’ to Highline on Saturday, Jan. 24

The Highline Historical Society will be hosting a “Now and Then” presentation by popular documentary photographers/historians/authors Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Two Burien Albertsons grocery stores acquired by Haggen

B-TOWN BIZ: Two Burien Albertsons grocery stores acquired by Haggen

The two Albertsons grocery stores in Burien will be acquired by Bellingham-based Haggen, as part of a 146-store deal brought about by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) review of the Albertson’s... [Read more]

Seattle Council OKs resolution on possible North Highline annexation

Seattle Council OKs resolution on possible North Highline annexation

From our sister site The White Center Blog: The Seattle City Council quickly and unanimously approved on Monday (Dec. 15) a so-called “placeholder” resolution that could result in a vote by residents... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Some thoughts on recently failed Highline School District bond issue’

LETTER: ‘Some thoughts on recently failed Highline School District bond issue’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Some thoughts on the recently failed Highline... [Read more]

Today is The B-Town Blog’s 7th birthday!

Today is The B-Town Blog’s 7th birthday!

Seven years ago today – Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact – The B-Town Blog was created, its domain name registered and activated, with hopes of creating an effective online news and events source for the... [Read more]

Book Launch for Virginia Wright’s ‘Burien’ book will be Dec. 11 at Tin Room

Book Launch for Virginia Wright’s ‘Burien’ book will be Dec. 11 at Tin Room

A Book Launch Party for Virginia Wright’s new “Burien” book will held Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tin Room Bar (read our previous coverage here). Virginia will be on hand,... [Read more]

Celebrate Burien Actors Theatre’s re-emergence with ‘Fire Watch Party’ Dec. 10

Celebrate Burien Actors Theatre’s re-emergence with ‘Fire Watch Party’ Dec. 10

Join Burien Actors Theatre for a party to celebrate BAT’s re-emergence from the Dec. 10, 2013 fire at the theater (read our previous coverage here) – and thank those who put out the flames and helped... [Read more]

Resident Virginia Wright celebrates ‘Burien’ in new book, coming out Dec. 8

Resident Virginia Wright celebrates ‘Burien’ in new book, coming out Dec. 8

Burien resident Virginia Wright has completed her first book – “Images of Burien” – a compilation of photos and anecdotes about B-Town that will be released on Dec. 8…

B-TOWN BIZ: With the cut of a ribbon, the brand new CVS Pharmacy is open

B-TOWN BIZ: With the cut of a ribbon, the brand new CVS Pharmacy is open

Monday morning (Nov. 17), several local business people, members of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce, along with two city council members, employees and others gathered to cut a ribbon at... [Read more]

Waskowitz Big Tree Contest winner announced

Waskowitz Big Tree Contest winner announced

Marie O’Kelley stands by one of the winning Waskowitz trees that she and her brother planted in the 1960s. A tree planted by Mikeal Roose in 1962 was the winner in the Waskowitz Big Tree contest. The... [Read more]

Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets and their families!

Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets and their families!

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Publisher/Editor Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets, active military and their families! In honor of this holiday, we encourage all our Readers to... [Read more]

Hank Cramer to perform at Highline Historical Society annual meeting Nov. 16

Hank Cramer to perform at Highline Historical Society annual meeting Nov. 16

One of the best-loved folk singers in the American West will perform a repertoire of original, traditional and contemporary folk songs as the Highline Historical Society celebrates 20 years as an organization... [Read more]

This Burien house may look happy, but some think it was haunted…

This Burien house may look happy, but some think it was haunted…

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was originally posted on Halloween, 2009. We’re re-running it again because we think it’s pretty spooky: by Laura Beth Peterson The year was 1944 and... [Read more]

Local UFO film to screen at International Family Film Festival in Hollywood

Local UFO film to screen at International Family Film Festival in Hollywood

The locally-made short film ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ will next screen at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The movie recently won “Audience... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is Saturday night, Nov. 1!

REMINDER: ‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is Saturday night, Nov. 1!

REMINDER: ‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is returning and will be held next Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Burien Community Center from 6-10 p.m. Entrance to the event is FREE. Wrist bands for unlimited... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Editor, So, about that Highline High... [Read more]