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WWJD? What Would Jay Do?

WWJD? What Would Jay Do?

Perhaps the best ‘boss’ I ever had was a man named Jay Dickey. He still is named that, but he hasn’t been my boss for over 10 years. I went to work for him in the grocery store he managed back in... [Read more]

Kickin’ it Old School

Kickin’ it Old School

  This week has been both a new education and a return to my roots.  School was released last week to the jubilant cheers of students and collective groan of parents. After the observations of... [Read more]

School’s Out…Or Is It?

School’s Out…Or Is It?

“Best. Day. Ever.” Came the text message from one of our kids. The certain sign that school is out for Summer Break, and that their reference as to what qualifies as ‘best’ is somewhat narrow.... [Read more]

It’s All Relative

It’s All Relative

This week has been a blur. Memorial Day on Monday, Mariner game on Tuesday, and every spare minute in between those days and right now have been spent stuck in the family tree. Not a literal tree, because... [Read more]

Catitude to Gratitude

Catitude to Gratitude

As my cat yakked up her breakfast this morning, I looked out the window at the seven thousandth day of rain, and muttered a quiet curse. Not that the one had anything to do with the other, but it’s... [Read more]

That Was The Burien Week That Was: 11/8 – 11/15/09

That Was The Burien Week That Was: 11/8 – 11/15/09

A very mixed week in the Burien area, from the tragic stabbing death of a young man outside Goodtime Ernie’s to the discovery of an infamous deadbeat Dad living in another state under a new name,... [Read more]

REVIEW: Summer Shows At The Burien Art Gallery

REVIEW: Summer Shows At The Burien Art Gallery

by Julia Wight

Here comes summer, along with the latest art show at the Burien Art Gallery. This time avant-garde meets heart warming watercolors and superb photos. In other words, here is something for everyone.

In the main gallery, it’s fun to watch people’s reaction to the work of sculptor Timea Tihanyi. One visitor asked me if they were remodeling. Timea has converted mundane objects that barely attract our attention into sewn soft cut felt sculptures that make us question what is art and hopefully start us thinking about how we perceive our environment…

Welcome Back Advertiser Tami Greene Of Sound Mortgage!

Welcome Back Advertiser Tami Greene Of Sound Mortgage!

We’d like to welcome back to the BTB Advertiser Tami Greene, Sales Manager at Sound Mortgage!

Tami’s been in the Financial Services industry since 1978, and she has one goal with her clients:

“To Become Your Lender for Life”

Tami has always been committed to providing quality mortgage products and services, ensuring that her customers are in a loans that makes sense and meet their financial needs.

“With many solid loan programs still available, I will search for the best loan for my clients at the lowest rates possible” explains Tami.

She specializes in:

  • New Home Purchases
  • Refinances
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Home Equity Loans

Sound Mortgage extends all the services expected from a large lender or nationwide bank. These services include all variations of Conventional loans, such as Fixed Rate Mortgages, Adjustable Rate Mortgages, FHA and VA loans with In-House underwriters that get your loan to closing on time!

Fortunately for our Highline community, as a long-time south end resident, Tami has devoted her life to volunteering.

“I continue to serve through the Burien/White Center Rotary Club and the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence. Both of these organizations offer many wonderful and much needed resources for youths, who need us now more than ever.”

Tami also stays active and fit by teaching group fitness classes at the Highline Athletic Club (BTB Advertiser) in Burien and golfing as a member of Glen Acres Golf and Country Club.

When it comes time for a mortgage, see a professional by clicking on Tami Greene’s Ad, calling her at 206-579-9767 or via email at [email protected].

PHOTO: Aura Captured At Burien Town Square Opening?

PHOTO: Aura Captured At Burien Town Square Opening?

BTB Reader Kathi Vallade sent us the photo above, which she took at Saturday’s Burien Town Square grand opening celebration; here’s what she had to say about it…

PHOTOS: Scenes From This Weekend’s Relay For Life

PHOTOS: Scenes From This Weekend’s Relay For Life

The annual Highline Relay For Life cancer fundraiser began at 3pm Saturday, June13th and continued all night until 8am Sunday, and we at The B-Town Blog were very proud to be sponsors.

Here’s a slideshow by Photographer Michael Brunk:

Click to View Michael Brunk’s Photo Slideshow

Over 1,000 Witness Burien Town Square Grand Opening

Over 1,000 Witness Burien Town Square Grand Opening

Click to View Michael Brunk’s Photo Slideshow

Saturday morning (June 13th) at 10am sharp, the Highline High School Pirates marching band kicked off the grand opening ceremonies by marching (and boisterously playing) down SW 152nd to the main podium at Burien’s new Town Square where numerous local and state dignitaries spoke to a crowd estimated by local police as “well over 1,000.”

Here’s a video segment we call “Whaddaya Think?” shot by your B-Town Blog video production crew of Mark Neuman and Bart Bryan:

The day’s celebration served as the culmination of over 12 years of the city’s planning for the $193 million “town square as the central focal point for the downtown core” as first approved in 1997, then developed and built beginning in 1999 until construction began in 2004 to Saturday’s festive ribbon cutting ceremony.

Temps were in the lower 70s with a slight hazy cloud cover that made for good lighting for the politicians, developers and library folk who spoke, including:

  • Burien Mayor Joan McGilton
  • King County Library Director Bill Ptacek
  • Congressman Jim McDermott
  • State Rep. (and Burien native) Dave Upthegrove
  • Dan Rosenfeld of Urban Partners (another Burien son)
  • King County Council Chair Dow Constantine
  • City Councilmember Lucy Krakowiak
  • Judge Richard Eadie

Free tours of the new Library building, Town Square condos and city hall were provided all day, and foot traffic was busy throughout. As children explored the new kids section of the library or bounced in the bouncy houses outside, parents enjoyed free refreshments and giveaways from local Burien businesses.

We’ll have more videos and photos soon, so be sure to come back to your most up-to-date local news source right here!

VIDEO: Watch The Town Square Opening LIVE Right Here

VIDEO: Watch The Town Square Opening LIVE Right Here

Saturday morning ’round 10am will mark the grand opening celebration of Burien’s new Town Square/Library/Transit Center, and if you happen to not be able to attend, you can watch the fun live right here via the streaming video below:

Please Join Our Facebook Page – We Need 97 More “Fans”!

Please Join Our Facebook Page – We Need 97 More “Fans”!

Tonight (Friday June 13th), Facebook will be allowing users to create their own customized URLs for their business pages, but the only problem is, your biz page must have 1,000 “fans” before they’ll let you in!

Therefore, we are making this plea with all our Readers to click on the Facebook graphic below, then “Join Now” and help us hit 1,000 (as of 3pm, we need just 97 more “fans”!):

Thanks…we really appreciate your help!

Burien’s Free Shuttle Service Needs Volunteer Drivers

Burien’s Free Shuttle Service Needs Volunteer Drivers

The Burien Shuttle is a FREE door-to-door transportation service that drives local senior citizens around to run errands, buy groceries, get to medical appointments and assorted other travel needs, and they’re looking for volunteer drivers.

Here’s the info on how you can help “change the world, one mile at a time”…

Burien Chevy Hosting “All Chevy Cruise-In” On Sun. July 5th

Burien Chevy Hosting “All Chevy Cruise-In” On Sun. July 5th


Burien Chevrolet will be holding a special “All Chevy Cruise-In” on Sunday, July 5th from 11am to 4pm at their lot at 14400 First Ave South in Burien.

Here are the details…

OPINION: Why El Dorado West Relays To Fight Cancer

OPINION: Why El Dorado West Relays To Fight Cancer

by Sarah Slaughter
Team El Dorado Captain

Team El Dorado (a BTB Advertiser) will participate in their second Highline Relay tomorrow (Sat. June 13th) at Highline Field beginning with the Survivors Lap at 3pm. I am often asked why we choose to throw so much time and energy into this all-night event held each year on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

The simple answer is because cancer affects all of us at some point in our lives…

Ambaum Blvd. To Be Closed At SW 120th From 6/15-6/26

Ambaum Blvd. To Be Closed At SW 120th From 6/15-6/26

North-South thoroughfare Ambaum Blvd. SW will be closing at SW 120th Street beginning at 7am Monday, June 15th, through 5pm Friday, June 26th, as crews replace a drainage pipe underneath the road.

Motorists can detour via 12th Ave SW to SW 116th Street, then return back to Ambaum.

This is a joint project between the City of Burien and King County…

King County Executive Candidates Speak At Burien Forum

King County Executive Candidates Speak At Burien Forum

by Ralph Nichols

Crime – including a high level of gang activity – is an ongoing concern in the Highline area, along with the rest of King County, especially at a time when multi-million-dollar budget deficits have forced staff reductions in the sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices.

And not surprisingly, all five major candidates for King County executive told the King County Police Chief’s Association on Thursday that public safety is the primary responsibility of county government. They spoke at a forum at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien…

From Our E-Newsletter: This Weekend’s B-Town Haps…

From Our E-Newsletter: This Weekend’s B-Town Haps…

It’s going to be a busy Town Square grand opening weekend in B-Town, and here are this weekend’s haps from our Free Weekly Event Newsletter (sign up today):

To see our entire Events Calendar listings in an interactive calendar, click here:

www.b-townblog.com/events/

Discover Burien’s Patty Sader Announces Resignation

Discover Burien’s Patty Sader Announces Resignation

Patty Sader, Executive Director of local non-profit business booster org Discover Burien announced at last night’s monthly Board meeting that she will be leaving her position after two years to pursue other interests.

She will be moving to Arizona.

After tearfully reading her resignation letter, Patty told the board and audience members that it’s been “challenging and fun…”

Notes From This Month’s Discover Burien Meeting

Notes From This Month’s Discover Burien Meeting

by Janet Grella

Discover Burien, a local non-profit organized seven years ago to address all things about Burien businesses, has a monthly board meeting the second Wednesday of every month. It is in these meetings that Board members, comprised of individuals from local businesses address the issues of, well, Burien businesses.

From my seat in what I’ve long referred to as “the peanut gallery” (any resident or business in Burien are not only invited to attend, but comment from the gallery) I announced the B-Town’s Blog intention to report things big and small from this meeting…

Strawberry & Arts Fest Sneak Peek: Saturday Jazz Afternoon

Strawberry & Arts Fest Sneak Peek: Saturday Jazz Afternoon

The Burien Strawberry & Arts Festival happens next weekend (Sat./Sun. June 20th & 21st), in the area around the Burien Community Center and Dottie Harper Park, and it’s going to be fun for all ages especially those who love music and Jazz…

Area Filmmaker Steve Edmiston Has Two Films At SIFF

Area Filmmaker Steve Edmiston Has Two Films At SIFF

Burien-area filmmaker Steve Edmiston (Writer/Director of “The Day My Parents Became Cool“) has doubled up with two films premiering at the prestigious Seattle International Film Festival, including his latest work “The Spy and the Sparrow,” which will premiere at 9pm tonight (Wed. June 10th)…

Next Annexation Open House Is Tuesday, June 16th

Next Annexation Open House Is Tuesday, June 16th

The next Annexation Open House will be Tuesday, June 16th from 6pm to 7:15pm at Southern Heights Elementary School, located at 11249 14th Ave South…