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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…

Why A Burien Sports Team Should Be Called The “Beavers”

Why A Burien Sports Team Should Be Called The “Beavers”

by Dennis Clark
Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward

If Burien ever gets a semi-pro (or heck, why not Pro?) sports team, I think they should be called the Burien Beavers.

Burien is once again home to beavers, or at least one beaver. Last week, I received an e-mail from a neighbor of the Walker Wetland in Burien…

King Co. Exec. Candidate Forum Is Thurs. June 11th

King Co. Exec. Candidate Forum Is Thurs. June 11th

The King County Police Chief’s Association is hosting a County Executive Candidate’s Forum tomorrow (Thursday, June 11th), from 10am to 11am at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center located at 19010 First Avenue South in Burien.

The candidates running for King County Executive are invited to the forum, which is open to the public and press, and according to Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer, so far here’s who’s confirmed…

Wizards Casino Closes, Blames Smoking Ban & Economy

Wizards Casino Closes, Blames Smoking Ban & Economy

Story and Photo by Janet Grella

A reader tipped The B-Town Blog this morning that Wizards Casino in Burien was closing today. After an investigation, we found out that is indeed true – the doors are closed, and Wizards employed 130 people.

“The city’s (Burien) been great to work with,” said General Manager Pat Hosier.

The decline of Wizards “started with the smoking ban in 2005, where the Casino lost 17% of their customers, and didn’t make them up, and then the economy finished us off,” explained Pat…

Empress Of Information Says: New Library Opens Saturday!

Empress Of Information Says: New Library Opens Saturday!

by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, 
Burien Library

The Grand Opening of the beautiful new Burien Library will be this Saturday, June 13th beginning at 10am!

The Library (along with the new Town Square) will open its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony, programs throughout the day, food, giveaways, story times, building tours, and lots more! The new library also features an automated materials handling machine that will check your items in, give you a receipt, and sort the item for shelving. Check out www.kcls.org/bond/groundbreakings.cfm for all the details. Our new address is 400 SW 152nd Street

Student Welders Install New Sculpture At B/ IAS

Student Welders Install New Sculpture At B/ IAS

Students from the Puget Sound Skills Center’s Welding Careers Program, in association with Plumber and Pipefitters Local 32, installed “To Be Named Later,” an original sculpture of an eagle swooping down onto a salmon at the Burien Interim Art Space on Friday, June 5th…

Strawberry & Arts Fest: Skateboard Contest + DYNO JAMZ

Strawberry & Arts Fest: Skateboard Contest + DYNO JAMZ

The Burien Strawberry & Arts Festival happens next weekend (on June 20th and 21st), in the area around the Burien Community Center and Dottie Harper Park, and it’s going to be fun for all ages especially teens and those who love Sk8ing, Hip-Hop and jazz:

Skateboard Contest Rocks With EMP Band Winner

SATURDAY, June 20th @ 1 pm:

  • SKATE CONTEST: registration starts @ 12 Noon, $5 fee, need helmet & registration form signed by adult.
  • Rider’s performance will be judged in 3 categories:
    • Consistency
    • Technicality
    • Style
  • Each contestant gets 2 one-minute runs.
  • Co-sponsored by Burien Teen Program, Pacsun, and Illusion, which is Burien’s new skate shop.
  • DYNO JAMZ, Experience Music Project’s 2009 SOUND-OFF Young Band winner! Great & unusual fusion of hip-hop & jazz – here are some videos of them from the 2009 EMP Sound-Off:

The full schedule of events and performers can be found by clicking here.