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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.

SeaTac Cell Phone Lot To Close For About A Month

SeaTac Cell Phone Lot To Close For About A Month

On Tuesday, June 9th, Sea-Tac Airport will close its Cell Phone Waiting Lot for about a month in order to replace it with a location nearly double in size.

The new location, just north on Air Cargo Road, will create nearly 100 spaces for vehicles, doubling the size of the current lot. It is expected to open in early July.

The closure will allow the modification of the new lot with barriers, striping and signage…

Burien Festival 5K & Family 1K Run Is Sunday, June 21st

Burien Festival 5K & Family 1K Run Is Sunday, June 21st

On the last morning of Burien’s Strawberry & Arts Festival (Sunday, June 21st), the 3rd Annual Burien Festival 5K & Family 1K Run will take place, starting at 9am.

Here are the details…

Statue Proposed To Honor “Mr. Burien” Dick Dahlgard

Statue Proposed To Honor “Mr. Burien” Dick Dahlgard

This whimsical statue, designed by artist Phillip Levine, would depict the late
Dick Dahlgard as a camera on a tripod with three human legs.

by Gina Bourdage

Burien lost one of its most notable citizens in November 2008, when “Mr. Burien,” Richard “Dick” Dahlgard, passed away.

Formerly the owner of Dick’s Camera and pillar of the community through many charity involvements, Dick is a man that will not soon be forgotten and Jim Hughes, owner of Sal’s Deli, is organizing efforts to have a public art piece erected in memorial of Mr. Dahlgard.

“We tend to forget our heroes fairly quickly and Dick was definitely one of mine,” said Hughes.

Working more than 90 hours a week at Sal’s Deli has not detoured Hughes from taking on the large fundraising and planning task of the proposed art piece. A designed by nationally renowned local artist Phillip Levine will depict a whimsical 35mm camera with three human legs as a tripod. A large unraveling roll of film with be place at the lower region of the piece and may include the long list of civic involvements Mr. Dahlgard selflessly dedicated so much of his time towards. The sculpture will stand over six feet high and will be crafted from brass; the location for installation is still being discussed but is proposed for the new town square development.

Due to budget conservations the City of Burien is unable to fund the project and organizers are reaching out to the community for private donations. To make a contribution please stop by Sterling Bank or by mail to:

“Dick Dahlgard Memorial Fund”
c/o Sterling Bank
224 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

All checks can be made out to the “Dick Dahlgard Memorial Fund.”

Each donor will receive a special invitation to the unveiling presentation and the piece of mind knowing they are helping to honor the memory of a man who did so much for so many for so long.

Des Moines Farmers Market Opens Today

Des Moines Farmers Market Opens Today

The Des Moines Farmers Market kicks off its 2009 season today at the south end of the Des Moines Marina, starting at 10am and continuing until 2pm, and we encourage everyone to come on down, find some fresh foods, sample some stuff, have fun with the kids and say hi to the staff of our sister site The Waterland Blog!

Also, here’s a list of the vendors you’ll see…

Councilmember Rose Clark Is Running For Re-Election

Councilmember Rose Clark Is Running For Re-Election

by Mark Neuman

I spoke Friday (June 5th) with Burien City Councilmember Rose Clark, who is running for re-election, Position No. 5.

As of press time (or in this electronic era, as of “hit send” time), Clark has no opposition in her bid for another four-year term on the council:

Highline College Scholars Earn $624,000 In Financial Aid

Highline College Scholars Earn $624,000 In Financial Aid

Highline Community College’s 14 Honors Scholars for the 2008-2009 academic year received $624,000 in financial aid and scholarship offers to continue their education, including Burien student Jennifer Anne Kemp.

The Honors Scholar program’s 70 graduates have earned a combined $2.4 million in scholarships and other financial aid since the program began in 2003…

Five Arrested In $18 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Five Arrested In $18 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Jeffrey C. Sullivan, US Attorney for the Western District of Washington announced Wednesday (June 3rd) that five people have been arrested in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme that allegedly cheated area banks and property sellers out of more than $18 million.

The five arrested include…

It’s Not Too Late To File To Run For City Council!

It’s Not Too Late To File To Run For City Council!

As of 1pm Friday, June 5th, only four people have filed for the four Burien city council positions open for election in November:

But wait – you too can file to run for City Council online as long as you’re a Burien resident and registered voter – the deadline is 4pm today (Fri. June 5th): http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/candidatefiling/filingform.aspx