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“Happy Hour Weeding” Coming To Miller Creek July 22nd

“Happy Hour Weeding” Coming To Miller Creek July 22nd

Our friend Dennis Clark, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward, sends us this unusual event – a “Happy Hour Weeding” gathering from 5-6pm on Wed., July 22nd at the Miller Creek restoration... [Read more]

Sen. Karen Keiser Holding Online Health Care Forum Monday Morning 7/6 At 11am

Sen. Karen Keiser Holding Online Health Care Forum Monday Morning 7/6 At 11am

Senator Karen Keiser is holding an online town hall at 11am Monday morning, July 6th on federal health reform at the link below: http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/keiser/townhall Sen. Keiser represents... [Read more]

Your Requisite 4th Of July Fireworks “Safe & Sane” Posting

Your Requisite 4th Of July Fireworks “Safe & Sane” Posting

Even though we all are all most certainly chock-full of common sense, sometimes we all need gentle reminders of what stupid decisions can do to a human being, especially on a sunny summer day where there... [Read more]

Department Of Ecology & Port Agree On Lora Lake Cleanup; Public Review Is Thurs., July 23rd

Department Of Ecology & Port Agree On Lora Lake Cleanup; Public Review Is Thurs., July 23rd

The Department of Ecology and the Port of Seattle on Thursday (July 2nd) reached an agreement on doing a study and subsequent contamination cleanup at the unoccupied Lora Lake apartment complex in Burien. The... [Read more]

Lots Going On In Normandy Park On The 4th

Lots Going On In Normandy Park On The 4th

Our nearest neighbor to the south, the beautiful City of Normandy Park, has posted the following schedule for what’s going on there on the 4th of July – everything from a 2.8K Fun Run to a... [Read more]

Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Plane Pull Is Saturday, July 18th

Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Plane Pull Is Saturday, July 18th

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound will be holding their BIG Plane Pull Tournament at Boeing Field on Saturday, July 18th. As they like to say: “Pull a plane. Make a difference.” So get... [Read more]

Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: Ross Hunter For King County Executive

Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: Ross Hunter For King County Executive

We’d like to offer a “may the best person win” welcome to Ross Hunter, candidate for King County Executive, our latest Advertiser. He stopped by our Farmers Market booth in Burien recently... [Read more]

A Revealing Interview With Discover Burien’s Patty Sader

A Revealing Interview With Discover Burien’s Patty Sader

Discover Burien President Sarah Slaughter, left, and
outgoing Executive Director Patty Sader.

Story and Photo by Janet Grella

The B-Town Blog has acquired a copy of the resignation letter that Discover Burien’s (DB) Executive Director Patty Sader read to her board at their June 2nd meeting.

We sat down with Patty and DB President Sarah Slaughter (Executive Director of BTB Advertiser El Dorado West)…

Strawberry & Arts Fest Peek: In The Gallery & On The Streets

Strawberry & Arts Fest Peek: In The Gallery & On The Streets

Burien’s Annual Strawberry & Arts Festival is this weekend (Sat./Sun. June 20-21st) at the area around the Burien Community Center and Dottie Harper Park (be sure to look for our booth near the... [Read more]

Public Demo Of Emergency Communications Is 6/27-28

Public Demo Of Emergency Communications Is 6/27-28

Highline-area “Hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities over the weekend of June 27th and 28th.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America, including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham Radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to…

Highline Kiwanis Breakfast Will Kick Off Strawberry Fest

Highline Kiwanis Breakfast Will Kick Off Strawberry Fest

The Highline Kiwanis Club will kick off this weekend’s Strawberry & Arts Festival with their annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, June 20th. Cost of the breakfast is a donation of $5. Kids age five and under eat free.

The fundraising pancake feed, which includes Black Forest ham, strawberries, coffee and orange juice, is from 8am to 11am at the Burien Fire Station, located at 15100 8th Ave SW…

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

by Gina Bourdage

Here are notes from Monday night’s (June 15th) Burien City Council meeting (PDF agenda here, streaming video link here):

CITY RECEIVES CIVIC AWARD:
Presented by Luis Navarro, Board President U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest Chapter, the City of Burien received a Civic Award for their efforts in…

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].

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!

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…

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/