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Come say good-bye to Discover Burien’s Gina Bourdage at Sidestreet Friday

Come say good-bye to Discover Burien’s Gina Bourdage at Sidestreet Friday

As we first reported Sept. 25, Discover Burien Executive Director Gina Bourdage has resigned her position, and is off to serve at another non-profit in Seattle. But tonight – Friday, Oct. 11, starting... [Read more]

Discover Burien Executive Director Gina Bourdage will be leaving position

Discover Burien Executive Director Gina Bourdage will be leaving position

Gina Bourdage will be leaving her position as Executive Director of Discover Burien, with her last day on the job set for Friday, Oct. 4. Gina, who has held this job since March 12, 2012 (read our first... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Here’s How Gina Bourdage Found Her Lost Pit Bull ‘G’ Friday

FOLLOWUP: Here’s How Gina Bourdage Found Her Lost Pit Bull ‘G’ Friday

We were first to post a story about Discover Burien Executive Director Gina Bourdage’s missing pit bull ‘G’ (see that here), which was found safe last Friday, Feb. 1, and now we’d... [Read more]

BREAKING: Gina Bourdage elected Executive Director of Discover Burien

BREAKING: Gina Bourdage elected Executive Director of Discover Burien

At Wednesday night’s monthly Discover Burien Board Meeting, members voted to remove the “Interim” from the title of current Interim Executive Director Gina Bourdage, thus making her the new Executive Director…

The B-Town Blog’s Gina Bourdage Joins Discover Burien, Meets Board

The B-Town Blog’s Gina Bourdage Joins Discover Burien, Meets Board

The first order of Wednesday night’s Discover Burien monthly meeting was to introduce Gina Bourdage, DB’s newly appointed Administrative Coordinator, to the Board. Nancy Hinthorne, Interim Executive Director, told the group…

Reporter Gina Bourdage Overcomes Her Fear Of Needles To Donate Blood

Reporter Gina Bourdage Overcomes Her Fear Of Needles To Donate Blood

Story by Gina Bourdage Photos by Michael Brunk Being what has been described to me as “entertainingly scared of needles,” you might not assume that I would be a likely volunteer for a blood... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Longtime Area Resident Elizabeth Bourdage (1924 – 2010)

OBITUARY: Longtime Area Resident Elizabeth Bourdage (1924 – 2010)

Elizabeth Bourdage, 1924-2010 Elizabeth was born to Frances and Ralph Whitemarsh on October 16, 1924 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She joined a brother, Bruce, born 2 years before.These... [Read more]

BREAKING: Woman Critically Injured on SW 152nd Monday Night

BREAKING: Woman Critically Injured on SW 152nd Monday Night

Discover Burien Executive Director Gina Bourdage is reporting that a woman was apparently struck by a dark van – which then drove off – on SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien Monday night…

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…

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.

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 (May 11th) Burien City Council meeting (PDF agenda here, streaming video link here)…

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 (May 4th) City Council meeting…

Normandy Park’s Manhattan Drug Store Closing

Normandy Park’s Manhattan Drug Store Closing

by Gina Bourdage

After 51 years in their Normandy Park location, Manhattan Drug Store, the neighborhood drug store with “Big city selection and small town service” will soon be writing its last prescription, closing shop and taking their business in a different direction.

“We are very proud to have been entrusted with not only the filling of your prescriptions, but also with giving you advice and counseling in all matters pertaining to your pharmaceutical care. You have made us feel like family,” says a letter from the Herbert family…

Notes From Monday Night's City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night's City Council Meeting

by Gina Bourdage

Monday night’s (April 27th) City Council meeting was run under a “business as usual” approach, despite the recent news about Burien City Manager Mike Martin’s DUI arrest.

Many in the audience came expecting to hear Martin address the issue, perhaps even issue a public apology or letter of resignation. However, Martin didn’t say one word about his incident, (which happened Sunday, April 19th), and the only references to it were statements of support from four residents, which you can read below…

BREAKING: Three-Vehicle Injury Accident Blocks Ambaum

BREAKING: Three-Vehicle Injury Accident Blocks Ambaum

Photos and Story by Gina Bourdage

About 4:30pm Tuesday, a three vehicle injury accident occurred on the corner of Ambaum Boulevard and SW 130th Street blocking all through traffic.

Involved was a early 2000’s white pickup truck, a professional roofing truck (Diamond Roofing) and a newer black sedan.

Burien police were on the scene to detour traffic. The fire department was called in to clean up chemicals leaking from both the pickup and the professional roofing vehicle.

Police said they will investigate the cause of the collision and that one man (the driver of the white pickup) was taken to the hospital for injuries.

The cause appears to be high rate of speed and a illegal turn, however officials were not able to confirm.


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Annexation Gets The Nod From Boundary Review Board

Annexation Gets The Nod From Boundary Review Board

by Gina Bourdage

The Washington State Boundary Review Board for King County met for a Public Hearing last night (Mon. Mar. 30), and gave Burien preliminary approval of its efforts to annex the North Highline neighborhood. Board members heard public and officials representing public groups with interests in the community.

The Board will vote on final approval at their April 16th regular meeting.

“We don’t want to be forgotten. We would like to see the same attention,” said Karen Valloria, President of White Center Community Development Association. Valloria spoke in support of annexing to Burien and expressed concern for the lack of progress on Seattle’s attention to the Northern part of White Center.

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 (Mar. 23rd) Burien City Council meeting (link to PDF agenda here):

SPRING CLEANING
The City of Burien has a lot of improvements underway – everything from the restrooms to the city’s website is getting a little “spring cleaning.”

Andrea Reay selected as new Executive Director of Discover Burien

Andrea Reay selected as new Executive Director of Discover Burien

The Board of Discover Burien (NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer sits on the board) announced Thursday, Dec. 5 that Andrea Reay will serve as its new Executive Director. “The board worked extremely... [Read more]

JOB: Discover Burien seeking new, part-time Executive Director

JOB: Discover Burien seeking new, part-time Executive Director

[EDITOR’S NOTE: BTB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer serves on the board of Discover Burien, a local non-profit business association.] Now that Gina Bourdage is leaving for a new gig, Discover Burien... [Read more]

Deadline for Discover Burien re-branding proposals is Oct. 3

Deadline for Discover Burien re-branding proposals is Oct. 3

[EDITOR’S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer sits on the board of Discover Burien, a non-profit that helps local businesses.] REMINDER: The deadline to submit proposals to “re-brand”... [Read more]

REMINDER: Deadline for Discover Burien re-branding proposals is Oct. 3

REMINDER: Deadline for Discover Burien re-branding proposals is Oct. 3

[EDITOR’S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer sits on the board of Discover Burien, a non-profit that helps local businesses.] REMINDER: The deadline to submit proposals to “re-brand”... [Read more]

Burien Arts to open new Art Gallery in Olde Burien in October

Burien Arts to open new Art Gallery in Olde Burien in October

Burien Arts, a local arts non-profit since the 1960’s, will open a new Art Gallery (pictured above as its being finished) at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien in October. The gallery will be devoted... [Read more]

Discover Burien seeking proposals from Graphic Artists for re-branding campaign

Discover Burien seeking proposals from Graphic Artists for re-branding campaign

[EDITOR’S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer sits on the board of Discover Burien, a non-profit that helps local businesses.] Discover Burien is doing a ‘Request for Proposals’... [Read more]

Seven Tra-Lee Apartment Fire Victim Families Awarded $6,370 Monday Night

Seven Tra-Lee Apartment Fire Victim Families Awarded $6,370 Monday Night

Organizers of our “Up from the Ashes” fundraiser for the victims of the Jan. 28 Tra-Lee Apartment fire in Burien gave out $6,370 to seven families – that’s $910 per family – at Bison Creek Pizza Monday night…