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COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

Michael Brunk is one of the most impressive, creative and talented media professionals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. As we celebrate our 10th blog-ivessary, it is incumbent upon me to recognize…

Improve Your Photography Skills With BTB’s Photog Michael Brunk!

Improve Your Photography Skills With BTB’s Photog Michael Brunk!

Two opportunities are coming up to improve your photography skills working with BTB staff photographer Michael Brunk and Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services. The first is Michael’s... [Read more]

BTB Photog Michael Brunk Opens New Exhibit At Burien Community Center

BTB Photog Michael Brunk Opens New Exhibit At Burien Community Center

A new exhibit featuring ten photographs by BTB photog Michael Brunk began a two month display at the Burien Community Center today. The set of photos features images from several Burien parks displaying... [Read more]

Polish Your Photography Skills With BTB Photographer Michael Brunk

Polish Your Photography Skills With BTB Photographer Michael Brunk

Our own Michael Brunk is teaching an introductory photography class through Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services and there’s still time to reserve a seat in the next session! The two... [Read more]

SeaTac/B-Town Blog Photojournalist Michael Brunk to Speak at PowellsWood

SeaTac/B-Town Blog Photojournalist Michael Brunk to Speak at PowellsWood

Michael Brunk, B-Town Blog Photographer by Greg Wright I’ve known Michael Brunk a long time, and he’s a man of many talents: Boeing technology guru, actor, director, webmaster… and photographer. For... [Read more]

PHOTO FRIDAY: Water Droplets By Michael Brunk

PHOTO FRIDAY: Water Droplets By Michael Brunk

It’s Photo Friday, it’s raining, and water droplets are everywhere – including within today’s Sound Slideshow by Photographer Michael Brunk. Michael shot these around Burien recently... [Read more]

PHOTO FRIDAY: Michael Brunk Goes To The Woodland Park Zoo

PHOTO FRIDAY: Michael Brunk Goes To The Woodland Park Zoo

It’s Friday, which means it’s “Photo Friday” here at The B-Town Blog, and today we’re featuring Photographer Michael Brunk’s mid-week excursion to the Woodland Park... [Read more]

REVIEW: BAT’s <i>The Letters</i> a ‘well crafted production of a wonderful script’

REVIEW: BAT’s The Letters a ‘well crafted production of a wonderful script’

Review By Shelli Park, Photos by Michael Brunk; Fear is a powerful emotion. Throw in a dose of envy, insecurity, attraction and illusion of power and you have an intriguing scenario…

Over $2,000 Reasons To Visit Us At The Strawberry Fest!

Over $2,000 Reasons To Visit Us At The Strawberry Fest!

There are over $2,000 $2,100 reasons to visit The B-Town Blog’s booth at this weekend’s annual Strawberry & Arts Festival – we’re giving away over 35 36 prizes, and all of them are LOCAL from Burien businesses!

That’s right, we’re doing our part to boost Burien’s economy by keeping all of our prizes local, thus helping our beloved Advertisers and assorted other B-Town businesses.

To enter our drawing (which will be held at the end of the fest on Sunday; winners will be announced on the B-Town Blog on Monday morning June 22nd) all you have to do is come by our booth, fill out an entry form and play a festive and fun game we like to call “Toss The Unread Newspaper With Outdated News Into The Recycling Bin!”

Local Burien businesses offering prizes include:

BUSINESS

VALUE
PRIZE
Bistro Baffi
$25
Gift Certificate for Dinner
Poggi Bonsi
$25
Decorative Italian Plate
909 Coffee & Wine
$20
Gift Card
Moss Chiropractic
$185
Gift Certificate for Complete Chiropractic Exam & Adjustment
Moss Chiropractic
$23
Ice Pack
Highline Athletic Club
$234
One-Month Free Membership & Enrollment Fee

1-Stop Computer Repair
$50
One-Hour Computer Service
1-Stop Computer Repair
$50
One-Hour Computer Service
Herr Backyard Garden Center
$10
Gift Card
Burien Auto Repair
$89.95
Oil Change & Filter Service, Inspection, Car Wash & Mini Detail
Howard & Marge
$25
Gift Card
Advanced Massage
$65
One-Hour Massage
Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub
$25
Gift Card
Reiki by Anita
$85
Reiki Session
Mark Restaurant & Bar
$40
Gift Card
Vision Collision
$50
$50 off Interior Detail
Mark’s Expert Auto
$25
$25 off Coolant Flush
Digi Guys/CPI
$15
B-Town Blog T-Shirt
Digi Guys/CPI
$15
B-Town Blog T-Shirt
Digi Guys/CPI
$15
B-Town Blog T-Shirt
Digi Guys/CPI
$15
B-Town Blog T-Shirt
Digi Guys/CPI
$15
B-Town Blog T-Shirt
Philip Kelley Acupuncture
$90Acupuncture Treatment
Shining Star Massage
$50
Foot Reflexology
Ace Hardware
$39.99
43-Piece Hanging Tool Kit
Park Place Bar & Grill
$50
Gift Certificate
Sal’s Deli
$10
Certificate for One Free Breakfast
Sal’s Deli
$10
Certificate for One Free Breakfast
Sal’s Deli
$10
Certificate for One Free Breakfast
Tin Room Bar
$25
Gift Certificate
Photography by Michael Brunk/NW Lens
$475
1-Hour Photo Shoot, Post Production, CD and 3-5 Minute Video Story
Market Place Salon
$175
Helix Cordless Flat Iron
Economy Wiring/YB Tubless
$30
$30 Credit Towards Electrical Call or Hot Tub Service
Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
$40
Gift Card
Emerald City Smoothie
$90
Five Re-Usable Smoothie Mugs with Free Drink Coupons
Cheese FX Cheesecakes
$15-$18
6-inch Basic or Deluxe Cheesecake
Sidestreet Kitchen & Bar
$25
Gift Certificate
Wow Window Washing
$75
Gift Certificate for Window Cleaning

So…we’ll see you at our booth, which will be located near the Skate Park, this Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm!

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:

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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!

Highline Schools Awards Benefit Luncheon Raises $65K

Highline Schools Awards Benefit Luncheon Raises $65K

Nearly 300 people helped raise $65,500 for the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence Friday at the 9th Annual Gold Star Awards Benefit Luncheon at the Doubletree Suites in Tukwila, and here are some pics from Photographer Michael Brunk:

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Local Youth Prepare For Mexico Mission With Rockin’ Show

Local Youth Prepare For Mexico Mission With Rockin’ Show

Story and Photos by Michael Brunk

On Friday, May 22nd the beautiful spring evening was filled with the sounds of rock and roll reverberating from the doors and windows of Normandy Christian Church at 908 South 200th Street.

The cause of all the ruckus?

A benefit concert for the youth group to raise funds for their annual summer trip to Mexico. There they will join with up to 300 other volunteer workers to build houses and a church, and run a vacation bible school and vision clinic…

It’s A Gorgeous Day For The Burien Farmers Market

It’s A Gorgeous Day For The Burien Farmers Market

It’s a gorgeous day for the Burien Farmers Market, which is open until 6pm, so come on down to 10th Ave SW between SW 152nd and SW 151st, grab some fresh veggies, flowers, pastries, breads, plants, handcrafted stuff and much more…and don’t forget to look for us at The B-Town Blog booth!

To whet your appetite, here are some photos from last week’s market as shot by Photographer Michael Brunk:

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Aug. 18th Officially Certified As Annexation Vote Date

Aug. 18th Officially Certified As Annexation Vote Date

Photo of City Manager Mike Martin by Michael Brunk

by Ralph Nichols

It’s official. Several thousand North Highline residents now can mark Aug. 18th – primary election day – on their calendars as the date they will decide at last whether to be annexed by Burien.

City Manager Mike Martin said Friday (May 22nd) the 30-day period to appeal the King County Boundary Review Board’s prior approval of Burien’s plan to annex the south part of the North Highline unincorporated area expired May 18 with no challenge being filed…

Citizens Mount Protest Against City Manager Mike Martin

Citizens Mount Protest Against City Manager Mike Martin

Story and Photos by Michael Brunk

Wednesday afternoon (May 20th), Tai Oh of Burien (right, below) and Terry Torbet of Kent (left) stood on SW 148th near First Avenue South holding a large banner protesting City Manager Mike Martin’s recent DUI incident, as seen in these pictures by Michael Brunk:

Sound Transit Begins Intensive Testing Of Light Rail

Sound Transit Begins Intensive Testing Of Light Rail

Sound Transit has begun intensive testing of its new light rail system, running trains from Tukwila International Blvd. Station to Stadium Station. This is in preparation for passenger service beginning Saturday, July 18th.

Here are some pics taken Tuesday (May 19th) by Photographer Michael Brunk:


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PHOTOS: Scenes From Saturday’s Recycling Event

PHOTOS: Scenes From Saturday’s Recycling Event

On Saturday (May 16th), the cities of Burien and Normandy Park held a major recycling event, and Photographer Michael Brunk was there to capture these photos::

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PHOTOS: Burien’s City Hall Makes The Big Move

PHOTOS: Burien’s City Hall Makes The Big Move

The City of Burien made its big move to the new city hall building over the weekend, and Photographer Michael Brunk was there to capture these photos:

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The city’s shiny new digs will be open for regular business on Tuesday, May 19th at 4th Ave SW and SW 152nd Street.

Burien’s King County library branch also packed their stacks and started their move this weekend, and is slated to open their new space on June 13th, the day of the big grand opening celebration for Burien Town Square.