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Linda Isernio (Umpqua Bank) and Debra George at The Mark Restaurant last week. George has sold her restaurant to the Ramos Family, operators of La Costa in 152nd. Careful readers will notice two people reading the Highline Times in the background of this photo. And no, our photographer did not set this up…

Leaving A Mark

By Teanna Gentry

There is a big change happening in Olde Burien. If you haven't been living under a rock the past couple months, you may have noticed the subtle changes at Mark Restaurant & Bar. Debra George, co-owner and all around community maven has sold her business to the local restaurateur Ramos family. I had time to sit down and enjoy a conversation over tasty food, drinks, and a packed house with Debra Wednesday night for her going away party. Living in Burien for the past 16 months I knew that my knowledge of Debra and her impact in the community was limited, so I was happy to have time to hear her story.  

Q: What made Mark Restaurant & Bar unique and a community staple?
It was important for me to have the restaurant to be part of the community, to reach out and help where we could by either donating our product or our time. We programmed the restaurant with many activities and a regular newsletter to let our supporters know what was going on.

Q: What isn't changing from what the restaurant was to what it will be now under the new ownership?

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Highline Public Schools Joins 50+ Organizations & Leadersin Support of Refugee and Immigrant Communities

In response to emerging reports of hate speech and violence directed at refugee and immigrant communities, Highline Public Schools is joining over 50 local organizations and community leaders to sign a statement articulating their support of targeted communities. This statement, signed by a wide variety of large and small organizations, reaffirms the organizations and the United States’ historic commitment to accepting and valuing refugees and immigrants.

The statement of support (see attached) was drafted by the Northwest Refugee and Immigrant Health Coalition (NWIRHC), a group of doctors, social workers, educators, resettlement workers, public health practitioners, and community organizers who have been working together since 2011 to improve the health of refugees and asylum seekers in Western Washington. Concerned for their well-being, and in response to harassment and fears expressed by their clients/patients/community, they felt compelled to issue a statement of support for them in the face of a rise of hate speech particularly directed against Muslims, refugees, and undocumented immigrants.

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Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce an exciting opportunity courtesy of the generosity of board member Mike Bulleri, Division General Manager of Baker Commodities, Inc. The Chamber will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the December 15th Seahawks vs Rams home game!

Everyone who attends the Chamber’s 28th Annual Holiday Luncheon next Friday will receive an opportunity to win a pair of tickets, as well as have the opportunity to increase your odds of winning by purchasing additional entries at the luncheon-must be present to win!

The event takes place December 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rainier Golf and Country Club.

Attendance is open to guests as well as members, however space for the Luncheon is limited. Please follow this link to register and for more information .

You can also register by calling the office during regular office hours (206) 575-1633 or emailing Emma Oglesby, Membership Service Director, at

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