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Lost: Chicken. Found: cell phone, Mazda keys

November 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Sharon emails: “Missing chicken: We are missing a brown and gold Americana hen. If you see her please call: 206-992-4383. Thanks! We live on the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street.”

Another neighbor emails: “We found a phone in the lower area of Maple Leaf Park on Sunday night around 5:30 p.m.”

The battery is dead, so if somebody’s missing it let us know.

Finally, a set of keys to a recent-model Mazda was found this morning at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Help a family this holiday season

November 22nd, 2015 by Mike

A Subaru full of bears on their way to Holiday Helpers.

Looking for a way to help others in your own community this holiday season?

Children’s Home Society, the oldest nonprofit serving children in the state of Washington, is looking for donors to become “Holiday Helpers” for local low-income families served by its North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City.

“Holiday Helpers” can adopt a family and buy gifts from a child’s wish list, buy a grocery gift card or make a cash donation.

This is the center’s 20th year of helping local families with the holidays, and it hopes to find sponsors for 250 children who live in North Seattle and Shoreline, including in the 98115 and 98125 zip codes.

This year the center is partnering with Meadowbrook Community CARE and its Lake City Holiday Project, which works with nonprofits to provide gifts to low-income children.

For more details email, or call 206-364-7930.

For other information:

North Seattle Family Resource Center:

Children’s Home Society

Disclaimer: The editor’s wife volunteers for Children’s Home Society and is handling Holiday Helper donor sign-ups for the North Seattle Family Resource Center.

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Return of the Scout Christmas tree lot – plus snow coming!

November 20th, 2015 by Mike

The Boy Scout Christmas tree sale – a fixture in Maple Leaf for decades – will be open a week from Saturday in a new location.
This email from the Scoutmaster:

Boy Scout Troop 151 annual fund raising Tree Lot has found a home for the 2015 season.

The new location will be at St. Catherine’s Church, in the back parking lot off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas Trees in the Maple Leaf Neighborhood since 1934.

The past 30 years have been at Safeway on Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt. This year we are moving to St. Catherine’s Church.

We are open daily from November 28th until December 22nd. We will have a large selection of Noble Firs, Grand Firs, White Pine,  Spruce, and sheared Douglas Fir Christmas Trees. We also have handmade Garland and Wreaths. Our Christmas

Trees are grown and fresh cut during the season in Shelton, Washington by Hunter Farms.

We are open:

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a/m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We would like to thank Maple Leaf Life, St. Catherine’s Church and all our neighbors for their support over the past 81 years.

Speaking of holidays, there’s a chance of a white Thanksgiving. From the forecast:

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White cat Hazel missing since last week

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Victoria emails:

My beautiful cat hasn’t been home since last Wednesday night (11/11). Her last known location was Northeast  88th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

She is a domestic short-hair, all-white cat with light green/hazel eyes. Which is fitting, since her name is Hazel. She is full-bodied so she wouldn’t be picked up by someone thinking she was a stray. She is an indoor/outdoor kitty, microchipped but doesn’t wear a collar, very friendly but skittish. She chirps and meeps instead of meows.

She’s been away for a few days before, I know she gets into other people’s houses and hangs there for a bit and I wonder if she’s done that with the oncoming storm. Though, this information about coyotes in the neighborhood has me worried.

Please, if anyone has seen her, call or text Victoria at 206.422.7087. Or leave a comment here. Any information is welcome. Thank you.

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Windstorm updates in Maple Leaf

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Update 3 p.m.: Scott Sistek at KOMO says peak winds here have passed.

11 a.m. So far only one neighbor appears to have lost power.

The average wind speed is 11 mph. The highest gust so far was 29 mph at 9:49 a.m.

At West Point (Magnolia) a wind gust hit 55 mph, according to KOMO.

In Seattle, nearly 1,800 5,000 City Light customers are without power.

The high wind warning is in effect until 4 6 p.m.

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Rain overnight in Maple Leaf: 1.79″

November 15th, 2015 by Mike

Snow is being reported this morning in Tacoma, Puyallup and Eatonville. Also, Auburn.

The south hill in Puyallup is 400 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service says.

Maple Leaf is at 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

So far, though, just rain.

Totaling 1.79 inches overnight plus .95 inches overnight Friday into Saturday.

The rain is expected to slack off after 10 a.m. before a triumphant return Monday night into Tuesday.

PS: The current forecast discussion posted by the National Weather Service/Seattle speaks of a possible major windstorm here on Tuesday.

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Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for all-staff training

November 13th, 2015 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17, because of an all-staff in-service day. The majority of classes and programs will not be running, however, all enrichment programs taking place outside of community centers and at schools will operate as usual.

All pools will be closed, except Ballard Pool will be open for the following programs:

  • Early Morning Lap Swim, 6:-7:30 a.m.
  • Aqua Jog Fitness Class, 11:10-11:55 a.m.
  • Adult and Senior Swim, Noon-1:15 p.m.
  • Three lane lap swim/Public Swim, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Public Swim, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Shallow Water Exercise/Hydro-Fit/Two Lane Lap Swim, 8:30-9:15 p.m.

The following enrichment programs will operate, but all other activities at community centers will not take place:

  • Ballard Community Center: School-Age Care, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Ballard Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center: Before- and After-School programs at Bitter Lake Annex will be open for regular program hours.
  • Green Lake Community Center: Preschool, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Loyal Heights Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Magnolia Community Center: School-Age Care, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Magnolia Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Amy Yee Tennis Center and golf courses at Jackson, Jefferson, Interbay and West Seattle will be open on their regular schedules.

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Return of Maple Leaf’s street mural

November 13th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s street mural on Northeast 98th Street is back.

Tara writes:” The street art on Northeast 98th Street (between 15th and 12th avenues northeast) was covered up by the recent chip sealing. It was just redone. Looks great!”

She actually sent these photos in mid October, but we were saving them for use in brightening up an otherwise wet, windy day.

Thanks, Tara!

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Updated: Reports of mail theft continue in Maple Leaf

November 12th, 2015 by Mike

Update Friday 11/13:

A neighbor on Eighth Avenue Northeast reports her locked mailbox was pried open, the contents taken and the box destroyed, sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Update 2:30 p.m.:

From Nextdoor Northgate/Mapleleaf:

Sorry to report that a set of locked mailboxes were pried open (guessing with a crow bar) and mail was stolen. This was in broad daylight and probably shortly after the mail was delivered in the early afternoon.

Police have been contacted, but if anyone saw anything or anyone suspicious please report it. (Location was Second Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street.)

We have lived in Maple Leaf for over 20 years. I am so sad that our neighborhood seems to have taken a real turn for the worse lately.


John emails this morning:

“Second known mail theft from Northeast 97th Street in two weeks (not counting the suspicious character we confronted recently on Eighth Avenue Northeast).

“11/12/15 8:20 a.m. I found 2 letters in the gutter in front of the school from one of my neighbors on 97th. Outbound bills, opened, checks missing.

“DO NOT MAIL CHECKS FROM YOUR MAILBOX. At best, your payment will vanish. At worst, the thieves will wash your checks and forge them. And anything else you mail this way is liable to disappear — they don’t know your letter to Mom doesn’t have a check in it until they’ve stolen and opened it. Forget all about that red flag on your mailbox — I haven’t used mine in 20 years.

“Certain types of pens (”uni-ball”, among others) have special inks formulated to get trapped in the paper and resist washing or other document alteration (some documents are required to be signed in blue or color to make photocopying more difficult).

“I never have anything delivered to my door — I have things delivered at work. While walking my dog, I have found stolen/emptied Amazon boxes numerous times. Finding batches of stolen mail is almost routine.

“Here’s a fun hobby project for you tech-savvy folks: if they can get good video of snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan with a camera trap, it couldn’t be too hard to bait a mailbox in Maple Leaf.”

The map shows police reports of mail theft in Maple Leaf so far this year.

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NEST is looking for volunteers

November 10th, 2015 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site WedgwoodView.

NEST is searching for friendly and enthusiastic new volunteers to engage in a variety of activities.

North East Seattle Together (NEST), is a local non-profit building a sustainable, inter-generational community in NE Seattle. They exist to support neighbors helping neighbors grow older in their homes with confidence, joy, and peace of mind.

By acting as a resource to connect volunteers with members, they encourage the use of your personal skills & interests to make a difference in your community. The possibilities are endless.

Volunteering happens based around your own schedule and availability.

Give them a call or send them an email and they would love to answer all of your questions.

You can contact them at 206-525-6378 or

Visit their website for more information or to apply under “Volunteer Opportunities.”

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Roosevelt High jazz band performs “Jazz Nutcracker”

November 10th, 2015 by Mike

Sarah emails:

The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will perform the Jazz Nutcracker on December 5th and 6th.

The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn is a 1960s take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. The Roosevelt Jazz Band is one of the few bands in the United States to have the score.

Ellington reworked Tchaikovsky’s tunes into swinging versions; ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ becomes ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ and ‘Arabian Dance’ is now ‘Arabesque Cookie.’

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre – 1410 N.E. 66th St.

Tickets are required and seating is unassigned. $15.00 adults, $12.00 students and seniors.

To purchase tickets and for more information go to:

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Veterans Day (Wednesday) closures

November 7th, 2015 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site PhinnyWood.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, which is a federal holiday. That means schools, banks and post offices will be closed, along with all branches of the Seattle Public Library and many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities.

Parks facilities that will be closed:

  • Community centers
  • Teen life centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

All boat ramps will remain open, along with the Amy Yee Tennis Center and golf courses at Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle.

Woodland Park Zoo is offering free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification on Veterans Day. Also, up to four accompanying family members with valid ID will receive $5 off regular zoo admission on Veterans Day. The zoo’s winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fairview Church Holiday Bazaar is today

November 7th, 2015 by Mike

Today is the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Fairview Church in Maple Leaf.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 844 N.E. 78th St.

Get an early start on holiday shopping with vendors, hand-crafted items and baked goods.

(Entrance to the parking lot is on Northeast 79th Street between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast.)

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Wanted: Local home for Scout Christmas tree lot

November 4th, 2015 by Mike

Local Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas trees for the past 34 years from the parking lot of the Safeway at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street.

That’s not working this year, writes Bob Brotherson,  Scoutmaster.

“Troop 151 needs a location with power and parking in order to continue with our Tree Lot. The troop uses funds raised to finance their outdoor education program, which includes monthly camp-outs, Boy Scout Summer Camp, long-term camping programs, and community service projects.

“Any help in finding a new location would be great,” writes Brotherson, who needs a location in the next few weeks or he’ll have to cancel the Tree Lot.

“Boy Scout Troop 151 was started in the Maple Leaf neighborhood in 1928,  and has sold Christmas Trees since 1934.”

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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by Mike

You’ve had that ballot for weeks.

It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.

As we wrote in October:

Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.

For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.

If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.

Specifically on the transportation levy:

If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.

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