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Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday afternoon

October 24th, 2014 by Mike

What has become the tremendously successful annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rick’s Chevron.

The full route will take a little over an hour to walk. Rick’s Chevron is at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

This is the sixth year for the parade. Last year it ended with the ceremonial opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – yes, our new park is a year old! – and that’s where it will end this year, too.

Here’s the flyer, if you want to print it out (you’ll need to click through twice): parade flier_2014

Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Rain or Shine — so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.

In precious years the parade has drawn well over 100 neighbors (and numerous furry dogs). This year’s attendance may be weather dependent (70 50! percent chance of rain).

From the organizers:


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Two spill reports from Thornton Creek

October 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Monday’s tanker accident on Interstate 5 near Northgate has brought two reports of contamination in Thornton Creek.

Dana writes:

As a result of the accident there was a fuel spill into Thornton Creek. I took the attached photos around 8:30 a.m., showing a hazmat team responding at the corner of 5th & 103rd. My husband ran past the same corner around 6:15 am and said there was a very strong fuel odor coming from the creek at that time.

This is especially unfortunate considering that major restoration work had just been completed along this section of the creek, which I think you’d reported on previously.

And on Wednesday Chris wrote:

“I was down on Thornton Creek at the end of Ninth Avenue Northeast this afternoon, downstream of the beaver pond (and thus downstream of the absorbent materials placed in the creek). There is still a pervasive smell of diesel from Monday’s accident/spill, despite heavy rain and high water. Poor, poor creek.”

Additionally, the Thornton Creek Alliance is holding a meeting at 7:15 p.m. today and will have a briefing on the  spill. The meeting is at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

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Rain continues – but comments return to site!

October 23rd, 2014 by Mike

It rained 1.37 inches on Wednesday here at Maple Leaf Life South — right in line with the 1.39 inc hes the National Weather Service reported in north Seattle.

And it’s still raining this morning (and all week). With possible thunderstorms later today.

The possible windstorm this weekend look a little weaker, though. “The solutions have shifted a bit, but right now it looks like we will have a decent blow on Saturday night, but not an historic windstorm,” Cliff Mass posts.

In good news, the month-long wrangle we’ve had with spammers bloating the comments section of this site appears to be over. So, welcome back!

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Clean those gutters and storm drains – front’s moving in NOW

October 21st, 2014 by Mike

This just in from the National Weather Service in Seattle:

A front will bring heavy rain and wind to Western Washington this evening through early Wednesday….

1 to 2 inches of rain is expected for the interior lowlands. Expect strong southerly winds throughout Western Washington.

And it doesn’t stop there. On Monday Cliff Mass posted:

An atmospheric river, a warm current of large amounts of water vapor, will be approaching our region starting later tomorrow (Tuesday), but it will be coming from a less frequent direction: the west. And the result will be the heaviest rainfall to strike our region since last winter.

Finally, a number of the modeling systems are predicting that a deep low pressure center will approach our coast on Saturday morning.

It will take a few days for the solutions to stabilize…but this is worth watching….

The latest run is in…and it is getting more threatening for western Washington! This is valid 5 AM Saturday. Only a 108 hr forecast…close enough that you got to be concerned. 985 hPa low. This would be a major windstorm folks.

And by 10 AM Saturday, the low moves north of Puget Sound after crossing the Olympics…the most threatening windstorm path. I am going to COSTCO tomorrow to buy batteries.

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Bad morning gets worse – woman hit by car on Roosevelt

October 20th, 2014 by Mike

Update: WSDOT tweets: We’re going to keep I-5 express lanes SB until 1 pm as we continue to try to recover from earlier major collision at Northgate.


As this morning’s horrendous traffic was clearing from the near-closure of Interstate 5 southbound, a female pedestrian was struck by a car at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 108th Street.

KIRO tweeted this photo. Lanes are blocked northboundOne lane of Roosevelt is blocked in either direction.

The victim has life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. and was near Northgate Mall, which is also where this morning’s collision of two trucks shut down traffic on I-5.

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Two local dogs reported missing today

October 17th, 2014 by Mike

This just in….

Missing two dogs.

Dexter male brindle Pitt bull and Nala large tan mix with short tail.

Call Karri 206 679 3815 Escaped from yard, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 92nd Street.

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Candidates and campaigns forum is live tonight

October 15th, 2014 by Mike

Tonight’s Candidates & Issues forum is live now at Olympic View Elementary.

Around a half-hundred neighbors, candidates and issue advocates are present.

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Mid-October news from around Maple Leaf

October 15th, 2014 by Mike

Some news nuggets while we fight with our highly annoying comment issue:

Tonight’s candidates and issues forum starts at 7 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School. The Maple Leaf Community Council is providing free licensed child care.

Skipper the cat is missing from nearby Ravenna, and Robin wants to know if he’s been spotted.

“Lost domestic short-hair orange male tabby with very short tail. Skipper went missing on Oct. 10th, he has a hangy-belly and is very friendly and will follow the hand that feeds him. We miss him very much and hope to find him again. If you have seen Skipper please contact Robin Stacy at 206-372-4118. “

Skipper lives at Second Avenue Northeast and Northeast 68th Street.

Kiddie Parade of Costumes this year will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26th, at 3 p.m. Details TK and to be posted here. For last year’s photos (and the official opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park) go here.

Native Plant Sale at the Perkins School, 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E.,will be held this Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 10-4 p.m.

Sidewalks and speed cameras. The current hard-copy issue of the Community Council newsletter, which should have arrived at your home by now, discusses the possibility of sidewalks along 20th Avenue Northeast near Sacajawea Elementary. You can read more there, but note the funding might come from “larger-than-expected revenue from the City of Seattle’s school-zone speed cameras.” ???

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Welcome to the new crosswalk at Roosevelt and N.E. 85th

October 13th, 2014 by Mike

Mike emails:

Seattle DOT completed a new crosswalk at Northeast 85th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The crosswalk is located at the entrance to the upper section of Maple Leaf Park.

As a Maple Leaf resident, parent, and member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, I am extremely grateful to Seattle DOT for the installation.

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Candidates and issues here on Wednesday night

October 13th, 2014 by Mike

A long list of politicians and issue advocates are invited to the Candidates & Issues Forum this Wednesday evening.

You’re invited, too.

Details are in this quarter’s Maple Leaf Community Council newsletter, which should have arrived at your house in the last week. The council sponsors the forum, which runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

This is a really important meeting for our community. If we have 100 people there, it boosts our credibility when we go to elected officials and ask for their help.

Ballots should begin arriving in the mail on Oct. 17th.

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Thunderstorms heading our way – now!

October 11th, 2014 by Mike

Update 6 p.m.: Over a half-inch of rain before stopping. Plus hail.

5:15 p.m.

We just heard the thunder.

The National Weather Service Seattle office posted this four minutes ago:






Earlier today traffic snarled throughout the region as heavy showers swept through, and the area saw its first tornado warning in 17 years.

As Cliff Mass posted earlier:

And this week should be a shock to some. Showers today. Generally dry on Sunday and Monday day. But they the celestial spigots will turn on.

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Share your stories Thursday at Northgate Library

October 8th, 2014 by Mai Ling

You’re invited to join the Seattle Storytellers Guild from 6-7:45 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 9, at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Cynthia Westby and Patty Zeitlin from the guild will kick-off the open-mic night with a brief introduction to the art of storytelling at 6:30 p.m., then let the storytelling commence.

Refreshments starting at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Listeners and tellers alike are encouraged to attend!

Westby, the Seattle Storytellers Guild’s president, is a storyteller, writer, teacher and coach with a diverse background ideal for creating personal stories. Zeitlin, vice president of the guild, is a songwriter, storyteller, author of two books, a poet and playwright, with many albums of original songs for children, and one for adults.

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Portage Bay moving to Roosevelt & 65th

October 5th, 2014 by Mai Ling

Our partners at Wedgewood View report that Portage Bay Cafe is expanding to become a neighbor of the future Roosevelt Station. Does that mean there’s hope our nearby Northgate Station also might soon have more appeal among some of Seattle’s favorite local chains?

Wedgwood View’s hillaryu reports that:

Portage Bay Cafe signed a lease for a 3,400-square-foot space in The Rooster, a 197-unit apartment building being developed at Northeast 65th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast near Whole Foods Market. The restaurant will seat around 125 and will also include outdoor seating for summer dining.

This is the fourth Portage Bay Café for owners John and Amy Gunnar. This restaurant will continue their mission of offering organic, sustainable foods that are locally sourced whenever possible. Examples include cage-free eggs from Olympia; bacon from the Hill Meat Company and sausages made in-house with Washington’s Carlton Farms pork.

“We just really love the Roosevelt area and have been exploring the idea for awhile. We’re really proud to be a Seattle business and have been looking for more ways to expand our cafes, but also our presence as a local business that supports Washington farmers and growers and wants to be a part of the neighborhood.” says John Gunnar.

Other Portage Bay locations include South Lake Union, Ballard and the U-District.

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Car stolen Saturday morning from 90th between 5th and Latona

October 5th, 2014 by Mai Ling

Ann reports that her roommate’s car was stolen Saturday morning from the front of their house on Northeast 90th Street between Fifth and Latona avenues northeast. With help from neighbors, they’ve narrowed down the time of the crime to between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

She asks that neighbors keep an eye out for the car, which is a 1995 white Honda Accord, license plate #059ZIA. It’s been reported to the Seattle Police Department.

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Prolific North Seattle crime ring busted

October 2nd, 2014 by Mai Ling

Let your mail theft fears rest easier. According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, detectives have thwarted a prolific North Seattle crime ring that may have been behind many of our recent reports of mail theft, break-ins and other property crimes:

A stolen car, a wanted woman, and her diary detailing “what I stole today” has led SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force to unravel a prolific crime ring, which detectives believe is responsible for hundreds of break-ins, car prowls, thefts and identity fraud in North Seattle.

In all, police arrested four suspects and seized hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, IDs, and boxes of packages, stolen right off of victims’ porches, with one of the suspects telling police that unwrapping stolen packages was “like opening Christmas presents.” …

Detectives found duffel bags filled with stolen mail, more than 70 IDs, credit cards and passports, $37,000 in fraudulent checks, and mail stolen from at least 180 victims. They also found books and ledgers tracking thefts and tallying sales on online sites, as well as pages and pages of victims’ birthdates, social security numbers and credit card numbers. Detectives say the woman had created “profiles,” compiling personal information from pieces of stolen mail.

Like most of the posts on the Blotter, it makes for some juicy reading that includes details about the group that had made crime their full-time job, focusing on the U-District and Green Lake. Read the whole post here.

Despite our recent post that the “North Precinct might just be too short-staffed to respond,” Coordinated Criminal Investigations Captain Eric Sano has high hopes for the neighborhood, saying in the Blotter post: “These arrests should drastically reduce property crimes” in the North Precinct.

Let’s hope he’s right!

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