December 10th, 2013 by Mike
“The Book of Changes,” a new work by veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick, is having a “virtual book launch” tonight at 6 p.m. Seattle time.
The Book of Changes, the third book of The California Quartet, will be the subject of a Virtual Book Launch on December 10th. Using Michigan Avenue Media, I’ll be on The World of Ink hosted by Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier.
This is a first-time event for me as a writer. First came the blog tours and how the virtual launch. The world is changing for us as writers, so hop on over and tune in. I’ll entertain you with a short reading from the book and share notes about the process of publishing in the new e-world.
From the web description:
“Beast”, the lead character in The Book of Changes, comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists’ model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc.
The website is here.
Use this number to call in to speak with Remick: (714) 242-5259.
Or find him on Twitter chat: #WOIjack
We’ve arranged for callers and listeners who care to sign in and/or leave a comment to get a free copy (now called a give-away) of The Book of Changes in any of three formats: MOBI, ePUB, or PDF.
For our post on Book Two of the California Quartet, go here.
From Remick: “An added note: My novel Gabriela and The Widow won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame Virtual Book Expo. We’ll be talking about that event.
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December 7th, 2013 by Mike
The Seattle City Council this week discussed a plan to pick up our garbage only every other week – similar to the way recycling is picked up.
That means possibly smelly trash cans sitting outside your house for a fortnight, instead of disappearing every (at Maple Leaf Life South) Thursday. Seattle Public Utilities ran a pilot program last year in several neighborhoods, including Wedgwood.
There’s a good piece at Crosscut.com from earlier this week:
Over 60 percent of the pilot’s participants were satisfied with their service, but lower-income and minority customers and households with diapers were more inclined to say that the less frequent pick ups stink. Increases in bad odors and rodent sightings were among the reasons customers said they were dissatisfied.
The service cuts would save SPU about $5 to $6 million annually and, according to SPU officials, reduce garbage truck traffic and incentivize recycling and composting. Garbage collection bills should go down for most customers if the council approves the new collection regimen, but households that need to upsize their trashcans to hold two weeks of waste would pay more.
Reaction has been mixed. The Crosscut piece picked up perhaps a dozen-and-a-half comments.
But when the West Seattle Blog ran a piece at the end of November, they got 72 comments, some with praise but others along this line: “RATS our city will be filthy and infested with RATS if this goes through!”
A full City Council vote will likely take place in February, with any change in service set for 2015.
What do you think? Should the city change to every other week garbage pickup, and possibly save us money?
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December 3rd, 2013 by Mike
Seattle Police say they busted a 41-year-old man Monday night near Northgate Mall in a narcotics operation that involved a police sting.
Officers, posing as potential drug customers, contacted the suspect via telephone and “ordered” an ounce of methamphetamine for $1,100 dollars. A location and time near the Northgate Mall was suggested as a meeting place. The suspect stated that he would be driving a 2003 Mercedes.
As soon as the suspect pulled into the parking lot, arrest team officers pulled in attempting to make a stop and arrest the suspect. The suspect saw the patrol cars come in and attempted to get away by ramming one of the patrol cars. The suspect rammed his Mercedes into the patrol car twice, but was pinned by other cars. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. One officer sustained minor injury when the suspect rammed the car. The patrol car had only front end damage.
The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for drugs, eluding, and vehicular assault. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s Mercedes. Methamphetamine and over $500 cash was recovered from the car and seized as part of the investigation.
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December 2nd, 2013 by Mike
At 5:40 p.m. the National Weather Service in Seattle issued this short-term forecast:
A BROAD AREA OF SNOW AND RAIN SHOWERS WITH EMBEDDED SNOW PELLETS WAS LOCATED FROM NEAR POULSBO AND KINGSTON ACROSS TO LYNNWOOD…NORTH SEATTLE…AND BELLEVUE. THE BROADER AREA OF SHOWERS IS SPREADING SOUTH AROUND 10 MILES AN HOUR AND WILL AFFECT BREMERTON…PORT ORCHARD…DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND RENTON BY 630 PM.
ANOTHER LINE OF SNOW SHOWERS WILL SPREAD SOUTH OUT OF SKAGIT COUNTY…REACHING ARLINGTON AND SMOKEY POINT AROUND 630 PM. ANY OF THESE SHOWERS WILL LEAVE A QUICK SNOW ACCUMULATION OF ONE-HALF INCH OR SO…ENOUGH TO TURN THE GROUND WHITE. HOWEVER…AIR TEMPERATURES OF 36 TO 40 DEGREES WILL CAUSE ANY SNOW TO MELT IN LESS THAN ONE OR TWO HOURS.
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December 2nd, 2013 by Mike
Update Dec. 3: Metro is holding a public hearing on bus service on Thursday, Dec. 5, at North Seattle Community College:
You can learn more about why service must be cut and how you may be affected at a public meeting at North Seattle Community College this week. We’re also inviting you to help us understand the affects these cuts will have on you.
Public meeting in North Seattle
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m.
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way N., Seattle – C1161 and North Star rooms
Update: The Seattle Times today posted a poll on how to fund transit. Click here.
As 2013 enters its final month, there is still no agreement on how to avoid serious cuts to Metro transit service next year, including the elimination of several routes that serve Maple Leaf.
As our news partner The Seattle Times explains: “In all, 74 of the 214 routes would be deleted, while other buses become more crowded or run less often.” Click here for the full list of proposed changes.
Lawmakers in Olympia, who left town after a special session earlier this month without acting on a transportation package, are still discussing a hike in the state gas tax – and part of that deal could give Metro, a part of King County government, additional taxing authority.
Meanwhile, King County is considering asking voters to approve higher sales taxes and car-tab fees if the Legislature doesn’t act.
And if legislators AND voters say “no?” Here’s our analysis:
Route 41: Quick bus downtown from the Northgate Transit Center. No change in frequency but service would stop an hour earlier (Now 1 a.m. Proposed midnight.)
Route 77: Commute hour bus downtown that runs along 15th Avenue Northeast. No changes.
Route 66 Express: From Northgate Transit Center along 5th Avenue Northeast, Roosevelt Way Northeast and downtown via Eastlake. Deleted entirely. Recommendation – take the 70 or 73
Route 67: From Northgate Transit Center along 5th Ave N.E. Deleted entirely. Recommendation – take the 73
Route 68: From Northgate Transit Center, along Roosevelt, along 25th Avenue Northeast to University Village, to UW. Deleted entirely. Recommendations – in Maple Leaf and Roosevelt, take the 73. In Ravenna along 25th Avenue Northeast, use 372 express.
Route 73: Along 15th Ave. N.E. From North Seattle through Maple Leaf, along the Ave into the University District and downtown either on the freeway or via Eastlake (depending on time of day). Revised. New route essentially replaces 66X, 67, 68, 71 and 72) and goes from Northgate Transit Center through Maple Leaf on ROOSEVELT (not 15th). Recommendations to get to North Seattle, north of Northgate Transit Center: Take the 77 during commute hours, or the 347 and 348.
We’re not transit experts, so if you have recommendations or remarks, please use the comment section to let us know.
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November 27th, 2013 by Mike
Update Nov. 29:
From the National Weather Service special weather statement this morning:
AT THIS TIME…IT LOOKS LIKE MANY LOWLAND LOCATIONS WILL ESCAPE WITH LITTLE OR NO
ACCUMULATING SNOW. REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW ON MONDAY…IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY WITH A 4-DAY WEATHER FORECAST…SO CHECK BACK THROUGH THIS WEEKEND FOR THE LATEST FORECASTS…ALONG WITH ANY POSSIBLE WATCHES OR WARNINGS.
IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TRAVELING ACROSS THE CASCADES ON SATURDAY OR ON SUNDAY…SATURDAY WILL BE THE MORE FAVORABLE WEATHER DAY FOR TRAVELERS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL ON SUNDAY…YOU MAY BEAT THE WINTRY CONDITIONS BY TRAVELING IN THE MORNING…BUT HEAVY RAIN WILL GREET YOU INSTEAD ON THE TRIP THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS.
The radio weather forecast this morning warns travelers to get home before Sunday night, when the second major winter storm of the season is expected to hit the Cascades.
It may well snow here, too, as the weekend ends. The official forecast for Maple Leaf on Monday is: “Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 37.”
A special weather statement from the National Weather Service reads:
HEAVY SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS BEGINNING LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR SUNDAY. CHANGE TO MUCH COLDER WEATHER IS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT WESTERN WASHINGTON SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.
SNOW LEVELS AROUND 5000 FEET LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY WILL RAPIDLY FALL TO BELOW 2000 FEET BY SUNDAY EVENING AND TO BELOW 500 FEET LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN THE PASSES WILL LIKELY BE QUITE HEAVY. SATURDAY WILL BE A MUCH BETTER TRAVEL DAY THROUGH THE PASSES THAN SUNDAY.
The top of Maple Leaf is 466 feet above sea level.
Cliff Mass, at the University of Washington, posted the chart at right, saying it’s hard to know how much confidence to place in current forecasts. “Here is the total snowfall for the 24h ending 4 AM on Monday. Lots of snow over the mountains (foot plus over the Cascades), with several inches over Seattle to Everett.
“The big action will be on Sunday and early Monday…unless the models change, again. You coming home from east of the Cascade crest? Perhaps better to return on Saturday.”
Traffic in town will also be affected Sunday by the Seattle Marathon.
The state transportation department notes:
The I-90 express lanes will be closed to all traffic from 5 to 11:30 a.m. when they will open in the eastbound direction.
The I-5 express lanes will be closed until 9:30 a.m., when they will reopen to southbound traffic.
The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Lakeview Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The westbound State Route 520 exit to East Roanoke Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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November 23rd, 2013 by Mike
Update Nov. 25:
Overnight we received an email from a neighbor who lives near Northeast 91st Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, saying her home was broken into on Nov. 4.
They used a rock to shatter the back door and made a mess of our house. The police arrived in 20 minutes, and we filed a police report. We also informed several neighbors. I am sorry to hear about the other nearby robberies. Maybe we should exchange security tips. Is it possible that the same thieves are behind all this?
We get too many emails that go like this one:
“Wanted to report a burglary. It happened shortly before noon today (Friday). The perps broke our basement door and climbed through. We’re at 8th Avenue Northeast Northeast and Northeast 97th Street.”
The previous burglary email came in earlier this month, from Northeast 102nd Street. At the time we noted we hadn’t rounded up burglaries since September.
The map at right shows burglaries since Sept. 9th. There are right at two dozen in the Maple Leaf area.
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November 22nd, 2013 by Mike
Lanes will temporarily close on both Interstate 5 and the Northeast 92nd Street bridge over the freeway as crews work in several new areas to bring light rail to the Maple Leaf Portal.
The portal is where the light rail trains will emerge from underground to travel along I-5 to the Northgate rail station.
For the next two months crews will be relocating utility lines along the Northeast 92nd Street bridge over I-5.
The work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Sound Transit.
It will involve occasional lane closures with flagging crews alternating traffic.
“Crews will also work beneath the bridge at night, requiring I-5 lane closures between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Nighttime work is not anticipated to rise above the noise level of the freeway.”
There’s also a related Seattle Times story here.
Sound Transit also notes the following work:
Soldier pile installation near NE 94th Street
Crews will install solider piles to support the walls of the Maple Leaf Portal excavation. This daytime activity is unavoidably louder than other typical construction noise. Nearby residents may hear a periodic clanging noise. Crews expect pile installation to take approximately three months.
Utility work at First Avenue NE and NE 95th Street
Crews will work during the day in the intersection. Crews will flag traffic around the work.
Construction staging on First Avenue NE between NE 90th and NE 92nd streets
Construction crews will use the area between the west side of First Avenue NE and the WSDOT noise wall to store equipment and materials through 2017. Crews will install a screening and security fence before using the area.
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November 22nd, 2013 by Mike
We’ve come back from our unplanned down time this week.
While the site was down the Seattle School Board approved controversial boundary changes.
Our news partner The Seattle Times has an updated story here.
You can also follow the discussion at the Seattle Schools Community Forum and at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group.
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November 18th, 2013 by Mike
Rachel emails to say “I just wanted to let you know that there was a woman going through mail on Northeast 95th Street (we are east of 15th Avenue Northeast).”
I renewed my Washington ID a couple of weeks ago and was waiting for it in the mail, until I received a phone call from a Lynnwood police officer Wednesday night stating that someone had been arrested in Lynnwood and presented my ID as their identification and that she confessed to going through mail in our neighborhood. Who knows what else she got out of our neighborhood’s mail?
We don’t get that many reports of mail theft, and in fact the Seattle Police crime report map doesn’t appear to show any reports this year.
It may be seasonal, though. Our last reports of stolen mail or packages, here and here, appeared to have some connection to the upcoming holidays.
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November 15th, 2013 by Mai Ling
The community is doing its best to make sure the winter rain doesn’t get you down with events for all ages tomorrow:
Santa Arrival Event at Northgate Mall
8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 16
Bring the kids for free treats and activities as Santa arrives at Northgate Mall!
Caspar Babypants Fall Concert
Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16
Caspar Babypants returns to Northgate Community Center for a fall concert for ages 1 and older. Cost is $5/person.
Healthy Heart Fair
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, 1550 N. 115th St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16
You’re invited for a day of fun and learning as Northwest Hospital celebrates the opening of UW Medicine’s Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital. Participate in free hands-on activities:
- Health screenings – know your numbers
- Heart healthy exercises
- Try CPR and learn how to use a portable defibrillator
- See your own heart rhythm and amazing images of the human heart
- Explore the new heart center
- Meet our physicians and providers
- Nutrition, healthy eating and heart-healthy recipes
- Heart disease and women
- Cardiac risk in children and teens
- Lowering cardiac risk by reducing stress
Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure overall long-term health, whether you’re a child, teen, adult or senior. The good news is, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of heart disease, and trying even one will make a lasting difference.
Jane Addams’ Environmental Science Carnival
Jane Addams K-8, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16
Jane Addams’ second annual Environmental Science Carnival is all the fun of a regular school carnival with a science twist! Come explore stream life, make a paper owl, throw a penguin, race a snail and pet a chicken. Concessions will include baked treats and healthy lunch options served on compostable products. The event will be in the school gyms (enter at the SW corner of the building). Tickets, good for all booths and concessions, will be sold at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Jane Addams’ PTSA. Get free tickets by bringing non-perishable food items which will go to the school’s winter break food drive. One can is good for 1 ticket (up to 5 tickets per family).
On top of all this fun, the Lake City Way branch of All the Best Pet Care (8050 Lake City Way N.E.) is celebrating its grand re-opening by offering 10 percent off everything this weekend.
Anybody know of any other area events we should add to this roundup?
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November 14th, 2013 by Mike
We received this email Wednesday evening:
I recently moved into Maple Leaf, I purchased a house in August, and I unfortunately have to report that somebody broke into my house last Friday, Nov. 8th, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 pm. I live in the 800 block of Northeast 102nd Street.
I wrote a letter and alerted all neighbors in my street, but I thought it would be good to send you a note here, in case it can be announced to a wider audience and people are alerted.
The last time we looked at home burglaries was in September. You can also search the site for key word “crime,” which will also pull up stolen and prowled cars – the most common crime here.
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November 10th, 2013 by Mike
NOTE: We’re updating the list as people add comments. Thanks!
From time to time (actually, more than two dozen times) we report on bird sightings in the neighborhood.
And now, we have a new park!
Put those two together and it’s obvious that what Maple Leaf needs is a list of birds spotted at, or from, Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.
Many birders have a “yard list” of species seen on or from their property. Here at Maple Leaf Life South, our list totals 47.
That palls when compared with the yard list compiled by Maple Leaf resident Dennis Paulson. It totals 113 avian species since 1991.
It helps that he lives above Thornton Creek. Also helps that he’s Dennis Paulson, director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound. (He also wants to hear from neighbors who spot native wildlife here.)
Back to the park. While it was under construction, and since it opened, we’ve kept an informal list of birds we’ve seen there. So far it’s not very big (15 19 species as of Nov. 10, 2013). We’d like it to grow.
* Black-capped Chickadee
* American Crow
* Peregrine Falcon
* House Finch
* Northern Flicker
* Canada Goose
* Cooper’s Hawk (being chased by crows)
* Anna’s Hummingbird (heard AND seen)
* Steller’s Jay
* Dark-eyed Junco
* Golden-crowned Kinglet
* Golden-crowned Sparrow
* White-crowned Sparrow
* European Starling
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November 8th, 2013 by Mike
Update: We’re back! Breaker failure in north substation, whatever that means. The Seattle Times is updating here.
Power out in much of Northeast Seattle!
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November 7th, 2013 by Mike
Update :Metro earlier Tweeted: “If you’re just checking in, you’re facing a wet morning with horrible traffic everywhere. You can’t leave early enough.”
A wind advisory is in effect this morning through 7 p.m 8 p.m. Expect winds gusting to 45 mph in some places.
The National Weather Service’s Seattle office issued the advisory early this morning. It also forecasts a 100 percent chance of rain (just look outside).
The screen shot at right, from Cliff Mass’s weather blog, shows the incoming storm.
WIND…SOUTHERLY WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH…BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO WEST IN THE AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND LOCAL POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.
* TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY…WITH THE WINDIEST PERIOD PROBABLY DURING THE AFTERNOON…THEN EASE THIS EVENING.
Also this, from the forecast discussion: “THE AREAS MORE LIKELY TO GET THE SORT OF GUSTS THAT MIGHT TAKE DOWN SOME LIMBS WOULD BE FROM ABOUT SEATTLE SOUTH AND ON THE COAST.”
Don’t expect anything approaching Saturday’s storm, though Mass notes: “I would not take that Westport or Neah Bay fishing trip today.
He also uses takes the opportunity to write “poisonous tail of the bent-back occlusion” – a phrase he’s used before.
“I love that phrase.”
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