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Little Gym moves north to former pharmacy

August 24th, 2016 by Mike

The Little Gym, long a Maple Leaf fixture just to the south on 15th Avenue Northeast, is moving north – to the site of the former Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

Bob Jackman, son of the original pharmacy owner, confirms the gym will be relocating to the corner of Northeast 89th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

“They will have some work to do getting it ready but are quite interested in bringing their work to the neighborhood and people seem excited about it.”

The space has been empty since October.

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Armed robbery on N.E. 89th Street this afternoon?

August 2nd, 2016 by Mike

Update Aug. 3: There is now a partial police report for ROBBERY-STREET-GUN.

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Neighbors report a young woman was robbed at gunpoint this afternoon on Northeast 89th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.

Several police cruisers responded, although there’s nothing yet on the Seattle Police incident response map.

According to neighbors, the young woman was walking on N.E. 89 when a foreign car, possibly a BMW, with tinted windows and red rims pulled up.

Two woman got out of the car, pointed a gun at the young woman, and took her purse, they said. The car sped off north on 12th Avenue Northeast.

Police were said to be interested in anyone with surveillance cameras on 12th N.E. that might have recorded the car.

We have a call into Seattle Police.

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Missing black lab Maya

July 27th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Maya is home.

Tori emails:

“LOST DOG:

“Her name is Maya, she is a 6-month-old, medium (30 lbs), black labradoodle. She jumped the fence at Grandma’s house near Sacajawea Playground Northeast 94th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle at 10 a.m. (Tuesday).

“She was wearing a red harness but does not have tags or a microchip.

“My friends have only had her for a week. She is frightened of new people and cars so she will most likely run. Although she is very sweet if you can catch her.

“If you see her, have her, or have any other information please call me at: (206) 819-4533.”

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Summer Social is Wednesday in the park!

July 26th, 2016 by Mike

Update: The Social is on!


Yes (Virginia) there will be a Maple Leaf celebration in the park on Wednesday evening!

The annual Maple Leaf Summer Social will be held TOMORROW Wednesday, July 27, in the Maple Leaf Park Family Terrace (the grassy area next to the playground equipment), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If we’re counting correctly, it will be the 21st annual social.

No, it’s not clear what happens next. From the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Facebook page:

After the mayor’s announcement yesterday, a few Leaflettes have asked if there will still be a Maple Leaf Summer Social and the answer is yes, yes, YES! Things may be up in the air at the moment regarding the future of what our Community Council look like but one thing we can all be pretty sure of is that our neighborhood is strong, it will continue to be strong and do our best to represent our residents, and our community building activities and meetings WILL BE HAPPENING.

The future issue is what will happen with the community council, and the district councils, at least one of which most folks have never heard of.

There are 13 neighborhood councils, and this month Mayor Ed Murray decreed they must go.

This has not been without controversy.

For a supportive view, go here. For one of many complaints, try here. Or here. Or read Danny Westneat’s new column. Or Crosscut here.

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Found: Golden Retriever … and a Blue Budgie

July 23rd, 2016 by Mike

Update:Thanks so much! Update, I was able to get in touch with the dog’s owner.”

Nicole emails this morning:

“I wanted to write and let you know that I found a older golden retriever at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 90th Street last night about 10:30 p.m.

“I drive the neighborhood a little bit without success. A neighbor suggested I write to you.

“I also posted an alert on Nextdoor app.

“I will be taking him to a local vet to find out if he is chipped or not.”

Update:

“No, he isn’t chipped either. He is hanging out at Northeast Veterinary Hospital (35th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street).

“The vet clinic sent out a fax to all the area clinics. No word yet.

“Thanks!”

And this afternoon:

Liz emails:

Beautiful Blue Budgie found. It is tagged and appears healthy (?).
Contact maplesisters@msn.com if this is your little guy.
Found Northeast  97th Street near 12th Avenue Northeast. Found this afternoon.

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Lost cat…named Puppyface

July 18th, 2016 by Mike

Bre emails:

We’ve lost a calico cat! Left our yard on Northeast 80th Street heading toward Brooklyn Ave Northeast Friday 7/14 a.m. and hasn’t come home.

She’s fairly shy and dopey, very sweet and loving and not very street-wise. Her name is Puppyface and she has a collar with a tag and microchip. We’re worried she is stuck in a garage or shed or new house construction somewhere probably south of the park but maybe she got adventurous (or turned around) and went north?

Contact information if seen/found: Bre Holt, 206-499-9003.

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Active search for man who fired shots near Northgate

July 15th, 2016 by Mike

Update from Seattle Police:

Officers arrested the suspect in today’s shots fired call at Woodlawn Ave. Northeast & Second Ave. Northeast. Medics took the suspect to the hospital for injuries sustained during today’s incident. Detectives continue to investigate this case and will provide updates when available.

Update: KOMO reports the man has been arrested.

The Seattle Police Department headline, within the hour (3:33 p.m.) reads: “Man Crashes Green Volvo Near Greenlake After Firing Shots Near Northgate.”

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of Northeast 80th Street, so he took off running.

Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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Police seek witness to attempted child luring

July 14th, 2016 by Mike

This afternoon Seattle Police issued a press release with the title: “Man in Distinct Orange Car Arrested After Trying to Lure 12-Year-Old Girl.”

The incident occurred just north of Maple Leaf on Wednesday.

A 50-year-old man is in custody for child luring following an incident that occurred in North Seattle yesterday afternoon.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a luring incident near Northeast 125th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. Officers located the victim seeking refuge in a business. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, told officers that a man driving an orange, older model Ford Crown Victoria made contact with her and offered her a ride, which she refused. The suspect then became more aggressive and demanded that the she get into the car. A witness saw this interaction and yelled for the girl to run to safety. The girl ran to a nearby business until police arrived.

Officers began an exhaustive search for the orange car and the man driving it. Officers found both at a nearby parking lot. When officers approached, they saw the man with his erect penis sticking out of his pants, an open bottle of whisky at his side and a fixed blade knife within easy reach. The victim recognized both the car and the suspect. Officers arrested him and impounded his orange car.

The suspect is in King County Jail and a Sexual Assault detective has been assigned to investigate.

The adult witness was no longer on scene when officers arrived. Detectives would like to speak to her or any other person who saw this crime, or is aware of any other involving the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Assault Unit at 206 684-5575.

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Maple Leaf lifestyle research study needs your help

July 12th, 2016 by sarawilly

A sponsored post from Fieldwork Seattle

A private study is being conducted in the Northgate and Maple Leaf
neighborhoods to talk individually with residents about their lifestyle, interests, and how they get around town.
In-home interviews are being scheduled for July 16-19, and qualified study participants will be paid for their time.
Make a difference in the products and brands that matter to you and your community.
Contact John Pizzalato today and say you are interested in the:
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Lost cat Wasabi – missing all month

July 7th, 2016 by Mike

Nathan emails today:

“I live near the cross streets of Northeast 92nd Street and 20th Avenue Northeast.

“My year and half old cat Wasabi has gone missing. Last seen at the house on July 1st Friday. Attached are some pictures. She has left for 4 days once before but due to the length of time and the fireworks we are worried with this circumstance.

“Posting some of this information and pictures on your site would be much appreciated!”

If you’ve seen Wasabi, leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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Fireworks damage in Maple Leaf?

July 5th, 2016 by Mike

On the morning after, James emails:

My car was parked on the west-side of Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast near my home. I saw this morning that there were two impacts on the top of my windshield. One was above the windshield on the car itself causing some dents, and another on the windshield itself which hit the glass with force.

The windshield is damaged beyond repair since a portion is crushed and cracked on the drivers passenger side. I collected a bit of dust from the car dent, and it looks like firework powder (could also be finely crushed rock).

After work today I will make a non-emergency report with the SPD, and I should be insured, however I feel pretty jilted at the thought of people being careless with fireworks. Someone suggested it was probably someone tossing it out of their car, which is also a possibility.

Has anyone else reported similar incidents from the 4th?

We haven’t heard of any, although if readers have you can leave comments on our Facebook page.

Our last report on neighborhood car prowls is here.

The Seattle Times has a report on fireworks injuries here.

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Maple Leaf Woman Dives into Obliteride to Help Cure Cancer

June 28th, 2016 by Mike

Sarah at the finish line.

This is a sponsored post.

“Obliteride is a way to contribute to cancer research, to finding treatments and potentially cures, in a fun and social way:” Sarah Zurat – Maple Leaf Resident

Sarah Zurat thinks about cancer every day but it’s not for the reasons you might think. The Maple Leaf woman works as a cancer information specialist, providing resources, information and referrals to anyone affected by cancer. Sarah says while her work is rewarding, it’s not always fun or social. That’s where Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch, comes in.

Sarah is excited for her third Obliteride this summer. She admits signing up the first time was a bit scary. “I was a little intimidated but knowing there were shorter distances helped me to commit,” said Sarah. “There are so many distance choices so everyone can find one that’s right for them, including kids who want to ride!”

This year, Sarah says she’s looking forward to riding 50 miles in Obliteride because it’s so inspiring. “I get to see cancer survivors whisk by me and think, I am so grateful not only that they are alive, but that they are alive and well and riding in this event,” said Sarah. “There is an incredible community atmosphere of Obliteride that is filled with inspiration, persistence, resilience, respect and pure joy.”

Sarah is kneeling, on the right, wearing Hutch baseball hat and glasses.

Sarah rides with many colleagues and friends on team 800-4-Cancer. She says one of her favorite memories of Obliteride was when she and her friends jumped into Lake Washington halfway through the ride. “It was so warm and I didn’t have a swimsuit but since I was wearing fast dry clothing I knew it would feel great,” said Sarah. Since Obliteride is a ride and not a race, Sarah says she went for it. “I asked if anyone else from my team wanted to go in the lake and there was a group of us that jumped in. It was great! If it’s hot out, I plan on doing it again this year!”

Obliteride

Sarah is kneeling on the right without a helmet.

Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone.

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster

Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.

“Just do it!” said Sarah. “Really, you will thank yourself afterwards! It’s a great family and community event, so get a friend or a family member or a colleague to join you.

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at obliteride.org.

If you would like to donate to Sarah’s ride, go to her personal fundraising page. http://bit.ly/1XSXWd6

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Lost dog, lost keys, new restaurant in neighborhood

June 27th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Zorro is home safely.

Zorro is a 10-month-old puppy. He escaped from near Northeast 103rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

Patty emails over the weekend: “Wanted to see if someone reported a lost set of keys (VW fob and some house keys) tonight (June 24th) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.?”

If so, leave a comment on our Facebook page. The keys were lost near Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

Finally, Valarie emails: “Today I drove past the former Hudson House and saw that it has been re-named Ravenleaf. Here is the link to the webpage which says the expected opening is in mid-July: http://www.ravenleafph.com/

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More car prowls, attempted Northgate robberies, a police picnic

June 24th, 2016 by Mike

First, the attempted robbery, Wednesday afternoon at a grocery store just north of Maple Leaf, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took a couple of sandwiches and combination meals they had ordered and then put the items inside a backpack. The group then left the store without paying for the items. When the Loss Prevention Officer contacted the group outside of the store, one of the suspects produced a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade. The Loss Prevention Officer backed off, and the suspects ran off northbound.

Officers were called and located the trio hiding several blocks away. One of the suspects was listed as a runaway and had a misdemeanor warrant. The three suspects were positively identified and arrested. It is believed that the same three suspects were involved in a similar robbery at a store at the Northgate Mall a week earlier, where they set off a fire extinguisher in a security office and attacked a security guard.

On car prowls, on Thursday police released year-to-date figures that show, in the North Precinct, as usual, Northgate leads all the rest:

This is not true for the entire city, though. Both downtown and Queen Anne have hundreds more than Northgate so far this year.

The full graphics are here.

Last month police reported we were fourth in car prowls. In March, and by different metrics, we were No. 1. (more…)

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Olympic View book sale is this afternoon, Saturday

June 17th, 2016 by Mike

From Maple Leaf Parents:

The Olympic View “Summer Soar” Annual Children’s Used Book Sale is tomorrow Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View in the hallway in front of the main office. We have books for kids from birth to young adult. Prices are only 50¢-$2. Come and stock up on books for the summer!

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