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Return of the snow? Possibly not.

January 9th, 2017 by Mike

Well, The New York Times appears to be worried.

This image arrived by email this afternoon.

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We make every effort to assure prompt delivery of your newspaper, regardless of challenging weather conditions.

But if we’re unable to prevent a significant delay, you can receive a timely alert, including an estimate of when to expect your paper.

There IS snow in the forecast for Maple Leaf, specifically between 4-10 a.m. Tuesday. Up to 1.5 inches.

However, Scott Sistek isn’t so worried.

The KOMO forecaster this afternoon posted:

“So again to recap: The farther south you are in our region, the better chance you have of getting some snow Tuesday morning. Seattle may see snow but not get much to stick. North of Seattle, snow is not seen as a factor.”

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Partial power outage in area – winds?

January 8th, 2017 by Mike

Update: The Seattle Times has a story here.

At 1 p.m. Seattle City Light is reporting over 20,000 customers without power, including in Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Phinny.

The cause is unknown apparently equipment failure, according to a video posted to Facebook by City Light. A a surge hit Maple Leaf at 11:41 a.m., briefly cutting power.

There is a high wind warning in effect until 6 p.m., but its boundaries don’t quite reach Maple Leaf.

City Light estimates power will be restored in about two hours.

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Snow to arrive overnight – UPDATE

December 31st, 2016 by Mike

Update :

Noon. Sunny. All over.

7 a.m. Sunday.

Lightly snowing here at elevation. Dusting on the ground, rooftops.

From the National Weather Service in Seattle this afternoon:

*UPDATE* Lowland snow is possible through New Year’s morning. The highest amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the East Puget Sound Lowlands, and western Whatcom and Skagit counties. Up to 2 inches are possible with locally higher amounts in the Bellevue, Seattle and Tacoma metro areas, Bremerton and vicinity, and the Hood Canal area. All other lowland areas will probably see an inch or less. For the Olympics and Cascades, 3 to 6 inches are possible. Snow will make roads and surfaces slick, so people that are out and about tonight and tomorrow morning should use caution!

The elevation of Maple Leaf is 466 feet above sea level, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. We’re the third-highest hill in Seattle.

By Monday night temperatures are forecast to hit 20 degrees.

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Plenty of property crimes here (and everywhere)

December 31st, 2016 by Mike

Nate emails this week:

We created a police report this morning related to a miter saw theft from our garage last night, but wanted to follow up with a notification to neighbors.

Our garage door sensor tripped after we had left the garage last night causing the door to go back up and leave the garage wide open without us being aware. Sometime between 5.30 p.m. last night and 8.00 a.m. this morning our Dewalt DW715 miter saw and miter saw stand were stolen. It does not appear that anything else was stolen from the garage.

We appreciate your help recovering this stolen item, or preventing similar events in the future through neighborhood awareness. Thanks.

Property crimes are frequent in Maple Leaf – and throughout the city. The map above shows police reports for those crimes – bike theft, burglaries, car prowls, mail theft – during 2016.

Can’t see the neighborhood boundaries for the crime reports? Right.

Another neighbor emails:

Hello – Overnight Dec. 29 – 30, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., our locked garage was broken into (literally the garage door was broken and forced open). The thieves stole a high-end Mercier bicycle and potentially some tools. The bike is extra small (sized for a 5-foot-2 inch person), with aero handlebars, carbon fiber stem, and a butterfly seat. It is by far the nicest bicycle I have ever owned and I want it back!

Contact me through Maple Leaf Life.

Direct comments continue to fail, but you can reach us on our Facebook page.

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City and Uber team up for safety this NYE

December 29th, 2016 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.

The City of Seattle is teaming up with Uber to offer discounted rides on New Year’s Eve.

Both new and existing customers can redeem a $10 discount on uberPOOL trips between 2 p.m. on December 31 and 5 a.m. on January 1.

Users can redeem the discount by entering the promo code SAFESTART2017 in the Uber app.

“Uber is committed to providing reliable transportation for Halloween,” said Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Washington. “We want to make it easy for people to leave their keys at home and also give them the peace of mind that they’re not putting others at risk.”

To learn more about Road Safety and Vision Zero, visit #VisionZeroSEA.

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Merry Christmas Maple Leaf!

December 25th, 2016 by Mike

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Snow coming later today!

December 23rd, 2016 by Mike

Update 4 p.m.

9:20 a.m. Snowing.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter weather advisory for up to three inches of snow here this afternoon into Christmas Eve.


The elevation of Maple Leaf is 466 feet above sea level, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. We’re the third-highest hill in Seattle.

The advisory is in effect from noon now until 3 a.m. Christmas Eve.

KOMO’s Scott Sistek isn’t so sure:

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Solstice tree in the park

December 21st, 2016 by Mike

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More theft/crime in Maple Leaf – report it!

December 18th, 2016 by Mike

Amy emails:

Hi Mike & neighbors~

I’m writing to let everyone know that lots of thefts are happening in our neighborhood right now… Can you please remind our neighbors that it is ever-so-crucial to file a police report for even the most benign theft? It’s very easy to do online, and you can even include pictures.

In a recent crime prevention meeting we learned that Officer Kennedy (the Maple Leaf community officer) was not even aware of our growing problems of mail theft, package theft (including home-delivered groceries), car prowls, etc. If a police report is not filed, the police department is not aware of the growing issue and the need to justify more patrolling (& hiring).

Crime – car prowls, mail theft, burglaries – have been a constant theme since Maple Leaf Life launched six-ish years ago.  We have never managed to demonstrate we are more victimized then the rest of the city – and we’ve tried. (Map shows police reports here since the beginning of November.)

Many neighbors appreciate news of crime occurring here. Some don’t. We’ve had people complain that the bank robbery we posted really occurred – not here! -but in some other neighborhood  (i.e., literally across the street in Northgate), that we are conflating Maple Leaf with the dreaded Pinehurst, that reporting crime news lowers their property value.

A good summation of our response(s) from five years ago is here (note the comments):

Roundup of neighborhood crimes – and why we write about them.

“We do operate on the basic assumption that it’s better to know than to not know.”

Amy continues:

In the past week alone, I’ve found…

*  several piles of stolen (& opened) mail around 12th Ave NE, 15th Ave NE, Ne 98th, NE 97th, & NE 96th.

* 2 stolen bags of home delivered groceries scattered on the sidewalk.

* an increase of empty beer bottles on the streets & in round-abouts on 12th Ave NE.

And since early November I’ve heard of several home burglaries and car prowls, and have also been the victim of similar crimes myself in the past two months.

A Twitter feed of our Neighborhood’s Police Beat (L2, aka Lincoln 2), can be found here:

Please, let’s be extra alert for one another and report suspicious activity and signs of theft, even if not of your own property.

PS: Some reporting info from SPD, so that you have it handy to relay….


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Snowing lightly but steadily in Maple Leaf

December 17th, 2016 by Mike

Update Sunday 12/18:


1 p.m. Light but steady snow here.
3 p.m. Sun.

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Last week for the Scout tree lot here

December 16th, 2016 by Mike

Remember Troop 151’s Christmas tree lot across from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park?

Here are their remaining hours. They  close after next Wednesday.

Friday 12/16- 4:30–8:30 p.m.

Saturday 12/17- 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 12/18- 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30  – 8:30 p.m.

We are closed after Wednesday.

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Maple Leaf neighborhood caroling night?

December 14th, 2016 by Mike

Over at our Facebook page, Kam has posted:

Hey Maple Leafers- I was wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a neighborhood caroling night? I would love to help organize. Maybe we could meet at the park, pick a route (similar to the Halloween trick or treating route) and sing our Christmas hearts out?

Anyone interested? I grew up in a very small town, and caroling is absolutely one thing I miss this time of year…such a pick me up! Let me know what you think!

You can leave comments on her post.

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Snow fun at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

December 9th, 2016 by Mike

Photos by Caroline Young Ullmann

Johnathan and Natalia


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Snowing in Maple Leaf – finally

December 8th, 2016 by Mike

The morning after.

8:22 p.m

Snow has finally arrived here.

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A basement fire here overnight; snow Thursday eve

December 7th, 2016 by Mike

Firefighters doused a blaze in the basement of a house in the 9200 block of 17th Avenue Northeast.

It was under control by 5 a.m. There were no injuries.

The Seattle Times has a story here.

Current thinking on Thursday’s anticipated snow is it won’t get here until evening, probably after the commute. The National Weather Service in Seattle is forecasting 1-3 inches locally, turning to rain before Friday morning.

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