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It’s December 1st, and we all know what comes next….

December 1st, 2016 by Mike

Today is December 1st, the day when, every year, NORAD launches its annual Santa Tracker!

As I write this, the official NORAD Tracks Santa website is live!

It will be the 61st year the North American Aerospace Defense Command, now using volunteers, has tracked Santa’s progress across the world.

According to a story by our news partner The Seattle Times:

The air command authority has in the past said it uses the heat signature from Rudolph’s nose to follow St. Nick over the continents and nations from Australia and Africa to South America and the United States.

The tradition has grown to include multiple agencies and hundreds of volunteers who typically answer more than 100,000 phone calls on Christmas Eve. First Lady Michelle Obama has been among the NORAD volunteers in years past.

For more information visit the Official NORAD Santa Tracker, or call 877-HI-NORAD or email noradtrackssanta@outlook.com on Christmas Eve.

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One dog lost, one dog found

November 28th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Same dog, home now.

Karri emails this morning:

“‘Hercules’ ran out of the house this morning from 9212 8th Ave. N.E. He has a serious medical condition and needs medication twice a day.

If you see him, he likely will come for food and any food is OK to feed him.

Please call Dave at 206 854 3052 if you see or have him. Thank you!

And over at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf Sarah writes:

“While walking my own dog this morning, I found a tagless shivering pom/chihuahua mix (I think) running in the street at Northeast  94th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“I took him to the local vet and they found no microchip. I’ve posted on craigslist, knocked on doors, and walked around near where I found him. Anyone know this doggy?”

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The return of the Boy Scout Christmas trees

November 26th, 2016 by Mike

The local Scout Christmas Tree lot opens for business today, just across from the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park!

Boy Scout Troop 151 emails:

Thanks again for last year’s coverage of our Christmas Tree Lot, we saw our business increase, allowing us to provide a better program.

Once again we are selling Christmas Trees at St. Catherine’s Church Parking Lot  at 8610 Eighth Ave. N.E.

Our hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on 11/26/2016 & 11/27/2016, Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. On all Saturdays and Sundays in December.

All funds raised are uses to provide an outdoor education and leadership program to Boy Scouts in our neighborhood. This year we are planning a 50-mile canoe trek on Ross Lake.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2016 by Mike

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Construction on Monday near 15th Ave. at N.E. 85th

November 20th, 2016 by Mike

The old Waldo Hospital is no more, and construction is well along on its replacement: Aegis Ravenna, an 8o-unit assisted living home.

Ania Pastuszewska, project engineer, emails:

Monday will be very busy hear near Northeast  85th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

We scheduled the second of four major concrete pours, so please expect about eight concrete trucks per hour cycling through the site. The next two pours will follow in the early December. We will be all cleaned up and quiet for the Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate your patience and cooperation to keep the west side of 14th Avenue Northeast clear for truck access on the pour day. THANK YOU!!

We (Compass Team & our Subcontractors) wish you a peaceful and warm Thanksgiving.

Courtesy Aegis at Ravenna.

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Two community events at Green Lake

November 18th, 2016 by Mike

Luminaries at Green Lake Dec. 10th.

The annual Pathway of Lights returns to Green Lake from 4:30-7:30 p.m. “rain or shine”.

From Seattle Parks and Recreation:

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

Join Hands Around Green Lake Saturday Nov. 19th from 12:30-2 p.m.

Inspired by the Hands Around Lake Merritt solidarity protest in Oakland, this event aims to get enough people (2,700, they say) to join hands all the way around Green Lake (2.8 miles) in “a single loop of unity…against racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia.”

For more see The Stranger post here.

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High winds expected today until 3 p.m.

November 12th, 2016 by Mike

Update 2 p.m. High of 26 mph just after 10 a.m. at Maple Leaf Life South.

Expect winds locally today to gust as high as 45 mph, the National Weather Service in Seattle forecasts.

* TIMING…STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN BREAK TREE LIMBS FALLING ONTO ROADS…VEHICLES…AND ROOFTOPS. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

Otherwise, expect rain during the daylight hours, but diminishing in the afternoon. Up to a tenth of an inch.

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Car into tree near Northgate Mall this morning, driver dies

November 11th, 2016 by Mike

From our news partners at The Seattle Times:

Seattle police are investigating a fatal single-car crash near Northgate Mall.

A car apparently struck a tree around 9:30 a.m. Friday at Northeast Northgate Way and Third Avenue Northeast, killing the driver.

The gender and age of the driver were not immediately released.

KOMO adds:

Images from Air4 show the front-end of the classic car completely smashed.

Traffic was rerouted in the area, and a tow truck was brought in to remove the car after the scene was processed.

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North Precinct detectives seek to return items found in storage locker burglaries

November 10th, 2016 by Mike

A very small sampling of what police recovered.

This just in from the Seattle Police Department’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

North Precinct burglary detectives have recovered hundreds of stolen items from a suspected burglar’s storage locker and are now looking to return them to their rightful owners.

Over the past year, police have been investigating a series of break-ins targeting storage units in Lake City, Fremont and Downtown Seattle. After a great deal of sleuthing, detectives were able to identify the suspect and served a warrant on the man’s own storage unit downtown. Inside the 15 x 8 room, police found more than a thousand items, believed to have been stolen from other storage units around Seattle.

Detectives have already returned some of the recovered items–including military discharge papers, a watch and even a banjo–but believe many of the items found in the locker have not been reported to police.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a storage unit break-in this year, detectives ask that you review the gallery of photos below and contact police to claim your items. If you believe one of the items  is yours, please have your case number ready and call (206) 684-5735.

Detectives have identified the suspect and are still working to arrest him.

To see many, many more pictures of items, go the the police blotter here.

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Help local families, kids, this holiday season

November 10th, 2016 by Mike

A Subaru full of bears on their way to last year’s Holiday Helpers.

You are invited to help 235 local low-income children have a brighter holiday season.

Please  consider becoming a “Holiday Helper” for the oldest nonprofit serving children in the state of Washington – the North Seattle Family Resource Center of Children’s Home Society in Lake City.

There are many ways to help – you can buy gifts from a child’s wish list, buy a $25 grocery gift card, make a cash donation, or donate individual, unwrapped gifts for kids.

This is the center’s 21st year of helping local families with the holidays. All the children are served by the center and live in the North Seattle area, including in the 98115 and 98125 zip codes.

For details, please contact HolidayHelper@chs-wa.org or 206-364-7930.

For other information:

North Seattle Family Resource Center: http://www.chs-wa.org/NSFC.html

Children’s Home Society http://www.chs-wa.org/

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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The Parade of Costumes is on!

October 30th, 2016 by Mike

The Parade of Costumes, 3:45 p.m. at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

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A Maple Leaf Howl-O-Ween (list of events)

October 28th, 2016 by Mike

First, of course, there’s Howl-O-Ween at the Dog Oasis. (Last year: 232 kids. Six dogs.)

Corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street. Y’all come on by Monday eve.

The big Halloween event in the neighborhood is the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes this Sunday.

Follow the link for more details, but it starts at 3 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron on Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Other events:

* Pumpkin Carving this afternoon (Friday 4 p.m.) at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. N.E.

* Pumpkin P-Patch Promenade, 6 p.m., Maple Leaf P-Patch Community Garden, 5th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 103rd St.

Gardeners will give candy and glow bracelets out from 6-7:30p.m.  to neighborhood trick or treaters.

Parking is very limited. Best bet is to park in the lower metro/ngate park and ride lot at 5th Ave. N.E. and  N.E. 103rd, and cross the street to our garden. Do not park in the medical bldg lot next to theP-Patch They tow.

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Lost cat Peaches missing here since Wednesday

October 23rd, 2016 by Mike

Update: She’s home

Desirae today emails:

“Hello, our sweet cat Peaches has been missing since Wednesday morning. We are putting flyers up around the neighborhood tomorrow but wondering if anyone has seen her?

“We didn’t really know where to ask people in the neighborhood. Someone recommended this blog!”

17th Avenue Northeast and Lake City Way, across from 7-Eleven. tips@mapleleaflife.com

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Storm tracking with Maple Leaf Life

October 14th, 2016 by Mike

Sunday Oct. 16:

Rain = .89 inches. Storm gone.

Saturday, Oct. 15.

9 p.m. done.

6 p.m. Wind to 33 mph.

Yes?




Ready for the storm: Northgate QFC. Same story at Walgreens.

7 a.m.

Rain = 0.95 inches.

Big Storm ETA 4 6 p.m.  Gusts 50-60 45 49 mph late this afternoon.

There is one power outage in Maple Leaf, between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, at around 100th Avenue Northeast.

Friday, Oct. 14.


2:15 p.m. New high wind speed 32 mph at 2:02 p.m.

10:30 a.m. More heavy rain, wind heading our way after short break. Wind at Sea-Tac 43mph.

9 a.m. There is a power outage in Pinehurst, just north of Northgate, affecting one customer. Otherwise, quiet rain.

7 a.m. Storm No 1 arrived (finally, some 14 hours late) at around 6:24 a.m. (Although the main front passed through six hours ago.)

Overnight rain at Maple Leaf Life south = 1.71 inches. KOMO’s Scott Sistek says Oct. 13 now the wettest day in Seattle this year.

High wind 27 mph at 12:18 a.m.

Lightning. Some thunder.

Tornado warning on the coast just expired. Wind warning here has expired, although wind advisory still in effect through 6 p.m. From the National Weather Service in Seattle:

SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL RISE AGAIN MIDDAY TODAY AND PEAK THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING…THEN EASE TEMPORARILY TONIGHT. A STRONGER STORM WILL ARRIVE SATURDAY EVENING WITH HIGH WINDS LIKELY.

* WINDS…SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH TODAY…STRONGEST MIDDAY THROUGH AFTERNOON.

* SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY NIGHT.

Seattle City Light reports one (1) customer without power (in Wedgwood),

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2016 Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday, Oct. 30th

October 11th, 2016 by Mike

Alicia this week emails: “Maple Leaf Life, as Halloween falls on a Monday, when are most neighborhoods doing trick or treating? For most families, trick or treating on a weeknight is difficult. Would it be Saturday or Sunday night for Maple Leaf?”

Our reply:

Traditionally in Maple Leaf, trick or treating occurs on the actual All Hallows Eve, i.e., Monday. (Last year we got 232 kids, 33 adults in costume, 6 dogs.)

Also, for several years now there has been a daytime Parade of Costumes through the neighborhood on the Sunday before Halloween, often drawing over a hundred kids. From talk over at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group, it looks like it’s on this year, tho we haven’t yet received anything official. -M

Now there’s a little more information on the (NEW!) Ace Hardware sign, above.

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