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The Maple Bar to replace Maple Leaf Grill

June 16th, 2014 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Grill closed about three weeks ago.

Now there are signs a new bar will open at the site, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E.

“Please excuse our mess.  We will be reopening in August!

“The Maple Bar will be a family friendly pub during the day and cocktails, ales and wines for the adults in the evening. Open 12-12 weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. weekends.”

It’s signed: “Cheers, Libby and Heather.”

Thanks to reader Rob, who spotted the sign and noted: “A liquor license application is in the window, and it looks like they will serve hard liquor.”

The old grill was posted on Zillow as a business opportunity only (not real estate):

Maple Leaf Grill, a neighborhood favorite since 1989, is located in a charming 1920’s house with views of Mt Rainier and the Olympics. With a cozy fireside dining room & a seasonal patio for 12 overlooking their herb garden, the grill has something for everyone & is ADA accessible. This turn-key opportunity features large kitchen w/ type 1 hood, walk in cooler, and efficient floor plan that seats 49. Basement w/ prep and storage space. Room to run catering service in addition to the restaurant.

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Does Maple Leaf need more trees? (And how to get them)

June 14th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program now has an online, interactive map showing the tree canopy across the city, as well as where new trees were planted between 2009 and 2013.

A thousand in 2013 alone!

So how come Maple Leaf is behind our neighbors in tree canopy? (More green means more trees.) Even PINEHURST is greener.

Help fix this inequality when the 2014 Trees for Neighborhoods application period opens in August.

Program participants receive:

Free trees (up to 4 per household): Each year we offer a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard.

Watering bags

Training on proper planting and care

Assistance applying for street tree planting permits

Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as young tree pruning

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Lake City Farmer’s Market opens Thursday afternoon

June 11th, 2014 by Mike

The Lake City Farmer’s Market opens Thursday at 3 p.m.

The market will be open Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. until October 2nd. It’s located at Northeast 125th Street and 28th Avenue Northeast.

Berries, tree fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs, tomatoes, greens, nuts, pastured meats, bread and pastries, preserves, flowers and other in-season Washington-produced foods and farm products, including great ready-to-eat options.

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Kids plus bikes at the park today

June 6th, 2014 by Mike

The scene at the park at 2 p.m. today. Eighty-plus kids from The Perkins School (9005 Roosevelt Way N.E.) enjoy bike field day – “exercise plus safety”.”

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Garage sales being held here (or nearby)

June 6th, 2014 by Mike

New feature: This time of year we often get requests to list garage sales, yard sales, etc. We’ve never had a good way to do this, so we created this page.

The link will live on the right side of the Maple Leaf Life home page, just under “Birds of Maple Leaf Park” and Community Council.”


This is a periodically updated list of garage, yard or estate sales we’ve heard about.

Saturday, July 26

Two yard sales, one here, one in Wedgwood, to benefit feral cats and Ronald McDonald House. Details here.

Saturday July 19:

I would like to spread the news of a block yard sale this Saturday, July 19. It will be on Northeast 89th Street between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Latona Avenue Northeast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by!!

Saturday July 12:

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

834 N.E. 86th St.

Items offered, but not limited to:




-sports equipment

-men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing

-children’s games and musical instruments

Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th:

Brooke writes; A few of us are having yard sales next weekend on July 5-6th at 8 a.m., on Northeast 91st Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast. We’d like to extend an invite to other neighbors to join us as well.

Saturday June 7: 1226 N.E. 100th St.  10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

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Have you seen lost cat Leonard?

June 5th, 2014 by Mike

Update 6/6: Cathy emails: Hey! We got him! Thank you for posting that for us!


Cathy emails: “Leonard escaped the Maple Leaf Pet Corner veterinary hospital in the Wedgwood/Maple Leaf neighborhood area in North Seattle, sometime in the last 24 hours.

“We’re sweeping the area, but just in case you find a wandering cat who looks like him, please catch him gently, keep him safe, and call the phone number on his tag (360-420-7003)–my husband’s cell phone.”

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How much of a pedestrian safety problem do we have in Maple Leaf?

June 5th, 2014 by Mike

Anni emails:

I’ve lived in Maple Leaf for 12 years and live very close to the lower baseball fields on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast between Northeast 80th & 82nd streets. I have three young kids and our street is full of kids like most of the streets in the neighborhood.

I am very concerned about the speeding and overall lack of awareness from drivers that I’m seeing on our neighborhood streets.

She goes on to ask: “I’m curious to know whether anyone else has expressed this concern and if the Maple Leaf Community Council has or is planning to address it?”

And she wondered about purchasing signs, like the one above. (We’ll paste her entire email below.)

We get few tips or inquiries directly about pedestrian safety; the issue gets raised more in comments on other posts. Examples are here and here.

But the last person who directly emailed about pedestrians would agree with Anni. “Richard” wrote (in late February):

I am writing to beg my Maple Leaf neighbors to pay attention to pedestrians while driving. I run in the neighborhood several times a week and don’t think any reasonable person would believe I should be taking my life into my own hands running on the sidewalks of my neighborhood for less than three miles.

Most times the drivers are apologetic and polite when they realize how close they’ve come to hitting a pedestrian. But I’m still surprised by the number of times that drivers have blamed me in one way or another for being a pedestrian either entering or crossing the intersection they’ve pulled through.

He later added, of a specific incident: ” His immediate reaction was to get out of his car and start yelling and then drove alongside me for almost an entire block yelling out of his window for me to wear some lights. I think they’re startled to realize that they’ve almost hit someone.”

The failure of drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks irritates many residents, some of whom (Donna!) will count the number dozens of cars that whiz by while waiting to cross Roosevelt Way Northeast at the hardware store.

Certainly many Maple Leaf streets are … graced … with those green turtle statues warning of children at play. And the politics of getting marked crosswalks installed are complicated. (Be aware that the city considers all intersections to be crosswalks, marked or not.)

The Maple Leaf Community Council has been a long-time advocate for safer streets, sidewalks and crosswalks, and will likely weigh in on its current activities. (During the council’s May membership drive, it posted activity updates on its Facebook page.)

We’ve also heard from local businesses, like the Blue Saucer and the late, lamented Maple Leaf Grill, about pedestrian issues.

Here’s Anni’s entire email:


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PCC at Green Lake is open (and has free stuff)

June 4th, 2014 by Mike

The Greenlake Village PCC opened at 9 a.m. Parking underground is free, and there are plenty of samples, including tote bags, cheese and fruit.

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Shots fired here just after midnight near N.E. 94th?

June 3rd, 2014 by Mike

Two neighbors have emailed they thought they heard shots very early this morning.

One reports this from shortly after midnight: “Did anyone hear two loud bangs or gun shots, followed by sirens last night? Around Northeast 95th Street and First Avenue Northeast.”

The other report:

Last night, maybe at 12:15 a.m. I was drifting off to sleep (we live about halfway down on Northeast 94th Street off of Fifth Avenue Northeast where it dead-ends) and heard what sounded for all the world like a shotgun going off. After a short pause, another blast.

About five seconds later, a car peeling out, and that sounded a couple blocks away. After about three minutes, police sirens. Any idea what may have happened in our hood?

Not so far. Neither the police reports map nor the police and fire incident report map show any activity.

However, the real-time 911 website shows 16 fire units dispatched to First Avenue Northeast and N.E 94th about a quarter past midnight for a fire in a building.

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PCC @ Green Lake Village opens Wednesday

June 1st, 2014 by Mike

Here’s the first thing to know about the new PCC opening at Green Lake 0n Wednesday:

Free parking.

Shoppers at the Greenlake Village PCC, 450 N.E. 71st St., will have 90 minutes of free validated underground parking in 100 stalls at the village development.

Here’s the second thing: It’s very close.

The store  – the largest PCC to date, with 130 employees – is right at a mile down Fifth Avenue Northeast from the center of Maple Leaf. (From the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, 0.8 miles.)

Also, it’s open from 6 a.m. until midnight. Every day.

On Wednesday the Greenlake Village PCC will open at 9 a.m., after a 15-minute ribbon-cutting ceremony. That day it will donate 50 cents to North Helpline for every social media check-in on Facebook, Foursquare and Yelp, and going forward will offer continuing support to the food bank.

It’s PCC’s 10th store. (The existing PCC at Green Lake, re-branded Greenlake Aurora PCC, will remain open at 7504 Aurora Ave. N. It, too, is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.)

The new 27,000-square-foot store is at the site of the old Vitamilk Dairy, which operated there for 63 years. The families that owned the dairy still own the more than 3-acre property where the new Green Lake Village development is opening. (Yep, it’s the Greenlake PCC in the Green Lake Village.)

The development is mixed-use, with residential, retail and open public space. Last week it appeared only a yoga studio was operating; an Italian restaurant, Lucia, is to open in July.

During PCC’s opening week there, several special events are planned:


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Bad news this morning at Maple Leaf Park

May 30th, 2014 by Mike

The hitting wall still smelled of fresh spray paint at 9 a.m.

The other side is marked, too: “Bitch.”

(Somebody has rubbed out the “B” – thanks!

(The southeast staircase is marked, too.)

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Traffic’s backed up on Roosevelt further than the eye can see

May 29th, 2014 by Mike

The scene on Roosevelt Way Northeast outside the Maple Leaf Pharmacy. All southern routes into downtown are jammed as the backup on Interstate 5 exceeds 11 miles.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the snarls, caused when a joint on I-5 near Interstate 90 popped up, damaging at least three cars, here.

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Short-term forecast this afternoon: hail, wind, lightning

May 28th, 2014 by Mike

A short-term forecast was issued within the hour (3:16 p.m.) by the National Weather Service in Seattle:


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Find the Pappy (bourbon) this Sunday on Lake City

May 28th, 2014 by Mike

This post is from our sister site, Wedgwood View.

Bobs’ Lake City Liquors, a family owned business, is hosting an event for the right to purchase one (1) bottle of Pappy/Old Rip Van Winkle – considered by some to be the most sought-after bourbon in the country. calls the bourbon “a cultural phenomenon.

Bourbon connoisseurs have long held it up as one of the world’s best, while limited production has ensured that it is also one of the world’s most sought after bourbons. Bourbon drinkers languish for years on waiting lists at their local liquor stores just to get a bottle.

The food site last year posted an interactive map: The Pappy Locator.

The bottles vary in price from $75 to $365.

Three bottles will be sold as a result of this event on Sunday, June 1st., at the store, 9824 Lake City Way N.E. The first two bottles will be sold to the top two winners of the trivia game. And the third bottle will be sold to the winner of a random drawing of all participants.

This special bourbon sits in barrels for 10-23 years – aging to perfection. Many liquor stores auction it to the highest bidder, but Bobs’ Lake City Liquors wanted to come up with a way that was a little more fun, and affordable for everyone.

There will be 20 questions (hint: questions will focus on whiskey with maybe a few questions about Bobs’ or other topics); the participant with the most points will have first selection from four (4) choices (below). The runner up will have second choice. The participant selected by random drawing will have third choice (the first place and runner up winners will not be eligible for the drawing). Winners must purchase the bottle at the event, or else it will be offered to the next eligible winner.


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Car flips on N.E. 104th St., teens inside flee

May 26th, 2014 by Mike

A neighbor sends this photo of a car – possibly stolen – that flipped near Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

It was traveling westbound on 104th from Roosevelt Way Northeast, the neighbor said.

Four teens were in the car, got out and ran away after the flip.

The teens were described as one male African American, one male, Latino, one female Latino and African American mixed and one other female.

The kids must’ve been driving really fast, they were only half a block down when they struck a parked BMW and somehow flipped. A neighbor came out to help them when the two boys fled the scene. They left the girls in the car, who after being helped out fled themselves.

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