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Welcome to the new crosswalk at Roosevelt and N.E. 85th

October 13th, 2014 by Mike

Mike emails:

Seattle DOT completed a new crosswalk at Northeast 85th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The crosswalk is located at the entrance to the upper section of Maple Leaf Park.

As a Maple Leaf resident, parent, and member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, I am extremely grateful to Seattle DOT for the installation.

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Candidates and issues here on Wednesday night

October 13th, 2014 by Mike

A long list of politicians and issue advocates are invited to the Candidates & Issues Forum this Wednesday evening.

You’re invited, too.

Details are in this quarter’s Maple Leaf Community Council newsletter, which should have arrived at your house in the last week. The council sponsors the forum, which runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

This is a really important meeting for our community. If we have 100 people there, it boosts our credibility when we go to elected officials and ask for their help.

Ballots should begin arriving in the mail on Oct. 17th.

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Thunderstorms heading our way – now!

October 11th, 2014 by Mike

Update 6 p.m.: Over a half-inch of rain before stopping. Plus hail.

5:15 p.m.

We just heard the thunder.

The National Weather Service Seattle office posted this four minutes ago:

.NOW…

A BAND OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FROM BAINBRIDGE ISLAND TO

SOUTHERN SNOHOMISH COUNTY WILL MOVE SOUTHEAST AT 20 TO 25 MPH IN

THE NEXT HOUR. EXPECT SMALL HAIL UP TO A QUARTER INCH…BRIEF HEAVY

RAINS AND OCCASIONAL LIGHTNING WITH THESE STORMS.

Earlier today traffic snarled throughout the region as heavy showers swept through, and the area saw its first tornado warning in 17 years.

As Cliff Mass posted earlier:

And this week should be a shock to some. Showers today. Generally dry on Sunday and Monday day. But they the celestial spigots will turn on.

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Share your stories Thursday at Northgate Library

October 8th, 2014 by Mai Ling

You’re invited to join the Seattle Storytellers Guild from 6-7:45 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 9, at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Cynthia Westby and Patty Zeitlin from the guild will kick-off the open-mic night with a brief introduction to the art of storytelling at 6:30 p.m., then let the storytelling commence.

Refreshments starting at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Listeners and tellers alike are encouraged to attend!

Westby, the Seattle Storytellers Guild’s president, is a storyteller, writer, teacher and coach with a diverse background ideal for creating personal stories. Zeitlin, vice president of the guild, is a songwriter, storyteller, author of two books, a poet and playwright, with many albums of original songs for children, and one for adults.

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Portage Bay moving to Roosevelt & 65th

October 5th, 2014 by Mai Ling

Our partners at Wedgewood View report that Portage Bay Cafe is expanding to become a neighbor of the future Roosevelt Station. Does that mean there’s hope our nearby Northgate Station also might soon have more appeal among some of Seattle’s favorite local chains?

Wedgwood View’s hillaryu reports that:

Portage Bay Cafe signed a lease for a 3,400-square-foot space in The Rooster, a 197-unit apartment building being developed at Northeast 65th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast near Whole Foods Market. The restaurant will seat around 125 and will also include outdoor seating for summer dining.

This is the fourth Portage Bay Café for owners John and Amy Gunnar. This restaurant will continue their mission of offering organic, sustainable foods that are locally sourced whenever possible. Examples include cage-free eggs from Olympia; bacon from the Hill Meat Company and sausages made in-house with Washington’s Carlton Farms pork.

“We just really love the Roosevelt area and have been exploring the idea for awhile. We’re really proud to be a Seattle business and have been looking for more ways to expand our cafes, but also our presence as a local business that supports Washington farmers and growers and wants to be a part of the neighborhood.” says John Gunnar.

Other Portage Bay locations include South Lake Union, Ballard and the U-District.

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Car stolen Saturday morning from 90th between 5th and Latona

October 5th, 2014 by Mai Ling

Ann reports that her roommate’s car was stolen Saturday morning from the front of their house on Northeast 90th Street between Fifth and Latona avenues northeast. With help from neighbors, they’ve narrowed down the time of the crime to between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

She asks that neighbors keep an eye out for the car, which is a 1995 white Honda Accord, license plate #059ZIA. It’s been reported to the Seattle Police Department.

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Prolific North Seattle crime ring busted

October 2nd, 2014 by Mai Ling

Let your mail theft fears rest easier. According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, detectives have thwarted a prolific North Seattle crime ring that may have been behind many of our recent reports of mail theft, break-ins and other property crimes:

A stolen car, a wanted woman, and her diary detailing “what I stole today” has led SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force to unravel a prolific crime ring, which detectives believe is responsible for hundreds of break-ins, car prowls, thefts and identity fraud in North Seattle.

In all, police arrested four suspects and seized hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, IDs, and boxes of packages, stolen right off of victims’ porches, with one of the suspects telling police that unwrapping stolen packages was “like opening Christmas presents.” …

Detectives found duffel bags filled with stolen mail, more than 70 IDs, credit cards and passports, $37,000 in fraudulent checks, and mail stolen from at least 180 victims. They also found books and ledgers tracking thefts and tallying sales on online sites, as well as pages and pages of victims’ birthdates, social security numbers and credit card numbers. Detectives say the woman had created “profiles,” compiling personal information from pieces of stolen mail.

Like most of the posts on the Blotter, it makes for some juicy reading that includes details about the group that had made crime their full-time job, focusing on the U-District and Green Lake. Read the whole post here.

Despite our recent post that the “North Precinct might just be too short-staffed to respond,” Coordinated Criminal Investigations Captain Eric Sano has high hopes for the neighborhood, saying in the Blotter post: “These arrests should drastically reduce property crimes” in the North Precinct.

Let’s hope he’s right!

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Cat’s remains found Wednesday on 15th

October 2nd, 2014 by Mai Ling

Jan emailed us yesterday to try to locate the owner of a neighborhood cat whose remains were found that morning:

I’m sad to report that I just walked by a dead cat on the sidewalk on 15th avenue (west side between 88th and 85th). It’s a beautiful grey cat with white legs/paws. I don’t know where it lives, but I’ve seen it in the neighborhood – I’m sure the owners are missing it.

Jan reports that the remains have since been removed.

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Anyone missing a brown and white pet rat?

September 28th, 2014 by Mai Ling

Lynda on the 8900 block of 12th Avenue Northeast writes to us that she’s seen a pet rat in her yard the last couple of weeks with a brown head and back, and white sides and belly.

Does anyone know whose beautiful fancy/pet rat may have escaped or was turned loose around here? Please post a comment if you know where it belongs or if you have suggestions for humanely dealing with it.

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New Little Free Library at 97th & Roosevelt

September 26th, 2014 by Mai Ling

New Little Free Library at 97th & Roosevelt.Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the city, including in Maple Leaf. The latest one we know of is just east of Roosevelt on Northeast 97th St.:

It is fully stocked with books now and open for “business.” We hope that you will stop by to pick up (or drop off) a book (we have books for kids as well as adults). And please tell friends and other neighbors. We very much hope that it is a busy and thriving little library and that it helps get books into people’s hands!

The other Little Free Libraries we have written about include:

Are there any others in the neighborhood that need to be added to this list?

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North Precinct might just be too short-staffed to respond

September 24th, 2014 by Mai Ling

For those of you who have been wondering where the police are when allegedly stolen safes show up or when other nonviolent crimes take place in Maple Leaf, a memo leaked to KOMONews.com explains what could be to blame.

According to the confidential memo, the detectives at the North Precinct are simply too short-staffed to investigate most burglaries:

A police source said that unless burglary detectives have a suspect’s name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it’s unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved. …

The memo says at one point, 14 detectives worked burglary, theft and juvenile cases for the north precinct. Today it’s down to two detectives and an on-loan patrol officer, even though the memo says cases have climbed to 1,500 a month. The memo concludes, “misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis.”

But don’t worry, the Seattle Police Department doesn’t want us to think this is an invitation for burglars and other petty criminals to come prowling in Maple Leaf. According to MyNorthwest.com:

The Seattle Police Department insists it’s not turning a blind eye to burglaries in the north end, despite reports the north precinct is too short staffed to investigate most incidents.

And a spokesperson also has said that burglary cases also are investigated by the major crimes task force.

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Lost: Rocky the dog, Izzy the cat

September 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Update : Rocky is home, having spent the night at the animal shelter.

“Thanks to whoever picked him up and got him somewhere safe and thank you very much for posting that he was missing it meant a lot to us.”

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A tale of two lost pets.

Clayton emails:

“My highly social dog Rocky jumped the back fence of our home on Northeast 98th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast to go say ‘hi’ to the neighborhood at 6:00 on Sunday (September 21). He is a large white and tan Shepherd/Mix he is very friendly and gravitates to other dogs.

“If you should see him or have been visited by him please contact Clayton or Isla (206) 525-4823 or reach me by cell at (206) 240-0313.”

And Junko emails:

I’m hoping you might be able to help us get the word out about our lost cat, Izzie. We’ve lived in Maple Leaf for 15 years (on Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street) and thought Maple Leaf Life might be the perfect way to reach the broader community.

Missing since 8/28/2014 when she was scared off by work being done on the exterior of our house

Female, “grey” (black/brown/creme) tabby with short hair

She is people-shy and scares easily

15-16 lbs with large belly

If you see her please call: (206) 930-3154

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Pickle ball adepts: “Please don’t wreck the courts”

September 21st, 2014 by Mike

This weekend two emails arrived from Pickle Ball players at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Both are polite, and similar. They deal with a subject we figured would come up.

Jeff writes:

PLEASE, users of the wonderful Maple Leaf Park, if you see people using the pickle ball nets for something other than hitting small plastic balls across or into, PLEASE try to point out to them these nets are not going to endure that sort of thing.

He means the nets won’t take it, and notes he saw a child yanking at one.  “As of the last few weeks, one of the nets has been damaged, torn a bit in a lower side section. It is impossible to imagine this happened due to a pickle ball.”

And Nancy writes:

It seems to me that pickle ball is a new enough sport in this area that perhaps some signage would be helpful. If people see the nets as soccer nets and jungle gyms, they are going to be damaged, to the detriment of the people who want to play pickle ball. I think perhaps the community needs just a little bit of education.

She adds:

I would also like to offer the suggestion that the practice wall be removed in favor of putting up a third net and court. There is plenty of room, and people don’t use the practice board, in part because it is not a smooth surface, but has carved decorations that make the ball bounce at odd angles. I think there’s plenty of interest for a third court and I would love to support that initiative in anyway that I can.

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Crime comparison fails to show increase here

September 19th, 2014 by Mike

We get a lot of comments speculating on whether crime is increasing in Maple Leaf.

Generally speaking, the answer is “probably not,” but it’s tough to compare.

One way is to use statistics the Seattle Police Department compiles by patrol beat.

A problem is that Maple Leaf takes up chunks, but not all, of three different patrol beats in the North Precinct: Nora 3, Union 1 and Lincoln 2 (see map to right).

The beat that has the largest piece of Maple Leaf is Union 1 – that’s the chart at the top of this post.

There, the most recent  statistics for all property crimes  – burglaries, stolen cars, theft and such, the most common crimes here – are currently about in the middle of the years from 2008 to 2013. (The black line is 2013.)

Pretty much the same thing for Lincoln 2 (below).

But not so much in Nora 3 (below), where property crimes seem to be swinging up.

In other words, pretty much the same as in when we looked in 2011.

That’s not to say the statistics convey emotional meaning. For example earlier this week the rear window of a car on Northeast 92nd Street was shot out around 1:30 a.m. Neighbors heard the shots and were shocked this happened on their street.

But statistically, that incident isn’t reported as a drive-by shooting (because only a car was injured), but as a simple property crime. Specifically, “property damage – non residential.”

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Gunshots on N.E. 92nd early this morning – Subaru hit

September 15th, 2014 by Mike

“Heads up to the area,” Katie emails.

At around 1:30 a.m. between three and four gunshots were heard by several neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between Eighth and Fifth avenues northeast, followed by the sound of car tires peeling out.

“This morning I saw that my neighbor’s car had a bullet hole in the back seat.”

One shot clearly broke the back window of this Subaru Forester before embedding in the right rear seat.

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