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Construction begins at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

May 26th, 2015 by Mike

Crews, cranes – even a portable office.

All have taken up residence at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park as 10 months of work begins to bring the underground reservoir up to the correct earthquake standards.

The park opened in October of 2013.

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23 City Council candidates invited to Maple Leaf forum

May 26th, 2015 by Mike

Update May 26 with this link from coverage of the last District 5 candidate forum.

This email arrived this morning from the Maple Leaf Community Council:

We have invited candidates for District 4, District 5, Position 8, and Position 9 — some 23 candidates in all — to attend our June 3 Candidate Forum. This will be Maple Leafers’ best chance to hear directly from candidates before ballots arrive in July.

Because of the huge number of candidates, we are deviating from our normal routine of having community members ask questions of the candidates directly. Instead, we are asking you to send your questions to us in advance. Our moderator will then ask as many of them as time will allow..

As a reminder, Maple Leaf’s candidate forums not only help you be a better voter, they help Maple Leaf. When we have a great turnout, candidates remember this. It makes the job of your Executive Board much easier down the road.

So we hope to see a great turnout on June 3rd.

The forum is from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School.

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Home burglaries and car crimes here

May 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Christina emails:

On Tuesday, May 19th, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. thieves broke into a house on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets.

They smashed a door window in the back to let themselves in and ransacked several rooms stealing cameras, tablets, cash, and jewelry. This was particularly brazen as it occurred in the middle of the day across the street from a church and school (St. Catherine).

No one claims to have seen anything or anyone suspicious on that block, but one neighbor said a man was seen that day on Northeast 88th Street falsely claiming to be a meter reader.

The Seattle Police crime map above shows six home burglaries so far this month in Maple Leaf. Most of them follow the pattern Christina described. (The gray circles are business burglaries, not homes.)

Another burglary report was emailed on May 12th: “Just emailing you to let you know of a break-in on the 2000 block of Northeast 97th Street on Monday 5/11 around 4:30 p.m.

“Back door kicked in, house ransacked, TV, empty purse and some family heirloom jewelry stolen. A neighbor identified the car as an older model large white sedan, possibly a town car or similar, with dark tinted windows”

Car Crimes

On Twitter, Gabi asks of both us and police: “I heard from a neighbor there have been car break-ins, but have not heard anything from @SPD. Can anyone confirm this?”

She mentions Northeast 80th and 85th streets and around the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

A different neighbor emailed this story of a car prowl May 14th on Northeast 97th Street.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought perhaps I’d forgotten to lock the door to my new car (now that I have to press a fancy button instead of just hand-locking the door!!!).

Sure enough, when I woke up my car had been ransacked. Lucky for me, it’s new so I have nothing in it.

I saw my neighbor and told her what happened, she laughed that she never locks her doors, and lo and behold, her car also had been ransacked.

They stole some of her change and a nice pair of sunglasses, and my old-ass iPod. Hardly worth the work. So annoying. We both filed reports :-)

The map at right shows car prowls and stolen cars in Maple Leaf so far this month.

In response to Gabi, Seattle Police tweeted: “Appears #SeaStat data for Maple Leaf/Roosevelt/Ravenna area shows 19% drop in prowls for 1st 5.5 mos of the year.”

However, that number would not include the Northgate Transit Center and mall, as SPD says they are in the Northgate section of SeaStat.

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Blazing broadband Internet just weeks away?

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Rich emails:

I live on Northeast 100th Street @ 15th Avenue Northeast,  where as you know they have been installing fiber on the poles for the CenturyLink Gigabit Internet service.

Being the geek that I am I have been chatting the technicians up trying to get an idea of how soon the service would become available.

Up to now the answer has been “soon, real soon . . ” but yesterday the technician splicing some of the last bits of fiber told me they were in testing mode now and things should be ready within 30 days.

Also, they had a sandwich board out advertising the service with a LOCAL number to call. (see attached picture.)

I phoned the number and it’s a local person who forwarded my information to the install technicians.

He said I should be expecting a call soon and could have service in as little as three weeks!

We, too, called the number and got CenturyLink’s Dewayne Reichert, who confirmed that around 250 Maple Leaf neighborhood houses are about to become eligible for really, really fast fiber-optic Internet connections – within weeks.

We’ve asked for further details.

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Ten-month work begins to fix Maple Leaf Reservoir

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Signs are up at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park saying 10 months of earthquake retrofitting will begin soon.

Expect: Trucks and construction equipment around and within the park (see graphic).

Do Not Expect: Tearing up our (almost) new park.

It was stressed that none of the reservoirs will have to be dug back open for these retrofits – the work will be done inside, with crews and equipment accessing through existing maintenance hatches.

Why is this happening? Because the underground reservoirs were built to above-ground specifications. That’s why.

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Another cat – this one found

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Jennifer emails: “We found a lovely tuxedo cat near our house and I think she’s a lost house kitty. Attached are photos.”

In an separate email she said: “She has no collar, but she seems healthy and well-fed and we think she’s missing her family . We’d love to keep this sweet purring machine but I’m allergic to cats.”

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Added: Lost white cat. Lost orange cat near N.E. 92nd St.

May 19th, 2015 by Mike

Updated May 20:

Terry emails that he saw a notice on a utility pole:

Missing since Sunday, Mothers Day

White male cat, 2 years old

From Northgate Manor Apartments

Named “River”

Contact Cindy @ (206) 816-2961


He adds that Northgate Manor Apartments are located between 8th Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, about a block south of Northeast Northgate Way.


Carrie emails to NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:


My short haired orange cat escaped last night. He is an indoor only cat with a severe heart condition. He doesn’t have a collar. We live at Northeast 92nd Street and 12th Avenue Northeast. Thank you for your help!

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Power out in Ravenna, south Maple Leaf

May 16th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update:

Seattle City Light ‏@SEACityLight 2m2 minutes ago

Crews and operators have restored power to NE Seattle customers. The cause of the outage was faulty equipment. Thanks for your patience!


About 3,600 neighbors are without power at mid-morning, primarily in the Ravenna/Wedgwood area.

No details are known about the cause. Estimated time of restoration early afternoon.

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Multiple-family garage sale on N.E. 100th St.

May 14th, 2015 by Mike

We’re trying to revive our “garage sales here or near” link on the right of our main page, but in the meantime Jim emails:

Multiple house garage sale May 16th. Houses are on Northeast 100th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.

Items for sale include books, glassware, furniture including a double size “princess” bed set including dresser, bookcase, step stool and the bed.

Other items for sale are collectibles, china, clothes, women’s shoes size 8. Some kids toys such as legos are free.

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City Council forum coming up, as Mian Rice bows out

May 14th, 2015 by Mike

A candidate forum for the new Seattle City Council district that includes the vast majority of Maple Leaf will be held Monday evening.

The forum for Council District 5 is from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Avenue Northeast.

It’s sponsored by the North District Council, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, and the Meadowbrook Community Council.

Meanwhile, a candidate for District 5 with high name recognition, Mian Rice – son of former mayor Norm Rice – on Thursday announced he’s out of the race.

Publicola has the story here. From a Rice press release:

(It) is with mixed emotions that I am today announcing my withdrawal from the Seattle City Council race for the District 5 seat.

As my campaign began to take shape, a growing issue of deep concern has been rapidly spreading across our nation – and it is an issue that I cannot continue to stand by and ignore. There is a growing disparity around racial justice issues in our community and an ever-widening economic divide that only serves to make the problem worse. In the face of the tragic events we’ve witnessed in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD, I have come to realize that this is the issue I need to devote my time and attention to, because this is where my passion resides.

As is true for so many of those individuals I connected with at the door of their home or their store-front, I too care deeply about the direction our city is heading. That is why I have decided to follow my heart and focus my energy and attention on doing all I can to ensure that we do not become another Ferguson or Baltimore.

The full press release is also on the candidate’s Facebook page.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has overall coverage of what effect our new district council system might have here. Friday is the candidate filing deadline.

The official city candidate list is here.

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Have you seen a (very large) neighborhood cat?

May 13th, 2015 by Mike

This photo, of a potentially 40-pound Serval cat, native to Africa, is from, which advises you not to get one.

Question is, have you seen one in Maple Leaf?

A huge cat, very similar to the one in the photo, has been repeatedly spotted on Northeast 89th Street between Roosevelt Avenue Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

From PetsAdvisor:

These cats like to hunt — at night! Keep in mind a serval weighs an average of 40 to 50 pounds on the high end. Imagine your serval is playing or hunting at 3 a.m. and those 40 to 50 pounds lands on you in the bed mid-sleep. Talk about startling!

The website also advises Servals need a “much larger litter box than normal” (if they use it at all).

The neighbor who spotted it thinks it might be a cross between a Serval and a Savannah cat, which itself is a cross between a Serval and a domestic cat.

But he says it’s probably between 40 and 50 pounds, and that when it vocalized “it did not say MEOW… it GROWLED AND ROARED.”

He said he reported it to the zoo, which says they have no missing cats, and to Seattle Animal Control.

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Neighbors report home burglaries, car crimes

May 12th, 2015 by Mike

This from earlier this afternoon:

Just emailing you to let you know of a break-in on the 2000 block of Northeast 97th Street on Monday 5/11 around 4:30 p.m.

Back door kicked in, house ransacked, TV, empty purse and some family heirloom jewelry stolen. A neighbor identified the car as an older model large white sedan, possibly a town car or similar, with dark tinted windows.

Other reports:

* Home burglary, May 10th, Northeast 107th between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 15th Avenue Northeast.

* Car smash-and-grab, May 9th, Eighth Avenue Northeast in front of St. Catherine’s Elementary School.

Here is the Seattle Police crime map for burglaries and car crimes so far this month:

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A better way to report graffiti in the park(s)

May 12th, 2015 by Mike

That particularly garish bit of graffiti is gone from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, and we have a new way to report future problems.

This incident was originally reported on Seattle Public Utility’s graffiti report form and to the Graffiti Hotline (684-7587).

The report apparently got lost between SPU and parks.

From Seattle  Parks and Recreation:

But if you’re certain that a particular piece of graffiti is within a park, it’s more direct (and because it’s more direct, it’s quicker; and also because it’s more direct, there’s that much less chance of going astray) to call Seattle Parks’ Maintenance Request Line (684-7250).

When we dialed the parks request line, it was answered by a real, live, person. !!

We try to have graffiti removed no later than six working days after it’s reported; if special equipment is needed, ten days; for hate-speech graffiti, 24 hours.

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Detectives seek armed coffee robber – struck twice here

May 10th, 2015 by Mike

Police detectives are searching for an armed robber who targets restaurants and coffee shops – including one in Maple Leaf.

The robber hit the Mug Bugs Coffee Stand at 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street (at Rick’s Chevron) in both March and April, according to a police press release.

Other targets during the last three months include the neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna and Greenwood.

The masked suspect has walked into seven six different businesses —sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Police said victims include Subways on Greenwood Avenue North and 35th Avenue Northeast, the Black Pearl restaurant on 35th Avenue Northeast and Muddy Waters Espresso on North 65th Street. Not shown on the map is Homegrown Sandwiches on Queen Anne Avenue North.

The police press release and map are here.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall.

Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty, dark-green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

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Green Lake path to be re-striped today

May 7th, 2015 by Mike

Thursday morning: Stripe plus 10 minutes.

That big truck on the Green Lake paved path today?

The Seattle parks and transportation departments have teamed up to repaint the center stripe on the path.

Visitors to Green Lake Park will see an SDOT crew painting the center yellow line on the Green Lake pedestrian path. SDOT will begin work at 9 a.m. and anticipates the project will take 6 to 8 hours.

The lines on the Green Lake path define the rules of use for many thousands of people per year and help regulate congestion on the path. The City asks park visitors for their patience and cooperation during the painting.

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with SDOT for the work. This city collaboration provides a more efficient way to paint the path and will minimize the amount of time the path is closed to the community.

Use of the SDOT truck will enable completion of this work in a shorter time frame than is typical and will provide more visible, long lasting lines.

On Thursday, SDOT will provide a pilot truck for the paint truck and staff will tail the paint truck to warn pedestrians as the wet paint is applied.

The path will remain open and visitors using the path will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

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