Eric emails: “Thought you might be interested in this story. ‘The Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast Safeway may be changing to a locally owned Haggens.’”
He references a story in Friday’s Seattle Times which notes that Haggen, out of Bellingham, “has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestment brought about by the merger of Safeway and Albertsons announced in March.
For the last three years, Haggen has been remodeling the remaining Haggen and Top Food stores to highlight its ties to the Pacific Northwest by rebranding the stores as Haggen Northwest Fresh.
“Our Pacific Northwest grocery-store chain has been committed to local sourcing, investing in the communities we serve, and providing genuine service and homemade quality since it was founded in 1933,” John Caple, chairman of the Haggen board and partner at Comvest, said in a statement. “We will continue our focus on sourcing and investing locally even with this exciting expansion.”
However, “our” Safeway – yes,the one with the murals of Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Roosevelt in its underground parking garage – is neither on Haggen’s store acquisition list nor its map of stores to be converted to Haggen from either Safeway or Albertsons.
The closest potential new Haggen stores are the current Safeway in Shoreline (15332 Aurora Ave. N.) and the current Albertsons in Lake Forest Park (17171 Bothell Way N.E.).
4 p.m.: Multiple Seattle City Light crews on scene. Say they will be able to replace the pole without turning off power. !!
A Seattle Police officer photographs the roped-off intersection.
Two things this afternoon:
1) Shortly after noon a CleanScapes recycling truck struck a utility pole at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street, breaking the pole at its base and again toward its top.
Seattle City Light is on the way. Neighbors (including Maple Leaf Life South) may well have their power/landline/cable interrupted as the pole will have to be replaced.
2) Eric emails:
On 12/11 my car got broken into in front of my house at Northeast 91st Street and 15th. Avenue Northeast.
They stole my prescription sunglasses and spare change. The glasses will be discarded as soon as they realize they are for somebody with a significant astigmatism. If somebody finds a pair of Rudy Project sport sunglasses, I’d really like to get them back.
Wednesday night, 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 92nd Street.
The ponds on the east side of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning. Wind shakes the camera.
Update 6 p.m. Power out in several nearby communities – including Richmond Beach, Shoreline. All remaining ferry sailings canceled tonight. Sustained winds to 50 mph now expected Thursday.
It’s wet outside, and windy.
It’s supposed to get wetter today, and a LOT windier Thursday.
(We’ve closed the deck umbrella, which we really should have taken down while it was dry. Might move the outside chairs inside, too.)
Here’s the rundown:
* It’s ridiculously warm. Cliff Mass this morning posted:
At 10 AM, Seattle-Tacoma Airport reported 65F, the WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED AT SEA-TAC FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I repeat this is the warmest temperature every reported for any day in December in the entire climatological record. Amazing.
(It got 1 degree warmer after that,)
* It’s going to remain wet. The forecast this afternoon is for perhaps a quarter-inch of rain, followed by more Thursday. That’s on top of .84 inches on Tuesday here at Maple Leaf Life South, and another two-thirds of an inch overnight into this morning.
* The big news is the wind. Our news partner The Seattle Times is reporting there have already been tens of thousands of people without power as early winds up to 71 mph hit the Washington coast.
* Thursday morning’s storm – the third to hit here this week – could bring wind guests of 40 mph or even 55-65 mph depending on forecast, to the central Puget Sound (i.e., us).
‘Tis the season of holiday package delivery, and one reader emails this evening:
Just wanted to alert folks that there’s at least one woman trolling the neighborhood to steal packages left on porches.
Thankfully we have a neighbor who thought things seemed weird and approached her. She told our neighbor that she was just there to pick up her friend Jess’s package for her (my name is not Jess) at which point our neighbor said that was fine, but that she had her license plate number just in case.
Needless to say the would-be thief decided to leave our stuff alone. Just wanted others in the area to beware since I’m sure the number of things getting delivered this time of year is higher. We live on 11th Avenue Northeast between Lake City Way and Northeast 78th Street.
There’s also an email making the local rounds about a black pickup truck involved in package theft:
This vehicle has been spotted in various surrounding neighborhoods (at least Maple Leaf to Sunset Hill) – with a male/female team – one of whom has been seen removing packages from porches and putting them in the pickup bed and then they drive off. There is one instance on video, though not enough clarity for an ID.
Please… if you observe this vehicle in our neighborhood, be watchful and prepared to call 9 1 1 We – need to have this vehicle caught with stolen packages and people in it. The more times it’s spotted and called in, the better the chances we as a community will put a stop to this team.
Can auto thieves really be 34 percent off their game over the last month?
That’s what Seattle Police statistics show, our news partner The Seattle Times reports.
Auto theft dropped 34 percent in November compared to October, from 576 cases to 382, according to the department. Thefts of auto accessories and auto parts, along with car prowls, decreased by 25 percent in November compared to October, from 1,250 offenses to 936.
2:47 p.m. Weather service issues Winter Weather Advisory from 9 p.m. to 11 a.m.
ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES. MAIN IMPACT…ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY
2:15 p.m. Maple Leaf outside temperature was 53 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Now 37 degrees.
2 p.m. Twitter reports mix of snow and rain in Shoreline.
1:45 p.m. National Weather Service in Seattle notes: “We have heard reports of snow mixed in with the rain in parts of King and Snohomish counties. This is due to the moderate rain bringing some snow down to the surface. However, no accumulation is expected.”