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Fence springs up between N.E. 105th and Thornton Creek

July 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Update 4:40 p.m. Seattle Parks project manager Garrett Farrell emails:

Yes, the Thornton Creek restoration project is about to get underway, Contractor WS Construction is setting up fencing and getting ready to mobilize on site.

The main body of work will be closer to Fifth Avenue Northeast/Northeast 103rd Street where the main creek restoration work will take place.

Trail work will extend up to Northeast 105th Street and neighbors can expect limited access across this stretch ( 103rd to 105th east of 5th) for the next few months.

Neighbors can expect activity on 103rd, the 104th cul de sac and 105th as the contractor uses these streets to access the work.

Daniel emails:

Six-foot-tall temporary fencing has gone up along the Thornton Creek watershed bordering Northeast 105th Street  behind the Pacific Medical Center.

Does anyone have any clue as to the reason or purpose for the fence? I know the homeless set up an encampment in that area during the night, but the fence wouldn’t be a deterrent to keeping them out so there’s got to be another reason for it.

There is also fencing on the other sides of the Thornton Creek watershed where it borders a public road or public access point.

I’ll try and send a photo of the fencing.

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Yard sales this Saturday to support children, cats

July 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Saturday brings two yard sales – one here and one nearby – to benefit good causes.

The Friends of Campus Cats Jumble Sale is being held here in Maple Leaf at 10 a.m. on July 26th.

An hour earlier, at 9 a.m., the Seattle Ronald McDonald House will host its second annual Sidewalk Sale in Wedgwood.

The local sale, benefiting cat rescue on the University of Washington campus and several neighborhoods, including Maple Leaf, is at 536 N.E. 100th St. Watch for the signs on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The organizers are also still looking for donations:

This year’s fabulous Campus Cats Jumble Sale is set for July 26 (final Saturday of the month), right in the heart of lovely Maple Leaf. Come one, come all—even dog lovers are welcome!  We open at 10 a.m., and have a strict no-early-bird, no-whining policy.

All our items are donated goods, and 100% of the proceeds go to Friends of Campus Cats, a charity that manages and rescues (where possible) feral cats on the University of Washington campus and various neighborhoods around the city.

We are still gratefully accepting donations (which are tax-deductible, by the way, as we are a 501(c)(3) organization). We accept books, CDs, DVDs, knick-knacks, collectibles, kitchenware, crafts and hobby supplies, small appliances, jewelry and the like. The more, the better, for both your tax return and for our fuzzy charges. We will gladly pick up if you are unable to deliver, so please call or email to make arrangements.

Also needed are volunteers to help on the day of the sale. Again, please email or call for details.

Contact Sharon Talbert, 206-442-2051 (voicemail) or

The other sale, “featuring 10,00s of items donated by local businesses including Chef’n, Compendium, Kid’s Club, Super Jock ‘N Jill and more,” takes place in front of the Ronald McDonald House, 5130 40th Ave. N.E.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska supports seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, we provide a “home-away-from-home” to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care.

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Rain overnight in Maple Leaf = .21 inches

July 20th, 2014 by Mike

Thirty percent chance today, tonight. Then sun ’till Tuesday night.

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Craft beer and fine pizza at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub

July 19th, 2014 by Mike

That’s what our news partner The Seattle Times first noticed at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub & Kitchen.

“Sufficient come-on in a heat wave perhaps, but this casual, cavernous, cedar-paneled pub at Thornton Place has other things going for it.

“Pizza, for one thing. Pie folds for another. Both rely on the same excellent dough…,” Providence Cicero writes in a review this weekend.

The pub opened in late April on the south side of the Thornton Place complex at 10104 Third Ave. N.E.

In a press release, co-owner Ben Curran said:

Unique in a chain-restaurant dominated shopping centrum, Watershed brings craft beer and liquor and artisan pizza to a neighborhood in need of community-minded gathering spaces. The pub does just that with a warm cedar-clad interior, family-friendly sections, outdoor patio seating, and perhaps most significantly, close proximity to all of Northgate’s shopping and entertainment venues.

Movie-goers, mall shoppers, and commuters alike will find the location and hours of Watershed ideal for dining and socializing; the pub is also student and tele-commuter friendly, with high-speed internet access and thoughtfully-placed outlets, as well as flexible seating for business lunches.

The pub is “Family owned, community founded, globally minded.”

You can read more at the Time’s review or at the pub’s Facebook page or web site.

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Carjacking at Northgate Transit Center

July 18th, 2014 by Mike

Update 5 p.m. The suspects are now in custody after police arrested them at motel in the 13300 block of Aurora Avenue North late Friday afternoon.


This just in from Seattle Police:

Robbery Detectives are on the hunt for a mother-son duo of suspects that carjacked a woman at the Northgate park and ride on Thursday night.

A woman was loading bags into the trunk of her car at the park and ride around 5 p.m. when a man grabbed her from behind in a bear hug and put his hands over her mouth.

As the victim fought to rip the suspect’s hands away from her face, she suddenly heard a woman’s voice urging her to hand over her keys.

The victim was able to break free from the man’s grasp, but dropped her keys in the process. The victim then saw a man and woman climb into her Jeep and speed away, almost running over the victim in the process.

A witness, who heard the victim’s screams, tailed the suspects as they drove through oncoming traffic and into a labyrinthine office park nearby. There the son lost control of the Jeep, struck a parked car and careened into a curb, shearing off the Jeep’s front axle and deploying its airbags.

With the Jeep out of commission, the sun son and his mother fled on foot, ditching some of their clothing in the process.

Detectives later found documents in clothes tossed near the scene of the crash, which they’ve since tied to the suspects.

The son, 24, is 6-foot, 160 pounds, has shoulder-length dirty blond hair and was last seen wearing a light-colored hoodie.

His mother, 54, is 5-foot-5, 120 pounds, with brown hair and a slight build.

If you have any information about where police can find this duo, please call 911 or (206) 625-5011.

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Corgi found this morning near park

July 18th, 2014 by Mike


Corgi and caregiver back together.

Scott at Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center emails that this male Corgi was dropped off this morning after being found near Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.
It’s neither tagged nor chipped.

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There’s a piano in Maple Leaf Park (go play it)

July 17th, 2014 by Mike

Photo courtesy Dan Mortensen. (See comments, below)

This appeared today in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s part of the city’s and county’s Pianos in the Parks project.

“This is one of 20 artist-designed pianos you will find in select Seattle and King County parks (today) through August 17th.”

Take a photo or video of you or your friends playing and post it to the project’s Facebook site or at #pianosintheparks

For more information and a list of businesses and organizations supporting the project go to its web site.

Our artist is Arica Schuett.

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Multiple family yard sale; Waldo property, too

July 16th, 2014 by Mike

Sharon emails:

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!!

Also, several people have asked if we have news of the old Waldo Hospital property on 15th Avenue Northeast.

“Have you heard anything about the MMSC Day School property? There is a for sale sign on the property at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.”

No, we are annoyed to say we haven’t heard anything useful about the Menachem Mendal Seattle Cheder Day School, now apparently closed.

And we’ve looked around, too.

“Waldo Woods property for sale? I noticed a big for sale sign in front of the school/property on my way home today.”

And, “haven’t yet seen this in the Blog: the old Campfire building is for sale now. The Jewish school couldn’t make a go of it and is totally gone. There is a big for sale sign on 15th.

“Now that whole big discussion opens up again? Bummer.”

The big discussion concerns the fate of the property and the 80 mature Douglas fir trees there, dubbed “Waldo Woods” by the Maple Leaf Community Council, which spent four years trying to save them. The council and the Jewish school were honored by Seattle Audubon in 2010.

Originally Waldo Hospital, the property was long occupied by Camp Fire Puget Sound. There’s a raft of background here.

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Stolen cars and suspicious strangers in Maple Leaf

July 15th, 2014 by Mike

Update 3:45 p.m.

We had packages stolen from our front porch on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets on Sunday.

Neighbors told us they saw two boxes on our front porch around 3 p.m. and by 7:30 p.m. when we returned home they were gone. We think it was a children’s desk we ordered that required assembly. The boxes would have been quite heavy so it may have required two people. Just unbelievable that someone would have stolen such large boxes in the middle of a sunny Sunday afternoon!

If anyone saw anything suspicious we would love to hear about it so we can add it to the police report. Thx

Update 3 p.m. This just arrived: “I returned to my home on Northeast 75th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast at 5 p.m. 7-14-14 to find our front door smashed in. They took laptops iPads, jewelry and my 6 yo’s piggy bank. Please alert neighbors to stay alert! Thanks.”


A neighbor emails this morning:

“Just wanted to give a heads-up to the neighborhood. We live on 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street and just had a prowler in our backyard attempting to move our window air conditioning unit and looking in our back windows.

“I was able to scare him off and he ran into a waiting car that went south on 15th.  The Seattle Police came and were great about getting information and having a patrol car out in the neighborhood although I am sure he is long gone.”

He is described as a skinny, short, white male in his 40s with a scruffy gray beard and backwards baseball hat with a green brim.

A different email from the morning, this one  from Lisa:

I wonder if you could put this on the blog. We need our car back!

Our car was stolen a couple of weeks ago, out of the Thornton Place garage. I’ve gone up and down the streets in Maple Leaf looking for it, but could use more eyes on the ground. If anyone sees a two-door black Honda Civic with license plates 885YNL, please add a note here with the location, or call the Seattle Police.

Appreciate it – most stolen cars are found apparently, but we haven’t found ours yet, and neither have the police.

The map at right shows stolen or prowled cars,  plus burglaries, since our last report in mid-June.  (The * ones are burglaries.)

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Caper the cat missing since Thursday

July 13th, 2014 by Mike

Update July 16th:”Caper’s home! Just showed up on our doorstep, hungry and dirty, but for now, capers escapades are over!


Diana emails: “Our cat, Caper, has not come home since Thursday afternoon. He is SUPER friendly and an orange/cream tabby.

We live on Northeast 84th Street in the 500 block. If you see him, please let us know and email us at

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Australian Shepherd found in Maple Leaf today

July 11th, 2014 by Mike

Noon update: Home now.


The Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center emails:

“I’m forwarding an email regarding a good Samaritan who found an Australian shepherd wandering in the Maple Leaf area.

“If you could please post this on the blog in the hopes the owner will see him and bring him home that would be much appreciated.”

Other information: blue eyes, 19 pounds. Found this morning at Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast.

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Water, progress and fuming in Maple Leaf?

July 10th, 2014 by Mike

Here’s something … interesting.

A reader forwards an email from the Museum of History & Industry.

The Future of Seattle’s Maple Leaf Neighborhood: Water, Progress, and Conflict.

It’s an invitation to walking tours here on Saturday, July 26th, and Wednesday, Aug. 6th.

When Seattle Parks and Seattle Utilities decided to cover the Maple Leaf reservoir, they hit a home run: a beautiful, innovative park. So why are some North Seattle residents fuming?

Join Historian Roger van Oosten on an informative, insightful and fun tour of the Maple Leaf reservoir park and neighboring environs. You’ll discover the sometimes awkward, sometimes progressive and sometimes successful collision of growing density, open spaces and neighborhood rights.


Oh, and you have to buy your way in.

There’s a tour from 10 a.m. to noon  on July 26, and another on August 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meet at the corner of  Northeast 82nd Street and 14th Avenue Northeast.

Cost: MOHAI Members $15; General $20.

Apparently, MOHAI does this periodically.

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Two nearby news items – a shooting and a TBM (the T stands for tunnel)

July 9th, 2014 by Mike

Two press released arrived this afternoon. One is on a shooting nearby in Victory Heights. The other is the launch of Brenda – the Tunnel Boring Machine heading for the University District.

From Seattle Police:

Police are investigating after a man was wounded in a shooting in the Victory Heights neighborhood Wednesday afternoon following a dispute over an apparent drug debt.

Police responded to the 1700 block of Northeast 103rd Street, where they found the victim, who had been shot in the foot. Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

At the scene, witnesses told officers two men had fled the scene in a black Lincoln Town Car. Police are now searching for the two men, described as a white male, 5’8, wearing a black tank top, and a white male, 6’0, wearing a blue dress shirt.

From Sound Transit:

The first of two tunnel boring machines that will dig new twin light rail tunnels from the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle to the University of Washington began mining today.

That would be Brenda. You can read more here.

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Northgate library needs homework helpers

July 9th, 2014 by Mike

When school starts again in September, The Seattle Public Library hopes to have volunteers ready to help with K-12 homework in 11 of the library’s branches.

The Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., is looking for helpers starting Sept. 8th. (The Green Lake branch isn’t offering the service.) Anyone interested should apply by July 25th. Volunteer application can be downloaded from

Volunteers will be scheduled for weekly two-hour shifts. Those who cannot make weekly commitments can be scheduled as substitutes at least twice a month for a minimum of four months.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of college or vocational school and have strong English literacy and/or mathematics skills. Retired teachers are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information click here.

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The mystery bagpipers of Maple Leaf Park

July 9th, 2014 by Mike

Who are those guys?

And gals.
Two gals. Five guys. On Tuesday eve.
(You might have to let the video load. It’s big.)

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