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And now, a “drunken storm” after 4.5 inchs of rain

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update: Another third of an inch of rain since morning. Highest wind gust: 34 mph at 11:07 a.m.

Garbage cans and tree limbs litter the streets.


Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain has fallen on Maple Leaf Life South so far this week – 4.44 inches, to be exact, as of 7 a.m.

And we’re enjoying serious rain now.

Cliff Mass has decided to dub the system now hanging off our coast a “drunken storm.”

Drunken Storm: a storm that circles around and has minimal forward motion, in contrast to normal storms that move rapidly to the east or northeast.

(Today), an usually powerful storm for our region will careen around in our offshore water for an extended period before making landfall. A very strong storm and unusual behavior.

It will be followed by a sober storm, with wind, this weekend.

The National Weather Service’s current discussion of all this distinguishes itself with the phrase: “A BENT BACK OCCLUSION OR STINGER JET.”

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“Darkest day,” inches of rain, plus windstorm

December 8th, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 9th: 1.31 inches of rain overnight here.

Over the last two days it’s rained 1.71 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South.

Much more is coming – with the possibility of another three inches by morning, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle….”These will likely pale in comparison to what we receive in the next 24 to 36 hours. Heavy rain will lead to flooding concerns on area rivers. In addition, windy conditions are expected at times through Wednesday.”

Cliff Mass has pointed out that Monday “was the darkest December day in Seattle in nearly 9 years”.

And then there’s the coming wind.


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Was there an armed carjacker chase in Northgate?

December 6th, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 8th: The Seattle Times has updated information here. The Seattle Police Department has more here.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet released the man’s identity. (And all mentions of the Northgate neighborhood in this incident are left behind.)

5 p.m. update with a link to the Seattle Police press release.

This afternoon brought an armed carjacking, a high-speed chase, shots fired…apparently in Sandpoint, Montlake, Wedgwood and – Northgate?

According to our news partner The Seattle Times:

We were out of position, but: Does anyone have any information about activity in Northgate/Maple Leaf?

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Still more mail theft reports in/around Maple Leaf

December 6th, 2015 by Mike

Lucas emails this weekend:

I’ve read (and re-read) the article and comments from the November mailbox break ins. –

I’m afraid to report that ours and several others locking mailboxes were pried open sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. this (Friday) morning. Ours was left hanging open with our junk mail left soaking wet. We live on Northeast 90th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

We’ve reported it to USPS and are filing a police report as well. It’s unfortunate that these events keep happening in our neighborhood. It makes me nostalgic for the time when we had mail slots in our house.

We’ll be placing our mail on hold and considering options for a mail service. The mailbox is, unfortunately, damaged to the point where it will no longer remain closed.

Earlier in the week Jesse (Victory Heights) mailed:

“Hi Maple Leaf Life,  I caught a package thief on camera and am wondering if there is a way I can send pictures your way to warn others?”
On Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf he added: “He’s wearing an old school emblem Mariner’s flat-billed cap and red and black buffalo checkered jacket and sunglasses. ”

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Woman hit, killed by bus: Northgate Transit Center closed

December 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times has more information here. Crosscut has a piece here.

The reason for the news helicopters over the Northgate Transit Center:

Transit into and out of the center is delayed.

Updates on the Seattle Police blotter are here.

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High winds on way, including Maple Leaf?

December 3rd, 2015 by Mike

2 p.m.

“More high winds on the way; Eastside reports power outages” is the current headline in The Seattle Times.


“Windstorm may be a bust” is the header of Cliff Mass’ post this afternoon.

The Times:

A short-lived but powerful windstorm is expected to hit the Puget Sound area Thursday afternoon with enough force to topple trees, cut power service and make a mess of the evening commute.

Sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are forecast to hit Pierce County by about 3 p.m., King County about 4 p.m. and shortly after that in Snohomish County and farther north.

The Woodland Park Zoo WildLights have been cancelled because of the predicted winds this afternoon and tonight.

Mass says:

The latest hourly HRRR forecasts are suggesting that the wind event may be MUCH less than predicted, particularly over Puget Sound.

Here’s the official National Weather Service forecast.

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Why didn’t police respond to hit and run here?

December 1st, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 2nd: Jordan Royer over at Crosscut ponders policing under Seattle’s new council district system:

…there will be a new kind of scrutiny under the new district council system. Council members will be paying a lot of attention to staffing levels in the various precincts, making sure that their area is getting their fair share of patrols.

His piece is here: neighborhoods-could-yank-a-lot-of-chains-on-new-city-council/


Josh and Andrew emailed to say The Seattle Times just posted a column about the hit and run here over the weekend.

In it Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat notes:

City records show an officer did arrive at 3:18 Saturday morning — more than four hours after the first calls. By then the truck was gone and all the Maple Leaf neighbors had given up and gone to bed.

The next day, an officer phoned the Jeffries family. Jeffries said the officer blamed the big protest last week at Westlake Center for the delay.

From here, confusion ensues. The full column is here.

We had several comments on our original post.

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Maple Leaf Scout Christmas tree lot is open!

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s Christmas tree lot – sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 151 since 1934 – opened today just outside the Northeast 85th Street entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The lot this year moved from the Safeway parking lot on Northeast 95th Street to the back parking lot at St. Catherine’s Church, in the back parking lot (behind The Rez Tavern on Roosevelt Way Northeast).

Trees are grown in Shelton, Washington, by Hunter Farms:

Hours through Dec. 22nd:

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Car hit and run, burglary reported in Maple Leaf

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

From Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hit and runs (on multiple sideswiped cars) last night in the south end of Maple Leaf.

We had a hit and run driver sideswipe some cars on Fourth Avenue Northeast last night around 11:30 p.m. We got the truck’s license and called the cops, but they have not responded yet (say they’ve been very busy with many issues last night and this morning). At least three different neighbors have called them….

He left a two-block long scrape in Fourth Avenue where his axle gouged the road as he tried to flee the scene.

Earlier in the week, also from Nextdoor:

Burglary Tuesday morning in Maple Leaf.

Neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between 5th and 8th avenues northeast were burglarized yesterday morning with numerous items stolen. The house was also ransacked. The perpetrators may have been in an older tan or cream colored van.

The map shows locations of burglaries here reported to police so far in November.

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Lost: Chicken. Found: cell phone, Mazda keys

November 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Sharon emails: “Missing chicken: We are missing a brown and gold Americana hen. If you see her please call: 206-992-4383. Thanks! We live on the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street.”

Another neighbor emails: “We found a phone in the lower area of Maple Leaf Park on Sunday night around 5:30 p.m.”

The battery is dead, so if somebody’s missing it let us know.

Finally, a set of keys to a recent-model Mazda was found this morning at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Help a family this holiday season

November 22nd, 2015 by Mike

A Subaru full of bears on their way to Holiday Helpers.

Looking for a way to help others in your own community this holiday season?

Children’s Home Society, the oldest nonprofit serving children in the state of Washington, is looking for donors to become “Holiday Helpers” for local low-income families served by its North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City.

“Holiday Helpers” can adopt a family and buy gifts from a child’s wish list, buy a grocery gift card or make a cash donation.

This is the center’s 20th year of helping local families with the holidays, and it hopes to find sponsors for 250 children who live in North Seattle and Shoreline, including in the 98115 and 98125 zip codes.

This year the center is partnering with Meadowbrook Community CARE and its Lake City Holiday Project, which works with nonprofits to provide gifts to low-income children.

For more details email, or call 206-364-7930.

For other information:

North Seattle Family Resource Center:

Children’s Home Society

Disclaimer: The editor’s wife volunteers for Children’s Home Society and is handling Holiday Helper donor sign-ups for the North Seattle Family Resource Center.

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Return of the Scout Christmas tree lot – plus snow coming!

November 20th, 2015 by Mike

The Boy Scout Christmas tree sale – a fixture in Maple Leaf for decades – will be open a week from Saturday in a new location.
This email from the Scoutmaster:

Boy Scout Troop 151 annual fund raising Tree Lot has found a home for the 2015 season.

The new location will be at St. Catherine’s Church, in the back parking lot off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas Trees in the Maple Leaf Neighborhood since 1934.

The past 30 years have been at Safeway on Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt. This year we are moving to St. Catherine’s Church.

We are open daily from November 28th until December 22nd. We will have a large selection of Noble Firs, Grand Firs, White Pine,  Spruce, and sheared Douglas Fir Christmas Trees. We also have handmade Garland and Wreaths. Our Christmas

Trees are grown and fresh cut during the season in Shelton, Washington by Hunter Farms.

We are open:

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a/m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We would like to thank Maple Leaf Life, St. Catherine’s Church and all our neighbors for their support over the past 81 years.

Speaking of holidays, there’s a chance of a white Thanksgiving. From the forecast:

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White cat Hazel missing since last week

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Victoria emails:

My beautiful cat hasn’t been home since last Wednesday night (11/11). Her last known location was Northeast  88th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

She is a domestic short-hair, all-white cat with light green/hazel eyes. Which is fitting, since her name is Hazel. She is full-bodied so she wouldn’t be picked up by someone thinking she was a stray. She is an indoor/outdoor kitty, microchipped but doesn’t wear a collar, very friendly but skittish. She chirps and meeps instead of meows.

She’s been away for a few days before, I know she gets into other people’s houses and hangs there for a bit and I wonder if she’s done that with the oncoming storm. Though, this information about coyotes in the neighborhood has me worried.

Please, if anyone has seen her, call or text Victoria at 206.422.7087. Or leave a comment here. Any information is welcome. Thank you.

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Windstorm updates in Maple Leaf

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Update 3 p.m.: Scott Sistek at KOMO says peak winds here have passed.

11 a.m. So far only one neighbor appears to have lost power.

The average wind speed is 11 mph. The highest gust so far was 29 mph at 9:49 a.m.

At West Point (Magnolia) a wind gust hit 55 mph, according to KOMO.

In Seattle, nearly 1,800 5,000 City Light customers are without power.

The high wind warning is in effect until 4 6 p.m.

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Rain overnight in Maple Leaf: 1.79″

November 15th, 2015 by Mike

Snow is being reported this morning in Tacoma, Puyallup and Eatonville. Also, Auburn.

The south hill in Puyallup is 400 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service says.

Maple Leaf is at 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

So far, though, just rain.

Totaling 1.79 inches overnight plus .95 inches overnight Friday into Saturday.

The rain is expected to slack off after 10 a.m. before a triumphant return Monday night into Tuesday.

PS: The current forecast discussion posted by the National Weather Service/Seattle speaks of a possible major windstorm here on Tuesday.

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