October 20th, 2013 by Mai Ling
UPDATE: The School Board has extended its school boundary survey deadline until 6 p.m. Oct. 25.
Shown above is the proposed new Olympic View school boundary on top of the current one.
We’ve received a few emails from parents about the new boundaries proposed for Seattle Public Schools, which Olympic View Elementary parent Aiko Schaefer says would “splinter Maple Leaf kids to an even greater number of different schools.” She continues:
Schools are anchors to communities, the latest SPS proposal has Maple Leaf kids going every which way to school. The kids in the neighborhood play and grow up together, it will be a shame if they are not able to also learn together. I’m hoping Maple Leaf residents are able to weigh in on this proposal and help ensure we keep our neighborhood kids together.
In a nutshell, here is the current boundary for Olympic View, which was implemented when the school district moved to neighborhood schools in fall 2010. And here is a link to the school’s proposed new boundaries, which another parent pointed out would have children between Roosevelt and 15th Avenue Northeast who previously attended Olympic View crossing busy, unsidewalked 15th Avenue Northeast to reach Sacajawea Elementary.
But the splintering continues after elementary school, Schaefer says, which is shown by the new boundary proposal for middle schools and high schools: (more…)
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October 20th, 2013 by Mai Ling
Just a month after moving into new digs kitty-corner from Cloud City Coffee at 8626 Roosevelt Way N.E., Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center is inviting neighbors to stop by and get a behind-the-scenes look at the veterinary hospital during their Open House and Grand Opening from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
It will make a convenient stop for families marching through Maple Leaf for the annual Parade of Costumes, which starts at 1 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron (Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) then winds around the neighborhood including a trek past the new veterinary clinic.
Be sure to stop by Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center before you hit the grand opening of Maple Leaf Park, because there will be treats for kids as well as for costumed and uncostumed pets. In addition, staff also will be giving tours of our new facility and serving refreshments for all ages (and species!).
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October 16th, 2013 by Mike
Something over 50 people from the neighborhood are attending the Candidates & Issues forum tonight at Olympic View Elementary School. It runs until 9 p.m.
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October 16th, 2013 by Mike
School board candidates Sue Peters and Suzanne Dale Estey.
October 16th, 2013 by Mike
Seattle Police are aggressively searching for stolen cars and parking scofflaws, sending a dozen vehicles equipped with license-plate scanners down most city roads.
During four months this summer more than 1.6 million scans were made of upwards of 600,000 vehicles, according to a story today by our news partner The Seattle Times.
The most emphasis has been on heavily traveled areas, such as Capitol Hill, downtown, Queen Anne and Ballard, the story states. But the scanners visited three out of every four city streets.
To view the Times’ interactive map, click here.
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October 15th, 2013 by Mike
The annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, held Sunday, Oct. 27th, will end with the OPENING OF OUR NEW PARK!
It starts at 1 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street. The full route will take a little over an hour to walk.
As in previous years, bring a non-perishable item for local food banks.
From the Maple Leaf Community Council:
“The Parade will end in Maple Leaf Park, just in time for the Opening Celebration of the upper part of the Park (which officially starts at 2:30 and runs to 4:30).
“The Opening Festivities will include a performance by Counterbalance Barbershop quartet, ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments, and family activities. We look forward to seeing you there!
“We could use a few volunteers to help with crossing Roosevelt and do some ‘front running’ to inform participating businesses the parade is approaching their location and giving them a chance to get outside to hand out treats. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments, or to volunteer!”
In addition, there are several other festivals planned for the neighborhood.
Saturday, Oct. 26th:
Olympic View Elementary holds its Fall Carnival from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. It will include games, crafts and food. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. 504 N.E. 95th St.
Northgate Mall has announced this year’s Halloween events. The first event on Oct. 26th invites children and their families to enjoy some festive-themed activities for an afternoon of fun and a jump-start on the candy (1-3 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court). Then, come back in for some Halloween-day indoor trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st (4-8 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court).
Thursday, Oct. 31:
Northgate Mall: Halloween-day indoor trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st (4-8 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court).
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October 12th, 2013 by Mike
A raft of candidates on next month’s ballot will be here Wednesday, Oct. 16th, for the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Candidates & Issues Night.
Candidates for mayor and city council and representatives for ballot measures are expected. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free babysitting will be provided on site.
The council has also sent mayoral and city council candidates a questionnaire. Answers can be seen here.
Those answers can range from weighty to scant. Two examples:
Q. Which Council subcommittees would you like to chair and/or be a member of? Why?
Albert Shen (first three sentences of three paragraphs).
Public Safety – We need immediate and decisive leadership on our public safety policy. With the recent stabbing of a local educator, I want to see our streets cleaned up. Recently I took my family to Macy’s in downtown Seattle and in taking my children to the bathroom, there were (2) people sitting by the bathrooms drugged out.
Edwin Fruit (entire answer).
None. I am not running to administrate the cut backs. I want to see a revolutionary change.
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October 10th, 2013 by Mai Ling
The Green Skunk, a marijuana dispensary formerly located in Pinehurst at 11231 Roosevelt Way N.E., has moved south into the space vacated by Maple Leaf Massage (now joined by Thrive Physical Therapy) at 9414 Roosevelt Way N.E.
We’ve received a few emails from neighbors wondering if its location just blocks from Olympic View Elementary and The Perkins School violates any laws. Indeed, according to the pot shops map we linked to last month, the Maple Leaf stretch of Roosevelt is not included in the proposed areas where dispensaries will be allowed.
However, under the new proposal to judge distance by “common path” rather than as the crow flies, which is how the rule is enforced federally, The Green Skunk appears to be legit. They might get hassled by the federal government because they’re a few feet shy of 1,000 feet from Olympic View as the crow flies, but perhaps that’s a risk they’re willing to take. (Or maybe they have a more accurate way of calculating distance than Google Maps!)
While we’re on the subject of marijuana dispensaries, we should point out that Delta 9 and MMJ Coop on Lake City Way both have relocated. According to its website, Delta 9 now is located in Sodo at 1950 First Ave. S., while a sign on MMJ says the co-op has moved a half-mile north to 10728 Lake City Way N.E.
Meanwhile, Lake City Conscious Care Cooperative has moved in across the street from MMJ at 8288 Lake City Way N.E.
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October 9th, 2013 by Mike
Photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger
Maple Leaf photographer Dane Doerflinger sent us these photos of Sacajawea Elementary School students heading out to school in this morning’s fog.
It’s part of International Walk to School Day (you can go by bike as well).
The Sacajawea walk was supported by parent volunteers, the Blue Saucer and Trader Jo’s.
Additional photos are on Dane’s SmugMug page.
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October 7th, 2013 by Mike
Controversial, contentious, confusing … maybe traffic calming?
The bike lanes proposed on Roosevelt Avenue Northeast are going in this morning.
Be prepared for a different afternoon commute home.
For previous comments and thought about the lanes, see our story here and more recent comments here.
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October 4th, 2013 by Mai Ling
In addition to closures of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the Montlake Bridge this weekend, we have a couple of lane closures closer to home that we should warn you about.
The Seattle Department of Transportation says crews will be working on landscaping the street median on Lake City Way Northeast and on Northeast Northgate Way this weekend:
On Saturday, Oct. 5 the crews plan to work on Lake City Way Northeast between Northeast Northgate Way and Northeast 125th Street. On Sunday the crews are scheduled to work on Northeast Northgate Way from First Avenue Northeast to Fifth Avenue Northeast. One inside lane in each direction will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on these streets to enable crews to safely prune shrubs, pull weeds, and add mulch.
October 4th, 2013 by Mike
The buildings going up in the “empty block” in Maple Leaf’s business district on Roosevelt Way Northeast will continue pretty much as planned, after a plea filed by the Maple Leaf Community Council was dismissed.
“Unfortunately, most of our case was thrown out,” writes David Miller, council president, in the council newsletter being delivered this weekend.
The partial block at Northeast 89th Street, which includes the Snappy Dragon, burned in a three-alarm fire on Thanksgiving morning 2001. (The Snappy was saved.)
The lawsuit, filed in the spring, argued the developers got around city planning rules on technicalities that allowed building about 13 townhouses or live-work units piecemeal instead of as one project.
“We thought we had a great case, but a city attorney brought forward a surprising, and, frankly, completely unjustified interpretation of the land use code, in our opinion,” Miller writes.
Developers and the council were able to reach a deal that avoids Miller’s most eye-catching claim (in seattlepi.com):
Worst of all, on recycling day there will be 39 (yes, THIRTY NINE) recycling, trash, and food waste receptacles clogging the sidewalk on Roosevelt — right in the middle of the business district. This is absolutely unacceptable….
Now Miller writes the council has settled with developers on using dumpsters or other joint receptacles. “While not exactly a perfect outcome, we’re happy we were able to avoid the nonsense of having 39 receptacles blocking the sidewalk.”
For more details see the October-December newsletter, which should be landing on your porch soon.
Editor: Thanks for the comment below, David. For those who want more, here’s a link to the council’s March lawsuit.
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October 3rd, 2013 by Mike
Scott emails earlier today: “Any news on when the new park will open?”
Yes, thanks to Donna Hartmann-Miller.
In the Maple Leaf Community Council newsletter being delivered door-to-door now, she writes the park will open, in part, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. “Exact time may be adjusted,” she says.
“There will most likely be some areas of the upper area that will remain fenced, but most of the paths, the sports court, the shelter and some of the grassy areas will be available for our use.”
For the full story see your newsletter. There are details on what’s there – including a planned crosswalk at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 83rd Street – and what’s not – including some picnic tables and grills.
Hartmann-Miller is a member of the community’s council’s Executive Committee, and chairs its parks committee.
Our earlier report on getting the park open is here.
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October 2nd, 2013 by Mike
When Seattle Public Libraries reopen after today’s shutdown, two new programs will be on tap at the Northgate branch.
Trained staff from community agencies will offer assistance in signing up for the new Affordable Care Act – Obamacare - on Wednesday afternoons beginning next week at the branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
“Please bring your Social Security number and information about your current income,” the Library notes.
The times are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Dec. 18th.
The assistance will also be offered at seven other library locations. For more information click here.
In a distinctly different program, the library is offering “Bow-wows and Books” story times for kids.
Coupling young readers and certified therapy dogs (and their humans), the program is offered at the Northgate branch on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary. For more information click here.
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October 1st, 2013 by Mike
All branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed Wednesday for a staff in-service day.
Regular service, including at the Northgate and Green Lake branches, will resume Thursday.
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