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Local power outages after nearly 4 inches of rain in six days

March 6th, 2014 by Mike

Lights flickering? Yes.

This morning around 144 of our neighbors to the east are without power after a rainy night that brought an additional .79 inches of rain and more winds.

That outage started shortly after 1 a.m., according to Seattle City Light. The cause is given as “equipment failure.”

And lights are blinking here in Maple Leaf at 7:45 a.m.

Six days into March, we have had nearly 4 inches of rain (3.91 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South).

The forecast: More rain today, slackening this afternoon. Perhaps a dry spot on Friday. Rain over the weekend.

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Update: More, heavier rain arriving on top of 1.53 inches of rain overnight in Maple Leaf

March 5th, 2014 by Mike

Update 4:30 p.m.

More rain – some heavier than last night – is expected to start arriving soon and last into Thursday.

“While the rain let up toward mid-morning and the sun could even be found peeking through the clouds, a second, stronger storm was racing toward the region, due in just after the evening commute finishes for another round of heavy rains and blustery winds,” posted KOMO-TV weatherman Scott Sistek.

And the National Weather Service, about a half-hour ago, updated its  Special Weather Statement: “HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO




The city’s Department of Transportation tweets a half-hour ago: “This is the worst I’ve seen the map in awhile … red everywhere!!”

At Maple Leaf Life South, 1.53 inches of rain overnight.

We don’t really get a break until Friday, forecasters say.

On Facebook, the National Weather Service said:

“Be careful during your morning commute today. We have received reports of standing water on roadways from heavy rains overnight. We have almost an inch already since midnight here in north Seattle!”

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Maple Leaf Park waterfalls after the rain

March 3rd, 2014 by Mike

John emails this afternoon: “I see that not only are the lower playfields now open at Maple Leaf Park, but also the drain steps on the east side of the park are now filled with water. This is the first time I have seen so much water in them. It’s flowing over the lips…just as it’s supposed to.”

The rain overnight here at Maple Leaf Life South measured 1.35 inches.

Photo courtesy John Hennes

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NEST hosts community dinner with Nancy Pearl, KUOW’s Steve Scher

February 28th, 2014 by Mike

Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Pearl and friends.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.

Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her,  Steve Scher of KUOW  public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.

They will be talking about books – their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.

Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl,  filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 businesses contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST,  a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures,” is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also the current NEST board president.

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Maple Leaf Park – all of it – appears open

February 27th, 2014 by Mike

Update 1 p.m.: Crews removing fence panels tell us they should all be gone at day’s end.


This message came in earlier this morning:

Hey there! Looks like most of the barriers to the lower park are down! Cupcake (ed. note: four legs) and I checked it out! – Jan (ed.  note: two legs).

They are right. The fence from the upper Reservoir Park blocking access to the lower play fields is gone.

And most of the lower fence, blocking access from the south, is gone as well.

City parks said the play fields should open this Spring as soon as the grass was healthy enough.  Apparently the snow play earlier this month didn’t intervene.

Picnic tables, too.

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Maple Leaf – and our neighbors – wins $50,000 project

February 27th, 2014 by Mike

Congratulations, Maple Leaf.

We – and our neighbors Victory Heights, Pinehurst and Northgate – won a $50,000 community project for being really good about recycling.

The CleanScapes “Thursday North” collection area won the 2013 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition and will receive a $50,000 community improvement project.

Between now and April 15, 2014, Seattle residents have the opportunity to submit project proposals for construction in the “Thursday North” collection area. Representatives from the neighborhood community councils in the “Thursday North” area will recommend the winning project(s) to CleanScapes using the criteria below.

For background, see our previous post: “No way are we more trashy than Ravenna.” (more…)

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New Little Free Library at 98th St. and 17th Ave. N.E.

February 26th, 2014 by Mike

Elise emails:

Hi.I recently completed a new Little Free Library for you all :)

It’s got several shelves of books – come check it out!

9820 17th Ave N.E.

One note about lending – if you want to borrow (or keep) a book from a series, please grab the entire series at once so we don’t end up with incomplete sets that nobody wants.


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Man shot and killed in Greenwood Sunday night

February 24th, 2014 by Mike

Tuesday Feb. 25: The Seattle Times has an update here.

We’re reprinting this from PhinnyWood at the suggestion of one of our readers, who says:

My family and I occasionally shop here, and across the street at Top Ten Toys. Definitely makes you think twice about where to shop, if it truly is a random robbery.

Update 2:10 p.m.: Seattle Police say they are looking for three suspects in last night’s shooting death of a man in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs, just north of North 85th Street and First Avenue Northwest.

According SPD, the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area before the shooting.

Here’s the updated SPD Blotter post:

A man was found shot to death in a North Seattle parking lot last night. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.

The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-10 tall, thin build, wearing a North Face jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Also, The Seattle Times has identified the victim as 54-year-old David L. Peterson. (more…)

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Light, wet snow falling in Maple Leaf at 9:30 a.m.

February 22nd, 2014 by Mike

A mix of snow and thick rain is falling in Maple Leaf’s higher hills at 9:30 a..m.

It’s 35 degrees, and calm, at Maple Leaf Life South.

The  snow is forecast to turn to rain soon, but tomorrow might be different.

Cliff Mass has an updated post on lowland snow Sunday.

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Plan to pick up garbage every other week is canned

February 22nd, 2014 by Mike

A controversial proposal to pick up Seattle garbage only every other week – like recycling – has been nixed by new Mayor Ed Murray.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has the story here.

Murray said the switch would create a hardship for some families and the estimated savings of 8 percent on bills wasn’t enough to justify cutting services by half. He said the city will look for other strategies to reduce the amount of recyclables and food waste going into landfills, one goal of the biweekly collection plan.

Our original post on this drew some 44 comments – from both sides.

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It’s Back – the return of the zip line

February 21st, 2014 by Mike

It’s a good Friday at the Maple Leaf Playground.

The zip line returns after a mid-winter break.

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Could any of these items recovered from burglaries be yours?

February 20th, 2014 by Mike

Is any of this stuff yours?

Since we’ve had a few comments about crime recently, we’re letting people know that the King County Sheriff’s Office  has recovered dozens (and dozens) of items stolen in burglaries over 18 months.

The items were stolen between January 2012 and July 2013, according to a news story by our partners The Seattle Times.

Two people were arrested in connection with the burglaries, which stretched from Mill Creek to Tigard, Ore.

You can see photos (13 pages worth) of the recovered items here. The password is SammamishPD and is case sensitive.

If you think some of these items are yours, call the sheriff’s office at 804-885-5276.

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Sun before a week of wind, rain

February 16th, 2014 by Mike

The sun is out at 10 a.m, but the forecast is for heavy rain this afternoon. There is a wind advisory in effect from noon until midnight, which could cause power outages.

Cliff Mass says “the heavens are about to open up over the Northwest as a persistent moist southwesterly flow will bring a series of very wet systems into the region.”

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Traffic alert! Southbound I-5 this long holiday weekend

February 13th, 2014 by Mike

The state Department of Transportation posts on our Facebook page:

You have the power to avoid the heartache of a traffic jam on I-5 in Seattle this weekend. We’re reducing southbound I-5 to one open lane between Spring Street and I-90.

It then refers you, in the usual social media way, to: @WSDOT_Traffic afternoon gal’s blog.

What Traffic Afternoon Gal has to say, basically, is that two of three lanes of southbound Interstate 5 will be closed “anytime from 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Her tips:

Avoid southbound I-5 into the city if possible. SR 99 is the best alternative.

All on- and off-ramps in downtown Seattle will remain open.

We’re keeping the I-5 express lanes open southbound until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This helps provide more access to the downtown Seattle on- and off-ramps, especially useful for carpoolers (hint, hint). However, and I stress however, they will not help you avoid the big closure because where they end, the construction begins. The I-5 express lanes will operate southbound on Monday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can you carpool? Take public transit? Take rail? Maybe work from home if you don’t get Presidents Day off?

Local streets are also good alternates.

If you plan to travel south of downtown, consider using southbound I-405.

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Car crimes continue to top crime list here

February 13th, 2014 by Mike

Alison emails overnight:

Just wanted to let the neighborhood know that my window was smashed in and things stolen while eating dinner at the Roosevelt Ale House tonight. I let the restaurant know and they weren’t surprised. Was parked close to the entrance and  in for less than an hour. Had a nice bag on the font seat with clothing in it which was stolen, along with the contents of my center console.

Was definitely just a smash and grab as I had things in the back which were overlooked. It’s trivia night and the place is packed so whoever did it is especially bold.

Would love to remind people not to leave anything in view!

The map shows stolen or prowled cars here beginning New Year’s day. Our last reports are here and here.

Car crimes are by far the most common crimes in Maple Leaf and in Seattle generally.

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