January 31st, 2014 by Mike
At the park.
Noon …er, 12 p.m.
A group of Maple Leaf residents are pulling together a 12th Man photo op on Seahawk Super Bowl Sunday.
The plan: Meet at the viewpoint on the southeast side of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park at 12 p.m. Sunday.
Wear Hawk gear. Make a giant “12.”
From Donna Hartmann-Miller of Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park and the Maple Leaf Community Council, who is looking for a tall ladder:
If it is overcast, we can take the photo from the viewpoint INTO the park and maybe get the water tank in the background. If it is a clear day, we can take the shot TOWARDS the viewpoint and get Mount Rainier.
Which, for the event, has been renamed Mount Seattle Seahawks by the state Legislature. (Don’t tell the Salish.)
Also from Donna:
Something fun for kids under 12 — Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is offering free Seahawks inspired face painting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The store is at 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E. and this is part of our 12th Man Special Weekend. If a grownup (or anyone over 12) wants to match, it will only cost $2 to be the most Seahawk-y fans around.
Finally, help The Seattle Public Library beat Denver! (Hash tags #SEAreads and #ReadingBowl)
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January 31st, 2014 by Mike
Several neighbors have recently asked when the popular zip line at the Maple Leaf Playground will be fixed.
It broke, apparently, last weekend.
“Wanting to ask why the Zip Line seat and hanging part disappeared on Saturday,” wrote DanM.
Since then, fencing has been installed around the “launch platform” at the top of the line.
We expect to hear back from Seattle Parks on this early next week.
If anyone has answers now, please leave them in comments.
While we were at it, we also asked Parks where the (graffiti-ridden) sign at the west entrance to the playground has gone.
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January 29th, 2014 by Mike
The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.
On the agenda:
7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements
7:05 p.m. Political Changes
7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity
7:25 p.m. Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)
7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan
8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr
9:00 p.m. Adjourn
The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.
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January 25th, 2014 by Mike
It was as foggy as it’s been this year at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning. (And that’s saying something.)
It’s lifting here now, but is forecast to return through the weekend.
In a short-term forecast, the National Weather Service warns:
AREAS OF DENSE FOG HAS FORMED OVER THE INTERIOR WATERS FROM PUGET SOUND TO THE NORTH INTERIOR. LAND AREAS NEAR WATER WILL ALSO HAVE DENSE FOG OR FREEZING FOG AT TIMES THIS MORNING.
VISIBILITY MAY DROP BELOW A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION IN AREAS OF LOW VISIBILITY. WATCH FOR ICY SPOTS ON ROADWAYS WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING.
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January 23rd, 2014 by Mike
Under the new City Council system of electing council members by district, Maple Leaf after the 2015 elections will be represented by two council members.
Most of the neighborhood will be in District Five, from Northeast Northgate Way down roughly to the middle of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.
Neighbors who live south of a line drawn horizontally though the park will be in District 4.
Learn more about this at the January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. It’s Wednesday, January 29th, from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street. Free, licensed child care will be provided.
Also on the agenda, the community council’s work plan for the year, an update on the ever-popular Bicycle Master Plan (a separated bike lane on Roosevelt Way Northeast?) and changes to public school boundaries.
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January 19th, 2014 by Mike
Last April, and again in late June, we posted on the possibility of broadband (read “really fast“) Internet service coming to parts of Maple Leaf.
By June, pricing had been announced, as was the fact that the initial list of demonstration projects had dropped the Northgate/Maple Leaf piece.
We never got any response from emails or voice mails we left with the city’s designated partner, Gigabit Squared Seattle. And although its website still works, the company apparently does not.
From our news partner The Seattle Times earlier this month:
Erin Devoto, Seattle’s chief technology officer, said that as of mid-November, the company’s phones were turned off and the city was unable to reach its officers. She turned over the bill for city staff’s preliminary engineering work on a broadband network to the City Attorney’s Office for collection.
The Times has more background here. And GeekWire has posts here and here.
It’s the second time the city’s plans for broadband have died.
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January 15th, 2014 by Mike
This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.
The Seattle Public Library Foundation is inviting Seattle high school seniors and undergraduates to enter an essay scholarship competition in honor of civic leader Stimson Bullitt.
The foundation are looking for essay submissions exploring the subject of civic courage. Local youth are asked to write about an individual or group from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.
The Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition was created to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who took a stand to better the world and their willingness to go against public opinion.
“This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Jonna Ward, executive director of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation and we are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”
Essays can be submitted online until February 28 and six scholarships will be awarded for the essays chosen by the blue ribbon scholarship judges. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winning essay; two $2,500 scholarships for second place and three $1,000 scholarships for third place.
The winners will be announced in May and the winning essays will be added to the collection in Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library.
The competition is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.
The Seattle Public Library is offering two workshops to support students in their research from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, February 10 at the Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave, Level 10, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Room).
Click here to learn more about the competition.
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January 11th, 2014 by Mike
Update 5 p.m.Rainfall during daylight hours: .70 inches. Top wind: 43 mph at 1:32 p.m.
Update 12:08 p.m. Thunderstorm, No power 8th Avenue Northeast to Lake Washington between Northeast 77th and Northeast 38th streets.
Update 11:55 a.m. Rain falling in sheets. More than 6,000 without power.
Update 11:30 a.m. This just in from Seattle City Light:
Gusty conditions continue and so does the risk of more outages. Getting reports from Ravenna right now. 5400 customers, report of wires down. Please call 684-3000 or 684-7400.
Rain overnight – .71 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South in the last 24 hours – means six of the nine settling ponds on the east side of Reservoir Park are full or filling.
And spilling over into miniature waterfalls.
Which should continue through the day. The forecast, as of 10 a.m., is for rain and possibly a thunderstorm, with wind gusts to 39 mph.
In the mountains – a different story. A winter storm watch from 2 p.m. today until noon Sunday. From Cliff Mass:
The weather map at 1 p.m. Saturday shows the story: LOTS of isobars over the region. Expect blizzard conditions in the passes. If you (travel) into the mountains that day, prepare for difficult conditions (chains, food, blankets). I would expect some avalanche control closures as well.
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January 7th, 2014 by Mike
Seattle Police this morning announced the arrests of two men in connection with a robbery near Northgate Mall that occurred on Boxing Day – Dec. 26th.
At about 2:30 p.m., the victim was walking near the mall when he was confronted by three acquaintances. They engaged in a conversation when one of the men asked the victim if he could try on his Ralph Lauren down vest.
The victim told him no, and the suspect pushed him against a wall and held him there. He ordered him to take off the vest and then motioned toward his waistband, as if he was reaching for a gun. The suspects removed the victim’s vest and distinctive Gucci belt and then fled in a car.
Robbery detectives were assigned the case and distributed a wanted bulletin for the suspects. Yesterday, just before noon, a Shoreline Police Department officer located and arrested one of the suspects near Northeast 174th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, just north of the city limits.
During his arrest, the officer located a loaded .380 caliber semi-auto handgun in the suspect’s waistband. The handgun had been stolen in a 2012 residential robbery that happened in King County. The suspect was wearing the victim’s Gucci belt taken in the robbery.
Officers arrested the man and his brother, ages 19 and 20. The third suspect is still at large.
The original police report states the robbery occurred in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way, along the north side of the mall. It says the robbers got away in an old Toyota, driven by a fourth suspect.
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January 2nd, 2014 by Mike
The robbery, just after 4 p.m. apparently occurred at the Umpqua Bank at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 64th Street.
The suspect is described by police as 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. The Ravenna Blog is reporting the same bank was robbed last March.
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January 1st, 2014 by Mike
Plus, we’ve added a new bird to the Birds of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – a Western Gull.
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December 31st, 2013 by Mike
John emails: “JUST when I was feeling so good about our street being a bare spot on the crime map:
My beloved/beat up Subaru Legacy station wagon was swiped from in front of my house (on Northeast 89th Street, just east of 15th Avenue Northeast) late Sunday or early Monday a.m.
His 1990 wagon is one of 11 cars on the police crime map at right stolen since our last report a couple of weeks ago.
It is a blue 4-door wagon with black luggage rack, WA Plates 467-YNK – it has the distinctive feature of the right front head light being held on by a set of external metal brackets.
A word to the wise: keep your car locked and think about a car alarm if it is of sufficient value.
In a later email John added the police told him “it was probably used either for a joyride or to carry out illegal ‘business’ and, in all likelihood, it will appear somewhere in the metro area – and my key will work, since they use blanks to steal cars these days – they don’t jam screwdrivers and pull wiring like ‘back in the day.’”
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December 28th, 2013 by Mike
Amy emails this afternoon:
Someone in the neighborhood suggested I send my info to Maple Leaf Life about our missing cat. I’m heartbroken, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to post a blurb. The info is below and pictures are attached. Thank you!
We’re out of town and our cat ran away from home, Northeast 98th Street between Roosevelt and Eighth avenues northeast, on Thursday. His name is Macchiato (Macchi for short). He has medium length black and white fur and weighs about 10lbs.
He’s probably pretty freaked out, since he’s never been outside for more than five minutes at a time. If you spot him please let me know ASAP! My number is 314-223-7781.
He’ likely going to be hard to catch. Any help is appreciated, we feel so helpless since we’re not able to be there looking for him ourselves.
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December 27th, 2013 by Mike
Back when the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park opened, several people wondered about the paved park path.
Mostly, they wondered how long it is. In comments on our post from the time, David Miller said it was about half a mile.
Now Alicia emails:
We’ve been wondering what the distance around the big, paved loop at Maple Leaf park. On Christmas day, we took a measuring wheel to find out. It’s about 2480 feet around. That’s almost half a mile.
While we were measuring, a dozen people stopped to ask us what the distance was. Could you publish it for folks?
Update: “I asked the parks dept about the length of the path when the park first opened. The response: ‘The outer asphalt pathway is 2,540 feet, so two laps is 200 feet shy of one mile.’ – Maryanne”
Maple Leaf also has a new Kickstarter project – Stacy Brewer of the Seattle Urban Farm School is trying to raise money to turn her garage on Northeast 97th Street into a schoolhouse so she doesn’t have to teach classes in her living room.
Her goal is $12,815. Her Kickstarter page is here.
Finally, we picked up several dozen comments on our post about Seattle considering whether to pick up trash only every other week.
Since then the City Council has unanimously passed a bill that would open negotiations with trash haulers on the possibility. Crosscut has an update here.
And this week the Seattle Times has an editorial on the subject, although on reading it appears the newspaper’s position is “we should think about it.”
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December 24th, 2013 by Mike
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