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2016 Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday, Oct. 30th

October 11th, 2016 by Mike

Alicia this week emails: “Maple Leaf Life, as Halloween falls on a Monday, when are most neighborhoods doing trick or treating? For most families, trick or treating on a weeknight is difficult. Would it be Saturday or Sunday night for Maple Leaf?”

Our reply:

Traditionally in Maple Leaf, trick or treating occurs on the actual All Hallows Eve, i.e., Monday. (Last year we got 232 kids, 33 adults in costume, 6 dogs.)

Also, for several years now there has been a daytime Parade of Costumes through the neighborhood on the Sunday before Halloween, often drawing over a hundred kids. From talk over at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group, it looks like it’s on this year, tho we haven’t yet received anything official. -M

Now there’s a little more information on the (NEW!) Ace Hardware sign, above.

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Butchery, deli, cafe moving into Little Gym space

October 9th, 2016 by Mike

Jennifer emails: “Interested in what’s going into the Little Gym?

It will be an old fashioned full-service USDA butchery and deli, featuring products from local farms. We will have a well-curated selection of cheese, wine, beer, and deli items plus select grocery and prepared culinary sides to go. A large percentage of the deli meats will be created in house with cut-to-order fresh meats, smoked meats, and handmade fresh sausages. Select grocery items will be available.

The name? The Shambles – an area in In York, England “that at one time had a street of butchers. It’s where farmers would come to sell, and then have a a good meal.”

The Little Gym left its spot on the corner of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street and will move to the location of the former Maple Leaf Pharmacy on Northeast 89 Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. The space has been empty for nearly a year.

Other news about The Shambles: “There will be a beer and craft cocktail bar on one side, and half will be a family friendly area. Coffee shop and grab and go items in the morning. We hope to be open by April.”

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City Council: Should homeless tents be allowed in our parks?

October 7th, 2016 by Mike

A week from today a Seattle City Council committee will hold a special meeting on the homeless crisis – including whether tents should be allowed on public property which might include Maple Leaf, Green Lake and Thornton Creek parks.

(Note that the Maple Leaf park is over an enormous drinking water reservoir.)

This is a proposal supported by council members 7-1 in September. Since then, a lot of news coverage has questioned it, and it’s unclear what an amended version might look like.

The meeting will be Oct. 14th at 9:30 a.m. It is of the council’s Human Services & Public Health Committee.

Councilman Tim Burgess, a committee member who was the “no” vote, earlier this week posted:

As introduced on September 6, the proposed law establishes a new right to camp on public property across Seattle, including in our parks and greenbelts, and on sidewalks and planting strips….

Read the proposed new camping legislation carefully. It contains a few key phrases that require the city government to allow camping on public property for at least 30 days per location.  In addition, even when an encampment is in an unsafe or unsuitable location, the City cannot remove it until the City has provided 48 hours’ notice, and must offer the individuals alternative locations in which to camp.

His full post is here.

Other coverage:

The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat earlier this week:

Last month, some homeless-aid groups wrote up a controversial ordinance giving the homeless a right to camp on some public property. It was retitled as “Council Bill 118794” and introduced with 95 percent identical wording (though it has not yet passed). The city staff’s memo says bluntly that the bill didn’t come from any elected official: “CB 118794 was drafted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Columbia Legal Services.”

(Original September story from the Times is here.)

KIRO TV: “Camping in the end zone: How Seattle’s homeless crisis is spilling onto playfields.”
KING TV: “Maps show possible homeless encampments.”

Contact your council member? Debora Juarez (who was absent for the original debate) represents most of Maple Leaf:

The full list for mayor and City Council:,,,,,,,,,

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North end burglaries featured in The Seattle Times

October 7th, 2016 by Mike

“Personal property theft is a serious problem in Seattle, and we’re not sure how to stop it.”

That’s the headline in The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine this weekend.

The lead story? A burglary in Maple Leaf.

And so it began for the couple that rainy February morning: a slow dawning that while they slept upstairs, someone crept through their house, sliding open drawers, picking through closets, stealing whatever he wanted.

They didn’t know it at the time, but their unsettling experience put them in one of the least exclusive clubs in the city: people whose homes have been burglarized, many by the same suspects. Thousands are victimized each year, coming home or waking up to discover that memories and heirlooms have been snatched, along with their sense of security.

Police say burglaries are particularly bad in the North End, the story says. The map shows Maple Leaf burglary reports so far this year.

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Maxine’s is latest Maple Leaf storefront to close

September 26th, 2016 by Mike

Maxine’s Floral Design, in business since 1983, is the latest Maple Leaf business to shut its doors.

Although the retail store at 8811 Roosevelt Way N.E. will close this week, the business will remain open online and with the same phone number, (206) 523-4200, an employee said.

There is some possibility of a restaurant opening there.

That block of Roosevelt is seeing a lot of change.

Across the street, Wild Root Salon closed in early summer (and is apparently being replaced by a private business) and the Maple Leaf Pharmacy closed last October (it’s being replaced by The Little Gym).

In previous years, on the same block, Between Cultures gallery closed, as did Snow Goose gallery.

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Update on things that aren’t happening (Pronto!) – and one that is

September 18th, 2016 by Mike

A quick update on issues we’ve previously written about.

Pronto! bike sharing, a half-year after the Seattle City Council rescued it (for $1.4 million and counting) appears dead.

And not in a good way.

A Danny Westneat column in the Seattle Times is here.

“Talk about misrepresentation,” says City Councilmember Tim Burgess, one of only two to vote against the buyout (seven voted in favor.) “In the spring they’re telling us they need this money to save the system. ‘We need these assets so we can expand,’ they said. And now they’ve turned around just a few months later and said ‘this system is crap, we need to start over from scratch.’ ”

Bottom line: All three of the bidders to fix the current system – which has fallen to one rider per bike per day on our city owned 500 bikes – say Pronto! will never work. And the city should buy electric bikes instead.

Councilwoman Debora Juarez, who represents most of Maple Leaf, was one of the seven who voted to spend the $1.4 million.

The new $149 million North Seattle Police Precinct – aka The Bunker – also appears dead despite majority support last month.

Now it’s this month.

We’re not going to run a special levy to pay for this project, which has been in the works since 1998. We have spent millions planning it, during which time it has risen to $160 million from $88 million, then shrunk a bit.

From PublicCola: “The council member who represents the north district, Debora Juarez in District Five, voted for the August resolution and—in a scene reminiscent of a 2016 college campus—was shouted down by Black Lives Matter activists as Juarez, who prides herself on her Native American roots, played the unfamiliar role of the out-of-touch, white Baby Boom liberal professor.”

Juarez is now against the new project, which would replace the existing North Precinct station near North Seattle College. In a press release this week she said:

Plans to re-evaluate the project will be done with a commitment to rebuilding a useful and productive North Precinct station. Constituents…deserve a cost-effective proposal that is responsive to racial justice issues and will provide for north end public safety reliably over the long-term. I hope you will join me in supporting this proposal to take the time to do this project right.

Good news dept:

Introducing Roosevelt Jazz Band 1

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 will play with special guest, D’Vonne Lewis. D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition will also perform as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre. D’Vonne Lewis is a Roosevelt graduate and former drummer in the Roosevelt Jazz Band. Tickets are available online through Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students. A “Family Pack” is available for $50 and includes two adult and two student tickets.

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Crime updates from neighbors – UPDATE

September 15th, 2016 by Mike

Since our last crime report at the end of August:

* Neighbors at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf reported a 4 a.m. prowler in their back yard on Wednesday. Police arrived within five minutes and took the man into custody. This occurred at Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

UPDATE Friday morning: Overnight the homeowners posted that they were burglarized Thursday, every room ransacked and numerous items stolen. This would have occurred during the day between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

* Another neighbor at Northeast 89th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast reported a burglary in process – of a bicycle – at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

* Zack emailed on Tuesday:

My vehicle on Northeast 98th Street between 15th and 12th avenues northeast was “broken” into last night. They went through glove box, trunk, etc and threw everything around. Nothing was actually broken…I may have left it unlocked as I sometimes do with no valuables…keeps them from breaking locks/windows I guess.

I don’t keep anything in there…but worth noting I guess.

Probably the 4th time in 5 years.\

Also, several people have reported hearing a gun shot today at around 2:18 a.m. near Northeast 91st Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. There is nothing on the Seattle crime maps, though.

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Metro brings expanded commuter service to Maple Leaf

September 12th, 2016 by Mike

Beginning this week we have expanded bus service from Maple Leaf to downtown Seattle.

Thanks to Caroline Young Ullmann for the following notes.

Route 77

Two morning southbound trips to downtown Seattle arriving at Second Avenue South & South Jackson Street at 5:48 and 9:25 a.m. will be added. Also, two northbound trips to North City leaving Fourth Avenue South & South Jackson Street at 3:10 and 6:40 p.m. will be added.

These changes will extend the span of service by 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon.

Route 67

During the weekday morning peak period, southbound Route 67 service frequency to the U-District will improve to every 10 minutes between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. During the afternoon peak period, northbound Route 67 service frequency to the Northgate Transit  Center C will improve to every 10 minutes between 3:15 and 5:45 p.m.

On Sunday, service frequency will improve to every 20 minutes between about 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Neighborhood block party, movie night

August 29th, 2016 by Mike

The Fairview Church and School, just off Roosevelt Way North at  844 N.E. 78th St., is holding a neighborhood block party and movie night on Sunday Friday, Sept. 18th.

The party begins at 6 p.m. and features live music by Mr. and Mrs. Something.

At 8 p.m. the movie Zootopia begins in the parking lot.

“Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.”

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August crime in and around Maple Leaf

August 28th, 2016 by Mike

A round-up of some burglaries, vehicle thefts and prowls, and mail theft as August comes to an end. (Shown in map at right.)

But first, from Seattle Police this week.

“After stealing $800 worth of cologne and pulling a knife on Northgate Mall security Tuesday, a 49-year-old man claimed he had swallowed heroin in an apparent—and ultimately unsuccessful—effort to get out of going to jail.

“Police were called to the mall around 8 p.m. after the suspect dashed out of a store with 10 bottles of cologne, valued at over $830, and tussled with security guards. He then brandished a knife and fled, but was arrested a short time later by SPD officers.”

Brad emails on Wednesday.

“Last night a friend and I came back from vacation. Her car was parked at my house (by Sacajawea) and she put her suitcase in between her car and another. She came inside for less than two minutes. Went back to her car and it was gone!

“There was nothing of real value to anybody (clothes, make up, gifts etc) but costly to replace. Hoping whoever stole it dumped it somewhere close. If anybody sees it can can they report it. Thanks.”

(Comments here STILL aren’t working, but you can report on our Facebook page.)

On Monday Damien emailed:

Before our family left for a week-long vacation, a brand new, dark grey 4 Runner was parked at the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Northeast 82nd Street. When we got back, we noticed it had been hit by another vehicle. There is quite a lot of glass left behind from the offending vehicle’s headlight and blinker, and the 4 Runner has a damaged rear bumper.

Wondering if anyone is or knows the owner of the 4 Runner, it doesn’t look like it has moved in almost 2 weeks.

Over at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf are reports of:

* An attempted break-in at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

* An actual break-in at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 96th Street.

* Luggage theft at 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street.

* Stolen Subaru from Northgate.

* Mail theft along Eighth Avenue Northeast near Northeast 96th Street.

* An entire bank of mailboxes prowled on 12th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 102nd and 103rd streets.

* A hit-and-run damaging two cars along Eighth Avenue Northeast.
* Mail theft along Northeast 91st Street between 15th and 20th avenue northeast.

* Stolen mail found along Northeast 96th Street between 15th and 17th avenues northeast.

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Dog reported stolen from U Village QFC

August 25th, 2016 by Mike

Jennifer emails:

“My brother and sister in law’s black lab mix was stolen from the University Village QFC last night around 8:15 p.m. We are trying everything we can to get the word out, and having found the Seattle neighborhood blogs, are emailing all of you asking for help.

“If you would not mind posting her listing on your respective blog pages it would be greatly appreciated. We are also open to any other suggestions you may know of? Any information and assistance would be greatly appreciated.

“She is an all black female mix, tall and lanky, wearing a turquoise collar with tags and is also chipped and registered. Contact phone is 425-422-7047 or 360-224-5113. Photo attached.”

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Little Gym moves north to former pharmacy

August 24th, 2016 by Mike

The Little Gym, long a Maple Leaf fixture just to the south on 15th Avenue Northeast, is moving north – to the site of the former Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

Bob Jackman, son of the original pharmacy owner, confirms the gym will be relocating to the corner of Northeast 89th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

“They will have some work to do getting it ready but are quite interested in bringing their work to the neighborhood and people seem excited about it.”

The space has been empty since October.

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Armed robbery on N.E. 89th Street this afternoon?

August 2nd, 2016 by Mike

Update Aug. 3: There is now a partial police report for ROBBERY-STREET-GUN.


Neighbors report a young woman was robbed at gunpoint this afternoon on Northeast 89th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.

Several police cruisers responded, although there’s nothing yet on the Seattle Police incident response map.

According to neighbors, the young woman was walking on N.E. 89 when a foreign car, possibly a BMW, with tinted windows and red rims pulled up.

Two woman got out of the car, pointed a gun at the young woman, and took her purse, they said. The car sped off north on 12th Avenue Northeast.

Police were said to be interested in anyone with surveillance cameras on 12th N.E. that might have recorded the car.

We have a call into Seattle Police.

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Missing black lab Maya

July 27th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Maya is home.

Tori emails:


“Her name is Maya, she is a 6-month-old, medium (30 lbs), black labradoodle. She jumped the fence at Grandma’s house near Sacajawea Playground Northeast 94th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle at 10 a.m. (Tuesday).

“She was wearing a red harness but does not have tags or a microchip.

“My friends have only had her for a week. She is frightened of new people and cars so she will most likely run. Although she is very sweet if you can catch her.

“If you see her, have her, or have any other information please call me at: (206) 819-4533.”

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Summer Social is Wednesday in the park!

July 26th, 2016 by Mike

Update: The Social is on!

Yes (Virginia) there will be a Maple Leaf celebration in the park on Wednesday evening!

The annual Maple Leaf Summer Social will be held TOMORROW Wednesday, July 27, in the Maple Leaf Park Family Terrace (the grassy area next to the playground equipment), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If we’re counting correctly, it will be the 21st annual social.

No, it’s not clear what happens next. From the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Facebook page:

After the mayor’s announcement yesterday, a few Leaflettes have asked if there will still be a Maple Leaf Summer Social and the answer is yes, yes, YES! Things may be up in the air at the moment regarding the future of what our Community Council look like but one thing we can all be pretty sure of is that our neighborhood is strong, it will continue to be strong and do our best to represent our residents, and our community building activities and meetings WILL BE HAPPENING.

The future issue is what will happen with the community council, and the district councils, at least one of which most folks have never heard of.

There are 13 neighborhood councils, and this month Mayor Ed Murray decreed they must go.

This has not been without controversy.

For a supportive view, go here. For one of many complaints, try here. Or here. Or read Danny Westneat’s new column. Or Crosscut here.

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