News blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood

Maple Leaf Life header image 1

Residents advised to manage water use as city activates water shortage response plan

July 28th, 2015 by Mike

This report courtesy of our sister site PhinneyWood.

Also, Cliff Mass has posted on water and future weather here. Nutshell: Our winter likely to be much drier than normal.

Because of historic low river levels and this summer’s heat wave, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated water shortage response plans, with the first phase asking residents to be mindful of their water use.

Seattle’s water supply outlook is fair and, like Everett, supply is projected to be adequate until fall rains typically return. With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues.

Seattle operates a regional water supply system that serves Seattle as well as 25 other cities and water districts in King County.

If conditions worsen, each city may move to the “voluntary” phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

Examples of good water management include:

• Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
• Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
• Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
• Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
• Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
• Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

Comments Off Tags:   Share

Collection, service tonight for arson victims, plus GoFundMe page

July 27th, 2015 by Mike

Update 5:30 p.m. The GoFundMe site is now a third of the way to the goal, at $3,310 in 31 individual donations.

We can’t make it to the service and collection tonight, but would appreciate comments from folks who do. Thanks.


A prayer service and funds collection for victims of last week’s arson fire will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, across the street from the fire.

In addition, a new GoFundMe site has been set up to raise $10,000 for one family affected by the blaze. At noon today it had taken in $2,200 from 15 donors.

In the early hours of Thursday, July 23, a fire broke out and overtook three homes in the NE Seattle neighborhood of Maple Leaf. One of the homes belonged to one of our very own St. Catherine’s families, the Gibbons Family.

Gratefully, all the members of the family and their beloved dog and pet lizard made it out safely, but their family’s home has been completely destroyed. The Gibbons Family left with literally nothing more than the clothes they wore when they left the house. Between the fire and water damage, not much has been salvageable.

With all of the offers for help, we felt that a focused effort, such as a GoFundMe page, would be the most efficient way for people to help the Gibbons Family, while allowing the family to use the resources in whatever ways suit their particular needs.

The GoFundMe page is here. The parish, which was also damaged by the fire,  is at 814 N.E. 85th St.

→ 2 Comments Tags: , , ,   Share

Sponsor (advertise with us)


Rain, thunder, hail coming?

July 26th, 2015 by Mike

Monday a.m.: Total rain = .08 inches. On top of .22 inches Friday night into Saturday.

6 p.m. Sun.

5 p.m. (Post The Score.) Steady rain.

3:33 p.m. Light rain has arrived.

Here’s the short-term forecast issued two minutes earlier for East Puget Sound lowlands – Seattle and vicinity:


Local forecast calls for 90 percent chance of rain this afternoon.

Comments Off Tags: , , , ,   Share

Another missing cat, Wiscotee

July 26th, 2015 by Mike

Tanya emails this morning:

“We would like to post about our lost cat.

“Her name is Wiscotee. She is a black and white medium-to-long hair tuxedo cat with white paws. She is usually very friendly and curious.

“She will explore your car or maybe even your house if you leave the door open. We last saw her the evening of Monday July 16th at the east end of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 102nd Steet.

“We live near the Thornton Creek ravine. Please call if you see her or find her. (206) 387-3410. Or email

Comments Off Tags: , ,   Share

Prayer service, collection Monday for fire victims

July 25th, 2015 by Mike

“There will be a prayer service on Monday, July 27th, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Parish across the street from the fires,” writes Maiya (and Erica) in comments on our earlier post.

“They will collect any cash donations for the families that the community would like to make as well as any written well-wishes for those affected. At this time the parish did not think the families needed clothing, food or other material items, but that could change in the coming weeks.”

Her information is coming from the church.

On Friday the Seattle Fire Department tweeted:

Yesterday’s fire on 8 Ave NE damaged 6 structures was determined to be intentionally set. $2.5 million loss. SPD is investigating.

More information on the Thursday morning fire, including photos, can be found on the fire department’s Fire Line here.

There is a standard $10,000 reward fund for information that helps solve arson fires.

→ 10 Comments Tags: , ,   Share

Husky/Malamute found here this morning

July 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Update: Dog is home.

Lisa says a Husky or Malamute was found this morning in the neighborhood.

If you have information, please leave it in comments.

→ 1 Comment Tags: ,   Share

Two-alarm house fire overnight here – neighbors want to help

July 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Update: In comments, below, neighbors are suggesting ways to help.

Gary posted this to our Facebook page, saying: “View from my deck. The flames were taller than St Catherine’s, I could feel the heat from my deck. Glad everybody was OK and not hurt! Craziest fire I’ve seen in a residential fire. Reminded of the night Reckless burnt down along with the rest of the shops next to Snappy.

About 100 firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire overnight on Eighth Avenue Northeast.

Eighth remains closed this morning between Northeast 88th and 85th streets.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has the story here.

Embers spewing from the fires also started a blaze at a garage across an alley from the three homes. The heat was so intense that it blew out five windows at The St. Catherine of Siena School across the street.

KOMO TV has a story here, saying four homes were damaged.

→ 19 Comments Tags: , ,   Share

Two missing cats – Mr. Smudge and Smokey

July 22nd, 2015 by Mike

Two neighborhood cats disappeared on Sunday.

Xris tells Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf: “Mr. Smudge disappeared Sunday evening from Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast. He is an indoor cat, shy and a little skittish. My mother in law has dementia and Mr. Smudge is one of the few things she remembers from day to day

“If you see him, call me on 206-255-3665.”

And Michael emails this morning:

“Smokey, a long, lean,older male cat, mostly light gray with white and cream markings and white socks has been missing since Sunday, July 19.

“Last seen in the area of Northeast 107th Street and 14th Avenue Northeast, just north of Thornton Creek. If you’ve seen him, please let us know. Contact: Michael at Thank you. – Michael McCarthy”

A third cat – Franklin – went missing Monday but was found under a deck by evening.

→ 3 Comments Tags: ,   Share

Silver Platters leaves Maple Leaf for Lynnwood

July 21st, 2015 by Mike

Movie and music specialist Silver Platters has moved its Maple Leaf store to Lynnwood.

Northgate Station -  the strip mall that houses Silver Platters, SAS Shoes and several other stores, was purchased last year by Sound Transit.

The site, just south of the Northgate Transit Center on First Avenue Northeast and across from Interstate 5, will become a part of the link between the Maple Leaf Portal and the Northgate Light Rail station.

Silver Platters closed in Maple Leaf on July 12, according to its Facebook page.

It also has locations in south Seattle and Bellevue.

→ 10 Comments Tags: , ,   Share


July 19th, 2015 by Mike

Keeping cool(ish) at Sunday’s P-Patch Summer Smash.

Local Fox News @ 3:30 p.m.: This is officially the hottest day of the year so far…96 in Seattle! #Q13

National Weather Service, Seattle: Sea-Tac AP reached 95 degrees at 3:24 PM, tying record high for today last set in 1988. #wawx #heat

At 5 p.m., it’s 94 degrees at Maple Leaf Life South.

Comments Off Tags: , ,   Share

P-Patch Summer Social on Sunday

July 18th, 2015 by Mike

Bees at the Summer Smash.

The Lictons Spring P-Patch is holding its second annual Summer Smash from 1-3 pm. Sunday. Everyone’s invited!

The P-Patch is on Northeast 92nd Street just across Interstate 5 from Maple Leaf, on the grounds of North Seattle College.

It’s a potluck so bring something to share.

There will be art activities for the kids, a Master Gardener to answer questions (Laura Matter from Seattle Tilth’s Garden Hotline and also at Picardo P-Patch will attend).

Sam the Bee Man will talk about bee keeping, and our resident historian & geologist will have information on the site.

There is another, smaller P-Patch in Maple Leaf proper at the Maple Leaf Community Garden. For more on the Licton Springs P-Patch go to its Facebook page or click here.

The Licton Springs P-Patch started as a student-driven initiative at North Seattle College. The approval process took several years and has largely been driven by the facilitation of the North Seattle College Sustainability Committee. The project has transitioned to its final community-based form although many North Seattle College students, teachers and employees participate in the garden.

Comments Off Tags: , ,   Share

Several incidents this Friday morning – traffic’s a mess

July 17th, 2015 by Mike

WSDOT 6:15 a.m.:

UPDATE: The I-5 express lanes are now open. Continue to consider alternate routes as the express lanes will get jammed up quickly.

To summarize the situation on southbound I-5 in Seattle:

1. All lanes southbound I-5 at SR 522/Lake City Way are blocked due to a collision involving a Seattle Police Department vehicle.

2. The backup as of 5:25 a.m. is about 4 miles.

3. The I-5 express lanes are in the process of being opened but there is no estimate for when they may open or when mainline lanes will open.

4. Drivers are urged to delay their trips if possible or use alternate routes, and to expect significant delays.



* 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 97th Street is closed because a Metro bus hit a box truck.

* An officer-involved shooting has closed Northeast 65th Street at Ravenna Avenue Northeast.

* Many morning commute buses are being re-routed and traffic is a mess.

Comments Off Tags: , , ,   Share

No piano in our park this summer

July 16th, 2015 by Mike


Photo courtesy Dan Mortensen.

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park won’t get its own piano this summer.

Unlike last year.

The locations of Pianos in the Parks were announced at noon today.

The closest piano to us is at Green Lake.

Comments Off Tags: , ,   Share

Where’s Popsi -the dog lost near N. Seattle College?

July 13th, 2015 by Mike

Update July 14:

POPSI’s BEEN FOUND!!! YAY! She was at a house on 105th near where she jumped out with her leash still on. She was hiding behind a shed in a large yard with her leash trailing out. Thanks so much for everyone’s tireless help! (From the Facebook site, below.)

The map shows potential sightings of Popsi – the dog lost July 7th near North Seattle College.

Christy emails this afternoon: “I just wanted to let you know that the dog you so kindly posted about last week is still lost, and there is now a substantial reward. See the attached flyer (below). Thanks.”

In addition Popsi now has a Find Popsi Facebook Community.

→ 2 Comments Tags: , ,   Share

Seattle Times asks: “What’s the most important election issue in your district?”

July 11th, 2015 by Mike

With voting in Seattle’s first city council elections by district starting next month, our news partner The Seattle Times is asking readers:

What’s the most important issue in your district?

Seattle City Council elections will be a bit different this year, with voters electing representatives by district for the first time.

The change has drawn a larger and more diverse pool of candidates than in years past, with nearly 50 candidates vying for seven district seats and two at-large positions. The tone of the campaigns is also different as many of the candidates work to appeal to voters on hyperlocal, neighborhood issues.

What is the most important issue in your district? What will you ask a candidate who rings your doorbell or appears at a public forum?

To participate, take the Times’ survey here. You will be asked for your name, email address, phone number and cross streets.

The Times is in the beginning stages of mapping the responses along the lines at right.

There are also questions about identifying specific issues, and what you’d like to see done about them.

Comments Off Tags: ,   Share