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Halloween at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis

November 1st, 2014 by Mike

This year’s All Hallow’s Eve tally:

* 144 kids

* 34 adults

* 13 dogs

Down slightly from 2013. Although:

Rain 10/30-10/31 = 2.06 inches. Sheesh.

(At left: Calvin as shark.)

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All those fire engines on 15th Ave. N.E.? Just a drill

October 29th, 2014 by Mike

There are maybe a dozen fire trucks and a couple dozen firefighters up on 15th Avenue Northeast, but don’t worry.

It’s a drill.

They’ll be there another couple of days, just north of the bridge over Thornton Creek at about Northeast 107th Street. A homeowner there (on the east side of 15th) has volunteered his (former) house to be used for training.

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Parade of Costumes is on (dodging rain showers)

October 26th, 2014 by Mike

Joslyn Guijarro, of Cloud City Coffee, hands out treats during the Parade of Costumes.

These two additional photos are by Maple Leaf resident Terry Parkhurst. Thanks, Terry!

The Sixth Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes has started on Fifth Avenue Northeast.

In the sun! Although the National Weather Service, Seattle, reported within the hour:

“We got 0.15 (inches)  in the short time the line went through. Line continues to move southeast at around 30 mph. There might be some small hail with it as well.”

Starting with around 50 walkers (and two dogs), the side streets are still  lined with costumed figures. At least 70 are likely to complete the route ending at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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UPDATE: Windstorm now expected here 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

October 25th, 2014 by Mike

“A tree between the sidewalk and the street broke off, crashing over the white metal fence along the stairwell, breaking it, and crashing into the second floor condo deck, seriously damaging the deck fencing.”

This occurred around 8:30 last night at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street. Photo and report from Bob Junell.

Nearly 53,000 lost power overnight, many just east of Maple Leaf on the other side of Lake City Way Northeast. Wind at Maple Leaf Life South guested between 30-40 mph.

BTW, that Subaru was reported stolen to Seattle Police well over a week ago.

Posted by the National Weather Service, Seattle, at 3:30 p.m.

(Sorry, joeblow.)

The storm is coming in from the south; more than 32,000 66,000 have already lost power outside Portland.

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Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday afternoon

October 24th, 2014 by Mike

What has become the tremendously successful annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rick’s Chevron.

The full route will take a little over an hour to walk. Rick’s Chevron is at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

This is the sixth year for the parade. Last year it ended with the ceremonial opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – yes, our new park is a year old! – and that’s where it will end this year, too.

Here’s the flyer, if you want to print it out (you’ll need to click through twice): parade flier_2014

Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Rain or Shine — so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.

In previous years the parade has drawn well over 100 neighbors (and numerous furry dogs). This year’s attendance may be weather dependent (70 50 80 60! percent chance of rain).

From the organizers:


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Two spill reports from Thornton Creek

October 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Monday’s tanker accident on Interstate 5 near Northgate has brought two reports of contamination in Thornton Creek.

Dana writes:

As a result of the accident there was a fuel spill into Thornton Creek. I took the attached photos around 8:30 a.m., showing a hazmat team responding at the corner of 5th & 103rd. My husband ran past the same corner around 6:15 am and said there was a very strong fuel odor coming from the creek at that time.

This is especially unfortunate considering that major restoration work had just been completed along this section of the creek, which I think you’d reported on previously.

And on Wednesday Chris wrote:

“I was down on Thornton Creek at the end of Ninth Avenue Northeast this afternoon, downstream of the beaver pond (and thus downstream of the absorbent materials placed in the creek). There is still a pervasive smell of diesel from Monday’s accident/spill, despite heavy rain and high water. Poor, poor creek.”

Additionally, the Thornton Creek Alliance is holding a meeting at 7:15 p.m. today and will have a briefing on the  spill. The meeting is at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

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Rain continues – but comments return to site!

October 23rd, 2014 by Mike

It rained 1.37 inches on Wednesday here at Maple Leaf Life South — right in line with the 1.39 inc hes the National Weather Service reported in north Seattle.

And it’s still raining this morning (and all week). With possible thunderstorms later today.

The possible windstorm this weekend look a little weaker, though. “The solutions have shifted a bit, but right now it looks like we will have a decent blow on Saturday night, but not an historic windstorm,” Cliff Mass posts.

In good news, the month-long wrangle we’ve had with spammers bloating the comments section of this site appears to be over. So, welcome back!

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Clean those gutters and storm drains – front’s moving in NOW

October 21st, 2014 by Mike

This just in from the National Weather Service in Seattle:

A front will bring heavy rain and wind to Western Washington this evening through early Wednesday….

1 to 2 inches of rain is expected for the interior lowlands. Expect strong southerly winds throughout Western Washington.

And it doesn’t stop there. On Monday Cliff Mass posted:

An atmospheric river, a warm current of large amounts of water vapor, will be approaching our region starting later tomorrow (Tuesday), but it will be coming from a less frequent direction: the west. And the result will be the heaviest rainfall to strike our region since last winter.

Finally, a number of the modeling systems are predicting that a deep low pressure center will approach our coast on Saturday morning.

It will take a few days for the solutions to stabilize…but this is worth watching….

The latest run is in…and it is getting more threatening for western Washington! This is valid 5 AM Saturday. Only a 108 hr forecast…close enough that you got to be concerned. 985 hPa low. This would be a major windstorm folks.

And by 10 AM Saturday, the low moves north of Puget Sound after crossing the Olympics…the most threatening windstorm path. I am going to COSTCO tomorrow to buy batteries.

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Bad morning gets worse – woman hit by car on Roosevelt

October 20th, 2014 by Mike

Update: WSDOT tweets: We’re going to keep I-5 express lanes SB until 1 pm as we continue to try to recover from earlier major collision at Northgate.


As this morning’s horrendous traffic was clearing from the near-closure of Interstate 5 southbound, a female pedestrian was struck by a car at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 108th Street.

KIRO tweeted this photo. Lanes are blocked northboundOne lane of Roosevelt is blocked in either direction.

The victim has life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. and was near Northgate Mall, which is also where this morning’s collision of two trucks shut down traffic on I-5.

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Two local dogs reported missing today

October 17th, 2014 by Mike

This just in….

Missing two dogs.

Dexter male brindle Pitt bull and Nala large tan mix with short tail.

Call Karri 206 679 3815 Escaped from yard, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 92nd Street.

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Candidates and campaigns forum is live tonight

October 15th, 2014 by Mike

Tonight’s Candidates & Issues forum is live now at Olympic View Elementary.

Around a half-hundred neighbors, candidates and issue advocates are present.

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Mid-October news from around Maple Leaf

October 15th, 2014 by Mike

Some news nuggets while we fight with our highly annoying comment issue:

Tonight’s candidates and issues forum starts at 7 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School. The Maple Leaf Community Council is providing free licensed child care.

Skipper the cat is missing from nearby Ravenna, and Robin wants to know if he’s been spotted.

“Lost domestic short-hair orange male tabby with very short tail. Skipper went missing on Oct. 10th, he has a hangy-belly and is very friendly and will follow the hand that feeds him. We miss him very much and hope to find him again. If you have seen Skipper please contact Robin Stacy at 206-372-4118. “

Skipper lives at Second Avenue Northeast and Northeast 68th Street.

Kiddie Parade of Costumes this year will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26th, at 3 p.m. Details TK and to be posted here. For last year’s photos (and the official opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park) go here.

Native Plant Sale at the Perkins School, 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E.,will be held this Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 10-4 p.m.

Sidewalks and speed cameras. The current hard-copy issue of the Community Council newsletter, which should have arrived at your home by now, discusses the possibility of sidewalks along 20th Avenue Northeast near Sacajawea Elementary. You can read more there, but note the funding might come from “larger-than-expected revenue from the City of Seattle’s school-zone speed cameras.” ???

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Welcome to the new crosswalk at Roosevelt and N.E. 85th

October 13th, 2014 by Mike

Mike emails:

Seattle DOT completed a new crosswalk at Northeast 85th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The crosswalk is located at the entrance to the upper section of Maple Leaf Park.

As a Maple Leaf resident, parent, and member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, I am extremely grateful to Seattle DOT for the installation.

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Candidates and issues here on Wednesday night

October 13th, 2014 by Mike

A long list of politicians and issue advocates are invited to the Candidates & Issues Forum this Wednesday evening.

You’re invited, too.

Details are in this quarter’s Maple Leaf Community Council newsletter, which should have arrived at your house in the last week. The council sponsors the forum, which runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

This is a really important meeting for our community. If we have 100 people there, it boosts our credibility when we go to elected officials and ask for their help.

Ballots should begin arriving in the mail on Oct. 17th.

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Thunderstorms heading our way – now!

October 11th, 2014 by Mike

Update 6 p.m.: Over a half-inch of rain before stopping. Plus hail.

5:15 p.m.

We just heard the thunder.

The National Weather Service Seattle office posted this four minutes ago:






Earlier today traffic snarled throughout the region as heavy showers swept through, and the area saw its first tornado warning in 17 years.

As Cliff Mass posted earlier:

And this week should be a shock to some. Showers today. Generally dry on Sunday and Monday day. But they the celestial spigots will turn on.

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