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Garage sales being held here (or nearby)

June 6th, 2014 by Mike

New feature: This time of year we often get requests to list garage sales, yard sales, etc. We’ve never had a good way to do this, so we created this page.

The link will live on the right side of the Maple Leaf Life home page, just under “Birds of Maple Leaf Park” and Community Council.”


This is a periodically updated list of garage, yard or estate sales we’ve heard about.

Saturday, July 26

Two yard sales, one here, one in Wedgwood, to benefit feral cats and Ronald McDonald House. Details here.

Saturday July 19:

I would like to spread the news of a block yard sale this Saturday, July 19. It will be on Northeast 89th Street between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Latona Avenue Northeast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by!!

Saturday July 12:

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

834 N.E. 86th St.

Items offered, but not limited to:




-sports equipment

-men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing

-children’s games and musical instruments

Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th:

Brooke writes; A few of us are having yard sales next weekend on July 5-6th at 8 a.m., on Northeast 91st Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast. We’d like to extend an invite to other neighbors to join us as well.

Saturday June 7: 1226 N.E. 100th St.  10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

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Have you seen lost cat Leonard?

June 5th, 2014 by Mike

Update 6/6: Cathy emails: Hey! We got him! Thank you for posting that for us!


Cathy emails: “Leonard escaped the Maple Leaf Pet Corner veterinary hospital in the Wedgwood/Maple Leaf neighborhood area in North Seattle, sometime in the last 24 hours.

“We’re sweeping the area, but just in case you find a wandering cat who looks like him, please catch him gently, keep him safe, and call the phone number on his tag (360-420-7003)–my husband’s cell phone.”

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How much of a pedestrian safety problem do we have in Maple Leaf?

June 5th, 2014 by Mike

Anni emails:

I’ve lived in Maple Leaf for 12 years and live very close to the lower baseball fields on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast between Northeast 80th & 82nd streets. I have three young kids and our street is full of kids like most of the streets in the neighborhood.

I am very concerned about the speeding and overall lack of awareness from drivers that I’m seeing on our neighborhood streets.

She goes on to ask: “I’m curious to know whether anyone else has expressed this concern and if the Maple Leaf Community Council has or is planning to address it?”

And she wondered about purchasing signs, like the one above. (We’ll paste her entire email below.)

We get few tips or inquiries directly about pedestrian safety; the issue gets raised more in comments on other posts. Examples are here and here.

But the last person who directly emailed about pedestrians would agree with Anni. “Richard” wrote (in late February):

I am writing to beg my Maple Leaf neighbors to pay attention to pedestrians while driving. I run in the neighborhood several times a week and don’t think any reasonable person would believe I should be taking my life into my own hands running on the sidewalks of my neighborhood for less than three miles.

Most times the drivers are apologetic and polite when they realize how close they’ve come to hitting a pedestrian. But I’m still surprised by the number of times that drivers have blamed me in one way or another for being a pedestrian either entering or crossing the intersection they’ve pulled through.

He later added, of a specific incident: ” His immediate reaction was to get out of his car and start yelling and then drove alongside me for almost an entire block yelling out of his window for me to wear some lights. I think they’re startled to realize that they’ve almost hit someone.”

The failure of drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks irritates many residents, some of whom (Donna!) will count the number dozens of cars that whiz by while waiting to cross Roosevelt Way Northeast at the hardware store.

Certainly many Maple Leaf streets are … graced … with those green turtle statues warning of children at play. And the politics of getting marked crosswalks installed are complicated. (Be aware that the city considers all intersections to be crosswalks, marked or not.)

The Maple Leaf Community Council has been a long-time advocate for safer streets, sidewalks and crosswalks, and will likely weigh in on its current activities. (During the council’s May membership drive, it posted activity updates on its Facebook page.)

We’ve also heard from local businesses, like the Blue Saucer and the late, lamented Maple Leaf Grill, about pedestrian issues.

Here’s Anni’s entire email:


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PCC at Green Lake is open (and has free stuff)

June 4th, 2014 by Mike

The Greenlake Village PCC opened at 9 a.m. Parking underground is free, and there are plenty of samples, including tote bags, cheese and fruit.

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Shots fired here just after midnight near N.E. 94th?

June 3rd, 2014 by Mike

Two neighbors have emailed they thought they heard shots very early this morning.

One reports this from shortly after midnight: “Did anyone hear two loud bangs or gun shots, followed by sirens last night? Around Northeast 95th Street and First Avenue Northeast.”

The other report:

Last night, maybe at 12:15 a.m. I was drifting off to sleep (we live about halfway down on Northeast 94th Street off of Fifth Avenue Northeast where it dead-ends) and heard what sounded for all the world like a shotgun going off. After a short pause, another blast.

About five seconds later, a car peeling out, and that sounded a couple blocks away. After about three minutes, police sirens. Any idea what may have happened in our hood?

Not so far. Neither the police reports map nor the police and fire incident report map show any activity.

However, the real-time 911 website shows 16 fire units dispatched to First Avenue Northeast and N.E 94th about a quarter past midnight for a fire in a building.

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PCC @ Green Lake Village opens Wednesday

June 1st, 2014 by Mike

Here’s the first thing to know about the new PCC opening at Green Lake 0n Wednesday:

Free parking.

Shoppers at the Greenlake Village PCC, 450 N.E. 71st St., will have 90 minutes of free validated underground parking in 100 stalls at the village development.

Here’s the second thing: It’s very close.

The store  – the largest PCC to date, with 130 employees – is right at a mile down Fifth Avenue Northeast from the center of Maple Leaf. (From the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, 0.8 miles.)

Also, it’s open from 6 a.m. until midnight. Every day.

On Wednesday the Greenlake Village PCC will open at 9 a.m., after a 15-minute ribbon-cutting ceremony. That day it will donate 50 cents to North Helpline for every social media check-in on Facebook, Foursquare and Yelp, and going forward will offer continuing support to the food bank.

It’s PCC’s 10th store. (The existing PCC at Green Lake, re-branded Greenlake Aurora PCC, will remain open at 7504 Aurora Ave. N. It, too, is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.)

The new 27,000-square-foot store is at the site of the old Vitamilk Dairy, which operated there for 63 years. The families that owned the dairy still own the more than 3-acre property where the new Green Lake Village development is opening. (Yep, it’s the Greenlake PCC in the Green Lake Village.)

The development is mixed-use, with residential, retail and open public space. Last week it appeared only a yoga studio was operating; an Italian restaurant, Lucia, is to open in July.

During PCC’s opening week there, several special events are planned:


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Bad news this morning at Maple Leaf Park

May 30th, 2014 by Mike

The hitting wall still smelled of fresh spray paint at 9 a.m.

The other side is marked, too: “Bitch.”

(Somebody has rubbed out the “B” – thanks!

(The southeast staircase is marked, too.)

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Traffic’s backed up on Roosevelt further than the eye can see

May 29th, 2014 by Mike

The scene on Roosevelt Way Northeast outside the Maple Leaf Pharmacy. All southern routes into downtown are jammed as the backup on Interstate 5 exceeds 11 miles.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the snarls, caused when a joint on I-5 near Interstate 90 popped up, damaging at least three cars, here.

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Short-term forecast this afternoon: hail, wind, lightning

May 28th, 2014 by Mike

A short-term forecast was issued within the hour (3:16 p.m.) by the National Weather Service in Seattle:


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Find the Pappy (bourbon) this Sunday on Lake City

May 28th, 2014 by Mike

This post is from our sister site, Wedgwood View.

Bobs’ Lake City Liquors, a family owned business, is hosting an event for the right to purchase one (1) bottle of Pappy/Old Rip Van Winkle – considered by some to be the most sought-after bourbon in the country. calls the bourbon “a cultural phenomenon.

Bourbon connoisseurs have long held it up as one of the world’s best, while limited production has ensured that it is also one of the world’s most sought after bourbons. Bourbon drinkers languish for years on waiting lists at their local liquor stores just to get a bottle.

The food site last year posted an interactive map: The Pappy Locator.

The bottles vary in price from $75 to $365.

Three bottles will be sold as a result of this event on Sunday, June 1st., at the store, 9824 Lake City Way N.E. The first two bottles will be sold to the top two winners of the trivia game. And the third bottle will be sold to the winner of a random drawing of all participants.

This special bourbon sits in barrels for 10-23 years – aging to perfection. Many liquor stores auction it to the highest bidder, but Bobs’ Lake City Liquors wanted to come up with a way that was a little more fun, and affordable for everyone.

There will be 20 questions (hint: questions will focus on whiskey with maybe a few questions about Bobs’ or other topics); the participant with the most points will have first selection from four (4) choices (below). The runner up will have second choice. The participant selected by random drawing will have third choice (the first place and runner up winners will not be eligible for the drawing). Winners must purchase the bottle at the event, or else it will be offered to the next eligible winner.


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Car flips on N.E. 104th St., teens inside flee

May 26th, 2014 by Mike

A neighbor sends this photo of a car – possibly stolen – that flipped near Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

It was traveling westbound on 104th from Roosevelt Way Northeast, the neighbor said.

Four teens were in the car, got out and ran away after the flip.

The teens were described as one male African American, one male, Latino, one female Latino and African American mixed and one other female.

The kids must’ve been driving really fast, they were only half a block down when they struck a parked BMW and somehow flipped. A neighbor came out to help them when the two boys fled the scene. They left the girls in the car, who after being helped out fled themselves.

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Maple Leaf author publishes again – this time, poetry

May 25th, 2014 by Mike

Established Maple Leaf author Jack Remick released a new book this month, “Satori.”

It’s the fourth Remick work we’ve posted on since Maple Leaf Life launched. But this one’s different.

The other three were novels. “Satori” is a book of poetry.

In a guest post on a writing blog, he explains a bit of back story:

I didn’t intend to be a poet until I met Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Bookstore when I was eighteen. I read “A Coney Island of the Mind” the day I met him. I was anxious because I’d just learned that he was moving out of North Beach to a house somewhere near Twin Peaks. I asked him why he was selling out. He told me that his wife was sick and tired of eating off of orange crates. By then Ferlinghetti was the godfather of the Beat Movement.

As it happens, The New York Times has a piece this weekend on poetry vs. novels, by Philip Schultz, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 (for poetry).

He writes in part:

In between novels I wrote poems, mostly to console myself for the novels’ failures. Mysteriously, all my heartache, worry and grief went into these poems, which felt more like private notes to myself than professional attempts at writing literature. Even more mysteriously, most of them were getting published

Update: The link above to “Satori” connects to If you’d rather not shop there, Jack has since emailed:

The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Ingram is the distributor. Coffeetown the publisher has books as well, and University Bookstore will have them. I’m doing a reading there in August and they will stock the book.

Here’s the url for Coffeetown:

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Uber-like grocery delivery service debuts in (most of) Maple Leaf

May 21st, 2014 by Mike

Uber uses a smart phone app to connect paying passengers to private drivers who deliver them to their destination.

As of this month, a similar app will connect you  to a personal grocery shopper who will deliver apples, fresh meat, even beer, to your home.

This could be of interest in Maple Leaf, which technically now has no grocery stores within the neighborhood. Instacart will service most of the city south of Northeast 100th Street.  The full map is here.

Instacart contracts with private shoppers who buy your groceries or other needs from local stores like QFC, Costco or Whole Foods – and deliver them using their own car in as little as an hour.

From a company press release:

While Amazon Fresh operates in Seattle, delivery times are limited and same-day delivery is available only to customers who order very early in the morning and don’t mind receiving their orders in the evening. In addition, customers are limited to whatever is carried in the local Amazon Fresh warehouse. By contrast, Instacart can deliver in as little as one hour, and its inventory consists of hundreds of thousands of items carried in neighborhood grocery stores – including fresh produce, national brands, store brands and alcohol.

One-hour delivery costs $14.99. The company says most customers select two-hour delivery for $3.99. The minimum order size is $10.

According to this detailed (and entertaining) story in today’s New York Times, Instacart also makes money by marking up store prices.

It also pays comparatively well, the Times says:

Instacart’s shoppers earn from $15 to $30 an hour, depending on how quickly they deliver people’s food. That’s quite a high wage considering the job does not require a college degree, is part time and can be done during flexible hours.

And it may dodge many of the battles that face Uber and other driving services:

Unlike ride-sharing or apartment rental services, Instacart isn’t intruding upon a regulated industry, and its service poses little risk to its customers’ health or property, so it faces few of the complications that have dogged other sharing companies. Because it expands the customer base for physical stores, it has also been welcomed by some grocery chains as a potential bulwark against the wider roll-out of Amazon’s delivery service.

Instacart started in San Francisco and has since expanded to Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Austin, San Jose and Washington D.C.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story about the roll-out here which includes this useful information: “Because Instacart has purchased Costco memberships its shoppers can use, its customers can select grocery items from the warehouse club even if they aren’t Costco members. (Instacart doesn’t plan to make Costco’s nongrocery items, such as flat-panel TVs or patio furniture, available to customers.)”

The vast majority of Instacart customers select two-hour delivery for a charge of just
$3.99. One-hour delivery is also available, for $14.99. The minimum order size is just
$10.The vast majority of Instacart customers select two-hour delivery for a charge of just

$3.99. One-hour delivery is also available, for $14.99. The minimum order size is just


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Goodbye to Maple Leaf Grill, hello to PCC

May 20th, 2014 by Mike

photo Marcus R. Donner

There’s still time to order a Blast and yam fries at the Maple Leaf Grill before it closes for good Friday night.

Take a souvenir photo, too. (Sorry, the T-shirts are all gone.)

In the good news department, the new Greenlake Village PCC store opens in just two weeks, at 9 a.m. on June 4th.

It’s just down Fifth Avenue Northeast, at the site of the old dairy plant. Details are here.

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Improvement at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park!

May 17th, 2014 by Mike

Improving on a good idea:

NEW - Thanks, Maple Leaf Dog Oasis!

Old - at the park’s north entrance.

Want to make one for elsewhere in the park or neighborhood? Directions are here.

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