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And still more graffiti at the park

July 2nd, 2015 by Mike

Yes, the graffiti from the weekend is still there as well.

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A dozen burglaries here during June

July 1st, 2015 by Mike

Evan emails overnight:

“Our house at (Northeast 89th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast) was broken into this afternoon in broad daylight during a brief period where nobody was at home, despite an ADT alarm system (with obvious signs and stickers around the house exterior) and rather attentive neighbors.

“The burglar broke down our front door, removed the lock, searched for low-hanging fruit, left out the back door, and ransacked our garage. It looks to have been a very quick operation.

“One of our neighbors actually saw the burglar in the garage right before he left — apparently he was a Caucasian male. There was also an unknown black car on our block at the time that may have been related.”

The burglar stole some i Pads, computers, cameras, jewelry, watches, and several bottles of wine. “He also stole all identity-related documents he could find.”

This was one of 12 burglaries in Maple Leaf during June, according to the police crime map. Ten of those were homes. (The two at top left are businesses.)

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More graffiti at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

June 29th, 2015 by Mike

Graffiti at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this weekend.

It’s not the first time this hitting wall has been tagged.

Here’s the best way to report graffiti at the park.

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Rain, thunder and lightning now in Maple Leaf

June 28th, 2015 by Mike

From the National Weather Service in Seattle:

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Lost dog Butters – a Golden Doodle – this morning

June 27th, 2015 by Mike

Sunday update: Butters is home.


Jeanette emails:

“Wondering if you would please share this on your blog? Thank you.

“Lost Dog

“Name: Butters

“Breed: Golden Doodle.

“Last Seen: Running towards Northeast 96th Street from Northeast 95th Street this morning, Saturday, around 9:15 a.m.

“He would respond to a tennis ball more than food. He should have his collar on with all of his tags and he is micro chipped.

“If you see him please call or text Jeanette at (206) 979-4692.”

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Is this your (stolen) stuff, detectives ask

June 25th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have sent news of this arrest by Seattle Police:

Detectives have been chasing the 30-year-old man, his 22-year-old girlfriend, and at least five other suspects for the last two months, after the ring of thieves committed dozens of burglaries in North Seattle.

Police believe the crew of serial burglars broke into homes during the day and targeted businesses at night. Detectives also say the ring of suspects was involved in a break-in at 22 storage units in the University Village area.

The full police release is here. It contains photos hundreds of stolen items.

“If you believe any of the items pictured below are yours, you will need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at”

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It may be about to rain? (But still gonna be hot)

June 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update 1:55 p.m. It IS raining.


From the Seattle office of the National Weather Service early this afternoon.

Better go close the skylight.

For the rest of the week though, things remain hot. (And they don’t cool down much at night.)

There’s a special weather statement here.

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Mural planned for Maple Leaf Play Area

June 22nd, 2015 by Mike

This is the Maple Leaf Roosevelt Pump House, located somewhat confusingly in the Maple Leaf Reservoir Play Area, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 82nd Street.

Seattle Public Utilities plans to have a mural painted on the long gray walls that face the play area:

SPU is working with local artist Jonathan Fischer and community member Scott K. Bishop to complete a “street-art” style mural that will wrap around the northeast corner of the building and be viewable from two sides. The mural will be created using spray paint with an anti-graffiti coating applied over the top.

The goal of the project is to brighten the building and provide park users with an artistic look and feel to the area. The design concept for the mural will include graffiti inspired and artist interpretations of butterflies, flowers, leaves, vines, trees and patterns, using bright, vibrant colors that complement the adjacent Butterfly Garden.

The utility says it’s looking for your ideas. “Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) values your input….The community is encouraged to provide SPU with feedback and ideas about the design and ask questions.”

We asked a question four days ago: “Is there an image of the design that folks can make comments about?”

We’ve heard nothing back.

We did, however, hear today from Joel, who is less than impressed. He says he’s told SPU:

It looks just fine to me as it is. Why is there any consideration being given to do this?

I also do not understand who I am speaking to or to who and all I am discussing this proposal. Just you?

This structure looks just right the way it is. It fits appropriately at its site and is subordinate to the successful landscape of that area….

To convert to painted walls will only appear as a contrived public arts project as it launches this structure into an inappropriate bold presence.

If it were a log cabin in a pleasant park environment we wouldn’t cover it with paint and pretend that we’ve improved the natural environment….

I believe a mistaken judgment is directing this decision and am urging you all to back away. This plan is a mistake. Please leave this building as it is.

The announcement says to contact Project Manager Cyndy Holtz at (206) 386-1990 or

The mural is to be painted in July.

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Portrait of cell tower with two Osprey

June 21st, 2015 by Mike

And one fish.

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Reckless Video in the news

June 18th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle magazine has a write-up this week on our own Reckless Video.

Read it here.

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Dog lost, dog found, dog home

June 18th, 2015 by Mike

A neighbor emails this morning:

Is your dog missing? Found mini-Doberman wandering 12th Avenue Nnortheast, Maple Leaf, overnight June 17 – 18.

This male mini-Dobie with a purple UW Husky collar and rabies shot tag followed us — well, followed our pretty girl dog — along 12th Avenue Northeast last night/Wednesday June 17th between Northeast 100th and 105th streets.

It wandered off again as we reached home. When we woke up this morning, it was in our yard, so we caught it and put a leash on it.

And then, later this morning:

Reunited dog and man! Raves and kudos to North Seattle Vet Clinic for calling me back, and looking up the owner, tracing it through the rabies shot tag number.

Please remember to keep your dog’s Seattle animal license and rabies shots current plus a tag with your phone number as dog’s owner. This dog only had the rabies shot tag on its collar and no other identification. We got lucky and the vet clinic was able to reach the owner.

Thank you Maple Leaf neighbors!

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Stealing bikes and mail in Maple Leaf

June 16th, 2015 by Mike

Tammy emails overnight:

We live on Northeast 81st Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast, and tonight witnessed two people trying to steal a nice bicycle.

We interrupted them as they were trying to shove the bicycle into a black car (looked like an old cop car like a Crown Victoria or something) that had a white front panel on the passenger side. It was a male and female team, both Caucasian and blond.

He had a short buzz cut haircut and she had longer blondish hair. The car sped down our street and parked. A few seconds later she rode up on the bike. We didn’t see the actual taking of the bike, only when they were trying to shove it into the trunk and then when that didn’t work shove it into the backseat.

We approached them and asked if they needed help or if they were just trying to steal someone else’s bike. Then we told them we were calling the cops and tried to take a photo of the license plate.

The cops were called, they took a report but we are hoping to help find the owner of the bike since it is obviously from our neighborhood and the cop said our efforts to place the bike will be much more successful than if we gave him the bike to take with him.

If anyone knows someone who is missing a bike from this evening, I wonder if they can email the and then you could put us in touch with them.

And Jennifer reports on Monday in Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

I came home from work this morning to find my neighbors’ and my mailboxes all opened and mail scattered on the ground. One of my neighbors had a package that had been ripped open and the item taken out. This was on Northeast 100th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

I know this is an ongoing problem in this neighborhood, just wanted to alert others!

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Headline: “Late-night munchies leads to pursuit of stolen car”

June 13th, 2015 by Mike

Hear any excitement overnight?

Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud this morning released this email:

Two officers were ordering food at a drive-through restaurant at 1 a..m. in the 2100 block of North. Northgate Way when they noticed something odd, a stolen car in line directly in front of them.

The officers called for reinforcements who arrived faster than the two people in the stolen car could get their food. The driver of the stolen car suddenly swerved out of the line and tried exiting the restaurant parking lot. Backup officers had already blocked all exits trapping the car.

The car stopped momentarily while the driver yelled that the female passenger had a gun. The stolen car suddenly sped backward ramming a patrol car six times before driving over a raised curb. Officers pursued the stolen car for 15 blocks before the chase became too dangerous to continue.

The King County helicopter, Guardian One, spotted the stolen car parked not too far from where officers called off the pursuit. As officers closed in on the stolen car it took off again, eventually going south on I-5.

Guardian One saw the car exit in the Eastlake area and drop off the passenger who was seen running into a nearby wooded area. The stolen car again sped away. Patrol officers, Guardian One, and Harbor Patrol units scoured the area, but were unable to find the suspects or the car.

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“Summer of Learning” begins at our branch libraries

June 11th, 2015 by Mike

Nearly a century old, this year’s summer program from The Seattle Public Library – “Summer of Learning” – begins Monday.

Called Wild Science!, this summer’s program encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The program runs from Monday, June 15 through Thursday, Sept. 10 and program guides and activity booklets for children, teens and parents of children from birth to age 5 are already available in the branch libraries.

New this year, thanks to our partnership with Woodland Park Zoo, we will award each participant two free tickets to the zoo, while supplies last. Participants are asked to complete as many programs and activities as they can and then fill out and return a simple survey starting Aug. 1. Zoo tickets are good Sept. 11, 12, or 13.

Here is the link for local programs at the Northgate Branch.

For a musical program for children ages 5 and up, on Friday Aug. 28th at 10:30 a.m. at the Northgate Community Center click here.

For programs at the Green Lake Branch click here.

More information, including links to the surveys, is on the Library’s website here. A link to activities parents can do with their children from birth up to age 5 is on the Library’s website here.

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Two neighbors report break-ins this week – plus police are taking a crime survey

June 11th, 2015 by Mike

Update Thursday p.m. On the police survey, it’s now possible to take it online at SurveyMonkey.

Sgt. Newsom emails:

Wow, I want to thank the almost 200 people who filled out the survey in less than 24 hours. You are all awesome. After my email blew up I listened to all your great advice. I am attaching a link to survey monkey. This way you can answer the survey out and not have to print, fill out and respond.


Two neighbors email to report break-ins – one of a car, the other a home.

James this morning said:

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up.

My driver’s side front window was broken tonight at around 9:30 p.m. (I’m guessing), looked like someone hit it with the end of a hard blunt object. Small entry hole, near the top of the window. Didn’t look like they tried to steal anything as it was so high away from the handle/lock button. I was parked on the street.

Nothing was stolen, just vandalized. Pretty crappy thing to do.

James lives at Northeast 96th Street and 20th Avenue Northeast.

And this email was sent both to us and to NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hello neighbors – We were the unfortunate victims of an attempted break-in at our home today. We have an ADT security system and have signs posted at the end of our long driveway and all over the house; this was not a deterrent.

I got home around 11:30 a.m., disarmed the alarm, then took my dog out for a walk for 15 minutes around the block. At 11:45 a.m., I noticed a TAN JEEP CHEROKEE with TWO MALES – they were sitting, engine running – in front of my house.

I took a close look because they looked suspicious, then when I peered harder, they drove off slowly, didn’t stop, and kept going… my suspicions were confirmed when my husband came home later and we attempted to set the alarm when we were heading out for another walk. The alarm would not set….

My husband then went downstairs and saw that our basement bathroom window had been pushed open, likely with a crowbar, and the sensor for the security system had been knocked off. The prowlers knocked this in while I was away for those 15 minutes!

This occurred on First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 90th Street.

Meanwhile, the police North Precinct, which covers Seattle north of the ship canal, sent a survey to the NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf group.

Sgt. Dianne Newsom says: “We would really like to hear from as many Neighbors as possible. The policing plans are to assist us in giving you the best service we can with the resources we have available. Could you fill out the surveys at your convenience and return them?”

Here is a .pdf of the survey. Here it is as a Word .docs. You can return it to dianne.newsom(at)

Its top two questions:

1.) What are the top three public safety issues that make you feel unsafe in your neighborhood?
2.) Tell us what you want to see from the North precinct to address the three concerns you identified above.

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