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Entries from May 2010

Welcome to Memorial Day

May 31st, 2010 by Mike

Monday is starting off foggy, with light rain.

A cold front is moving through the area, changing rain to showers this afternoon. The forecast is for a relative break, but cloudy skies remain and rain returns Tuesday night into Wednesday.

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Fatal car accident near Northgate Way

May 30th, 2010 by Mike

Early Sunday morning a man died when the car he was driving hit a tree just east of Maple Leaf, Seattle police say.

The 27-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two male passengers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and a dog in the car was treated by a vet, police said.

The accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. when the driver’s Acura Integra, traveling northbound on 24th Avenue Northeast, failed to make a left curve approaching Northeast Northgate Way, according to police.

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Dumpster fire at Maple Leaf church

May 30th, 2010 by Mike

Update: Photo has been successfully wrestled (not by me) and an eyewitness account by Dane appears below. Thanks, Dane!

We had returned from Ikea and smelled what we thought was a regular fireplace fire, which we both commented seemed a little odd, maybe it was a BBQ. When we went back to unload we saw the fire from our driveway. From our perspective we thought the corner of the church was on fire…. When I got there I could see that it was the dumpster, it was fully engaged and the metal was bright red. I could also smell the plastic lid, or what was left of it, as I’m sure it was a part of the tall flames that I saw at first. There were others there as well and they said that they had already called 911. The flames were a potential threat to the tree right above it but I think the recent rains helped. The fire slowly burned down and by the time the fire department had arrived it was pretty much a hand-held fire extinguisher job.

Firefighters were called Saturday night to a fire in a trash dumpster at the Lakeview Free Methodist Church. Flames had spilled onto the parking lot and into overhead trees.

A neighbor, Dane, sent us a photo, which we’ll post as soon as we wrestle it out of his e-mail.

The 911 call  came in at 8:27 p.m. A battalion chief, two fire engines and a ladder truck responded to the church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E.

Earlier in the evening, around 7 p.m., firefighters responded to a car fire on Interstate 5 at Northgate.

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"Now let's get to the depressing forecast"

May 29th, 2010 by Mike

The holiday weekend forecast has changed. “I am afraid I am going to have to update the forecast substantially… and the changes are not good for tomorrow,” Prof. Cliff Mass wrote in his weather blog on Saturday.

The National Weather Service agrees. Both Sunday and Memorial Day are likely to be gray and wet. Good luck to the Northwest Folklife Festival. Mass suggests going outside immediately after breakfast Sunday for the best weather of the day. “By lunchtime the murk will be back.”

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Hair for oil spills from Maple Leaf salon

May 28th, 2010 by Mike

There’s a bin full of hair at Maple Leaf’s Wild Root Salon that’s heading for an oil spill.

The hair salon and day spa, at 8814 Roosevelt Way N.E., is one of thousands across the country that is gathering hair to make into oil containment booms through Matter of Trust, a San Francisco nonprofit known for such efforts. Hair, which naturally absorbs oil, is being packaged in used nylons to make absorbent mats and booms.

Donna Morton, Wild Root’s owner, hopes the hair from her salon will wind up helping with the current Gulf Coast oil spill, the nation’s worst.

That could happen, although our news partners The Seattle Times reports that so far hair booms aren’t being used at the BP spill. During a major oil spill in the Philippines in 2006, the president there ordered the government to set up hair collection centers.

In addition to the Maple Leaf salon, Wild Root has a location in Northgate Mall at 401 N.E. Northgate Way.

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Steady rain – followed by weekend sun

May 28th, 2010 by Mike

The gauge at Maple Leaf Life has picked up nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, and it’s not stopping. Until the holiday weekend!

For today, steady rain continues. In fact, the National Weather Service has posted a flood advisory for everything to the north of us. And by this afternoon, 24 mph wind gusts here in town.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday, though, are looking much better. The rain returns Memorial Day. University of Washington professor Cliff Mass has a discussion here, titled “Memorial Day Weekend: One Day out of Three.”

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Plan your trip with new traffic cameras

May 27th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation has added two new nearby traffic cameras, along with 36 others citywide, that you can access online to help plan your commute.

Unfortunately, the new cameras – which are located at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street, and at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street – aren’t likely to be much help if you’re trying to avoid the traffic that has only gotten worse on Roosevelt Way and Northeast Fifth Avenue since the 15th Avenue bridge closed earlier this month.

Additional neighborhood traffic cameras on the website that aren’t new include Lake City Way Northeast and 15th Avenue Northeast, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northgate Way, and 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street (shown above).

Where would you like to see these real-time traffic cameras?

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Want the new Molly Moon's ice cream truck to visit?

May 27th, 2010 by master

If you’ve enjoyed visits from Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream on Sundays at Blue Saucer, how would you like to see Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream somewhere in Maple Leaf on a different day?

According to our sister blog My Wallingford, the ice cream “boutique” located in Wallingford and Capitol Hill is expanding its reach with the addition of an ice cream truck that is looking for places to go.

From Marina at MyWallingford:

The Molly Moon’s ice cream truck will make its maiden stop far from Puget Sound — at this weekend’s Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge.

But next week the truck rolls back into town, and Molly wants to know where it should make its first Seattle stops. Add your suggestion to the growing list on Facebook or send Molly a tweet.

And don’t forget, Parfait will be back this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.

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Memorial 4-Day sale starts Friday in Maple Leaf

May 27th, 2010 by Mike

Starting Friday the annual Memorial Day Sale begins at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware and runs four days through Monday.

Deals include an unfinished fir Adirondack chair that folds, like this one being assembled in the back room, for just $30. Or an oscillating fan (remember last summer’s 103 degree heat?) for $13, after rebate.

There’s even a $10 (after rebate) American flag for Memorial Day. And bring in your worn flag and Ace will properly dispose of it.

Hours at the store, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E., are daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You should have gotten a flier in the mail.

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Lots of closures over Memorial Day weekend

May 27th, 2010 by master

Most Seattle Parks and Recreation workers will be getting an extra-long holiday weekend, albeit not entirely paid because of citywide furloughs throughout the year.

All of the department’s facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, however furlough days on Friday and Tuesday will result in additional closures, including that of  the Northgate Community Center on Friday. The neighboring Northgate Library also will be closed Friday and Sunday as part of its regular schedule, as well as on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Also Friday, the parks department warns that the city’s parks will be further impacted because there will be no trash pick-up, nor will the bathrooms be cleaned and maintained that day. However, normal park maintenance will resume for the remainder of the weekend, although there will be limited staff on duty Monday to empty trash cans and clean restrooms.

“We’ve done everything we can to limit the impacts of the furlough on our patrons, customers and visitors; however, the public will experience parks with diminished maintenance on Friday, May 28,” said Christopher Williams, acting superintendent of the parks department. “If park patrons encounter overflowing trash cans, we encourage you to pack out your own trash. We are asking the community to help us keep our parks clean on the few days this year that we are not able to clean them ourselves.” [Read more →]

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