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Entries from March 2011

The Hive Social Club is gone, services still available

March 28th, 2011 by master

Another business has come and gone at 9220 Roosevelt Way N.E. The Hive Social Club, a tea party house for “little princesses” that opened last October appears to have left the building.

Owner Melissa Plourd tells us:

“I had a good amount of people “liking” me on Facebook which was nice, but not much action beyond that.  Every month I was paying a lot of money to have nobody come in … I miss the shop,  I think it was a good idea that I wasn’t ready for.”

Even though Plourd is no longer offering party services from the Maple Leaf storefront, she tells us that you still can book her for “princess tea parties,” face painting, body art and other artistic endeavors through her website, Happy Go Lucky Face Painting, or its Facebook twin.

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Overnight disturbance at N.E. 88th and Roosevelt

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Update, 8:15 a.m. March 28:

This just in from Seattle Police:

Saturday night, at 11:15 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance in the street at 88 NE/Roosevelt. Thirty-40 young males and females in the street, mostly screaming at one another, but no physical fights. As officers approached the crowd, they were approached by a woman who told them she was hosting a party for her 17-year-old daughter. Most of the party attendees are hearing impaired. She stated that she was attempting to keep the attendees off the street until their buses could arrive to pick them up. As soon as the police arrived, most of the attendees went back inside the building. Officers stayed in the area, monitoring it, small groups of four-10 people would leave at a time.

A little after midnight, officers were dispatched to a fight disturbance of 30 or so people in front of the Reservoir Tavern. Officers saw a large crowd on the street, but it started to break up as police arrived. No one was fighting; it apparently all stemmed from the earlier party. Buses arrived and everyone got on, and left the area.

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We’ve had two separate reports from neighbors about an overnight disturbance involving dozens – perhaps up to a hundred – party-goers on Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

The incident started a little before midnight and lasted into this morning, the reports suggest.

“There was a lot of yelling and screaming. It was extremely loud. You also could hear a girl yell, ‘the party’s still on, the party’s still on,’ ” one woman reported.

“The street was blocked and within minutes there was a large police presence and immediately most of the people disappeared,” her email states.

According to the other report: “The groups were peeling down the street….. The cops showed up and parked along Roosevelt and 88th.” That report said “there were several groups of 10 wandering the streets ’til 2:30 or 3:30.”

We’ve asked Seattle Police for more information, which we expect in the morning. The department’s Sunday media relations officer was pretty busy with the aftermath of an armed man up in Pinehurst (15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 120th Street) who tried to break into a number of apartments and bludgeoned an elderly couple with the butt of a rifle. Officers Tasered and arrested the man.

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“Happily hidden” Maple Leaf gets good press

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Maple Leaf made SeattleMet‘s list of the city’s “20 best places to live now” in the magazine’s April issue.

Online, “Happily Hidden” Maple Leaf comes right after “Still Funky After All These Years” Fremont and before “Unexpected Diversity” Laurelhurst.

After mentioning Reckless Video and Cloud City Coffee, as “little gems the residents would just as soon keep to themselves,” the piece ends with:

Once the ongoing development of Maple Leaf Park (which includes burying the Maple Leaf Reservoir and adding an off-leash area) wraps up in the next few years, though, it’s only a matter of time before dog walkers and stroller pushers weary of the shoulder-to-shoulder congestion along Green Lake begin to venture north.

Funny, last we’d heard the off-leash area was still on some residents’ wish list but NOT on the current park plan. We’ll have to check back.

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"Happily hidden" Maple Leaf gets good press

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Maple Leaf made SeattleMet‘s list of the city’s “20 best places to live now” in the magazine’s April issue.

Online, “Happily Hidden” Maple Leaf comes right after “Still Funky After All These Years” Fremont and before “Unexpected Diversity” Laurelhurst.

After mentioning Reckless Video and Cloud City Coffee, as “little gems the residents would just as soon keep to themselves,” the piece ends with:

Once the ongoing development of Maple Leaf Park (which includes burying the Maple Leaf Reservoir and adding an off-leash area) wraps up in the next few years, though, it’s only a matter of time before dog walkers and stroller pushers weary of the shoulder-to-shoulder congestion along Green Lake begin to venture north.

Funny, last we’d heard the off-leash area was still on some residents’ wish list but NOT on the current park plan. We’ll have to check back.

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Help hunt for native neighborhood wildlife

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Calling all hometown coyotes, frogs and snakes. Together with other reptiles, amphibians and mammals who originally lived here.

A noted naturalist who is also a Maple Leaf resident is wondering how many of our native animal species are still in the neighborhood.

“I’m wondering what part of the original fauna of the city is still hanging around in what seems a nicely wooded neighborhood with natural amenities such as the Thornton Creek ravine,” writes Dennis Paulson.

“When we first moved in here 19 years ago, I would occasionally hear a coyote, but I haven’t heard one for many years now.”

Paulson is director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on birds and dragon flies, and can sometimes be seen on the street here photographing the Scarlet-fronted parakeets of Maple Leaf.

Last spring he  introduced several clutches of Pacific Chorus Frogs into his backyard pond. “We know they hatched, as we saw small tadpoles and a few metamorphosed individuals, but I have neither seen nor heard any frogs since then,” Paulson writes.  “It would be so cool if they did get established in the neighborhood, but I don’t know if our pond will be suitable or not. They were certainly here originally, but most of our reptiles and amphibians seem to be wiped out by urbanization.”

Paulson wants to get emails from anyone who spots native wildlife. “I welcome hearing about any frog, salamander, or snake that anyone ever sees anywhere near here! Ditto native mammals other than raccoon or bats or moles.” Editor’s note: He does know about the beavers in Thornton Creek Park No. 6.

“It is important to point out that two commonly seen mammals, eastern gray squirrels and possums, are not native.” That means he doesn’t need reports about them, nor the aforementioned raccoons, bats or moles.

“I have never seen a reptile or amphibian in the neighborhood, nor any native mammal other than the ones I named.”

For other critters,  email Paulson: dennispaulson at comcast.net.

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Help wanted around the neighborhood

March 25th, 2011 by master

Although COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria doesn’t plan to open until mid-May, the new Maple Leaf restaurant at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E. posted an ad via Twitter announcing that it’s already hiring:

“Tell us a little about yourself and your previous experience in the field. Share with us an experience you’ve really enjoyed with tequila.”

And COA isn’t the only new area business that’s hiring. The new Sally Beauty Supply, 837 Northeast Northgate Way, also has a sign posted in its window looking for help.

Most of the boxes are unpacked and it looks like the store is set to open Monday, March 28. Ready to work that soon? Applications are available online and can be submitted at the Lynnwood location, 19410 Highway 99, Suite C. For more information, call 425-776-4237.

If you’re more interested in being on COA’s wait staff or a “mixologist,” email coatequileria@gmail.com.

Know of any other companies hiring in the neighborhood?

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Car ends up below building after dramatic crash on Roosevelt

March 25th, 2011 by Mike

A dramatic two-car crash closed Roosevelt Way Northeast and brought news helicopters and police and fire units to Maple Leaf shortly before 10:30 this morning.

One SUV ended up in the ditch almost under this building at Roosevelt and Northeast 91st Street.

Thirteen emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene at 10:18 a.m., and another one a minute later.

No serious injuries were reported, although ambulances were at the scene. Buses on Roosevelt were rerouted to stops south of Northeast 80th Street.

A neighbor emailed to say: “Nice pedestrian almost hit, missed him by about a foot.”

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Q & A from Mayor McGinn’s visit last week

March 25th, 2011 by Mike

The Seattle mayor’s office has released a recap of the conversation Mayor Mike McGinn had at Aljoya Thornton Place last Saturday.

We earlier wrote about the mayor’s visit here and about his remarks on Alaskan Viaduct tunnel  here.

In a note to residents who listed their email address on the meeting’s sign-up sheets, McGinn today wrote: “I’ll be getting back to you in the next couple of weeks with answers to the questions about casual laborers at 117th & Aurora, school lunch program cutbacks, a status update on the North Aurora Plan, and whether or not daycare providers are required to wrap cloth diapers in plastic.”

Those were all questions the mayor promised to follow up during the meeting. More of the Q & A can be found here (pdf).

As a sample:

Speaker: I support the tunnel position [referring to Speaker #8]. As for trees, we are not planting enough evergreens. I suggest that the city plant evergreens. What incentives do we have for neighbors to plant new trees?

Mayor: In my budget process I discovered that the City has four different programs for planting trees. We hand out many trees for different purposes.

  • I asked if we can have just one tree program. It turns out that it wouldn’t necessarily save money to have one program, but it may make for a better program.
  • It is still being worked out as to how restrictive will we be towards property owners who have trees on their property and want to take them down. It will be a hot button issue. It may be a lot different than what we have now.
  • The street tree issue is very challenging. We have a list of approved trees and they are not big evergreens.
  • We have the Green Seattle Partnership that does much work to clear invasive plants.
  • I am very nervous about what the State and Federal governments will do which will make us revisit our budget.

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Q & A from Mayor McGinn’s visit last week

March 25th, 2011 by Mike

The Seattle mayor’s office has released a recap of the conversation Mayor Mike McGinn had at Aljoya Thornton Place last Saturday.

We earlier wrote about the mayor’s visit here and about his remarks on Alaskan Viaduct tunnel  here.

In a note to residents who listed their email address on the meeting’s sign-up sheets, McGinn today wrote: “I’ll be getting back to you in the next couple of weeks with answers to the questions about casual laborers at 117th & Aurora, school lunch program cutbacks, a status update on the North Aurora Plan, and whether or not daycare providers are required to wrap cloth diapers in plastic.”

Those were all questions the mayor promised to follow up during the meeting. More of the Q & A can be found here (pdf).

As a sample:

Speaker: I support the tunnel position [referring to Speaker #8]. As for trees, we are not planting enough evergreens. I suggest that the city plant evergreens. What incentives do we have for neighbors to plant new trees?

Mayor: In my budget process I discovered that the City has four different programs for planting trees. We hand out many trees for different purposes.

  • I asked if we can have just one tree program. It turns out that it wouldn’t necessarily save money to have one program, but it may make for a better program.
  • It is still being worked out as to how restrictive will we be towards property owners who have trees on their property and want to take them down. It will be a hot button issue. It may be a lot different than what we have now.
  • The street tree issue is very challenging. We have a list of approved trees and they are not big evergreens.
  • We have the Green Seattle Partnership that does much work to clear invasive plants.
  • I am very nervous about what the State and Federal governments will do which will make us revisit our budget.

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Q & A from Mayor McGinn's visit last week

March 25th, 2011 by Mike

The Seattle mayor’s office has released a recap of the conversation Mayor Mike McGinn had at Aljoya Thornton Place last Saturday.

We earlier wrote about the mayor’s visit here and about his remarks on Alaskan Viaduct tunnel  here.

In a note to residents who listed their email address on the meeting’s sign-up sheets, McGinn today wrote: “I’ll be getting back to you in the next couple of weeks with answers to the questions about casual laborers at 117th & Aurora, school lunch program cutbacks, a status update on the North Aurora Plan, and whether or not daycare providers are required to wrap cloth diapers in plastic.”

Those were all questions the mayor promised to follow up during the meeting. More of the Q & A can be found here (pdf).

As a sample:

Speaker: I support the tunnel position [referring to Speaker #8]. As for trees, we are not planting enough evergreens. I suggest that the city plant evergreens. What incentives do we have for neighbors to plant new trees?

Mayor: In my budget process I discovered that the City has four different programs for planting trees. We hand out many trees for different purposes.

  • I asked if we can have just one tree program. It turns out that it wouldn’t necessarily save money to have one program, but it may make for a better program.
  • It is still being worked out as to how restrictive will we be towards property owners who have trees on their property and want to take them down. It will be a hot button issue. It may be a lot different than what we have now.
  • The street tree issue is very challenging. We have a list of approved trees and they are not big evergreens.
  • We have the Green Seattle Partnership that does much work to clear invasive plants.
  • I am very nervous about what the State and Federal governments will do which will make us revisit our budget.

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