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Entries from May 2011

Join the Farmers Market this afternoon at Aljoya Thornton Place

May 26th, 2011 by Mike

The Aljoya Farmers Market returns to the neighborhood this afternoon from 4-6 p.m., and will continue  the last  Thursday afternoon of each month through September.

Hosted by Ajoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St., the market promises:

  • Homemade baked items
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Cut flowers

Bring cash or credit card to pay for your fresh goods. The market will be held outside the Bistro patio at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

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Found: a lost kids’ bike

May 25th, 2011 by Mike

Rico emails us:

If anyone is missing a kids’ bike, let me know. Someone appears to have abandoned a bike on the street in front of our house a couple days ago. I wonder if someone took it for a joy ride and ditched it.

You can e-mail me a description of any lost bike and I will respond back with an address if it is a match.

rgrassy@gmail.com

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Found: a lost kids' bike

May 25th, 2011 by Mike

Rico emails us:

If anyone is missing a kids’ bike, let me know. Someone appears to have abandoned a bike on the street in front of our house a couple days ago. I wonder if someone took it for a joy ride and ditched it.

You can e-mail me a description of any lost bike and I will respond back with an address if it is a match.

rgrassy@gmail.com

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Maple Leaf’s phantom block – where’d it go?

May 25th, 2011 by Mike

Here’s a question we hope our readers can answer. It comes from Tracey.

My husband and I live in New Westminster, B.C., and we were in Seattle for the weekend.  We visited the Maple Leaf neighborhood because I learned that my great uncle once lived in a house at 423 N.E. 91st Street.  We met confusion when we saw that the house numbers on 91st St. go from the three-hundreds to the five-hundreds, skipping the four-hundreds altogether.  Any idea if the numbering system has been changed since the 1940s?  I’d love to see if the house is still there under a different number.

She’s quite correct. There’s a 300 block on one side of Fifth Avenue Northeast, and a 500 block on the other, east side, but no 400 block addresses at all.

Northeast 92nd has a 400 block, but 90th and 89th do not. (Clue: Fourth Avenue Northeast doesn’t go through.) Northeast 88th does.

Who knows if those missing blocks ever existed?

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Maple Leaf's phantom block – where'd it go?

May 25th, 2011 by Mike

Here’s a question we hope our readers can answer. It comes from Tracey.

My husband and I live in New Westminster, B.C., and we were in Seattle for the weekend.  We visited the Maple Leaf neighborhood because I learned that my great uncle once lived in a house at 423 N.E. 91st Street.  We met confusion when we saw that the house numbers on 91st St. go from the three-hundreds to the five-hundreds, skipping the four-hundreds altogether.  Any idea if the numbering system has been changed since the 1940s?  I’d love to see if the house is still there under a different number.

She’s quite correct. There’s a 300 block on one side of Fifth Avenue Northeast, and a 500 block on the other, east side, but no 400 block addresses at all.

Northeast 92nd has a 400 block, but 90th and 89th do not. (Clue: Fourth Avenue Northeast doesn’t go through.) Northeast 88th does.

Who knows if those missing blocks ever existed?

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CDs strewn across Northeast 97th Street

May 25th, 2011 by master

This Maple Leaf Life co-editor woke up just after 6 this morning to dozens of CDs strewn across Northeast 97th Street, near Roosevelt Way Northeast, and is looking for the owner (artists include Brooks & Dunn and Stix, as well as a number of mixes).

We’re imaganing a car break-in was involved, but because of the early hour it may not yet be reported on the Seattle Police incident map. The only Maple Leaf car prowls listed today are on the 8000 block of  14th Avenue Northeast on Sunday and the 800 block of Northeast 88th Street on Monday.

If you think these might be your CDs and you’d like them back, send me an email at tips@mapleleaflife.com. P.S. Some of them aren’t in very good shape. 🙁

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“Safety Not Guaranteed” movie being shot in Maple Leaf Wednesday

May 24th, 2011 by Mike

Wondering about the “No Parking” signs that have sprouted outside Wild Root Salon and the Roosevelt Ale House?

They’re warning you not to park along that side of the 8800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast on Wednesday. Look for lights and movie crews there instead.

Scenes for “Safety Not Guaranteed,” an indie movie involving time travel and Kristen Bell (you haven’t been Forgetting Sarah Marshall, have you?) will be shot Wednesday afternoon at Wild Root, and we’re told the cast and crew will be lunching at the Ale House.

No, Kristen won’t be here. But co-star Jake Johnson will.

As to the movie…here’s the advance word from The New York Times:

Darius, a young magazine intern, is recruited to help a staff writer, Jeff, with a story about a bizarre young man who has advertised for a time-traveling partner. She, Jeff, and fellow intern, Arnau, travel to a small town to get information on the paranoid but strangely compelling young man. But Darius feels torn, underhanded and disloyal when she begins to have genuine feelings for her subject, who is clearly smitten by her as well.

According to Internet lore, the movie started with a fake classified ad:

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"Safety Not Guaranteed" movie being shot in Maple Leaf Wednesday

May 24th, 2011 by Mike

Wondering about the “No Parking” signs that have sprouted outside Wild Root Salon and the Roosevelt Ale House?

They’re warning you not to park along that side of the 8800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast on Wednesday. Look for lights and movie crews there instead.

Scenes for “Safety Not Guaranteed,” an indie movie involving time travel and Kristen Bell (you haven’t been Forgetting Sarah Marshall, have you?) will be shot Wednesday afternoon at Wild Root, and we’re told the cast and crew will be lunching at the Ale House.

No, Kristen won’t be here. But co-star Jake Johnson will.

As to the movie…here’s the advance word from The New York Times:

Darius, a young magazine intern, is recruited to help a staff writer, Jeff, with a story about a bizarre young man who has advertised for a time-traveling partner. She, Jeff, and fellow intern, Arnau, travel to a small town to get information on the paranoid but strangely compelling young man. But Darius feels torn, underhanded and disloyal when she begins to have genuine feelings for her subject, who is clearly smitten by her as well.

According to Internet lore, the movie started with a fake classified ad:

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Learn about 'Native Plants in our Watershed'

May 24th, 2011 by master

It seems people who care about Thornton Creek want to know more about the plants that grow native in our watershed.

At the last Thornton Creek Alliance meeting, renowned Seattle plant expert Arthur Lee Jacobson discussed “Native Trees in our Watershed,” and this month he’s “back by popular demand” to talk about “Native Plants in our Watershed.”

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins with social time at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Lake City Presbyterian Church (Room B2), 3841 N.E. 123rd St. Jacobson will give his presentation at 7 p.m., and the group will hold its business portion of the meeting afterward.

For more information, contact alliance Vice President Dan Mahler at 206-523-8813 or kkmahler@earthlink.net.

Want to learn even more about watersheds? Come to the 2011 Seattle Watersheds Forum, from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the flagship REI, 222 Yale Ave. N. [Read more →]

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Northgate Mall reminds us to not text while driving

May 22nd, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

In February 2010, Heather Lerch was a college student at Centralia College, with her whole life ahead of her, when she made a tragic decision to text while driving. A mere 3 miles away from her home, she struck a guardrail and died instantly.

On Monday and Tuesday, Lerch’s car will be on display at the north end of the Northgate Mall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., along with members of the Seattle Police Department.

Heather’s parents have created a campaign to discourage youth from texting while driving, and have created the website Heather’s Story, dedicated to Heather and their cause.

“Heather’s parents have released the remains of her vehicle to be used as an educational display about the dangers of texting while driving,” said Steve Hardy, director of public safety at Northgate Mall.

Beth Brunton, an instructor at Northgate Middle College High School, will be taking her students to see the vehicle and to be reminded of the dangers of distracted driving.

“We need to be reminded to avoid all distractions while driving and we need to see a visual image of what can happen to us, those we love, and those we will never know,” Brunton said. “We need to take a stand that we will not ride in any car while the driver is drunk or distracted by texting.”

The Seattle Police Department will also have documents reminding people of the new Text Talk Ticket.

For more information, call Steve Hardy at 206-362-4778, ext. 219.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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