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Entries from September 2011

This Charming Candy brings gourmet lollipops to Maple Leaf

September 26th, 2011 by master

Lollipops aren’t just for kids anymore.


Susan Dziadosz, co-owner of This Charming Candy, is selling her gourmet lollipops from 4-6 p.m. Sundays and from 4-7 p.m. Mondays at The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E.

With gourmet flavors like Watermelon Basil, Black Pepper Melon, Vanilla Cardamom and, of course, the always-popular Salted Caramel, Maple Leaf/Roosevelt resident Susan Dziadosz is re-introducing adults to the world of lollipops through her company, This Charming Candy.

Although the company already has an international following after an article last year in Martha Stewart’s Real Simple magazine, Dziadosz is hoping to make it easier for her local customers to shop for her Charming Candy by now selling to walk-in customers from 4-6 p.m. Sundays and from 4-7 p.m. Mondays from the kitchen where she makes her goods, The Wandering Cafe, at 7533 Lake City Way N.E. in Maple Leaf.

“It helps me meet the customers and it lets the customers meet the candymaker,” Dziadosz said. “It helps us foster that relationship.”

She expects most of the local customers who stop by will be picking up orders to save on shipping costs, but This Charming Candy also will have some of its more popular collections for sale for walk-in customers.

“What I’m trying to do here is grow a a pickup business for the Seattle area,” Dziadosz said.

As the holiday season approaches, you also can expect to see This Charming Candy at many of the bigger craft sales throughout the area, such as Urban Craft Uprising. In addition, the company could soon be expanding its craft fair sales into Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area, where the company’s co-owner, Kate Degelau-Pierce, lives.

Although Dziadosz is the chef who makes and ships the candy, it might never have happened without the push from Degelau-Pierce. At the time, Dziadosz was working at Microsoft and making lollipops for fun for friends and family across the nation, when Degelau-Pierce proposed the idea of them trying their hand as entrepreneurs.

“She said, ‘I belive in your candy and I think it’s really good,'” Dziadosz said of her old college friend. “‘Let’s see if we can take it from being a hobby into being a living.'” [Read more →]

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Explosion, fires nearby

September 26th, 2011 by Mike

Update: KIRO  is reporting: “Seattle fire chief confirms there was a gas leak involved in the explosion, fire.”

On Sunday afternoon dozens of fire and police units were searching for a natural gas leak nearby, shutting down traffic for several city blocks. The Seattle Times is updating here.

Photo Tweeted by KIRO TV’s Chopper 7 of fire near Interstate 5.

Two early morning fires are being fought just north of Maple Leaf.

One was easily visible to rush hour traffic on Interstate 5. From our news partners The Seattle Times:

The fire is located in the 12300 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast. Two people, a man and a woman both in their 50s, were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One in critical condition and one in serious condition, said Kyle Moore, the Seattle Fire Department spokesman.

TV station helicopter videos show a fully involved structure fire and neighbors reported hearing an explosion more than a mile away.

A second, smaller fire was reported at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 107th Street (below).

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Summer’s done – fall is here in this Maple Leaf pumpkin patch

September 25th, 2011 by Mike

Who can say where this pumpkin patch is in Maple Leaf?

Sun’s out right now but the autumnal weather change arrived overnight.

The forecast is for showers/sunbreaks/thunderstorms this afternoon, changing to more serious rain on Monday, with continued wind.Then a break back to sun on Wednesday and Thursday – but temperatures won’t break 70 degrees.

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Summer's done – fall is here in this Maple Leaf pumpkin patch

September 25th, 2011 by Mike

Who can say where this pumpkin patch is in Maple Leaf?

Sun’s out right now but the autumnal weather change arrived overnight.

The forecast is for showers/sunbreaks/thunderstorms this afternoon, changing to more serious rain on Monday, with continued wind.Then a break back to sun on Wednesday and Thursday – but temperatures won’t break 70 degrees.

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Natural gas leak report brings heavy emergency response

September 25th, 2011 by Mike

All those sirens you’ve been hearing since a little before 2:30 p.m.? They’re fire and police units heading to reports of two natural gas leaks just to the north of us.

This photo was taken at the intersection of 8th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 120th Street. The fire engine that’s blocking traffic is one of over 20 fire department units dispatched to the area over the last hour.

All intersections for several city blocks are blocked by fire trucks or numerous Seattle Police Department cruisers.

The incident is being treated as a “natural gas leak – major.”

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3,000 out of power in Maple Leaf – new wind advisory just issued

September 25th, 2011 by master

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Saturday’s outage included this signal at Northeast 80th Street and Lake City Way Northeast.

Update 2 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Seattle just issued a wind advisory for gusts to 50 mph this afternoon.

TREES ARE PARTICULARLY PRONE TO DAMAGE THIS AFTERNOON SINCE IT

HAS BEEN SINCE LAST SPRING THAT WINDS HAVE BEEN THIS STRONG. TREES

STILL HAVE THEIR LEAVES SO WILL BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE WIND…

TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES WILL BE KNOCKED OFF OF TREES.

SOME TREES MAY BE KNOCKED DOWN. FALLING BRANCHES MAY HIT POWER

LINES CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

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This afternoon Seattle City Light is reporting that winds have knocked out power to about 5,500 customers in the city – with over 3,000 of them in Maple Leaf.

About 5,500 customers are without power in scattered outages caused by windy weather.

One outage is near Ridgecrest Park in Shoreline, affecting about 2,474 customers. It was caused by a downed wire.

Another outage is near the Mapleleaf neighborhood, affecting 3,017 customers. It was also caused by downed wires.

TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES WILL BE KNOCKED OFF OF TREES.
SOME TREES MAY BE KNOCKED DOWN. FALLING BRANCHES MAY HIT POWER
LINES CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

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Police rescue elderly woman from fire

September 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Update: As Miriam notes in comments, below, an off-duty firefighter who lived in the four-story condo was the first to fight the fire. From the Fire Department’s Fire Line website:

Seattle Firefighter Daniel Hess who lived in the building was asleep when the fire alarm sounded.

The firefighter ran to his car and grabbed his firefighting gear. Hess checked the apartments below the fire and realized the flames were centered on the rooftop deck. He tried using a garden hose which didn’t pump out enough water so he grabbed the building’s one-inch standpipe hose and began dousing the 20-foot-high flames.

Read the full story at the website.

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Police officers went from door to door during a structure fire just north of here Thursday night, alerting the residents and assisting an elderly woman to safety, officers say.

The fire was reported just after 11 p.m., according to police.

North Precinct patrol officers were flagged down by a citizen advising them of a structure fire in the 11500 block of 15th Avenue Northeast. The officers could see flames shooting from the roof of the building and quickly notified the Seattle Fire Department.

Three officers entered the building and began alerting the sleeping residents to evacuate the building. The officers went floor to floor knocking on doors and assisting in getting everyone out. Two officers had to force open a door after being advised that there was an elderly tenant inside who was very hard of hearing. The officers were able to successfully get her to safety.

Then the fire department arrived to battle the blaze.

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Two election forums coming up at Olympic View Elementary

September 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Candidates for four positions on the Seattle School Board are expected at an election forum hosted by Olympic View Elementary School. Discussion of the proposed Families and Education Levy is also on the agenda.

The forum is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the school’s cafeteria at 504 N.E. 95th St.

“Meet the candidates and learn more about the issues—including pros and cons about the levy. Bring your questions!” states the sponsor, the Olympic View Parent Teacher Association. Free child care is provided.

For more information contact the PTA’s Carolyn Leith (thunderegg@gmail.com) or (206) 375-2441. The election is Nov. 8.

And don’t forget about the candidate forum at the Maple Leaf General Community Meeting the following week, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the same location.

Although the school board won’t be represented at the meeting (the board has its own meeting that night), nearly all of the Seattle City Council candidates have confirmed; incumbent Sally Clark won’t be able to make it and Dian Ferguson hadn’t responded as of Sept. 21.

The community council has surveyed city council candidates here.

Tim Eyman also is expected to attend the Oct. 19 meeting. An Eyman-sponsored measure that would restrict the use of transportation tolls was leading 50-31 percent in a recent statewide poll.

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Help Maxine’s win “best flowers” on King 5 contest

September 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Maxine’s Floral and Gift is in the running for “best flowers” on King 5’s Best of Western Washington, and needs your vote to win.

The flower store, at 8811 Roosevelt Way N.E., is described on its website as “one of the coolest flower shops in Seattle since 1983. The shop is kind of like walking into munchkin land in the Wizard of Oz. People come in just to get there happy fix.”

Maxine’s won first place in the contest two years ago, but last year slipped to seventh place. (First was taken by the flower shop inside the Tulalip Resort and Casino.)

The contest runs through Oct. 9. You can vote for Maxine’s here.

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Help Maxine's win "best flowers" on King 5 contest

September 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Maxine’s Floral and Gift is in the running for “best flowers” on King 5’s Best of Western Washington, and needs your vote to win.

The flower store, at 8811 Roosevelt Way N.E., is described on its website as “one of the coolest flower shops in Seattle since 1983. The shop is kind of like walking into munchkin land in the Wizard of Oz. People come in just to get there happy fix.”

Maxine’s won first place in the contest two years ago, but last year slipped to seventh place. (First was taken by the flower shop inside the Tulalip Resort and Casino.)

The contest runs through Oct. 9. You can vote for Maxine’s here.

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