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Entries from February 2012

Would you attend a Maple Leaf Art Walk in early May?

February 22nd, 2012 by master

With all of our pounding of the pavement around Maple Leaf, we’ve heard comments again and again about how Maple Leaf needs an art walk.

Like many neighborhoods, we’ve got plenty of obvious art businesses – like Fine Impressions Gallery, Northwest Puppet Center, Snow Goose Gallery, Between Cultures, HangFire Frame and Design, Maxine’s and Glassique – as well as others that could just as easily be involved in a neighborhood art walk – Blue Saucer, Art Tile Co., Cloud City Coffee, Early Masters, The Wandering Cafe, COA Mexican Eatery and Tequileria, and Aljoya Thornton Place, just to name a few.

What we don’t have is a convenient walking path linking all of these businesses together, which definitely increases the appeal of participating in an art walk. But that doesn’t mean it should keep the community from at least giving it a try.

We’ve put feelers out to the above businesses and others to see if we can pull this together, and it looks like it’s going to happen – assuming that you, the residents of Maple Leaf, think this is as cool an idea as we do.

Tentatively the time and date are set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 11, and so far all of the above-listed businesses have expressed an interest in participating. We’ve even got non-artsy businesses interested in staying open late to show art from local artists, too, including Edward Jones. We haven’t had a chance to contact all of the area businesses yet, so if you’d like to be put on the list, let us know at tips@mapleleaflife.com.

And if you’re a local artist who would love to see your works on display at said local business, we’ll try to accommodate that as well.

So, Maple Leaf, what do you think about a Maple Leaf Art Walk? Can we count on you to attend this first-of-a-kind neighborhood event?

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Military helicopters or fighter planes over Maple Leaf?

February 22nd, 2012 by Mike

We’ve had a couple of questions about loud helicopters overhead in the last several days.

Sal wrote: “I noticed them over my house (Northeast 98th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast ) on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday afternoons and Friday morning.

Sometimes just one, sometimes up to six, always going straight north or south (not circling/banking). I’m used to traffic helicopters and the Coast Guard ones that go by late afternoon and these are not like those. These have no TV markings and are shake-the-ground loud. I’m assuming they’re military but does anyone have details?

We don’t have details on those flights last week, but we can tell you that you may be seeing some action today.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct exercise flights today as they practice intercept and identification procedures. Exercise flights will take place over the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound area of Washington State. Although they are scheduled for early morning, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.

The NORAD release goes on to say fighter jets will be seen in close proximity to target aircraft. “In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft.”

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Occupy Seattle brings its ideas to Northeast

February 22nd, 2012 by master

Occupy Seattle isn’t just downtown anymore. Lake City resident Mary Paterson is organizing a series of community meetings in Northeast Seattle to help get the word out about the Occupy movement. From the flier:

Come learn about the Occupy Movement’s work on economic justice, environmental justice, getting money out of politics, and more. Share your views.

The meetings are at:

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, from 3-5 p.m., at the Northeast Branch Library, at 6801 35th Ave. N.E.
  • Saturday, March 3, from 3-5 p.m., at the Lake City Library, at 12501 28th Ave. N.E.
  • Saturday, April 7, from 3-5 p.m., Lake City Library

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Prosecutors charge woman who caused last week’s 9-car pileup near Northgate Mall

February 21st, 2012 by Mike

Prosecutors today charged a 21-year-old “mental and disoriented female” in connection with last week’s accident involving nine cars near Northgate Mall.

Melanie Ann Lind was charged by King County Prosecutors with possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police, both felonies, according to court documents. She was stopped after crashing on First Avenue Northeast about 4 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Lind was driving a Dodge crew-cab pickup that had been stolen from National Car Rental at the airport about an hour earlier, according to the charging papers. An employee saw a woman with no luggage drive the truck right over the road spikes that are designed to flatten the tires of any vehicle trying to leave through the parking area entrance instead of the exit.

When police spotted the truck at College Way North and Northeast 92nd Street, “both of the front tires on the suspect vehicle were completely flat and had apparently been flat for some time, as smoke was billowing from the front wheel wells,” the documents state.

Turning on their lights and siren, police thought they had stopped the truck at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street, according to the documents, but the driver suddenly sped away at speeds between 60-65 mph, running the red light at Northeast 107th Street.

There the truck slammed into another pickup truck leaving the mall parking lot, bounced and hit three vehicles stopped on Northeast 107th, shoving them into five more cars, the papers state. “It could not travel any further because its front wheels and suspension had broken off,” according to the court documents.

Lind was the only person in the truck and appeared to be on drugs, the court papers state. She and four other drivers were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Her description matched that of a “mental and disoriented female who had been hanging around the airport for the last few days,” according to the court documents, which say Lind also has recent convictions for theft and violation of a court order.

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Prosecutors charge woman who caused last week's 9-car pileup near Northgate Mall

February 21st, 2012 by Mike

Prosecutors today charged a 21-year-old “mental and disoriented female” in connection with last week’s accident involving nine cars near Northgate Mall.

Melanie Ann Lind was charged by King County Prosecutors with possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police, both felonies, according to court documents. She was stopped after crashing on First Avenue Northeast about 4 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Lind was driving a Dodge crew-cab pickup that had been stolen from National Car Rental at the airport about an hour earlier, according to the charging papers. An employee saw a woman with no luggage drive the truck right over the road spikes that are designed to flatten the tires of any vehicle trying to leave through the parking area entrance instead of the exit.

When police spotted the truck at College Way North and Northeast 92nd Street, “both of the front tires on the suspect vehicle were completely flat and had apparently been flat for some time, as smoke was billowing from the front wheel wells,” the documents state.

Turning on their lights and siren, police thought they had stopped the truck at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street, according to the documents, but the driver suddenly sped away at speeds between 60-65 mph, running the red light at Northeast 107th Street.

There the truck slammed into another pickup truck leaving the mall parking lot, bounced and hit three vehicles stopped on Northeast 107th, shoving them into five more cars, the papers state. “It could not travel any further because its front wheels and suspension had broken off,” according to the court documents.

Lind was the only person in the truck and appeared to be on drugs, the court papers state. She and four other drivers were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Her description matched that of a “mental and disoriented female who had been hanging around the airport for the last few days,” according to the court documents, which say Lind also has recent convictions for theft and violation of a court order.

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Keys found at Olympic View Elementary

February 20th, 2012 by Mike

John says they were found at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., around 11 a.m. today. If they’re yours, call 206-999-4426.

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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin art show Thursday

February 20th, 2012 by master

Aljoya Thornton Place is opening a new art show on Thursday, Feb. 23, featuring Seattle artists Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin, including Wei’s “Palouse Shadow,” shown, and Arreguin’s “Colibris.”

June Sekiguchi, art curator at the senior living community at 450 N.E. 100th St., says in a news release that last spring’s gray skies and chilly temperatures inspired planning for this show:

“The art of Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin is bright, with visual narratives that draw the viewer into stunning beauty,” says Sekiguchi. “The rich color in this exhibition is something we all long to see this time of year.”

Wei, originally from China, and Arreguin, from Mexico, tell the stories of being first-generation Americans through their 15 vibrant paintings that will be on display through June 26.

Both artists, who teach art and exhibit locally as well as internationally, will be at a free opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Aljoya Thornton Place. Advance reservations are required by calling 206-306-7920.

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"Grease" flash mob at Northgate Mall

February 18th, 2012 by master

Students from Christ the King Catholic School in Broadview, just north of Greenwood, recently performed a flash mob at Barnes & Noble at Northgate Mall to promote the school’s upcoming production of “Grease.”

You can see a YouTube video of the flash mob here.

The students will perform “Grease” on March 29-31 at Shoreline Community College Campus Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets are $10. Call 206-364-6890.

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Masked Dog Oasis bandit caught in act

February 17th, 2012 by Mike

On Thursday afternoon Holly emailed us:

I spotted this critter at about 3:30 feasting on dog biscuits at the doggie oasis. I shooed him away and screwed the lid back on the “raccoon-proof” thermos, and stepped back only to watch the raccoon climb back over the fence, lay the thermos on its side, and spin the lid off again. I shooed him away again and put the lid on even tighter. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Urban wildlife. Harrumph.

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More police news from our Maple Leaf neighbors (a door-to-door meat salesman?)

February 16th, 2012 by Mike

Update Friday, Feb. 17: Maria writes:

I don’t live on the block but it looked like someone had stolen mail on 95th between 12th and 15th last night. This morning many of the mailboxes were open and there was some mail scattered along the street.

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Two neighbors emailed us Wednesday with police news.

Sue just wanted to give police credit. “About once a week I see our local SPD hanging out by the school zone on Roosevelt as a watchful reminder to slow to 20 miles an hour. Great job SPD! Way to keep our kids safe!”

Thanks, Sue.

Another neighbor on Northeast 86th Street had a somewhat bizarre experience. A white van stopped in front of her door late Wednesday morning.

A man came to my door and said he was a delivery guy making his rounds, but had no uniform and no package or information with him. I have a large pit bull, and he seemed very interested in my dog and asked lots of questions about him. He then asked if we were interested in steaks, that he delivered them, and when I said we’re vegetarians, he just talked more about my dog then drove off.

The woman was suspicious. Prelude to a home invasion? A pit bull theft ring? “I called the police right away and made a report, and was very impressed when two patrol cars were in front of my house in about five minutes.

After some research, which revealed no door-to-door steak delivery companies in Seattle, I did find this post on a West Seattle blog: http://westseattleblog.com/2009/09/2-door-to-door-alerts-meat-and-meet

Just wanted to give the neighborhood a heads up.

The West Seattle Blog post recounts several such incidents from 2009, beginning with: “A young man came to my door and asked if I would like some free steaks after…as the stories goes….he had to make a ‘big delivery’ in the neighborhood, and had these ‘left over.’ It seemed very, very suspicious….”

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