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Entries from February 2015

Backpack lost this morning in Maple Leaf

February 13th, 2015 by Mike

Judy emails:

Is there a way to post a lost backpack? Maybe someone found it. Lost this morning between Northeast 86th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast and Roosevelt and Northgate Way.

It was accidentally set on the outside of our work truck, so it fell off somewhere. Thanks if you can help!

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Quick update on the Northgate pedestrian bridge

February 10th, 2015 by Mike

The story thus far:

* There WAS a plan to spend around $20 million to connect the neighborhoods across Interstate 5 to Maple Leaf and the Northgate transit center and light rail station via a pedestrian and bike bridge from North Seattle College to the station. Got that? (It entirely avoids the word “interagency.”)

* It ran out of money. Specifically, Sound Transit set a July 2015 full funding deadline, after which it would withdraw the $5 million it committed. Seattle failed to get a federal grant, leading to a cliffhanger going into the new year….

* Now the Seattle Bike Blog reports:

In a recent response, Sound Transit staff say they will recommend that their Board extend the deadline to February 2016. While not a huge amount of extra time, it will give leaders more opportunities to identify funding options.

That letter from Sound Transit is here.

As Charles B. commented late last month: “Stay tuned….”

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Two reports of scammers in the neighborhood

February 9th, 2015 by Mike

Two different readers emailed to alert the neighborhood to possible scams this weekend.

Late this morning Steve wrote:

A fellow calling himself “Larry Anderson” called late Saturday afternoon to say that the utility bill for our son’s restaurant was overdue and our power would be shut off.

He said go to the drug store to buy a PaymentPak and call him back with the 10-digit number. “Larry” is probably in Belize or Florida….there is no such person working for the power company. I DID NOT buy a PaymentPak I DID NOT PAY HIM $400! I did call the FBI and I did contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The key is that utility companies do not ask for money order or paymentpak payments, especially on weekends when all the staff has gone home.

The Federal Trade Commission has a blog page about this.

And on Saturday Kristin wrote:

I wanted to put the word out that a man came to my door this evening (Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street) asking “where we wanted him to deliver our free newspaper”. He said “they were offering free newspapers to people”.

I told him we didn’t take the paper and didn’t want it. He left without trying to come into my home, but immediately got into a truck and drove away instead of continuing on to another house as he should have done if he was in fact selling the newspaper.

This incident was very similar (not the same man) to an incident that occurred last summer at the same time of day/same day of the week (Saturday).

I reported the incident to 911 and she said they would send a car to do a drive-by.    Just wanted neighbors to be aware.

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Rain slackens for evening, but some spots flood

February 6th, 2015 by Mike

KIRO is now tweeting: “Steady rain is moving out of Puget Sound and into the Cascade Mtns. Much drier evening w/ fewer showers.”

But North Seattle College (just across Interstate 5 from Maple Leaf on Northeast 92nd Street just emailed: “Northeast parking lot near the Wellness Center will be closed off due to flooding.Please remove your car if you are parked in the NE lot as soon as possible.”

Any other flooded areas?

Rain returns Saturday.

(Rain update: 0.86 inches this morning at Maple Leaf Life South.)

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Wet, wet, wet – plus more mail thefts

February 5th, 2015 by Mike

Cliff Mass’ headline probably says it best: “Triple Atmospheric River Event to Hit the West Coast.”

That was posted Wednesday, as was this from the Seattle office of the National Weather Service: “A series of waves will bring periods of heavy rain to the area tonight through Monday.

“The 5 day rainfall total for the mountains could be 10 to 13 inches in some areas, with 1 to 4 inches for the lowlands…. Winds will be southerly and gusty for nearly all areas tonight through Friday, with the strongest winds on the Coast and North Interior.

“Winds could be gusty again Saturday. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts for this wet and windy weekend!”

The Seattle Times points out the rain is snarling morning commutes.

Mass says:

Probably the most significant West Coast heavy rain event of the winter will occur during the next few days, with Northern California being the hardest hit.  Three “atmospheric rivers” will strike the coast between now and Sunday, with the middle one possibly being the strongest in years.

Overnight Wednesday into today 0.72 inches of rain fell at Maple Leaf Life South.

In more terrestrial pursuits – mail theft, John emails:

Found a big pile of stolen mail at Olympic View Elementary School playground. Included some folks’ tax stuff. I’d found more in early January along Eighth Avenue Northeast in the vicinity of the school and dumped near my house on Northeast 97th Street.

One neighbor’s stolen mail included a credit card statement, and someone subsequently tried to use that card fraudulently.

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Measles vax exemptions low in Maple Leaf schools

February 4th, 2015 by Mike

Our news partner The Seattle Times published a story this afternoon on the percentage of students in city Washington state schools who are exempt from being vaccinated for measles.

The Times story is here: Vaccine exemptions exceed 10 percent at dozens of Seattle-area schools.

The good news: No schools in Maple Leaf proper are in that batch.

Exactly what percentage of people/students vaccinated is required for “herd immunity” to kick in varies from source to source, but the number the Times is using – 90 percent – seems fairly average.

The Perkins School – a private school in the heart of Maple Leaf on Roosevelt Way Northeast, across from Maple Leaf Ace Hardware – has one of the lowest local exemptions – 1.7 percent, or one student.

Olympic View Elementary School is at 6 percent, Sacajawea Elementary at 9.3 percent. Eckstein Middle School is at 7.4 percent, Nathan Hale High School (not in the 98115 code) is 8.9 percent.

Here is the Times’ tool for finding schools and their data.

Below are the Times data for schools associated with the  98115 zip code. Data for some private schools was unavailable.

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Two Maple Leaf scenes this morning

February 3rd, 2015 by Mike

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All over

February 1st, 2015 by Mike

The rain was blowing sideways – UNTIL noon.

There were few people in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park wearing green and blue – UNTIL NOON.

THEN:

* The rain (mostly) DISAPPEARED.

* 125 Seahawk fans appeared.

* And 15 dogs.

* And KING-5 TV.

* There were chants.

* And blue and green BALLOONS.

Soon, it will be 3:30 p.m.

Following photo courtesy Donna Hartmann-Miller, seen above at top of ladder.


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Maple Leaf’s 12th Bear is on the job this Sunday

February 1st, 2015 by Mike

Elston and his bruin brothers. Editor’s note: Hard to fit all 12 bears into one frame.

Cloud City Coffee is closing at 3 p.m. And offering the Legion of Boom: “Whole milk latte with four shots and no foam. Representing the Seahawks secondary, a shot for each starter and no cushion.

“Expect to be knocked down.”

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is closing at 3 p.m. “We are having FREE Seahawk Face Painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get all dolled up for THE GAME.”

Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park will again take the 12th Man photo at the park, noon sharp.

And Maple Leaf Life is providing the 12th Bear – one dozen of them (plus a Tigger who came along because that’s what Tiggers do).


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Maple Leaf's 12th Bear is on the job this Sunday

February 1st, 2015 by Mike

Elston and his bruin brothers. Editor’s note: Hard to fit all 12 bears into one frame.

Cloud City Coffee is closing at 3 p.m. And offering the Legion of Boom: “Whole milk latte with four shots and no foam. Representing the Seahawks secondary, a shot for each starter and no cushion.

“Expect to be knocked down.”

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is closing at 3 p.m. “We are having FREE Seahawk Face Painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get all dolled up for THE GAME.”

Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park will again take the 12th Man photo at the park, noon sharp.

And Maple Leaf Life is providing the 12th Bear – one dozen of them (plus a Tigger who came along because that’s what Tiggers do).


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