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Goodbye to Barbara and Tom

April 2nd, 2011 by Mike


Barbara Maxwell at the Maple Leaf Community Garden last month with current Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

It took 19 years.

At Friday’s going-away fete for Barbara and Tom Maxwell, one of the centerpieces was a copy of Barbara’s nomination in 2008 for a city Denny Award for extraordinary volunteer service in creating the Maple Leaf Community Garden, just one of her many endeavors on behalf of the neighborhood.

“Barbara identified a property in 1988 and asked the owners to sell it for a park. As the years went by, the owners finally said, ‘yes.’

Grant writing, fundraising, design and construction culminated 19 years later “in a park that includes 22 P-Patches, northwest natives garden, a labyrinth and a straw bale tool shed,” the nomination states.

“Because of Barbara’s leadership, commitment and ability to inspire we have a wonderful park that maintains nature in a dense, urban neighborhood.”

Farewells were said Friday evening by dozens of friends at the Northgate Community Center. The Maxwells are moving back to Barbara’s native Montana.


Tom Maxwell, left, says goodbye after 35 years in Maple Leaf.

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Friday's the goodbye open house for Barbara and Tom Maxwell

March 30th, 2011 by Mike

Barbara and Tom Maxwell, two longtime Maple Leaf residents and ultra-volunteers, will be feted at an open house Friday, April 1.

Barbara resigned earlier this month from long service on the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The couple are leaving our neighborhood, where they’ve lived for 35 years, to move back to to Montana.

We’re gathering stories about them – if you have one, let us know, either by commenting below or sending email to tips at mapleleaflife.com. Would there even be a Maple Leaf Community Garden without them?

The open house is from 5-8 p.m. in the Northgate Community Center Activities Room, at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 106th Street.

Additional parking is available across the street at Northgate Mall.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Friday’s the goodbye open house for Barbara and Tom Maxwell

March 30th, 2011 by Mike

Barbara and Tom Maxwell, two longtime Maple Leaf residents and ultra-volunteers, will be feted at an open house Friday, April 1.

Barbara resigned earlier this month from long service on the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The couple are leaving our neighborhood, where they’ve lived for 35 years, to move back to to Montana.

We’re gathering stories about them – if you have one, let us know, either by commenting below or sending email to tips at mapleleaflife.com. Would there even be a Maple Leaf Community Garden without them?

The open house is from 5-8 p.m. in the Northgate Community Center Activities Room, at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 106th Street.

Additional parking is available across the street at Northgate Mall.

Refreshments will be provided.

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