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Entries from March 2010

‘F-Bomb bandit’ is a 16-year-old girl, police say

March 31st, 2010 by Mike

The “F-Bomb bandit” believed to have robbed five banks or credit unions in seven weeks was urged to turn herself  in by her father after he saw a TV photo of the robber, court documents state.

But the 16-year-old girl “just laughed at him,” according to documents charging her with four of the robberies, including the one last month at a credit union inside the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

The girl, who was charged along with her boyfriend, another girl and a 40-year-old felon, told police she received $25 cash and a new coat for her role in the robberies.

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'F-Bomb bandit' is a 16-year-old girl, police say

March 31st, 2010 by Mike

The “F-Bomb bandit” believed to have robbed five banks or credit unions in seven weeks was urged to turn herself  in by her father after he saw a TV photo of the robber, court documents state.

But the 16-year-old girl “just laughed at him,” according to documents charging her with four of the robberies, including the one last month at a credit union inside the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

The girl, who was charged along with her boyfriend, another girl and a 40-year-old felon, told police she received $25 cash and a new coat for her role in the robberies.

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Evans Pool will be closed Thursday morning

March 31st, 2010 by master

You still have time to get in that early morning lap tomorrow morning, but from 7:30 a.m. to noon Evans Pool at Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., will be closed for repairs.

A news release from Seattle Parks and Recreation says crews will be repairing bearings in the circulation pump at that time.

Early morning lap swim will take place from 6-7:30 a.m. as usual. Both the shallow and deep end exercise classes from 10-11 a.m. will be cancelled.

Pool staff will be on site Thursday morning to help patrons who come to the pool not knowing of the closure. Pool users can check on the status of the opening before coming in for noon and afternoons swims by calling the pool at 206-684-4961.

Parks and Recreation apologizes for the inconvenience to our customers.

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Put out that trash despite possible strike

March 30th, 2010 by Mike

Despite the possibility of a garbage strike by Thursday, the city wants you to go ahead and put out your trash, recycling and yard waste as usual.

In a release Tuesday afternoon, Seattle Public Utilities asked customers to observe their regular pickup days. If there’s no pickup, leave it out an extra day, e-mailed Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for the utility department. If it’s still not collected that next day, put it out the following week on your regular day.

The dispute is between Teamsters Local 174 and Waste Management, the company that provides pickup service for about half of Seattle, but not for most of Maple Leaf. A map of Waste Management’s service area is here.

Over the weekend the drivers voted to authorize a strike if they don’t have a new contract by Thursday. The current contract expires at midnight Wednesday.

The city’s contract with Waste Management requires continuation of services, and the company has announced it is lining up replacement drivers.

If you’re wondering what to expect if the union does strike, the Seattle Times has a write-up about how it could affect you.

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Maple Leaf’s endangered water tower is too low (and no good in an earthquake)

March 30th, 2010 by Mike

We’ve had more discussion on the plight of our empty water tower than on anything we posted since Maple Leaf Life launched. The city has no plans to return the 60-year-old neighborhood landmark to service, and no one knows if the tower will remain or be torn down.

There are opinions on both sides (including the innovative idea of turning it into a lookout tower for the new reservoir park), but Pablo wondered: ” How are we continuing to get adequate water pressure without this tank?”

We asked Seattle Public Utilities. Here’s what we learned:

* For the past 55 years, parts of Maple Leaf never have had adequate water pressure. Our water pressure depends on gravity, and the tower is too low.

* We’ve had better water pressure since last fall, when the  tower was emptied and we started getting water from a reservoir that’s 20 feet higher than our tower.

* The tower, which when full holds 8 million pounds of water 100 feet in the air, isn’t up to earthquake standards.

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Maple Leaf's endangered water tower is too low (and no good in an earthquake)

March 30th, 2010 by Mike

We’ve had more discussion on the plight of our empty water tower than on anything we posted since Maple Leaf Life launched. The city has no plans to return the 60-year-old neighborhood landmark to service, and no one knows if the tower will remain or be torn down.

There are opinions on both sides (including the innovative idea of turning it into a lookout tower for the new reservoir park), but Pablo wondered: ” How are we continuing to get adequate water pressure without this tank?”

We asked Seattle Public Utilities. Here’s what we learned:

* For the past 55 years, parts of Maple Leaf never have had adequate water pressure. Our water pressure depends on gravity, and the tower is too low.

* We’ve had better water pressure since last fall, when the  tower was emptied and we started getting water from a reservoir that’s 20 feet higher than our tower.

* The tower, which when full holds 8 million pounds of water 100 feet in the air, isn’t up to earthquake standards.

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Easter activites abound in the area

March 30th, 2010 by master

Looking for an egg hunt or other spring- or Easter-themed event for the weekend? There are plenty in and around Maple Leaf:

  • Start off the weekend Friday at 6:30 p.m. with the Bunny Sock Hop at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. The fourth annual all-ages dance costs $5 for a family.
  • The Carnival of Eggs at Lakeview Free Methodist Church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E., features egg hunts for ages 1-12 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. There also will be an outdoor bouncy house, carnival games, arts and crafts, snacks, free pictures with Honey Bunny and more. The event is free, but the church will be collecting nonperishable food donations for North Helpline in Lake City.
  • Seattle Athletic Club, 333 N.E. 97th St., is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for children ages 1-4, followed by ages 4-9 at 10:45 a.m. If your kids don’t have their own basket, get there at 10 a.m. and help them create their own Easter bag. Cost: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers. For more information and to sign up, contact Roni Olson at rolson@sacng.com.
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s ninth annual Bunny Bounce takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring an egg hunt for children ages 1-8 near the north entrance. Throughout the day, there also will be crafts, bunny encounters and zoo programs, including Easter baskets for the animals at various exhibits. The Bunny Bounce is free with zoo admission ($11 for adults ages 13-64; $8 for children ages 3-12; and free for children up to age 2) or membership. Environmental note: Children are encouraged to bring their own basket or bag for the egg hunt; a limited supply of egg hunt bags will be provided for children without. For the health and well-being of zoo animals, candy will not be placed inside the eggs – egg hunt participants will receive their treats as they exit the zoo. [Read more →]

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Weekly blogger reviews Snappy Dragon's dumplings

March 30th, 2010 by master

Apparently, not everybody loves the dumplings at Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon.

A blogger at The Seattle Weekly put our local hot spot up to the test against another beloved dumpling eatery, Szechuan Noodle Bowl in the International District, and claimed the Bowl an easy winner.

But how seriously can you really take a reviewer of Asian food who is critical of the ambiance or “plating”?

Both places lack atmosphere and energy, but forgoing music and an inviting presence makes it that much easier to concentrate on the food. Szechuan Noodle Bowl appears stoic, but the passion lies in the homemade dumplings that burst with juiciness and flavor. Snappy Dragon seems to have given up on the dumpling game altogether, not only lacking any semblance of TLC in their execution, but taking the joy out of the plump little savory cherubs that are supposed to bring happiness to their consumer.

In the meantime, those of us who are fans are still happy to have such an establishment this far north of downtown. What do you think of Snappy Dragon? Do you think it’s lost its dumpling game? Please feel free to share a review on our Food & Drink site.

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Coupon on its way for a free 'Green Kitchen Kit'

March 29th, 2010 by sarawilly

Check your mailbox this week for a coupon for a free “Green Kitchen Kit,” which should arrive in your CurbWaste and Conserve newsletter. The kits, which feature an EcoSafe Kitchen Collector (shown at right) and compostable bags for storing food scraps, a food scraper, a CFL light bulb and a reusable shopping bag, can be picked up starting April 15 at two nearby Neighborhood Service Centers: Lake City, 12525 28th Ave. N.E. (second floor); and the University District, 4534 University Way N.E.

“Green Kit giveaways are part of Compost Days, April 15-May 30, when Seattle Public Utilities, Cedar Grove and Seattle City Light and our community partners are making these special offers to Seattle residents to say ‘thank you’ for helping make our city even better through your recycling and composting efforts,” the Seattle Public Utilities’ Web site states.

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Rate your favorite area restaurants

March 29th, 2010 by master

If you want nothing more than to snuggle up in front of your computer and avoid the stormy spring weather, boy have we got a project for you.

A helpful reader named Shawn notified us late last week that the star ratings for some of the restaurants under our Food & Drink section were disabled, so we fixed that over the weekend and now all we need is for all of you to rate away. If you have an opinion, good or bad, or an experience you’d like to share, you also can add comments for each restaurant.

We hope that you’ll also turn to our Food & Drink section when looking to broaden your food options. Although most of the restaurants are in Maple Leaf, we added a few that are just beyond our “borders.” Please let us know if there are any other nearby restaurants that you patronize often and think should be added to the list. And also, if you hear of any closures or new restaurants before we do, the sooner we know the better. Thanks!

And thanks, Shawn, for letting us know the system was down!

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