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Entries from April 2010

Census workers to start in-person visits Saturday

April 30th, 2010 by master

On Saturday, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin in-person visits to households that did not return their 2010 Census Form.

Census workers will wear a Department of Commerce badge and carry a black bag with the official U.S. Census Bureau logo. They will ask basic questions such as names, birth dates and race of everyone living in the house as of April 1. They will not ask questions about immigration status, or request bank account or credit card information.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of all Washington households mailed back the forms; that’s 2 percentage points higher than the national average. About 11,000 census workers will fan out across our state for the next two months, usually on weekends and early evenings to catch people at home.

Census information is used to accurately apportion congressional district seats, and determines how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed.

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Free wood chips in Maple Leaf

April 30th, 2010 by Mike

These appeared overnight Friday. The chip were still there at mid-morning, just to the east of 12th Avenue Northeast.

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Maple Leaf updates: Buses, bridges and bicycles. Sidewalks, too.

April 30th, 2010 by Mike

Earlier we posted on bus route changes, the hottest topic at Wednesday night’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Here’s some more news from the meeting, which was attended by about 80 residents and city representatives.

15th Avenue Northeast bridge. The bridge over Thornton Creek just south of Northgate Way closes May 17 until about next February. Kit Loo, project manager for the Seattle Department of Transportation, said there is no definitive schedule as yet.

Several residents wanted to know which neighborhood streets might be impacted. “Roosevelt has already become a bypass for Interstate 5. This will be worse,” one man said. Loo asked residents to let him know how it’s going – “we’re really interested in feedback” – at 206-684-3669 or kit.loo@seattle.gov.

15th Avenue sidewalks and bikes. While the bridge is being rebuilt, the city is going to put in sidewalks from the bridge to Northgate Way, plus a 4-foot-wide uphill bike lane, said Megan Hoyt of the Transportation Department. There will also be a new sidewalk, separated from the street, along 15th Avenue from Northeast 94th to 97th streets. More details are here.

Roosevelt Way bicycles and pedestrians. A marked crosswalk will be installed on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 90th Street between the Perkins School and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware. “We’d been reluctant, but we studied it again and we’re going to do it,” said Brian Dougherty of the Transportation Department.

Also, some form of dedicated bike lanes are to be installed on Roosevelt between Northeast 75th and Northeast 115th streets, he said. The street varies in width, particularly between 75th and 85th streets, so one option might be to eliminate parking on the west side of the street there. Dougherty is asking for residents’ opinions – call him at 206-684-5124  or use e-mail brian.dougherty@seattle.gov.

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Early Masters now enrolling kids for summer camp

April 30th, 2010 by master

Got a budding artist in your home who has a little free time this summer?

Early Masters, which teaches art and art history to children ages 7-12 through hands-on classes, is now enrolling students for its summer camps.

You can get the details and register here, but here’s the rundown: [Read more →]

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You don't need a boat to enjoy this weekend

April 30th, 2010 by master

Even though landlocked Maple Leaf won’t be able to participate in Opening Day on Sunday, there are plenty of other activities to keep you in the neighborhood:

  • Tonight you’re invited to the latest installment of the Family Fun for $5 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which will feature “Free Willy” projected on the multipurpose room wall. The community center will provide mats and popcorn; you bring blankets, pillows and you even can wear your PJs.
  • Pulcinella Vendicato” wraps up this weekend at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., with performances at 8 tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $28 for adults, and $25 for seniors and children, although the center notes that the show is not intended for young children.
  • Also this weekend, Nathan Hale High School is presenting the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” based on the 1988 movie of the same name about two con men. Performances are at the school’s Performing Arts Center at 10750 30th Ave. N.E. at  7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; tickets cost $12; $6 for students/seniors.
  • Northeast Seattle also is sticking with the green theme this weekend, with the Eco-Chic Expo at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, more than 15 local, eco-friendly companies will be selling their wares as exhibitors entertain and educate guests about how to live more sustainably.
  • Also Saturday, Seattle songwriter, performer and early childhood music educator Brian Vogan will be performing “A is for Animal” from 11 a.m. to noon at Northgate Community Center. Vogan’s music encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child’s world and skills and concepts through music and movement. [Read more →]

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Maple Leaf named one of city's best neighborhoods

April 29th, 2010 by master

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine has named Maple Leaf as one of the 15 best places to live in Western Washington.  Here’s just part of what the magazine is saying:

 

Without a showcase feature like Greenlake’s water or Sunset Hill’s view to drive up housing prices, the charming Craftsman homes and Tudors in the southern end of Maple Leaf have remained affordable by Seattle standards. But a variety of factors even within the compact community—proximity to Roosevelt or the park, road noise from I-5, traffic from Northgate Mall—can create sizable price differences from one street to the next.

Click here to read more.

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Fight over Maple Leaf’s Waldo Hospital issue MIGHT be over

April 29th, 2010 by Mike

Update: 3:40 p.m. The Maple Leaf Community Council agrees the fight might be over due to a “new development:”

We have received word that Camp Fire will now sign the conservation easement due to subsequent negotiations between MMSC and Camp Fire. The paperwork has NOT been signed yet, however.

So, we ask you to pause your letters and phone calls for a short while until we get confirmation the paperwork has indeed been signed. We hope this confirmation will arrive next week.

The war over 80 mature Douglas fir trees at the old Waldo Hospital on 15th Avenue Northeast  may have  ended – again – Thursday as Camp Fire, the property’s previous owners, agreed to preserve the trees.

The news came after two days of public pressure from the Maple Leaf Community Council, which dubbed the trees “Waldo Woods” and has fought over the issue for four years.

Last month the council announced that the trees had been saved with a conservation easement. But on Tuesday the council said Camp Fire had refused to sign off on the deal.

At Wednesday night’s Community Council general meeting David Miller, chair of the council’s Waldo Working Group, implored the largely sympathetic audience to lobby Camp Fire to sign. He also discussed two other Waldo issues.

Thursday morning Camp Fire said it has accepted an offer from the property’s current owners, the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Day School. In a news release, Camp Fire said:

Camp Fire has always been supportive of MMSC goals to renovate the building and preserve the land as they see fit.  Our Board of Directors has reviewed and accepted a recent offer from the school regarding the easement.  We are delighted that all parties can now move forward.

In an short interview, Sue Bean, Camp Fire’s chief development and marketing officer, said the nonprofit organization has to be careful with its budget. “We were thrilled that the school bought (the property). We’ve been in negotiations for months. Our board has conveyed to their representative that we have accepted the offer.”

Bean couldn’t say whether the school’s offer had changed since Tuesday, and the school hasn’t returned an earlier call. She did said Camp Fire is fully supportive of preserving the trees. “The environment is so much about what Camp Fire is about.” An earlier statement from Camp Fire is here.

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Fight over Maple Leaf's Waldo Hospital issue MIGHT be over

April 29th, 2010 by Mike

Update: 3:40 p.m. The Maple Leaf Community Council agrees the fight might be over due to a “new development:”

We have received word that Camp Fire will now sign the conservation easement due to subsequent negotiations between MMSC and Camp Fire. The paperwork has NOT been signed yet, however.

So, we ask you to pause your letters and phone calls for a short while until we get confirmation the paperwork has indeed been signed. We hope this confirmation will arrive next week.

The war over 80 mature Douglas fir trees at the old Waldo Hospital on 15th Avenue Northeast  may have  ended – again – Thursday as Camp Fire, the property’s previous owners, agreed to preserve the trees.

The news came after two days of public pressure from the Maple Leaf Community Council, which dubbed the trees “Waldo Woods” and has fought over the issue for four years.

Last month the council announced that the trees had been saved with a conservation easement. But on Tuesday the council said Camp Fire had refused to sign off on the deal.

At Wednesday night’s Community Council general meeting David Miller, chair of the council’s Waldo Working Group, implored the largely sympathetic audience to lobby Camp Fire to sign. He also discussed two other Waldo issues.

Thursday morning Camp Fire said it has accepted an offer from the property’s current owners, the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Day School. In a news release, Camp Fire said:

Camp Fire has always been supportive of MMSC goals to renovate the building and preserve the land as they see fit.  Our Board of Directors has reviewed and accepted a recent offer from the school regarding the easement.  We are delighted that all parties can now move forward.

In an short interview, Sue Bean, Camp Fire’s chief development and marketing officer, said the nonprofit organization has to be careful with its budget. “We were thrilled that the school bought (the property). We’ve been in negotiations for months. Our board has conveyed to their representative that we have accepted the offer.”

Bean couldn’t say whether the school’s offer had changed since Tuesday, and the school hasn’t returned an earlier call. She did said Camp Fire is fully supportive of preserving the trees. “The environment is so much about what Camp Fire is about.” An earlier statement from Camp Fire is here.

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Get $10 off your ticket to '110 in the Shade'

April 29th, 2010 by master

It pays to read Maple Leaf Life.

Next weekend, Seattle Musical Theatre is presenting the Northwest premiere of “110 in the Shade,” and it’s inviting you, our readers, to take advantage of a $10 discount off the regular ticket price of $25-$35.

The musical, by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is based on the 1954 play  “The Rainmaker” that was made into a film starring Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster two years later. From the release:

The scene is July, 1936 in the drought-ridden community of Three Point, Texas. Languishing in the unrelenting heat, Lizzie Curry – too smart and too witty for her own good – ponders her future as an old maid. Her father and brothers have tried to scare up some husband material, but the only likely prospect isn’t cooperating. Enter handsome Bill Starbuck, a charming con man who claims he can bring much needed relief – rain – within 24 hours. His arrival sets off a series of sizzling events.

“110 in the Shade” runs from May 7-23, with curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and with a special 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, May 20.

To reserve a seat, call the box office at 363-2809 and mention the code BLOG to receive $10 off any performance, with a limit of four tickets at this price.

The Seattle Musical Theatre is located in Building No. 47 in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

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The Homeless Neighbor

April 29th, 2010 by master

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown. North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue. To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem.

The Homeless Neighbor is the third in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class. One of the authors of this story is Christian Caple, the editor of our newest neighborhood site U District Daily. We invite you to take a look.

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