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Entries from April 2010

Maple Leaf residents most unhappy at bus route changes

April 28th, 2010 by Mike


King County Councilman Bob Ferguson

Neighbors are quite displeased with changes to bus routes from Maple Leaf to downtown, and let the city and Metro know about it Wednesday night.

“I’ve received more e-mail on these particular route changes than on any other transportation issue in my time on the King County Council,” Councilman Bob Ferguson told the April general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. “I plan to sit down tomorrow with Metro officials to see if there are other solutions.”

In fact, by the end of the meeting representatives from Metro and the city’s Department of Transportation were huddled outside around a table, discussing the problem.

The bus routes changed in part because the impending closure of the 15th Avenue bridge has thrown all the buses that used to run on 15th Avenue Northeast onto Roosevelt Way Northeast. And that, in turn, has changed the route between downtown and Maple Leaf and increased the commute time home by about 50 percent. Residents are unhappy about that, and unhappy that many of the buses now run through downtown’s transit tunnel, and especially unhappy that they don’t believe anybody from Metro is listening.

Any comments on the bus routes from here to downtown and back?

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15th Avenue bridge in Maple Leaf to close May 17

April 28th, 2010 by Mike

The 15th Avenue Northeast bridge over Thornton Creek is now set to close on Monday, May 17, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced today.

The bridge, at Northeast 105th Street, will remain closed for 11 months, sending all north- and southbound vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians to Roosevelt Way Northeast, Lake City Way Northeast or Northeast Northgate Way.

Local access on 15th Avenue NE north of the work area (between NE 106th and Northgate Way) will be maintained. Drivers must access this area from Northgate Way.

Local access on 15th Avenue south of the work area (to Northeast 104th Street) will be maintained. Drivers must access this area from Lake City Way.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Maribel Cruz, SDOT project dommunications at 684-7963/maribel.cruz@seattle.gov, or Kit Loo, project manager at 684-3669/kit.loo@seattle.gov.

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Update on Maple Leaf’s Reservoir Park

April 28th, 2010 by Mike

Here are two new pieces of information about the park that will be build atop the Maple Leaf Reservoir.

There are now videos of last week’s meeting on the Reservoir Park posted on the Maple Leaf Community Council’s website. If you missed the meeting but want to see for yourself how it went, take a look.

Also, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs has selected an artist from Colorado to create art for the new park. He is Patrick Marold, who does outdoor sculptures. The city says:

Marold creates sculptures that invite viewers to observe spatial relationships and explore natural elements in the surrounding landscape. He has completed public commissions for the Denver Zoo and the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. His Windmill Project was recognized by Americans for the Arts in its 2007 Year in Review.

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Update on Maple Leaf's Reservoir Park

April 28th, 2010 by Mike

Here are two new pieces of information about the park that will be build atop the Maple Leaf Reservoir.

There are now videos of last week’s meeting on the Reservoir Park posted on the Maple Leaf Community Council’s website. If you missed the meeting but want to see for yourself how it went, take a look.

Also, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs has selected an artist from Colorado to create art for the new park. He is Patrick Marold, who does outdoor sculptures. The city says:

Marold creates sculptures that invite viewers to observe spatial relationships and explore natural elements in the surrounding landscape. He has completed public commissions for the Denver Zoo and the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. His Windmill Project was recognized by Americans for the Arts in its 2007 Year in Review.

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Suspected bank robber arrested outside Roosevelt QFC

April 28th, 2010 by Mike

Seattle Police arrested a man suspected of being the “Grim Reaper Bandit” shortly before midnight outside the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

The suspect was sleeping in a car behind the QFC, said Detective Mark Jamieson. An officer recognized the description of the car and the arrest was made without incident, Jamieson said.

The Grim Reaper bandit, so called because of his grim appearance, is believed to have robbed the Key Bank in University Village on April 19, said FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt. He’s sending us a bank photo of the robber in a hooded sweatshirt.  The man claimed to have a weapon.

A different robber, the “F-Bomb Bandit” who turned out to be a 16-year-old girl, robbed the credit union inside that QFC, at 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E., in February. Both the Maple Leaf Pharmacy and Reckless Video in Maple Leaf were robbed late last year by a man who police said wanted drugs.

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North Seattle meeting on city budget

April 28th, 2010 by Mike

As the city faces a $50 million budget shortfall, the city council and Mayor Mike McGinn will hold a hearing on what should be cut next Tuesday night in North Seattle

To speak at the hearing, at North Seattle Community College, get there to sign in by 5 p.m. on May 4. The actual hearing lasts from 5:30-7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

The college is at 9600 College Way North, just the other side of Interstate 5 from Northgate Mall. Use the south entrance on Northeast 95th Street.

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It's 31-cent scoop night at Baskin-Robbins

April 28th, 2010 by master

Now this is a deal. Not only can you treat yourself to a scoop of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream for 31 cents tonight, but you also will be supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Participating Baskin-Robbins, including the one at 826 N.E. Northgate Way, are offering each customer up to three 31-cent scoops tonight from 5-10, while supplies last, and you’ll also be helping support the Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, which is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in conjunction with the event.

Enjoy your double-whammy scoop(s) of ice cream tonight!

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Eco-Chic Expo sustains spirit of Earth Day

April 28th, 2010 by master

If you didn’t get enough green on Earth Day, your chance to create an even greener lifestyle is this weekend at Ravenna’s Eco-Chic Expo.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

More than 15 local, eco-friendly companies will be selling their wares as exhibitors entertain and educate guests about how to live more sustainably, including how-tos on creating a landscape to feed a family; make organic paper for writing and wrapping; mix up nontoxic, all-natural cleaning products; and design green interior spaces.

In addition, you’re invited to enjoy natural spa treatments and complimentary brow and lip sugaring, and don’t forget to browse the organic clothing and jewelry. To top off the day, also available is an Eco-Chic Expo exclusive: a Dante’s Inferno Eco-Dog.

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sarah Bell, Eco-Chic co-founder and chief executive of mamaswap.com, will be moderating family gear swaps of gently used baby and children’s items. Got stuff to swap? Check out the website to register.

For more information about the companies and events at the Eco-Chic Expo, check out its blog.

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A native plant garden to grow at the Perkins School in Maple Leaf

April 27th, 2010 by Mike

For years Maple Leaf’s Perkins School had an unused sliver of a backyard. No more.

Over the winter the fourth- and fifth-grade classes transformed it into a native plant demonstration garden. “We wanted to make our school more sustainable,” said Colt Deese, the school’s science and environmental teacher. “The kids actually had the ideas. They did the planting.”

This charming YouTube video by the school, at 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E., shows the kids constructing the garden far better than we could describe it.

The yard was filled with weeds and broken furniture. The kids cleared the junk and put down cardboard to kill the weeds. Then they started digging.

Seattle Tree Preservation donated a pile of wood-chip mulch. Trees and plants were salvaged. A worm bin and composting food cones appeared. Most of the stuff, including the cardboard, was donated. “Our budget for the entire thing was around $300,” said Deese. [Read more →]

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Kona Kitchen wins Loco Moco smackdown

April 27th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Weekly may not like the dumplings at Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, but Weekly writer Julien Perry this week dished out some kind words for the Loco Moco served at Maple Leaf’s Kona Kitchen, 8501 Fifth Ave. N.E.

And if Perry had to choose between the Loco Moco at the Kona Kitchen and at the Kauai Family Restaurant in Georgetown, Kona takes the prize for the traditional Hawaiian dish that comes with a hamburger patty topped with a fried egg, gravy and served, of course, with rice. From The Weekly:

“The beef gravy, made from scratch, needs to be bottled and sold immediately. It’s decadent without tasting fatty and has the color of dark amber syrup. Mixed with the broken yolk of the fried egg, it made for one of the best meat and rice toppings we’ve ever sunk our spoon into.”

Is your mouth watering yet?

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