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Entries from June 2010

Free fun, cheap fun and plenty more this weekend

June 25th, 2010 by master

Last weekend’s Fremont Solstice Parade may have been a somewhat gray welcome to summer, but between this weekend’s myriad area events and the warmer weather forecast, we’re sure to make up for it and then some.

If you’re not taking part in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday and its related events all weekend long, just be aware that it could clog up traffic in the downtown area, similar to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (check here for road closures) taking place Saturday.

Planning on staying in the neighborhood instead? Here are a few area events:

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Weekly serves up kudos to Old Fifth Avenue Tavern

June 24th, 2010 by master

Check out The Seattle Weekly’s shout-out to Maple Leaf’s own Old Fifth Avenue Tavern:

Easily mistaken as an old warehouse, the neon glow from both the Pabst and Rainier signs reassure any passerby that this is a spot worth pulling up to if you’re looking for classic cheap beer.

The Weekly’s Lacey Chenault recommends that if you can resist the $1.50 PBRs that are available during the late-night happy hour, you should give owner Tara Burkett’s kamikaze a try.

And if you don’t stay for the booze, at least enjoy the eclectic menu:

Mondays bring Crock-Pot surprises, while Tuesday’s hot special is two tacos for a buck, sloppy joes on Thursdays, and occasionally a barbeque cookout on Fridays.

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How many drivers get caught by the red light camera in Maple Leaf?

June 24th, 2010 by Mike

Ever wonder how many many people run that red light at Northeast 80th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast? The one with the red light camera?

The answer, according to the city: Only about two a day.

Since the camera was installed in February 2009, it has generated 1,086 citations through the middle of June, said Mike Quinn, Traffic Safety Camera program manager for the Seattle Police Department.

“This is the equivalent of 68 per month (16 per week) at NE 80th & 5th NE,” Quinn said in an e-mail.

That seems low, considering the camera is on a major arterial just off Interstate 5. The camera on the same street but the west side of the city, at Northwest 80th and 15th Avenue Northwest, does four times as much business. It resulted in 4,548 citations over the same time frame, Quinn said.

“It is always difficult to say why there are differences between intersections, given that many factors could be involved.  In this comparison, traffic volumes – several times higher on 15th Avenue NW – are probably responsible for much of the difference,” he said.

The red light camera program is controversial, with two class-action lawsuits filed against them, according to our new partners The Seattle Times. Among other things, critics argue that the $124 ticket Seattle issues for a violation caught by the camera is many times more than the state Legislature intended when it passed the 2005 law that permits the cameras.

Earlier this week Mukilteo reversed its decision to install traffic cameras after Tim Eyman filed an initiative to stop them.

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Thornton Place condos open up to renters

June 24th, 2010 by master

The condos at Thornton Place that have been vacant since the development opened a year ago are about to begin filling up, but instead of with buyers, they’re quickly being doled out to renters seeking more upscale living arrangements.

“We just decided that this would be a different route to go … as we’re waiting for the market to correct,” said Aleisha Hicks, the leasing manger for Lorig Management Services.

As of Wednesday afternoon, nine of the 44 available units had been spoken for after less than a week on the market, she said. The units range in monthly rent from $1,295 for a studio, to $2,950 for a 1,300-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bath townhouse that originally was priced at $535,000.

And each of the former condos also comes with all of the high-end amenities you would expect with new construction built during the boom years: hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows, many boasting views of the newly daylighted portion of Thornton Creek that runs from the southwest corner of the development to its northeast end.

In all, Thornton Place had developed 109 condos for its mixed-use community, and Lorig expects the remaining 65 also will be available to rent in the next five to six months after construction finishes to repair a settling issue discovered in winter. [Read more →]

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Watch the entire video of the meeting on Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

June 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Last week’s final design meeting for the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park has drawn more comments than any story since Maple Leaf Life launched.

Now it’s possible to watch the entire video of the two-plus-hour meeting.

The Maple Leaf Community Council has posted the video here. Be warned: It’s split up into 15 parts!

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Where to watch U.S.-Algeria World Cup match

June 22nd, 2010 by master

If you’re planning to stroll into the office a little later than usual tomorrow so you can catch the U.S.-Algeria World Cup match, you won’t have to travel far to watch it in good company.

Cooper’s Alehouse, 8065 Lake City Way N.E., posted on Twitter that it will open at 7 a.m. Wednesday:

We’ll provide donuts, pastries, fruit, etc…And of course the bar will be open!

Roosevelt Ale House, 8824 Roosevelt Way N.E, also plans to open its doors just in time for kickoff for the 7 a.m. game, as does Ram Restaurant & Brewery at Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Ste. 1102.

For more on nearby pubs where you can watch the World Cup, check out our earlier post as well as this interactive map from our partner The Seattle Times.

The Times also has a fan guide that has everything you could possibly want to know about this year’s big event.

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Fundraiser Sunday for North Seattle food bank

June 22nd, 2010 by Mike

North Helpline is also looking for businesses to sponsor food barrels.

North Helpline – the food bank that helps people in Northeast King County – has seen demand for its services increase by 30 percent since the start of the year.

In March it issued an urgent appeal for more donations. Now the Wedgwood Alehouse will host a silent art auction from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday to benefit North Helpline’s Food Bank and Emergency Services.

“Every dollar donated to our programs helps us meet the growing need for healthy food, eviction prevention and utility assistance in this community,” e-mails Amy Besunder, executive director.

Framed photos start at just $30, and the Alehouse will offer $1 off beers.

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Maple Leaf part of program helping seniors stay in their homes

June 22nd, 2010 by master

A new nonprofit in Seattle is helping the elderly stay in their homes by creating a virtual village.  Our newspaper partners at the Seattle Times just did a profile of NEST (North East Seattle Together).

NEST ensures that seniors continue to live safely in their own homes and neighborhoods instead of moving into nursing homes or senior living facilities.  Members will pay an annual fee of $600 for neighbors to help with everyday tasks like garbage and lawn care.  Volunteers are also stepping up to help in their neighborhoods as well.

Fourteen neighborhoods in North Seattle will be served by NEST. (Disclosure: one of Maple Leaf Life’s co-editors is a NEST board member.) The geographic boundaries are east to Lake Washington, north to 110th, west to I-5 and south to the Montlake Cut.  [Click for map]

You can read the Times story here.

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Maple Leaf Life partners with My Green Lake local news site

June 22nd, 2010 by Mike

We’re excited to announce that Maple Leaf Life and the other Next Door Media local news sites have partnered with, our neighbor down the hill and one of Seattle’s best local news sites. Edited by Amy Duncan, My Green Lake is teaming up with Next Door Media’s editorial and sales network in North Seattle.

My Green Lake launched in 2009, and the site quickly became the community’s source for news and events in the Green Lake neighborhood.

This is Next Door Media’s first partnership with an existing neighborhood blog. Earlier this year, we launched in collaboration with the University of Washington’s The Daily newspaper.

With the addition of My Green Lake, Next Door Media’s network now includes 10 neighborhood blogs spanning the majority of North Seattle, from the Space Needle to Northgate Mall and Elliott Bay to Lake Washington.

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Small and simple grant deadline approaching

June 22nd, 2010 by Mike

Applications for the Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple grant program are due by 5 p.m. July 12 – that’s three weeks away. What in Maple Leaf could use funding?

No projects in Maple Leaf made last year’s list. The closest is $10,420 for a playground in Laurelhurst.

Under the program, which first started in 1988, award recipients will receive up to $20,000 for their projects. Each award is matched by the communities’ volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. To be eligible, an entrant must prove that their project will improve their neighborhood and community.


Small and Simple Fund website

Application guidelines (pdf)

Small and Simple project fund application (pdf)

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