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Entries from September 2010

Check your bus schedule starting this weekend

September 30th, 2010 by master

A number of King County Metro buses that stop in Maple Leaf and at the Northgate Transit Center are undergoing a bit of a scheduling change starting this weekend, so be sure to grab a schedule or check online before you head out starting Oct. 2.

Some of the routes that are most likely to affect Maple Leaf residents include:

  • Route 75 – On weekday evenings and all day Sunday, frequency between Ballard and Northgate will improve from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. Seventy-nine trips per week between Ballard and Northgate and 109 trips between Northgate and the U-District will be added.
  • Route 372 – The route will leave from a new terminal eastbound on Northeast 47th Street just east of 11th Avenue Northeast. It will make no stops until arriving at its first stop eastbound on Stevens Way just east of Memorial Way on the University of Washington campus.
  • Routes 16, 30, 41, 65, 66, 68, 242, 331, 342, 345, 346 & 372 – Select trips will be discontinued.

The news release explains many of the changes are to save money because of reduced sales-tax revenue for transit. Changes also were made to preserve bus service and to operate more efficiently, however, it warns that you still may end up with longer wait times for transfers or irregular spacing between bus trips.

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Electronic tolls coming to the 520 bridge this spring

September 30th, 2010 by sarawilly

Commuters heading to the Eastside will be hit with a toll starting next year. The Washington State Department of Transportation sent out this alert:

In the spring of 2011, all-electronic tolling will begin on the SR 520 Bridge to help pay for the construction of a new, safer bridge. Good To Go! electronic tolling uses technology to keep traffic moving with no toll booths, no stopping, and no slowing down.

Good To Go! account customers can set up prepaid accounts linked to a Good To Go! Pass that is installed in your vehicle or linked to your license plate. Automatic replenishment allows you to never have to worry about running low in your account. Simply link a bank account or credit card to the account and your Good To Go! account is automatically replenished when you run low.

Toll rates will be determined this fall by the Washington State Transportation Commission. The Commission is studying two toll rate options: a lower toll rate for vehicles with Good to Go! accounts and a higher rate for vehicles that receive a bill and pay-by-mail. The Commission also will set toll rates that vary by time of day and on weekends to encourage driving during less-congested periods. For example, rates during weekday morning and afternoon peak periods will be higher than during off peak hours and weekends.

The Commission is following a process outlined in the Washington Administrative Code that will include public hearings this fall that will be well-publicized in advance. Final toll rate decisions are expected to be made by early next year. You can review Commission meeting agendas and minutes, as well as submit your comments about toll rates, at .

Starting in early October and continuing next year, Metro and Sound Transit will be adding nearly 130 bus trips a day across the SR 520 bridge. These service enhancements, along with park-and-ride and bus stop improvements, will give drivers an alternative to paying tolls when electronic tolling begins in spring 2011.

Good to Go! passes will be available in mid-January 2011.

More information on the 520 project and tolling can be found here. You can sign up for Good to Go! information and other incentives here.

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The end of September means Spider Time

September 30th, 2010 by Mike

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September brings shorter hours for evening grilling, the last of the tomato harvest, a return to school AND thousands of spiders – whose webs make heading out the back door an adventure in urban wilderness.

Perhaps you’ve noticed spiders are au courant on Facebook, with many posts that resemble this: “I don’t care if the spider’s ‘not hurting anyone’, I want it dead.”

We’re talking on Friday with Woodland Park Zoo expert Sue Anderson to learn if there’s something different about the spider influx this month, but around October is the time people usually start noticing them. In his book, “Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year” for Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, James Luther Davis writes:

Fall is spider time. All those babies that hatched out in the spring have been porking up all summer and are now noticeable as they weave webs all over your yard. Most dramatic are the large members of the orb-weaver family, usually called garden spider or argiopes. These are the spiders that weave the classic big circular webs and then hang upside down in the middle.

The author says spiders are hard to tell apart. “The only reasonable book for amateurs is the classic Golden guide, ‘Spiders and their Kin.'”  The Seattle Audubon Society has run out of the book, but is ordering more.

While you’re learning about spiders, remember this classic tip (not from the Seasonal Guide) when heading out your door: “Keep your hand at the level of your eyes!”


All public libraries closed this morning

September 30th, 2010 by Mike

All library branches and the downtown Seattle Public Library are closed this morning because of an all-staff meeting.
They will open beginning at 1 p.m.

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Australian shepherd lost in Maple Leaf

September 30th, 2010 by master

Update: Jen e-mailed us late this afternoon:”I picked her up today from Seattle Animal Shelter — we’re so happy to have her home safely. THANK YOU for helping me get the word out!! I was comforted knowing my neighbors were keep an eye out for her.”

Jen sent us this note late last night:

Our dog escaped during the day today (9/29/2010) without her collar/tags on in the area of 103rd and Roosevelt Way NE. She is not microchipped. She is an 8 year-old, spayed, very friendly, Australian Shepherd (no tail), named Annie. Her coat is fluffy with patches of blue-gray/white/tan. We walk her every day through Maple Leaf and you’d probably recognize her. PLEASE call us if you know where she is.
(206) 372-8397.

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St. Catherine School doing its part to fight bullying

September 29th, 2010 by master

It’s every parent’s wish to send their child off each morning to a school day of fun and friendship.

But since that’s not always the case, Taproot Theatre’s Road Company is helping combat bullying and other issues that can cause anxiety in children during its 2010-2011 season, including a stop at Maple Leaf’s St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E.

The private performance of “Treasure Ally,” taking place Oct. 15 and featuring Solomon Davis and Adrienne Littleton (shown at right in a photo by Liz Ragland), is one of four plays the Road Company is performing this season to teach kids how to respond to — and even prevent — bullying and harassment. From a news release about the new season:

The Road Company’s method is simple: Present a captivating story with compelling characters, and weave lessons on respect and bullying prevention into it. Then when it’s over, the actors interact with the students, reinforcing the lessons.

It also explains that, according to the Stop Bullying Now! website from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, 15 percent to 25 percent of students across the nation have reported being bullied, while 15 percent to 20 percent have reported bullying others.

And although Washington state is making its own efforts to fight bullying with a law that prohibits harassment, intimidation and bullying, in the 2008-2009 school year alone nearly 15,000 students were suspended and 442 were expelled statewide because of bullying, the release said.

What has your child’s school done to prevent bullying? Would you like it to do more?

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Community, council get their crosswalk on Roosevelt

September 29th, 2010 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Community Council today received some welcome news: The much-requested crosswalk on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 92nd Street has been approved by the city.

Seattle’s Department of Transportation had announced plans for two crosswalks on Roosevelt: one at Northeast 90th Street between the Perkins School and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, the other on Northeast 97th Street.

Community and council members had asked for the third crosswalk, between the Blue Saucer and the 7-Eleven, among other businesses. The city originally balked, saying there wasn’t enough pedestrian traffic there. But more studying was done and today the Transportation Department’s Brian Dougherty sent an e-mail to the council:

I’m pleased to report that SDOT will mark three new crosswalks in the Maple Leaf business district as a result of the study.  These new marked crosswalks will be installed before the end of 2010 or as weather allows.

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Namfon Thai Cuisine

September 28th, 2010 by master

Namfon Thai Cuisine
9586 First Ave. N.E. (map)

Yelp: “Prices are great.  The people are kind.  The food is good.  That’s what I like in a restaurant. … ”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 4.20 out of 5)

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Assaults, other recent crimes in the neighborhood

September 28th, 2010 by Mike

Recent crimes reported to police in the neighborhood include two assaults, both at night and along Northeast Northgate Way.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, a woman was waiting for a bus a little after 8 p.m. in the 500 block of Northgate. Three people approached and a man said, “Give me your bag,” and pulled her purse off her shoulder, according to police.

The purse contained credit cards, cash and the woman’s passport. Police are investigating the incident as a robbery.

Shortly before midnight on Thursday, Sept. 16, a man tried to stop an “intense” argument between a man and a woman in the parking lot of the QFC at Northgate and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Police report that when the victim asked the woman if she was OK, the man “got in his face and started to yell. The next thing that victim remembered was him waking up on the sidewalk.”

The suspect ran off toward Victory Creek Park, the pocket park at the supermarket’s east side at 1059 N.E. Northgate Way. Police are treating the incident as aggravated assault, and believe the victim was hit with a liquor bottle.

Other crimes listed on police reports include:

  • Burglars forced their way into a home in the 800 block of Northeast 102nd Street on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22.
  • A vehicle was stolen on Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, from the 500 block of Northeast 95th Street. A second car was stolen the same morning from the 8300 block of Lake City Way Northeast.
  • A rash of cars were broken into in recent weeks in the 8800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast, the 1200 block of Northeast 90th Street, the 8900 and 9000 blocks of 20th Avenue Northeast, the 1200 block of Northeast 90th Street, the 8600 block of 15th Avenue Northeast, and the 800 block of Northeast 78th Street.

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Namfon Thai Cuisine opens in northwest Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2010 by master

Namfon Thai Cuisine has been open for less than a week, but business on Monday was already quite steady even after the lunch hour had ended.

The authentic Thai restaurant, located just south of Northgate Transit Center at 9586 First Ave. N.E., officially opened Sept. 22, but manager Omar Napier said they’re still in the midst of a “soft opening” while they try to work out any kinks. He hopes to kick off Namfon Thai Cuisine’s grand opening next Monday, Oct. 4.

Napier explained that the restaurant serves halal food, which puts a focus on health since all of the kosher meats are hormone free, and they also don’t use MSG in any of the dishes.

“All our cooks are from Thailand,” he added.

The owner, Mohamed Salama, includes this note about the restaurant in the menu:

Namfon in Thai means rain drop. We thank seven year old Yunus Mahgoub for the name.

The restaurant, which fills the space previoiusly occupied by Sub Master, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and you can reach them at 206-527-8000.

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