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Entries from September 2010

Community centers safe under mayor's proposed budget

September 27th, 2010 by master

Both the Northgate and Meadowbrook community centers are safe under Mayor Mike McGinn’s proposed 2011-2012 budget unveiled today.  Several community centers around the city will take a hit when it comes to operations, but the ones in our immediate area will continue to run normally.  To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The City Council will now dive into the proposed budget.  One of three public hearings will be held this Wednesday (9/29) at 5:30pm at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  The Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.

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Here and There, Street Treats, Parfait visit this week

September 27th, 2010 by master

Maple Leaf is kicking off the week with plenty of options from Seattle’s street food vendors. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, the Here and There grill will be parked outside the Washington Dental Building, 9706 Fourth Ave. N.E. Check out the menu here.

Get something sweet starting at noon, when the mobile dessert truck Street Treats also stops by, with plans to remain until 2 p.m. Menu here.

And as summer comes to a close, so do visits from the Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream truck, which will be parked for the last time this season at its weekly spot outside Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Stop by and say goodbye so we get the fresh, handmade ice cream again next summer!

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15th Avenue bridge project is on schedule

September 27th, 2010 by master

The yearlong construction on the 15th Avenue Northeast bridge over Thornton Creek is about halfway through, and Project Manager Kit Loo says so far the project is on track for its spring completion.

Although the construction zone is too dangerous for the contractors to give Maple Leaf Life a tour, Loo, with the Seattle Department of Transportation, sent us the photos that were on display at the recent North District meeting for us to share with our readers.

Now we can see why it was so important that the approximately 60,000 bees that were living under the bridge needed to be moved before construction began.

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The Scarlet-fronted parakeets of Maple Leaf

September 26th, 2010 by Mike

Scarlet-fronted parakeets, courtesy Dennis Paulson.

It starts, usually, with a cacophonous cackle from a cherry or cedar tree.

Follow the sound and find some brightly colored birds that obviously don’t belong in Maple Leaf. It’s our flock of Scarlet-fronted parakeets, a band of South American birds that routinely migrates all the way south to … Seward Park.

They were spotted (and heard) most recently at Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast on Friday afternoon by Simone Lupson-Cook, a birder and Maple Leaf resident.

The flock has been around for decades, at least since the early 1990s, and possibly got started when bird-lovers discovered their pet parakeets were too loud to keep in the house. Local lore has it that the birds winter in Maple Leaf and spend summer vacations at Seward Park.

The size of the flock varies, but there don’t seem to be as many now as  eight or 10 years ago, when a dozen or more parakeets would descend on the neighborhood. Over time they have been called parrots, Crimson-fronted parakeets, Red-fronted Conures and Mitred conures.

Some years they’re been missing altogether, but were heard last fall, and but three birds showed up here on January 20, as did Dennis Paulson, another Maple Leaf resident and ornithologist who is director emeritus of the Slater Museum of Natural History.

Paulson, who frequently teaches for the Seattle Audubon Society, confirmed his previous identification of those birds as Scarlet-fronted parakeets, Aratinga wagleri.

If you see (or hear) them in your trees, let us know!

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Swap your costume for a 'Green Halloween'

September 24th, 2010 by master

This comes from our sister site My Green Lake:

A free “Green Halloween” costume swap is coming to the Roosevelt Square Whole Foods Market, (1026 NE 64th St).

Drop off gently used Halloween costumes at Whole Foods between Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 9, and receive a ticket for the costume swap.  For every costume or five small accessories you donate, you will receive one ticket.

Redeem your tickets for a “new-to-you” costume at the swap from noon to to 3 p.m. on Oct. 9.

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City budget hearing at Northgate Community Center

September 24th, 2010 by master

As the City Council dives into the 2011-2012 budget, members once again are asking for the public’s input. One of three public hearings will be held at the gym at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.  It takes place Wednesday, Sept. 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests who wish to speak are asked to arrive by 5 p.m. to sign up for a slot.

In the meantime, the council has set up a webpage where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions. You can find that page here.

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Gourmet burgers from Buns on today's menu

September 24th, 2010 by master

Photo from Buns on Wheels’s Facebook page.

The sun is expected to come out and hopefully add some colors to all of our green tomatoes today, just in time for a visit from the Buns on Wheels street vendor.

The truck serving gourmet natural burgers is scheduled to be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. just outside the Washington Dental Building, 9706 Fourth Ave. N.E. Take a look at what’s on today’s menu here.

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Window that displayed reservoir park plans smashed in

September 23rd, 2010 by master

You’re going to have to look elsewhere for details on the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park: The building across the street that once displayed the plans had its front window smashed.

That’s where the plans were posted. The building, located on the corner of Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 86th Street, also lost part of a planter in front of the window.

“I drove by yesterday at about 5:30 p.m. and there was damage to the front of the building and police on the scene,” Ross e-mailed us earlier today.

The building is owned by Tom Stephenson, the former owner of Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, who in recent years used it as a warehouse, and can tell rollicking takes of former goings-on there.

We’re still hoping to track down more details. Anybody got the scoop?

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Some cheer on a rainy fall day

September 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Thank you, Denise and Kevin, for cheering up our worst summer ever.

Earlier today we posted on the depressing state of practically everybody’s tomato crop this year in the neighborhood, and asked for photos of successful tomatoes to cheer us up.

Denise and Kevin already responded. (That’s Kevin’s photo, from our Facebook page, on the right.)

“I am so excited that at least some of the Brandywine have ripened.  There are probably 5 or 6 lbs of green ones on this plant.”

On our earlier post Denise commented:

My Brandywine plant is the most spectacular experience I’ve had with tomatoes and it looks like I will get 3 giant ripe ones before the weather kills the plant.

“Red cherry that are sooo sweet.”

“A few more Brandywine.”

Denise lives by the QFC on Northeast Northgate Way, and gardens on a little plot that faces southwest and is right up against her house. Still, “I sure hope the weather next year is better,” she says.

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Meadowbrook celebrates Oktoberfest on Saturday

September 23rd, 2010 by master

The Smilin’ Scandinavians, who performed at last year’s Meadowbrook Oktoberfest, also will perform Saturday. Photo from Christy Terpsma.

The 200th Oktoberfest celebration is well under way in Munich, Germany, but you don’t have to cross the ocean to get a taste of the traditional festivities.

But you do have to cross Lake City Way. For the second year in a row, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. N.E., is bringing us the Meadowbrook Oktoberfest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring  live music by the Smilin’ Scandinavians (Seattle’s No. 1 polka band), dancing demos from the Regenbogen Schuhplattlers, a raffle and silent auction and kids’ activities, including cider press demonstrations.

Of course, there will be a beer garden serving Hale’s Ales and hard cider from Rockridge Orchards and Cidery in Enumclaw, and local apple cider also will be available. Traditional German fare is on the menu, including hearty bratwurst meals and strudel, and kids’ meals also will be available.

Don’t know what to wear? The church website recommends you:

Dig out your dirndls, launder the lederhosen, and polish your polka shoes for the second annual Meadowbrook Oktoberfest!

Admission is free; you can buy your meal tickets at the door (cash or check only) or in advance at

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