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Entries from October 2010

'Pasta & Paws' benefits area's Animal Talk Rescue

October 28th, 2010 by master

Photo of Oct. 23 adoptees from the Animal Talk Rescue Facebook page.

Whether you’ve expanded your family with a pet from Animal Talk Rescue, 6514 Roosevelt Way N.E., or simply want to support the North Seattle no-kill, nonprofit shelter, your chance to give back is Nov. 12 at the second annual “Pasta & Paws” benefit.

The live-auction fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 2801 Elliott Ave., and for $35 guests will receive a full meal, dessert and a beverage, plus $5 in “auction bucks.” Tickets for kids age 12 and younger are $10.

Auction coordinator Shelley Lawson says all proceeds of the auction will benefit the shelter, which is in dire need as more pet owners are forced to give up their pets because of the economy.

And in case you didn’t know, Animal Talk also relies heavily on volunteers, especially foster homes, to take in homeless animals that can’t be in the shelter due to illness or young age.

For more information about the shelter or to purchase tickets, go to or call 206-526-1558.

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Election forum draws sparse crowd in Maple Leaf

October 27th, 2010 by Mike

Here’s the brief report on tonight’s election forum in Maple Leaf (which is still going on): Barely 30 residents turned up for the event, which in the past has drawn 150, according to its sponsor, the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Also MIA were several speakers the council had tried to schedule on initiatives, and, for a time, initiative king Tim Eyman, who said he got lost.

Some highlights:

  • U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott said things are getting better in Washington, D.C., and tried to address worries about Medicare cuts. His opponent, Bob Jeffers-Schroder, wanted to talk about carbon dioxide (and got several interested questions from the audience): “I’m not running to be elected, I’m running to stop global warming.”
  • The only two candidates present who actually face one another on the ballot – state Supreme Court incumbent Richard Sanders and challenger Charlie Wiggins, both directly addressed issues and questions. Wiggins pointed out that The Seattle Times this week withdrew its endorsement of Sanders, citing  his recent remarks that African-Americans are overrepresented in the state prison system because they commit more crimes. Sanders replied: “If telling the truth means I can’t keep the Times’ endorsement – so be it.” UPDATE: Here’s a story on tonight’s forum from the Times.
  • A spokeswoman in favor of Initiative 1098 – enacting a state income tax on the wealthy – didn’t have an opponent to address, so had to make some of the “no” arguments on her own so she could refute them. She assured the forum that the state Legislature will not extend the income tax to anybody but the rich.
  • Tim Eyman said arguments against the latest coming of his Initiative 1053, requiring a super majority of the Legislature to raise taxes, often come down to: “Vote no because I (Tim Eyman) am one of its 13 co-sponsors.” The opponent,  a sixth-grade teacher with more than 30 students in his smallest class, said if Eyman’s initiative had been in place this year it would have gutted education, and referred listeners to a David Horsey cartoon at depicting the initiative as a Trojan Horse for big business.

Considered comments from others who attended the forum are welcome. As are some  from those who didn’t. In the midst of the most poisonous campaign season in memory, has politics just become too depressing?

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These photos are of the same Halloween house in Maple Leaf

October 27th, 2010 by Mike

These scenes are all from the same Maple Leaf house, and we bet you know which house it is. It’s on a well-traveled arterial, on the north side of the street. Who can say where it is?

Our congratulations to the owners and decorators. They do this up right every year.

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Will the sun come out for Molly Moon's Ice Cream?

October 27th, 2010 by master

When Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream truck returns to Maple Leaf this afternoon, will the weather be more like it was last Wednesday, when the above photo was taken, or like the typical gray fall day from earlier this week?

It looks like the sun is beginning to peek through just in time for the truck’s last weekly visit for the month to All The Best Pet Care, located at 8050 Lake City Way N.E. Stop by between 1 and 2:30 p.m. today and enjoy the Seattle sun while you still can!

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Election forum for candidates and issues Wednesday night

October 26th, 2010 by Mike

A reminder that the Maple Leaf Community Council is holding an election forum Wednesday night.

That meeting, which in the past has drawn 150 neighbors,  is from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

Expected are candidates for the state Legislature, including Phyllis G. Kennedy in District 46; U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott and his challenger Bob Jeffers-Schroder; and state Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders and challenger  Charlie Wiggins.

Initiatives to be discussed:

  • Initiative 1053: State Tax Increases
  • Initiative 1082: Privatizing Industrial Insurance
  • Initiative 1098: State Income Tax
  • Initiative Measures 1100/1105: Concerning liquor (beer, wine and spirits)
  • Initiative Measure 1107: Soda and Candy Tax

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Homeless tent camps could find permanent home in North Seattle

October 26th, 2010 by master

The Nickelsville homeless tent camp is supposed to move out of its current location in the U-District on November 15.  But instead of being forced to find another temporary home, it could soon have a permanent one across Interstate 5 from Maple Leaf.

Nickelsville camp currently in the U-District

A citizens panel appointed by Mayor McGinn recommends that Seattle put a permanent homeless encampment on city land within a month and open up parks and the basement of City Hall to people with nowhere else to sleep.

KING 5 and our news partner the Seattle Times report the potential sites include one on city property at 12098 Stone Ave North near Northwest Hospital.  The other sites are in Magnolia/Interbay, West Seattle, and South Seattle.  The citizens panel will now look over the list and make its recommendation.

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Habitat for Humanity fundraiser here next month

October 26th, 2010 by Mike

An auction and fundraiser for Habit for Humanity is set for Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Lakeview Free Methodist Church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E.

Grand prize is airfare and four nights at a Hyatt Place Hotel in one of 130 locations in the continental United States. There will also be a silent auction, appetizers and entertainment. General admission tickets are $20; the event runs from 4-6 p.m.

The goal is to raise $10,000 to help the church and its team leader build two or more houses in India next year.

For more information click here or contact:

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Sidewalk update for 15th Avenue Northeast

October 26th, 2010 by master

The new sidewalks on 15th Avenue Northeast are now more than just piles of dirt and lines of construction vehicles. Here’s the most recent update from the Seattle Department of Transportation, dated Oct. 13:

15th Ave NE between NE 106th St and NE Northgate Way: Sidewalk construction is now almost complete and all driveways are reopened. Landscaping will occur next. The project completion date is expected to be approximately October 22nd.

15th Ave NE between NE 94th St and NE 97th St: Installation of the new pipes is almost complete. The contractor will next grade for the new walkway, and pave it shortly afterwards. Final grading of the planting areas and the new swales, as well as hydroseeding of these areas, will be the final part of this project. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

The image shown above is taken from the intersection of 15th Avenue and Northeast 97th Street, facing south. But it won’t look like that for much longer

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Draw a dragon before the week ends!

October 25th, 2010 by Mike

Reckless Video is in its last week of its Dragon Drawing Contest, which we’re sure has something to do with “How To Train Your Dragon” plus, maybe, Halloween.

As you see, the best dragon drawing brings free movies. You can see some of the already finished drawings on Reckless’ Facebook page. While looking at it, we learned that Greta is watching a horror movie a night all month long and blogging about it at Greta Scared Stupid. Yikes!

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Halloween events around Maple Leaf this week

October 25th, 2010 by master

Maple Leaf may not have made Zillow’s list for best places to trick-or-treat in Seattle, but with many of its neighbors making the list, including Wallingford, Roosevelt and Ravenna, I think it’s safe to say it’s more of a lack of sidewalks than a lack of Halloween spirit that’s to blame.

Just look at some of the photos like the one above (across the street from the Maple Leaf Playground), or those we’ve already taken throughout the neighborhood, with more expected as readers like you send us your photos at

What are your plans for the holiday besides keep your jack-o’-lantern lit and candy bowls filled? Here are some ideas:

  • Children ages 1-6 are invited to Toddler Trick or Treat Time from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. This special playtime will feature trikes, scooters, push bikes, balls and inflatable toys, along with special Halloween treats. Got twins or triplets? They’re invited for their own playtime earlier in the day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a $5 activity fee per family for both events.
  • Also on Friday, North Seattle families are invited by Children’s Home Society of Washington’s North Seattle Family Center to the 18th annual Fright Night Trick-or-Treat Walk for ages 2-12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. throughout Lake City. Pick up your neighborhood map and treat bag at 5:30 p.m. at the North Seattle Family Center, 3200 N.E. 125th St., Suite 2, then follow the map to more than 30 participating merchants. Afterward, families are invited to the Fright Night Halloween Party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. The party, hosted by the Lake City Lions Club, includes games, food, crafts, a costume contest, prizes and a haunted house. For more information, call the North Seattle Family Center at 206-364-7930.
  • Don’t forget about the second annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, which invites “Big Kids, Little Kids, Furry Ones, too” to show off their costumes from 3-5 p.m. Sunday around the traffic circle at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street.
  • Trick-or-treaters ages 12 and under also are invited to take part in the festivities from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way.
  • While you’re at the mall, depending on just how scary your costume is, you might want to head over to Chipotle Mexican Grill, which is offering $2 burritos after 6 p.m. for patrons dressed as a “horrifying processed food product.” If that’s too scary for you, consider that that $2 you pay for your burrito will go toward Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Need ideas for a costume? Check out the following video:

What other events do you know of in the area that Maple Leaf residents should know about?

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