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Entries from December 2010

Happy New Year’s Eve!

December 31st, 2010 by Mike

The moon and Venus move across the sky this brilliant New Year’s Eve morn.

Happy New Year’s Eve to our Maple Leaf neighbors!

(Sky and Telescope has this advice for party goers: “After the noise and revelry at the turning of midnight, step outside into the silent, cold dark. If the sky is clear, Sirius will be shining at its highest due south. To its upper right, Orion is just beginning to tilt westward.”)

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Happy New Year's Eve!

December 31st, 2010 by Mike

The moon and Venus move across the sky this brilliant New Year’s Eve morn.

Happy New Year’s Eve to our Maple Leaf neighbors!

(Sky and Telescope has this advice for party goers: “After the noise and revelry at the turning of midnight, step outside into the silent, cold dark. If the sky is clear, Sirius will be shining at its highest due south. To its upper right, Orion is just beginning to tilt westward.”)

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Got potholes? Report them to the city

December 31st, 2010 by Mike

In the spring, Seattle’s rain encourages blooms and beauty, but in the winter that wetness brings on the season of potholes. Is it our imagination, or are the hazardous holes particularly prolific this year?

Or maybe the snowplows scraped some up?

Maple Leaf Life readers have groused about two potholes. One reported: “Giant pothole that first appeared in winter and was patched is back on 1st Ave, just north of Northgate Way. The pothole is in the southbound lane.”

And Brian wrote: “Eastbound on Northgate Way, between Hwy 99 and I-5, there are several deep potholes in the right lane.”

We welcome other pothole reports to close out 2010. If you see a pothole, be sure to report it to the city as well, either online or by phone (684-ROAD). The “Pothole Rangers” should be out to fix it soon, but keep in mind they’re very busy, as KING-5 reported a couple of weeks ago.

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A couple of healthy options for the New Year

December 30th, 2010 by master

After a month of gluttony, are you thinking about ways to start the New Year with health in mind?

If you’ve packed on a couple of extra pounds of insulation, you may as well put them to use at the Polar Bear Plunge, which takes place at noon Saturday, Jan. 1, at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Afterward, Seattle Parks and Recreation has yet another option: a six-week boot camp available either once or twice a week.

The classes begin at noon Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 11 to Feb. 17, and are taught by a certified boot camp instructor who will cater to each individual’s own level. Boot camp meets at the Green Lake Park outdoor basketball courts or, if the weather is bad, in the gym.

Cost is $60 for the once-weekly option, and $120 if you want to attend classes both Tuesday and Thursday.

And here’s what to expect: [Read more →]

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Noon – return to snow in Maple Leaf

December 29th, 2010 by Mike

A second band of snow showers descends on Maple Leaf about 10:30 a.m.

But most of the action is still just north of the neighborhood.

Radar image: University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences

9 a.m. – Snow in Maple Leaf!

But at 9:20 a.m. – sun’s out.

9:50 a.m. – snowing in front yard, sunny in back yard. Huh.

(But take note, Melody O.)

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Metro, SPU plan for snow – just in case

December 28th, 2010 by master

The flakes haven’t started falling yet, but snow is in the forecast for tonight and Wednesday morning, which means the city and Metro Transit are preparing — just in case.

Metro is urging riders to check its Snow, Ice & Flood alert page if we wake up to a blanket of snow tomorrow, and also reminds riders that buses are on a reduced schedule this week because of the holidays.

Similarly, Seattle Public Utilities isn’t expecting snowfall to be significant enough to affect garbage pickup, and is asking customers with Wednesday pickup to put their garbage out as usual despite the forecast. So Maple Leaf residents, you know what that means. Unless you hear otherwise, put your garbage out as usual Wednesday night for our regular Thursday pickup, even if there is snow on the ground (unless we hear otherwise, of course).

Hey, and don’t forget to put out your tree and other holidays “greens” this week or next week for free tree-cycling.

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Free tree-cycling until January 9th

December 27th, 2010 by sarawilly

The city is offering free curbside “tree-cycling” until January 9th for customers who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection.

Trees and greens need to be cut into sections of no more than six feet with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections of trees should be bundled together with string or twine. Apartment and condo residents can put one tree next to each yard waste bin with no extra charge.

Flocked trees or trees with tinsel on them will be collected as extra garbage. These trees must be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. (Just a reminder that starting on January 1, each extra unit of garbage will cost $8.10.)

Residents who don’t subscribe to food and yard waste collection can drop trees and greens at the North Recycling and Disposal station (North 34th Street and Carr Place N) from December 26th through January 9th. Tree sections must be cut into sections eight feet or less with trunks four inches or smaller in diameter. One vehicle can drop off three trees.

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Christmas thieves

December 27th, 2010 by Mike

Update 12/28:

Add another car prowl on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21, in the 10500 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast. Police also report a methamphetamine sale that night at a residence in the 200 block of Northeast 91st Street.

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Sad but true.

On Christmas Day, at one in the afternoon, somebody stole a car from the 9000 block of 15th Avenue Northeast, according to police reports.

But most of the holiday action seems to have occurred on Christmas Eve eve.

On Thursday night, Dec. 23, a truck was stolen from the 800 block of Northeast 82nd Street, and another car there was broken into. A second car was stolen that night from the 7700 block of Second Avenue Northeast, and a third from the 9800 block of 15th Avenue Northeast.

Early that morning, Dec. 23,  burglars forced their way into a home in the 8000 block of 15th Avenue Northeast.

More recently – early this morning, Dec. 27 – a car was prowled in the 500 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

And on Wednesday night, Dec. 22, a car was broken into in the 9600 block of 12th Avenue Northeast and two more were prowled in the 300 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

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Metro buses on reduced service

December 27th, 2010 by sarawilly

Metro buses are running on a reduced schedule this week. “The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays,” the website states. During this week, some school-oriented routes have been canceled and other routes have individual trips canceled. You can see a list of affected bus routes here.

On Saturday, January 1, Metro will run on a Sunday schedule. Metro will be back to normal on Monday, January 3rd.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 25th, 2010 by Mike

PS: Look what’s coming next week:

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