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Entries from December 2010

The Orange Flag Mystery

December 24th, 2010 by Mike

Where, we wonder, do the orange flags come from?

The ones you’ll find at many of the crosswalks on Roosevelt Avenue Northeast, including the three new ones that went in mid-December.

The same afternoon the crosswalks were painted, the orange flags appeared.

Do Maple Leaf neighbors buy the materials and donate the pedestrian flags, as we’re been repeatedly told?

In the comments on an earlier post, David Miller of the Maple Leaf Community Council wrote:

FYI, the orange flags are provided not by the city but through the individual actions of fellow Maple Leaf residents. They buy these with their own money, so please be watchful if you see anyone forget and carry them down the block.

Peg Nielsen of the city transportation department confirmed: “I just spoke with the pedestrian program  folks and they say that the flags are not ours and must indeed be a community effort…so I guess you’ll need to do some more sleuthing!”

But Miller said he doesn’t personally know who the flag elves are. Nor do the folks at the Perkins School, who had lobbied for the new crosswalk between the school and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

Nor does Billie Bryan at the Blue Saucer, which has another new crosswalk at its corner. “I have no idea who puts them out there -much as I’d love to take the credit…somehow they always get replenished when they all disappear.”

Who knows where the orange flags originate?

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Blue Saucer hit, plus other crime updates

December 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Over on the Maple Leaf Life Facebook page, Billie Bryan reports burglars hit her coffee shop Tuesday night: “Blue Saucer Burglarized last night – ! Boo! Hiss!”

We’ve asked for more details.

The ‘Sauce isn’t alone. Since our last crime report (just three days ago):

  • On Tuesday, Dec. 21, a resident reported a home burglary earlier in December in the 9500 block of First Avenue Northeast.
  • On Monday night, Dec. 20, a vehicle was broken into in the 8800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.
  • On Sunday night, Dec. 19, a car was stolen from the 8200 block of 15th Avenue Northeast. We had previously reported that two cars were stolen that morning, from the 8200 block of 17th Avenue Northeast and the 8600 block of 15th Avenue Northeast.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation holiday closures

December 23rd, 2010 by Mike

This reminder from our partners at Queen Anne View:

Seattle Parks and Recreation is closing most of its facilities on Friday, December 24—some for a furlough day, and others for the Christmas holiday. All facilities will be closed on Saturday, December 25, for Christmas.

There will be no childcare at community centers on Friday, December 24 or Friday, December 31. There will be no Late Night programs December 24 – 25 and December 31 – January 1. On Friday, December 31, pools will close at 3 p.m., and community centers will close at 6 p.m.

The upcoming closure is the last of ten unpaid furlough days City of Seattle employees have taken this year to help fill the budget gap. The city says that there will be no furlough closures in 2011.

The following facilities and services will be closed on December 24, 25 and January 1:

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Community centers
  • Swimming pools
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • Lifelong Recreation
  • Business Service Center
  • All Administrative Offices
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center
  • Special Events Scheduling

The following facilities and services will be closed on Monday, December 27 for the last furlough day:

  • Administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration)
  • Planning and Development Division
  • Magnuson Park office
  • Youth Violence Prevention Initiative office

Public Golf Courses will be closed on Christmas Day only.

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Maple Leaf’s BIG Christmas show

December 22nd, 2010 by Mike

We’ve all seen it – the scads of lights and decorations reaching for the sky just east of the Maple Leaf Reservoir.

In fact, when there was water in the reservoir you could see this towering display reflected in it.

The show is put on by George L. Banton, at 8520 14th Ave. N.E. He’s been doing it since we moved here a dozen years ago, at least. We’ve never actually talked with him, though, and he wasn’t answering when we stopped by earlier this week.

We left him a card, and hope he calls or e-mails us (hint, hint: tips@mapleleaflife.com).

He has different sections of the yard dedicated to different holidays and scenes from Seattle. Seafair has its own spot, for example. And he invites folks to stroll through the yard on paths, the better to enjoy the scene.

Who knows more of the story?

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Maple Leaf's BIG Christmas show

December 22nd, 2010 by Mike

We’ve all seen it – the scads of lights and decorations reaching for the sky just east of the Maple Leaf Reservoir.

In fact, when there was water in the reservoir you could see this towering display reflected in it.

The show is put on by George L. Banton, at 8520 14th Ave. N.E. He’s been doing it since we moved here a dozen years ago, at least. We’ve never actually talked with him, though, and he wasn’t answering when we stopped by earlier this week.

We left him a card, and hope he calls or e-mails us (hint, hint: tips@mapleleaflife.com).

He has different sections of the yard dedicated to different holidays and scenes from Seattle. Seafair has its own spot, for example. And he invites folks to stroll through the yard on paths, the better to enjoy the scene.

Who knows more of the story?

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It's time to prepare for the Polar Bear Plunge

December 21st, 2010 by master

Want to feel a little less guilty about having that extra helping (or two) during your upcoming holiday festivities? Think of it as fuel as you prepare to ring in the New Year at the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

The plunge, co-sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council, begins at noon Saturday, Jan. 1, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Participants will receive refreshments and a “2011 Official Patch of Courage” — as long as you make it neck-deep into the lake, “to prove to friends and loved ones they actually braved the frigid waters, which in 2008 measured at a chilly 41 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Members of the “Polar Cub Club,” younger folks or people who need a little bit more room, will have a chance to dive in before the noon event (some people actually choose to double dip!).

Participants are urged to dress up in a costume and to sign the memory book at Seattle’s Official (Unofficial) Polar Bear Plunge Site!

Parks offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim: [Read more →]

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Come to the Maple Leaf general meeting next month and learn about crime

December 20th, 2010 by Mike

Update: Our news partners MyGreenLake.com has a post on an 89-year-old woman attacked at Green Lake.

Update: Our news partners The Seattle Times has an overall look at crime.

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“Something has to be done.”

That’s the comment from one reader on the news that a man suspected of multiple burglaries in the area had been charged – but not caught.

Another reader, Vince, wrote:

Our car, which was stolen on the night of Dec 6, was found on Dec 15 in Fremont, just off Aurora Ave. The car had been driven off-road and has minor damage – taillight lens, trim piece, scratch, etc. – but of course minor damage to a car is still major $ to repair. It was filthy inside and out and the car stereo and amplifier were stolen. It was driven until empty.

And on our last roundup of car thefts or prowls, Mike wrote “is there anything else I can do?”

Yes, there is. We gave some tips here last month, but more importantly, come to the Maple Leaf Community Council’s annual general meeting next month, which includes an agenda item on public safety along with a “town hall” meeting for the neighborhood.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St. Here’s the report from the January 2010 meeting – which discussed how much crime Maple Leaf has, and what to do about it. Detective Mike Magan and crime prevention officers spoke at the event, which occurred shortly after two armed robberies in Maple Leaf.

Meanwhile, here’s a December 2010 update. The good news – no more burglaries since the suspect mentioned above was charged.

The bad news:

  • Two cars were stolen a day ago, on Sunday morning, Dec. 19. One theft occurred in the 8200 block of 17th Avenue Northeast, the other in the  8600 block of 15th Avenue Northeast.
  • A car was prowled on Thursday evening, Dec. 16, in the 300 block of Northeast Northgate Way.
  • Another was broken into on Wednesday morning, Dec. 15, in the 800 block of Northeast 78th Street.
  • A truck was stolen the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 14, from the 8200 block of Lake City Way Northeast.
  • The window of a car inside a locked parking garage was smashed and a GPS unit stolen on Monday, Dec. 13, in the  500 block of Northeast Northgate Way. A second vehicle was prowled that evening in the 10700 block of 19th Avenue Northeast.

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Fusion on the Run, Street Treats on their way

December 20th, 2010 by master

Fusion on the Run returns to the neighborhood today to kick off this week’s street food schedule. No burgers today, but its Facebook page states:

Northgate we are ready for you. 2 kinds of banh mi. 5 kinds of tacos. And chicken noodle soup.

The food truck will be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jackie Smith Boulevard, between the Washington Dental Service building at 9706 Fourth Ave. N.E. and its parking garage at the intersection of Fourth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 97th Street.

Also on this week’s schedule is Street Treats, from 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This week’s Street Treats menu: [Read more →]

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Free yoga this week in Lake City

December 19th, 2010 by master

If you’re in need of some relaxation this week, Two Dog Yoga in Lake City at 12549 28th Ave. N.E. is holding its semiannual free yoga week starting Monday:

In gratitude to our regular Two Doggers, and with the hope of growing the pack, Two Dog offers a week of free classes twice a year. Come to as many classes as you want; bring your friends, neighbors and relatives along to share the doggie bounty. Free Week is a great way to get to know another teacher or check out a different practice. 

In addition to free classes from Dec. 20-24, Maple Leaf resident Gary Stroutsos will be perfoming at Two Dog Yoga’s Solstice Celebration & Concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

And here are this week’s free yoga classes: [Read more →]

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Read more about proposed Thornton Creek project

December 17th, 2010 by master


Photo of wood ducks in Thornton Creek Park No. 6 from Don McCall.

Want to learn more about the “Naturalizing Northgate” project we wrote about last week, which is on track for $500,000 in funding from Seattle’s 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy?

Ruth Williams, a vice president of the Thornton Creek Alliance, spoke extensively with the seattlepi.com about the proposal to complete work on the creek’s channel at Thornton Creek Park No. 6, which spans from Northeast 105th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast in the southwest to about Northeast 108th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast:

She called the project “one more step, consistent with the city’s goals, in restoring the natural functions of the creek.” …

“Northgate really needs a natural area,” said Williams, who lives nearby. “It is so built up and so developed that it needs a counter-balance.”

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