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Entries from January 2011

Crime prevention tips from Wednesday night's community meeting

January 27th, 2011 by Mike

Some crime prevention tips that didn’t make the story we posted as Wednesday’s community meeting was winding down are well worth discussing.

They come from Diane Horswill, North Precinct crime  prevention coordinator, who also provided a list of 19 neighborhood burglaries in the last three months.

Something common to many of the burglaries, she said, is the thieves didn’t have to break in. “There is a tendency not to lock the doors and not to lock the windows,” she said of homeowners. “There are people (burglars) who are checking these things out.”

Horswill said police in recent years targeted and reduced auto theft by about 60 percent, in part by going after repeat offenders. “We’re doing the same thing now with burglaries.”

Three pieces of specific advice from Horswill (more can be found here):

  • Big flat-screen TVs are popular targets and glowing invitations. “You can see them from a block away. It’s not that hard for a burglar to figure out.”  A new wrinkle, she said, is thieves who back their car into a driveway to load the TV rather than carry it down the street. “The car itself and the open trunk shields them to a degree.”
  • If you see something suspicious – like a strange car backed into the neighbor’s driveway in the middle of the work day – “call 911. Not the precinct. Don’t start looking up numbers and fiddling around. Call 911.”
  • Leave no jewelry in that jewelry box sitting in the bedroom, the first place burglars look. “You can replace a TV…stolen jewelry will be a knife in your heart. Get it out of the bedroom.”

Here’s the rundown of the 19 burglary reports Horswill summarized: [Read more →]

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Have you seen Dotee the missing cat?

January 27th, 2011 by Mike

Joe wrote us last night:

My cat has disappeared and for some reason, I feel if I get the word out, via your site, I may have a chance at finding him.

His name is Dotee, he has no vocal chords and cannot meow, really. He also has a track record of urinary infection (I had him in the emergency hospital, for a 2K surgery 8 mos. ago). But he has to take prescription medicine.

The thing is, he is very friendly and often loses his collar. So my fear is that someone may have picked him up and is keeping him.

Joe said Dotee went missing on Tuesday, Jan. 18 early in the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 19. (Joe e-mailed us back. He gave the location as Northeast 91st and 20th Avenue Northeast.) If you have information call Joseph Wheeler at  206-522-8585.

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Chiang's Gourmet named among city's top Chinese

January 26th, 2011 by master

Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon may be the city’s best Chinese restaurant in the eyes of Seattle Magazine readers, but Seattle Met has listed another Chinese restaurant in Maple Leaf as one of the best Chinese restaurants: Chiang’s Gourmet.

“The Insider’s Guide to Asian Food in Seattle” recommends that you not miss Chiang’s homemade noodles and green onion pancakes, but that you also try to steer clear of the more Americanized dishes, writing:

“If you’re on the moo shoo trail, head elsewhere.”

The article notes that the Maple Leaf restaurant, located just off of Interstate 5 at 7845 Lake City Way N.E., is a converted root beer stand, which also just so happens to serve Taiwanese breakfast featuring sweet soybean milk and Chinese doughnuts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends.

The sister Chiang’s Gourmet in Renton at 17650 140th Ave. S.E. also got a mention, as did Red Lantern and 663 Bistro in the International District, and Yea’s Wok in Newcastle.

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Police: Crime is down – in Maple Leaf and most of town

January 26th, 2011 by Mike


Mike Sanford, assistant police chief (left), and City Councilman Tim Burgess address almost 100 residents at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Is crime up in Maple Leaf? No, police say.

Seattle Police are targeting three types of crimes in particular – burglary, car prowls and auto theft – which are among the most common crimes locally.

“My highest priority are these property crimes,” said Mike Sanford, the assistant police chief who oversees patrol operations. “They are what cause people to be afraid.”

“These crimes are down in every precinct except in south Seattle,” Sanford told the residents and cameras from two TV stations.

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council – which is still under way – residents asked: “Where does Maple Leaf fit in as part of the clusters of crimes?”

“Pretty low,” was the answer from City Councilman Tim Burgess, chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee.

Joshua Newman, the new president of the Maple Leaf Community Council, said of crime: “It seems like there’s more, but that’s probably because there’s more visibility of it, thanks to Maple Leaf Life.” (Thanks, Joshua. I think.)

One woman, whose house was burglarized in 2009, said the crime really hit home. “The glass door was broken, many valuables were stolen, including jewelry and my mother’s wedding ring.

“I realize it’s not a homicide, but it meant a lot.”

A police crime prevention coordinator, Diane Horswill, said Maple Leaf averages six to eight burglaries a month. “Last month there were eight, and two were garages. That’s on the low side of average” citywide, she said.

She also said she’s still available to do home inspections, even though city budget cuts mean she’s out of a job in March. “At least for now I’m still willing to come out to your house and do a home security survey.”

Horswill can be reached at diane.horswill@seattle.gov or 206-684-7711.

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Crime up or down? Come to Wednesday night’s community meeting

January 25th, 2011 by Mike

Crime is on the agenda at Wednesday night’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Come hear Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, and Diane Horswill from the Seattle Police Department discuss public safety issues in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

The evening will include plenty of Q&A. A focus will be on what you can do to increase personal safety.

After that discussion the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board wants to hear your concerns and ideas for the neighborhood in the Town Hall portion of the meeting.

We’re told there will be a look at whether crime is up in the neighborhood this year, or if it just seems that way because we’re reporting on it regularly. Diane Horswill may provide some answers.

We’ve written before on the problem(s) with tracking crime in Maple Leaf. In a nutshell, one of them is that the neighborhood takes up chunks, but not all, of three different patrol beats.

Here’s an updated look at the one that has the biggest piece of Maple Leaf – Union 1.

Yes, it’s hard to read. Try “control +” on your keyboard to make it bigger.

It shows that property crimes – car prowls, burglaries and the like, our most common crimes – sank last summer and in October, but spiked during November, the last month on the graph for 2010. But remember that Union 1 runs all the way south to Ravenna Boulevard, and Ravenna and Roosevelt, like Maple Leaf, had a rash of burglaries in November.

Wednesday night’s meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th Street. Child care by licensed providers is included.

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Crime up or down? Come to Wednesday night's community meeting

January 25th, 2011 by Mike

Crime is on the agenda at Wednesday night’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Come hear Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, and Diane Horswill from the Seattle Police Department discuss public safety issues in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

The evening will include plenty of Q&A. A focus will be on what you can do to increase personal safety.

After that discussion the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board wants to hear your concerns and ideas for the neighborhood in the Town Hall portion of the meeting.

We’re told there will be a look at whether crime is up in the neighborhood this year, or if it just seems that way because we’re reporting on it regularly. Diane Horswill may provide some answers.

We’ve written before on the problem(s) with tracking crime in Maple Leaf. In a nutshell, one of them is that the neighborhood takes up chunks, but not all, of three different patrol beats.

Here’s an updated look at the one that has the biggest piece of Maple Leaf – Union 1.

Yes, it’s hard to read. Try “control +” on your keyboard to make it bigger.

It shows that property crimes – car prowls, burglaries and the like, our most common crimes – sank last summer and in October, but spiked during November, the last month on the graph for 2010. But remember that Union 1 runs all the way south to Ravenna Boulevard, and Ravenna and Roosevelt, like Maple Leaf, had a rash of burglaries in November.

Wednesday night’s meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th Street. Child care by licensed providers is included.

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What happened to the I-5 noise wall?

January 25th, 2011 by Mike

Evan writes: “Saw this at 2nd & 80th on my morning walk to the bus.  Looks like a truck plowed through it!”

We’ll see what we can find out.

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New street food vendor on its way: Lumpia World

January 24th, 2011 by master

We’re mixing up the menu this week for lunchtime mobile food vendors at the Washington Dental Building, 9706 Fourth Ave.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Got Soup? returns with Shrimp Etouffee; Jerk Chicken with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens; vegetarian Turnip and Gruyere; and vegan Garden Pea with Mint and Tarragon among this week’s soups.

Also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. are Fusion on the Run on Wednesday, followed on Thursday by the new street food vendor Lumpia World, which takes its name seriously, offering lumpia – oriental pastries similar to spring rolls – filled with ground steak, ginger pork, lemon grass chicken, “Turon” plantain banana and more, in addition to soba noodle soups with tofu, baked seasoned chicken breast, Spam or crab.

UPDATE 1/26: Hot Cakes has canceled, but might return in the spring. And you can end the week with gourmet dessert from Hot Cakes Confections, which will be in the neighborhood from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

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Help name two Thornton Creek parks in Maple Leaf

January 23rd, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton


Photo taken in Thornton Creek Park No. 6 from Don McCall.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is inviting residents to name two parks in Maple Leaf: Thornton Creek Park No. 6, which is on track for $500,000 for restoration work, as well as Thornton Creek Park No. 2.

Park No. 6 spans from Northeast 105th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast in the southwest to Northeast 108th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, which is a wooded, trailed area with wetlands and an active beaver pond.

Park No. 2 spans from approximately 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 105th Street to Northeast 98th Street west of 20th Avenue Northeast, including formal access points at Northeast 102nd Street and 17th Avenue Northeast and at Northeast 104th and 17th Street Northeast, as well as two areas along Northeast 100th Street. The park features viewpoints, wetlands and an abundant wildlife habitat.

Before sending in your suggestions, be aware that “Thornton Creek” will remain in the new name, and that the Park Naming Committee will take into consideration criteria including geographical location, historical or cultural significance and natural or geological features as well as the wildlife, fauna and flora. The park also can be named after a person no longer living who contributed significantly to parks or recreation.

In addition to the Maple Leaf parks, the committee is taking suggestions for Thornton Creek Park No. 1, which is adjacent to Jackson Park Golf Course; the Thornton Creek Natural Area, which is located just across Lake City Way from Maple Leaf from Northeast 100th to 103rd streets; and the new 12th Avenue Neighborhood Park downtown at 12th Avenue East and East James Court.

Got a name you’d like to suggest? Send it by March 3, including  an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria, to paula.hoff@seattle.gov or Seattle Parks and Recreation, Park Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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How are those new Maple Leaf crosswalks working for ya?

January 23rd, 2011 by Mike

It’s been a little over a month since the last signed crosswalks went in on Roosevelt Way Northeast, at Northeast 90th, 92nd and 97th Streets.

Today we stood partway into the street at 92nd and watched some half-dozen cars ignore us entirely.

But that’s nothing. Here’s a comment from Donna last month:

I’ve stood at the corner of 90th and Roosevelt and had to wait for 34 cars before they stopped for me (yes, I count, what else am I to do?). Yesterday, for the first time, I went to the corner and the first cars coming each direction stopped! I don’t think this will always happen, I do think the painted crosswalk had something to do with it. I like to think that anyway.

Who else has experience with the new crosswalks?

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