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Entries from February 2011

Auction benefits school located in Northgate Mall

February 28th, 2011 by master

Although Northgate Middle College High School may still be Northgate Mall’s best-kept secret, mall manager Matt Bourassa and marketing director Sarah Bonds hope the upcoming Spring Fling Silent Auction will help change that.

Beth Brunton, humanities instructor at the public alternative school located inside of the mall, said both have been instrumental in helping her plan the fundraising event scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Ben Bridge Courtyard on the east side of the mall.


Northgate Mall manager Matt Bourassa and marketing director Sarah Bonds at the location of the March 3 Spring Fling Silent Auction, a benefit for Northgate Middle College High School.

In our earlier post, the school was holding a bake sale at Northgate Community Center to raise funds for field trips and other activities, while the goal of the much bigger upcoming event is to keep the school’s life coach on staff part time.

“The Seattle school district is really tightening their belt,” Bourassa said, explaining that the cuts are even more noticable at a school with just 45 students compared with a school of 600 students. “They’re the ones that really feel (the cuts).

“Whatever we can do to help them, we figure the mall would be the best place.”

Which is why mall management proposed having the fundraising event in the middle of the mall, where invited guests as well as regular mall traffic can learn more about the school.

“It’s a chance to get the community involved,” Bonds said. [Read more →]

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Proposal to paint Maple Leaf intersection moves forward

February 27th, 2011 by master


Maple Leaf artist Rachel Marcotte sent us the above video to better illustrate intersection painting projects.

By Katie Melton

In our last post discussing the possibility of painting the intersection at Northeast 96th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast, nearby neighbors commented in support of the project.

And since then, Maple Leaf artist Rachel Marcotte, who orchestrated the Wallingford turtle painting, received approval from the Seattle Department of Transportation to create a street mural at that intersection. 

“Yes, a painted intersection would be possible at this intersection,” wrote Christina Legazpi with SDOT’s Neighborhood Traffic Operations. “Next step is to work with your neighbors on a design. Once the design is submitted to me and approved, I can put together a petition for you to distribute around the neighborhood to show there is at least 60% approval for the project.” 

Some neighbors also expressed concern regarding the toxicity of the paint and traction on the road. The paint used in Seattle intersection paintings is nontoxic, and SDOT mandates the exact paint that can be used.

It’s called DriveLine, and exact ingredients in the product can be found from SDOT or Rodda, the supplier. The paint dries within minutes, so runoff is not an issue. Also, the clean-up is done with water, and Marcotte explained that the painters mix a lot of grit into the paint to ensure good traction.

Neighbors in the vicinity of Northeast 96th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast who would like a role in the project should email Rachel Marcotte at rchlmarcotte@gmail.com.

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

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It wasn’t forecast, but it’s snowing – and probably not stopping

February 26th, 2011 by Mike

This morning we were having a partly sunny day, but now – it’s snowing. And expected to continue to do so.

The National Weather Service within the hour has issued a winter weather advisory for the Interstate 5 corridor. It calls for up to 2 inches of snow through Sunday morning.

IT SEEMS WISE TO EXPAND THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY TO

INCLUDE THE ENTIRE I-5 CORRIDOR…WHERE AN INCH OR SO OF SNOW WILL

BE THE AVERAGE. TRAVEL THIS EVENING COULD BECOME TRICKY BUT NOT

IMPOSSIBLE IF DONE CAREFULLY.

We had earlier mentioned the chance of snow Saturday evening, but it vanished from the forecast today. You might also want to check recent posts here and here about whether last week’s snow forecasts were all wrong.

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It wasn't forecast, but it's snowing – and probably not stopping

February 26th, 2011 by Mike

This morning we were having a partly sunny day, but now – it’s snowing. And expected to continue to do so.

The National Weather Service within the hour has issued a winter weather advisory for the Interstate 5 corridor. It calls for up to 2 inches of snow through Sunday morning.

IT SEEMS WISE TO EXPAND THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY TO

INCLUDE THE ENTIRE I-5 CORRIDOR…WHERE AN INCH OR SO OF SNOW WILL

BE THE AVERAGE. TRAVEL THIS EVENING COULD BECOME TRICKY BUT NOT

IMPOSSIBLE IF DONE CAREFULLY.

We had earlier mentioned the chance of snow Saturday evening, but it vanished from the forecast today. You might also want to check recent posts here and here about whether last week’s snow forecasts were all wrong.

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Driver crashes through 15th Ave. bridge barrier overnight

February 25th, 2011 by Mike

Shortly after 1 a.m today a car smashed through the barrier blocking access to the closed 15th Avenue Northeast bridge, Seattle Police report.

The vehicle proceeded through the barrier and traveled approximately 200 feet before striking a parked construction truck and bridging equipment. The driver, a man in his 20′s was pinned in the vehicle and unconscious as officers and fire personnel arrived.

Firefighters cut the roof off the car and medics took the driver to Harborview Medical Center. “The driver had an odor of alcohol on his person so a DUI officer responded to Harborview Medical Center to process him,” according to police.

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La Bera Cafe is gone, and a diner is on its way

February 24th, 2011 by master

In December, just after A New York Pizza Place closed its doors, we realized that La Bera Cafe,  1000 N.E. Northgate Way, might have done the same thing.

It appears we were correct.

Signs now posted on the doors and a number of the windows state the following:

“Coming Soon
The Fine Diner
International Cuisine”

When we first announced that La Bera had opened, the owners were hoping to stay open evenings as an Italian diner. As far as I know, that never materialized.

Is this an extension of that plan, with the bonus of food from other cultures as well? I guess we’ll see …

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A COLD night ahead – way below freezing

February 24th, 2011 by Mike

It’s been snowing off and on all afternoon in Maple Leaf, usually lightly, sometimes not.

Unlike south King County and Pierce County, we aren’t expecting much more snow – today. There is a short-term forecast for up to a half inch, but it’s to the south of us.

The real news is the cold. Expect temperatures to drop below 20 degrees tonight, and not to break the freezing point Friday.

And by Saturday night? Sixty percent chance of … snow.

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Nature photographer Art Wolfe tonight at Thornton Place

February 24th, 2011 by Mike

There’s a rare local opportunity to view “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge” exhibition and explore some of the world’s most intriguing and stunning places captured by this world-renowned photographer.

The artwork is at Aljoya at Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St. It’s on exhibit from Feb. 15 to April 11.

This afternoon and evening wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 4-6:30 p.m. Enjoy music from guitarist Julian Catford.

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Maple Leaf ACE bag sale on Saturday

February 24th, 2011 by Mike

It’s that time again. Twenty percent off whatever fits in your bag at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware!

Also, if you got an ad for the sale in the mail, the store, at 900 Roosevelt Way N.E., will make you the same offer on Friday.

Power tools and small appliances qualify for only 10 percent off, and some items like grills and lumber aren’t covered – even if you could find a bag big enough.

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Survey on creating stable funding for Seattle Parks system

February 24th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Parks Foundation has released a report on the problems facing Seattle’s parks, in light of budget problems. The foundation is asking the public to take an online survey about finding stable funding for operations and maintenance of the park system.

The Parks Department lacks a sustainable source of ongoing operations and maintenance funding and faces an annual $25 million shortfall. This has led to a backlog of major maintenance projects in excess of $200 million, increased user fees, and reduced community center hours. Left unaddressed, the problem will only worsen over time

The survey asks questions about your family’s park usage, whether you have or would consider volunteering to help clean up parks or teach programs at community centers, and your opinion on several possible park maintenance funding options. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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