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Entries from February 2011

City wins snow tussle in Maple Leaf

February 24th, 2011 by Mike

Update 11:30 a.m. Snowing lightly.

Last night the National Weather Service said it would snow 2-4 inches here, but the city said “put out the trash” anyway.

Turns out the city was right.

Less than an inch of snow fell overnight locally, unlike the foot that fell in some places to the north.

All local buses this morning are on regular routes.

The current forecast is for another 1-2 inches by this afternoon, with temperatures around freezing. But:



And for Friday, sun! But cold.

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Snow begins in Maple Leaf – city says it plans to pick up trash tomorrow anyway. Which will win?

February 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Snow flurries and ice pellets started in Maple Leaf about 5 p.m.

The city Department of Transportation says its forces are in position:

Nineteen plow trucks with salt spreaders are pre-positioned around Seattle. Snow routes have been pre-treated with magnesium chloride salt brine, emphasizing elevated structures. The department has been working 12-hour shifts for 24-hour operations since 9 a.m. this morning.

The forecast here is for 2-4 inches of snow overnight, with more on Thursday. Cliff Mass, on his weather blog, says “tonight could get very interesting very fast.” Expected lows are around 27 degrees.

Seattle Public Utilities, though, believes its trucks are going to roll in the morning.

Treat Thursday as a normal day for garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection.

Please put your garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste out by 7 a.m. to ensure pickup.

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Metro warning of crowded buses, possible snow routes during today’s afternoon commute

February 23rd, 2011 by master

Update, 4:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Seattle just issued a short-term forecast:





(I don’t know why it publishes so


At 4 p.m. Seattle activated its Emergency Operations Center for this evening’s and Thursday morning’s commutes. And our partners at The Seattle Times quote a forecaster: “It’s not going to be a good day to work late.”


Metro Transit is gearing up for possible snow this afternoon by chaining up buses and planning to move from regular routes to snow routes.

Metro buses will move to snow routing as travel conditions change. When buses move to snow routes, it will be announced through Transit Alerts and on the Metro Online website. Check the status for your route before you travel.

People without online access can call the Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000. General information about service will also be sent out via the kcmetrobus Twitter account.

Expect buses to be crowded and significantly delayed when on snow routes and travel is difficult. Also, many people may leave work early today, so take that into consideration in deciding when to travel. Metro encourages people to limit travel if possible if roads become snowy and icy.

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All southbound lanes of I-5 closed after chase, crash

February 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Update 3 p.m.: Lengthy backup remains. Our news partners The Seattle Times has a report here.

The mainline lanes of southbound Interstate 5 were closed shortly before noon after a high-speed police chase ended in a crash at the Lake City Way exit.

One lane had reopened a few minutes ago, but the backup extends for miles.

According to KOMO News, the incident originiated in Snohomish County, possibly as a result of a domestic violence occurrence.

The suspect was soon spotted on southbound I-5 in the Lynnwood area. Deputies tried to pull him over, but he kept driving. Deputies pursued him at high speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 mph.

The pursuit ended in Seattle when the suspect crashed into another vehicle, causing both the SUV and the victim’s vehicle to roll over.

The victim, a woman, suffered minor injuries. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

The suspect, believed to be in his mid-30s, was taken to Harborview for a checkup before he is taken to Snohomish County Jail.

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All the Best Pet Care burglarized this morning – and other recent crimes

February 23rd, 2011 by master

Maple Leaf resident Phil Borgnes sent us these photos from All the Best Pet Care, 8050 Lake City Way N.E., which he said is closed for the time being after being burglarized sometime between 4 and 7 a.m. today.

He said Qwest workers are seen above repairing phone and Internet at the Maple Leaf company.

We’ll try to get more information to you as we learn more. The police report gives the incident time as 7:08 a.m.

Since our last crime roundup the Maple Leaf Pharmacy was robbed again – and the robber was caught blocks away minutes later.

Another robbery occurred on Friday afternoon, Feb. 18, at a service station at 10800 Roosevelt Way Northeast. According to the full report, which just became available, a suspect who appeared drunk entered the store, took a piece of pizza and a hamburger out of the warmer and ate them, then tried to walk out with an 18-pack of  beer and a bottle of wine. When the store worker went after him, the suspect punched the worker in the face at Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

A third robbery occurred Sunday afternoon, Feb. 13, at a store in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way. Police say a store security worker was punched in the face when he stopped a shoplifter. The security guard won, police made an arrest, and two watches worth more than $250 each were recovered, according to the police report.

In new  burglaries and car crimes: [

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Need a knitting group? Try the NorthEnd Knitters

February 23rd, 2011 by master

Does life have you all tied up in knots? Cast-off those snarls. Join us for a chance to unwind. Come chat, knit, purl, spin and laugh with those who understand your desire to take a long piece of thread fiber and create a beloved “work of heart.”

Sound like your cup of tea – or coffee? That’s the beginning of the description for the Seattle NorthEnd Knitters’ Meetup page, and right now they have two regular visits scheduled in Maple Leaf.

Daria and Megan represented the Seattle NorthEnd Knitters on Tuesday night at the Jewel Box Cafe.

Starting in January, the group started meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Jewel Box Cafe, at 321 N.E. 103rd St. at Thornton Place. And although only three of us turned out for last night’s meeting, frequent attendees Megan and Daria were raving about a 15-plus person turnout just a couple of weeks ago.

The group also meets at 3 p.m. every other Saturday at Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., with the next meetup scheduled for March 5. Check out the meetup page to join the NorthEnd Knitters or to check out other North Seattle events.

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Northgate Flea Market and Craft Fair is this weekend

February 23rd, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

Just a friendly reminder that the Northgate Community Center will be hosting its annual Flea Market and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

A few local businesses will be showing off their products at the flea market, but anyone is welcome to rent a table for $20. You can reserve your table by contacting the community center, located at 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., or call them at 206-386-4283.

Feel free to roam the aisles and check out the variety of items that will be displayed for sale throughout the day. The event also is kid-friendly, so bring the whole family.

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

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Another new street food vendor to visit Maple Leaf

February 23rd, 2011 by master

With snow in the forecast, there’s no guarantee these street food vendors will stop by the neighborhood this week, but we’ll still let you know who’s planning on joining us for lunch just in case.

Today we’ve got visits from Curry Now! scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Street Treats from 2:05-2:30 p.m. Both are on Twitter, @iwantcurrynow and @StreetTreatsWa, respectively, if the weather does worsen and you’d like to keep track of their whereabouts.

Lumpia World, on Twitter @LumpiaWorld, returns Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and We’ll have a visit from a new street vendor on Friday: Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff. Charlie’s, on Twitter @CharliesBuns, also will be in the neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All trucks will be parked outside the Washington Dental Building, 9706 Fourth Ave.

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Snowing – not lightly – in Maple Leaf

February 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Update: 5:20 p.m. Snow begins to stick. Get home!

Mayor Mike McGinn’s office just issued a snow statement:

(The) pattern is very similar to the snowstorm that hit Seattle during Thanksgiving week last year.

Because Wednesday afternoon’s commute is expected to be difficult, it may be a good day to work an alternate shift, telecommute or make other travel arrangements if possible.”

Update: Snowing moderately at 4:45 p.m.

Update:4:30 p.m. Metro just warned bus riders to be ready for just about anything tomorrow, and to check Metro’s snow page before setting out.

Wednesday’s forecast could create challenges for all vehicles, especially if the snow begins to fall during the afternoon commute. Other areas, particularly in the Snohomish-King County convergence zone area, could see snow in the morning. Bus operations could change rapidly depending on traffic and travel conditions.

Even though weather in the morning may not be bad in your area, you should leave from a bus stop or park-and-ride that also has service when buses are on snow routes in case travel conditions deteriorate by the afternoon commute.

Also, give yourself extra time to reach your evening destination. Buses are often very crowded in the early part of the afternoon commute when everyone tries to get home before snowfall is the heaviest.

Update: 4 p.m. All is quiescent in the neighborhood for the afternoon commute, Cynthia (see comment below).

But for a preview of what Wednesday may bring, note that Interstate 90 and Highway 18 (in south King County) are currently closed by multiple accidents.

The current weather forecast discussion anticipates as much as a half-foot of snow, with the possibility of a flash freeze, by Wednesday evening’s commute.

As an indication of concern, earlier this afternoon the Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted: “‘wsdot cameras’ is the 6th most searched term on Google in the U.S. right now.”

(It’s currently in 10th place, below Justin Beibers’ new haircut, the Chicago election and National Margarita Day.)

Update: 12:30 p.m. Snowing heavily. See Cliff Mass’ weather blog for what’s coming up.

A very light snow at 9:10 a.m. here at the 400-500 foot elevation of Maple Leaf.

Everett’s getting hammered, though.


A legendary family business in the heart of Maple Leaf

February 22nd, 2011 by Mike

By Katie Melton

Some local residents may not realize that one of the first companies to ever arrive in Maple Leaf remains  right in the heart of the neighborhood.

A.W. Hoss & Son, an upholstery and furniture manufacturing company at 9221 Roosevelt Way N.E, has been family-run and owned in the Seattle area since 1936.

The upholstery company, which has done work for major national and local commercial businesses including Nordstrom and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, was built on Broadway in Capitol Hill by Amos W. Hoss. His son, Larry Hoss, migrated the businesses to Maple Leaf in 1960, originally in an older, smaller home located across the street from the current warehouse. At the time, most of Maple Leaf had been annexed into Seattle for only six years.

The business began to thrive, so in 1970 the businesses moved across the street into what is now the largest custom furniture showroom in the metro area.

What kind of furniture should you bring into A.W. Hoss?

“We redo anything, but we’re honest with people. We mostly reupholster furniture from the 1930s and 40s, as well as custom build furniture for our customers,” explains Rich Hoss, one of three of Larry Hoss’ children.

The shop also offers a variety of fabric and leathers that are suitable for commercial and residential use.

For those interested in an environmentally friendly home or shop, Hoss has a full line of “green” products, ranging from recycled and natural fabrics to soy-based foam.

The family business is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. To honor the company’s successful years, A.W. Hoss will be having special deals starting on the first of each month, something the company has have never done before. The shop will also be offering 5 percent off an order if you “like” them on Facebook.

A.W. Hoss is happy to provide service to their local neighbors and businesses. “We’re proud of the quality work we do. We don’t cut any corners. Everything is done kind of old school here,” Rich said.

Maple Leaf neighbors should be proud to know that they contribute 30 percent of  the company’s business, and will receive some special treatment. “We provide free delivery and free pick up only for Maple Leaf residents, or those within a five-mile radius of the store,” said Susie Hoss, daughter of  Larry.

Make sure to check out the website to find out what the signature deals each month will be. Or, swing on by the store, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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

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