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Entries from April 2011

Security cameras not your best line of defense

April 29th, 2011 by master

A business owner who asked to remain unnamed wanted us to let our readers know that in the early hours of Thursday, April 19, his video surveillance camera was disconnected and stolen. It stopped recording about 4:30 a.m. The business owner writes:

I guess he sets his alarm, eats a hearty breakfast, then goes out and steals cameras. … We’ve turned the video over to the police.  He moves on foot and I bet he’s visited other homes or businesses in the early morning hours.

Although the business wasn’t broken into, he wanted to warn fellow business owners and home dwellers about this tactic that could result in a theft.

The business is located in the Lake City Way/15th Avenue Northeast business district, where we’ve also heard that three safes recently were stolen from other businesses, including the new and still-uninhabited Eagles Mother Aerie One building at 8201 Lake City Way N.E.

And don’t forget the break-in almost exactly a year ago at the Maple Leaf Grill, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E., where thieves cut the phone lines and other wiring to keep the alarm from going off.

Business owners and residents, stay vigilant!

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Peony Nails & Spa offering anniversary discount

April 29th, 2011 by master

Can you believe it’s been a year since Peony Nails & Spa opened its doors as the first of many new businesses in The Village at Maple Leaf, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.?

Since then, iBurger & Shake and Little Caesars both opened, and let’s not forget the neighboring Last Drop Bottle Shop, 8016 15th Ave. N.E.

So during the first two weeks of May, when you stop by Peony for discounted services, there will be plenty more to do in the vicinity.

Yep, you read that correctly, discounted services. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Peony has announced on its Facebook page that it’s offering 20 percent off all of its services starting tomorrow, April 30, through May 8 (which is Mother’s Day if you still haven’t thought of the perfect present for Mom!); followed by 20 percent off all gift certificate purchases from May 9-16.

Maybe this will become a neighborhood trend!


Olympic View Elementary Plant Sale this weekend!

April 28th, 2011 by master

At last night’s Maple Leaf General Community Meeting at Olympic View Elementary School, 1020 N.E. 82nd St., many an attendee entered gleefully after seeing this sign of spring:

That’s right, the Olympic View Plant Sale is back, and this time it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The fun starts tomorrow at 9 a.m., featuring coffee and treats in addition to the myriad flowering and edible plants, including blueberries, raspberries and organic tomatoes. The sale will continue through 7 p.m. Friday, and also is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Special activities on Saturday include a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring goods for sale from local artists; as well as a special garden concession stand and the opportunity for kids to make a garden fairy and Chia pet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the students of Olympic View Elementary. And remember to shop early for the best selection!

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Curbed and Eater sites have expanded to Seattle

April 28th, 2011 by master

Have you checked of the new-to-Seattle Curbed and Eater websites yet?

Curbed first launched in 2004 in New York, and soon its snarky style of covering real estate and neighborhoods caught on in other metropolitan cities, and led to the mouth-watering Eater sites.

Naturally, some of us have been waiting for years for Curbed and Eater to finally reach Seattle. But now the waiting is over, after both sites launched last week.

We’re proud to say that Maple Leaf Life already has gotten plenty of link love from both, including Eater posts linking to the Cinco de Mayo party at COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria and the much-anticipated opening of Flying Squirrel Pizza Co.

Even Curbed has found postworthy news in sleepy Maple Leaf, with links to planning a meeting for the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park’s Family Terrace and Meg Stockbridge’s resignation from the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

We’ll try to keep an eye on both sites for any references to the neighborhood, but please let us know if we miss anything.

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Here & There Grill, Molly Moon's here for lunch

April 28th, 2011 by master

Are you getting hungry for lunch yet?

You’ve got two additional options in the neighborhood today, with both the Here and There Grill and Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream scheduled to be at the Washington Dental Service building, 9706 Fourth Ave.

Here and There will be parked just south of Thornton Place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Molly Moon’s also parked there from noon to 1:30 p.m.-ish

Here is the menu for Here and There, and a couple of Molly Moon’s seasonal flavors will include lemonade sorbet, strawberry rhubarb sorbet and Thai iced tea ice cream.

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Let fundraising begin for Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

April 28th, 2011 by master

Even though the Maple Leaf Reservoir is slated to be completely covered by mid-2012, Donna Hartmann-Miller, who heads the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park committee, told more than 50 people at last night’s Maple Leaf General Community Meeting that the park that will be built on top of the reservoir likely won’t be ready to use until sometime in 2013.

And although that adds one more year of waiting to use the space adjacent to the current Maple Leaf Playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St., that also gives the park committee another year to raise funds, which was one of the overarching topics of the Wednesday meeting at Olympic View Elementary, 1020 N.E. 82nd St. (Whose plant sale is this weekend, by the way! Post to follow.)

Although a $5 million levy is expected to cover the cost to put the lid on the reservoir and pay for much of the design for Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, the committee is raising money to pay for a few unfunded details, including a picnic shelter in the Family Terrace, which will be located at the site of the current Maple Leaf Playground; completion of a walkway around the perimeter of the park; trees; and furnishings.

Hartmann-Miller noted that there will be many ways to help out as fundraising gets under way, including donating either your money or time, and shopping locally after she gets more community businesses on board with a plan to donate a portion of their proceeds to the park (stay tuned for details in the coming months).

Your participation also is in need with such issues as the Family Terrace, for which community resident Scott Bishop is pursuing a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund.

“We’ve raised $75,000 so far from community members, and 200 volunteer hours,” Bishop said. “That combination puts us over the $100,000 community match. If we are the recipient ultimately … we’ll be able to make that Family Terrace come to life.”

Bishop is looking for ideas from the community to both upgrade the current Maple Leaf Playground and to include more options for children’s play, and is inviting those with ideas to attend a Family Terrace Design Meeting from 6-8 p.m. June 1, also at Olympic View Elementary.

“There is more than one way to play,” Bishop said. “This is an opportunity to expand this area for other ways to play.” [Read more →]

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Meet Maple Leaf board member Matt Stockbridge

April 27th, 2011 by master

Don’t forget to vote at tonight’s Maple Leaf General Community Meeting, from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.!

Please forgive us for missing the news that Donna Hartmann-Miller, who heads the volunteer Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park committee, also will be up for election for the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board, in addition to President Joshua Newman, Tyler Letey and Matt Stockbridge.

We may not have time to get in Hartmann-Miller’s bio before the meeting starts, but we’ve written plenty about her work making sure the community’s wishes are being  represented in decisions about the still-under-construction Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, as well as tidbits such as rescuing a “fugitive feline.”

More of tonight’s agenda is here, and we’ve also got a little more about board member Matt Stockbridge:

Full name:
Matthew Stockbridge

Current Occupation:
Software engineer

When did you move to Maple leaf and why? 
I moved to Maple Leaf with my wife, former board member Meg Stockbridge, about three years ago as a couple, but Meg’s very first apartment living on her own, more than 10 years ago, was in Maple Leaf. Years later, when we were looking for a home to rent together, Maple Leaf seemed like the perfect choice. It was just a short year later that we were married and buying a home in Maple Leaf. Now that we’re expecting our first child in August, we know we made the best decision possible – Maple Leaf is the perfect neighborhood for accessibility to the city, the university and to excellent opportunities for children.

What current Maple Leaf issue are you most excited about?
I think the issues that I’m most interested in would have to be
development in Maple Leaf and the reservoir project.

What is the one thing you hope to accomplish while on the board? 
I think that I’d like to do as much as possible to ensure that Maple Leaf
remains a unique and vibrant community that’s oriented toward families,
and retains some of the characteristics unique to the area (such as being
composed predominately of single family homes).

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PCC inching closer to Maple Leaf

April 27th, 2011 by master

How many of you Maple Leafers out there have always wanted to join PCC but haven’t because the locations are too out-of-the-way?

Let the waiting begin.

Photo of “The Big Hole” in Green Lake courtesy My Green Lake.

Our news partner at My Green Lake says PCC is coming to the neighborhood in place of the giant pit that replaced the Vitamilk plant three years ago between Woodlawn Avenue Northeast, Northeast 71st St, Fifth Avenue Northeast, and Northeast 72nd Street:

Construction is finally moving forward at the former Vitamilk Dairy site, and the new building should be open by late 2013. …

Ground breaking at the site, now being referred to as “Green Lake Village,” is targeted for this winter, and the new PCC is scheduled to open in late 2013.

In addition to the 25,000-square-foot PCC, there will be 30,000 feet of other retail space and 295 apartments in five stories.

Read more about the development on My Green Lake.

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More on attempted Northgate purse snatchimg

April 26th, 2011 by master

Remember the attempted purse snatching we mentioned last week?

There’s more information on the arrest at

A man who police describe as a drug addict who allegedly waited outside a Group Health Building before trying to rob a woman of her bookbag for drugs and valuables was charged Monday with second-degree attempted robbery.

Both the suspect and the alleged getaway driver have been charged with second-degree attempted robbery.

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County Councilman Bob Ferguson to attend tomorrow's Maple Leaf community meeting

April 26th, 2011 by master

There’s a lot more on the agenda than elections for the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board at tomorrow night’s general community meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at  Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.

King County Councilman Bob Ferguson, pictured, plans to also be in attendance at the quarterly meeting, and his office sends us this message:

King County is responsible for many important regional issues, such as Metro Transit bus service, public health, veterans’ services, and criminal justice. Councilmember Ferguson will be discussing these issues and answering questions about King County.

Here’s the agenda for Wednesday from the Maple Leaf Community Council:

7:00 – Announcements
7:05 – King County Councilman Bob Ferguson (with representative from Metro Transit)
7:25 – Northgate Community Center Programs
7:30 – Rules of the Road – Crosswalk, Sharrows, and Bike Lanes
7:40 – Feet First – Urban Trails of North Seattle
7:50 – What would you like to ask candidates for Seattle City Council?
8:00 – Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board election
8:05 – Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and Family Terrace update
9:00 – Adjourn

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