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Entries from May 2011

Lost dog reported in Maple Leaf

May 31st, 2011 by Mike

Update June1: “Annie” is back with her family.

Douglas writes on the Maple Leaf Life Facebook page:

Today I found a loveable but stray Lhasa-Apso/Schitzu blond mix on 20th Ave NE between 89th and 90th Streets. She was clean, friendly and happy to see me but had no tags (nor appeared to be registered). I took her to Maple Leaf Pet Corner on Lake City Way where she is currently waiting to be reunited with her family.

Later he stopped and took a photo of her, and added: “Maple Leaf Pet Corner 206-522-8335.”

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Meadowbrook Farmers Market not returning this year

May 31st, 2011 by Mike

The Meadowbrook Farmers Market, at 2728 N.E. 100th St. the closest farmers market to Maple Leaf, is not returning this summer.

The market, which opened in 2009, was always smaller than many of Seattle’s farmers markets.

The market, in an email Tuesday, said:

Dear neighbors,

We are sad to report that the Meadowbrook Farmers Market will not open for the 2011 market season. Our decision is based on a combination of factors, including the poor economy and Spring weather conditions.

We would like to thank all of our faithful neighborhood shoppers, fabulous vendors, talented musicians, local business donors and our site host, the Seattle Waldorf School, for making our first two years a success.

We feel the Meadowbrook Farmers Market was a wonderful celebration of neighborhood and local, sustainable living and this weekly gathering of our community will be missed by us all. We will continue to look ahead towards the 2012 season in hopes for an improved economy and a favorable growing season.

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Meadowbrook neighbor giving back via Marra Farm

May 31st, 2011 by master

Sue McGann, of Meadowbrook, runs Marra Farm in South Park.

Our sister site Wedgwood View has a post today about Meadowbrook resident Sue McGann, who runs the “giving garden” Marra Farm in South Park. The 4.5-acre urban community farm grows fresh produce for the community’s Providence Regina House Food Bank and provides educational outreach and economic opportunity to families in the neighborhood.

McGann got her start at Marra Farm as a volunteer after she heard about Lettuce Link, a program that works directly with the farm to provide food to local food banks.

“When I started here, the food bank fed 133 families. Now, there are 500 families using it,” McGann said. “Last year we grew 22,000 pounds of fresh food for the food bank.”

Read more about McGann and Marra Farm on the post by our intern, Katie Melton. This is one of her last big projects with Next Door Media before her internship ends June 8, but we hope you’ll still get to see her name from time to time!

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City Council candidate at Maple Leaf Grill tonight

May 31st, 2011 by master

With June just (egads) a day away, election season is right around the corner.

Already, a number of candidates have joined the race for the Seattle City Council, and one of them is bringing his message to Maple Leaf tonight.

From 7:30-9 p.m., Position 3 candidate Brad Meacham will be available to discuss and answer questions at Maple Leaf Grill, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Meacham is running against incumbent Bruce Harrell, who has been in office since 2007.

However, if you can’t make tonight’s meeting, remember that the Maple Leaf Community Council is gathering questions for Seattle City Council candidates that it is asking them to answer by the Fourth of July. The community council expects to have the answers from each of the city candidates posted on its website and available to discuss by the Maple Leaf Ice Cream Summer Social, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 27.

A couple of sample questions provided by David Miller, a member of the community council’s executive board:

  • Do you support building sidewalks where residents request them? If not explain why. If yes, please provide specifics on how you’d accomplish building more sidewalks in our neighborhood.
  • Maple Leaf is located between two future light rail stations. Do you support changing our current single-family zoning to allow for larger buildings and higher density in the Maple Leaf neighborhood?

To submit your own questions, email Miller at david.miller@mapleleafcommunity.org.

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Maple Leaf poodle seeks new home

May 31st, 2011 by Mike

Eva lives in Maple Leaf with her foster family, and wants to stay in the neighborhood.

She’s looking for a new family to adopt her for good, through the Seattle Animal Shelter’s pet adoption program.

Julie writes:

I am a resident of Maple Leaf and have been fostering two dogs for approximately 8 months.

I would *love* it if I could get them adopted into the neighborhood. They love living in Maple Leaf and love the people who live here. (They wouldn’t be adopted out together.)

The animal shelter’s adoption program normally costs in the range of $165-$200, although it could be considerably cheaper. For details click here.

Eva is a 6-year-old miniature poodle, who has slightly impaired vision and is on medication to prevent seizures.

Julie is working on a flier for her other foster dog, a Havanese.

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Seven Seas Restaurant turning into strip club?

May 27th, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

The former Seven Seas Restaurant, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., might soon become the newest bachelor party destination in the wake of Rick’s demise. According to a neighborhood flier (click to see a larger version), construction to turn the restaurant into a strip club will begin June 1.

“I found out yesterday when one of my friends went to the Seven Seas Restaurant and the doors were closed,” Marilee Catero, a resident nearby the proposed strip club, told sister site Wedgwood View earlier this week. “She asked what was up and they told her they lost the lease and a strip club was now renting the space. Today was an incredible scramble trying to find out what happened.”

The permit, for an adult cabaret, has already been issued to the owner, Jack Johnson of Mill Creek. The strip club can be authorized for use in a commercial area because it’s located more than 800 feet from legally recognized or permitted public park and open spaces, community centers, elementary or secondary schools, or child care centers.

According to the Wedgwood Community Council, the Sacajawea Elementary School, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., is the closest school to the site at about 1,500 feet away. The closest child care center, at about 1,000 feet, is the Ryther Child Center, 2400 N.E. 95th St., which provides outpatient and prevention programs, as well as residential services for children.

Since the strip club is authorized for commercial use, no public notice was required for the permit to be issued, the council says.

However, Catero has been conducting her own public notice, circulating the above fliers around the neighborhood in hopes that the Seattle Department of Planning and Development will conduct a neighborhood impact study.

That’s not the only strip club action this week on Lake City Way. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will auction off Rick’s Strip Club, 11332 Lake City Way N.E., and the offices of Talents West, 8600 Lake City Way N.E., on June 29. 

The buildings belonged to Frank Colacurcio Sr., who passed away last year, and his family, who ran the establishments for years. Allegations of prostitution, organized crime and money laundering led to an FBI investigation, which shut down the Colacurcio businesses. [Read more →]

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“Locksmith scammer” still working the streets

May 27th, 2011 by Mike

This post is from our partner site My Green Lake. We last wrote about the “locksmith scammer” in January.

The “locksmith scammer,” whom we have reported on twice before, continues to knock on Green Lake doors.

The man known as the “locksmith scammer” is described as being between 5’6″ and 6′ tall, of slight build, African American, and balding.

The man typically claims to be a janitor working at a nearby school and he sometimes says that his partner works at Microsoft. He’s new to the neighborhood, he says, and is locked out of his house. However, he claims, he is a few dollars short of the money he needs to pay a locksmith.

Since our last two stories on this topic ran late last year, several Green Lake residents have contacted us to report that a man meeting the description of the locksmith scammer has asked them for money.

In the last two months alone, we have received tips about this scam from five different Green Lake households, and on April 4, Roosiehood reported on the locksmith scammer’s appearance in Roosevelt.

Most recently, a tip came in on Monday night (May 22, 2011). According to the west Green Lake resident who wrote to us, there is a new twist to the familiar story: the locksmith scammer is now claiming to work at the Green Lake Community Center.

Update, 8:30 p.m., WednesdayKailea Ball, who manages an apartment building just west of Green Lake, reports that the locksmith scammer recently knocked on the door of one of her tenants. “I guess he got REALLY pushy until he realized her [boyfriend] was there,” Kailea tweeted earlier this evening. “Wouldn’t leave. Kept asking to come in, saying ‘Let me in. I’m gay – I’m not going to hurt you.’ When they gave him $ he demanded more.”

Update, 11:50 a.m., Thursday – Similar stories have been reported in Laurelhurst, Maple Leaf and Ballard.

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"Locksmith scammer" still working the streets

May 27th, 2011 by Mike

This post is from our partner site My Green Lake. We last wrote about the “locksmith scammer” in January.

The “locksmith scammer,” whom we have reported on twice before, continues to knock on Green Lake doors.

The man known as the “locksmith scammer” is described as being between 5’6″ and 6′ tall, of slight build, African American, and balding.

The man typically claims to be a janitor working at a nearby school and he sometimes says that his partner works at Microsoft. He’s new to the neighborhood, he says, and is locked out of his house. However, he claims, he is a few dollars short of the money he needs to pay a locksmith.

Since our last two stories on this topic ran late last year, several Green Lake residents have contacted us to report that a man meeting the description of the locksmith scammer has asked them for money.

In the last two months alone, we have received tips about this scam from five different Green Lake households, and on April 4, Roosiehood reported on the locksmith scammer’s appearance in Roosevelt.

Most recently, a tip came in on Monday night (May 22, 2011). According to the west Green Lake resident who wrote to us, there is a new twist to the familiar story: the locksmith scammer is now claiming to work at the Green Lake Community Center.

Update, 8:30 p.m., WednesdayKailea Ball, who manages an apartment building just west of Green Lake, reports that the locksmith scammer recently knocked on the door of one of her tenants. “I guess he got REALLY pushy until he realized her [boyfriend] was there,” Kailea tweeted earlier this evening. “Wouldn’t leave. Kept asking to come in, saying ‘Let me in. I’m gay – I’m not going to hurt you.’ When they gave him $ he demanded more.”

Update, 11:50 a.m., Thursday – Similar stories have been reported in Laurelhurst, Maple Leaf and Ballard.

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Come comment on the final design of Maple Leaf’s new playground

May 26th, 2011 by Mike

The proposed “Family Terrace” that will replace the current Maple Leaf Playground will be the subject of a meeting next Wednesday, June 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.

The Family Terrace will be a part of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, now expected to open in 2013.

The final schematic design offers a traditional play area similar to the existing play area, plus an adventure play area  and a children’s garden. Parks invites the public to attend and share ideas on favorite types of play equipment and design ideas.

Several neighborhood Q&A sessions are planned in advance of Wednesday’s meeting. They are listed on our Events Calendar.

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

People unable to attend the meeting can visit the website to learn more about the project and provide input through an online survey.

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Come comment on the final design of Maple Leaf's new playground

May 26th, 2011 by Mike

The proposed “Family Terrace” that will replace the current Maple Leaf Playground will be the subject of a meeting next Wednesday, June 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.

The Family Terrace will be a part of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, now expected to open in 2013.

The final schematic design offers a traditional play area similar to the existing play area, plus an adventure play area  and a children’s garden. Parks invites the public to attend and share ideas on favorite types of play equipment and design ideas.

Several neighborhood Q&A sessions are planned in advance of Wednesday’s meeting. They are listed on our Events Calendar.

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

People unable to attend the meeting can visit the website to learn more about the project and provide input through an online survey.

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