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Entries from July 2011

Your photos from the Summer Social are now online – together with “Why You Love Maple Leaf”

July 31st, 2011 by Mike

All of you who chatted with us at the Maple Leaf Summer Social know we were asking “Why Do You Love Maple Leaf?” and shooting instant photos of  your responses. Here are a few samples. All 39 photos are now online.

In addition, here’s a link to still more photos from the Summer Social. (Thanks, Grace.)

Mai Ling hard at work at the Maple Leaf Life table. Photo: Dane Doerflinger Photography

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Your photos from the Summer Social are now online – together with "Why You Love Maple Leaf"

July 31st, 2011 by Mike

All of you who chatted with us at the Maple Leaf Summer Social know we were asking “Why Do You Love Maple Leaf?” and shooting instant photos of  your responses. Here are a few samples. All 39 photos are now online.

In addition, here’s a link to still more photos from the Summer Social. (Thanks, Grace.)

Mai Ling hard at work at the Maple Leaf Life table. Photo: Dane Doerflinger Photography

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Update on North Helpline food bank at the summer social

July 31st, 2011 by Mike

We put up a post last week about helping the North Helpline food bank by donating at the Maple Leaf Summer Social.

Here’s an update from Lynda at North Helpline:

Thanks again very much for your article about the food bank on the Maple Leaf Life blog.  Most of the people who brought us donations at the Ice Cream Social mentioned that they had read your posting—wow the power of the press!!  We were able to collect 66 pounds of food, and $126.

Also, we had a great time—friendly people, great band, and delicious looking ice cream, and a good location (right next to Cloud City Coffee)—I hope we get to do it again next year.

The food bank, which serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, will have a table Thursday evening at Magnuson Park’s outdoor movie (this time it’s Top Gun). Seating’s at 7 p.m., movie starts at dusk.

North Helpline will be onsite at the Seattle Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park next Thursday, August 4th, collecting food and meeting and greeting our neighbors. Look for our booth and bring a can or two of nonperishable food along if you can!

Admission is $5.00. There will be trivia, interactive games and prizes. North Helpline will also be raffling off a $50.00 gift certificate to COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria in Maple Leaf. For every two cans of food a person brings, they will receive a raffle ticket. No limit on the tickets so bring all the cans you can! The drawing will be held Friday, August 5th and the winner will be notified by phone.

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Copper thieves active in Maple Leaf?

July 31st, 2011 by Mike

Update Sunday afternoon: After seeing the comments, below, we’ve mailed Seattle City Light to learn more. Hope to hear from them Monday.

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Nick emails: “Down the hill from the MLL Tower, some enterprising soul has snipped the copper grounding wire from the telephone/power poles on the entire block on 89th between 17th and 20th. Have any other streets been hit?”

We haven’t seen any, but assume copper thieves are taking the wire for scap value.

Any other reports?

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Get ready for Seafair fly-overs

July 31st, 2011 by master

The Blue Angels are coming to town Monday for Seafair and there’s a special military show Wednesday over Elliott Bay.

August 1: 8:10 a.m. Blue Angel no. 7 aircraft arrives
August 1: 12 and 1:30-3 p.m. Blue Angel no. 7 conducts media flights
August 2: Blue Angel team arrival along with other air show aircraft
August 3: 12 p.m. Blue Angel media flights
1:45-2:30 military aircraft fly over the Parade of Ships on Elliott Bay
August 4: Air show practice flights:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
August 5: Air show practice flights:
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.
August 6: Air show performance: 1:30-3 p.m.
August 7: Air show performance: 1:30-3 p.m.
August 9: Mid-morning, Blue Angel team will depart

The military aircraft fly-over on Wednesday includes EA Prowlers, P3 Orion’s, and Harrier jets – all known to be loud and flying low.

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Is Maple Leaf participating in National Night Out?

July 31st, 2011 by Mike

Rosalie emails: “Do you have any more info about Seattle Night Out parties happening in Maple Leaf?  Thanks for your work!”

Night Out is almost here – Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6-9 p.m.

We posted on National Night Out, the neighborhood block party with a crime-fighting goal, at the beginning of the month, and gave directions to register your block online, allowing you to close your street to traffic so neighbors can safely meet and mingle.

But we haven’t heard any response. And the city’s Night Out map, as of this weekend, shows scant response here, though registering on the map is optional.

Maple Leaf, in the dozen years we’ve lived here, has generally had a lukewarm Night Out presence. In other neighborhoods street after street are closed. Not so much here.

But the blocks that ARE closed seem to be having all the fun.

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Suspected armed robber arrested here for earlier crime

July 30th, 2011 by Mike

Police on Friday night arrested a 22-year-old man who is suspected of an earlier armed robbery on Lake City Way Northeast, according to a police press release.

The arrest occurred about 10 p.m. on July 29th when a patrol officer spotted the suspect and his brother walking near Northeast Northgate Way and Eighth Avenue Northeast, according to police.

The robbery occurred July 23rd, when the victim was at a storage space/garage in the 10000 block of Lake City Way Northeast. According to the officer who responded at the time:

There was a male yelling for assistance and saying that he was beaten up and robbed. SFD Engine Company #40 arrived with us. I located victim in the back of the building by space # . He had obvious bruising to his face including pronounced swelling over his left cheek. His nose was bleeding. (he) seemed disoriented and was slow to answer questions.

According to the press release, the victim knew both the 22-year-old attacker and his brother, but the suspect “suddenly, without warning” attacked, punching the victim in the face with his fists and a small flashlight, then threatening him with a rubber mallet and stealing his wallet.

“The victim was later able to view photographs and pick out the suspect,” the press release states.

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More car crimes here and nearby

July 29th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 30: Angie emailed overnight: “Just wanted to let you know there was another car break-in to our neighbor’s car last night – near the corner of Brooklyn and 80th.”

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Don emails us: “Tuesday night of this week I had my catalytic converter sawed off of my Toyota truck on 16th Ave. N.E. just south of Maple Leaf.

“Please spread the word for folks to keep their eyes open for these punks.  It cost me several hundred dollars to replace it.”

In fact, since our last report 10 days ago that thieves were stealing or breaking into more than a car a day in the neighborhood, the police map indicates nine more vehicles were pillaged. Not including Don’s.

I suppose that’s a slight reduction.

Speaking of that last report, we picked up a comment on it:

C // Jul 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Do you know what pillage means mike?

And replied:

Yes, Mike actually looked it up before using it.
pil·lage
–verb (used with object)
1.
to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
2.
to take as booty.

–verb (used without object)
3.
to rob with open violence; take booty: Soldiers roamed the countryside, pillaging and killing.

–noun
4.
the act of plundering, especially in war.
5.
booty or spoil.
Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English pilage ( see pill3 , -age), modeled on Middle French pillage (derivative of piller to pillage, orig., to abuse, mistreat, tear, of uncertain origin)

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Lost cat on 12th Ave. N.E. this morning.

July 29th, 2011 by Mike

Poster says it all, or most of it. Owner was out looking for her cat shortly after 11 a.m. today on Northeast 103rd Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

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Summer Social photos from Maple Leaf Life

July 28th, 2011 by Mike


All photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

Here, for the second year in a row, is a photo report on Wednesday night’s Maple Leaf Summer Social by Dane Doerflinger, a photographer, whitewater guide and Maple Leaf resident.

The full set of 64 71 photos can be seen here. In addition, the Maple Leaf Community Council has posted a slew of Summer Social photos on its Facebook page.

Maple Leaf Life (yours truly) shot instant photos of folks who came to our table, and had each inscribed with an answer to “Why do you love Maple Leaf?” You can see what it looked like halfway through the evening; we’re trying to figure out a way to display the individual photos.

Without further adieu, on to Dane’s photos.

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