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Entries from October 2011

Heavy white liquid spotted in Thornton Creek

October 31st, 2011 by master

Last week, we had a potentially toxic reminder of the danger that runoff can cause to our own Thornton Creek.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Thornton Creek Alliance Vice President Ruth Williams said a heavy white liquid was observed running into the small daylighted area just north of Northeast 105th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast. She tells friends of the alliance in an email:

Not having any other useful phone numbers with me I called 911.  The police arrived right away and they notified SPU and Ecology.  In the meantime, a contractor working at the condominiums nearby used a clean drop cloth to cover the outflow culvert which drains into the beaver pond across the street.  He and his crew did an admirable job of quickly covering the culvert and using rocks to hold it in place.  Nevertheless, some of the liquid found its way into the pond. 

The SPU investigator is Eric Autry (eric.autry@seattle.gov).  His follow-up report is that the material was joint compound, which in an unauthorized action was rinsed into the parking lot drain by an employee of the construction crew.  The amount was about two cups.  According to the Material Safety Data Sheet this is not toxic to wildlife.  I guess we’ll find out.  Eric said there were live fish in that daylighted area.

A fine will be levied against the construction company, and the condo home-owners’ association will be required to  pay the cost of cleaning their 500 gallon detention tank which still contained some of the joint compound.  SPU has had the cleaning done already.

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The 2011 Parade of Costumes is on!

October 30th, 2011 by Mike

The parade that almost didn’t happen has over 100 kids, critters and adults marching through the neighborhood now.

And … it’s not raining!

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The 11 a.m. parade – stay tuned for this afternoon’s Parade of Costumes

October 30th, 2011 by Mike

Just as they did last year, these several dozen children and adults marched along 12th Avenue Northeast at 11 this a.m.

And it wasn’t raining!

The official Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes starts at 2 p.m. Forecast for that is “scattered showers,” with a high around 57 degrees.

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The 11 a.m. parade – stay tuned for this afternoon's Parade of Costumes

October 30th, 2011 by Mike

Just as they did last year, these several dozen children and adults marched along 12th Avenue Northeast at 11 this a.m.

And it wasn’t raining!

The official Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes starts at 2 p.m. Forecast for that is “scattered showers,” with a high around 57 degrees.

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More on Sunday’s Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes – plus a neighborhood pet costume contest

October 29th, 2011 by Mike

Here’s an update on the neighborhood Parade of Costumes, which runs from 2-4 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 30.

Organizer Donna Hartmann-Miller emails: “We are planning on this, rain or shine, so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.”

More information is in our earlier post, here.

Email donnah@nymbledesign.com with questions, comments, or to volunteer. She continues:

“Also, thanks to the businesses who will be participating this year (and for volunteering to join in, responding to this last-minute request): Peaks Frozen Custard, Roosevelt Alehouse, Maxine’s Floral & Gift, Cloud City Coffee, ADWAS, Fine Impressions Gallery, Cafe Javasiti, San Marco Grocery, Kona Kitchen, Blue Saucer, Reckless Video, and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

“Roosevelt Alehouse and Maple Leaf Pharmacy are allowing us to use their parking lot to start out the parade and The Perkins School is letting us use their parking lot to end the parade and serve snacks on – many thanks!

“Also thanks to Maple Leaf Life for putting out the word we needed a volunteer and for publicizing this.

“And a last thanks to Edgar from COA and Brooke W. for volunteering (if anyone else would like to help out, we can still use some route support – email me).”

In addition, All The Best Pet Care, 8050 Lake City Way N.E, emailed this morning to say they are repeating their Howl-O-Ween contest today and Sunday.

What could be cuter than pets dressed in Halloween costumes? In our opinion, very little! Bring in your dressed-up pet to be entered into our Halloween pet costume contest. There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prize. All judging will be done on the night of October 31st and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Come in anytime during business hours on Saturday the 29th or Sunday the 30th for some early trick-or-treating!

Shown above is Alistair, who won last year’s “Best in Show.”

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More on Sunday's Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes – plus a neighborhood pet costume contest

October 29th, 2011 by Mike

Here’s an update on the neighborhood Parade of Costumes, which runs from 2-4 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 30.

Organizer Donna Hartmann-Miller emails: “We are planning on this, rain or shine, so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.”

More information is in our earlier post, here.

Email donnah@nymbledesign.com with questions, comments, or to volunteer. She continues:

“Also, thanks to the businesses who will be participating this year (and for volunteering to join in, responding to this last-minute request): Peaks Frozen Custard, Roosevelt Alehouse, Maxine’s Floral & Gift, Cloud City Coffee, ADWAS, Fine Impressions Gallery, Cafe Javasiti, San Marco Grocery, Kona Kitchen, Blue Saucer, Reckless Video, and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

“Roosevelt Alehouse and Maple Leaf Pharmacy are allowing us to use their parking lot to start out the parade and The Perkins School is letting us use their parking lot to end the parade and serve snacks on – many thanks!

“Also thanks to Maple Leaf Life for putting out the word we needed a volunteer and for publicizing this.

“And a last thanks to Edgar from COA and Brooke W. for volunteering (if anyone else would like to help out, we can still use some route support – email me).”

In addition, All The Best Pet Care, 8050 Lake City Way N.E, emailed this morning to say they are repeating their Howl-O-Ween contest today and Sunday.

What could be cuter than pets dressed in Halloween costumes? In our opinion, very little! Bring in your dressed-up pet to be entered into our Halloween pet costume contest. There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prize. All judging will be done on the night of October 31st and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Come in anytime during business hours on Saturday the 29th or Sunday the 30th for some early trick-or-treating!

Shown above is Alistair, who won last year’s “Best in Show.”

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Safe, dry trick-or-treating at Northgate Mall

October 29th, 2011 by master

With Halloween on a Monday this year, Maple Leaf kids have plenty of options to get their fill.

After tomorrow’s third annual Parade of Costumes, from 2-4 p.m. starting at the parking lot behind the Roosevelt Alehouse and circling clockwise to the Perkins School (map at right), kids are invited to another safe (and this time dry) trick-or-treating event from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at Northgate Mall:

Come join the Halloween tradition at Northgate Mall. Enjoy a safe (and dry) space for your little ghosts and goblins to collect their special treats. You can also get a portrait taken at our Halloween Photo Set!

 Guidelines for Trick-or-Treating:

* Children age 12 and under only

* No toy weapons

* Masks on children 12 and under only

* Costumes may be worn only during event hours

* Trick-or-treat at participating merchants only while supplies last

And all you adult trick-or-treaters, don’t forget to stop by The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., to pick up you free gourmet lollipop from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, from This Charming Candy.

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Police say local burglary suspect also wanted for robbery, questioning in other burglaries

October 27th, 2011 by Mike

The 15-year-old burglary suspect arrested here Wednesday after a witness chased him down is also a suspect in a robbery, and could be linked to numerous local burglaries, Seattle Police said this afternoon.

“You’ve had quite a flurry of residential burglaries down there,” said Terrie Johnson, police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct. “Many of them involve people coming around the back of a house, looting portable electronic equipment from the home. Juveniles are often seen.”

Officers hope they made a dent in the problem with the arrest shorty before noon Wednesday of a 15-year-old who had already been tackled by a neighbor. “Detectives will be trying to link up and charge the suspect with other crimes, residential burglaries being one of them,” Johnson said.

According to the police report, the suspect is a student at South Lake High School on Rainier Avenue South, which our news partners at The Seattle Times described as “the city’s only alternative-high school for at-risk teens.” The report states he is also wanted for investigation of a robbery, which Johnson said occurred in south Seattle.

According to the police report, a neighbor in the 1900 block of Northeast 80th Street heard the sound of glass breaking , “looked out his window and observed a black male looking through the open rear kitchen window of his neighbor’s residence.”

The window was broken and the suspect was standing on a bench he had pushed under the window, the report states. When the suspect saw the neighbor, he ran westbound on Northeast 80th, chased by the neighbor, according to the report. The neighbor won at Northeast 80th and 16th Avenue Northeast, it states. Police arrived and made an arrest.

The report also says a black female was seen standing at the bus stop at Northeast 80 and 19th Avenue Northeast, and a witness said she seemed to be a lookout. She goes to the same high school as the suspect, the report states, adding that she was handcuffed at the scene, but then released.

Details from neighbors who observed the arrest are in our earlier post.

Johnson said nearby home burglaries during the month of October occurred:

  • On Northeast 80th in the 300, 1800, 1900 and 2000 blocks.
  • On 17th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 15th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 18th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 20th Avenue Northeast in the 7000 block.
  • On 24th Avenue Northeast in the 7300 block.
  • On Fifth Avenue Northeast in the 8300 block.
  • On Ravenna Avenue Northeast in the 8500 block.

The police report on Wednesday’s burglary arrest also mentions a second burglary that occurred an hour earlier and approximately five blocks to the south.

“That arrest was the result of watchful (neighborhood) eyes and great 911 calls,” Johnson said.

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Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes rescued, set for Sunday afternoon! (Put out treats on route)

October 27th, 2011 by Mike

It’s back!

The neighborhood has rescued the annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, which in our last post had lost its organizers and seemed in danger of extinction.

It didn’t help that Halloween falls on Monday this year – last year it was on a sunny Sunday and some 200 people turned out for the parade.

But by this afternoon you should be seeing a poster at coffee shops and businesses around town.

“Big Kids, Little Kids, Furry Ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood with instruments, noisemakers, and freaky sounds. Just like last year, we will be accepting non-perishable food items for local food banks.”

Since many kids (and their parents) will be elsewhere on Halloween Monday, the parade is set for Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2-4 p.m. Details:

Starting at the parking lot behind the Roosevelt Alehouse, winding thru and trick-or-treating at local businesses along the way and ending at Perkins School where Peaks Frozen Custard and other goodies will be served. Join us for the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1-1/4 miles and will hopefully take about an hour to walk, including the trick-or-treating).

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask that you bring your goodie bowl out to the sidewalk so the trick-or-treating can keep moving along the parade route. We really aren’t sure of how many participants we will have, but are asking people to plan on 100.

Thanks to the folks, below, who pulled this together.

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Home burglary suspects arrested at N.E. 80th St. and 17th Ave. N.E. as neighbors watch

October 27th, 2011 by Mike

Late Wednesday morning Nicholas Tweeted this photo and said: “5 cops at the corner of 16th and 80th.” (You might have seen it on our Twitter stream.)

By the time we got to the scene there were no cops, but today Per at the Wedgwood Community Council forwarded us a thread, saying “FYI. There have been more burglaries reported in the area you shared last week. According to the NE Seattle Moms listserve, the police caught a few suspects yesterday.”

A previous poster had referred to burglaries in an area he described as “north Ravenna/south Maple Leaf/west Wedgwood.”

According to the Mom’s thread:

About 11 a.m. my husband and I were coming home, turning at the 4-way stop of 80th, north onto 20th when one of the young men described below ran across the crosswalk, north on 20th. We were slowing to turn into our driveway and he changed direction, doubling back to 80th. He took off his coat and turned west on 80th. We called 911 and turned the car around to follow. Another car pulled over and the driver (who turns out to be A WITNESS to the runner climbing out the window of his neighbor’s house at 80th and 20th) chased the man and eventually took him to the ground at 80th and 17th where he held him until the police arrived. The man was arrested. The police said they were in the area for a burglary which happened 20 minutes prior.

The thread goes on to say a women in her 20s, accompanied by another man, was also arrested at a nearby bus stop. The men and the woman were black, and possibly similar to descriptions of burglars in the earlier posts.

“A shout out to the police (and so many of them) for responding so fast,” the thread goes on.

“And I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to email descriptions of suspicious activity. It has helped put the radar up for all of us and let us know IT’S OK TO CALL 911 whenever we see something not quite right.”

We’ve asked the Seattle Police for more details. Updated here.

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