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Entries from October 2011

Send us your scary Halloween photos this week

October 26th, 2011 by Mike

We’re on the hunt for images of neighborhood Halloween decorations. And we want them now.

Should you find a way to take them at night, all orange a’glow, so much the better.

This afternoon Sgt. Dianne Newsom sent us this photo of pumpkins carved by Ingraham High School students and on display at the North Police Precinct.

Here’s a couple more neighborhood sights.

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Make your voice heard on Transit Master Plan

October 26th, 2011 by master

At last night’s Seattle Transit Master Plan Open House at Aljoya Thornton Place, Tony Mazzella with the Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off the meeting by praising the venue, which is located just east of the Northgate Transit Center at 450 N.E. 100th St.

“This is a sterling example of what can be done when we put uses like retail and residential next to good-quality transit,” he said during the presentation portion of the open house.

Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board Members Donna Hartmann-Miller and David Miller, far right, were among attendees at the SDOT event Tuesday evening.

Following the presentation, attendees were encouraged to take a close look at the posters detailing the Transit Master Plan, which takes us decades into the future of the city’s transit, and to ask plenty of questions.

Including new input with the information collected so far, SDOT plans to ask the Seattle City Council to approve the Transit Master Plan in early 2012.

If you missed the meeting, the entire draft Transit Master Plan can be viewed online, where you also can add your imput via the public outreach page.

If you’d rather make your comments in person and talk to a live person, there are three more open houses:

  • Oct. 26 in West Seattle: Eagles Hall, 4426 California Ave. S.W.
  • Nov. 15 in Ballard: Ballard High School, 1418 N.W. 65th St.
  • Nov. 17 in Holly Park: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.

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Firefighters visit Maple Leaf school, get homemade cookies

October 25th, 2011 by Mike

Seattle Creative Kids Preschool in Maple Leaf had visitors this morning.

The lights and siren weren’t flashing and blaring, but the crew of Engine 40 were friendly and the preschoolers were welcoming.

From the school, located at 9221 12th Ave. N.E.: “Firefighters talked to students about fire safety and let those who were so inclined sit in the drivers seat of the fire engine.

“The children gave the fire fighters homemade cookies and cards as a thank you for making the trip over from the fire station.”

Thanks to the school for the photos!

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COA seeks Maple Leaf family to feed for free

October 25th, 2011 by master

It may not be free tacos for life, but COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria, 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., now has another contest that includes plenty of free food, this time for a “family” of up to four people. Owner Edgar Carreon tells us:

To qualify for this send us a picture of the “up to 4” people you would bring with you to this dinner and why you chose them. Family doesn’t have to be relatives it can be neighbors, friends, etc. The important thing here is to bring people you think would enjoy a good experience at COA.

The value is for up to $60, and can redeemed from 2-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The fine print: alcoholic beverages are not included; happy hour pricing is excluded; all the people in the picture must be present; and meal is for dine-in only. To enter the monthly contest, send your “family” picture to, post it on the COA Facebook page or tweet it to @coatequileria.

But even more importantly, COA also is now sponsoring a fundraiser for Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, a women’s shelter in Maple Leaf. For $1, you can purchase a wristband that says “Make Tacos Not War,” with the full purchase price donated to ADWAS. Carreon tells us:

Tacos for Life is now at the stage where it is going to begin doing what it was intended to do, bring life. The concept behind tacosforlife was always to give. We have plans to work on doing other charity work through COA to help raise awareness & funds to help people have a better life. We felt that working with a very local organization was the right thing to do because our locals is the reason we are doing well in business. The people at ADWAS were so kind and patient to explain to us what they do and why they do it and their care and passion just felt so good.

And in addition to you feeling good about your purchase, COA will also give you something back. Each time you wear your wristband to the restaurant, you’ll get $1 off your meal (one per table). He adds that there are only about 1,000 wristbands, so don’t delay.

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Watch out for nightly car prowls in the neighborhood

October 25th, 2011 by Mike

Sara writes that she and her neighbor had their cars broken into last week. For her, it was the third time in a year.

“Electronics, warm clothing, misc. small stuff stolen. I live in 96th and 8th neighborhood. There was also a break in with a smashed window last week, same neighborhood.”

She said her neighbor is a night owl and frequently sees two young people out on the street between 2-3 a.m. “Police are patrolling and I will be actively beginning a block watch.”

In the 28 days since our last report on car crimes, roughly 23 cars have been broken into or stolen outright in the neighborhood, as shown on the police crime map. (Some of the icons represent more than one incident.)

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Neighborhood transportation meetings coming up

October 24th, 2011 by master

It’s evident from our recent post on road safety that transportation is an important issue in Maple Leaf. But with (at least) two main arterials carrying plenty of non-Maple Leafers through our neighborhood, we also are well-aware that what happens outside of Maple Leaf can greatly affect our traffic.

Want to learn more about the plan for transportation citywide?

From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, you’re invited to one of five Transit Master Plan Open Houses that will be taking place throughout the city. Tomorrow night’s meeting will be Maple Leaf’s closest, taking place at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.

All of the meetings will start off with a brief presentation and include the same information, so you can stop by the other open houses as an alternative:

  • Oct. 26 in West Seattle: Eagles Hall, 4426 California Ave. S.W.
  • Nov. 15 in Ballard: Ballard High School, 1418 N.W. 65th St.
  • Nov. 17 in Holly Park: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.

For more information on the Transit Master Plan, the Seattle Department of Transportation has the Draft Summary Report on its website, as well as a video of the presentation it recently made to the Seattle City Council.

If you’re looking for more specific information about Northgate-area transit, there will be a North Link Rail Project Update focused on the Northgate Station, from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the cafeteria at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. The open house house will focus on the 30 percent level of design that’s been developed for the transit station and above-ground light rail guideway.

And don’t forget about the upcoming Road Safety Summit from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

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Rape suspect arrested in Northgate

October 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Early this morning Seattle Police responding to a reported rape in the 1000 block of Northeast Northgate Way used a police dog to find a suspect hiding in nearby bushes, officers said.

The 31-year-old man was booked into King County Jail, police said.

The victim told police she was assaulted by an unknown man about 1:15 a.m.

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Neighbor reports a similar burglary at N.E. 80th and 4th N.E.

October 21st, 2011 by Mike

We heard overnight from J-P, who wrote:

Unfortunately, the rash of burglaries continues. Today, burglars have hit Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue  Northeast between noon and 3 p.m. They’ve followed a similar modus operandi to that your article describes and pillaged all my friend’s electronics, silverware, and jewelry.

J-P says that the victim noticed two black males across the street apparently working under a car hood. “That caught the victim’s attention because they had never been seen in the neighborhood before.” Our previous post stated neighbors believed the suspects could be two black men taking jewelry and electronics.

This new burglary has not yet shown up on the police crime map. “Tip of the hat to the police for arriving at the victim’s place in a record three minutes following the call to 911,” J-P writes.

“Feel free to relay that information so as to raise awareness in the neighborhood and get burglars locked up and their ‘booty’ returned to their owners.”

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Halloween festivities begin this weekend

October 20th, 2011 by master

Although Halloween is still more than a week away, you can spread out the festivities starting with myriad events taking place this weekend:

  • The fun begins Saturday at Northgate Mall, where little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are invited to the annual Simon Kidgits Halloween Bash. The event, from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ben Bridge Court, is free for Simon Kidgits Club members; annual membership cost is $5 and is payable at the event or at Simon Guest Services near JCPenney. Activities include making spooky hand-print spiders, lollipop ghosts and a parade around the mall with the Radio Disney Road Crew.

  • If the little ones aren’t tired after that, head over to Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., for the sixth annual Olympic View Fall Carnival, from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the school’s gymnasium and parking lot. There will be food, games, prizes and crafts, plus pie-eating contests and a cakewalk. Family ticket packs are available in advance from the PTA or at the door.
  • On Sunday, Oct. 23, The Little Gym of Seattle, 7777 15th Ave. N.E., is opening its doors up to nonmembers from 5-6 p.m. for its annual Halloween party. Nonmembers are asked to donate at least $5 per child to Costumes are requested, as is preregistration by calling (206) 524-2623.
  • The festivities continue Halloween weekend at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which has a Twins & Triplets Costume & Play Party from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, followed by a Toddler Halloween Play Time from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Both play times are for kids ages 6 months to 5 years, and will include trikes, scooters, bounce houses, balls and more along with a special Halloween treat. Twins & Triplets Costume & Play Party is specifically geared toward twins and triplets. Cost for each event is $3 per child.
  • If you’re willing to stray just outside Maple Leaf’s borders, Mystery Machine clued us in to the annual Licton Springs Halloween Party, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, at Licton Springs Park, 9536 Ashworth Ave. N. Just as the sky begins to darken, children follow the paths around the wetland, which is full of adult “Friends of the Forest” holding jack-o-lanterns and giving candy treats to the trick-or-treaters. For more information, contact the Licton Springs Community Council.
  • Also on Halloween day, Maple Leaf community members are hoping to continue what would be the third annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes. Stay tuned and we’ll get you the details as soon as we have them. If you’d like to pencil it in, the event previously took place from 3-5 p.m. and was centered around the traffic circle at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street. But Halloween is on Monday this year so the time could change.
  • And not to leave out the adults who still like to celebrate Halloween, This Charming Candy is hoping you’ll to stop by The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., for “Grown-up Trick-or-Treating” from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Co-owner Susan Dziadosz writes: “How long has it been since you’ve personally knocked on someone’s door and exclaimed, ‘Trick or Treat!’ This Charming Candy knows you deserve a 10-minute treat, so we’re inviting kids of all ages to visit us in our lollipop kitchen. Everyone who stops by gets a free lollipop!” 

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Update on Maple Leaf’s own electronic speed sign, radar gun – plus lower speed limits?

October 20th, 2011 by Mike

This just in: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who called for a road safety summit after recent bicycling deaths, and Seattle City Council members are convening said summit over the next several weeks. It includes a public forum at the Northgate Community Center, 6 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 15. Conclusions are due Dec. 12. More information here.

The Summit will center around three basic questions:

1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?

2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?

3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?


Here’s some news for the folks interested in our earlier post about the Maple Leaf Community Council acquiring a radar gun and hi-tech speed sign.

The council’s David Miller has now commented on the original post:

We have some woodwork and painting to do in order to get the sign prepped. I’m trying to make time to get that done. We’re also trying to get some info out of SDOT about speed data collection methodology. Once this is all in place, we’ll start working on the list of people who want our help to collect data and provide a visual cue for drivers to slow down.

This was inspired by the frankly surprisingly good outcomes on 15th from the radar signs there.

Miller goes on to speculate on the possibility of getting a lower speed limit in the neighborhood, something that would require the state Legislature to take action. The concept has fed into the supposed “war on cars” in Seattle – the Seattle Times has published a guest column in favor of flexible speed limits here; the Seattle Bike Blog has a look here.

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