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Entries from January 2012

Report a Maple Leaf pothole (and see if it gets filled)

January 31st, 2012 by Mike

From time to time we get emailed complaints about potholes in the neighborhood. Then the Pothole Rangers are called out.

A week’s worth of ice and snow have made the problem worse. Here’s an overview from the city’s pothole map. Green means a fixed pothole, blue means a request to fill one is  “pending”  (?). We don’t seem to have any yellow (not fixed for the last half year) or red (not fixed for a year).

But I know we have more potholes than this.

Mayor Mike McGinn says the city’s transportation department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs, which includes potholes. About $8.5 million of that is earmarked for main arterials.

“Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we’re seeing more potholes. We’ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,” McGinn says.

So let’s help out. Report potholes to the city here. Call in the rangers!

(Thanks to My Wallingford for some of this information.)

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Help plan Sacajawea park tonight

January 31st, 2012 by Mike

There’s a little-known  bit of green space just south of Sacajawea Elementary School, and tonight there’s a meeting over how to improve both it and the school’s upper playground.

According to the project’s website:

The school’s current play structure and asphalt surface are in extremely poor and unsafe condition, and both the playground and adjacent city park suffer from poor drainage issues from the connecting wetland that is contributory to Thornton Creek.

The meeting, from 6-8 p.m. at the school’s lunchroom, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., “is intended to gather community input and ideas and to discuss where to focus funding, with the wetland area being key.”

More details are available at the project website, but they are promising free pizza and activities for the kids attending!

If you can’t attend the meetings but would like to share your ideas or ask a question, fill out a feedback form. Thanks!

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Seattle Schools asking for two-day snow waiver

January 30th, 2012 by sarawilly

Students may not have to make up all three school days they missed during this month’s snow storm. Officials at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) want to waive two days instead of tacking them onto the end of the year, which they say would cost the district $500,000.

Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

SPS is asking the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a waiver for the January 19th and January 20th snow days. During the storm Governor Gregoire declared a State of Emergency for those days. “This [the waiver] is contingent on a decision allowing the Emergency Proclamation to apply to schools in King County,” the release states. “OSPI officials said they will have more information next month on how to apply for waivers.”

One of the days was made up last Friday, leaving the other two. According to the district, they cannot make up the days during mid-winter break because families and staff have already arranged their schedules around the time off.

As a side note, next year’s mid-winter break is not a full week, but a four-day weekend with the Friday before President’s Day a day off and that Monday.

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Free children’s dental exams and cleaning on Saturday, Feb. 11

January 29th, 2012 by Mike

To support Children’s Oral Health Month, Dr. Veronica Bello is offering free dental exams and cleanings to kids 1-8 years old who don’t have dental insurance.

The appointments are on Saturday, Feb. 11th, from 9-3 p.m., at Avila Dental, 11050 5th Ave NE. Suite 202.

If you or someone you know has a child who could benefit from this offer, please RSVP by completing the appointment request at the bottom of our website.

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Free children's dental exams and cleaning on Saturday, Feb. 11

January 29th, 2012 by Mike

To support Children’s Oral Health Month, Dr. Veronica Bello is offering free dental exams and cleanings to kids 1-8 years old who don’t have dental insurance.

The appointments are on Saturday, Feb. 11th, from 9-3 p.m., at Avila Dental, 11050 5th Ave NE. Suite 202.

If you or someone you know has a child who could benefit from this offer, please RSVP by completing the appointment request at the bottom of our website.

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Who moved my trees?

January 29th, 2012 by Mike

Who knows the answer to this? Emily emails:

I live at the corner of Northeast 80th Street & Roosevelt Way Northeast, and after being out of town for a couple days, we came home to find two midsize trees gone from the parking strip on 80th!

There are some tree parts and some assorted plastic bits from a car left behind… Was there a terrible accident over the weekend? Did someone take offense to the trees and pull them down? I am bewildered!

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Neighbor reports home burglary last night

January 28th, 2012 by Mike

Update Jan. 29: Several other residents have recently emailed us about break-ins at neighboring homes or businesses.

One reported that Olympic View Community Church, at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street, was broken into twice last weekend. The expanded police reports, now available, show several thousand dollars of damage and stolen electronics.

In addition, a week ago another resident at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street emailed:

My neighbor just came over to warn me that his apartment had been broken into on Friday. He’s unsure of what’s been taken at this point but the front door sustained damage. A police report was filed. The resident suspected it happened in the afternoon but piecing together details, we now believe the break-in happened sometime between 8 a.m. and possibly noon. I was home, as were several other people but we didn’t see or hear anything suspicious due to noise from expected maintenance work.

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Sarah emailed overnight to report her home, on Northeast 90th Street near 15th Avenue Northeast, was broken into.

My husband and I were out for two-and-a-half hours between about 6:45 and 9:00 p.m. and came home to find our back door kicked in. They didn’t get much – looks like whoever it was never turned on the lights (also, our neighbors were home and never noticed this was happening).

Whoever it was grabbed some booze and personal electronics, and emptied our change jar (maybe $10?) while ransacking the bedroom. The police said it was a very juvenile burglary.

Thought everyone should know! Sigh. Off to clean up.

It’s too soon for Sarah’s burglary to show up on the police crime map, but here (above) is how it looks for the year to date. It includes a dozen home or commercial burglaries, plus stolen and prowled vehicles.

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Olympic View PTA wins big at BECU grand opening

January 27th, 2012 by master

A new BECU branch just moved into the neighborhood, and already they’re making friends with the locals.

Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View Elementary School PTA tells us that at the location’s grand opening ceremony Thursday, BECU donated family season passes to ZooTunes that the PTA will auction at its annual fundraiser, the Red Carpet Stars OV School Auction on March 31. (She adds that BECU also made a donation to Northgate Elementary.)


Pictured left to right: Aiko Schaefer, OVPTA President, BECU Northgate Branch Manager, Elisa Miller and Joy Strechowski, OVPTA Auction procurement chair/photo courtesy the Olympic View PTA

You can read more about it on the PTA’s blog.

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Air your Beaver Pond Natural Area concerns tonight

January 26th, 2012 by master

The Thornton Creek Alliance is inviting the community to its meeting tonight that will focus on the restoration at Maple Leaf’s Beaver Pond Natural Area, volunteering, crime/safety and any other topics you would like to discuss.


Last month, the branches of nearly 50 trees were illegally pruned in Beaver Pond Natural Area, raising both ire and support from the community.

A variety of city leaders will be in attendance, including:

  • Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Parks Committee
  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department community liaison
  • Joanna Nelson de Flores, Green Seattle Partnership project manager
  • Chris Saleeba, with Seattle Greenways

 The open disucssion is from 7-9 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

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Tonight’s annual January community meeting just winding down

January 25th, 2012 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s own speed sign and radar gun were on display Wednesday night.

Crime took a holiday during the snow last week, and also at Wednesday night’s annual January community meeting.

In place of a discussion of crime and public safety, which drew police officials, City Council members and scores of neighborhood residents to the meeting in 2010 and 2011, the agenda started with a discussion of emergency preparedness.

That was followed by an overview and partial update on the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, which opens next year, with many more details promised at a meeting in April. (Spoiler: the proposed 90-foot zip line appears to have been replaced by a “hill slide.”) Update Jan. 26: We get to KEEP the zip line! See comment below from Donna Hartmann-Miller, chair of the parks committee and Wednesday night’s presenter on this issue. We apologize for misunderstanding.

Development in the Northgate area was also discussed at the meeting, which is the January general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. The council has a special page on its website dealing with the development issue.

Of particular interest are changes in bus service when LINK light rail opens in 2021. The direct bus service from Maple Leaf to downtown will be largely replaced by light rail from Northgate.

We’ll be circling back on some of these issues in coming weeks.

Tonight’s meeting is almost over (we posted briefly, below, when it started) but the community council is also looking for direction from residents on the development and light rail issues, and on what other issues the council should emphasize. You can join their community email lists here.

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