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Entries from April 2012

Major intersection – Fifth Ave. at Northgate – to close this weekend

April 30th, 2012 by Mike

A major Maple Leaf intersection will be shut down this Saturday and Sunday mornings when the city’s transportation department closes Fifth Avenue Northeast at Northeast Northgate Way.

The work, to remove existing utility poles and replace them with two 90-foot poles, will close Fifth north of Northgate on Saturday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to noon. On Sunday, at the sames times, Fifth will be closed south of Northgate.

The large crane needed to install the new poles will take up much of the roadway, the Department of Transportation said.  It suggests using Eighth Avenue Northeast as an alternative to Fifth.

Beginning this summer, the department will be working on major improvements to the intersection.

They include:

· An additional left-turn lane from westbound Northgate onto southbound Fifth.
· A landscaped median with trees on Northgate just west of the intersection.
· An extended northbound right turn lane on Fifth that turns eastbound onto Northgate.

It’s all part of the  Northgate Coordinated Transportation Investment Plan. For more details on the intersection, click here.  For a larger map, click here.

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Free compost ends Sunday at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware

April 28th, 2012 by Mike

The “buy two, get one free” promotion with Cedar Grove compost ends Sunday at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

This is the last weekend of Cedar Grove’s Compost Days: Buy 2 bags of compost and get 1 free!

When you buy 4 bags then you get 2 free, PLUS a free 5-gallon paint bucket, AND we will donate $2 to the American Diabetes Association as part of our annual ADA Tour de Cure bike ride fundraiser.

Mike Kelley, co-owner of the store at 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.,  says of the 100-mile ride: “My brother, Mark, has Type 1 diabetes, so I am riding in honor of him. We raise money every year to stop diabetes and maybe one day we can stop my brother! :)”

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Artist trunk show Sunday to raise funds for Thornton Creek Elementary memorial playground

April 28th, 2012 by Mike

Three years ago Rose Chavez, a 5-year-old student at Thornton Creek Elementary School, died of  complications from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes severe seizures.

In her memory, the community set out to build a memorial playground that would accommodate children with special needs. The playground should be finished by the end of this school year, supporters say.

A final fundraising push is set for Sunday. “The goal of this event is to raise the final funds that we need to cover all the last of the expenses,” emails Beth.

The event is the “Differently Designed Artist Trunk Show,” and runs from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the school, 7711 43rd Ave. N.E.

Come and shop for handmade art created by twenty local artists. There will be jewelry, soap, paper crafts,cookies, and much more.

Twenty percent of all sales will benefit the Every Body Plays playground at Thornton Creek Elementary, a community playground designed for children with special needs in memory of a kindergarten student who passed away in 2009.

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First-ever Maple Leaf Art Walk is in 2 weeks!

April 27th, 2012 by master

With the summer solstice just around the corner, 20 Maple Leaf businesses hope to take advantage of the longer days by swinging open their doors for the first-ever Maple Leaf Art Walk, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Maple Leaf resident Billy Thompson with 20Six Fresh has put together the map at right, which you can print out either in color or black and white before venturing out for the evening.

So far, we have information on the artists and specials at just a few of the participating businesses, but expect more information in the coming days:

Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.
Works from ZZ Wei will be on display (read our earlier post about his work) and refreshments including wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

Art Tile Co., 8511 Roosevelt Way N.E.
A number of artists will be showing their work and be available to answer questions at Art Tile Co. Participants include:

Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Works by Maple Leaf artist Rachel Marcotte, who designed Wallingford’s turtle street mural, will be on display.

Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Art from Chip Baker will be on display.

Early Masters, 8815 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Bring the kids by during the art walk so they can experience watercolors, charcoal, pencils and photo references of great artworks around the table. Art walkers of all ages are invited to stop by to sketch like Matisse or Picasso and others.

Fine Impressions, 8300 Fifth Ave. N.E.
A number of artists will be available to  answer questions throughout the evening (the list may grow, so stay tuned!), including:

  • April Richardson, who will be demonstrating monotype and linocut
  • Stephen McMillan, who will have aquatint demonstration plates and tools
  • Diane Steen, watercolor
  • David Harrison, etchings and watercolor
  • George Ciardi, photography

Hudson New American Public House, 8014 15th Ave. N.E.
Art from Kellie Talbot will be on display and an oyster special will be available.

maoStudios, 9220 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Jewelry from Yoj Healing Crystals and Bijoudally will be on display.

Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E.
Stop by to take part in a hands-on workshop that will be open to all ages.

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Suspect a crime? Call 911, cops say at Maple Leaf community meeting

April 25th, 2012 by Mike

The message was clear at Wednesday night’s community meeting:

“Give us a call,” said Officer Kipp Strong, a member of  Seattle’s  community police team.

He said officers rely on residents to be their “eyes and ears.”

“We’ll do the dirty work – you just do the work. Give us a call,” said Strong, a 19-year veteran.

To make things easier, he gave the crowd of around 40 attending the Maple Leaf Community’s Council’s general meeting his direct phone number: 206-233-3734.

But that’s not the number to call if you see something suspicious. For that, “call 911,” said Mike Sanford, assistant police chief.

Strong said Maple Leaf is not a hot spot for home burglaries and car prowls, despite a “slight uptick in those types of crimes in the area.

“It’s not a huge one, nothing that would make you go ‘wow,'” Strong said.

Sanford also talked about the Seattle Police force response to the federal Department of Justice findings that the department has used excessive force. He suggested that a test of new procedures will come on May Day, next Tuesday May 1, when a collection of organizations hopes to shut down Seattle with a “general strike,” under the banner of “No work, no school, shutdown the city!”

The community meeting also heard an update on the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, a briefing from King County Councilman Bob Ferguson, and information on emergency planning.

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Maple Leaf heritage tree gets own Facebook page

April 25th, 2012 by Mike

Photos courtesy Dawn Siegel

We reported back in January on the Heritage Trees of Maple Leaf. Now one of them has become more famous.

Dawn emails:

We are excited to announce that our flowering cherry Prunus x yedoenisis “Akebono” has been awarded Best in Neighborhood by the Heritage Tree organization, a division of Plant Amnesty. The tree is believed to be between 80 and 100 years old.

The tree is on the corner of Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast. Dawn says they get so many questions about the tree that they have created a Facebook fan page, here.

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Feet First invites you on a Northgate walk Saturday

April 25th, 2012 by master

Although it’ll be another eight years until the first Sound Transit light rail train officially rolls into the Northgate Station, it’s never too early to start planning walking routes to, from and around the station.

Feet First, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting walkable communities, is doing just that with “Walking in Northgate … Opportunities with Light Rail,” a walk around the neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28:

Come take a walk with us around the neighborhood to learn how Northgate can become a great place to live and work, and to walk and bike.

Staff from Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Sound Transit, King County Metro, and Puget Sound Regional Council will be on hand to answer questions.

Interested? Meet at 10 a.m. at Thornton Creek Plaza, N.E. 319 Thornton Place (next to The Jewel Box Cafe).

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COA introduces new chef, updated menu

April 24th, 2012 by master

Although COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria has been open for less than a year after replacing Divine at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., it’s already undergone some big changes.

In the last three months, owner Edgar Carreon has redesigned the color scheme and hired chef Luis Castro, shown at right, who has created a new menu that now touts the term “MexiSeattle.”

“The whole ideas has always been to showcase Mexican flavors in a way that hasn’t been done before,” Carreon said. “I honestly think we are finally presenting a piece of the culture in a much different light.”


Chef Luis Castro calls the Mole Short Rib the signature dish on the new COA menu.

Now, the new menu includes an explanation at the top from Castro that reads:

We’ve done something that you’re going to love. We’re focusing on healthy and real mexican cuisine with the infusion of experience and culture. Kale, egg plant, squash and yam are some of the delicious ingredients you will enjoy. This is Mexican food, this is Tequila. 

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Park, police, emergency preparedness at Wednesday’s Maple Leaf Community Council meeting

April 24th, 2012 by Mike

Here’s the agenda for Wednesday night’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. The theme is public safety.

Note there is an emergency preparedness drill set for Saturday, May 19. Volunteers are needed.

The meeting runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

7:00 – Welcome and Announcements

7:05 – Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Update
Seattle Parks Department Kim Baldwin
MLCC Parks Subcommitte Chair Donna Hartmann-Miller

7:30 – King County Councilman Bob Ferguson

7:50 – Public Safety
Seattle Police Department Officer Kip Strong
Seattle Police Department Asst. Chief Mike Sanford

8:40 – Emergency Preparedness
May 19 Drill – Volunteers Needed

8:55 – Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board Elections

9:00 – Meeting adjourned

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Park, police, emergency preparedness at Wednesday's Maple Leaf Community Council meeting

April 24th, 2012 by Mike

Here’s the agenda for Wednesday night’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. The theme is public safety.

Note there is an emergency preparedness drill set for Saturday, May 19. Volunteers are needed.

The meeting runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

7:00 – Welcome and Announcements

7:05 – Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Update
Seattle Parks Department Kim Baldwin
MLCC Parks Subcommitte Chair Donna Hartmann-Miller

7:30 – King County Councilman Bob Ferguson

7:50 – Public Safety
Seattle Police Department Officer Kip Strong
Seattle Police Department Asst. Chief Mike Sanford

8:40 – Emergency Preparedness
May 19 Drill – Volunteers Needed

8:55 – Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board Elections

9:00 – Meeting adjourned

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