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Entries from May 2012

Liquor sales coming next week to a grocery near you

May 23rd, 2012 by Mike

You might have seen the changes at Safeway – wine being shoved aside or restocked, with stacks of liquor under wraps nearby.

The wraps come off a week from Friday, on June 1.

“Starting June 1st check out our hot prices on a large selection of liquor,” according to a mailing Safeway sent out earlier this month. The nearest stores, on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 75th Street, and at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street, both have liquor displays ready to unveil.

The QFC at Roosevelt and Northeast Northgate Way also plans to sell liquor, an employee said.

The nearest state-owned liquor stores, at Northgate and University Village, will close next week.

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Maple Leaf's maoStudios wins web design award

May 23rd, 2012 by master

Maple Leaf branding company maoStudios, 9220 Roosevelt Way N.E., has announced on its blog that it is the recipient of Graphic Design USA’s 2012 Web Design Award for Food and Beverage. The senior design team received the award for its work on the Advance3 Liquid Vitamin brand for Advanced H20.

In addition to their web design work for the brand, Andrea writes on the maoStudios blog:

Our creative team also developed the product name, identity, packaging, messaging, all marketing materials, and managed a robust online and street marketing strategy to introduce the line in 2011.

Congratulations to maoStudios!

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Pandora’s strip club – almost a year later

May 22nd, 2012 by Mike

Last May the news here that the venerable Seven Seas Restaurant was turning into a strip club ignited hundreds of comments from readers, many predicting an increase in crime and decease in property values.

The Maple Leaf and Wedgwood community councils  both appealed the opening, saying Pandora’s Adult Cabaret had been improperly permitted by the city. The appeals were rejected, and Pandora’s opened on July 12 at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the two neighborhoods.

Maple Leaf Life wrote at least a dozen posts on the club last year. This year? We’ve heard nothing. So we thought we’d ask.

We can’t speak to property values, but we can about crime. We ran the entire year on the city crime map and found – nothing.

We asked Terrie Johnson, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct.

I talked to Community Police Team Officer Kipp Strong and to our Precinct Prosecutor, Jana Jorgensen, and neither one of them have had any complaints about Pandora’s. I have worked North Precinct now for 12 months, and I have had no complaints about them either.

At the Wedgwood Community Council (you could argue Pandora’s is technically in Wedgwood because it’s on the east side of Lake City Way) Per Johnson said: “I haven’t heard of any crime or complaints from neighbors. In fact, to his word, the owner emailed me a few months back to see if I’ve heard anything. So far, they seem to be a good neighbor.”

When we asked the owner, Joe Walker, he replied in part: “If there are legitimate concerns I would be more than happy to address them as needed. Having been in the business for almost 30 years I was pretty confident that the doom and gloom predictions wouldn’t come to fruition.”

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Pandora's strip club – almost a year later

May 22nd, 2012 by Mike

Last May the news here that the venerable Seven Seas Restaurant was turning into a strip club ignited hundreds of comments from readers, many predicting an increase in crime and decease in property values.

The Maple Leaf and Wedgwood community councils  both appealed the opening, saying Pandora’s Adult Cabaret had been improperly permitted by the city. The appeals were rejected, and Pandora’s opened on July 12 at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the two neighborhoods.

Maple Leaf Life wrote at least a dozen posts on the club last year. This year? We’ve heard nothing. So we thought we’d ask.

We can’t speak to property values, but we can about crime. We ran the entire year on the city crime map and found – nothing.

We asked Terrie Johnson, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct.

I talked to Community Police Team Officer Kipp Strong and to our Precinct Prosecutor, Jana Jorgensen, and neither one of them have had any complaints about Pandora’s. I have worked North Precinct now for 12 months, and I have had no complaints about them either.

At the Wedgwood Community Council (you could argue Pandora’s is technically in Wedgwood because it’s on the east side of Lake City Way) Per Johnson said: “I haven’t heard of any crime or complaints from neighbors. In fact, to his word, the owner emailed me a few months back to see if I’ve heard anything. So far, they seem to be a good neighbor.”

When we asked the owner, Joe Walker, he replied in part: “If there are legitimate concerns I would be more than happy to address them as needed. Having been in the business for almost 30 years I was pretty confident that the doom and gloom predictions wouldn’t come to fruition.”

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Photos from Saturday’s Sacajawea Arts Festival and dragon parade

May 20th, 2012 by Mike

Photos courtesy of Dane Doerflinger

Maple Leaf photographer Dane Doerflinger shot images at the Sacajawea Arts Festival and dragon parade on Saturday, and has posted them online for all to enjoy.

Thanks, Dane!

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Photos from Saturday's Sacajawea Arts Festival and dragon parade

May 20th, 2012 by Mike

Photos courtesy of Dane Doerflinger

Maple Leaf photographer Dane Doerflinger shot images at the Sacajawea Arts Festival and dragon parade on Saturday, and has posted them online for all to enjoy.

Thanks, Dane!

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Updated with results: Maple Leaf emergency drill is up and running

May 19th, 2012 by Mike

Update No.2: Theresa, the Hub captain and Red Cross representative at Saturday’s drill, has posted photos here.

Update 5/20: Here’s a report from the field.

About 35 people participated in the Maple Leaf drill, including nine on the radio team. John Parnell, coordinator, reports:

We were able to contact all parts of the Maple Leaf area, although we a few coverage problems in the spot by the freeway and Thornton Creek. We had several folks drive around and call us from as far away as Green Lake and Shoreline. We also relayed all the transmissions from Wedgwood Hub to the Emergency Operating Center. We were assigned to the role of NE Coordinating Hub.

We DID get a high quality group that did show up: nurses, hams, radio technicians even a few firefighters. For the next drill, we need to start earlier and approach more organizations, including churches, fraternal groups as well as the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Want to know more? Email k7hv@arrl.net or emergencyprep@mapleleafcommunity.org

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A small forest of antennas has sprung up in the northeast corner of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s the emergency communications drill, running from now until noon.

The scenario: Terrorist hackers have shut down the power grid. Phone service, including 911 dispatch, is out. Cell phones don’t work. How to communicate?

Stop by the drill and find out!

Similar exercises are being conducted in Broadview, Wedgwood, Wallingford, Green Lake, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

Oh, and let me repeat: This is ONLY a drill.

The Maple Leaf team is communicating with other neighborhoods, including Wedgwood. A sign from Wedgwood is below.

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Woman stabbed near Northgate

May 18th, 2012 by Mike

Seattle Police have emailed this:

On May 18th at approximately 4:34 p.m. officers responded to 1st Avenue NE and NE 103rd Street for the report of a stabbing. Officers located a teenaged female victim who had sustained multiple stab wounds. SFD medics are on scene treating the victim at this time.

The suspect, who remains at large at this time, is described as a 16 year-old black female. It is unknown what precipitated the altercation.

Officers continue their active area search for the suspect.

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More “door-to-door” caution in Maple Leaf

May 17th, 2012 by Mike

Periodically we get reports of questionable activities by solicitors going door to door in the neighborhood.

This email came this morning from Sarah:

Two days ago a young woman came to my door selling magazine subscriptions. She was well-spoken and had what looked like “official documents” from a company called PS Circulation. We chatted for a bit, and then she left.

The next day when I was not home, she came by again and asked if she could use our bathroom, telling my husband that she was a friend of mine from work. The whole encounter felt a bit strange, and I suspect that she was scoping our home for a potential burglary. So, heads up Maple Leaf!

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, recently sent out advice for such situations.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

A pdf of that advice is here (click through the following page): door_to_door_sales.

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More "door-to-door" caution in Maple Leaf

May 17th, 2012 by Mike

Periodically we get reports of questionable activities by solicitors going door to door in the neighborhood.

This email came this morning from Sarah:

Two days ago a young woman came to my door selling magazine subscriptions. She was well-spoken and had what looked like “official documents” from a company called PS Circulation. We chatted for a bit, and then she left.

The next day when I was not home, she came by again and asked if she could use our bathroom, telling my husband that she was a friend of mine from work. The whole encounter felt a bit strange, and I suspect that she was scoping our home for a potential burglary. So, heads up Maple Leaf!

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, recently sent out advice for such situations.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

A pdf of that advice is here (click through the following page): door_to_door_sales.

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