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Entries from June 2012

Update Saturday June 16 – Fewer Maple Leaf home burglaries in recent weeks

June 15th, 2012 by Mike

Kevin emails on Saturday afternoon: “I wanted to let you know that our house was broken into last night. Thankfully my wife and I were not at home and are safe.”

They live near 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street, and had gone to a birthday party on Northeast 98th Street.

When his wife returned home about 10:30 p.m. she noticed a kitchen cupboard  open. “When she went to take a shower 30 minutes later she walked through our bedroom and noticed drawers were open and papers were scattered about.”

It appears that the burglar entered through our back french doors (off of our back deck). There was some damage to the wood part of the door leading the police officer to believe that the person pried the door open with a crowbar or something similar. Even with our lights turned on, our back yard is quite dark and secluded – without lights on it very dark.

It appears that the burglar took my wife’s wedding ring:(, possibly some other jewelry, and dumped a jar full of coins into a hand bag (we think that 2 hand bags were taken). Our laptop (which was sitting out) did not get taken and we haven’t noticed anything else missing. It seems as if this person was looking quite specifically for jewelry and money.

I occasionally read the ‘Maple Leaf Life’ and wanted our neighborhood to know and be on the lookout.


Remember the spate of home burglaries in the fall and winter of 2010?

Hundreds of people showed up for community meetings, and after one we reported:

Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15, eight homes were broken into in Maple Leaf, five in Roosevelt, and 18 in Ravenna. At least a half-dozen burglary victims were in the audience.

Nothing like that seems to be occurring now.

Last month the police crime map showed a half-dozen home burglaries in Maple Leaf, and so far in June four have shown up.

They are, according to police reports:

  • June 6, 1500 block of Northeast 100th Street. A woman returned home in the afternoon to find her front door pried open and jewelry stolen.
  • June 3, 1500 block of Northeast 88th Street. A woman returned home in the early afternoon to find a front window open and jewelry, laptop computer and checkbook missing.
  • June 1, 500 block of Northeast 102nd Street. During the day somebody broke in a back window, took jewelry and a camera, and left through the back door.
  • Sometime between May 31 and June 4, 7800 block of Lake City Way. Someone pushed in a basement window and took a computer and cash.

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More news about Cafe Racer memorial funds

June 14th, 2012 by Mike

Two weeks after the tragic shootings, we received an email this afternoon from Cafe Racer and the Cafe Racer Memorial Fund.

Café Racer staff, supporters, and friends have come together to launch a one-stop link to benefit surviving family members, Leonard Meuse -the only surviving victim, Café Racer and the community at large who were affected by the terrible tragedy of May 30th, 2012 through donations, community fund raising events and guidance in healing.

It takes a whole community to heal from such an unspeakable tragedy. It is our effort to create an easily accessible resource for those interested in participating in the healing process by various ways and means. In the recent days since May 30, 2012 we have been continually inspired by the outpouring of support from the community at large, businesses, and all the creative methods of healing as demonstrated by the Seattle music and arts communities. The on-going mission of is to continue this support – to make sure that not only the friends and loved ones we lost are remembered, to aid victims’ families and Len Meuse through his physical and personal recovery but also to keep all interested individuals, businesses and organizations informed on how to best to accomplish these goals.

For more information go to the website and click on the “donate” tab.

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Lake City Farmers Market begins Thursday

June 13th, 2012 by master

Just in time for the tail end of asparagus season, the weekly Lake City Farmers Market kicks off Thursday, June 14, from 3-7 p.m. next to the Lake City Library at Northeast 125th Street and 28th Avenue Northeast.

Vendors this year include:

  • Alm Hill Gardens, Whatcom, Organic vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, July – Oct.
  • Alvarez Organic Farms, Yakima, Peas, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn, etc, all season.
  • Appel Farms, Whatcom, Cheddar, quark, gouda, etc., all season.
  • Blong’s Garden, King, Puget Sound vegetables and cut flowers, all season.
  • Collins Family Orchard, Tree Fruit, all season.
  • Crepes Online, King, Sweet and savory crepes, all season.
  • Grateful Bread Baking Co, King, Breads and baked goods, all season.
  • Greenwater Farm, Hardy Kiwis, Sept 29 & Oct 6.
  • Half Pint Homemade Ice Cream, King, Ice cream, all season.
  • Hayton Farms, Skagit, Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, all season.
  • Holmquist Hazelnuts, Whatcom, Roasted and raw hazelnuts, nut butter and oils, all season.
  • Jacobs Creamery, Cow’s milk cheeses, butter, eggs, all season.
  • Juice Peddler, King, Fresh market juices, June – Sept.
  • Kaffeeklatsch, King, German pastries, all season.
  • Kittitas Valley Greenhouse, Kittitas, Tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, gr. beans, all season.
  • La Pasta, King, Fresh pasta, all season.
  • Little Prague Bakery, King, Pastries, confections, all season.
  • Lyall Farms, Grant, Tree fruits, all season.
  • Maninis, King, Gluten-free fresh pasta and breads, all season.
  • Martin Family Orchards, Douglas, Cherries, peaches, apples, July – Oct.
  • Mushroom Farm, King, Cultivated and wild mushrooms, all season.
  • Olsen Farms, Stevens, Beef, lamb, potatoes, all season.
  • Patty Pan Grill, King, Grilled veggies, quesadillas, tamales, lemonade, iced tea, all season.
  • Razey Orchard, Yakima, Organic Melons, Cherries, July – Aug.
  • Schuh Farms, Skagit, Berries, row crops, jams & syrups, all season.
  • Small River Farm, Snohomish, Vegetables and cut flowers, all season.
  • Sky Valley Family Farm, Snohomish, Eggs, pork, squash, herbs, all season.
  • Tall Grass Bakery, King, Organic artisan breads, all season.
  • Tiny’s Organic, Douglas, Organic tree fruit, dried fruit, all season.
  • Tonnemaker Family Orchard, Grant, Tree fruit, melons, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, and corn, all season.
  • Veraci Pizza, King, Wood-fired pizza, all season.
  • Whitehorse Meadows Farm, Organic blueberries, July – Oct.
  • Willie Greens Organic Farm, Snohomish, Organic veggies, berries, herbs, fruit, all season.
  • Woodring, Snohomish, Jams, Preserves, Dressings, Juice, all season.
  • Youa Her & Kaying’s Garden, Snohomish, Puget Sound vegetables and cut flowers, all season.

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Lost keys found Monday evening at N.E. 85th and Fifth Ave. N.E.

June 12th, 2012 by Mike

Scott emails:

I found a set of keys on 85th near the intersection with 5th. It appears to be a house key and a mailbox key.

If you think these are yours, please call me at 206-679-5052

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Seattle Public Library makes reading fun for young readers this summer

June 12th, 2012 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program for children kicked off Friday and continues through August 26th. This year’s program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair with the theme “Read Your Way Into the Future.” Kids can sign up online or in person at any of the 27 Library locations. Participants can track and rate books read, collect stickers and online badges, and create an online avatar:

Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Wednesday, Aug. 1 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected. Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months.

Click here for more information.

In addition to the summer-long program, the 2012 “Words of Wonder Tour” features the work of four new authors of fiction for young readers from2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Featured books and authors include:

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. This is free and open to the public-no registration is required. Free parking is available at the branch.

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Did Wild Root make the cut in "Safety Not Guaranteed"?

June 12th, 2012 by master

Has anybody seen “Safety Not Guaranteed,” a scene of which was shot at Maple Leaf’s own Wild Root Salon a year ago?

So, do tell! Did Wild Root or any other part of Maple Leaf make the cut?

If you want to find out for yourself, the indie film starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson is showing at the new Sundance Cinemas (formerly Metro Cinemas in the U-District) and downtown at Regal Meridian 16.

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Open letter – and an apology – to a Maple Leaf bicyclist

June 11th, 2012 by Mike

We hear a lot about the “war” between cars and cycles. It even crops up, benignly, in the comments on our Northgate Station post earlier this month.

On Friday we got a different kind of story from Sarah, who wanted to reach out to a cyclist she and her husband almost hit in one of our roundabouts.

The incident apparently ended with the cyclist screaming at the car, and Sarah and her husband – cyclists themselves – distressed.

“I didn’t like how things were left; of course there was no opportunity for communication,” she writes. “But we are neighbors up here and I feel like it’s important that we all be on the same team, especially with rising crime in our city, etc. I’d like to think he was just having a bad day and is not naturally this violent a person, but I was totally shaken by this.

“Is there any chance you could post the following open apology to this fellow, just in case he might happen to see it? The thing I love about Maple Leaf is how tightly knit the community is; this morning was a sad thing, and I want to feel like maybe we can make amends.”

Her open letter is below: [

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Maple Leaf deaf organization featured in Times Square

June 9th, 2012 by Mike

A Maple Leaf non-profit that serves deaf woman and their children is currently featured on the Times Square billboard in New York.

Kay Amos, operations manager for the organization, emails: “I wanted to let you know that ADWAS (Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services – we are located in the Maple Leaf area on Northeast 88th Street & Roosevelt Avenue Northeast) has a 15-second video on the CBS Super Screen in Times Square.”

The video, in American Sign Language, is otherwise silent. “This is possibly the first video placement by a Deaf-run agency at Times Square, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world,” according to CBS.

Underwritten by Convo Communications, Kay says the video will run for 15 seconds every hour, for 18 hours, until mid July.

Headquartered in Maple Leaf, ADWAS runs a shelter here with 19 individual units of transitional housing for very low income families who are homeless.

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Vehicle flips, trapping woman, in Maple Leaf accident

June 5th, 2012 by Mike

A woman was trapped inside a Nissan Scion in Maple Leaf this afternoon after a two-car collision at the intersection of Northeast 79th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“Neighbors were on the scene within seconds; police within a couple of minutes, followed by fire trucks and aid vehicles,” emails Linda, who sent the photo above. The accident occurred just before 3 p.m.

City dispatch records show fire units were dispatched between 2:59 and 3:11 p.m. The accident was dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” involving well over a dozen units.

We couldn’t tell how she was. “We couldn’t tell how she was. She was in shock but coherent; they had to cut the back of the car off to get her out.

“This is a terrible intersection — this is the second flipped-over vehicle accident I’ve seen. Other smaller collisions occur, too, and we often hear and see near-collisions.”

Linda said cars speed up the the hill heading eastbound on 79th from Fifth Avenue Northeast toward Roosevelt Way Northeast, especially if cars are backed up from the light at Fifth and Northeast 80th Street.

“Our neighbors on the corner have inquired about getting a traffic circle here, but the City said there is no budget and it isn’t a real problem. I’d say it’s an extremely real problem.”

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Found – injured calico and white kitty

June 4th, 2012 by Mike

Christina emails to say that she and her husband found an injured cat in their yard on Northeast 102nd Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“A calico and white kitty crawled up our walkway on her front paws and hid in our bushes. Her back legs were limp. My husband, on his way to work and to take my son to school, saw the kitty and tried to approach her, she was clearly in pain.”

This happened the morning of May 30 (an earlier email to us failed to send).

They took her to the Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Clinic. “There, she was given pain medicine and a sedative so that the doctor could check her injuries. She was found without a tag or a microchip. Her right ear was clipped.

“Unfortunately, she had severe neurological injuries and began having seizures. She needed to be put down. The animal control gave the doctor permission to euthanize the kitty. I stayed with her during this. (Also, I went door to door in my neighborhood in attempt to find the owner before she was put down,)” Christina emails.

Several neighbors did remember having seen the cat, she said. “I would like it if anyone recognizes the kitty that they call Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center for information at (206) 524-2020. Thank you.”

The Maple Leaf Vet, at 1321 N.E. 80th St., has previously offered to put up fliers for lost pets, and to scan them for microchips.

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