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Entries from July 2012

Summer's the time to celebrate neighbors!

July 24th, 2012 by master

In addition to the annual Maple Leaf Ice Cream Summer Social tomorrow (from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Maple Leaf Playground), there’s another important community-building event on the horizon.

Just two weeks away, on Aug. 7, is the annual National Night Out, an event that aims to gather neighbors together for the sake of community as well as safety.

Participating blocks are asked to register their event with the city’s Seattle Night Out website, where you can request a visit from city officials or for information about Block Watch and other safety program to be distributed among neighbors.

For many, it’s just a chance to get together and relax.

Is your block participating in National Night Out? What are your plans to bring people together for the evening?

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Neighborhood reports of crime and suspicious behavior

July 21st, 2012 by Mike

We haven’t done a crime roundup so far this month, but several neighbors have reported in.

“My wife and son came home to our rental house having been broken into. The front door was wide open. They took our 40″ flat-screen TV, three Mac laptops, and some jewelry. They tossed drawers, etc.,” Stefan writes overnight.

He lives in the 1500 block of Northeast 85th Street. The burglars broke a window on a side door to let themselves in sometime during the afternoon, he said.

“One weird thing: We had a few bigger packages delivered from Amazon today. They were inside the house! So not only did they not take the packages, they moved them inside… Probably to make it easier to steal the TV.”

Another neighbor, who wants to remain anonymous, wrote Friday to report suspicious men hiding in the bushes at Maple Leaf Park.

“The first time I saw this, a mother and her children were playing catch on the baseball diamond. A man was in the bushes nearby completely hidden. I could not see him, but he spoke to the little boy through the bushes which made me realize he was there.”

The neighbor sent along a photo marked with the location.

“Yesterday I saw two men in the same bushes and after one of them left the other remained and was lurking around the kids who were playing soccer together and behaving a bit strangely.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but lots of kids are in this park and since the park area seems so open and visible it seems safe.

“There is no acceptable reason for men to be hiding/lurking/hanging out in the bushes. I don’t know if this person(s) is dangerous, but I don’t want to risk something happening.”

Finally, last week Kat wrote to report a burglary and grocery and mail thefts.

“We live off of Northeast Eighth Street on 85th Avenue Northeast and had our grocery delivery stolen from our front porch early this morning,” she wrote on July 11.

“There was also mail scattered in front of our home from Northeast 94th Street. My neighbor’s house was broken into two nights ago. They were able to get in through a back window.”

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Northgate Community Center turns 6!

July 19th, 2012 by master

Although the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social is a week away, Sue pointed out that we don’t have to wait that long to celebrate our community.

Tonight, the Northgate Community Center at 10510 Fifth Ave N.E. is celebrating its sixth birthday, and will have entertainment for the whole family and, of course, free cake!

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Maple Leaf Summer Social just a week away!

July 18th, 2012 by master

Photo from the 2011 Summer Social courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.

It’s nearly time again for our neighborhood’s biggest event of the year: the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, July 25, you’re invited to come out to the Maple Leaf Playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St. to meet your neighbors and learn more about your local businesses and other organizations.

And, as the name implies, there will also be plenty of free ice cream, donated again by Pete Brulla of Peaks Frozen Custard.

Music will be provided by Carl Heller with Tumbuka.

Be sure to stop by the Maple Leaf Life booth and introduce yourselves, too!

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Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour again stops in Maple Leaf

July 13th, 2012 by master

Do you have your tickets yet for Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour? You won’t have to travel too far this year to see a few of them, with a stop each in Maple Leaf and Meadowbrook, and two in Ravenna. But with more than 50 families ranging from Everett to Duvall opening up their homes for the annual tour, you might be missing out if you stick with just Northeast Seattle.

Our resident gardening blogger, Stacy Brewer of Seattle Seedling fame, has previously had her chicken coop featured in the tour (and in the Seattle Weekly!), so it’s no surprise the tour is returning to our chicken-friendly neighborhood.

What is the Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour? From Seattle Tilth’s website:

This is your chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating “urban farms” right here in the city of Seattle and in the surrounding area.

In this self-guided tour to dozens of sites, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate set-ups that took weeks of planning and building. See exactly how chickens, goats, ducks and honey bees live together with people in an urban environment.

The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Tickets cost $12 (plus discounts for groups/families, bicyclists, youths and Seattle Tilth members) and are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Maple Leaf benefit this month for Cafe Racer victims

July 12th, 2012 by Mike

Coffee houses and taverns are continuing to race money for the victims of the Cafe Racer shootings at the end of May.

Here in Maple Leaf, Cloud City Coffee will hold a fundraiser for Cafe Racer on Saturday, July 28th, between 4 and 7 p.m.

Come have a drink, buy some art, listen to live music and know that all proceeds from the night will go to help those affected by the Cafe Racer shooting.

Cloud City is at 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Four regulars at Cafe Racer, which is just down Roosevelt at Northeast 58th Street, were killed and another wounded by a mentally ill gunman, who later killed another woman and himself.

An online memorial site for the victims is here.

The Seattle Times had a story this week about volunteers repainting the cafe. You can read that story here.

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Chance to celebrate summer with Wandering Cafe

July 12th, 2012 by master

Chef’s Dinners are returning this summer to The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way, and if you’re lucky you just might get one of the few spots available for tomorrow night’s Happy Hour Preview, from 5-9 p.m.

In addition to hors d’oeuvres, for $25 you will get to try menu items including slow-roasted brown sugar pork, barbecued chicken wings, brioche rolls, green salad, green goddess dressing, cherry tomatoes, grilled potato salad, housemade bacon, peas, pickly cabbage slaw, grilled and roasted market vegetables and brownie sundaes, all served with summer sangria and beer from the Elliot Bay Brewing Company.

And as an added perk, you’ll be able to sign up first for the weekly Thursday Chef’s Dinners, which are taking place through September. Here’s a sneak peek of upcoming menus: [Read more →]

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SDOT offers plan to complete Roosevelt bike lane

July 11th, 2012 by master

Presentation from Seattle Department of Transportation including comments from the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

At a meeting two years ago to introduce a plan to add a bike lane through Maple Leaf on Roosevelt Way Northeast, many neighbors in the south end spoke up when they learned that they would lose parking on the west side of the street from Northeast 75th to 85th streets.

Although the Seattle Department of Transportation promptly restriped most of our stretch of Roosevelt with a bike lane, the agency left 75th to 85th bike lane-free in favor of studying other options.

SDOT has since revealed its verdict, and to the typical neighbor, it might appear quite the same. Once again, parking on the west side of the street will be eliminated from Northeast 75th to 85th streets, making room for a bike lane on the east side of the street, as well as providing room for buses to pull out of traffic at more of their stops.

However, the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board points out that the new proposal is actually quite different in that it improves rather than impedes traffic flow on that stretch. In this pdf, the council shares its comments along with the proposal SDOT presented last month, including this breakdown of their understanding of the proposal:

  • 5 parking spaces removed east side of Roosevelt Way NE just north of the signal at NE 75th.
  • 5 parking spaces removed on east side of Roosevelt to the south of intersection at 80th
  • 3 parking spaces removed on the east side of Roosevelt to the north of intersection at 80th.
  • All parking removed west side of Roosevelt from 75th to 85th.
  • Reducing three in-lane bus stops to only one.
  • Retains turning lanes so no worsening of 75th/80th intersections
  • 8-foot wide parking area at curbs (versus 7-foot standard)
  • 6-foot bike lane width (versus 5-foot standard) on east (uphill, northbound) side, sharrows on the west side
  • Retained parking enough to handle maximum parking seen during surveys, though on-street availability shifts across

In an email to Maple Leaf neighbors (subscribe here), the executive board further elaborates: [Read more →]

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No summer Maple Leaf Art Walk after all

July 10th, 2012 by master

Although there was talk of adding a second edition of the Maple Leaf Art Walk next month, the fanfare appears to have died out as neighborhood businesses realized that they’re simply too busy with everything else going on in the neighborhood this summer.

From the Maple Leaf Summer Social on July 25, to the Maple Leaf Garage Sale on Aug. 11 and Blue Saucer’s Pop-Up Open Market on Aug. 19, there will be plenty of other opportunities to show your Maple Leaf pride and patronize our area businesses.

We hope to keep the Maple Leaf Art Walk as an annual event, however, so please stay tuned and maybe we’ll see its return in May 2013!

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Nordstrom Rack to open at Northgate in November

July 9th, 2012 by master

Nordstrom has officially confirmed its plans to build a Nordstrom Rack in the space previously occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us at the south end of Northgate Mall, according to our news partners The Seattle Times.

It says the new store will open in November, and cover about 41,000 square feet. From the article:

“Northgate has been a special home to us for over 60 years, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to add a Nordstrom Rack in such a terrific location in our hometown,” Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack, said in a statement, referring to the full-line division’s long-time presence there.

Maple Leaf reader Stu, who told us about the initial plans from May, adds:

Old Northgate Theater demolished (complete), Thorton Place (complete), replacing ToyRUs (in November), a pedestrian bridge to NSCC (approved), just waiting for a Trader Joe’s and light rail and my master plan will be realized.

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