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Entries from August 2012

Photos from Paella Night at The Wandering Cafe

August 31st, 2012 by master

You’ve still got a few chances to check out The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way, for its Thursday night Chef’s Dinners, which are continuing as long as the harvest season cooperates with owner Kristine Pottle, pictured.

The entire Maple Leaf Life staff, along with spouses and friends, coincidentally showed up at last night’s Paella Dinner, so we’ll let your eyes decide if you want to reserve a spot at the table. Future dinners include the Singapore Crab Fest and Sunday Gravy, which you can learn more about by emailing Pottle at kristine@thewanderingcafe.com to join The Wandering Cafe email list.

The evening started with sangria and Spanish hors d’oeuvres including manchego cheese, figs, cured meats, flatbread, and the anchovies and olives pictured at left, which the nearly 20 guests munched while watching Kristine add ingredient after ingredient to the paella she cooked right outside the door.

As soon as the staff placed the above salad of seared squid, watermelon and olives on the table, guests began streaming in to dig into the family-style dinner.

We tried not to fill up too much on first course, which also included the above tomato, parsley and basil salad with a sherry vinaigrette.

But in the end, it was all about the paella!

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Did you attend the Northgate Link Extension groundbreaking?

August 30th, 2012 by master

The Northgate Link Extension may be soon be heading our way, but we have to wonder how many Maple Leaf riders attended last week’s groundbreaking since it took place at the former QFC at Northeast 66th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Needless to say, Sound Transit says it was a “hot event” – literally, with temperatures above 90, plus a crowd of more than 350 community members. If you were among the attendees, be sure to check out the photos from the Northgate Link Extension Photo Booth, which are now posted on the Sound Transit Facebook page!

Celebrations aside, there are still plenty of decisions to be made about the light rail line heading our way, which you learn more about at an open house from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25 in the cafeteria at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. From the event posting:

The open house will include updated information about construction schedule and staging, road closures, construction noise and nighttime work, truck hauling, and access improvements – including a proposed bike path along 1st Ave NE. We hope you can join us.

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Maple Leaf among P-I's "next best neighborhoods"

August 28th, 2012 by master

Take a scroll through yesterday’s Big Blog post on seattlepi.com “Seattle’s next best neighborhoods” to read what residents here have known for years. The photo list features 10 Seattle neighborhoods to watch in the next decade, and naturally Maple Leaf is on the list:

Please — don’t call it Northgate, and don’t call it Ravenna. This low-profile neighborhood is making a name for itself as an affordable alternative to sought-after North Seattle neighborhoods on the other side of Interstate-5.

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Prolific burglar “Maxfield Dare” to be sentenced today

August 24th, 2012 by Mike

Update from the King County Prosecutor:

Repeat burglar Maxfield Dare was sentenced today to an exceptional sentence of ten years in prison on a variety of charges in connection with a recent property crime spree in North Seattle. Sentencing was before Judge Michael Trickey.

Prosecutors requested 11 years in prison. The standard range was five to seven years. Dare amassed 15 convictions as a juvenile offender, but was not incarcerated for any significant length of time because of the state’s juvenile sentencing laws.

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The man accused in a string of north end burglaries this spring is to be sentenced this afternoon, police say.

Prosecutors are asking for an 11-year exception sentence for 18-year-old Maxfield Dare – really, that’s his name.

From the Seattle Police Department:

Beginning in February, Maxfield Dare burglarized more than a dozen homes as his victims slept, and stole cash, credit cards and cars.

Detectives from SPD’s auto theft unit, Major Crimes Task Force, patrol, Anti-Crime Team, Crime Analysis Unit, and Robbery Unit all worked to track Dare down.

In June, Dare pleaded guilty to four counts of residential burglary, two counts of auto theft, trafficking stolen property, theft and assault, adding to his already hefty rap sheet which includes 15 prior convictions as a juvenile.

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Prolific burglar "Maxfield Dare" to be sentenced today

August 24th, 2012 by Mike

Update from the King County Prosecutor:

Repeat burglar Maxfield Dare was sentenced today to an exceptional sentence of ten years in prison on a variety of charges in connection with a recent property crime spree in North Seattle. Sentencing was before Judge Michael Trickey.

Prosecutors requested 11 years in prison. The standard range was five to seven years. Dare amassed 15 convictions as a juvenile offender, but was not incarcerated for any significant length of time because of the state’s juvenile sentencing laws.

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The man accused in a string of north end burglaries this spring is to be sentenced this afternoon, police say.

Prosecutors are asking for an 11-year exception sentence for 18-year-old Maxfield Dare – really, that’s his name.

From the Seattle Police Department:

Beginning in February, Maxfield Dare burglarized more than a dozen homes as his victims slept, and stole cash, credit cards and cars.

Detectives from SPD’s auto theft unit, Major Crimes Task Force, patrol, Anti-Crime Team, Crime Analysis Unit, and Robbery Unit all worked to track Dare down.

In June, Dare pleaded guilty to four counts of residential burglary, two counts of auto theft, trafficking stolen property, theft and assault, adding to his already hefty rap sheet which includes 15 prior convictions as a juvenile.

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Dog found this morning in Maple Leaf

August 24th, 2012 by Mike

This was posted this morning at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis. Let’s get this dog home!

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Banner Way overpass, I-5 exit closed this weekend

August 24th, 2012 by master

Take heed when you’re driving home this weekend. Starting at 10 tonight, the northbound I-5 off-ramp and Banner Way NE overpass at N 85th Street will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday.

According to the news release from the Seattle Department of Transportation, the closures are related to the road work that has been under way on 85th all summer:

These closures are necessary to complete roadway grinding and asphalt paving work on N 85th Street between Densmore Avenue N and I-5. Paving activities are scheduled to occur Friday night through Saturday morning (weather permitting) and will intermittently impact north/south access across N 85th Street at Wallingford Avenue N.

Drivers traveling on I-5 should use the NE 50th Street or N Northgate Way exits during the weekend closures. SDOT encourages drivers to continue following signed detour routes, plan ahead, expect delays, use alternate routes to and from I-5 and SR 99, and ride the bus, bike or walk when possible.

This weekend’s closures will occur simultaneously with other N 85th Street lane and I-5 on- and off-ramp closures that began earlier this month.

Metro bus routes will be affected by this work. Look for Rider Alert notices at the bus stops, see reroute information later this week on Metro Onlinewww.kingcounty.gov/metro or call (206) 553-3000.

The entire N/NW 85th Street Paving Project is scheduled to be complete by the end of October. This project is funded by the 2006 Bridging the Gap levy passed by voters, and makes much-needed repairs to the two-mile stretch of N/NW 85th Street between 15th Avenue NW and I-5, and Greenwood Avenue N.

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Last chance Saturday to pick up local library books

August 24th, 2012 by Mike

A reminder that The Seattle Public Library is closed all of next week, and that local branches are closed today and Sunday.

That means if you need to visit a library nearby, Saturday’s the last day to do so until Sept. 4, after the Labor Day holiday.

The good news: This is the end.

Thanks to Seattle voters who earlier this month approved a $123 million library levy, this will be the last year the week-long closure is necessary.

Also, beginning next year all library branches will be open on Sunday, again thanks to the levy money.

This year, though, both the Green Lake  branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., and the Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., are closed today, open from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday and until after Labor Day.

The main downtown Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., is open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

More details are available at the library’s website.

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Parking, bike lane saga continues at open house Tuesday

August 23rd, 2012 by master

Have you made your opinion known about the addition of bike lanes/elimination of parking on Roosevelt Way Northeast?


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

A second open house is planned from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., giving you one more opportunity to learn more about the current plans by the Seattle Department of Transportation and lodge your support/complaint of the proposal.

Summary of proposed changes from the news release:

  • On-street parking would be restricted all day (“No parking anytime”) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE from NE 75th Street to NE 85th Street
  • 13 parking spaces would be restricted (“No parking anytime”) on the east side of Roosevelt Way NE near NE 75th Street and NE 80th Street to improve traffic signal operations
  • 71 parking spaces would be retained on the east side of Roosevelt (which is more than enough to accommodate the peak demand for on-street parking).
  • A dedicated bicycle lane would be added in the uphill (northbound) direction so that slower moving people on bicycles do not hold up traffic.
  • Shared lane markings (sharrows) would be installed in the downhill (southbound) direction
  • The new parking lane on the east side of the street would be wider than the current parking lanes
  • The new bicycle lane would also serve as a buffer between parked cars and cars traveling on the street

Here are a few issues the Maple Leaf Community Council has with the current proposal:

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Dick Jackman, pharmacist to Maple Leaf for decades

August 21st, 2012 by Mike

A memorial service was held this morning for a man known to generations of Maple Leaf residents, William Richard “Dick” Jackman, who co-founded what is now the Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

“Everybody knew him. Old-timers tell us stories all the time about how he delivered to their houses,” said Geraldine Crews, head technician at the pharmacy, 8830 Roosevelt Way N.E.

From his obituary in The Seattle Times:

He began work at Craigen Pharmacy in Seattle then partnered with Dave Richardson to open North Roosevelt Pharmacy in the Maple Leaf area. He became sole owner in 1973 and continued to run North Roosevelt (now Maple Leaf Pharmacy) until 1990. He is remembered as an earnest health care provider, beloved by his customers and employees. He often would get up in the middle of the night to deliver needed medications in an emergency.

A slide show of photos from his life can be viewed at the Acacia Funeral Home website.

“He was probably one of the most dedicated and caring pharmacists I’ve ever met,” said Bill McNary, now the owner of the Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

Jackman died June 25. He was 85 years old.

“Dick was the most ethical man I’ve ever met,” said Marlene Fiorito, who spent 46 years working at the pharmacy, beginning in 1953 when she was 15. “We were open seven days a week, until 9 p.m. at first,” she remembers.

Fiorito can tell rollicking stories about her years there with Jackman – including at least one robbery. “We really did care for one another.”

She said she remained at the pharmacy through several owners because they asked her to. “I knew all the customers,” she said. “I ended up staying my whole career.”

From the obituary:

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Colleen, his children Robert (Janice), Richard (Sherrie), Ronald (Linda), Jeanelle Lund, William Jr. (Aimee), and grandchildren Will and Emma Lund, Gwyneth, James and Austin Jackman. Dick is also survived by brother, Don (Margrette), and sister, Gwen Buchan (Alan).

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