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Entries from October 2012

Nordstrom Rack grand opening Nov. 8

October 25th, 2012 by master

The Christmas shopping season is kicking off early this year for North Seattle bargain hunters!

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, the new Nordstrom Rack store on the south end of Northgate Mall is swinging open its doors, but not without a little fanfare.

The festivities begin at 7 a.m. with a live DJ, breakfast treats and more, including your chance to enter a drawing for a $2,000 “Race Through the Rack” shopping spree; the drawing will be held at 8:30 a.m.

Once you’re inside, it’ll be time to rush to the registers because the first 1,000 shoppers to make a purchase will receive a free Nordstrom Rack tote.

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Metro Driver Helps Police Arrest Man Who Harassed, Kicked, Punched, and Robbed His Way Through the Northgate Transit Center

October 24th, 2012 by Mike

That’s not our headline (above), but we like it.

It was written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, now working for the Seattle Police Department, for a press release he sent out this afternoon about the incident Tuesday at the Northgate Transit Center, 10200 First Ave N.E.

The 31-year-old suspect’s bout of bad behavior all started around 7:45 p.m. when he began harassing a woman sitting at a bus stop.

When another man at the bus stop tried to get the suspect to leave the woman alone, the suspect turned on the man and started following him through the Transit Center. The suspect then grabbed the man from behind, shoved him, and demanded money. The man then handed his wallet over to the suspect.

A second man saw the suspect robbing the first man, and stepped in to confront the suspect. The suspect then turned on the second man, punching him in the face and kicking him in the leg.

Already on quite a roll, the suspect then began harassing two other women at the transit center, offering them a graphic and unsolicited description of his genitalia.

When the women ignored the suspect, he spit on the women, prompting the King County Metro driver—who was waiting to start his next bus run at the transit center—to leap into action.

The driver tackled the suspect to the ground and held him there until police arrived.

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Karen Stephenson: 1939 – 2012. Three decades here with Ace Hardware

October 23rd, 2012 by Mike

Karen Stephenson, who with her husband Tom opened and ran what is now Maple Leaf Ace Hardware here for 31 years, has died. She was 73.

Many Maple Leaf residents remember her from the store, which was Stephenson Ace Hardware until 2005, when she and Tom sold it to their daughter Kathy and her husband Mike Kelley, the current owners.

More information can be found on the store’s Facebook page, where Laurel has commented: “I was so blessed to have spent quality time with Karen. She enriched my life and no doubt countless others. One great lady.”

According to the page: 

A condolences card is available in the store for signing and donations may be made to the hospice of your choice or the American Cancer Society. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at  1 p.m. at the University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E.

We are all grateful to Karen for helping to build this family-run hardware store in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. She will be missed.

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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Earl Debnam art show

October 23rd, 2012 by master

Aljoya Thornton Place is inviting the public to an opening reception for a new exhibit Thursday featuring the works of Earl Debnam, a Seattle painter, community activist and three-time stroke survivor.


“Icons of the Soul” by Earl Debnam

The reception is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the retirement community, 450 N.E. 100th St., and the exhibit will remain open to the public through Dec. 10.

A news release from Aljoya explains that Debnam’s art is inspired by struggle, survival and jazz:

  • Political Struggle: Debnam took part in the longest act of civil disobedience in the U.S. history by occupying the Colman School for eight years, with a group of artists. Together, they demanded the city use the abandoned school to house and celebrate African American culture. The space is now the Northwest African American Museum.
  • Stroke Survival: Since the Colman School occupation, Debnam has suffered three strokes. He credits the strokes with giving him a surge of creative energy that allows him to capture his inner most thoughts and his ability to transcribe them via paining.
  • Jazz: Debnam often listens to jazz music when creating art.  He says it moves through his body when he paints, supporting his choices for color and shape.

“We chose to show Earl’s work because it tells amazing stories,” said Aljoya Thornton Place Art Curator June Sekiguchi. “Everything in the show is vibrant, expressive and engaging.  It is a perfect fit for this time of year.”

Although the reception Thursday is open to the public, advance reservations are requested by calling (206) 306-7920.

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Here’s a map of Sunday’s Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes

October 23rd, 2012 by Mike

“Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Just like previous years, we will be accepting non-perishable food items for local food bank.”

Details have been firmed up for this Sunday’s annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes. The route has been changed slightly this year to avoid repeated crossing of arterials.

The parade is Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m.

More details are below, but first a note to Kate, who commented on an earlier Halloween post: “You guys should make a list of houses with neat Halloween decorations. People could do a walking tour like they do for Xmas decor. There’s one on 100th near 5th that’s all dressed up and a few along 8th.”

In previous years we’ve had little luck asking neighbors to send us their favorite holiday decorations or locations. But you can certainly post them in the comments here!

Back to the parade details:

The Parade will wind thru our business districts and neighborhood trick-or-treating and ending at Perkins School where special treats from Peaks Frozen Custard and the Eagles will be available.

Join in the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1-1/3 mile and will hopefully take a little over an hour to walk, including the trick-or-treating), whatever works with your schedule and walking endurance.

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. How many participants? Plan on 120, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.

We currently could use a couple of volunteers to help with the route. If you have a high school student who needs to get some volunteer/community service time in, this is an easy and fun event to help out with. If anyone is available during this time, please contact Donna (donna.hartmann-miller@mapleleafcommunity.org).

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Here's a map of Sunday's Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes

October 23rd, 2012 by Mike

“Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Just like previous years, we will be accepting non-perishable food items for local food bank.”

Details have been firmed up for this Sunday’s annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes. The route has been changed slightly this year to avoid repeated crossing of arterials.

The parade is Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m.

More details are below, but first a note to Kate, who commented on an earlier Halloween post: “You guys should make a list of houses with neat Halloween decorations. People could do a walking tour like they do for Xmas decor. There’s one on 100th near 5th that’s all dressed up and a few along 8th.”

In previous years we’ve had little luck asking neighbors to send us their favorite holiday decorations or locations. But you can certainly post them in the comments here!

Back to the parade details:

The Parade will wind thru our business districts and neighborhood trick-or-treating and ending at Perkins School where special treats from Peaks Frozen Custard and the Eagles will be available.

Join in the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1-1/3 mile and will hopefully take a little over an hour to walk, including the trick-or-treating), whatever works with your schedule and walking endurance.

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. How many participants? Plan on 120, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.

We currently could use a couple of volunteers to help with the route. If you have a high school student who needs to get some volunteer/community service time in, this is an easy and fun event to help out with. If anyone is available during this time, please contact Donna (donna.hartmann-miller@mapleleafcommunity.org).

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Booze 1, bikinis 0 at the old Italian Spaghetti House

October 23rd, 2012 by Mike

Looks like David Miller of the Maple Leaf Community Council called it right: The Old Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria is becoming Bobs’ Lake City Liquors.

On the other hand, the bikini barista stand there – Headrush Coffee – has disappeared from the parking lot at 9824 Lake City Way N.E.

More information about the liquor store is available on its Facebook page. They are shooting for an early November opening.

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“Tweets by beat” reporting Maple Leaf disturbance this morning

October 20th, 2012 by Mike

Neighbors subscribing to the Seattle Police Department’s innovative “Tweets by beat” were notified of two events this morning in the 9000 block of 12th Avenue Northeast.

The most recent tweet, at 8:30 a.m., called out a “DISTURBANCE, OTHER” at that location.

But earlier, at 5:44 a.m., police were called to the same location for” SHOTS -DELAY/INCLUDES HEARD/NO ASSAULT.”

Anybody know what happened here?

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"Tweets by beat" reporting Maple Leaf disturbance this morning

October 20th, 2012 by Mike

Neighbors subscribing to the Seattle Police Department’s innovative “Tweets by beat” were notified of two events this morning in the 9000 block of 12th Avenue Northeast.

The most recent tweet, at 8:30 a.m., called out a “DISTURBANCE, OTHER” at that location.

But earlier, at 5:44 a.m., police were called to the same location for” SHOTS -DELAY/INCLUDES HEARD/NO ASSAULT.”

Anybody know what happened here?

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UPDATE: the forum is on. Don’t forget tonight’s Maple Leaf council election forum

October 17th, 2012 by Mike

A reminder that the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Candidates and Issues election forum is tonight.

The forum runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Past forums have drawn from 30-150 neighbors. Free child care is provided on site by Camp Fire.

According to an email from the council, attendees include:

Gerry Pollet – 46th House Seat 1

Sylvester Cann – 46th House Seat 1

Sarajane Siegfriedt – 46th House Seat 2

Jessyn Farrell – 46th House Seat 2

Seattle Seawall Levy – YES

Seattle Seawall Levy – NO

R-74 – Marriage Equality – YES

R-74 – Marriage Equality – NO

I-502 (Marijuana) – YES

I-502 (Marijuana) – NO

I-1240 Charter Schools – YES

I-1240 Charter Schools – NO

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