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Entries from December 2012

Magazine names Donna Hartmann-Miller as Maple Leaf’s neighborhood hero

December 14th, 2012 by Mike

Maple Leaf now has a “neighborhood hero,” named by Seattle magazine earlier this morning.

She’s Donna Hartmann-Miller, shown here in her trademark Park Suit. (Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.)

The magazine piece notes Donna is a member of the Maple Leaf Community Council (as is her husband, David Miller) and works at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

The ubiquitous Donna is also a force behind Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park (hence the Park Suit, which represents the park as it should be by this summer) and the annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes.

It’s the first time the magazine has polled readers to find neighborhood heroes, and it didn’t name any for neighborhoods where not enough residents voted.

Other heroes include Jeff Bezos and Phoenix Jones (as “superhero,” natch).

You can read our interview with Donna here.

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Magazine names Donna Hartmann-Miller as Maple Leaf's neighborhood hero

December 14th, 2012 by Mike

Maple Leaf now has a “neighborhood hero,” named by Seattle magazine earlier this morning.

She’s Donna Hartmann-Miller, shown here in her trademark Park Suit. (Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.)

The magazine piece notes Donna is a member of the Maple Leaf Community Council (as is her husband, David Miller) and works at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

The ubiquitous Donna is also a force behind Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park (hence the Park Suit, which represents the park as it should be by this summer) and the annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes.

It’s the first time the magazine has polled readers to find neighborhood heroes, and it didn’t name any for neighborhoods where not enough residents voted.

Other heroes include Jeff Bezos and Phoenix Jones (as “superhero,” natch).

You can read our interview with Donna here.

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Lost dog Sammie missing near Roosevelt Way N.E.

December 13th, 2012 by Mike

Quite early this morning Annie emailed that her dog Sammie had vanished.

He was last seen at approximately 11:15 p.m. this past evening (December 12, 2012) as my fiance, Sammie and I were getting out of the car. Sammie got out of the car with me and ran up the stairs leading up to our apartment and quite literally vanished.

Sammie is a Yorkshire Terrier (that looks a lot like a Silky Terrier). He has golden/blonde fur and dark brown eyes. Sammie only has about nine teeth. He is wearing a black harness that has white skull & crossbones on it and ID tags with phone numbers. Sammie is also wearing a black, grey and white puffy/winter style vest that has a white vinyl skull on it.

Sammie lives near Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. “If you or anyone that you know lives in this area, please keep an eye out for Sammie. If found or seen please contact Annie at 206-351-6296, or Danny at 206-604-4688 ASAP.”

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Tattva's Herbs open just in time for holidays

December 12th, 2012 by master

Tattva’s Herbs Organics officially opened up at its new Maple Leaf location at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. on Nov. 19, but there’s still plenty of moving in that needs to be done.

We spoke with marketing director Dana Silverman to find out how business is going with the holidays right around the corner:

Q: How is business so far?

A: Business is great. Not much has changed since moving, because we are primarily online, but would love for people in the neighborhood to come in!

Q: What kind of products will you showcase to bring pedestrian traffic into the store?

A: We have a retail area and offer samples of Coconut Oil, anti-aging cream and oil, healing creams, Chyawanprash, and other products. We will soon have a more apparent sign hung on our awning as well.

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All Seattle Public Libraries to open Sundays starting next month

December 12th, 2012 by Mike

Thanks to voter approval of last August’s library levy, all 27 locations of The Seattle Public Library will open Sundays  beginning Jan. 6.

The Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., will be open seven days a week.

In a press release, the library notes this will be the first time in at least a century that all library locations have Sunday hours, which will be 1-5 p.m. Currently, 15 branches are closed on Sunday, including the Northgate branch and the Green Lake branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

The Green Lake branch remains closed on Fridays, as do several others. Current library hours and locations are here.

The Sunday hours were made possible when voters approved a seven-year, $122 million levy, which also ends the week-long shutdown the library has used since 2009 to save money.

The levy is the first time the library has had a designated source of funding. It passed with 62 percent support from voters.

To celebrate the Sunday openings, all branches with new Sunday hours will host a special celebration on a Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jan. 6 and May 5. Each celebration will feature a children’s craft activity, refreshments and an opportunity to participate in a Check-Out Sundays Challenge.

The Northgate celebration is April 28. The Green Lake celebration is April 7.

Additional library card designs will also be available in January. One design is especially for children, the other four feature photographs of iconic Seattle sites: the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier and the Central Library.

Patrons can swap their existing cards for one of the new designs for no charge.

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Six-story hotel could replace Marie Callender's

December 11th, 2012 by master

When Marie Callender’s abruptly closed its doors this summer, there was plenty of pondering about the possible future for the space at 9538 First Ave N.E.

With an awkward location right on the border of Maple Leaf and Northgate, Marie Callender’s likely took advantage of its view of Interstate 5 by drawing in passers-by looking for a familiar name. The next potential owners of the space may have the same idea in mind.

According to The Seattle Times, a six-story, 174-room hotel could be the next big thing on the Maple Leaf-Northgate horizon. Preliminary paperwork has been filed by Seattle developer Gramor Development Washington to build the hotel in the same location as the former chain restaurant.

The Times adds that the city’s Northeast Design Review Board is set to consider the project Jan. 28.

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Another lost cat reported off N.E. 81st St.

December 11th, 2012 by Mike

Michelle emails: “This healthy cat has haunted our deck for several days – not sure if it is just out for a stroll or is lost.”

She lives near Northeast 81st Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast. If you know this cat, call her at 408-242-9162

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Luminaries at Green Lake start at 5 p.m. – and it’s NOT supposed to rain!

December 8th, 2012 by Mike

The annual Pathway of Lights at Green Lake runs from 5-8 p.m. – rain or shine.

But, although there is some chance of light rain, snow or hail this morning, the afternoon is forecast to be mostly cloudy and a few degrees above freezing.

From Seattle Parks:

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool (Sponsored by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center)

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for local food banks.

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Luminaries at Green Lake start at 5 p.m. – and it's NOT supposed to rain!

December 8th, 2012 by Mike

The annual Pathway of Lights at Green Lake runs from 5-8 p.m. – rain or shine.

But, although there is some chance of light rain, snow or hail this morning, the afternoon is forecast to be mostly cloudy and a few degrees above freezing.

From Seattle Parks:

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool (Sponsored by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center)

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for local food banks.

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Neko the cat missing for two weeks now

December 6th, 2012 by Mike

Shannon emails to say her mother-in-law’s cat, Neko, has been missing from the neighborhood for the past fortnight.

He vanished from the vicinity of Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 96st Street.

Cat is very friendly, named Neko; greyish/white with white front legs. He is microchipped and has a license  #L11-003689. We miss him tons!

If seen, email Shannon at hokuli4 (at) gmail.com

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